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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.
Todd Rundgren, Mary Fahl, The Ballroom Thieves and Model Airplane
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
8 p.m. Thursday. Aura, 121 Center St., Portland, $25 to $49.50. auramaine.com None of us want to work, we just wanna bang on the drums all day. But here's the good news, yes, we still can be friends because, hello,
it's Todd! That's right, classic rocker Todd Rundgren is coming to town for a show at the recently opened Aura in Portland. You too can see the
light. Rundgren's best known album is 1972's "Something/Anything," home to "Hello It's Me" and "I Saw the Light." Photo courtesy of the
8 p.m. Friday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $28 in advance, $33 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com Whether she's singing songs from Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon," Italian arias or her originals, Mary Fahl has a voice that could
launch a thousand ships. She was the singer of The October Project back in the '90s before pursuing a solo career. Her voice is tremendous, stunning
and unlike any other you'll hear. Fahl will be accompanied by cellist Monique Citro. Photo courtesy of the artist
The Ballroom Thieves
7:30 p.m. Friday. Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., $15 in advance, $20 day of show. boothbayoperahouse.com Boston trio The Ballroom Thieves will hit the midcoast for a show in the historic and possibly haunted opera house, and they'll be playing a
number of songs from last year's gorgeous "Deadeye" album. From folk rock into Americana and well beyond, this is a band that won't be fenced into
one specific genre but that will knock your socks off with incredible harmonies and well-penned lyrics. Photo by One Love Photo
Model Airplane with Jason Spooner Band
9 p.m. Saturday. Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, $15 in advance, $18 day of show, 21-plus. portlandhouseofmusic.com Funk up your Saturday and get ready to sweat your buns off dancing to Model Airplane, led by powerhouse vocalist Lyle Divinsky. Divinsky
relocated to Colorado to join the band The Motet, so this is a rare chance to see him tear it up in his home state. Special guests include Griffin
Sherry from The Ghost of Paul Revere and singer Gina Alibrio. The fantastic Jason Spooner Band kicks things off. Photo courtesy of the