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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 News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: January 28, 2015

Mama’s Boomshack will offer up its funky grooves at Empire

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

Feeling more deflated than a soggy football? Have no fear, the funky soul of Portland’s Mama’s Boomshack is here. Now, I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I absolutely love this band name. They’re seven members strong, with Todd Regoulinsky and Lisa Brundage sharing lead vocal duties. They also both play the saxophone. You’ll hear the rest of the Boomshack posse on trombone, trumpet, guitar and drums. Men Without Hats declared “You Can Dance If You Want To,” but I’m removing the option for you. Get over yourself and hit the dance floor. Mama’s Boomshack will provide plenty of funk, soul and blues. They’ve been fine-tuning their sound since 2010, and about a year ago they hit The Halo Studio with whiz-bang producer Jonathan Wyman to record their debut nine-song album called “Speed of Soul.” Head to and put your headphones on, kids. From “Back to School” to “Sho Nuff,” “The Danger” and “Love It Leave It,” you’ll surprise even yourself with your dance moves induced by funky bass lines and horns. Mama’s Boomshack slows things down with “Nothing More To Say,” so you can twirl your honey, then pull them in for a smooch. You can even cry in your whiskey over “The Other Woman.” Yep, this band’s got it all. What’s more, Mama’s Boomshack has some new songs to hit us with at Empire. The other band on the bill just so happens to also be awesomely named. Two words: Harsh Armadillo. The band is based in Durham, New Hampshire, and their sound is of the jazzy funk hop persuasion, complete with horns. Go to and listen to super-groovy-funky tunes “The Barn” and “Hot Steppin’ ” and get to Empire in time to see this band, which will more than warm you up for Mama’s Boomshack.

Mama’s Boomshack with Harsh Armadillo
10 p.m. Thursday. Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $6, 21-plus,

Three dollars. That’s what you get for cashing in 60 empty bottles and cans. That’s what you find if you do a comprehensive couch cushion and car search for loose change. Three bucks is less than you pay for a decent latte. And yes, $3 is all you’ll need to gain entry to a three-band night on Friday. Yep, that’s a buck a band. Of course, bring some extra dinero for beverages, but for the music, it’s just $3. Once inside you’ll start the evening listening to ’50s rock ‘n’ roll and ’60s R&Beat from The Flipsides. The Flipsides’ interests are Bollywood, sci-fi, pin-ups, records, bowling, drive-in movies and cool cars. They describe themselves as “Chuck Berry meets ‘Louie Louie.’ ” Next up is Tommy and the Rats, who call their sound “outsider folk punk.” Lastly there’s The Doppelgangers. Their primary interest is “to have the most fun we can playing music while putting on a kick-ass show for you to remember.”

The Flipsides, Tommy and the Rats and The Doppelgangers
9 p.m. Friday, Mathew’s Pub, 133 Free St., Portland, $3, 21-plus. 207-253-1812

Lastly, I’ll leave you with a list of five songs that I’ve cheerfully hijacked and repurposed as “Deflategate” anthems.

1. “Pressure Drop,” by Toots and the Maytals
2. “Inflation Blues,” by B.B. King
3. “Under Pressure,” by Queen and David Bowie
4. “The Air that I Breathe,” by The Hollies
5. My personal favorite, “The Needle and the Damage Done,” by Neil Young

Hear them all: Songs in the (kind of) Key of Deflated Footballs


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