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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.
Boss tribute show, trio of jazz acts and some kid-friendly classical
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Bruce in the USA
8 p.m. Friday. Aura, 121 Center St., Portland, $15 to $40, 18-plus. auramaine.com You can watch "Springsteen on Broadway" anytime you want on Netflix. But here's a chance to hear some
Springsteen tunes live from the nationally touring tribute band Bruce in the USA. Matt Ryan takes his job very
seriously, and it shows, as he and his band put on a sensational show of songs by Bruce Springsteen & The E. Street
Band. From "Jungleland" to "Dancing in the Dark," "Born To Run," "Hungry Heart" and dozens of other Springsteen hits
and choice album cuts, this band doesn't need any brilliant disguises to pay homage to The Boss. Matt Ryan of
Bruce in the USA.Photo courtesy of the artist
Jazz Night at Blue
6 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland, donations accepted for each act. portcityblue.com Not to toot anyone's horn, but Blue has a fabulous lineup of three jazz acts happening on Saturday night. It
kicks off at 6 p.m. with a set from Portland improv trio Big World. At 8 p.m., it's the Titus Abbott Collective.
Abbott is a soprano sax player who also plays tenor sax and bass clarinet, and he'll play originals and standards
with local collaborators. The 10 p.m. slot belongs to the Andrew Emanuel Duo. Emanuel's influences include legends
Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, among others. Donations will be collected after each
act, so catch one or stay for the entire night. Blue's a fabulous, intimate spot with low lighting along with superb
food and cocktails. Igor Normann/Shutterstock.com
2:30 p.m. Sunday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $10. porttix.com Portland Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Aram Demirjian, invites you and your family for
a Sunday afternoon performance that celebrates winter on a wonderfully musical note. The show includes Vivaldi's Four
Seasons and ballets from Tchaikovsky featuring violinist Charles Dimmick, along with the full orchestra. Winder
Wonderland clocks in it at under an hour, making it ideal for young children. In fact, be sure to arrive early
because doors open at 1 p.m. for games, a hands-on instrument petting zoo and other kid-friendly musical