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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.
Music this week(end): Suzy Bogguss, Jo Dee Messina & Eilen Jewell
Suzy Bogguss has three – three! – performances this weekend. You can also catch Eilen Jewell, Jo Dee Messina & New Orleans Suspects playing around Maine.
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
New Orleans Suspects
9 p.m. Friday. Portland House of Music & Events, 25 Temple St., Portland, $18 in advance, $20 day of show, $50. VIP with lobster dinner off-site with the band, portlandhouseofmusic.com
Get a taste of authentic Louisiana music of the jazz, blues, rock, funk and R&B persuasion courtesy of New Orleans Suspects. The band is known for powerhouse performances with set-lists that include originals and hits with lesser known tunes strewn in from the Allen Toussaint and Dr. John songbooks. They also throw in songs from The Radiators, Neville Brothers and Dirty Dozen Brass Band that makes perfect since as many of New Orleans Suspects have performed and recorded with these artists. What's more, a Blues Brothers Tribute band opens the show along with A Band Beyond Description.
8 p.m. Friday. Jonathan's. 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, $37.50. jonathansogunquit.com 8 p.m. Saturday. Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., $38. camdenoperahouse.com 8 p.m. Sunday. The Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield, $45. stonemountainartscenter.com
You have three chances to catch the platinum-selling country singer Suzy Bogguss in Maine this weekend. You'll likely hear hits like "Outbound Plane," "Drive South" and "Letting Go" Never one to be confined to one genre, you might also hear some jazz from Bogguss and songs from the American folk songbook. Bogguss' latest record is called "Lucky" and it celebrates the songwriting of Merle Haggard.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $15 in advance, $22 day of show, $35 preferred seating, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com
"Sundown Over Ghost Town" is the latest record from Boise-born singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell. Her sound crosses over into Americana, folk, blues, country and rock 'n' roll. Jewell has lived on both coasts with stints in Los Angeles and a decade in Boston before landing back in Boise, a move that heavily influenced the "Sundown" record. The always effervescent roots band Miss Tess & The Talkbacks will be opening the show.
Jo Dee Messina
7:30 p.m. Sunday. Waterville Opera House, 93 Main St., $33 to $55. operahouse.org
Her debut record is "Heads Carolina, Tales California" from 1996. Many have followed from country singer-songwriter Jo Dee Messina, as have an array of awards. All told, she's sold more than 5 million records and has amassed 16 Top 40 country hits, with nine of them hitting the number one spot. Messina's latest record is called "Me."