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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: February 10, 2016

Richard Thompson performs in Westbrook on Friday night

Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Richard Thompson <em> Courtesy photo </em>

Richard Thompson is back in Maine for two shows this weekend. His Thursday night show at The Strand in Rockland is completely sold out BUT there are still a few left for the Friday night show in Westbrook.

I’ve seen him live a number of times through the years and he is SENSATIONAL. His guitar playing is frankly incredible and his songwriting is among the best you’ll hear.

I was fortunate enough to have a chat with him in 2014 and continue to be a big fan. My dance card is already full on Friday night but I STRONGLY encourage you to think about catching this performance.

Richard Thompson with Joyce Anderson
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 671 Stroudwater St., Westbrook
HOW MUCH: $46.50, general admission

Here are 5 Thompson songs to offer you further motivation to see Thompson live.

1. One of the greatest songs ever written. It kills me. Here’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”

2.  “Wall of Death”

3. “From Galway to Graceland”

4. “Bone Through Her Nose”

5. “Shoot Out the Lights”

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