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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: June 17, 2015

Jazz Duo Tuck & Patti perform in Ogunquit and The Portland House of Music & Events is Open!

Tuck & Patti, performing Thursday at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit, play standards, contemporary covers and original songs.

Tuck & Patti, performing Thursday at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit, play standards, contemporary covers and original songs.

Tuck Andress plays guitar and Patti Cathcart sings. Together, the married couple is Tuck & Patti, and they’ve been releasing sensational records since 1988. Their debut was “Tears of Joy,” released on the Windham Hill label, and more than a dozen have followed. One could just listen to Tuck play his acoustic guitar, and that alone would be immensely satisfying. One could also just listen to Patti sing with her smooth, clear, melodious voice and all would be right with the world. Together, they’ve created an acoustic tapestry of jazz standards, reimagined pop songs and emotionally gorgeous originals.

Tuck & Patti are well loved by their fans but have flown beneath the mainstream radar despite being on well-established labels over the years and receiving national radio airplay. Four of their records have appeared on the U.S. contemporary jazz charts, with “Tears of Joy” reaching number 8.

Standards that the duo have recorded over the years include “As Time Goes By,” made famous in 1942 by way of the classic film “Casablanca,” the Gershwins’ “Embraceable You,” Victor Young’s “When I Fall in Love,” which was first made famous in the early ’50s by Doris Day and many others.

Contemporary covers include a charming, heartfelt take on Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” an hallelujah-inducing rendition of Jimmy Cliff’s “Sitting In Limbo” and a stirring nod to Jimi Hendrix with “Castles Made of Sand” that flows into “Little Wing.” In other words, Tuck & Patti have a musical Midas touch. Everything they touch turns to acoustic jazz gold. You never quite know where Tuck’s guitar or Patti’s voice is going to take you, but you’ll love every note of the journey.

The pair has also penned several originals that will take your breath away, including “Dream” from an album of that name and “Heaven Down Here” from “Learning to Fly.”

Take a listen to “Heaven Down Here”

Lastly, here’s a Tuck & Patti fun fact; Tuck’s niece is none other than Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent.

Tuck & Patti, 8 p.m. Thursday. Jonathan’s, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, $30.

YEAH! The Portland House of Music and Events opened last weekend with shows from Doubting Gravity and Amy and The Engine. Just wait until you see the space. Hats off to Ken Bell and his tireless crew for making this happen. The church pews, the chandelier, the huge stage, the awesome bar, the patio, it’s all so spectacular. Do yourself a favor and get there sooner rather than later and let’s show this sensational new venue some love. Their plan is to have live music pretty much every night of the week. And since I can’t get to my car without walking by it after work every day, I plan on soon being greeted by the name of a favorite Replacements song: “Here Comes a Regular.” Need an excuse to check it out? Here are three: Jacob Augustine (singer-songwriter with a voice that will kill you in such a good way with falsetto and tremendous depth), Tall Horse (indie-folk rock) and Leveret (synth-art rock quartet).

Jacob Augustine, Tall Horse and Leveret, 9 p.m. Saturday. Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple St., Portland, $7 in advance, $10 at the door, 21-plus.

More live music coming up

Train with The Fray
6 p.m. Thursday. Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad St., Bangor, $19.75 to $79.75,
Fronted by singer Pat Monahan, Train has been cranking out the hits since the late 90s with songs like “Meet Virginia,” “Drops of Jupiter,” “Hey Soul Sister” and “Drive By.” Opening the show is The Fray, a band who caught the world’s attention a decade ago with the song “How To Save a Life.”

Kirtan Soul Revival
7:30 p.m. Thursday. HopeGateWay, 509 Forest Ave., Portland, $25,
For an enlightening evening like none other check out Kirtan Soul Revival. New York City’s KSR creates a sound that blends funk, rock, rhythm and blues, world grooves and chants with three part harmonies. You’ll be invited to participate with call-and-response chanting.

The Fogcutters with Jason Spooner
8 p.m.. Friday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day of show, $20 preferred seating, 18-plus,
They’ve got 20 members and have all about big band and jazz since 2010. With 13 horns, a 5-piece rhythm section and singers Chas Lester and Megan Jo Wilson, The Fogcutters also delve into funk, rock, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop and traditional music. Get to the show on time as you don’t want to miss singer-songwriter Jason Spooner.

8 p.m. Saturday. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $30 to $45 reserved seating.
He’s won three Grammy Awards and is one heck of a songwriter, guitarist and blues artist. “Bluesamericana” is the latest record from Keb’ Mo’ so expect to hear songs from it and selections from his catalog that spans three decades.

Concert for Nepal Earthquake Relief
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Second Congregational Church, 51 Main St., Newcastle, $15 suggested donation, 529-5438
Spend an evening on the mid-coast listening to folk music while supporting a worthy cause. All proceeds will be sent to the Help Nepal Network. You’ll enjoy performances by singer-songwriter Jud Caswell, Celtic folk trio The AleHouse String Band, cittern, fiddle and guitar player Nik Apollonio and folk duo Castlebay. Storyteller Van Reid will host the night’s festivities and you can expect a lively night of ballads, sea chanteys, jigs and reels and stories and songs.

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