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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for 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 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 of course.

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Posted: March 2, 2016

6 New England music venues worth the road trip

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

A music venue can enhance the live show experience, with sweeping architecture, sumptuous food or a sense history on the stage. There’s no shortage of New England venues that would fit the bill. Here are six small- to medium-sized spots that are worth the drive from Greater Portland. These venues in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts were chosen for their ambiance, sound and dedication to quality live music. Loyal fans will see their favorite acts just about anywhere, but when the show is in a special venue, the experience is all the more memorable.

There’s a line from Rachael Yamagata’s song “Miles on a Car,” that applies not only to a person’s love for another, but the love for music itself. “Baby, it’s just miles on a car/just miles on a car. I only need a map of where you are/there’ll never be a place that is too far.” So gas up, grab some tickets,  hit the road and see a concert.

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