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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.
9 p.m. Thursday. Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $15 in advance, $18 at the door, 21-plus. portlandempire.com Catch an L.A.-based neo-soul, jazz and electronic trio of multi-instrumentalists Amber Navran, Max Bryk and
Andris Mattson live in Portland on Thursday night. Moonchild has released three albums since 2012, including last
year's "Voyager." The band has been on the receiving end of praise from Stevie Wonder, Tyler, the Creator and Jill
Scott, among other musicians, and has amassed more than five million streams on Spotify. A spin of "Voyager"
revealed smooth yet multi-layered tunes that will likely translate quite well in a live setting. Get ready to get
your chill-but-sometimes-funky groove on upstairs at Empire. Photo courtesy of the artist
Lúnasa: An Irish Christmas
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., $28 in advance, $30 at the door. camdenoperahouse.com It's considered by many to be the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet, and it's crossing the pond
for a holiday show in Camden this weekend. Over the course of more than 20 years, Lúnasa has played upwards of
1,500 shows spanning 36 countries, and stops along the way have included prestigious venues like the Sydney Opera
House and Moscow International House of Music. You'll hear flutes, low whistles, tin whistles, double bass, guitar,
fiddle, uilleann pipes and more during what will surely be one the liveliest shows of the season. You'll also be
treated to an opening set from Kansas-based musician Ashley Davis with her blend of Celtic and country
music. Photo courtesy of the artist
Old 97's Holiday Extravaganza
8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show, $40
preferred seating, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com During the holidays, even a Monday night is a delightful night to go out on. Rhett Miller and his alt-
country band Old 97's prove this point quite well with their Holiday Extravaganza show at Port City Music Hall. The
show kicks off with a solo acoustic set from Miller, followed by a performance by Caseymagic, a "punk rock
magician." Then it's off to the holiday races with a set from Old 97's, who, as luck would have it, have just
released an album called "Love The Holidays," chock full of originals like the rocking "Gotta Love Being A Kid
(Merry Christmas)" and the sweet acoustic tune "Snow Angels." The band also turns in an upbeat spin on "Auld Lang
Syne," and some of the album's bonus tracks are the holiday gems "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Blue
Christmas." Photo by Will Byington