Events

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    Waking Windows: Page Burner Reading Series


    Waking Windows Portland ME is BACK! The Page Burner Reading Series will take place before the music, featuring some of the most exciting literary talent from around the country and right here in Portland. There will be three readings at three different venues, one after another, with fourteen writers in total. The readings are FREE. The venues are all very close but the pace will be quick! Please join us for this pub crawl-style literary adventure.

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  • $35

    Dar Williams - Return to MORTAL CITY The 20th Anniversary Tour - 6:30 PM Show


    Full Album Being Played in its Entirety... plus other favorites! After playing two sold out shows, and leaving Mainers waiting anxiously for two years, Dar Williams returns to One Longfellow Square; this time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her acclaimed second album Mortal City.

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  • $35

    Dar Williams - Return to MORTAL CITY The 20th Anniversary Tour - 9:30 PM Show


    Full Album Being Played in its Entirety... plus other favorites! After playing two sold out shows, and leaving Mainers waiting anxiously for two years, Dar Williams returns to One Longfellow Square; this time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her acclaimed second album Mortal City.

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  • $20

    Sara Watkins


    “This is a breakup album with myself...” says Sara Watkins of her third solo record, Young in All the Wrong Ways. Writing and recording these ten intensely soul-baring songs was a means for her to process and mark the last couple years, which have been transformative. “I looked around and realized that in many ways I wasn’t who or where I wanted to be. It’s been a process of letting go and leaving behind patterns and relationships and in some cases how I’ve considered myself.

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  • $15

    OLS & NECA Present: The Outside Track


    Winner of Best Group in both the Live Ireland awards and the TIR awards, and a finalist for best album in the 2016 Indie Acoustic Project Awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, their marriage of Celtic music, song, dance has been rapturously received around the world.

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  • $23

    Tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band feat. The THE BAND Band


    The acclaimed group The THE BAND Band is without a doubt the most musically satisfying tribute to The Band on the scene today. While The Band may be long gone from the stage, The THE BAND Band is keeping their sound and spirit alive and well with authentic, true-to-form renditions of their legendary repertoire. This group of veteran musicians showcases the astounding breadth and depth of The Band's distinctively original Americana music with classics such as Up on Cripple Creek, The Weight and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, as well as deeper cuts from The Band’s vast catalog. For this special show, they will also honor the historic relationship between The Band and Bob Dylan by performing some of Dylan’s classics as well.

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  • $18

    Joe K. Walsh Borderland Album Release


    Joe K. Walsh will be joined by Courtney Hartman, John Mailander, and Karl Doty. Hailed by CBC-Newfoundland as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation” and by Vintage Guitar Magazine as “brilliant”, Portland, Maine-based mandolin player Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his collaborations with acoustic music luminaries including legendary fiddler Darol Anger, flatpick guitar hero Scott Nygaard, folk star Jonathan Edwards, and pop/grass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow have taken him all over the global and musical map.

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  • $15

    Matt Flinner Trio w/ Special Guest Steve Roy


    Since its inception in 2006, the Matt Flinner Trio has been performing its own brand of acoustic music around the country to rave reviews. Mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin cover a wide variety of musical styles---all with the common ground of originality. Bluegrass, jazz and Celtic music are all present here, but not necessarily overtly or in a contrived sense. Call it Americana Music, or New Acoustic, or Chamber Grass, or just call it Great Music; whatever label you put on it, it is guaranteed to be fresh and original, and definitely something you've never quite heard before.

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  • $30

    Celtic Fiddle Festival


    Called "three of the finest folk violinists anywhere" by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations.  Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and Charlie McKerron (Scotland) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles. With the able and agile accompaniment of Nicolas Quemener (Brittany, France) you have a perfect storm of the finest Celtic music your ears will ever encounter.

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  • $26

    Marshall Crenshaw


    Over 25 years since breaking through to critical and commercial acclaim with his 1982 self-titled debut and its infectious, era- defining pop hit "Someday, Someway," Marshall Crenshaw creates an incredible new chapter in his career with his 429Records debut Jaggedland. Crenshaw's first studio recording in more than six years is his most musically dynamic and lyrically intimate collection yet.

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  • $12

    Connor Garvey and Raina Rose


    Connor Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller.

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  • $12

    WMPG 14th Annual Bluegrass Spectacular


    WMPG is the local source for bluegrass in the broadcast media! Join us for a live celebration of local stars of the Maine Bluegrass scene! One Longfellow Square is the host venue and WMPG’s partner in presenting this annual event.

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  • $15

    Portland Press Herald’s MaineVoices Live: Rob Tod


    The seventh event in the MaineVoices Live series will feature Rob Tod, the founder of The Allagash Brewing Company. The conversation will be led by Portland Press Herald Reporter, Randy Billings.

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  • $13

    David Ramirez: Bootleg Tour (Live Album Recording)


    After spending the last year touring with his band in support of the critically acclaimed album, FABLES David Ramirez wanted to try something different, something new. Rather than just re-hashing the past with solo- acoustic performances, he thought it would be fun to create an “experience” for people. Live Album Recordings!

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra: October


    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

    The David Mallett 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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  • $15

    OLS & NECA Present: Bonhomme Setter


    Bonhomme Setter is a musical line-up which has been evolving in Quebec City since 1998. Previously associated with Irish musical traditions and culture, today the group blends Celtic music with the diverse rhythms of the world. The flute player and founding member, Sylvain Laberge, is now joined by Marie-Noëlle Harvey (violin, viola), Marie-Pier Gagné (cello) and Stephane Desbiens (guitar).

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  • $18

    Gerry O'Beirne with Darlin' Corey


    Born in Ennis, County Clare, along Ireland’s music-rich west coast, Gerry O’Beirne is a renowned singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (6 and 12 string guitar, tiple, and ukulele, slide guitar among others).  He grew up in Ireland and in Ghana in West Africa, and has since lived in England, California, and Mexico. His own compositions blend the passion found in traditional music with the freshness of contemporary song.

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  • $15

    Will Dailey w/ Megan Burtt


    Will Dailey is an acclaimed independent recording and performing artist. His sound has been described as having a rich vintage vibe while having a firm appreciation of AM rock, pop and big hooks leading famed Rock journalist Dan Aquilante to call him “the real deal”. Dailey's latest album, National Throat, has been met with stellar reviews, over 6 million spins on Spotify, top 20 on Billboard Heat Seeker chart and won Album of the Year in the Boston Music Awards, New England Music Awards and Improper Bostonian Magazine. Dailey, who is already a three-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter also won Artist of the Year in 2014. 

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  • $50

    OLS Fundraiser: Masquerade Open Jam And Dance Party


    Mark your calendar for Portland's first ever Masquerade Jam! We invite you to join us for a fanciful night of music making, music listening, dancing and more, all to benefit Portland’s favorite Folk venue. Wear your favorite costume and bring your favorite instrument (or favorite musician), as we will kick off the night with a venue wide jam session! Come play alongside some of your favorite local performers or enjoy cocktails and tasty treats as you mingle with your fellow music lovers. A brief, riveting live auction will follow, and we’ll close out the night with a dance party featuring the local boys of Tricky Britches who recently blew the roof off of the dance barn at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival. News anchor, Kim Block will MC the event. Each ticket includes complementary food, signature drink and cash bar. Suggested Minimum Donation: $50 per attendee *Thank you to our host committee: Jan Arbuckle, Lucy Birkett and Jim Ahearne, Donna Elberg and Roberta Schwartz, Jay and Lynne Espy, Lucy Flight, Patty and Cyrus Hagge, Betsy Ham and Warren Whitney, Gail Landry, Al Leighton, John and Christine Martel, Mary McCann and Pete Thaxter, Rick McGinley and Debbe Davis, Susan Morris and Chip Newell, Sharon and Perry Newman, Sarah and Dan Pierce, Matt and Donna Stein, Kellie Sullivan, Ann and David Swardlick, Linzee Weld and Peter Milliken

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  • $18

    Langhorne Slim and the Law w/ SUSTO


    Please note there will be very limited seating for this show.  Sometimes, truth can’t be explained. But it can be felt, running wild through a song. “I don’t want to tame myself. I want to be wild,” says Langhorne Slim. “If I can continue to refine the wildness but never suffocate or tame it, then I’m on the right path. Because it is a path. I feel it.”

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  • $14

    Adam Ezra Group


    Please note there will be very limited seating for this event. Adam Ezra Group's songwriting is making waves around the country. The co-write, “Let Your Hair Down” with producers Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta, (American Authors), just received "Song of the Year" at the New England Music Awards. A songwriting partnership with the legendary John Oates is taking Ezra back and forth between Nashville and tour. The theme song, "Grow Your Own Way," was central to Midwest insurance giant, Country Financial's 2014/15 marketing campaign. In addition, Adam Ezra's debut efforts in movie scoring have lead to an appearance at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and the release of Adam Ezra Group's new album, aptly titled, Songs for a Movie.

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  • $15

    OLS & NECA Present: The Dardenelles


    Over the past 8 years The Dardanelles have established themselves as one of the most exciting groups ever to play Newfoundland Traditional Music on the global stage. After some years of playing bars in their native St. John’s, surprising promoters by packing in young people who don’t fit the mold of a ‘trad fan’, they quickly became a favourite of the Canadian festival circuit – being featured at Winnipeg, Vancouver and Mariposa Folk Festivals as well as headlining their home Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival.

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  • $15

    Mipso w/ Lula Wiles


    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

    Garland Jeffreys


    Growing up biracial in the outer boroughs lent Jeffreys a unique perspective, and his explorations of race, prejudice, and love earned him a reputation as a socially conscious urban poet with a keen eye for detail and immense lyrical power. He released a string of acclaimed albums and hit songs in the 1970's and 1980’s, including "Wild In The Streets" and "R.O.C.K.," collaborated with everyone from John Cale and Dr. John to Stan Getz and Sonny Rollins, and was one of the first Americans to record in Kingston, Jamaica. A testament to both the broad appeal and durability of his music, his songs have been covered by hardcore punk legends The Circle Jerks and neo-folkies Vetiver alike.

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  • $15

    2016 Schwartz Forum: 9/11 and the Creation of Collective Memory


    How, exactly, do our brains process information and create memories? And what if one of our memories is an event shared by an entire society—does that change our relationship to it? 9/11 has become a touchstone moment for our culture generally and for those individuals who were alive at the time. After 15 years of talking about it, our perceptions and understanding of that day have been shaped by the discourse with our friends and colleagues, in our classrooms,  and in the media—whether we’re aware of it or not.

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  • $10

    Patrick Sweany w/ Special Guests Will and Luke Mallett


    Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between. On a given night (or on a given album) he'll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He's a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing 'em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn't his ability to copy - it's his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby "Blue" Bland, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own.

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  • $15

    Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys


    Since forming 25 years ago, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys have toured continuously and become torchbearers of American roots music. As a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and entertainer, Big Sandy has few contemporaries. With the release of What a Dream It's Been, Big Sandy is at once acknowledging and celebrating the successes of the past 25 years, while setting the stage for further exploration and interpretation of the musical forms he is most passionate about.

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  • $10

    Lawrence Trailer and Chris Ayer


    lawrence_trailerLawrence Trailer is a singer/songwriter based out of Brooklyn, NY. Partnered with 3x Grammy award winning producer/engineer Dave Clauss, Trailer released an EP version of his second effort, "The Places We've Been" December 2015, and is hitting the road with an international tour and upcoming full length release. Lawrence utilizes vocal, guitar, and percussion loops to enhance his live show, creating a unique brand of Americana Folk Pop.

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  • $12

    Girls Guns & Glory CD Release Party


    For the past eight years, Boston’s rising stars Girls Guns and Glory have been making a name for themselves through relentless touring, four critically acclaimed records, a slew of local awards, including being the Boston Music Awards first act of its genre to win Act of the Year, and international awards (Independent Artist of the Year at the French Country Music Awards).

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  • $40

    The Adulting School


    Do you want to learn what it takes to master adulting like a boss? Then check out Adulting School’s premiere event, featuring a series of workshops designed to help you navigate the rocky terrain that is adult life. Register by October 13th and save $10 off admission!

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  • $15

    Portland Press Herald’s MaineVoices Live: Tim Sample


    The sixth event in the MaineVoices Live series will feature comedian Tim Sample. The conversation will be led by Portland Press Herald Arts Writer, Ray Routhier.

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  • $12

    State Theater Presents: Humming House


    There will be very limited seating for this show. The spotlight on Nashville, with its musical values and timeless traditions, is currently bright. And no band embodies whatʼs right about 21st century Nashville more completely than the quintet known as Humming House.

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra: November


    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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  • $29

    Aztec Two-Step 45th Anniversary Show


    Legendary folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step will celebrate their 45th Anniversary by performing their award-winning 1986 album ‘Living In America’ plus other fan favorites.

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  • $30

    Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters


    Legendary Blues guitarist Ronnie Earl is a three time Blues Music Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year, most recently receiving the award on May 8, 2014 in Memphis. He has served as an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music, and has taught at the National Guitar summer workshop in Connecticut.

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  • $18

    Jeffrey Foucault


    One of the finest songwriters of his generation, Jeffrey Foucault has taken, in his own words, ‘the small roads;’ building a brick and mortar independent international touring career of ten studio albums, countless miles and critical accolades. He’s been lauded for Stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest (The New Yorker) and described as Quietly brilliant (The Irish Times), while catching the ear of everyone from Greil Marcus to Don Henley (who regularly covers Foucault in his live set), to Van Dyke Parks (who offered to play on Foucault’s 2011 offering, Horse Latitudes, after catching a live radio interview).

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  • $15

    OLS & NECA Present: 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

    Darol Anger and the Furies


    Legendary fiddler Darol Anger returns to his beloved Portland Maine haunts with his band The Furies, featuring riveting singer-guitarist Emy Phelps, Scottish jazz bassist Aidan O'Donnell, and the youthful international award-winning Celtic harpist Mairi Chaimbeul, from the Isle Of Skye via Berklee College!

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  • $10

    Front Country w/ John Craigie


    From the first notes of “Gospel Train,” the first track on their debut album “Sake of the Sound”, you’ll hear that Front Country isn’t your usual bluegrass band. When the fiddle and distorted acoustic guitar come crashing into the song like roaring waves, rushing back and forth with swelling ferocity, you’ll know that this is bluegrass unleashed, American roots music that refuses to be constrained.

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  • $25

    The Turning of the Year: A Holiday Celebration featuring John Whelan, Low Lily, & Katie McNally


    Seven time All-Ireland accordion champion John Whelan teams up with American Roots band Low Lily and Scottish-style fiddler Katie McNally for a spectacular holiday mini-fest! Featuring traditional and original music from Ireland, Scotland, and America, this diverse and energetic show will help usher in the holiday season with a bang.

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  • $18

    The Heather Pierson Jazz Trio Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas


    The Heather Pierson Jazz Trio will bring their popular Charlie Brown Christmas show to One Longfellow Square on Friday, December 2nd.

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  • $15

    Garnet Rogers


    In a darkened bedroom, lit only by the amber glow from an old floor model radio, two young brothers aged 6 and 12 lay in their beds, listening to the country music broadcasts from the Grand Ol’ Opry, and practiced their harmonies. Two years later, the youngest one was playing the definitive 8-year-old’s version of “Desolation Row” on his ukulele. He soon abandoned that instrument to teach himself the flute, violin and guitar.

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  • $25

    An Evening with 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 entertaining a performer she is.

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  • $15

    SheSpeaks: A Living Prayer


    An evening of storytelling hosted by SheChanges that is designed to celebrate and honor women – their power, perspectives, voices, wisdom, stories and relevance — and offer a chance for men and women alike to pause, reflect and be nourished through the power of story. Eight women will take the stage to share their stories on the theme of “A Living Prayer”, offering perspective, inspiration and some good food for thought (along with a few laughs!) They will shine a light on the way they choose to show up in their life and how that intersects with their deepest desires for change — for themselves and for the world.

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  • $20

    Lucy Kaplansky


    She started out singing in Chicago bars. Then, barely out of high school, Lucy Kaplansky took off for New York City. There she found a fertile community of songwriters and performers—Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert, The Roches, and others. With a beautiful flair for harmony, Lucy was everyone’s favorite singing partner, but most often she found herself singing as a duo with Shawn Colvin. People envisioned big things for them; in fact, The New York Times said it was “easy to predict stardom for her.” But then Lucy dropped it all.

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  • $20

    Rock My Soul


    Rock My Soul, a secular, 30-member, roots-based gospel choir and band well known for its “raise the rafters” style, has garnered an ever-growing following and performed to packed houses throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. The group has received critical acclaim and has been featured on WMUR-TV’s NH Chronicle, WSCH TV’s 207, and MBPN. One of its songs was featured in a 2009 PBS documentary entitled Freedom Songs: Music of the Civil Rights Movement.

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  • $15

    OLS & NECA Presents: Dave Rowe Christmas Special with Denny Breau and Phil House


    A uniquely Maine holiday tradition is coming to Portland for the first time at One Longfellow Square. Since the early '90s, Dave Rowe and Phil House have been performing a holiday concert together at the First Universalist Church in Auburn.

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra: December


    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

    Don Campbell


    Don Campbell is a singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist whose music is inspired by sources as diverse as the Celtic and Canadian Maritimes music of his family to Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill, the Beatles and novelist, Stephen King. Writing in genres including adult contemporary, country, Celtic, Christmas, bluegrass, and rock, Don has released 12 CDs, most recently a two-disc, 23-song collection, "Kites To Fly: Celebrating The Music Of Dan Fogelberg". Co-based in Portland, Maine and Nashville, TN, Don averages between 150-200 performances per year primarily with the New England-based Don Campbell Band and smaller ensembles, including the nationally touring Restless Campbells. Don released a new original adult contemporary project, The Dust Never Settles, in 2014.

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  • $22

    Ellis Paul w/ Jim Trick


    "Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music." - The New York Times

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  • $20

    Davy Knowles


    The journey began for Davy Knowles growing up in the Isle of Man, learning to play guitar from listening to the likes of Gallagher, Clapton, Knopfler, Green and Mayall in his father’s record collection, and honing his skills playing the local music circuit. Knowles's professional career started with a bang – arriving in America age 19 with his band Back Door Slam, an acclaimed debut album,   and rave reviews at SXSW 2007. (“I heard the spirit of Jimi Hendrix “-- Patrick MacDonald, Seattle Times).

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