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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.
Carbon Leaf, Gary Sredzienski & The Serfs and The Lone Bellow
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
8 p.m. Friday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show, $40 preferred seating. portcitymusichall.com Carbon Leaf's debut album came out in 1995, and a dozen have followed. Here's a chance to see the Richmond, Virgina, act known for a
signature fusion of alt-country, indie rock and Celtic music. They've got a fresh batch of songs to share during their show, and you'll hear
acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bass, drums, cello, banjo, pennywhistle, pedal steel, accordion and a whole mess of harmonies
from the band's four members. Photo courtesy of the artist
Gary Sredzienski & The Serfs
7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Dance Hall, 7 Walker St., Kittery, $12 in advance, $15 at the door. brownpapertickets.com In the mood for a dance party featuring world, instrumental, rock and extreme polka music? We've got just the show for you.
Portsmouth-based Gary Sredzienski & The Serfs have been blending genres for two decades, and they're led by accordionist Sredzienski who joined
a 1930s vaudeville music act called the Hog Hollow Hooters when he was 10 years old. These days, he's all about '60s surf rock and original
accordion compositions, and he and his band promise to put on an entirely fun show. Photo courtesy of the artist
The Lone Bellow
8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show. statetheatreportland.com Indie-folk act The Lone Bellow is on the road in support of its new album "Walk Into A Storm," and the tour makes a Tuesday night stop
in Portland. This band's 2012 self-titled album and 2015's "Then Came the Morning" are both critically acclaimed, and this is the third. Be
sure to arrive on time so as not to miss the opening act, another outstanding indie-folk group, The Wild Reeds. They're a California quintet
fronted by Kinsey Lee, Sharon Silva and Mackenzie Howe, who trade off lead vocal duties and all play acoustic and electric instruments.
Photo courtesy of the artist