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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for 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 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 of course.

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Posted: May 14, 2019

Palaver Strings, trio of singer-songwriters and Pete Seeger Singalong

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

Photo courtesy of Palaver Strings

Palaver Strings : Teaching Time to Walk

7 p.m. Saturday. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
Palaver Strings is a Boston-based, musician-led string orchestra. Its “Teaching Time to Walk” performance delves into the idea of time and, as you listen, you’ll be encouraged to ponder the concepts of stability and flux. You’ll hear a collaborative new commission by Nate Tucker along with the premiere of “Moon” by Steve Horowitz and some other compelling pieces of thought-provoking music.

Left to right: Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters and Eliza Gilkyson Photos courtesy of the artists

Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters and Eliza Gilykson: Three Women & The Truth

7:30 p.m. Sunday. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, $32 in advance, $35 day of show.
For one night only, there’s a rare opportunity to see three fantastic singer-songwriters play an in-the-round-style show. Three Women & The Truth features the incredible lineup of Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters and Eliza Gilkyson. All three artists are Grammy nominees, and you can expect them to share stories and songs as they back one another up during what will surely be an extraordinary night of song.

Pete Seeger Sandra A. Dunlap/

Pete’s 100th Singalong Concert

7 p.m. Sunday. First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, $20 suggested donation. On Facebook.
You don’t need a hammer, just a desire to celebrate the music of folk singer and social activist Pete Seeger. May marks the centennial of the late Seeger’s birth, and this local sing-along concert features Charlie King, Emma’s Revolution and Peter Blood. Some of Seeger’s most celebrated songs include “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?”, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song).” You’ll sing them all in the evening and all over this land! The concert is a benefit for Poor People’s Campaign Maine, described as part of a national revival to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. Likely right up Seeger’s alley.

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