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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.
Kat Wright, Kathy Mattea, Marc Cohn and Marc Rebillet
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
9 p.m. Friday. Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland,, $15 in advance,
$18 day of show, 21-plus. portlandhouseofmusic.com You owe it to yourself to infuse your Friday night with the soulful tunes that
will be delivered in fiery fashion by Burlington, Vermont's Kat Wright and her
sensational band. Wright and company will be slaying with tunes from "By My Side"
among others. You'll hear Wright's formidable pipes belting out vocals backed by a
seven-piece band, including a three-piece horn section. Kat Wright Band.
Photo courtesy of the artist
7:30 p.m. Friday. Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, $35 in advance, $40 day
of show. rocklandstrand.com Country and bluegrass singer Kathy Mattea's mantle is adorned with a pair of
Grammys and four Country Music Association Awards, and she's hit No. 1 on the country
singles chart four times. Her Acoustic Living Room Songs and Stories tour has 15
albums of songs to choose from, and you can count on hearing several from last year's
"Pretty Bird" along with hits like "Goin' Gone" and "Burnin' Old
Memories." Photo by Reto Sterchi
7:30 p.m. Sunday. Aura, 121 Center St., Portland, $25 to $49.75, 18-plus.
auramaine.com Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn released his hit single "Walking in Memphis" way
back in 1991, and it's still a radio favorite thanks to its memorable lyrics and
Cohn's tremendous voice. Several albums have followed. "Listening Booth: 1970" is a
superb collection of covers, including "Wild World" by Cat Stevens and Paul Simon's
"The Only Living Boy in New York." Be sure to arrive on time as local act Pete
Kilpatrick opens the show. Paul McKinnon/Shutterstock.com
8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $15 in
advance, $18 day of show, all ages. portcitymusichall.com Marc Rebillet, better known as Loop Daddy, is a one-man force of nature armed
with his voice, MIDI keyboard and a keen knack for creating funky beats and songs on
the fly. Expect the unexpected at his show, and for a preview, hit YouTube, where
you'll find dozens upon dozens of hugely-viewed clips. Image courtesy of the