Events

  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra Holiday Show

    Dr. Chris Oberholtzer and his 18 piece ensemble perform an evening of big band swing!

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  • $10

    Live and Local: Holiday Spectacular

    One Longfellow Square’s Live and Local series is bringing together some of Portland’s finest musicians for a holiday extravaganza! A collection of artists, including Zach Jones, Dominic Lavoie, Zach Jones and many more will play some of their favorite Christmas songs, everything from the classics you love to the odd tunes you haven’t heard of.

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  • $12

    Inanna's 25th Winter Solstice Concert

    ONE LOVE - ONE HEART With gratitude we offer our music in joyful celebration of the return of the light! Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm, is a percussion and vocal ensemble that explores the heritage and rhythms of West Africa, through original arrangements and compositions invoking ancient traditions of the drum.

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  • $22

    Ellis Paul w/ Chris Trapper

    Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting. He was a principle leader in the wave of singer/songwriters that emerged from the Boston folk scene, creating a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, pop influenced folk that helped renew interest in the genre in the 90's.

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  • $12

    Miss Tess & the Talkbacks

    Miss Tess & The Talkbacks is a grooving rock ‘n’ roll band rooted in swinging blues, throwback country, and rockabilly music from Brooklyn, NY. Front and center in this tight quartet is soulful songwriter and skilled guitarist, Miss Tess. She possesses a voice that is, "alternately seductive and sexy, and is a pure joy to listen to” (Pop Matters).

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  • $10

    Max García Conover w/ Ben Cosgrove

    Max García Conover is a nationally touring songwriter based in Maine. His music centers around lyrical storytelling and intricate fingerstyle guitar work, moving from delicate harmonies to frenetic, foot stomping songs. In 2012 he was chosen as Portland's Best New Act (Portland Phoenix) and he's been touring since, opening up for the likes of David Berkeley, Lake Street Dive, Frontier Ruckus, and guitar legend Gareth Pearson.

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  • $5

    Fun Longfellow Square

    Fun Longfellow! returns January 5th with a new lineup featuring the funniest funny people from Portland and beyond. Host Will Green will be joined by comedians John Randall, Karen Morgan, and, fresh from Chicago, Mike Johnson.

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  • $10

    Naughty Professor

    Naughty Professor is a forward thinking music endeavor pioneered by six young musicians from around the country, now anchored in New Orleans, Louisiana. Formed in 2011, the band's mission was to embody the jazz-influenced party culture of the Big Easy in a constantly evolving, high energy funk/soul outfit.

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  • $5

    The Jazz Workshop

    Come on out for a great night of Jazz with The Jazz Workshop. John Clark has put together some of the best jazz musicians in the state of Maine, to perform the great Jazz compositions of Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, and the composers of "The Blue Note" period. The group also plays a wide variety of compositions written by members of the group. The members of the Jazz Workshop are: John Clark on bass, Carl Dimow flute, Frank Mauceri sax, Tracy McMullen sax, Duncan Hardy sax, Glenway Fripp Piano and Peter McLaughlin drums.

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  • $10

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    For those who have experienced The Rocky Horror Picture Show, it needs no introduction. It is a night of crowd merging with movie, where the fourth wall of the screen is broken, and the audience is connected by the rambunctious, gender-crossing joy and shock of a movie that is as much a film as it is an experience. The show will feature local performers dancing, acting, and singing along with the film, for an all immersive adventure.

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  • $10

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    For those who have experienced The Rocky Horror Picture Show, it needs no introduction. It is a night of crowd merging with movie, where the fourth wall of the screen is broken, and the audience is connected by the rambunctious, gender-crossing joy and shock of a movie that is as much a film as it is an experience. The show will feature local performers dancing, acting, and singing along with the film, for an all immersive adventure.

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  • $12

    Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble

    The Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble presents music from the richly varied contemporary and historic cultural traditions of the Middle East including Arabic classical and folk music, Ottoman Turkish Classical compositions, rural Turkish folk and devotional songs, and dance music from the Armenian and Turkish immigrant Diasporas.

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  • $20

    The Whitfield Family Band feat. Mark Whitfield and Rebecca Kingsley

    Mark Whitfield, one of the world's greatest jazz guitarists, and the "Whitfield Family Band" join soul singer, Rebecca Kingsley in her hometown to debut their new original material and perform their favorite jazz, blues and R&B covers. Mark Whitfield has collaborated with legendary artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Wynton Marsalis and his greatest teacher and mentor, George Benson; He has produced a total of 14 solo recordings and a myriad of collaborative efforts with some of the most important artists in recent years; Sting, Steven Tyler, D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige, John Mayer, Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Diana Krall, Christian McBride and Chris Botti.

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  • $15

    Mipso w/ Dan Mills

    The renegade traditionalists of Mipso--Jacob Sharp on Mandolin, Joseph Terrell on guitar, and Wood Robinson on double bass--are doing their part to take three-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory. Formed in Chapel Hill in 2010, the three North Carolina songwriters of Mipso have wandered off the path blazed by Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson to find a new clearing for their southern string band sound.

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  • $25

    Cheryl Wheeler

    Cheryl Wheeler has to be seen to be appreciated. Nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums prepares you for how good a performer she is. You may not be familiar with Cheryl, but you have probably heard her music. She is very respected as a songwriter by her peers, which can be seen by how many of them record her songs. Chery's songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near.

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  • $10

    The Story Collider

    Join The Story Collider for an evening of true, personal stories about science. From finding awe in Hubble images to visiting the doctor, science is everywhere in our lives. Whether we wear a white lab coat or haven't seen a test tube since eighth grade, science affects and changes us. We all have a story about science, and at The Story Collider, we want to hear those stories.

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  • $10

    Wild Child w/ Pearl and the Beard

    Fiercely independent road warriors Wild Child, an “indie powerhouse,” has spent the past year stepping into that spotlight, playing stages as major as Austin City Limits Music Festival, Wakarusa, Firefly Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Osheaga, and Savannah Stopover.

    Behind their second album, The Runaround, the premiere release on Ben Kweller’s Noise Company label, the Austin six piece earned NPR’s Top Ten Songs of 2013 honors for the song “Living Tree,” and saw five additional songs hit number 1 on Hype Machine’s Popular chart.  Their Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube streams have eclipsed ten million listens, and they’ve appeared on NPR’s World Cafe and an airing of eTown Radio. The lead single from The Runaround, “Crazy Bird,” debuted on Specialty Radio at number one fueled by an electrifying performance on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.

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  • $35

    Jonathan Edwards

    Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.

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  • $10

    Hey Rosetta | Early Show

    SECOND SIGHT, Hey Rosetta!’s first album in nearly four years represents the longest musical gestation in the band’s history. In part, the delay was due to the lengthy touring cycle following the success of their last album Seeds, which was short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize, and resulted in the band’s first JUNO nomination and a performance on the JUNO telecast. There was also the band’s determination to expand their sonic horizons and, as songwriter Tim Baker puts it, “let each song come on its own terms and become what it will, unencumbered by some predetermined structure or symbolism or thesis.”

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  • $12

    Cats Under the Stars | Late Show

    Cats Under The Stars brings you the tunes of the Jerry Garcia Band with authenticity. Our intentions, pure and simple, are to create good times, dancing, great music, and an experience you will not soon forget.

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra

    Started in 2004, the Portland Jazz Orchestra is Maine's premier concert jazz ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. Chris Oberholtzer, this 18-piece jazz ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary big band literature. The PJO enjoys playing works written by members such as Craig Skeffington, Willie Johnson, Chris Humphrey and Terry White in addition to literature composed by a variety of jazz artists including Tom Kubis, Matt Harris, Bob Mintzer, Bill Holman and Maria Schneider. The PJO also enjoys playing classic works from the big band libraries of Count Basie, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton.

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  • $25

    Johnny A.

    Not very many guitarists have ever had their own Signature model Gibson Guitar. Of course Les Paul and Chet Atkins do… and Johnny A. How good do you have to be to have that happen? Very, Very good. Johnny’s debut album, “Sometime Tuesday Morning” did something an instrumental guitar record never does – it became a major hit at radio. Not Jazz, not Blues, not only Rock…instead, a thoroughly unique blend of those and other musical styles that create a “pop” sensibility and broad appeal other guitarists cannot match.

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  • $15

    Jake Schepps Quintet featuring Matt Flinner

    The stringband instrumentation of banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin and bass—canonized as the quintessential bluegrass combo when Earl Scruggs teamed up with Bill Monroe in 1945—is rewired, rebooted and re-contextualized by the Jake Schepps Quintet on their new album Entwined. It features newly commissioned long-form works by composers hailing from the contemporary classical world (Marc Mellits and Matt McBane) and mandolinist-composer Matt Flinner helping to bridge the genre gap with a monumental new four-movement work rooted in the worldly new acoustic aesthetic.

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  • $14

    VERY TOUR! MUCH COMEDY! – Nick Thune feat. Ben Kronberg and Kate Berlant

    Fresh off the release of his Netflix/iTunes/Vinyl comedy special "Folk Hero", Nick Thune is coming to your town. VERY TOUR! MUCH COMEDY! will be a mix of intimate stories from Nick's life and emotional breakdowns. ALSO, Nick will have 2 brilliant friends with him: BEN KRONBERG and KATE BERLANT.

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  • $15

    Barnstar!

    Barnstar! is the brainchild of Zachariah Hickman (bassist for Josh Ritter and Ray Lamontagne) and features some of the strongest singers and pickers in modern American roots music. Using the familiar tools of the genre—guitar (Mark Erelli), fiddle (Jake Armerding), mandolin (Taylor Armerding) and banjo (Charlie Rose)—Barnstar! forges its own brand of bluegrass, gloriously harmonized and raucously played.  With a focus on lyrical content and unusual material, Barnstar! stands out in the crowd.

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  • $15

    Amy Black and Girls Guns and Glory

    OLS audiences know Amy Black best from her popular Muscle Shoals Review Show, but this time Amy is returning to play her own critically acclaimed music. American Songwriter Magazine calls Amy Black "a powerful, authentic, talented and above all soulful new entry in the rootsy singer/songwriter ranks;" while the Philadelphia Inquirer calls her " an appealing cross between Bonnie Raitt and Mary Chapin Carpenter" with "songs that mix substance and accessibility."

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  • $5

    The Jazz Workshop

    Come on out for a great night of Jazz with The Jazz Workshop. John Clark has put together some of the best jazz musicians in the state of Maine, to perform the great Jazz compositions of Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, and the composers of "The Blue Note" period. The group also plays a wide variety of compositions written by members of the group. The members of the Jazz Workshop are: John Clark on bass, Carl Dimow flute, Frank Mauceri sax, Tracy McMullen sax, Duncan Hardy sax, Glenway Fripp Piano and Peter McLaughlin drums.

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  • $25

    James Montgomery

    When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he "brings it on home". Whether it's recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters - James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells - at the legendary "Chessmate." Over the years, he's carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra

    Started in 2004, the Portland Jazz Orchestra is Maine's premier concert jazz ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. Chris Oberholtzer, this 18-piece jazz ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary big band literature. The PJO enjoys playing works written by members such as Craig Skeffington, Willie Johnson, Chris Humphrey and Terry White in addition to literature composed by a variety of jazz artists including Tom Kubis, Matt Harris, Bob Mintzer, Bill Holman and Maria Schneider. The PJO also enjoys playing classic works from the big band libraries of Count Basie, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton.

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  • $15

    Eilen Jewell

    After a brief hiatus this past summer to welcome her first child into the world (named Mavis, after gospel great Mavis Staples), Eilen Jewell is hitting the road again with a live double album, Live at the Narrows, which includes original songs and some of her favorite covers.  Next year will also bring the release of Jewell’s fifth, full-length studio album, her first since 2011’s critically acclaimed Queen of the Minor Key.  The yet-to-be-titled album was recorded with Eilen’s longtime road band, Jason Beek (drums/vocals), Jerry Miller (guitar), Johnny Sciascia (upright bass) and special guests in her hometown of Boise, Idaho. 

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  • $15

    Cassie and Maggie

    Cassie and Maggie MacDonald encompass everything you could ask for in a musical act, their talent is only surpassed by the joy with which they so generously share it. Exciting and innovative, they have found the perfect balance between musical integrity, and sheer entertainment. While still staying true to their Celtic roots, they have explored and tested the boundaries of traditional music, bringing a breath of fresh air to the genre with their original compositions and arrangements. Sisters, cohorts and collaborators, Cassie and Maggie have been enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies.

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  • $20

    Stephane Wrembel

    He’s been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. Woody Allen recruited him to score the theme to the 2012 Academy Award winning film Midnight in Paris, and he performed live during this year’s Oscar’s telecast. To say that French-born guitarist/composer Stephane Wrembel—who learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside—has already had a remarkable career would be an understatement. But this virtuoso, who is now Brooklyn-based, has truly just begun to make his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music.

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  • $25-35

    State Theatre Presents | Justin Townes Earle

    Once compared to a man who wears many suits, in thirty-two short years Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally. Between releasing four full-length-critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, a new found sobriety, being born Steve Earle’s son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it’s safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell.

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  • $5

    The Jazz Workshop

    Come on out for a great night of Jazz with The Jazz Workshop. John Clark has put together some of the best jazz musicians in the state of Maine, to perform the great Jazz compositions of Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, and the composers of "The Blue Note" period. The group also plays a wide variety of compositions written by members of the group. The members of the Jazz Workshop are: John Clark on bass, Carl Dimow flute, Frank Mauceri sax, Tracy McMullen sax, Duncan Hardy sax, Glenway Fripp Piano and Peter McLaughlin drums.

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra

    Started in 2004, the Portland Jazz Orchestra is Maine's premier concert jazz ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. Chris Oberholtzer, this 18-piece jazz ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary big band literature. The PJO enjoys playing works written by members such as Craig Skeffington, Willie Johnson, Chris Humphrey and Terry White in addition to literature composed by a variety of jazz artists including Tom Kubis, Matt Harris, Bob Mintzer, Bill Holman and Maria Schneider. The PJO also enjoys playing classic works from the big band libraries of Count Basie, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton.

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  • $25

    Mary Gauthier and Allison Moorer

    In a Nashville bookstore, to the tune of steam hissing from a latte machine and laptop taps of nearby browsers, she speaks in a low voice, yet communicates urgently. Her voice never rises. Her music never rattles rafters or crashes like cymbals toward the high notes in a power chorus. Her tempos shuffle and trudge more than they dash.

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra

    Started in 2004, the Portland Jazz Orchestra is Maine's premier concert jazz ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. Chris Oberholtzer, this 18-piece jazz ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary big band literature. The PJO enjoys playing works written by members such as Craig Skeffington, Willie Johnson, Chris Humphrey and Terry White in addition to literature composed by a variety of jazz artists including Tom Kubis, Matt Harris, Bob Mintzer, Bill Holman and Maria Schneider. The PJO also enjoys playing classic works from the big band libraries of Count Basie, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton.

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  • $25

    Máirtín O'Connor Trio

    Máirtín O’Connor (accordion) is one of the most respected and best loved musicians ever to emerge from Ireland. A main musical force behind Riverdance, he's worked with De Dannan, Midnight Well, and Skylark. Máirtín is joined by the astonishing fiddler and multi-all Ireland winner Cathal Hayden (Four Men and a Dog), and Séamie O’Dowd, a defining member of Dervish for over a decade, is a master guitarist and brilliant singer and songwriter.

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  • $18

    Willy Porter

    Willy Porter is an indie-folk musician with an edge. A highly accomplished acoustic guitarist, Willy blends rich lyricism with a musically diverse palette in a career that stretches across two decades, more than eight studio albums, and several continents. Willy brings the full range of his talents to his uniquely tailored live shows that feature his signature guitar picking alongside a warm, witty dynamic that takes audiences on a bawdy, fun, unforgettable ride.

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  • $20

    Vienna Teng

    Singer/pianist Vienna Teng has crafted a sound that the Associated Press calls “ambitious yet always tuneful…gorgeous and haunting.” Vienna has appeared on Letterman, NPR and the CBS Early Show, and toured with artists such as Shawn Colvin, India.Arie, Duncan Sheik and the Indigo Girls.

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