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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.
English Beat, Muddy Ruckus & King Kyote, Greg Klein and Walk Off the Earth
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
The English Beat
8 p.m. Thursday. Aura, 121 Center St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show, 18-plus. auramaine.com Check your hair in the mirror in the bathroom and then head to Aura for a show from legendary pop-
ska band The English Beat. Not only will you hear new tunes from their album “Here We Go Love,” Dave
Wakeling and company will be serving up the classics including “I Confess,” “Twist & Crawl,” “Stand Down
Margaret,” “Tears of A Clown” and “Save It For Later.” Local ska act El Grande opens the show. Dave
Wakeling of The English Beat. Photo courtesy of the artist
Muddy Ruckus and King Kyote
8 p.m. Friday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day of show, $25
preferred seating, all ages. portcitymusichall.com Muddy Ruckus is the duo of singer-guitarist Ryan Flaherty and singer-drummer Erika Stahl. They
describe their sound, accurately, as rock, Americana and punk. They’re a band that rarely rests, and their
latest single is the dark and moody “Chasm.” Co-headlining the evening is King Kyote. He’s a one-man act,
and “Halo” is a dark, stormy and excellent tune, as is “I’ll Come Runnin.” Two killer Maine-based acts in
one night. Muddy Ruckus photo by Graeme Reed
Greg Klein Album Release Show
8 p.m. Friday. Frontier, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, $10 in advance, $12 day of show. explorefrontier.com Local singer-songwriter Greg Klein fronted Dark Hollow Bottling Company for a decade and a half.
Klein just released his second solo album called “Dead Man’s Motto,” and there’s an album release show
happening in Brunswick. The album is 14 tracks strong, and it’s a solid study in thoughtful Americana. Folk
pop act Builder of The House shares the bill with Klein. Greg Klein photo by Louis
Walk Off The Earth
7:30 p.m. Sunday. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $38.50 in advance, $40 day of show. statetheatreportland.com Canadian indie-pop band Walk Off The Earth took the world by storm in 2012 with its five-people-
playing-one-guitar cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” They’ve also put their quirky stamp on
several other covers, including Lorde’s “Royals” and Adele’s “Hello.” But the band also is known for
originals like “Fire in My Soul” and “Red Hands” and for playing creative and colorful arrays of
instruments. At the end of December, band member Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor died from natural causes at 51.
The tour, which stops in Portland on Sunday night, is dedicated to him. Walk Off The Earth photo
courtesy of the artist