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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.
Sleigh Bells with Anna Lombard, Max Creek and Paula Cole
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Sleigh Bells with Anna Lombard
9 p.m. Friday. Aura, 121 Center St., Portland, $25, 18-plus. auramaine.com Catch the Brooklyn, New York-based noise pop duo Sleigh Bells on Friday night. They're the duo of singer
Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Edward Miller. Their first album dropped in 2010 and their latest release is last
year's "Kid Kruschev." Opening the show is not-to-be-missed Maine singer Anna Lombard. Photo courtesy of the
9 p.m. Friday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $15 in advance, $18 day of show, $30 preferred
seating, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com They've been at it since the early '70s, and despite not releasing new material in quite some time, Max
Creek still tours regularly and has a loyal following. Classic Creek tunes include "Emotional Railroad," "Blood Red
Roses," and "Trippin'." New Hampshire-based People Skills opens the show. Photo courtesy of the
8 p.m. Saturday. Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield, $40. stonemountainartscenter.com It's been two decades since Paula Cole wondered where all the cowboys went and won a Grammy for best new
artist, but her career is very much still going strong. Cole's latest release is the double album "Ballad," with
her takes on jazz classics and American gems from artists including John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday and
Bobbie Gentry. With one of the most powerful and gorgeous voices in contemporary music, Cole's fire burns brightly,
and this show will surely sell out, so grab tix while you can.
Photo by Erica McDonald