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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.
Brazilian tunes, joyful acoustic music and a Pearl Jam concert film
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
7 p.m. Thursday. Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland, donations accepted. portcityblue.com Warm up with some lively tunes from Brazilian choro ensemble Choro Louco. Choro music dates back to the
19th century in Rio de Janiero and is known for having a high-energy, happy sound. Choro Louco is the local act of
Nicole Rabata (flute), Carl Dimow (flute and guitar), Joel Echkaus (cavaquinho and mandolin), Eric LaPerna
(pandiero) and David Newsam (guitar and mandolin). When their set ends, stick around to see singer-songwriter
Andrew Baile, who takes the stage at 9 p.m. Cowardlion/Shutterstock.com
7:30 p.m. Friday. First Universalist Church of Auburn, 169 Pleasant St., Auburn, $15 at the door. auburnuu.org Want to spend an evening listening to joyful acoustic music? You can do just that in Auburn with a
performance by Maine act Bold Riley. The band is Michael Hayashida, Julia Edwards, Erin Sampson, John Gunn and
Dennis Boyd, and they're all about sweeping harmonies and a diverse mix of instrumentation, including fiddle,
guitar, banjo, accordion, bass and percussion. You'll hear folk favorites, unexpected covers and sweet originals
with band members taking turns on lead vocals. Photo by Macgregor Photography
'Let's Play Two'
8 p.m. Friday. The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, $8.50, $7.50 seniors and under 12. rocklandstrand.com Do you love Pearl Jam? Head to Rockland for a screening of the documentary "Let's Play Two," which
chronicles the band's legendary two days of performances at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs historic season.
The film includes a bunch of originals and covers that span the band's two-and-a-half-decade-long career, and it's
captured through the lens of renowned director/photographer Danny Clinch and the voice of Pearl Jam. Songs include
"Better Man," "Black," "Given to Fly," "Jeremy," "Crazy Mary," "Alive" and "I've Got A Feeling," among several
others. Photo by Danny Clinch/Milkt Films, Polygram Entertainment