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Aimsel Ponti

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.

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Posted: July 16, 2015

Live music at this weekend’s Yarmouth Clam Festival

Written by: Aimsel Ponti
The Joint Chiefs

The Joint Chiefs

One of the cornerstones of the Yarmouth Clam Festival, besides, of course, all those clams, is the live music. Over the course of three days, a total of 30 acts will be playing their tunes across a wide range of genres including classical, roots, folk, bluegrass, country, blues, pop and jazz. Said another way, there’s something for everyone, even the kids.

Come one, come all to eat, drink, be merry and rock, roll, sway, stomp and groove at this year’s 50th anniversary festival. You’ll find the entire schedule of performances at clamfestival.com. For now, however, we’ll shell out some scoop about some of the acts that will make you happy as, well, a clam at high tide.

The Flukes

WHEN: 1 p.m. Friday
WHERE: North Yarmouth Academy tent
IN A CLAMSHELL: This is Falmouth Library’s Ukulele Society. They don’t want to string you along, they just want to put a smile on your face with delightfully lively tunes.

The McCarthys

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Main Street at Memorial Green
IN A CLAMSHELL: They play original country tunes and will have your toes tapping as you await the 6 p.m. parade.

Anni Clark

Anni Clark

Anni Clark

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Memorial Green tent
IN A CLAMSHELL: Clark’s a folk fixture in Maine who adds splashes of blues and pop to her songs along with just the right amount of Maine humor.

Joint Chiefs

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: North Yarmouth Academy tent
IN A CLAMSHELL: Six guys who have been serving up blues and country-tinged folk rock for a decade.

The Downeast Barbershop Harmony Project

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: North Yarmouth Academy tent
IN A CLAMSHELL: Not only will they delight with their harmonies, The Downeast Barbershop Harmony Project will also quench your thirst with the lime rickeys they’ll be serving at their booth on food row!

50th Anniversary Portland Symphony Orchestra with David Mallett and The Mallett Brothers Band

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: North Yarmouth Academy soccer field
IN A CLAMSHELL: The gold star event of the festival, don’t miss the PSO playing with folk singer David Mallett and The Mallett Brothers Band featuring his two sons, Will and Luke. The performance will culminate with the festival’s largest fireworks display to date.

The Guv’nors

WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: North Yarmouth Academy tent
IN A CLAMSHELL: Revisit the rock ‘n’ roll sounds of the 1960s British Invasion with a band that’s become a staple of the festival.

Downeast Soul Coalition

WHEN: 11 a.m. Sunday
WHERE: North Yarmouth Academy tent
IN A CLAMSHELL: Enjoy the high-energy, groove-driven quintet that put their signature on blues, R&B, soul and funk tunes.

Photo by: Matthew Robbins

Photo by: Matthew Robbins

Jerks of Grass

WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Memorial Green tent
IN A CLAMSHELL: Jerks of Grass will be playing bluegrass originals and old standards along with high-octane newgrass instrumentals.

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