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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.
Freejazz, Zeppelin Tribute, Matthew’s Rooftop Old Port Fest and a 90s hit-maker
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
William Parker & Patricia Nicholson: Hope Cries of Justice
8 p.m. Thursday. The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day of show. theapohadiontheater.com For a show that combines music, words and movement, head to The Apohadion for a performance featuring
dancer Patricia Nicholson and freejazz bassist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, author and educator William Parker.
If you've been curious about the Apohadion and haven't been yet, now is as good a time as any because this promises
to be a compelling evening. The artists' statement about the show is a wish to "open hearts so that together we can
envision a way to create the world we want to love in. We embrace creativity to find our strength and reclaim hope
in a difficult time."
9 p.m. Friday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $18 in advance, $20 day of show, $35 preferred
seating, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com This Led Zeppelin tribute act is so good that even Jimmy Page is a fan. The New York City-based, all-female
band has been at it since 2004, and career highlights include playing at Bonnaroo, the Isle of Wight Festival and
Madison Square Garden. Expect to feel a whole lotta love for Lez Zeppelin because these are ladies who aren't
actually sure if all that glitters is gold, but they sure know how to play the heck out of Zeppelin
tunes. Photo courtesy of the artist
7th Annual Mathew’s Rooftop Old Port Festival
Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Mathew’s Pub, 133 Free St., Portland $5, 21-plus. On Facebook Mathew’s Pub proudly describes itself as the “finest dive bar in Portland” and invites you to live music
throw-down, featuring a dozen acts up on the roof patio. The list includes Battery Steele, Beautiful Weird, The
Worst and Sweet Heat, along with DJ and host Fenimore. BTW, this is Old Port Festival weekend, so expect Portland
to be buzzing. By the way, this thing is also happening on Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m. and the 13 act lineup
includes Buddusky, Crunchcoat and Sarah Violette & Renee Coolbrith. Oh and one last thing. Fresh off their huge
show at Boston Calling, Weakened Friends have been added to the Sunday lineup! Yahoo! Sarah Violette and Renee Coolbrith photo by Lauryn Hottinger
Sophie B. Hawkins
8 p.m. Saturday. Jonathan's, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, $32.50 to $73.50. jonathansogunquit.com The year was 1992 when singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins caught the world's ear with the sexy jam "Damn I
Wish I Was Your Lover" from her debut album "Tongues and Tails." She found herself on the charts again with "Right
Beside You" in 1994 and the honey-sweet track "As I Lay Me Down" the following year. Her latest full-length record
is 2012's "The Crossing," but we heard she'll have a new one coming out soon, so expect some new material mixed in
with the '90s gems. Photo courtesy of the artist