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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. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $14 in advance, $18 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com Six albums into her recording career, singer-songwriter Chris Pureka continues to release music
from a deeply personal and emotional place. She's been writing songs since she was a child, and her most
recent album is 2016's "Back in the Ring." Photo by Andy Alseri
The Lemonheads with Tommy Stinson
8 p.m. Friday. Aura, 121 Center St., Portland, $25 in advance, $28 day of show, 18-plus. auramaine.com Arguably one of Boston's most beloved alternative rock bands is The Lemonheads, fronted by Evan
Dando. Formed in the mid-'80s, their best- known tunes include "If I Could Talk I'd Tell You," "It's A
Shame About Ray," "Into Your Arms" and their take on the Simon & Garfunkel classic "Mrs. Robinson." Fingers
crossed they also play their homage to the great indoors called "The Outdoor Type." Opening the show is
another alternative rock legend, Tommy Stinson. Stinson's best known as an original member of the Minnesota
band The Replacements. Evan Dando of The Lemonheads.Photo by Michael Van Collenburg
8 p.m. Sunday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day of show, $30
preferred seating, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com Catch a Grammy-nominated string band that will be slinging some mighty fine bluegrass and Americana
jams at you. "The Butcher Shoppe" EP is the latest release from the Della Mae. The band formed in Boston a
decade ago and is now based in Nashville. Expect a whirlwind of fun and impressive musicianship with songs
like "Bourbon Hound" and "Sleep With One Eye Open." Photo by Ryan Nolan
7 p.m. Sunday. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, $18. stlawrencearts.org "Walterio" is the latest album from Walter Salas-Humara, founding member of the prolific rock band
The Silos. It's also the reason why Salas-Humara is swinging through Portland for a Sunday night show.
"Here We Go" is a solid rocker, and "Come in a Singer" is a moody ballad. Expect to rock out, chill out and
hang out with a seasoned performer who has earned his stripes out on the road and with a rich discography.
Photo by Federico Alvarez
8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8. Aura, 121 Center St., Portland, $30 in advance, $35 day of show, 18-plus. auramaine.com Along with a lengthy solo career that includes most-recent album "Call the Comet," Johnny Marr had
stints in several bands including The Pretenders, Modest Mouse and The The. Marr is also a founding member
of the most sublime alternative rock band that ever was: The Smiths. There's a club called Aura if you'd
like to go, you could meet somebody who really loves you. And when you do go, be on time because local act
Hiss & Chambers will be opening the show. Photo by Niall Lea