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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.
Chicago, Thank You Scientist and a local homage to Prince
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
7:30 p.m. Friday. Cross Insurance Arena, 1 Civic Center Square, Portland, $59 to
$99. crossarenaportland.com We may never really know what time it is, but we can tell you that the Chicago
show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Chicago formed in 1967, and its stats are
staggering: more than 21 top 10 singles, five consecutive No. 1 albums and 11 No. 1
singles. The lineup has changed through the years, but the sound is as magic as ever,
with hits including “Saturday in the Park,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “25 or 6 to 4” and
“Hard Habit to Break.” Photo courtesy of the artist
Thank You Scientist
8 p.m. Friday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $15 in advance,
$18 day of show, all ages. portcitymusichall.com In the mood for some New Jersey born progressive rock? Head to Port City Music
Hall on Friday for Thank You Scientist. The band’s on the road in support of its hot-
off-the-press third album, “Terraformer,” with 84 minutes of experimental rock, plenty
of which you can expect to hear live. Boston’s Bent Knee and local rock act Five of
the Eyes open the show. Photo courtesy of the artist
Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones
8 p.m. Friday. Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, 53 Old Post Road, Arundel, $35, $40. vinegarhillmusictheatre.com Dig, if you will, this picture: a purple-tinged evening of music that supports
a good cause. Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones will hit you with the ultimate Prince
tribute during a show that includes the “Purple Rain” album in its entirety, along
with a wide range of hits from the Prince catalog. From every ticket, $10 will be
donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Be sure to act your age and not your shoe size
and have a blast, whether you arrive in a rusty old Hyundai or a little red Corvette.
Photo by Patrick Perkins