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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for 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 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 WCHS TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: June 2, 2017

The 2017 Boston Calling music festival packs a diverse musical punch

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

This was my third time attending the Boston Calling music festival and musically speaking, it was a dream come true. This was also the first time the festival was held in its new location at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, a stone’s throw from Harvard Square.

Were the lines too long for bathrooms and food and were there way too many people for me? Absolutely yes. I’m not used to consuming live music with 40,000 other people.  Do I miss the old spot at Boston’s City Hall Plaza? Indeed I do.

BUT,  the lineup at this year’s festival was incredible. I still can’t believe I saw Lucy Dacus, Sylvan Esso, Deerhoof, Sigur Rós, Tegan and Sara, The xx, Oh Wonder and Brandi Carlile all on the same weekend, May 26-28. I mention these acts because these are the ones I photographed. But there were plenty of other acts that rocked my world including Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Mumford & Sons. Enjoy the pics as we await announcements of the next Boston Calling lineup with wild anticipation.




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