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It's time for our annual roundup of outdoor summer concerts! This year's list includes The National, John Fogerty, Heart with Sheryl Crow and Death Cab For Cutie among several others! We've also got this weekend covered with a glorious array of events to choose from. Live your best life! Go do stuff!
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.
Psychedelic trance, theatrical punk pop and bluegrass shows happening in Portland
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
8 p.m. Thursday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $22 in advance, $25 day of show, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com Israeli-born, Los Angeles-based producers Amit "Duvdev" Duvdevani and Erez Eisen have been releasing music and touring the globe as DJ duo Infected Mushroom for more than two decades. Their latest single is "Walking on the Moon," and it's a pulsating example of their psychedelic trance sound. Attending and, better yet, participating in this show will likely be an other-worldly experience that's like visiting a neon planet where the music never stops and the official language is a series of dance moves. Image courtesy of the artist
9 p.m. Friday. Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day of show, 21-plus. statetheatreportland.com Looking for a raucous show of Eastern European, Americana, punk and pop music delivered in theatrical style from a band that describes itself as "Siouxsie Sioux covering Frank Zappa playing trombone in Tom Waits' basement during the French Revolution?" Of course you do! Well, then head to Portland House of Music on Friday and spend the evening with the seven-piece band out of western Massachusetts called Bella's Bartok. They started off a decade or so ago as street-punk performers and have become a brass-filled, accordion-based live spectacle that will have you on your feet the entire time. Boston's improvisational rock band Skyfoot opens the show. Photo by Mariah Giles
Greensky Bluegrass with Billy Strings
8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $25 in advance, $28 day of show. statetheatreportland.com Greensky Bluegrass has a new album out called "All For Money" with the outstanding lead single "Courage for the Road." It's a bluegrass band that loves to rock just as much as it likes to stomp, and the result has amassed a loyal following that loves the signature sound it's created. But that's not the only reason to venture out on a cold Tuesday night. The opening act is Billy Strings, who was given the name by his aunt who recognized the mad skills her nephew had for playing several bluegrass instruments, including banjo, mandolin and guitar. Strings' 2017 "Turmoil & Tinfoil" album earned him an impressive amount of critical praise, and his live shows are becoming the stuff of legends. Photo by Jesse Faatz