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 WCHS TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.
Paper Lions, Hadacol Bouncers and Portland Symphony Orchestra
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
9 p.m. Thursday. Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, $16 in advance, $18 day of show, 21-plus. portlandhouseofmusic.com Take in some Canadian pop-rock, courtesy of Paper Lions, who will be playing songs from their latest album, "Full Colour," among other tunes. "Traveling," from their 2012 EP,
"At Long Creek," has been viewed more than 8 million times on YouTube. The weather might be cold where these guys are from, but this band is red hot at the moment. Photo
courtesy of the artist
The Hadacol Bouncers
7:30 p.m. Friday. Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane, $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $8 students. phippsburgucc.org Thaw out on Friday night with some New Orleans- and Chicago-style jazz from Portland-based act The Hadacol Bouncers. You'll hear gems by the likes of Louise Armstrong, Fats
Waller and James P. Johnson, as well as classics from the Great American Songbook, played with panache on piano, banjo, tuba, drums, cornet, clarinet and trombone. Photo by
Portland Symphony Orchestra
2:30 p.m. Sunday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $32 to $83. porttix.com Slip peacefully yet vibrantly into your Sunday afternoon with the sounds of Chopin, Britten and Debussy washing over you. Portland Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor David
Neely, present a program featuring pianist Diane Walsh. You'll hear Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1, Britten's "Four Sea Interlude" from Peter Grimes and Debussy's "La Mer." Hang around
after the performance for a Q-and-A session with the artists. Image courtesy of the Portland Symphony Orchestra