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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.
Niyaz, Gogol Bordello and The Hot Sardines all visit Portland this week
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
8 p.m. Thursday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $25 to $45. portcitymusichall.com For a night of enthralling and enchanting electro-acoustic Middle Eastern music, Portland Ovations invites you to head to Port City Music Hall for a show
from Niyaz. The band is native to Iran and based in Montreal. Niyaz is fronted by singer and percussionist Azam Ali and her mesmerizing voice. The merger of
ancient and modern sounds has caught the attention of fans all around the world. The band's most recent album is 2015's "The Fourth Light," a tribute to the first
female Sufi mystic and poet Rabie Al Basri, born during the eighth century in Iran. Photo courtesy of Six Degrees Records
8 p.m. Friday. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $27.50 in advance, $30 day of show. statetheatreportland.com Two words: gypsy punk! New York City's nine-piece ensemble Gogol Bordello has been serving it up for two decades and is out on the road on its 20th-
anniversary tour. Expect a free-spirited celebration of music with plenty of accordion, violin, guitar and percussion, not to mention vocals from wild (in a good
way) singer Eugene Hutz. The only question Gogol Bordello fans need to ask themselves is should they start wearing purple now or wait for the Friday night show?
Photo by Daniel Efram
The Hot Sardines
7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $25 to $83. porttix.com PSO Pops! presents a sensational show with two notable elements. Guest conductor Jayce Ogren will lead the orchestra as its performs tunes from Copland,
Ravel, Gould, Gershwin and Rodgers. Then it's off to the land of hot, vintage jazz from eight-piece act (that includes a tap dancer) The Hot Sardines. Led by
singer Elizabeth Bougerol and pianist/band leader Evan Palazzo, The Hot Sardines are consummate entertainers known for their audience engagement and swoon-worthy
takes on songs like "Wake Up In Paris" and "What A Little Moonlight Can Do." Photo by Aidan Grant