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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.
Particle Kid and La Pachamambo among this week’s shows
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Particle Kid with Jeff Beam
8 p.m. Thursday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $14 in advance,
$18 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com Particle Kid is the performing name of Micah Nelson. On Friday he’ll perform
as part of the huge Outlaw Music Festival in Bangor, where his dad, Willie, is
headlining. Here’s a chance to see the younger Nelson in the intimate space of One
Longfellow Square. Particle Kid’s sound is described as “folk-a-delic forest funk
space funk avant-pop psych-rock dope-scapes.” What does this all mean? Find out by
catching the show that features local psychedelic rocker Jeff Beam as opening
act. Photo by Chris Cuffaro
8 p.m. Friday. Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland, $10 cash at the door.
On Facebook Do the words salsa, mambo, cumbia and boogaloo make your pulse quicken and
your toes tap on their own accord? If so, head to Mechanics’ Hall for a night of music
from La Pachamambo of Brooklyn, New York. The band pays tribute to the likes of Buena
Vista Social Club, Fania All Stars and Lucho Bermudez and you’ll likely find it
impossible to sit still during their performance. La Pachamabo is a 10-piece Latin
orchestra and the lineup includes two singers, a stand-up bass and horns. They formed
in 2015, released the sensational “Aguzate” in 2017 and should have new music out by
the end of the year. Photo by Adrian Nina
8 p.m. Sunday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $18 in advance,
$20 day of show, $30 preferred seating, all ages. portcitymusichall.com “Halfway Home By Morning” is the latest album from prolific Canadian singer-
songwriter Matt Andersen. Andersen’s soulful pipes are formidable and his live shows
have a legendary reputation. Fellow Canadian Erin Costelo opens the show, and her
pipes are also worthy of your ears. Her latest album is last year’s “Sweet Marie.”
Vocals for the win at this Sunday night show. Photo by Scott Doubt
8 p.m. Monday, June 17. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $15 in
advance, $18 day of show, all ages. portcitymusichall.com Daughters is a four-piece rock band out of Rhode Island. Impossible to
pigeonhole, the band veers into metal and hard rock over the course of four albums,
including “You Won’t Get What You Want” from last fall. Noise-punk slingers Bambara
and noise rock act Eye Flys open the show. Ear plugs might be a good
idea. Photo courtesy of the artist