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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.
The Wailers and Jake Shimabukuro among this week’s shows
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
7:30 p.m. Friday. Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., $30 in advance,
$35 day of show. boothbayoperahouse.com Ukelele superstar Jake Shimabukuro chooses cover songs like nobody’s business.
His latest record, “The Greatest Day,” includes a scintillating take on The Beatles
classic “Eleanor Rigby” as well as a surprising, chilled-out take on New Order’s
alternative gem “Bizarre Love Triangle.” Shimabukuro also has plenty of originals to
choose from, and he’ll be accompanied by bassist Nolan Verner and guitarist Dave
Preston during his midcoast performance. If you can’t make that show, Shimabukuro will
also be at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield on Sunday. Photo courtesy
of the artist
9 p.m. Friday. Aura, 121 Center St., Portland, $25 in advance, $30 day of show, 18
-plus. auramaine.com Reggae and The Wailers go hand in hand, and here’s a chance to catch the
legendary group live in Portland as they keep Bob Marley’s legacy burning brightly.
The Wailers are led by bassist and founding member Aston “FamilyMan” Barrett and
include original Wailers guitarist Donald Kinsey. Other band members are Barrett’s son
Aston Jr. and background singer Shema McGregor, daughter of Judy Mowatt and Freddie
McGregor. People, get ready to have a jammin’ good time. Want even more reggae? Head
to Aura on Thursday for a night of ska and rocksteady from Toots and The
Maytals. Photo courtesy of the artist
8 p.m. Sunday. Jonathan’s, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, $42.50. jonathansogunquit.com Virginia’s Carbon Leaf has been serving up its signature blend of Celtic,
folk, rock, bluegrass and Americana for more than two and a half decades and has 15
albums worth of material to dazzle you with, including the 2004 hit “Life Less
Ordinary.” You’ll hear acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle, bass, mandolin, drums,
cello, banjo, penny whistle, pedal steel, accordion and a whole bunch of vocal
harmonies from the five-piece band. Photo courtesy of the artist
8 p.m. Monday, June 10. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $30 in
advance, $35 day of show, $50 preferred seating, all ages. portcitymusichall.com Catch a New York-based art-rock trio comprised of Kazu Makino and identical
twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace. Blonde Redhead formed in 1993, and its sound has
evolved from noise rock to dream pop over the course of nine full-length albums, three
EPs and several singles. “3 O’Clock” from 2017 is the most recent release, and it’s
home to four hypnotic, ethereal songs. Photo courtesy of the