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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.
8 p.m. Thursday. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $25 in advance, $30 day of show. statetheatreportland.com As far as guitar virtuosos go, it doesn't get more unusual than Buckethead. Not only is he a phenomenal and innovative guitarist, he plays wearing a plain white mask
with a paper bucket on his head. Expect to be riveted during songs like "Soothsayer" and "Big Sur Moon." Image courtesy of the artist
8 p.m. Thursday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $10 in advance, $12 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com Join in the celebration of singer-songwriter Lauren Crosby's latest album "I Said Take Me to the Water" by catching the release show in Portland. Crosby's a Georgetown
native who got her start in midcoast bars as a teenager. The "Water" album is her second, and if first single "You Don't Need a Rose" is any indication, the album and show
should both be terrific. Photo by Dear Jenna Photography
Honoring a Tradition: The Soggy Po' Boys play Louis, Sidney and Fats
8 p.m. Saturday. The Dance Hall, 7 Walker St., Kittery, $12 in advance, $15 day of show. thedancehallkittery.org New Hampshire's Soggy Po' Boys will be playing a musical salute to jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and Fats Waller during a Saturday night show in Kittery.
Not only will you hear the tunes, the band will also talk about the impact made by the trio of artists they're honoring. Should make for a toe-tappin' and educational evening
from a septet that includes vocals, guitar, drums, piano, bass and plenty of brass. Photo courtesy of the artist