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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.
Music this weekend: Amy Black, Antje Duvekot & Wild Child
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Wild Child with Royal Canoe
9 p.m. Friday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $15 in advance, $18 day of show, $30 preferred seating, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com
When they were in Portland less than a year ago, Wild Child was the opening act. Now they're headlining in support of their latest record, "Fools." They're an indie-pop band out of Austin, Texas, and their sound blends pop, gypsy and folk into an infectious blend of music that's been winning listener's over since their debut record dropped in 2011.
7 p.m. Friday. The Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St., $20. operahouse.org
Help raise funds for those in need in Kennebec and Somerset counties while basking in the aural glow of a pops concert with Robert Moody conducting the Portland Symphony Orchestra, featuring guest vocalists soprano Suzanne Nance and tenor John McVeigh. For those interested in a making a larger donation, there's a pre-show reception at Amici's Cucina at 5 p.m.; $50 will get you into both the reception and the concert.
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Village Coffeehouse, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester, $20. facebook.com/ng.village.coffeehouse
Thought provoking Boston-based singer-songwriter Antje Duvekot is heading to New Gloucester for a weekend coffeehouse performance. Duvekot is the winner of the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the Best New Folk Award at the Kerrville Folk Festival and Outstanding Folk Act at the Boston Music Awards since her debut album "Little Peppermints" came out in 2002. Her new album, "Toward the Thunder" should see the light of day soon and she'll likely play songs from it at her show in New Gloucester.
8 p.m. Saturday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $15 in advance, $20 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com
Singer-songwriter Amy Black celebrates the release of her third record "The Muscle Shoals Sessions" with a show in Portland. Black's sound stands at the soulful intersection of gospel, blues and R&B. Her parents were born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, which is home to the FAME studio where artists including Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Bobbie Gentry, Little Richard and Etta James recorded. And it's where Black made the "Shoals" album, a mix of originals with her interpretation of songs recorded by Etta Tames, Lou Rawls, The Rolling Stones and more.