There’s nothing like hearing music outside. Whether you’re out on a deck with a pint, sprawled on a blanket on a hill by the ocean or out on a patio with pals there’s something extra marvelous about hearing music out in the elements, especially considering that many of us never thought the snowbanks would melt enough for this to happen. And yet, here we are, in July, with summer waiting for us to dive in- head first. To celebrate, this week’s column highlights four live music performances that are happening more or less al fresco. So read on and then soak up the sun, the moon, the scenery and most certainly the music.
He’s affectionately called the Sasquatch of Soul and when he sings, the sound you’ll hear will put you right in orbit. Lyle Divinsky, with his easy smile and huge voice, will be sitting on the dock of the bay every Monday this summer playing his acoustic soul. His repertoire includes originals and classics of the soulful persuasion. Think Bill Withers and Otis Redding. Plus, believe it or not, you haven’t lived until you’ve heard what Divinsky does with Bob Seger’s “We’ve Got Tonight.” Trust me on this.
6-9 p.m. Thursdays, The Porthole Restaurant & Pub, 20 Custom House Wharf, Portland, no cover, portholemaine.com
5-7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursdays. Brian Boru, 57 Center St., Portland, no cover, 21-plus, brianboruportland.com
Here’s a chance to catch some tunes every Wednesday afternoon out on a patio. Singer Rebecca Kingsley and her guitarist Andy Argondizza will be playing super smooth, soulful, grooving and mellow covers, originals, jazz and R&B and other sweet selections. Kinglsey is a New York City based, Portland born Latin/soul/jazz singer who released an album of Dominican style of music known as Bachata as well as one of jazz and R&B originals. I’ve seen Kingsley live and she’s the real deal so do make a point of catching one of these performances. They’ll be happening through August.
4:30 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Portland House of Music & Events, 25 Temple St., Portland, no cover, portlandhouseofmusic.com
9 p.m. Wednesdays, Portland House of Music & Events, 25 Temple St., Portland, no cover, portlandhouseofmusic.com