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We'll help you plan your best summer yet with our annual roundup of can't miss events! Plus we've got a Face the Music interview with vocal powerhouse Josh Groban who is performing in Portland on 6/24. And as always, we'll help you have a terrific weekend with our hand-picked selection of events. Have fun out there!
Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com and the Portland Press Herald.
She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at Mainetoday.com. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.
Tim Sample, classic film & Downeast Soul Coalition: 4 free (or nearly free) things to do in the coming week
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Downeast Soul Coalition
6 p.m. Monday. Portland Lobster Company, 180 Commercial St., Portland, free. portlandlobstercompany.com
Before, during and after you've chowed down on lobster and the like, you can get on down to the high-energy groove-driven sounds of Downeast Soul Coalition. The 5-piece band is all about soul, funk, R&B and the blues. Live music at Portland Lobster Company is always outside on the deck so keep your eyes on your fries in case seagulls are scouting but also keep your toes tapping and your fingers snapping.
Scribner's Mill Open House
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Scribner's Mill, 244 Scribner's Mills Road, Harrison, $5 donation. 207-583-6455
Spend a Saturday afternoon throwing it back to the mid 1800s. The 1847 Scribner's Lumber Mill still produces and demonstrates the manufacturing of barrels and shingles. It also has a display of the original sash saw works that produced dimensional lumber. The 1849 Homestead is interpreted as it was modernized in 1924 and tells the story of the Scribner family who operated this early industrial site.
7 p.m. Thursday. Fort Allen Park, Eastern Promenade, Portland, free. easternpromenade.org
Let the king of Down East humor tickle your funny bone as you sit by Casco Bay on an early July evening. Sample's been cracking up Maine and beyond for decades and is widely known for his "Postcards From Maine" segments that have aired on CBS stations around the country. Ayuh!
"The Harder They Come"
Dusk. Wednesday. Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland, free. baysidebowl.com
When the sun goes down the patio projector comes to life and the big screen will light up with "The Harder They Come." Jimmy Cliff stars in this classic 1972 film out of Jamaica that essentially introduced reggae music to the world with its legendary soundtrack. Songs include "You Can Get It If You Really Want," "Many Rivers to Cross," "Pressure Drop" and "Sitting in Limbo."