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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.
Roomful of Teeth, The Devil Makes Three and Samuel James
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Roomful of Teeth
7:30 p.m. Thursday. Hannaford Hall at Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St., $15 to $44. portlandovations.org Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy-winning vocal group that's all about tapping into the full potential of the
human voice. Their vocal techniques are globally influenced and include Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Georgian
singing, Hindustani music and Persian classical singing among others. They'll be joined by Portland's multicultural
children's choir Pihcintu and its message of peace and harmony.
Photo by Bonica Ayala
The Devil Makes Three
9 p.m. Saturday. State Theater, 609 Congress St., Portland, $25. statetheatreportland.com They're the trio of guitarist Pete Bernhardt, bassist Lucia Turino and guitarist Cooper McBean, and they're
a red-hot Americana act from California currently on tour in support of their latest record "Redemption & Ruin."
Since the band's inception 15 years ago, it has released four albums and is known for its incredible fusion of
old-time folk with bluegrass, country and blues, among other genres. The heart of the sound has always centered
around American folk music and the band's repertoire is stocked with a blend of revitalized old folk tunes and
original ones. They're also known for putting on high-energy, engaging live shows so expect to spend plenty of time
stomping your feet. Photo by Giles Clement
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Johnson Hall, 280 Water St., Gardiner, $16, $14, $5 youth. johnsonhall.org If you've never seen roots musician Samuel James live, here's an excellent opportunity. His guitar mastery
is jaw-dropping and his stage presence and storytelling are many things at once: riveting, humorous and musically
tremendous. James is a Moth-featured storyteller and has traveled internationally to perform his
music. Photo by Matthew Robbins