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Jonathan Edwards - SOLD OUT

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.

Price: $35.00

Date: October 8, 2021

Available Spaces: 1

Patty Larkin

Please note that this show has been rescheduled from 5/9/20.

PATTY LARKIN is a visionary of sound and wonder, a real deal version of artistry made of equal parts guitar wizardry, vocals shot through with soul and inventive lyrics that ripple across the terrain of the heart. Described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly), and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter), Patty has captured audiences for over 30 years with an imagination, enchantment, and technical artistry that has redefined the boundaries of the guitar driven singer songwriter.

Price: $25.00

Date: October 9, 2021

Available Spaces: 108

Jonatha Brooke

Please note that this show has been rescheduled from 3/21/20.

Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since the early 90's. After four major label releases, she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records in 1999, and has since released nine more albums – including the companion CD to her critically acclaimed, one woman, Off-Broadway show My Mother Has Four Noses.

Price: $25.00

Date: October 10, 2021

Available Spaces: 36

Johnny A.

Lots of folks throw around the phrase “let the music do the talking,” but only a few have the fortitude to really do it – to just go out there and play, shunning flash, shrugging off image and reeling in the listener on the strength of the songs alone.

Price: $25.00

Date: October 14, 2021

Available Spaces: 134

David Mallett

Please note that this show has been rescheduled from 9/5/2020 to October 15th: all tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date.

The cool breezes of Maine’s northlands have flowed through the songs of David Mallett for more than four decades. His latest, Greenin Up, is a compilation of some re-recordings of his finest work. Released in conjunction with the Maine Farmland Trust, it is a celebration of rural life.

Price: $30.00

Date: October 15, 2021

Available Spaces: 102

Sam Amidon w/ Roy Davis and the Tusk Audio Session Band

The Following Mountain, Sam Amidon’s sixth album overall and his third for Nonesuch Records, is his first album of original songs. A deeply personal synthesis of folk-based song form and experimental improvisation, it “feels like a liberation” (Uncut) and “provides constant, jolting surprises” (The Guardian). But in his decade-long career as a recording and touring musician, the singer and multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, fiddle) has always managed to create work that’s utterly original, even when, as on previous discs, he was digging through the sounds and stories of traditional American music. The Following Mountain features appearances by musicians such as Shahzad Ismaily, master percussionists Milford Graves and Juma Sultan, and psychedelic jazz musician Sam Gendel.

Price: $15.00

Date: October 16, 2021

Available Spaces: 141

Slaid Cleaves

Slaid Cleaves. Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Makes Records. Travels around. Tries to be good.

Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. “Slaid’s a craftsman,” says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on “Texas Love Song.” “He goes about his songs like a woodworker.”

Price: $28.00

Date: October 19, 2021

Available Spaces: 52

Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

Price: $35.00

Date: October 20, 2021

Available Spaces: 86

The Portland Jazz Orchestra - October

This show is proudly sponsored by Coffee By Design.

Performing regularly at One Longfellow Square since 2006, the Portland Jazz Orchestra is Maine’s premier concert jazz ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. Chris Oberholtzer, this 19-piece jazz ensemble performs a variety of instrumental and vocal big band literature.

Price: $7.00

Date: October 21, 2021

Available Spaces: 131

Antje Duvekot w/ Sawyer Evans

Former Rolling Stone music editor Dave Marsh says: "This is a brilliant, brilliant album. I have had this reaction once in the last 10 years and that was the first time I heard Patty Griffin."

Price: $15.00

Date: October 23, 2021

Available Spaces: 140

Ghoul of Rock – MAMM's Halloween Show

Forget "School of Rock"...this year the Maine Academy of Modern Music is mixing things up with GHOUL OF ROCK!

Price: $10.00

Date: October 24, 2021

Available Spaces: 165

Hawktail

Hawktail is the instrumental acoustic quartet of fiddler Brittany Haas, bassist Paul Kowert, guitarist Jordan Tice, and mandolinist Dominick Leslie. Though at first glance it looks like an acoustic superpicker side-project, their all-original music is cohesive and unique, distinguishing them as an ensemble with a sound built from the ground up. Flush with orchestral sweeps and sparse vigils, with strains of the American South and the North Atlantic, this cosmopolitan sound is not what you’d expect from a string band.

Price: $20.00

Date: October 28, 2021

Available Spaces: 124

Pete Kilpatrick Band

Maine based singer/songwriter Pete Kilpatrick grew up with a deep and resounding love of melody. With no formal training in music, Pete picked up the acoustic guitar at the age of 16 and began teaching himself how to play, crafting his own songs all while falling deeply in love with the process. 

Price: $12.00

Date: October 29, 2021

Available Spaces: 147

Palaver Strings

Palaver Strings joins forces with the genre-defying chamber ensemble Warp Trio to present Affirmation. This program centers music and stories that have been suppressed or misrepresented in mainstream media narratives. At the heart of the project is Affirmation, a new concerto grosso for piano trio, percussion, electronics, and strings. Written by Warp Trio’s own Josh Henderson, this piece is inspired by Assata Shakur’s poetry, which, in Henderson’s words, “encapsulates the experiences of Black trauma, chaos, loss, and joy while maintaining a commitment to Black life and living.” Shakur’s writing, the campaign of fear coordinated against her, and her arrest and escape, all find potent echoes in our current political climate. Our program also features Kareem Roustom’s Dabke for String Orchestra, Florence Price’s Five Folk Songs in Counterpoint, and Akenya Seymour’s Fear the Lamb, which addresses the life and death of Emmett Till in three vivid movements. In this age of unprecedented access to truth and misinformation, Affirmation reflects on the struggle for representation, in the concert hall and the world at large.

Price: $12.00

Date: November 4, 2021

Available Spaces: 164

The Suitcase Junket

Matt Lorenz's vision, manifest in The Suitcase Junket, developed in the tension between the grand and the solitary. Grand in its imagery, sound, and staging. Solitary in its thrift and self-reliance. What instruments he requires, Lorenz builds from scratch and salvage. What parts five players would perform, he performs alone. The spectacle of his one-man set bears constant comparison to legends of showmanship, brilliance, madness, and invention.

Price: $16.00

Date: November 5, 2021

Available Spaces: 160

Liz Longley

Best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz Longley is an accomplished singer-songwriter based out of Nashville, TN. With her deeply emotional music, Longley has earned accolades from some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition.

Price: $15.00

Date: November 6, 2021

Available Spaces: 130

An Evening with Carbon Leaf

OLS is thrilled to welcome Carbon Leaf to our stage for the first time!

Carbon Leaf is on tour in support of their new release, Gathering 2: The Hunting Ground. “We are champing at the bit to perform live again, after being off the road so much the previous year. The Hunting Ground Tour is going to be something special to us, to make an in-person connection again with a live audience,” says Carbon Leaf lyricist and frontman, Barry Privett.

A touring mainstay and an indie folk rock staple, this Virginia quintet’s live show and musical style drift between Americana, indie rock, folk, bluegrass, Celtic and pop traditions using an array of instruments - acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, cello, bass, drums, accordion, penny whistle and rich vocal harmonies – to define the band’s lively stage presence and sonic landscape. “We call it ether-electrified porch music,” says Privett, using a phrase nicked from an earlier album of the same name when describing the band’s expansive sound. “It’s the sweet spot between the earnest roots music we grew up with and the textured electric rock side that gives us different places to go musically during the course of an evening.”

Price: $35.00

Date: November 10, 2021

Available Spaces: 23

Mark Erelli and Mary Bragg

Mark Erelli has forged a colorful career by making the art of “being everywhere all the time” seem effortless.

Price: $15.00

Date: November 12, 2021

Available Spaces: 163

USM Student Jazz Combo Night

This show will include performances by USM School of Music instrumental combos.

The groups performing at this memorable show are under the direction of USM jazz faculty members.

This performance is part of an ongoing collaborative effort between OLS and USM to showcase the USM School of Music's jazz program.

6pm doors – 7pm show | $5 adv. – $10 day of adults, $7 seniors, $5 students

OLS Covid-19 Protocols:

We are very excited to begin hosting live music shows in our listening room in October. OLS is committed to providing a safe environment for all who work, listen, or perform live music in our venue. Because our venue is so small, we will require all staff, volunteers, performers, and patrons to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 when they attend OLS events AND to wear masks indoors unless they are actively drinking, eating, or performing.

Proof of vaccine must come directly from the health care provider that performed the vaccination and can be a photo or physical copy of the vaccination card or record with an accompanying photo ID. Full vaccination means that the date of the performance you are attending is:

* at least 14 days after your second dose of an FDA or WHO authorized two dose COVID-19 vaccine, or

* at least 14 days after your single dose of an FDA or WHO authorized single dose COVID vaccine.

We hope we can ease these restrictions once further progress has been made reducing transmission of the virus. Until then we greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation.

Due to COVID-19, the status of all events are subject to change. OLS will be following all applicable health and safety mandates and requirements as of the date of the event. This could include mask requirements, changes to capacity, and other protective measures. We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed of the protocols in place. One Longfellow Square respectfully encourages all concert-goers to receive the COVID vaccine before attending any events at OLS.

One Longfellow Square does not assume liability; the ticket holder will assume all risks involved. By purchasing a ticket to this event you agree to assume full liability for any risks incurred before, during and after the event and agree to the current Terms of Use.

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Price: $5.00

Date: November 17, 2021

Available Spaces: 170

The Portland Jazz Orchestra - November

This show is proudly sponsored by Coffee By Design.

Performing regularly at One Longfellow Square since 2006, the Portland Jazz Orchestra is Maine’s premier concert jazz ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. Chris Oberholtzer, this 19-piece jazz ensemble performs a variety of instrumental and vocal big band literature.

Price: $7.00

Date: November 18, 2021

Available Spaces: 144

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

Expanding on the boundaries of what an indie-folk band can be, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards take their extensive string music background, add their knowledge of folk and roots music, and incorporate an edgy pop sensibility to create their latest album, BITTER BETTER. A stunning lesson in all the ways string instruments can be played – bowed, plucked, percussively – the album showcases Cortese and multi-instrumentalist producer Sam Kassirer (Lula Wiles, Lake Street Dive) striving to capture the most adventurous approach to each moment. The result is an album that incorporates dance-worthy foundational grooves, synth, and loops to push the boundaries of the genre. BITTER BETTER was released on JULY 17, 2020 on Compass Records and the band has been invited to support The Mountain Goats on summer US tour dates.

“Everything is so heavy in the world right now,” Cortese says, who’s been living in Belgium the past two years. “When someone comes to our show, listens to this album, or hears one of the songs, I want it to feel like relief and release.”

So how does one begin to chip away at walls of self-preservation and shame that create social confinement? For Cortese and company, one word came to mind: dancing. “When you dance, you let it all go,” she says. With that in mind, Cortese set off on a personal creative journey like none before — no rules, no restrictions, just the desire to create music that makes you move.

Kassirer helped her sift through her cache of over 40 songs and encouraged her to form songs from her snippets, riffs, and ideas. For the first time, Cortese opened up the songwriting process to The Dance Cards collective. She exchanged ideas and songs with her bandmates remotely, and then enticed a few with the promise of Belgian delicacies to cross the ocean and flesh out arrangements. From recordings of the players beating on all sides of their instruments, Kassirer fashioned loops and created bass lines with members of the band. Lyrics were honed through group examination, with the goal of framing each story in the most impactful way possible to inspire empathy in the listener. The work was quick, but it was deep.

When it came time to record, the band and Kassirer joined forces with  percussionist and engineer D. James Goodwin; together they completely dismantled the idea of how a string band “should” sound.

Cortese explains that the song that inspired the album title, “Treat You Better,” is about the complexities of long-term love, obligation and healthy versus unhealthy dynamics. “I started writing this a few years after I got divorced and was pretty disillusioned about finding a partner. I was asking some older friends -- couples that from the outside seemed to have healthy and lovely long-term relationships -- questions about their relationships. I found this coincidental link between many of the couples. The morning person gets up and makes the other one coffee and brings it to them in bed. Ultimately the song is about examining personal barriers to treating your partner better—how critical and cynical we get, juxtaposed against images of your partner doing nice things for you.”

“Where the Fox Hides” is a response to how isolated many people are in our modern, digital world and the loneliness it engenders.

“Belgium, my new home, is #1 for suicide in Western Europe. They keep a lot of distance socially,” she says. “People meet up with friends in bars instead of their homes. It takes a long time to make real friendships. Trying to integrate gave me new perspective on what it feels like to be an outsider”.

“From the Ashes” was a reaction to the devastating California wildfires. Cortese, originally from San Francisco, was inspired by the resilience of friends who lost their homes, and drew from her childhood experiences to write this autobiographical song.  “Corduroy” is about a “hipster who tries too hard,” and the haunting “Younger Man” was written on one of the three antique harmoniums (also known as pump organs or field organs) in Cortese’s Belgian home. Reading stories of chaplains and their harmoniums in the world wars — stories which often had tragic endings — the song evokes European battlefields and a sense of wartime history and loss. “Daylight” is a goodbye to her Boston home and a note to her friends to stay positive following the 2016 presidential election.

“There was a lot to feel hopeless about, big political changes and taking to the streets to protest. Friends had been marching weekly since January 20th and I could see our energy and optimism waning. I wanted to remind us to take care of ourselves and reconnect with hope and joy as the longer days returned.”

While the album’s 11 tracks provide relief and release, they also encourage self-examination and personal discovery—the work that is necessary to sustain the energy needed to keep striving, to connect, and to continue to make our complicated world a better place. With BITTER BETTER, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards throw out the rulebook, creating a beautifully vivid, musically unexpected canvas from their refreshingly unconventional perspective.

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7pm doors – 8pm show | $14 adv. – $18 day of

Price: $14.00

Date: November 19, 2021

Available Spaces: 170

Joe Henry, presented by OLS and State Theatre

In a career spanning more than 30 years, three-time Grammy winner Joe Henry has left an indelible and unique imprint on American popular music. Known for his exploration of the human experience, Henry is a hyper-literate storyteller, by turns dark, devastating and hopeful.

Price: $35.00

Date: November 20, 2021

Available Spaces: 119

Blues Prophets

The Blues Prophets began as The New England Blues Prophets rehearsing in the basement of a house in Fairfield, Maine in 1976. Live music was everywhere in those years. Still, to the bands surprise, patrons embraced a band that played the blues and nothing else.

Price: $15.00

Date: November 27, 2021

Available Spaces: 178

Maia Sharp & Catie Curtis

Please note that this show has been rescheduled from 10/22/21.

Maia Sharp returns with Mercy Rising, her boldest, most confessional offering to date.  After living in the Los Angeles metro area for most of her life, Maia moved to Nashville at the beginning of 2019, partly to be in an unapologetically songwriter centric town and partly as a personal life reboot.   She reflects, “In the last 2 years, just about everything that could have changed has changed and it feels now like those long walks outside of all of my comfort zones were heading toward this album.”  

Price: $30.00

Date: December 3, 2021

Available Spaces: 123

Chris Pureka w/ Anna Tivel

It’s rare for an artist to bridge the divide between critical acclaim and dedicated fan engagement. Chris Pureka is a Portland-based singer-songwriter whose body of work has resonated deeply with these seemingly disparate milieus. Her music has straddled the folk, americana and indie rock genres over the course of her 20 year career, and over that time, her bold vulnerability in processing the intimacies of life in song has struck a chord with those listeners who crave authenticity and depth.

Chris’s elegant emotionality as a vocalist and her flair as a lyricist have garnered her favorable comparisons to Chan Marshall, Bruce Springsteen, and Patty Griffin. Over many years of touring on both sides of the Atlantic, she has shared the stage with such diverse and esteemed artists as The Lumineers, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Cowboy Junkies, Haley Heynderickx, and Ani DiFranco. She has had her songs featured on such television shows as Brothers and Sisters, Covert Affairs and Shameless and well as a song featured in the Sundance featured indie film, The Royal Road. Along the way, Chris has remained truly independent, selling nearly 50,000 albums through her own label, Sad Rabbit Records.

Chris’ last full length studio album, Back in Ring, was released in 2016. In between releasing LPs, Chris has consistently released a “Chimera” EP of assorted odds-and-ends songs (live tracks, covers, and b-sides) that fill in the gaps between the larger more cohesive projects. The name, Chimera, refers to the three-headed creature of Greek mythology and is also a scientific term that describes an organism, or part of an organism consisting of diverse genetic constitution—a nod toward Pureka’s early background as a research micro-biologist. Like the name suggests, the Chimera EPs are albums composed of disparate seemingly unrelated parts coming together to make a whole. December, 2021 brings the release of the third of these such albums, Chimera Vol 3, on Pureka’s own Sad Rabbit Records.

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Anna Tivel is a Portland, OR based, internationally touring songwriter who is forever drawn to the quiet stories of ordinary life. The characters and imagery that populate her songs are full of breath and vivid color. With four full-length albums out on Portland’s well-loved Fluff & Gravy Records, Anna has been likened to a short story writer and praised by NPR, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and others for her keen observations of the human condition.

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7pm doors – 8pm show | $18 adv. – $23 day of

Please read our message to our One Longfellow Square community re: Covid-19 Protocols:

We are very excited to begin hosting live music shows in our listening room in October. OLS is committed to providing a safe environment for all who work, listen, or perform live music in our venue. Because our venue is so small, we will require all staff, volunteers, performers, and patrons to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 when they attend OLS events AND to wear masks indoors unless they are actively drinking, eating, or performing.

Proof of vaccine must come directly from the health care provider that performed the vaccination and can be a photo or physical copy of the vaccination card or record with an accompanying photo ID. Full vaccination means that the date of the performance you are attending is:

* at least 14 days after your second dose of an FDA or WHO authorized two dose COVID-19 vaccine, or

* at least 14 days after your single dose of an FDA or WHO authorized single dose COVID vaccine.

We hope we can ease these restrictions once further progress has been made reducing transmission of the virus. Until then we greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation.

Due to COVID-19, the status of all events are subject to change. OLS will be following all applicable health and safety mandates and requirements as of the date of the event. This could include mask requirements, changes to capacity, and other protective measures. We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed of the protocols in place. One Longfellow Square respectfully encourages all concert-goers to receive the COVID vaccine before attending any events at OLS.

One Longfellow Square does not assume liability; the ticket holder will assume all risks involved. By purchasing a ticket to this event you agree to assume full liability for any risks incurred before, during and after the event and agree to the current Terms of Use.

Price: $18.00

Date: December 10, 2021

Available Spaces: 132

Roomful of Blues

Please note that this show has been rescheduled from October 16, 2020: all tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date. 

Even though Roomful of Blues’ lineup has changed over the years, the band has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Currently an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger. In 2010, singer Phil Pemberton took over the vocal duties, bringing his sweet and soulful vocals and adding another bright new dimension to the jazzy, jump-blues musical roots.

Price: $35.00

Date: December 11, 2021

Available Spaces: 134

The Portland Jazz Orchestra - December

This show is proudly sponsored by Coffee By Design.

Performing regularly at One Longfellow Square since 2006, the Portland Jazz Orchestra is Maine’s premier concert jazz ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. Chris Oberholtzer, this 19-piece jazz ensemble performs a variety of instrumental and vocal big band literature.

Price: $7.00

Date: December 16, 2021

Available Spaces: 144

Our Venue

Located in Portland Maine’s West End, at the entrance to the city’s vibrant Arts District, One Longfellow Square offers a warm and intimate atmosphere for unforgettable live music, performing arts, and community events.

181 State St
Suite 201
Portland, ME 04101

(207) 761-1757
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