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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.
Colin Hay, Tim Mercer, Delta Rae and Old Crow Medicine Show
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, $40 in advance, $45 day of show. rocklandstrand.com You may remember his days from Men At Work and their hit songs "Down Under" and "Who Can It Be Now?" but Australian singer-songwriter
Colin Hay has been releasing solo albums for 30 years. Hay's latest album is "Fierce Mercy," released earlier this year. He still often plays
the Men at Work tune "Overkill" during his shows, but you'll have to find out for yourself if he'll just smile and give you a Vegemite
sandwich. Photo by Sebastian Smith
8 p.m. Saturday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com Singer-songwriter Tim Mercer fronted the rock band Daphne for a dozen years while living in Brooklyn, New York. He's been back in Maine
for a number of years and last year released the album "Casey," a love letter to and conversation with his late wife. Mercer will be telling
some of the back-stories about the songs he'll be performing and will be joined by special guests Ben Kilcollins and Pete Witham. Photo
by Dave Gannon
8 p.m. Saturday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show, $40 preferred seating, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com Don't let the name fool you, Delta Rae is a band, not a person. They're a six-piece outfit out of Durham, North Carolina, with
sensational harmonies from Liz Hopkins and Brittany Holljes. Their folk-rock sound is dynamic, and they've been headlining more than 100 shows
a year since becoming a band in 2009. Delta Rae's latest release is "A Long And Happy Life." Singer-songwriter Lauren Jenkins opens the
show. Photo courtesy of the artist
Old Crow Medicine Show
6 p.m. Tuesday. Maine State Pier, Commercial Street, Portland, $35. waterfrontconcerts.com Catch a red-hot string band from Nashville on Portland's waterfront. Old Crow Medicine Show is on the road with songs from their
Grammy-winning album "Remedy." Even the seagulls will be stomping their feet to tunes like "8 Dogs 8 Banjos," "Big Time in the Jungle" and
their breezy "Wagon Wheel," which they co-wrote with Bob Dylan. Folk and Americana act Town Meeting open the show. Photo by Danny