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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.
7 p.m. Thursday St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day of show. stlawrencearts.org They walk the line incredibly well between original and traditional bluegrass. Catch a show from Boston-based Mile Twelve, a band formed
in 2014 that has since toured all over the U.S. and Canada. Mile Twelve released its debut EP last year. Photo courtesy of the
8 p.m. Saturday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $28 in advance, $33 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com For two decades, Solas has been one of the most popular and exciting Celtic bands to call the United States home. You'll hear traditional
Irish tunes and riveting originals of the folk-rock persuasion from Seamus Egan, Winifred Horan, Mick McAuley, Eamon McElholm and Moira
Smiley. Photo courtesy of the artist
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
9 p.m. Saturday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day of show, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com It's one of the more unusual band names you'll hear. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has a fresh, funk sound that's coming to Portland by way
of Baltimore. PPPP formed in 2009 and dropped its latest record, "Pleasure," in April. It might be a good idea to sport your dancing shoes to
this show. Strange Machines opens with its fusion of reggae, rock, jam and funk. This band typically plays more then 200 shows a year and will be
ready for this one. Will you? Photo by Germination Photography
What Cheer? Brigade
8:30 p.m. Saturday. SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $10 in advance, $12 day of show. space538.org This will be as much a party as a performance. What Cheer? Brigade is a 19-piece brass band out of Providence, Rhode Island. It fuses
sounds of Bollywood, New Orleans, samba and hip-hop with the passion of punk and the finesse of classical. The band's been at it since 2005 and
has collaborated with Blondie, Matt and Kim, Sage Francis and several other acts. What Cheer? Brigade doesn't need electricity to power its
shows, its members have plenty of it coursing through their veins — and their instruments. Fun fact: The last time they played in Portland, the
show ended up out on the street. If you can't make it to SPACE on Saturday, they'll be at Waterfall Arts in Belfast for a daytime show on Sunday.
waterfallarts.org Photo by Sean Hafferty