Posted: November 13, 2017
Two-singer songwriters and a duo of banjo royalty in Portland this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
8 p.m. Friday. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $35 to $50 reserved seating. statetheatreportland.com
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have been dubbed the "king and queen of the banjo," and they'll be holding court at the State on Friday night.
Fleck has won a staggering 16 Grammys, and Washburn is a singer-songwriter who plays a claw hammer banjo and fuses her music with Far East culture and
sounds. Last year, they won a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album.
Photo courtesy of Portland Ovations
Gaelynn Lea with Tom Kovacevic
8 p.m. Saturday. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day of show. space538.org
Classically trained violinist and singer-songwriter Gaelynn Lea won the 2016 NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest on the strength of the haunting
"Someday We'll Linger in the Sun." Lea's sound is one of folk, bluegrass, Celtic and experimental influences, and although she's based in Minnesota,
Lea spends much time on the road performing music and speaking about disability, finding inner freedom and the power of music. Mainer Tom Kovacevic
will entrance you with Arabic tunes played on an oud.
Photo by Mark Brown
8 p.m. Sunday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $15 in advance, $20 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com
Singer-songwriter Seth Glier's new album is called "Birds," and he delves into grief and loss but also looks at life through an optimistic
lens. It also has a swampy cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth," the iconic tune with the refrain: "It's time we stop, hey, what's
that sound/Everybody look what's going down." Glier's got a distinct and tender voice. Now onto the fifth album of his recording career, his
accomplishments include a Grammy nomination and two Independent Music Awards.
Photo by GMD Three