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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.
Tributes to Joni Mitchell and The Misfits among 5 shows happening this week
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
8 p.m. Thursday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $15 in advance, $18 day of show, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com New Zealand native Oscar Davey-Wraight is better known as glitch-hop artist Opiuo, and he'll be taking to
the Port City stage on Thursday night. Glitch-hop is a type of electronica and Opiuo has cornered the market on it
with songs like "On Your Side," "Snorkle" and "Jelly." His latest album is "Opiuo X Syzygy Orchestra Live at Red
Rocks." Expect a pulsating night of what Opiuo describes on his artist Facebook page as "broken-frog-stomping,
live." Whew, just don't try to say that 10 times fast. Photo courtesy of the artist
8 p.m. Thursday. Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, $40 standing, $45 seated, $55 VIP seated
(first three rows). portlandhouseofmusic.com Folk singer Greg Brown released his first album in 1974 and has released upwards of 30 since then, which
qualifies him for icon status. Brown will be performing in downtown Portland on Thursday night, so here's your
chance to see an artist who, at almost 70, continues to be a troubadour and also is a former musical director of
the radio program "A Prairie Home Companion." It may be early fall, but if you're lucky, Brown will play one of his
best known songs, "Spring Wind." Photo courtesy of the artist
Miss Fits: All Ghouls Misfits Tribute
8 p.m. Saturday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $8 in advance, $10 day of show, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com Even Glenn Danzig, founding member of the punk band The Misfits, would surely approve of this all-female
tribute show happening in Portland. Miss Fits: All Ghouls Misfits Tribute features musicians Cyndi Lou on drums,
Dilly Dilly on bass, Brooke Binion on guitar and Renee Coolbrith on lead vocals. You'll also hear from guest
bassist Danny Bailey (Crunchcoat), guest vocalist Hayley Cummings (Buzzy) and guest drummer Paige Anderson
(Ossalot). Expect to hear a blistering cauldron of Misfits tunes during a performance that will include "Hybrid
Moments," "Saturday Night," "Ghouls Night Out," "Some Kind of Hate" and "Dig Up Her Bones," among others. You'll
also be treated to an opening set by Borderlines. They play Ramones covers along with other punk favorites and some
original,s and for one night only, they're changing their name to Bra*Moans. Bring some extra cash for necklaces,
shorts and buttons, as sales from these items will be donated to Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern
Tribute to Joni Mitchell
7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Dance Hall, 7 Walker St., Kittery, $16 in advance, $20 at the door. dancehallkittery.org Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell celebrates her 75th birthday next month, and this weekend in Kittery, a
trio of seacoast musicians celebrate her music with a performance of her songs. Susie Burke, David Surette and Kent
Allyn will play an entire set of Mitchell songs, along with a set of their original, traditional and contemporary
tunes. The Dance Hall will indeed be a swinging hot spot where you'll feel unfettered and alive and still be on
your feet. Catwalker/Shutterstock.com
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
7 p.m. Sunday. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, $25 in advance, $30 at the door. stlawrencearts.org Born in 1931, Ramblin' Jack Elliott is 87 years old and a certifiable living legend, such is the
significance of his contribution to folk music. Way back in 1969, Johnny Cash described the finger-picking
guitarist Elliot as "one of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country." Elliot is a
recipient of a National Medal of Arts, has won two Grammys and was awarded the 2016 Folk Alliance lifetime
achievement award. He has released more than 40 albums and has a deep well of material to draw from, not to mention
countless tales from a man who was friends with Woody Guthrie and a big influence on Bob Dylan.