Boston ska band the Have Nots will headline the next R Space show Saturday, Aug. 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Rockland Rec Center, located at the corner of Union and Limerock streets.

Opening will be a reunion of Rockland’s punk band Taco Apocolypse, as well as Maine punk bands The New 45 and I Barbarian. Admission to the all-ages, chem-free show is $6. Those younger than 14 must attend with a guardian.

Formed out of the ashes of Boston punk mainstays Stray Bullets and Chicago Typewriter, Have Nots are one of the hardest working bands in punk rock today. Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut “Serf City USA,” a rigorous touring schedule saw them perform 150 shows in 2009 alone, sharing the stage with legends like The Dropkick Murphys and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones in the process and drawing sell out crowds in their hometown of Boston.

Each Have Nots song is an open letter of indignation to the world. Their subjects range broadly from the plights of the true have nots in our society (migrant workers, disabled veterans, prisoners held with neither charge nor evidence, can collectors scraping by off five-cent deposits) to examinations of interpersonal relations, i.e., love songs.

Reunited for the first time in five years, Rockland’s Taco Apocalypse was formed in 2003 from the ashes of The Suburban Rebels and Scary Mary + The Fuzz.  In the time since then, there have been lineup changes and genre changes. The band has shared the stage with the likes of The Murder Weapon, The Slackers, Trigger Effect, The Jonee Earthquake Band, USA Waste, The Leftovers, The Hi-Fivin White Guys, El Grande, Sparks the Rescue and countless others.

Punk rockers The New 45 hail from central Maine. I Barbarian is a thrash/crossover/punk band from Portland.

R Space at Lincoln Street Center was 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 opportunities in the musical arts. To help R Space with its mission, tax-deductible donations can be made out to “Lincoln Street Center,” with “R Space” in the memo, to Lincoln Street Center, P.O. Box 1631, Rockland, ME 04841.

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