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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for 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 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 of course.

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Posted: May 22, 2018

13 sensational outdoor summer concerts

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

I decided in January that 2018 was going to be the best year in my life for live music, and so far, it’s happening. As we head into summer, the year is all the more special because we get to step through that little window of time here in Maine into that sweet spot of warm (or at least warmish) weather and hear live music outside. I’ve chosen a lucky roundup of 13 shows happening all over Maine with a few in nearby Portsmouth thrown in for good measure. These are the ones I’m most excited about, but know that there are plenty more where these came from, and we’ll do our best to preview those in the coming weeks as the days grow longer and show dates draw nearer. But, for now, I hereby offer up my official picks of outdoor shows happening in late spring and summer. Maya Angelou said, “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” I wholeheartedly embrace that sentiment, and I think it’s even better when it happens beneath the moon and stars.




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