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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 18, 2015

Stone Mountain Arts worth the drive for Friday night show with Jason Spooner and Anna Lombard

Anna Lombard

Anna Lombard. Tom Couture photo

Listen up, Mother Nature, I don’t care if I have to crawl there, I am not missing this show. But it would be really swell if you could show a tiny speck of compassion because the road to the Stone Mountain Arts Center is one I simply must travel on Friday night, and I’m encouraging my fellow music fans to do the same.

Why? Because not one but TWO of my favorite Maine acts are setting up shop for the night in Brownfield.

The Jason Spooner Band is the first act. Their latest album is “Chemical,” home to the infectious tune “Fireflies.” Both the album and song were nominated for New England Music Awards.

Spooner told me the band just wrapped up a 10-day run in Colorado, where they performed a couple of shows with Michael Franti and Spearhead. At a concert in Vail, Franti called Spooner and his band mates to the stage to play most of the second set with him. “He always gets the crowd into a frenzy and being part of that energy was just phenomenal,” said Spooner.

As an added bonus, a concert promoter was at one of the Colorado shows and booked the band for The Rendezvous Music Fest in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in March.

ANNA LOMBARD also will grace the well-loved stage with Nate Soule, Sean Morin, Jon Roods, Tony McNaboe, Sara Hallie Richardson and Megan Jo Wilson.

Lombard’s been spending much of her time focused on the newest member of her family, baby June. But she’s also been in the studio working on a new project with Dave Gutter (Rustic Overtones, Paranoid Social Club).

She texted me a little clip from the studio, and I was wowed with what I heard. Lombard told me she’s starting to book shows for the summer and fall and that this show at Stone Mountain is her first one since June was born, so she’s pretty excited about it.

We can expect some songs from her “Head Full of Bells,” record along with a couple of new ones and maybe even a First Aid Kit cover.

Jason Spooner Band with Anna Lombard & Band, 8 p.m. Friday. Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield, $20.

IN OTHER MUSIC NEWS, here’s a quick round-up of three upcoming shows that have pinged the Aimsel radar:

Sinkane with Cookies and Mosart212. 8:30 p.m. Friday. SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. $10 in advance, $12 day of show.

Why you should go: Sinkane’s latest soul album, “Mean Love,” will make your ears happy. The song “How We Be” will liberate any winter depression you might have. Meanwhile, Cookies will be laying down their R&B art-pop. I listened to – and was quite taken by – “Music for Touching.” The song packs a punch with keys, drums and guitar and mesmerizing female vocals.

Lucy Kaplansky. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water St., Gardiner, $28.

Why you should go: A folk singer-songwriter and alt-country musician, Kaplansky is a Chicago-born New Yorker with a suitcase full of songs spanning several solo albums and collaborative projects. At one point she set music aside to pursue a doctorate in pyschology but eventually returned to her true love of music.

The Lone Bellow with Odessa. 8 p.m. Monday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $15 in advance, $18 day of show, $30 preferred seating, 18-plus.

Why you should go: The new record is “Then Came the Morning” and although I just started listening to it, I’m smitten. Hop on the interwebs and listen to “Fake Roses” by this Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio.

Chadwick Stokes. 8 p.m. Wednesday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $16 in advance, $19 day of show, $26 preferred seating, 18-plus.

Why you should go: He’s the frontman for both Dispatch and State Radio. He’s got a fantastic singing voice. He writes thoughtful, gorgeous songs. And Stokes is an incredible humanitarian dedicated to helping others via fundraising and awareness-raising endeavors with the Stoves for Sudan Project and Amplifying Education.


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