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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.
Heather Pierson Trio, Zapion Sextet and Liz Longley
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Heather Pierson Trio
7:30 p.m. Friday. Chocolate Church Arts Center Annex, 804 Washington St., Bath, $15 in advance, $17 at the door.
Spend your Friday night in Bath listening to the sweet sounds of award-winning pianist and multi-genre singer-
songwriter Heather Pierson who will be performing as an acoustic trio with Davy Sturtevant on strings and
cornet and Shawn Nadeau on upright bass. You'll hear New Orleans-style jazz and blues along with Americana and folk
tunes and Pierson will dazzle with her vocals, on the 88 keys and with her tenor banjo, melodica and acoustic
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8 p.m. Saturday. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $12, $18 preferred seating. mayostreetarts.org Nestled between Bayside and Munjoy Hill is where you'll find Mayo Street Arts and where you can hear
traditional Middle Eastern tunes by the Zapion Sextet on Saturday night. Their instruments include the oud, violin,
darbuka, nay, accordion and guitar, and the show is part of the Mayo Street Arts International Heritage Series,
which celebrates regional music and dance traditions and is based on the idea that music is inherent to
strengthening community in cultures around the world. We couldn't agree more!
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $15 in advance, $20 at the door. onelongfellowsquare.com Need a solid plan for Valentine's night? Bring the music lover in your life to One Longfellow Square for a
performance by singer-songwriter Liz Longley. Her most recent album is 2016's "Weightless." Keep your fingers
crossed that she plays the heart-rending "Rescue My Heart," because nothing says Valentine's Day like an
emotionally charged love song. "Only Love This Time Around" is another fantastic track off the album to keep an ear
out for. As a Valentine's night bonus, local singer-songwriter Monique Barrett opens the show.
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