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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.
A lively mix of tunes from Bangor to Portland to Camden
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
7:30 p.m. Thursday. Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., $16 in advance, $18 at the door. camdenoperahouse.com With a blend of Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms and rhymes and playing traditional Son Jarocho instruments, including the jarana, requinto,
quijada and tarima, Las Cafeteras is a Los Angeles-based group you can't pin down to one genre. They sing in English, Spanish and a blend of
both, and their sound ranges from rock to hip-hop to a traditional style of Mexican music called rancheras. Said another way, their music will
likely put you in a happy trance, and you'll want to keep dancing long after the final encore. Photo courtesy of the artist
8 p.m. Friday. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $22.50 in advance, $25 day of show. statetheatreportland.com He's a Los Angeles-based Brit named Simon Green, but his stage name is Bonobo, and he wears the hats of producer, musician and DJ.
"Migration" is his latest release, and its electronica sound is entrancing and enthralling. Expect to sway, dance, chill and close your eyes at
times while the hypnotizing sounds of Bonobo wash over you. Photo by Neil Krug
American Folk Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bangor Waterfront, $10 suggested donation per day. americanfolkfestival.com Folk music fans and others wait all year for these three magic days in downtown Bangor. The American Folk Festival dates back to 2002
and draws thousands of fans every year with an eclectic mix of musical acts along with dance, storytelling and other arts of American culture.
This year's lineup includes C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Cora Harvey Armstrong, Las Cafeteras, Les Poules a Colin, Selwyn
Birchwood, Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald, Rhythm Future Quartet, Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill and Doug Moreland & The Flying Armadillos,
among several others, including Mainer Samuel James. Selwyn Birchwood is one of the many performers at the 2017 American Folk Festival
Photo by Ivon Neville