R Space will present a prog/hardcore metal show Saturday, May 8 with The Divine Ruin, A Constant Battle, the GrindHouse and Misfire at Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St.

The all-ages, chem-free show will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission will be $5 at the door. Those younger than 14 will be admitted only with a guardian.

Formed in July 2005, The Divine Ruin features Rachel J. Curtis on vocals and keyboards; Richard Traves on guitars and backup vocals; Max McFarland on bass and keyboards; and Bruce Ibscher on drums, all of whom hail from the greater Belfast area. They are heavily influenced by a progressive style of playing and incorporated metal in with it all. The Divine Ruin released their first EP, “Witness the Collapse,” in 2006 and a full-length album in November 2009 titled “Night of Macabre.” They also have released two DVDs: “Unfolding the Blueprints” in early 2006; and “Three Dollar Pants: Ya think that’s bad?” in 2007. A third DVD, “Four Bear Ants,” will come out this year.

A Constant Battle is a hardcore metal band from the Midcoast area featuring TJ Daigle (vocals), Jorma Spaziano (guitar), Adam Thomas (guitar), Jason Moody (bass) and Joe Ronco (drums).

The GrindHouse is comprised of Mike Faller (vocals), Barry Spofford, (drums), Adam Thomas (bass) and Todd Arvidson (guitar).  The band’s sound varies from alternative to heavy metal and is enhanced by the chemistry of the group members, who people are surprised to hear have only been playing together a few months.

Misfire is a clash of ’90s alternative rock mixed with a little punk rock and hard rock influence. Its simple, melody-driven songs are delivered by Gordon Knowlton (vocals/guitars), Kyle Upton (bass) and Nick Painter (drums).

R Space at Lincoln Street Center is a new venue created to present music and performing and visual art for and by Midcoast youth in a safe environment, free from alcohol and other drugs. Future plans include instruction in a number of aspects of music to encourage local youth participation and provide them with opportunities in the musical arts.

To help R Space, tax-deductible donations can be made out to “Lincoln Street Center,” with “R Space” in the memo, and sent to Lincoln Street Center, P.O. Box 1631, Rockland, ME 04841.  For more information, call 542-6705 or visit facebook.com/rspaceatlsc.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.