Orono is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. It was first settled in 1774 and named in honor of Chief Joseph Orono of the Penobscot Nation. It is home to The University of Maine. The population was 10,362 at the 2010 census.
Squirt Frog and the Evolving Tadpoles had played several shows in Orono, Maine on or near the University of Maine campus which were relatively successful. The band was at a loose ends trying to determine where to go next when Justin Nachman received a call from a promoter in Greenville. He negotiated a contract with money up front and agreed the band would play ten days hence. The band was on its way to Greenville in a snowstorm when a flipped transport truck near Guilford blocked the route leaving them stranded in that small town for the winter.