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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.
Arlo Guthrie and India Arie among upcoming mix of shows
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $35 to $70 reserved seating. statetheatreportland.com She’s been nominated 21 times and has taken home four Grammy Awards including one for best R&B
album in 2003 for “Voyage to India.” Here’s a chance to spend a mid-week evening in Portland with India
Arie. Some of Arie’s biggest songs are “Brown Skin,” “Video,” “Get It Together” and “That Magic.” Earlier
this year, Arie released the album “Worthy,” home to the hopeful, gorgeous tune “Prayer for Humanity.”
Javier Colon, winner of the first season of “The Voice,” opens the show. Photo courtesy of the
7:30 p.m. Friday. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $15 in advance, $20 day of show. space538.org Portland Chamber Music Festival presents what will surely be a scintillating evening of pieces from
the past and present performed by four innovative musicians from around the country. Retro/Perspective
features violinist and co-founder of Time for Three and East Coast Chamber Orchestra Nick Kendall,
violinist and bluegrass fiddle player Tessa Lark, violist and Portland Chamber Music Festival artistic
director Melissa Reardon and Efe Baltacigil, principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony. Photo
courtesy of Portland Chamber Music Festival
Lil’ Rev Workshop + Concert
6:30 p.m. Monday. Lower Parish Hall at St. Luke’s Cathedral, 143 State St., Portland, $25 for workshop
and concert, $10 concert only. lilrev.com Here’s a chance to up your ukulele game with a 90-minute workshop led by a world-class player. Or
if you’re more of a fan, you can come just for the 8 p.m. performance. Lil’ Rev, aka Marc Revenson, plays
traditional and original tunes interspersed with poetry and storytelling. He’s so skilled at playing the
uke, he’s written seven instructional books, and he also plays harmonica, mandolin, guitar and
banjo. Photo courtesy of the artist
Arlo Guthrie Alice’s Restaurant Tour
8 p.m. Sunday. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $35 to $80, reserved seating. statetheatreportland.com Way back in 1967, folk singer Arlo Guthrie released a 19-minute talking blues Vietnam War protest
song that to this day remains the stuff of legends. Here’s a chance to hear “Alice’s Restaurant,” among
other tunes, live from Guthrie and his band. Sarah Lee Guthrie, daughter of Arlo and granddaughter of his
dad, Woody Guthrie, opens the show, performing as a duo with her husband, Johnny Irion. You can indeed get
anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant, you just have to snag a ticket first. Photo courtesy of the