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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.
Karla Bonoff, Guy Mendilow Ensemble and Christopher Cross play Maine on Sunday
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
8 p.m. Sunday. Jonathan's, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, $37.50 to $76.50. jonathansogunquit.com She's a true musician's musician and has been writing songs and performing her entire life. Karla Bonoff's the real deal and her songs have
been recorded by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt and Wynonna Judd. She even had her own hit in 1982 with "Personally," which ironically
was penned by someone else. Bonoff got her start back in the '60s as a young artist in Southern California, where she would catch artists like
Jackson Browne, Elton John and James Taylor at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. She also took that stage herself during their Monday night
open-mic "hoot" series. Photo by Karen Fiedler
Guy Mendilow Ensemble
6 p.m. Sunday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $15 in advance, $20 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com The Guy Mendilow Ensemble invites you to an early evening performance that is a musical voyage to long-erased kingdoms and towns. "Tales
from the Forgotten Kingdom" tells stories of vagabond queens, pauper poets and lovers lost to sea, set to mesmerizing arrangements of Sephardi
music. You'll travel by way of song to the Balkans and Middle East, starting in Sarajevo and going through Salonica into Jerusalem. Members of
Mendilow's ensemble hail from Israel, Palestine, Argentina, Japan and here. With scintillating vocals and instrumentation, this is a show that will
likely stay with you long after the final note. Photo by Gretjen Helene
7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, $60. rocklandstrand.com If you get caught between the moon and New York City, I know it's crazy, but it's true that Christopher Cross is performing in Rockland on
Sunday night. It's really not that far to paradise, at least it's not for you. Just sail, or ride like the wind, over to The Strand. And if you've
got a friend named Laura, you might want to think of her when you go to buy tickets. Photo by Alex Solca