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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: June 10, 2015

Old Port Fest Music: 6 stages of live (and mostly local) music

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

There will be more than 30 musical acts performing between noon and 5 p.m. this Sunday during Old Port Fest, from an Australian duo with 2.3 million fans on Facebook to a fledgling act out of the Maine Academy of Modern Music. All are worth seeing.

But the festival lasts only six hours, so you might want to narrow your entertainment options before going. We’re here to help.

We’ve pared down the list of live music with some of the festival’s highlights (see the entire music schedule:

Rachel Platten courtesy photo

Rachel Platten courtesy photo

The Coast 93.1 Stage

Location: Pearl and Middle streets, noon to 5 p.m.
Why Go: Rachel Platten (performing at 2 p.m.) is a pop singer best known for the album and single “Fight Song.” You might also recognize her 2011 single “1,000 Ships.” The first time she performed with a band, Platten did so in front of 80,000 people at the International Soca Monarch Finals in Trinidad in 2002. The Veronicas (performing at 3 p.m.) are the Australian pop duo of identical twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso. Their debut record was released in 2005 and in their home country, three songs went to the top 10 singles chart. They caught America’s ear with their self-titled album, released seven years after their second record, “Hook Me Up.”

North of Nashville courtesy photo

North of Nashville courtesy photo

WPOR 101.9 Stage

Location: Middle and Temple streets, noon to 5 p.m.
Why Go: North of Nashville (performing at noon) is the local duo of Jay Basiner and Andrew Martelle. They were named Country Act of the Year at the 2015 New England Music Awards of the Year and recently opened for Gary Allan in Portland on the Maine State Pier.

Logan Mize (performing at 1 p.m.) is a country singer out of Kansas with two length albums under his belt. His latest EP, “Pawn Shop Guitar,” has received airplay on country stations nationwide thanks to the single “Can’t Get Away from a Good Time.”

Jake Miller courtesy photo

Jake Miller courtesy photo

Town Square Media Stage

Location: Monument Square, noon to 5 p.m.
Why Go: Jake Miller (performing at noon) is a 20-year-old rapper, songwriter, guitarist and drummer from Florida with more than 1 million fans on Facebook. His first performance was as the opening act for Snoop Dogg in 2011.

Spose (performing at 3 p.m.) is Maine’s king of hip-hop, and he’s about to drop his new record. Expect to hear jams from this one and possibly others that put him on the map, including “I’m Awesome,” “op Song,” “Gee Willikers” and “All Rs.”

Maia Sharp courtesy photo

Maia Sharp courtesy photo

98.9 WCLZ Stage

Location: Silver and Fore streets, noon to 5 p.m.
Why Go: Maia Sharp (performing at noon) is a singing, songwriting force of nature. Along with her own sensational albums, Sharp’s songs have been recorded by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks and even Cher. Expect tunes from her latest record “Change the Ending” and likely “Something Wild” and “Red Dress” from 2005’s “Fine Upstanding Citizen.”

Scars on 45 (performing at 2 p.m.) is an English indie rock band with the infectiously sweet song “Crazy For You” that will leave you absolutely crazy for them.

Dispatch Stage

Location: Fore and Union streets, noon to 5 p.m.
Why Go: Amy & the Engine (performing at 4 p.m.), fronted by singer Amy Allen, are making happy noise with the songs “Love Me” and “Last Forever.” The band’s brand of indie pop is contagious, and their sound goes perfectly with a summer’s day.

Yard Sail courtesy photo

Yard Sail courtesy photo

Maine Academy of Modern Music Stage

Location: Commercial and Dana streets, noon to 5 p.m.
Why Go: Yard Sail (performing with three other MAMM SLAM bands between 2-3:30 p.m.) is the quintet of Zoé, Ève, Esmé, Emma, Skyler. These young women are between 13 and 16 years old and are students at Memorial Middle School in South Portland, Thornton Academy in Saco and Casco Bay High School in Portland. You’ll likely hear classic rock covers along with their own pop-rock songs that will knock your socks off. Here’s hoping they play the Yard Sail original “White Teeth.”

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