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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.
Michael O., Rod Stewart & Cyndi Lauper, The Subdudes and Dark Hollow Bottling Company
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
6 p.m. Thursday. Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, $25. brownpapertickets.com Portland-raised singer Michael O. will be lending his golden pipes to a benefit performance for the Mugadi
Foundation, which helps children and young adults around the world with educational funding. Michael is a singer-songwriter
and performer. His college singing group, The Dartmouth Aires, took second place on NBC's "The Sing-Off" (he sang lead on
Queen's "Somebody to Love" and was absolutely sensational), and since then he's appeared in the film "Pitch Perfect 2,"
doing what he does best — singing. Michael's getting ready to release some new music and hit the road here and in Africa,
so this is a fantastic opportunity to see him live in his home state. Photo courtesy of the artist
Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper
7:30 p.m. Friday. Darling's Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, $39.75 to $143. waterfrontconcerts.com He wonders if you think he's sexy, she still wants to have fun and together they'll be putting one heck of a show.
So, wake up Maggie May and strut those hot legs up to Bangor because tonight's the night, it's gonna be all right. Time
after time, these two put on fabulous shows and show their true colors, so we're calling all young hearts who want to be
free tonight. Time isn't on your side, however; tix are going fast. Photo courtesy of the artist
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., $30 in advance, $35 day of show. boothbayoperahouse.com They've been at it since the late '80s and New Orleans' The Subdudes are still slinging their roots-rock sound that
melds together Cajun, Zydeco, rhythm and blues, folk, pop, soul and gospel in a way that has earned them a loyal following
over the course of 10 albums. They just about blew the roof off the opera house last time they were in town, so expect
another night of tunes that will make it hard for you to stay in your seat. Photo courtesy of the
Dark Hollow Bottling Company
6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland, donations accepted. portcityblue.com TIt's always a terrific idea to support local music, especially when it's as good as Portland's Dark Hollow
Bottling Company. They'll play tunes from their 2012 "American Ghosts" album, as well as last year's "Desperate Neon."
Their sound is Americana dipped in bluegrass, rolled in rockabilly and sprinkled with folk and rock. Three out of the four
band members take turns on lead vocals, and their songwriting is first rate. Photo courtesy of the