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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.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 21. Various locations in downtown Portland. makemusicportland.org More than 80 performances, concerts and jam sessions are happening all over downtown Portland on Wednesday, and they're all free
— it's entirely true! It's called Make Music Portland, and it's part of a global event, called Make Music Day, that happens every year
on the summer solstice. The list of locations is Andy's Old Port Pub, b.good Maine, Bell Buoy Park, Congress Square Park, Fort Allen
Park, Fort Sumner Park, Cool as a Moose, Lobsterman Park, Longfellow Square, Monument Square, Peppermint Park, Post Office Plaza, RiRa,
Rising Tide Brewing Co., The Porthole and The Thirsty Pig. And we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that Cool as a Moose in Brunswick
will also be playing host. The list of acts includes a diverse range of musical genres, and some of the performers you can catch are
Doug Kolmar, Seagrass, The Renovators, Jenny Jumpstart, Oliver Waterman, Liam and the Bees, Port City Rockers, The Doug Quaids and Chris
Robley. Staff photo by Derek Davis