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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: December 23, 2015

Live Music on New Year’s Eve in Portland

Ring in 2016 with Mallett Brothers Band or with Primo Cubano or with The Ghost of Paul Revere and Lady Lamb with The Ballroom Thieves. So many options in Portland this New Year’s Eve.

Written by: Aimsel Ponti
The Mallett Brothers above, Lady Lamb, right and Primo Cubano, below, will all be playing in Portland.

The Mallett Brothers

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The Mallett Brothers Band with Chris Ross and the North

9 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show, $45 preferred seating, 18-plus.
Get your end-of-the-year fix of alt-country, rock, Americana and whatever else the six members of The Mallett Brothers Band are in the mood to throw at you. Singer-songwriter Chris Ross and his band The North open the show.

The Ghostof Paul Revere

The Ghost of Paul Revere

The Ghost of Paul Revere and Lady Lamb with The Ballroom Thieves

9 p.m. New Year’s Eve. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show.
Holler-folk, experimental, alternative rock, folk and more all wrapped up in first-rate songwriting and musicianship that comes in the form of three sensational acts. Say hello to 2016 with The Ghost of Paul Revere who is getting ready to release new music, Lady Lamb who had the best year of her career so far and Boston band The Ballroom Thieves who just cleaned up at the Boston Music Awards taking home the “Folk Artist” and “Americana Artist” of the year trophies.

Primo Cubano

Primo Cubano

Primo Cubano

9 p.m. New Year’s Eve. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show.
The chairs will be pushed aside for a night of end-of-the-year dancing to the sounds of traditional Cuban music that dates back to the turn of the 20th century.

No Diggity NYE Dance Party

10 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $15, 21-plus.|
Revel the night away to the sounds of 90s R&B jams covered by a local music super-group. No Diggity’s line-up features Kenya Hall, Kristina Kentigian, Megan Jo Wilson, Jamie Colpoys, Dan Capaldi, Chas Lester and Jay Caron.

Jaw Gems

Jaw Gems

New Year’s Eve Space Ball 2K16

9:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve. The Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $8 in advance, $10 day of show, 21-plus.
It’s a masquerade gala with music by Jaw Gems, God.Damn.Chan., Che Ros and Don Damiani. Visuals will be provided by Niki Taylor. You’re invited to relish the unpredictable and tip your toe into the puddle of possibility. Most importantly, you’re invited to dance your way into next year.

Pardon Me, Doug

8 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Portland House of Music & Events, 21 Temple St., Portland, $15, 21-plus.
Something very Phishy is happening at the Portland House of Music. Pardon Me, Doug is a sensational Phish tribute band and they’ll be providing plenty of grooves, jams and psychedelic goodness to bring you to the doorstep of 2016.

Rock ‘n’ Roll New Year’s Countdown

9 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland, $12 in advance,$15 day of show, 18-plus.
Rock your way into 2016 with a trio of bands who will help you break a sweat as you kiss 2015 goodbye. When Particles Collide with Murcielago, Mad Anthony and The Box Tiger are ready to party, ready to rock and ready to give you a night to remember.

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