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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.
Music this week(end): Sultans of String, HenryFest & Queensryche
Celebrating its 11th year, HenryFest is the annual fund-raiser for 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth, plus more upcoming live, local music.
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
8 p.m. Tuesday. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $36. statetheatreportland.com
Passion Pit is essentially one person – Michael Angelakos out of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The sound is indie-electronica and for the live shows you'll hear Angelakos on keys and vocals backed by a full band. Since 2009, Passion Pit has released three albums that have all done incredibly well, including "Kindred," released in April. Popular Pit songs include "The Reeling," "Little Secrets," "Take a Walk" and "Lifted Up (1985)." This show was originally scheduled for July 22 and was rescheduled when Angelakos fell ill. All tickets from the July date will be honored.
Sultans of String
7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., $20 in advance, $25 day of show. boothbayoperahouse.com
From north of the border comes a band known for dazzling audiences with Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms and French Manouche gypsy jazz. Canadian band, Sultans of String, weave together an acoustic and electric tapestry of world music that's been known to elicit a dancing response from fans.
Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, Yarmouth, $18 in advance, $20 at the gate, $35 in advance for families, $40 at the gate. 317main.org/henryfest
Celebrating its 11th year, HenryFest is the annual fund-raiser for 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth. With music, food and activities, the festival is ideal for the entire family so bring your blankets and lawn chairs and get ready for a terrific day. You'll hear tunes from Cornell Brothers, The Gather Rounders, The Press Gang, Molly Tuttle Band and Downeast Soul Coalition. Should the weather be uncooperative, HenryFest will happen at the First Parish Congregational Church on 116 Main St. in Yarmouth.
8 p.m. Monday. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $25 in advance, $30 day of show. statetheatreportland.com
Iconic hard rockers Queensryche will be owning Monday night with a show in Portland in support of their upcoming fifteenth studio album “Condition Human.” The band formed in the early 8os in Washington State and their song “Silent Lucidity” was a smash hit in 1991