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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.
A little bit country and a little bit rock and roll with some indie folk too
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
SnugHouse with Eli Lev
8 p.m. Friday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com Here's a chance to catch a red-hot indie-folk Portland act as it celebrates the release of its second EP,
"Like Water." SnugHouse is Nikhil Dasgupta, Alex Millan, Rosie Borden and Laura Pauline, and they chose their named
based on the fact that Dasgupta's apartment is located above The Snug in Portland. SnugHouse has only been around
for a year but has created a solid buzz with its folk-pop sound that is lush with harmonies and goes from frisky on
tunes like "Firefly" from "Like Water" to poignant on "I Couldn't Be" from last year's debut. Americana act Eli Lev
from Washington, D.C., shares the bill. Photo courtesy of the artist
Big Head Todd and The Monsters
8 p.m. Friday. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $30 in advance, $35 day of show. statetheatreportland.com Colorado rock band Big Head Todd and the Monsters have been at it since the mid-'80s and have a dozen
studio and two live albums to their name. One of their best known songs is "Bittersweet" from their major label
debut album "Sister Sweetly." "Resignation Superman" from "Beautiful World" also received significant radio play
upon its release in 1997. The band's 2010 album "Rocksteady" has a cover of "Beast of Burden" by The Rolling
Stones, and it's entirely decent. Big Head Todd's latest album is last year's "New World Arisin'." Nashville duo
Los Colognes will open the show. Photo courtesy of the artist
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, $25 in advance, $30 day
of show. boothbayoperahouse.com Country music singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss has a discography that dates back to 1981 with 12 studio
albums and one live one. Through the years, she's cracked the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart six
times. A particularly good year for Bogguss was 1991, when her "Aces" album made it to the Top of the Billboard top
country albums chart and had four top 15 singles. "Aces" ultimately went platinum (more than a million copies sold)
and her two subsequent albums "Voices in the Wind" and "Something Up My Sleeve" both sold more than a half million
copies earning them gold record status. Head to Boothbay Harbor and hear hits like "Outbound Plane," "Letting Go,"
"Just Like the Weather" and the John Hiatt-penned tune "Drive South," among others, played to perfection by Bogguss
and her band. Photo by Amy Dickerson