Events

  • $10

    Lobsteroids, the Movie? with music by High Ryder and the Golden Oldies Show

    Experience the chaos, the thrill, the horror, the unavoidly 80's outfits. Experience the local spectacle, and most importantly, experience the Rock & Roll, of Lobsteroids. This legendary Portland based movie has never been publicly shown, and features 15 local bands and cameos by many Portland natives, including everyone from news crews to politicians. High Ryder and the Golden Oldies Show will perform afterwards for a frightfully fantastic night of music and horror. And don't forget your costume for a discount at the door!

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  • $5

    Kids and Teens Open Stage

    Kids and Teens Open Stage, presented by Maine Academy of Modern Music at One Longfellow Square, will resume Saturday, November 1, and will be held the first Saturday of every month for the 2014/15 season. The OLS Open Stage is a great place for kids of all ranges of talent and experience to perform at a very real and well-respected venue.

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  • $25

    David Mallett with Full Band

    The cool breezes of Maine’s northlands have flowed through the songs of David Mallett for more than four decades. In his lengthy career he has recorded 14 albums, had several hundred covers of his songs, and has appeared on numerous broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. Known for his carefully written, poetic offerings, his body of work has provided material for an eclectic list of artists that includes Alison Krauss, Pete Seeger, Hal Ketchum, Emmylou Harris, John Denver and the Muppets. For this show he will be backed by a full band for a rare musical experience not to be missed.

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  • $5

    Fun Longfellow Square

    Comedy at One Longfellow Square has had its fiber and is getting regular! Starting Monday November, 3rd OLS will be hosting Fun Longfellow! A comedy showcase featuring the funniest funny people we can find from Portland and beyond. It only costs $5 and our first lineup is a humdinger!

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  • $5

    Live and Local: Video Nasties and BABE

    Disco-punk slasher thrashers with a puerile emphasis on deviant sexual perversions. SOV projections not recommended for small children. BABE is a pulsing riot of an all girl punk band. Their music is gritty and pulsing, floaty yet still energetic.

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  • $8

    Zeile August CD Release with Meghan Yates and The Reverie Machine

    Writing songs became a creative life style and a distinct calling after falling from The Literal Tree of Life in a New Orleans park over 20 years ago. Fractured bones led to teaching herself 3 chords and finding a way to talk about her also fractured heart. A trained artist, athlete, massage therapist and a self-imposed poet and rambler...teaching herself guitar and melding story brought mind, body, and spirit together. A few bands and 5 self-produced and published albums later...Zeile August pulls from her experience as a woman, forging spirit and dogma in lush psychedelic torch folk.

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  • $25

    Battlefield Band

    Battlefield Band are one of the great institutions of Scottish traditional music. Inspired by their rich heritage and fired by the strength and vibrancy of today's Scottish cultural scene, which they have done much to create and fuel, their seamless fusion of ancient and contemporary music and song has continually evolved over the decades, confirming their position as vital composers and interpreters at the forefront of a living tradition.

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  • $15

    Blues Prophets

    Blues Prophets are a Blues band from Maine formed in the 70's! They've played with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Prof. Longhair, Pinetop Perkins..and more! The Blues Prophets began as “The New England Blues Prophets” rehearsing in the basement of a house in Norridgewock, Maine in 1976, where they were introducing local audiences to a new music genre. To the band’s amazement, patrons embraced a combo that played the blues, and nothing but the blues. Songwriter Larry John McNally wrote, “This is good-time music for dancing and having fun, not for crying in your beer.”

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  • $12

    Soule Monde w/ Luke Patchen Montgomery

    Soule Monde is instrumental, organ-driven funk in its purest form. Erupting from the syncopated minds of power-drummer Russ Lawton and organ-wizard Ray Paczkowski, the duo take soul-jazz back to the deep end. Forged off a sound that originated with Booker T. and Jimmy Smith, yet highly influenced by the redeveloped grooves crafted by Medeski, Martin & Wood and The Beastie Boys, Soule Monde is the ideal union of swagger and raw talent. Over a decade of touring together as members of The Trey Anastasio Band has fervently cemented these two into an indestructible pocket, and bold improvisational leaps by either player are met by near-telepathic response from the other.

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  • $70

    Crystal Bowersox VIP Pass

    Crystal Bowersox uses her voice to its full potential, and in a single song it will range from a delicate, soulful croon to an impassioned, bluesy bellow. With the virtuosity of her voice, she blends soul, blues, folk and rock to create a music that is authentic and sincere, and strikes to the core.

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  • $20

    Crystal Bowersox

    Crystal Bowersox uses her voice to its full potential, and in a single song it will range from a delicate, soulful croon to an impassioned, bluesy bellow. With the virtuosity of her voice, she blends soul, blues, folk and rock to create a music that is authentic and sincere, and strikes to the core.

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  • $5

    Live and Local: Nice Places and Worried Well

    Nice Places manages to be spacey and grounded at the same time. Their music is layered, full, and even ambient at times, but a strong beat and poignant vocals make the music a wall of tangible, powerful sound.

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra

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

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  • $20

    Mike Doughty's World Renowned, Award Winning, Question Jar Show (feat. Andrew "Scrap" Livingston)

    Mike Doughty contains multitudes: Singer. Songwriter. Guitar player. Poet. Author. Playwright. Photographer. Most Improved Camper, West Point Youth Camp, 1982. He’s released five solo albums, some EPs, a covers album, a couple of live albums, a bunch of EDM tracks and remixes, a poetry book, and a memoir about that time he was in a band called Soul Coughing and didn’t like it and took a lot of drugs.

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  • $0

    MESH, Leather & Lace: A Debutante Cabaret

    MESH, Leather and Lace: a Debutante Cabaret is a showcase of titillation and opulence, gathering local performers with the intent to revitalize the sex-positive performance community in Portland and to educate our communities on sexual identity and practice through entertainment. The bill will feature an array of both new and experienced Maine-based performance artists with varying identities and personas. The stage will be set ablaze with acts including (but of course not limited to) burlesque and drag performers, dancers, musicians.  Come MESH with us!

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  • $30

    Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

    A two-time W.C. Handy Blues Award winner for “Guitar Player of the Year,” Ronnie Earl has been hailed by musicians and critics alike as one of the premier blues guitarists of his generation. Earl has played alongside such greats as Carlos Santana, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, Otis Rush, Earl King and Duke Robillard (whose shoes he filled in the legendary band, Roomful of Blues, after Robillard left).

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  • $10

    Pieta Brown

    The daughter of two preacher’s kids, Pieta Brown’s early upbringing in Iowa was in a rural outpost with no furnace, running water, or TV. There, she was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her father, Greg Brown, the now beloved Midwestern folk singer. Later, while living with her mother in Birmingham, Alabama during her formative years, Pieta drew on and expanded these influences and began writing poems and composing instrumental songs on piano. 

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  • $10

    Coming Home After Lock Up: Days of Change

    Local arts and social justice organization Maine Inside Out hosts an evening of original theater and dialogue focused on the experience of returning home after serving time. Maine Inside Out artists collaborate with incarcerated me formerly incarcerated people to create and share original theater. Maine Inside Out participants will share the original play "Days of Change," and host a conversation with community members about the obstacles and challenges people face after incarceration as part of the official launch of Maine inside Out's arts-based reintegration programming.

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  • $5

    Live and Local: KGFREEZE and Whale Oil

    KGFREEZE is the solo project of Kyle Gervais. For fans of people who don't need their hand held, who don't need three bands to compare themselves to, who can make up their own mind, who can see through the bullshit, who don't care what's cool.

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  • $10

    The Stray Birds with Jordie Lane

    When The Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs.

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  • $27

    Aztec Two Step

    AZTEC TWO-STEP performs “Classic Duos” - their own AZTEC TWO-STEP classics plus songs of SIMON & GARFUNKEL, and THE EVERLY BROTHERS.

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  • $8

    The Press Gang

    The Press Gang perform the instrumental dance music of Ireland on fiddle, accordion, and guitar. Based in Portland, Maine, these three musicians have become popular over the past four years for their skillful playing and deep understanding of the music, and for their humorous stage presence.

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  • $5

    Live and Local: Superorder and Herbcraft

    Superorder is a metaphysical sonic quest for otherworldly transcendence.

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  • $9

    Vinyl Instinct CD Release Party

    Vinyl instinct is the resurrection of El Cid, a Portland based band that had an eight year run ending in 1992. Following the death of El Cid's original singer 3 years ago, John Edwards [guitar], Jim Casper [drums] and Ben Trout [bass, mandolin] reunited with singer/guitarist Robert Morissette to form Vinyl Instinct.

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  • $20

    Mr. Sun feat. Darol Anger, Grant Gordy, Ethan Jodziewicz and Joe Walsh

    All of their lives fiddler Darol Anger, guitarist Grant Gordy, and mandolinist Joe Walsh have found themselves moving from place to place, inhabiting one city or town and then moving to another, along the way getting to intimately know the varied terrains that make up our vast country. Musically, they've kept up the same pattern, each living at times in the worlds of bluegrass, and old-time, blues, and jazz, on their way to mastery of their chosen instruments, and all the while learning to speak the varied musical languages that make up American roots music. In the ever stable and unmoving bass player Ethan Jodziewicz, they’ve found a kindred musical spirit, one who is as open to exploration as he is rock solid.

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  • $5

    Fun Longfellow Square

    Comedy at One Longfellow Square has had its fiber and is getting regular! A comedy showcase featuring the funniest funny people we can find from Portland and beyond. The lineup for this time around will be announced soon!

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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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  • $40

    Tom Rush

    Tom Rush has had a profound impact on the American music scene. He helped shape the folk revival in the '60s and the renaissance of the '80s and '90s, inspiring artists across generations. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, "Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences," and country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush as one of his top five musical influences.

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  • $10

    Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers w/ Eric Green Party

    Charismatic singer and guitarist Erin Harpe, along with her band the Delta Swingers, have become favorites around New England, with a growing fan base around the world. Their unique brand of dance music is rooted in vintage 1930's Mississippi delta blues, then shaken and stirred with other genres like soul, funk, and reggae, evoking a wild southern juke joint where the whiskey and gin are flowing and everybody's dancing.

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  • $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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  • $12

    Inanna Winter Solstice Concert

    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. Inanna was originally created by the participants of a drum class in Alna, Maine twenty three years ago. Since that time, Inanna has recorded and released six, full-length albums and has performed at numerous percussion festivals and community events. Inanna is deeply dedicated to the education and cultivation of peace and sharing among cultures through the power of music. 

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  • $22

    Ellis Paul

    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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  • $5

    Fun Longfellow Square

    Comedy at One Longfellow Square has had its fiber and is getting regular! A comedy showcase featuring the funniest funny people we can find from Portland and beyond. The lineup for this time around will be announced soon!

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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

    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

    Wild Child

    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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  • $12

    Cats Under the Stars

    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 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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  • $15

    Eilen Jewell

    Eilen Jewell is the queen of the minor key. Sad songs are her wealth and finery. But beware, savvy observer. Do not confuse the singer and her songs. Eilen’s fans have marveled at her warmth, unique wit, and onstage humor. Her song writing is a blend of influences from early blues, rockabilly and surf-noir, to 1960s era rock and roll. Her repertoire includes everything from up-tempo rockers that swing, to stunning, lyrically poetic ballads. The Los Angeles Daily News wrote, "Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition.... She's mighty good.”

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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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