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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: January 14, 2015

Arborea live at the Portland Museum of Art on Thursday!

Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Shanti and Buck Curran of Arborea. Courtesy photo by Jeanne Madic

Shanti and Buck Curran of Arborea. Courtesy photo by Jeanne Madic

I’m so excited. Yes, like Pointer Sisters excited. Like 50 shades of excited. Like excited excited. Why?

Because I am FINALLY going to see the indie-folk duo Arborea live! And you should too.

They’ll be performing at the Portland Museum of Art  at 5 p.m. On Thursday (Jan. 15).

The show is included in museum admission and is free for members. You’re encouraged to  stick around after the music’s over and artify yourself. It is a museum after all. There’s art. Lots of it.

I’ve loved – and have written about- Arborea (Buck and Shanti Curran) for many years despite the fact that we’ve never met in person. They’re based in Lewiston and don’t get down to Portland all that often but that’s no excuse. I’m lame for not having made a proper effort t see them live.

That’s all gonna change and I can’t wait!

Here’s a few Arborea  clips for your aural and visual pleasure. Listen and look to understand why I’m beside myself with immense joy about FINALLY being in the same room with this incredible, compelling duo.

See you there!

“After the Flood Only Love Remains”

“Careless Love” 

and my oh my, check out their cover of “Bad Moon Rising” (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

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