Events

  • $0

    Maine Animal Coalition Presents: FREE Movie Nite


    Organizer Website This event is a rental event that is not organized or run by One Longfellow Square. For questions regarding this event, please contact the event organizer. Member benefits are not applicable to this event. To learn more about rentals at One Longfellow Square, click here.

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  • $20

    Tinsley Ellis


    Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music.” Now, he makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with a powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world’s best-loved, hardest working and most well-travelled statesmen. He has performed in all 50 United States as well as in Canada, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and South America, earning legions of fans with his guitar virtuosity, passionate vocals and memorable original songs. Ellis is also revered as a guitarist’s guitarist, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic calling on him to sit in and jam. “A musician never got famous staying home,” he says.

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  • $10

    LOLS: An Evening of Local Comedy feat. Emily Ruskowski, Sam Pelletier and More


    Join OLS for an evening of laughs with local comics, hosted by Jim and Nikki Martin, with Emily Ruskowski, Sam Pelletier, Tammy Pooler, Dave Wescott and Danny Jordan.

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  • $25

    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.”

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  • $12

    SnugHouse & Caroline Cotter


    SnugHouse is Nikhil Dasgupta, Alex Millan, Rosie Borden, Laura Pauline and Sam Kyzivat. In the studio and on stage, the quintet explores its full expanse of influences which includes indie-folk, bucolic acoustic balladeering, frisky soulful pop, and delicately textured indie rock. This eclectic palette is masterfully tied together by a sweet sincerity captured in emotionally direct lyrics, stunning four-part harmonies, and profound interpersonal bonds that shine through onstage and in recordings. SnugHouse tracks fit comfortably alongside songs by Darlingside, The Ghost of Paul Revere, and The Head and the Heart.

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  • $12

    Eric Bettencourt & Band w/ special guest David Jimenez


    Eric is an award-winning songwriter based in Austin Texas. With a quick wit and controlled-intensity Bettencourt brings his live shows to life using an expansive catalog of original crowd-pleasing songs. Where so many artists are content recycling the same old sounds and songs Bettencourt is one of the rare few able to forge his own.

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  • $12

    Funkationland


    MUSIC HELPS! This performance will feature Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project as part of OLS's Music Helps! program. We will have limited dancing room for this show, which will limit the number of seats available. Funkationland is a Portland based group of 12 of the best musicians in Maine.  Playing music of groups such as “Tower of Power”, “Earth Wind and Fire”, “Steely Dan”, “Stevie Wonder” and many more, Funkationland bring this style of music to Portland for one night only.  The group boasts 6 horns (2 trumpets, trombone, Alto, tenor and Bari Sax), 6 rhythms players (2 guitarists, Keyboards, Bass, Drums and Latin Percussion) as well as loads of vocals which will literally “fill up One Longfellow Square” with horn based funk music.

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  • $10

    Block The Wind Festival


    August 3rd 2019 marks the fifth year of Block the Wind Festival, a day-long music festival that features Maine artists curated by the Block the Wind creative collective. With acts ranging from acoustic folk to beat music, the festival serves as a yearly snapshot of the artistic landscape of Maine youth culture. Come and enjoy a day of art and music.

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  • $0

    *Private Event*


    One Longfellow Square will be hosting a private event for this date. Want to rent OLS for your own event? Learn more about renting the space here.

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  • $25

    Ramblin' Jack Elliott


    There are no degrees of separation between Jack and the real thing. He is the guy who ran away from his Brooklyn home at fourteen to join the rodeo and learned his guitar from a cowboy. In 1950, he met Woody Guthrie, moved in with the Guthrie family and traveled with Woody to California and Florida, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters. Jack became so enthralled with the life and composer of This Land Is Your Land, The Dust Bowl Ballads, and a wealth of children's songs that he completely absorbed the inflections and mannerisms, leading Guthrie to remark, "Jack sounds more like me than I do." In 1954, along with folksinging pals Frank Robinson and Guy Carawan, Jack journeyed south through Appalachia, Nashville and to New Orleans to hear authentic American country music. He later made this the basis for his talking song, 912 Greens.

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  • $21

    OLS & State Theatre Present: Hiss Golden Messenger - Night One


    Every ticket will have $1 added for charity

    Describing the Durham-based ​Hiss Golden Messenger​ is like trying to grasp a forgotten word: It’s always on the tip of your tongue, but hard to speak. Songwriter and bandleader M.C. Taylor’s music is at once familiar, yet impossible to categorize: Elements from the American songbook—the steady, churning acoustic guitar and mandolin, the gospel emotion, the eerie steel guitar tracings, the bobbing and weaving organ and electric piano—provide the bedrock for Taylor’s existential ruminations about parenthood, joy, hope, and loneliness—our delicate, tightrope balance of dark and light—that offer fully engaged contemporary commentary on the present. And then there’s an indescribable spirit and movement: Hiss Golden Messenger’s music grooves. There’s nothing else quite like it.

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  • $33

    SOLD OUT: OLS & State Theatre Present: Hiss Golden Messenger - Both Nights


    Every ticket will have $1 added for charity

    Describing the Durham-based ​Hiss Golden Messenger​ is like trying to grasp a forgotten word: It’s always on the tip of your tongue, but hard to speak. Songwriter and bandleader M.C. Taylor’s music is at once familiar, yet impossible to categorize: Elements from the American songbook—the steady, churning acoustic guitar and mandolin, the gospel emotion, the eerie steel guitar tracings, the bobbing and weaving organ and electric piano—provide the bedrock for Taylor’s existential ruminations about parenthood, joy, hope, and loneliness—our delicate, tightrope balance of dark and light—that offer fully engaged contemporary commentary on the present. And then there’s an indescribable spirit and movement: Hiss Golden Messenger’s music grooves. There’s nothing else quite like it.

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  • $21

    OLS & State Theatre Present: Hiss Golden Messenger - Night Two


    Every ticket will have $1 added for charity

    Describing the Durham-based ​Hiss Golden Messenger​ is like trying to grasp a forgotten word: It’s always on the tip of your tongue, but hard to speak. Songwriter and bandleader M.C. Taylor’s music is at once familiar, yet impossible to categorize: Elements from the American songbook—the steady, churning acoustic guitar and mandolin, the gospel emotion, the eerie steel guitar tracings, the bobbing and weaving organ and electric piano—provide the bedrock for Taylor’s existential ruminations about parenthood, joy, hope, and loneliness—our delicate, tightrope balance of dark and light—that offer fully engaged contemporary commentary on the present. And then there’s an indescribable spirit and movement: Hiss Golden Messenger’s music grooves. There’s nothing else quite like it.

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  • $0

    *Private Event*


    One Longfellow Square will be hosting a private event for this date. Want to rent OLS for your own event? Learn more about renting the space here.

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  • $8

    GUSTER STORYTELLERS W/ BRIAN ROSENWORCEL


    Brian will be hosting a Moth-style storytelling event at One Longfellow Square on Sunday afternoon. He’ll be sharing some of his own stories from the past 28 years of Guster, as well as inviting fans to tell their own stories.

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  • $14

    Takénobu


    Takénobu is a live-looping cinematic folk string duo performing original songs with vocal harmonies and ethereal instrumentals. Takénobu has released 5 albums, with 6th album “Conclusion” out May 24th.

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  • $20

    Hawktail


    Haas Kowert Tice asked the question, what if? After forging their own brand of roots music—one grounded in timeless tradition, crafted by top-shelf musicianship, and performed with jubilant comradery—what if this trio of America's finest string players became a quartet? Brittany Haas (fiddle), Paul Kowert (bass), and Jordan Tice (guitar) own the sweat equity of a decade spent stoking the fires of their passion project.

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra - August


    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.

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  • $20

    David Wilcox


    Cleveland-born David Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen, and a songwriter. First inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell, Wilcox is now 20 records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.

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  • $20

    WCLZ Presents: Roscoe & Etta (Maia Sharp and Anna Schulze)


    Roscoe & Etta’s self-titled debut release was met with critical acclaim and a Top Ten spot at Triple A Radio with their first single “Broken Headlights.”

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  • $12

    Sarah Potenza


    “I work for me,” Sarah Potenza declares at the beginning of Road to Rome, kicking off her second solo album — a record of self-empowered R&B, swaggering soul, and contemporary blues — with her own declaration of independence.

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  • $0

    *Private Event*


    One Longfellow Square will be hosting a private event for this date. Want to rent OLS for your own event? Learn more about renting the space here.

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  • $50

    David Bromberg Quintet, Night One


    Please note: Membership benefits are only applicable during the pre-sale of this event ending at 5/16 at 10am, or until allotted discounted tickets sell out. For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass.

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  • $50

    David Bromberg Quintet, Night Two


    Please note: Membership benefits are only applicable during the pre-sale of this event ending at 5/16 at 10am, or until allotted discounted tickets sell out. For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass.

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  • $15

    SHEL


    The billowing curtains of sound on Just Crazy Enough, the second full length album from virtuoso indie-folk band SHEL, will be both familiar and far-out to fans of the exciting sister quartet. The classically inspired mandolin, violin and piano are there, along with the band’s glowing vocal harmonies. But we also hear dense, ethereal textures that hover between the digital and the analog. Grooves are deeper, emboldened with electronic ambience and beat-boxing.

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  • $15

    Abbie Gardner


    Abbie Gardner is a fiery dobro player with an infectious smile. Whether performing solo or with Americana darlings Red Molly, her acclaimed tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, are propelled by her impeccable slide guitar chops. Her live show is truly unique - as both an award winning songwriter and interpreter of folk styles, a captivating vocalist, and a world class dobro player, she has an unmistakable sound all her own. Her latest CD, "Wishes on a Neon Sign" features twelve original songs including a co-write with Chris Stapleton. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie.

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  • $12

    Oshima Brothers


    Oshima Brothers' magnetic sibling sound and contagious joy result from a lifetime of making music together. Raised in a musical family in rural Maine, the brothers have honed a harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and acoustic pop. On stage, Sean and Jamie create a surprisingly full sound with dynamic vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, octave bass, loops, and percussion. Their debut album, "Oshima Brothers," released in 2016, is a collection of 11 original songs written by Sean, and arranged and recorded by Jamie. The brothers live in Maine but are often on the road performing, producing music videos, and dancing.

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  • $30

    Ana Popovic w/ Aubrey Haddard


    The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger and singer Ana Popovic is back on the road promoting her new album ‘Like It On Top’, that focuses on empowered, successful, inspiring female role models.

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  • $14

    Sam Baker w/ Lisa Bastoni


    Sam Baker makes people happy. The characters in his songs face many challenges—alcoholism, car wrecks, racism, drug addiction, a mother’s abandonment—but they persevere. Much like Sam himself.

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  • $0

    OLS Yard Sale


    The OLS yard sale returns! Keep an eye out for the address as the time approaches, and read more below if you'd like to donate anything to the yard sale. The OLS Yard Sale is Saturday, September 14 from 7 am-5 pm and Sunday, September 15 from 7 am-Noon in North Yarmouth. All money raised benefits OLS - Portland's Listening Room.

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  • $12

    Andy Cohen & Frank Fotusky


    ANDY COHEN IS A VIRTUOSO FINGER-STYLE GUITARIST WHO HAS been described as “a walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia.” He grew up in a home with a piano and lots of Dixieland Jazz records. During the Sixties Folk Revival, he got hooked on the music of Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. When Andy was 16, he heard South Carolina’s Rev. Gary Davis perform and the effect on him was profound. He has devoted his life to studying, performing, and promoting traditional blues and folk music of the pre World War II era. Andy toured with Martin, Bogan and Armstrong, John Jackson, Rev. Gary Davis, Brother Daniel Womack, Rev. Dan Smith, Jim Brewer, and Honeyboy Edwards. He also worked extensively with Walt and Ethel Phelps, Big Joe Duskin, Pigmeat Jarrett, Etta Baker, Big Boy Henry, and Son Thomas. Andy has helped to support a number of his mentors and younger players, by organizing festivals and other venues for them to play in. He has written about several of the old masters and studied their work in a systematic way. Many of his students are now professional touring musicians. The Country Blues says “One thing is for sure, the boy can play. There are few people around today who had a chance to pick it all up from the old generations, get this good at it and continue to cherish and preserve the old traditions.” He has been assiduous in sharing his expertise in classes, camps, and anywhere people are making music. Andy Cohen has more than a dozen recordings to his credit, including Oh Glory, How Happy I Am: The Sacred Songs of Rev. Gary Davis and Andrew M. Cohen: Dolceola Favorites. An enthusiastic proponent of the dolceola, Andy says he “never leaves home without it.” Described by some as a “miniature piano,” the dolceola has a keyboard, but the strings are struck with wooden mallets. Along the way, Andy earned a Master’s Degree in anthropology. His passions come together in his essay on “The Hands of Blues Guitarists,” published in Ramblin’ On My Mind: New Perspectives On the Blues, edited by David Evans (2008). At an Andy Cohen concert, expect to hear blues rooted in Mississippi, the Piedmont, Memphis, and Chicago, as well as some ragtime, gospel, and original tunes. In 2011 Andy received the Eisteddfod Award from The Eisteddfod Traditional Music Festival. Festival Director Dr. Jerome Epstein said, “We decided to give the award to Andy, one of this year’s performers, because of his outstanding contributions to the field of traditional music, as performer, collector, and advocate.” In 2012 Andy received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Autoharp Gathering. Website | Facebook Frank Fotusky plays Acoustic Blues in the style reminiscent of the great East Coast "Piedmont" players such as Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Boy Fuller, John Jackson, Blind Willie McTell to name a few. A majority of his material is culled from the '20's, '30's and '40's and Acoustic Blues and Guitar Rags are the foundation of his music. Along with this repertoire, his original compositions are rooted in this era and still carry a contemporary feel. East coast or "Piedmont Blues," as it is so often called, consists of sophisticated syncopation with fingerpicked guitar. The result is a sound that resembles that of the ragtime piano. Frank has performed with Virginia Bluesman John Jackson, Paul Geremia, Roy Book Binder, Hubert Sumlin and has been festival headliner in his own right. BLUES ACCESS has said, "(Frank) offers a sparkling guitar sound on fine Piedmont-style blues and rags....Fotusky's clean fingering draws you in and projects the music, which would be somber in other hands, out." In the fall of 1999, Frank released his first CD "TEASIN' THE FRETS" to widespread critical acclaim.BLUES REVUE stated, "Thirteen heartfelt cuts...played and sung with care and emotion." Tom Olson from the Blues Connection said, "Frank understands and plays the music authentically," and BIG CITY BLUES offered, "This is a player that would be welcomed on any porch, front or back!" Website | Facebook | Twitter 7pm doors – 8pm show | $12 adv. – $15 day of <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/C5uIm-39ZOM" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ALyVVoeQZNw" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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  • $0

    OLS Yard Sale


    The OLS yard sale returns! Keep an eye out for the address as the time approaches, and read more below if you'd like to donate anything to the yard sale. The OLS Yard Sale is Saturday, September 14 from 7 am-5 pm and Sunday, September 15 from 7 am-Noon in North Yarmouth. All money raised benefits OLS - Portland's Listening Room.

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra - September


    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.

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  • $35

    Jonathan Edwards


    Please Note: Member benefits are only applicable to this show during the pre-sale period, which ended 6/28 at 10am. 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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  • $20

    Väsen


    Three musicians with a singular sound, a playful yet accomplished interplay that seems to defy the laws of physics, an intensity with a great sense of humor, and modernity rooted in tradition. Väsen, a Swedish acoustic trio, now in its 27th year of touring together.

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  • $20

    Popa Chubby


    Twenty five years of hard rocking blues Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful.

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  • $12

    Chris Ross and the North with These Wild Plains


    “I am a dangerous man / Born clutching to a dollar…” …The words that open the new Chris Ross + The North record ‘Over Lonesome’ drip with whiskey and cigarettes, followed by a clamor of guitars evoking a band of outlaws on the run. Ross spent the better part of a decade tucked away on the coast of Maine developing his voice as a writer.

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  • $15

    Garnet Rogers


    Born in Hamilton, Ontario to parents of Nova Scotian descent, Garnet Rogers spent many hours in front of the old floor model radio listening to Grand Ol' Opry broadcasts and harmonizing with his brother, the late folk legend Stan Rogers. Two years later, Garnet was playing the definitive 8-year- old's version of "Desolation Row" on his ukulele. He soon abandoned that instrument to teach the flute, violin and guitar.

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  • $40

    John Scofield Solo Guitar


    Please note that member benefits are only applicable during the presale period for a limited number of tickets. Aside from being one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, John Scofield is a creative artist of an even rarer sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent, rock-solid aesthetic identity. Looking to commemorate his 66th year, Scofield penned twelve original compositions and formed a swinging new group to record and tour the music.

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  • $15

    Scott Kirby


    Singer, songwriter, guitarist, storyteller, sailor and road warrior are all words that aptly describe Scott Kirby. Writing songs for a new CD, performing 150 live shows a year throughout the US and Canada, and holding down the stage at his own club—Key West’s Smokin’ Tuna Saloon—keep the barnacles off this modern-day troubadour.

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  • $0

    Jillian Bolanz's True You Live


    Please Note: This is a rental event and One Longfellow Square is not selling tickets for it. Purchase tickets here. True You Live is a two-day interactive and inspirational EVENT – October 19 + 20, right here in Portland, Maine

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  • $5

    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.

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  • $0

    *Private Event*


    One Longfellow Square will be hosting a private event for this date. Want to rent OLS for your own event? Learn more about renting the space here.

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  • $5

    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.

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  • $20

    Lucy Kaplansky


    Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer... full of enchanting songs” (New York Times).

    Blending country, folk and pop styles, she has the unique ability to make every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe. Lucy’s iconic voice has been featured in film and on television, including commercials like Chevrolet’s iconic “Heartbeat of America” jingle.

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  • $40

    An Evening with Tom Rush


    Please Note: Member benefits are only applicable to this show during the pre-sale period, which ends 7/16 at 10am. Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration…a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

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  • $5

    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.

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  • $25

    Ellis Paul


    A troubadour, a singer/songwriter, a folky, and a storyteller -- all are fair labels for this artist, but they do not quite suffice. However, the tattoo of Woody Guthrie worn proudly on his arm is a good starting place from which to grasp Ellis Paul, for it is from the Woody Guthrie tradition that he hails, and Maine as well. Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and James Taylor are also listed among his influences, and their spirits seem to occasionally grace his work. With an acoustic guitar in hand, he weaves intimate, provocative, and romantic tales of lives that were obviously witnessed by a most-talented voyeur.

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  • $30

    John Gorka


    From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though small, Godfrey Daniels was and is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions and has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians. In the late 1970’s, John was was one of these aspiring musicians.

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