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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.
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Road, Buxton, $23, $20 students and seniors. sacorivertheatre.org
Hear what happens when four young jazz virtuosos join forces to play gypsy jazz standards and original composition.Rhythm Future Quartet named themself after a Django Reinhardt tune and the musicians are Jason Anick on violin, Olli Soikkeli and Max O'Rourke on guitars and Greg Loughman on bass.
American Idol Live
6 p.m. Thursday. Maine State Pier, Commercial Street, Portland, $20.75 to $64.75. waterfrontconcerts.com
Fans of "American Idol" are going to love this show. All Top 5 Finalists from Season 14 are convering on the Maine State Pier for a "Storytellers" style show set to a live band. You'll hear - and see - Nick Fradiani, Jax, Tyanna Jones, Rayvon Owen and Clark Beckham. Special guest performers from Season 14 will also be joining the tour. No voting required!
8 p.m. Wednesday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show, $35 preferred seating, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com
Merrill Garbus and band, known for powerful performances and experimentation, have a new album, "Nikki Nack." White Hinterland opens the show.
6 and 9 p.m. shows, Saturday. Jonathan's, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, $37.50. jonathansogunquit.com
Need a night out laced in laughter? Comic Paula Poundstone will be serving up her hilariously quirky observations covering everything from politics to life as a single working mother with three kids. Catch the early or late show, both will split your side.