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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.
Black Lillies, Katie Matzell & Amarantos Quartet, Alt-J
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
The Black Lillies
7:30 p.m. Friday. The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, $15 in advance, $18 day of show. rocklandstrand.com 8 p.m. Saturday. Stone
Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield, $20.
You've got two chances this weekend to see a Tennessee band that serves up roots rock in fine style. The
Black Lilies celebrated their 10-year anniversary as a band this year and have four albums out. If the songs
"Earthquake" and "Hard to Please" are any indication, you'll likely enjoy the heck out of the live show from a
red-hot Americana act. The band will be in Rockland on Friday and in Brownfield on Saturday. Photo courtesy
of the artist
Katie Matzell with Amarantos Quartet
8 p.m. Saturday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $10 in advance, $12 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com Local singer Katie Matzell released her debut EP earlier this year, and we sure do love it. Her vocals are
sensational, and the songs are soulful and smooth. For this special show, she'll be joined by the scintillating
Amarantos Quartet. The lineup is violinist Lauren Hastings and Meg McIntyre, viola player Bryan Brash and cellist
Hannah Schroeder. Amarantos Quartet will be opening the show with its own set and then will be joining Matzell and
her band on some new songs and some well-chosen covers. Both of these acts are worthy of your attention, and
hearing them together should prove to be transcendent.
Katie Matzell photo by Zack Bowenr.Amarantos Quartet photo by Lauryn Hottinger
7 p.m. Monday, June 18. Thompson's Point, Portland, $51.50 in advance, $54 day of show. statetheatreportland.com We suspect that hearing the British indie-rock outfit Alt-J on the banks of Casco Bay at Thompson's Point
as the sun sets over Portland will be a sublime experience especially when the band plays the dreamy "Hares On The
Mountain." We've also never heard a more chill version of "The House of The Rising Sun" than the one they recorded
for last year's "Relaxer" album. Alt-J formed a decade ago and has released three studio albums and one live one.
The 2014 release "This Is All Yours" was nominated for a Grammy for best alternative music album and reached No. 1
on the Billboard Top Alternative Album and Top Rock Album charts, fueled by the singles "Left Hand Free," "Hunger
of the Pine" and "Every Other Freckle." Photo courtesy of the artist