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We'll help you plan your best summer yet with our annual roundup of can't miss events! Plus we've got a Face the Music interview with vocal powerhouse Josh Groban who is performing in Portland on 6/24. And as always, we'll help you have a terrific weekend with our hand-picked selection of events. Have fun out there!
Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com 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 Mainetoday.com. 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 about...music of course.
Fleet Foxes, Streisand Tribute, Steep Canyon Rangers and Ryan Montbleau
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
7 p.m. Thursday. Thompson's Point, Portland, $46 in advance, $51 day of show. statetheatreportland.com Seattle's indie-folk sensations Fleet Foxes are coming to town with a brand new album in tow. "Crack-Up" dropped last month and it's their third album. The band is fronted by vocalist/guitarist Robin Pecknold, who thought it was a good idea to let the influences of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Zombies and The Beach Boys shine through on his band's music. He was absolutely right, so expect the songs of Fleet Foxes to wash over you as an end-of-July night transpires outside in Portland. Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Steep Canyon Rangers
7:30 p.m. Friday. Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., $30 in advance, $35 day of show. boothbayoperahouse.com "Nobody Knows You" won them a Grammy for best bluegrass album in 2013, and you can hear for yourself on Friday night what all the fuss is about when you see Steep Canyon Rangers live. They are nine albums into a career that started 15 years ago in North Carolina, and they're so good that comedian/banjoist Steve Martin calls on them whenever he needs a backing band. Photo courtesy of the artist
Happy Days Are Here Again: Lesley McKinnell, Victoria Stubbs and Brian P. Allen
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., $20, $25. camdenoperahouse.com Two words: Streisand retrospective! Head to Camden for a music review featuring the early hits of Babs. Singer Lesley McKinnell played the leading role of Glinda in the national tour of "Wicked," and she, along with Victoria Stubbs (pianist) and Brian P. Allen (narrator), will take you on a trip down Streisand memory lane. You'll hear tunes from her nightclub days, TV specials, Broadway appearances, recordings and movies. Sing it out loud: "People ... people who need people ... are the luckiest people in the world!" So be there on Saturday night, people. Lesley McKinnell, Brian P. Allen and Victoria Stubbs photo courtesy of Camden Opera House
Ryan Montbleau Band
8 p.m. Sunday. Jonathan's, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, $37.50. jonathansogunquit.com The latest album is the stunning and stirring "I Was Just Leaving," and you can expect to hear plenty of tracks from it performed live in Ogunquit. Ryan Montbleau is a Boston-based singer-songwriter with mad acoustic guitar skills, wordsmithing mastery and melt-your-heart vocals. Photo courtesy of the artist