Events

  • $15

    OLS & NECA present: Dallahan


    Coming to the US for the first time, Dallahan have exploded onto the traditional music scene since launching the band in December 2013. Their unique arrangements of original music and traditional Irish tunes and songs have secured their presence at such prestigious international events as Milwaukee Irish Festival in the USA, Copenhagen Irish Festival and Celtic Connections.

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  • $5

    Fun Longfellow! feat. Nick Lavalee


    Fun Longfellow! returns August with a new lineup, hosted by Will Green, featuring the funniest funny people from Portland and beyond. This month's show will be on TUESDAY August 4th instead of the regular first Monday.

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  • $15

    Hiss Golden Messenger (Solo)


    State Theatre Presents Hiss Golden Messenger Lateness of Dancers is the fifth full-length from Hiss Golden Messenger. It's an open, confident, immediate album, and it feels, at times, like a direct response to the darkness of M.C. Taylor's last record, 2013's Haw, or to the searching of 2010's Bad Debt, the stunning acoustic LP he made at his kitchen table shortly after the birth of his son. Lateness of Dancers was recorded in a tin-roofed barn outside of Hillsborough, North Carolina, last fall and includes many of Taylor's longtime collaborators, like Phil and Brad Cook of Megafaun, the guitarist William Tyler, and his erstwhile recording partner Scott Hirsch. Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man contributes backing vocals; her tender, wooly voice both complements and challenges Taylor's.

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  • $25

    Mary Fahl


    “Sounding like no other singer of her generation” (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s chamber-pop group OCTOBER PROJECT. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl's awe-inspiring power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication.

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  • $25

    Matt Molloy of The Chieftains, John Carty, Arty McGlynn


    Come see Matt Molloy, from the famed Irish ensemble, The Chieftains, perform in a trio with famed Irish violinist John Carty and much sought after Irish guitarist Arty McGlynn.

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  • $15

    OLS & NECA present: Tomato/Tomato


    Tomato/Tomato (pronounced: tomayto tomahto) is comprised of husband and wife team, John and Lisa McLaggan. This quirky twosome performs a mix of old timey bluegrass, roots, and folk music. Their dynamic live performances feature John on vocals and guitar and Lisa on vocals, washboard, bass drum, and tambourine. It's not unusual for her to be doing all four things at once!

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  • $10

    Keelan Donovan


    Keelan Donovan, a Portland, ME native, now finding his bearings in Nashville, TN, writes songs that are able to captivate fans of all ages. Keelan writes with a depth beyond his years without pining like a man 30 years his senior.

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  • $12

    Mandolin Orange


    "Mandolin Orange has been quietly gathering local and faraway fans since its debut album was released back in 2010. The North Carolina duo's music -- laced with bluegrass, country and folk -- is often wistful and contemplative without being somber, and always firmly grounded in the South."  -WNYC Soundcheck

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  • $15

    OLS & NECA present: Socks in the Frying Pan


    The band comprises two brothers, Shane and Fiachra Hayes on accordion and fiddle/banjo and accompanied by Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals. This young trad trio from Country Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with and innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish. These socks are audibly palatable! As for the inevitable question of where the name originated? This is yet to be disclosed!

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra: August


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

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  • $15

    OLS & NECA Present: Matthew Byrne


    Matthew Byrne was born into a family of Newfoundland music makers and his repertoire is heavily influenced by his unique musical lineage. This tradition thrives on the song – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and Matthew’s music reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to these basic elements. His live performance offers tasteful and honest interpretations of folk songs delivered with polished guitar work and powerful vocals. His repertoire transcends time and place with traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • $15

    Mishka (solo) w/ Sarah Blacker


    Hawaiian based Reggae Pop star Mishka has always been a traveler.  A man on a conscious musical mission, his Journey has now come full circle. Born in Bermuda and raised in the Caribbean, Mishka is a traveler and a sailor at heart.  A free spirit, whose lyrics melodies and grooves, are reflections of the roots and culture in which he grew, Mishka’s music is Caribbean at the core, and yet it's an eclectic sound that contains many elements and genres.

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  • $16

    Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out


    “Playing music is the easy part,” says Russell Moore with an ever-so-slightly rueful laugh as he looks back on more than thirty years of doing what he grew up wanting to do.  “By the time we put this band together”—he’s talking about IIIrd Tyme Out, his musical vehicle for over twenty years now—“I was realistic enough to know that bands come and go.  Being able to stay together is the hurdle that everyone faces.  So I didn’t have a preconceived notion that someday I’d be celebrating twenty years with IIIrd Tyme Out—but I did feel like I would be playing music for the rest of my life.”

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  • $25

    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. Johnny A. is that kind of performer. For the better part of three decades, the Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from working-class bars to international amphitheaters – and every sort of venue in between.

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  • $18

    OLS & State Theatre Present: Eilen Jewell w/ Miss Tess & The Talkbacks at Port City Music Hall


    This show is a co-present with State Theatre, held at Port City Music Hall. Crafting a unique style that mixes poetic ballads with swinging rockers, Eilen Jewell ranks among the best in the Americana genre today. As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell leads a tight quartet who blend influences of surf-noir, early blues, rockabilly, and 1960s era rock and roll. 

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  • $40

    An Evening with Marshall Crenshaw, Jonathan Edwards, and Garland Jeffreys In-The-Round


    For this special occasion three legendary songwriters who have shaped a generation of music will share the stage, in-the-round, for two nights in a row, for a not to miss musical event.

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  • $40

    An Evening with Marshall Crenshaw, Jonathan Edwards, and Garland Jeffreys In-The-Round


    For this special occasion three legendary songwriters who have shaped a generation of music will share the stage, in-the-round, for two nights in a row, for a not to miss musical event.

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  • $12

    Shango Afrobeat Orchestra


    Shango, the 20+ member Afro-beat Orchestra dedicated to playing the music of Fela Kuti, Tony Allen and the music they have inspired, was founded by percussionist, keyboardist, dancer, composer and arranger Jonny Peiffer in the summer of 2013. The band has been steadily offering raucous infectious dance parties and ever since and packing venues like The Dance Hall Kittery, The Press Room Portsmouth, and Fury's Publick House Dover, among other venues throughout the Seacoast.

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  • $15

    OLS & NECA present: Old Man Luedecke – Album Release Tour


    Old Man Luedecke isn't afraid to put his neck on the line. His latest album, Tender Is The Night, goes beyond his beloved solo, banjo-driven folk tunes. Driving a Nashville band from beginning to end with his recognizable voice, this is an artist honing his cunning lyrical flair – tenderly pushing the boundaries of his storytelling with his unique mix of folk, bluegrass and pop hooks.

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  • $15

    Pugwash


    Thomas was born in his parents house in Drimnagh in 1969. "Lazy bugger even then I was, not wanting to go to the hospital to be born". As men landed on the moon and the sixties were officially coming to a grand musical close at Woodstock, Thomas set about listening to all the classic pop music that was streaming forth literally every week from his parents TV, radio and stereo. "My brothers started to bring Al Stewart, Mike Oldfield, Queen and E.L.O records into the house along with Roy Wood, Slade and Gilbert O'Sullivan ones that my Mam and Dad already had there.....you can see why I'm steeped in a love of great pop!"

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra: September


    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

    Chris Smither


    A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. “Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.”—Associated Press.

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  • $35

    Charlie Musselwhite


    With an induction into the Blues Music Hall of Fame, 35 Blues Music Awards (including three wins in 2014!) and 11 Grammy nominations (including a 2014 win!), American electric blues harmonica player and bandleader Charlie Musselwhite has truly earned legendary status as one of blues music's most important artists.

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  • $16

    Antje Duvekot's Album Release Show with very special guest, Chuck Cannon


    Antje Duvekot has solidified her reputation as one of Boston's top singer songwriters with "Big Dream Boulevard" her debut studio release and "the Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer" and "New Siberia" her follow-up albums. The debut CD was produced by Seamus Egan, founder of the Irish super group, SOLAS and the project was released on songwriter Ellis Paul's label and quickly attracted international attention for Antje. It was voted "#1 Folk Release of 2006" by the Boston Globe and was named to the "Top10 Releases of the Year" by National Public Radio's, Folk Alley.

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  • $35

    Greg Brown


    Greg Brown was born in the Hacklebarney section of southeastern Iowa and raised by a family that made words and music a way of life. His seasoned songwriting, storytelling, and music are deeply rooted in that place. He moves audiences with warmth, humor, a thundering voice and his unpretentious musical vision.

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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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  • $15

    The Fretless


    The Fretless is a new approach to folk music that is quickly gaining high acclaim around the world.  This unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements.

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  • $10

    Zach Sherwin


    Zach Sherwin is a comedian, writer, and rapper based in Los Angeles. His television credits include performances on “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” (FX) and “The Pete Holmes Show” (TBS), as well as various appearances on MTV, VH1, E!, and CNN Headline News. He is a staff writer for the immensely popular YouTube series “Epic Rap Battles of History,” in which he has also portrayed such characters as Stephen King, Sherlock Holmes, and Egon Spengler.

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  • $30

    CANCELLED Brian Blade – Music from Mama Rosa feat. Brian Blade (vocals & guitar) Chris Thomas (bass) Kelly Jones (vocals & guitar) Goffrey Moore (guitar) Steve Nistor (drums)


    THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  Multi-talented young veteran Brian Blade is already widely respected in the jazz world as drummer/composer/leader of Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, with whom he has released three albums. He is also known as the drummer for many heroes of the music world, including Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Wayne Shorter, Seal, Bill Frisell and Emmylou Harris.

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  • $20

    Fred Eaglesmith's Traveling Steam Show


    The heart of rock and roll is alive and well with Fred Eaglesmith’s 20th album, Tambourine. Fusing together all of Fred’s past influences, the result is pure rock ‘n ‘roll reminiscent of 1966. Eaglesmith is a veteran of the music industry and at the same time is about as far away from actually participating in today’s music industry as one could be. Never operating within anyone’s boundaries, he continues to set the standard for independent artists everywhere.

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  • $13

    David Ramirez with Dylan LeBlanc


    The life of the traveling songwriter certainly seems romantic. But as David Ramirez notched mile number 260,000 traveled in his 2006 Kia Rio, the novelty began to wear off. "I've learned a lot from being alone and isolated," says Ramirez, who until recently toured completely by himself, without a band, manager or anyone else for company. "Yes, it's romantic in a way. But it has also been kind of rough on my head and my heart. After a while it made it difficult to connect with people on a personal level when I got home. In hindsight, I can see that it's been kind of detrimental. You know, when you travel around alone for months at a time, the world revolves around you. There's no one else in the equation. Everything was just about me. It's a selfish way of living. And I'm ready to move on from that."

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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

    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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  • $12

    Matt Braunger


    Matt Braunger was raised in Portland, Oregon. An actor since childhood, Matt studied theatre in New York and improvisation in Chicago under such luminaries as Susan Messing and Del Close. 

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  • $20

    OLS & NECA present: Ozere


    Join Ozere for their first US tour! Formed in April 2012, Ozere began as a vehicle to try out violinist Jessica Deutsch's original compositions.  She originally wanted to write fiddle and folk tunes for a string quartet, but chose to substitute one of the violins and the viola with mandolin and upright bass.  Those instruments gave the band more textures and a much stronger rhythmic element.  Jessica then asked Emily Rockarts, a fellow student at Toronto's Humber College, to come and sing a few songs with them at their first show, and vocals were added to the mix.

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  • $25

    Des Bishop


    As a native New Yorker, Des Bishop moved from Queens to Ireland in his mid-teens in 1990. He has since carved out a highly successful career in stand up comedy in Ireland as well as having had three acclaimed television series on RTE, Ireland – The Des Bishop Work Experience (2004), Joy in the Hood (2006) and most recently, the award winning six episode comedy documentary series In the Name of the Fada (2008).  The openness and honesty of his presenting style combined with his restless imagination and insightful comic observations make Des Bishop a “must-see” for fans of unique, enquiring and entertaining comedy. Undoubtedly one of the most enigmatic forces on the international comedy circuit Des continues to travel the world over with his stand up shows. His most recent stand up show My Dad Was Nearly James Bond received its premiere at the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival winning rave reviews and playing to packed audiences. Des has gone on to perform this confronting and personal show at the Montreal Just for Laughs, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before embarking on a national tour of Ireland this winter. Des has released four stand-up DVDs including Des Bishop Live on DVD (2005), Tongues (2008) and Desfunctional (2009) which all secured positions in the top ten for the busy Christmas periods. As organiser and resident MC of the International Comedy Club in Dublin, Des has also penned two stage plays in collaboration with Arthur Riordan. "Funny, erudite and effortlessly delivered." The Scotsman, UK "One of the finest performers at this years festival. Fast paced and clever. A sure-fire winner." The Sunday Age, Melbourne "Charismatic, sincere, eloquent and always seeking the angle." Chortle "Edgy material snappy never sappy Bishop has judged this one beautifully." The Age, Melbourne Des Bishop 6pm doors | 7pm show | $25 tickets | $30 day of

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  • $20

    Charlie Hunter Trio


    Charlie Hunter, Curtis Fowlkes and Bobby Previte share a whole lot of history, but they’ve never recorded an album like Let the Bells Ring On. Gritty, greasy, and downright celebratory, the album features 10 original tunes by Hunter designed for the trio’s singular, deep-pocket sound. Hunter is releasing the album on CD on April 14, 2015 and vinyl on July 21, 2015 on his label Charlie Hunter Music.

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  • $15

    OLS and Port City present: Wild Child at Port City Music Hall


    This show is being present by OLS and taking place at Port City Music Hall. Purchase tickets here. 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.

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  • $10

    OLS & Port City Present: Civil Twilight


    Originally hailing from Cape Town, Africa, Civil Twilight is an alt-rock outfit that draws parallels to Muse, Pilot Speed, and other like-minded bands with impassioned vocals and stirring, alt-rock songcraft.

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  • $12

    Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers


    Rugged, raspy, and roaring with charisma, Ben Caplan’s voice is to song as smoke is to bourbon: perfectly coupled. He is a songwriter and performer who is bold in both range and ferocity. The music is fuelled by a quality of melodrama and powerful lyricism that sets Caplan apart from his peers. Either solo or backed by his band, The Casual Smokers, Ben Caplan has captured the attention of music fans and media across Canada, Australia, and throughout Europe.

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  • $20

    Steve Forbert


    Thirty-five years after Steve Forbert’s first release, Alive on Arrival, the muse of a true romantic continues to burn. Over With You, his 14th studio album, points out the lyrical brilliance of Forbert, an expert in capturing the essence of human interaction since bursting onto the global music scene in 1978.

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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 – Second Step 40 Year Anniversary


    In 1972, legendary Aztec Two-Step, whose name comes from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, burst upon the scene with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records. Since then Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together. Their debut, plus their subsequent albums for RCA Records, were staples of progressive FM and college radio and helped to bring the music of the 1960s into the 70s.

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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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