R Space at Lincoln Street Center will hold an all-ages hardcore punk show Saturday, May 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. on the lower level of Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St. Bands will include USA Waste, The Clefts (from Conn.), Chubby Bunny, Afghan Banana Stand and Robocop. Admission is $5 for the all ages, chem-free show. Those younger than 14 must be accompanied by a guardian.

USA Waste started in 1999 with three friends and the will to rock. A decade later, it has become an unstoppable force of in-your-face punk rock with defiant anthems and sing-along choruses. Continuing as a three-piece combo, Waste USA covers topics including domestic violence, gay rights, environmental concerns, drinking, anti-government, anti-war, being punx and smashing authority. Members are Brett Threat on guitar, Terry Shark on bass and Zakk Waste on drums.

The Clefts started out in 2006 with a great brother, Frank, singing as they wrote music along the lines of The Misfits meets Black Flag. In the past four years and with a new singer, the band has progressed to its own sound. The D.I.Y. contingent creates their own shirts, patches and pins, promotes all its own shows and, in January, released its own debut CD, “best of …”.

Afghan Banana Stand, best described as a snotty mix of hyper ska-punk, formed in Belfast in 2006. Since then, the band has released two EPs and the full-length “Afghan Banana Stand vs. Kanye West.” Drawing from influences such as NOFX, The Descendents and Nirvana, they embrace a reckless form of punk. The band has retained its core lineup since its first show with Vint Whitcomb on vocals and guitar, Paul Staples on lead guitar, Aaron Mitchell on bass and vocals and Austin Turner on drums. This show will be a reunion for ABS and may be their last show ever, as they have all scattered off for school.

Also performing will be Chubby Bunny and Robocop, both from the Bangor area.

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

To help R Space financially, 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.