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Posted: January 17, 2013

Instrument petting zoo during Strike a Chord Jan 26

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Celebrate the Winter Downtown with Portland On Ice
Strike A Chord kick-off event offers interactive music experience

PORTLAND, MAINE – January 17, 2013 – Portland On Ice, a celebration of winter activities and music from Portland’s Downtown District (PDD), runs from Friday, January 25 to Saturday, February 2.

Now in its second year, Portland On Ice once again kicks off alongside the Portland Harbor Hotel Ice Bar, and features a new music event called Strike A Chord.

Co-presented with the Portland Music Foundation (PMF), Strike A Chord is a free interactive music exhibit taking place at Asylum (121 Center Street) from noon – 6 pm on Saturday, January 26. Strike A Chord features exhibits from local studios, labels, musicians, photographers, and more.

Families, aspiring musicians, and up-and-coming bands can jam out at the instrument petting zoo, design their own screen-printed poster, enjoy the local music listening station, get their photo taken at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Photo Booth, and much, much more. There will also be DJ sets throughout the day, and a 3 pm open mic session, where performances will be professionally recorded and released on a CD compilation by Crooked Cove, a CD/DVD replication business. See below for a complete list of activities or visit the Strike A Chord event page at

Strike A Chord has also been made possible through sponsorship by Shipyard Brewing Company, who have supported Portland On Ice since its inception and continue to promote and support Portland’s nationally-recognized music scene.

Live music events continue across venues throughout the week, and a full schedule of downtown music events can be found online at

The Portland Pirates will also be releasing a 20th Anniversary Passport during the week of Portland On Ice. The passports will be available for free at their upcoming home games on January 26, and February 1 and 2. The passport includes coupons to downtown businesses and an opportunity to win tickets to upcoming Portland Pirates’ games. More information is available here.

Please join us on the final day of Portland On Ice, Saturday, February 2, from noon – 3 pm in Post Office Park for a free ice sculpture carving demonstration by Jeff Day of Ice Designs. Jeff Day is also the creator of the ice sculptures that will be on display at the Portland Harbor Hotel Ice Bar.

Strike A Chord Activities and Participating Businesses:

Interactive Booths:

Rock ‘n’ Roll Photo Booth: Stop by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Photo Booth presented by Samuel Cousins Photography and have your inner Rock Star captured on film, or gather up your friends and family for a full-band photo!

Poster Screen Printing: The Arm Factory will teach you everything you need to know to make a killer gig poster. Learn to screen print your own masterpiece!

Vocal Effects Booth: Hear how your voice sounds through different effects peddles when you step into the vocal effects booth of sound wizard Jim Begley of The Studio.

Instrument Petting Zoo: Have fun playing a collection of instruments, including guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards at the Instrument Petting Zoo presented by the Portland Music Foundation and The Maine Academy of Modern Music.

Super Music Bros: If you can play a simple video game, you can make music. Like most forms of art in our country, music has been relegated to a world of “professionals,” rife with pretension and egos. The fact of the matter is, anyone can make music. Super Music Bros. gives you an opportunity to do just that without the ability to play an instrument, or a clue about music theory. Wanna play?

Local Music Listening Station: Hangout on the couches and listen to great local albums selected by Charlie Gaylord of “Greetings from Area Code 207” and Crooked Cove.

Open Mic Recording Session: Come early to Strike A Chord and sign-up for the open mic recording session. You will have the opportunity to play one song live from the Asylum stage, and have your performance professionally recorded. Following the event, Cooked Cove will create a CD compilation of the Strike A Chord open mic performances!

Labels, Bands, and Businesses:

Uptown Vinyl: Used and new vinyl, CD’s, tapes, record players and art!

207 Brand: A design, fashion / apparel and accessories combination inspired by the huge wealth of musical talent Maine has to offer. Many of the best band t-shirts in Portland are designed and produced by 207 Brand.

Eternal Otter Records: The Portland-based record label specializes in limited-edition vinyl records of Maine’s best local artists. Timeless records for our times.

Dirigimus: A genre-free Portland Maine community based group of musicians, and artists, currently operating an experimental record label/venue/booking pool.

Factory Portland: Provides the business and marketing support local musicians and bands need to survive in a competitive marketplace. Factory Portland will also be offering Local Music Karaoke during Strike A Chord!

Fogcutters: An electrifying 18-piece big band composed of many of Portland, Maine’s brightest young musical talents, who come from a broad variety of musical backgrounds. Created and rooted in the spirit and great admiration of traditional big band jazz, this big band aims to take the medium to a new place few, if any big bands dare to explore.


Portland Music Foundation: PMF exists to organize, nurture, and promote the unique and emerging music industry of Portland, Maine

Portland’s Downtown District: Stop by PDD’s booth to find out more information on Portland On Ice and live music highlights throughout the week. “Portland. How Maine does a City.”

Guitar Doors: Provides a creative tool for inmates to re-connect with their families and society through music education.

Maine Academy of Modern Music: MAMM’s mission is to operate and support an independent music school focused on rock and contemporary music and dedicated to creating positive life experiences for Maine students of all ages and abilities through innovative and inclusive music programs which promote resiliency, self-expression, creativity, and determination.

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