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.
Paula Cole, Dispatch, Queen tribute and Daniel Strange & Ashley Liberty
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
8 p.m. Saturday. Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, 53 Old Post Road, Arundel, $45 to $55. vinegarhillmusictheatre.com You don't want to wait any longer to see singer Paula Cole perform live. The Grammy winner released the
double album "Ballads" last year and will be performing several songs from it. "Ballads" is home to 20 standards
and other American tunes including Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe," Bob Dylan's "The Lonesome Death of Hattie
Carroll," Rodgers & Hart's "Blue Moon" and Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child." Cole will also delve into her
catalog with songs like "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" and "I Don't Wait to Wait." And if you're lucky, she
just might bust out her epic cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," complete with beatboxing. Photo by Erica
6:30 p.m. Saturday. Darling's Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad St., Bangor, $46. waterfrontconcerts.com Make a beeline to Bangor for a night of indie-roots out of Boston in the form of Dispatch. Dispatch is the
trio of Chad Stokes, Pete Francis and Brad Corrigan. Their latest record is last year's "America, Location 12," and
the next one, "Location 13," is due out this fall. Dispatch's discography dates back to its 1996 debut "Steeples."
Need a crash course in their sound? Fire up your favorite device and listen to "The General," "Two Coins" "Only the
Wild Ones," "Bang Bang"and "Painted Yellow Lines." Photo by Allen Ralph
4th Annual Queen Tribute
9 p.m. Saturday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day of show, $30
preferred seating, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com The Masterstroke Queen Experience, led by singer Sean Slaughter, is a must-see show if you're a fan of
Queen. There's a renewed interest in the iconic band since the trailer for the Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian
Rhapsody" was released, and this show is a perfect way to get ready for that film hitting the big screen in the
fall. Slaughter and his band play the hits and usually throw in some deeper album cuts for the hardcore fans. This
year's special guests include Renee Coolbrith, Holly Nunan, Crystal Marie, JanaeSound, Sophie Pattenaude and
Matthew Zimmerman. They will indeed rock you. This show is the real life, it's not just fantasy, so grab your
tickets and carry on, carry on. Photo by Damon H. Loucks
Daniel Strange & Ashley Liberty: Hot Fiddle 2
7 p.m. Saturday. North Windham Union Church, 723 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, $14.50, $12.50 seniors and students.
mwamconcerts.com It's always a good idea to pair piano with violin especially when the two musicians are at the top of their
game. Head to Windham for an evening of classical, jazz, rock, swing and fiddle music from pianist Daniel Strange
and violinist Ashley Liberty. They're both native Mainers and between the two of them have accompanied several
Broadway, classic and contemporary performers including Bernadette Peters, Andrea Bocelli and Noel Paul Stookey.
The show is part of the Music With a Mission concert series and a portion of proceeds will benefit the Travis Mills
Foundation and their efforts to support veterans and provide them well earned rest and relaxation at its Belgrade
Lakes retreat. Jen Bray Photogaphy/Shutterstock.com