Events

  • $15

    Mipso


    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

    Mipso: Sweetheart Deal


    Come see Mipso with your sweetheart! Each ticket here lets two guests in, and includes a special Valentine's Day treat! 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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  • $20

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


    SOLD OUT 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.

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  • $15

    Howard Fishman


    Howard Fishman, composer, guitarist, songwriter, singer and bandleader, has toured the world as a headlining performer, fronting ensembles versed in pop, New Orleans jazz, country, bluegrass, classical, punk, gospel and experimental music, but tied to no particular genre. The New York Times has written that his work "transcends time and idiom," and The All-Music Guide has called him "an important force in creative music." He has appeared on stages ranging from Lincoln Center to rural Romania, produced and released eleven albums of his music, been profiled on numerous syndicated NPR programs, composed music for theater and film, written and directed plays, and has been an artist-in-residence at academic institutions like The Hotchkiss School, Skidmore College and Mercyhurst Institute.

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  • $15

    Portland Press Herald’s MaineVoices Live: Richard Russo


    The kick-off event for the MaineVoices Live Series will feature Richard Russo, the American Pulitzer prize-winning author of “Empire Falls”  The conversation will be led Portland Press Herald Features Writer, Mary Pols, who is the author of “Accidentally on Purpose.”

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra: February


    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

    Matt Flinner Trio w/ special guest Joe Walsh


    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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  • $15

    Ten Strings and a Goat Skin


    Hailed on two continents as" infectious" and "the best of contemporary/trad Celticmusic" Ten Strings And A Goat Skin are a bilingual trad/folk/fusion trio, playing Irish, Acadian, French and original creations infused with modern and world rhythms. The band creates a fiery, contagious and unique sound with a stage presence that leaves audiences wanting more at every show.

    Ten Strings And A Goat Skin both highly respect the traditions of the music they play while riding a wave that is redefining the roots of that music. Their original material maintains solid traditional elements but explores rich world flavours and textures. The results have been described as intoxicating and refreshing.

    “A seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining traditional music powerhouse”( The Guardian)

    Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

    $15 adv | $18 day of | 7pm doors | 8pm show

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  • $15

    Decompression Chamber Music: "Style Hongrois" with music by Brahms, Haydn and Monti


    Decompression Chamber Music is an informal, entertaining introduction to small ensemble chamber music and is offered as a rush hour concert to allow people to catch an hour of music to decompress from their day. Our mission is to engage, entertain, and refresh the audience through dialogue, to encourage informed and curious listening that leads to engagement in the experience.

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  • $15

    Cory Branan


    Throughout his career, Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too country for punk, too Memphis for Nashville, and probably a little too Cory Branan for anyone’s damn good. He has proven himself as a top-notch songwriter (Chuck Ragan recently called him “the greatest songwriter of our generation”), fierce lyricist (in Lucero’s “Tears Don’t Matter Much” they sing that Cory has, “a way with words that’ll bring you to your knees”), and a hyperdynamic performer with the ability to fingerpick finer than ‘60s Greenwich Village folkies and brutally strum like a proto punk shredder. Across three albums, he’s made collective struggles poetic and breakthroughs into sympathetic acts of populist heroism.

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  • $12

    Cats Under the Stars


    Cats Under The Stars brings you the tunes of the Jerry Garcia Band with authenticity. Our intentions, pure and simple, are to create good times, dancing, great music, and an experience you will not soon forget.

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  • $270

    Spring Comedy Classes at OLS


    Ever think of trying Stand Up Comedy? Are you the funny one at work? Does everyone tell you that you should be a Comedian? An eight-week comedy course is beginning this winter at One Longfellow Square. The eight-week course will give the students the tools to write and perform comedy; ending with a final comedy show at OLS with each student performing five-minutes of original material.

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  • $0

    The Great Bear Sea Film Premiere and Panel Discussion


    Please join us on March 9th for the US premiere of The Great Bear Sea at followed by a panel discussion and audience Q & A. The Great Bear Sea is a wild expanse of ocean where whales, wolves, bears and humans thrive in rich coastal ecosystems. It’s also a place where worlds collide – a place full of historic conflicts, emerging struggles over ocean resources, and now, globally leading solutions.

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  • $20

    Popa Chubby


    This year, Popa Chubby, who was born Ted Horowitz, marks twenty five years of rocking the blues as Popa Chubby. 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. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson," Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures.

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  • $25

    Richard Shindell w/ Mr. & Mrs. Garrett Soucy


    An expatriate New Yorker now living in Argentina, Richard Shindell is a meticulous craftsman of song whose recordings have been revered by critics and fans alike.

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra: March


    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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  • $10

    A Live Tribute to Patty Griffin & John Prine to Benefit One Longfellow Square


    Join us for an evening of music celebrating the early work of two of Americana Music’s most prolific and beloved songwriters, Patty Griffin and John Prine! We’ll be honoring the stripped down style of each of their debut albums from start to finish.

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  • $30

    Animal Refuge League presents: An Afternoon of Communication


    Join the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP) for An Afternoon of Communication with psychic mediums and animal communicators, Sara Moore and Kathleen Stone! In this gallery-style event, Sara and Kathleen will relay messages from pets and people from the other side.*  They will interact with attendees and translate messages received from loved ones, answer questions about how messages are sent and received, and explore what these messages mean.

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  • $25

    Habana Sax


    A breathtaking and energetic concert experience, Habana Sax synthesizes Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Latin jazz, and Brazilian rhythms. With amazing breadth, this jazz brass quintet – direct from Havana – is anything but traditional. Venturing from mystical chant to sensuous dance to heart-pounding jazz driven with Latin percussion, Habana Sax offers something for everyone in a symphonic musical tour.

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  • $16

    Kyle Kinane


    Kyle's new special "I Liked His Old Stuff Better" debuted on Comedy Central in January, 2015. He’s appeared on @Midnight, Conan, Workaholics, Those Who Can't and Comedy Bang! Bang! He can be heard as the voice of Comedy Central and in various animated programs such as, Regular Show, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Bob’s Burgers, TripTank, Adventure Time, and Lucas Bros. Moving Co.. His first one hour special, Whiskey Icarus, aired on Comedy Central in 2012.

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  • $20

    David Lamotte


    David LaMotte is an award-winning songwriter, speaker, author, and activist. He has produced 11 CDs and performed 2500 concerts on 5 continents. The Boston Globe says he “pushes the envelope with challenging lyrics and unusual tunings, but he also pays homage to folk tradition," while BBC Radio praises his “charm, stories, humour, insightful songs, sweet voice and dazzling guitar ability.”

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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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  • $28

    James Montgomery


    When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he "brings it on home". Whether it's recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters - James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells - at the legendary "Chessmate." Over the years, he's carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.

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  • $15

    Portland Press Herald’s MaineVoices Live: Richard Blanco


    The second event in the MaineVoices Live series will feature Richard Blanco, the inaugural poet and author of The Prince of los Cocuyos.  The conversation will be led Portland Press Herald Arts Writer, Bob Keyes.
    Get to know Maine voices like never before. The Maine Voices Live event is a 1:1 conversation between Portland Press Herald writers and notable Maine Voices. Audience members can expect a memorable night and a chance for Q&A’s at the end.
    Upcoming MaineVoices Live guests include:
    Tess Gerritsen, author of “Playing with Fire” on Tuesday, May 3
    Senator George Mitchell on Tuesday, May 31
    Rob Tod, founder of Allagash Brewing Company, on Tuesday, October 18
    Doors 6:30 p.m. |Event 7 – 8 p.m. | $10 Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram Subscribers | $15 for the public
    *This is a rental event, as such OLS member discounts do not apply to ticket purchases.

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  • $8

    GoldenOak w/ Ellie Buckland of Lula Wiles


    From the foothills of Western Maine comes GoldenOak, a folk group whose genre-blending tendencies have them steadily emerging as a musical force in New England. Conceived in the winter of 2013 by Singer-Songwriter Zak Kendall and cellist Seth Wegner, they were quick to join forces with Kendall's sister Lena, whose voice blends with the hum of the cello and guitar to create a sound that resonates deep within. It wasn't long after their first summer performing as GoldenOak that their friend Julian Stearns was welcomed into the group with his trumpet, helping them explore new musical paths with his improvised motifs.

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  • $15

    Basia Bulat w/ Twin Lamb


    “Ms. Bulat’s voice is rich and nuanced, and her songs are as sophisticated as they are charming.” —The New York Times Secret City Records will release Basia Bulat’s highly anticipated Tall Tall Shadow on October 1. The record is Basia’s third, co-produced with Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire and Mark Lawson, Grammy-winning engineer of Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. Of the record, Basia says, “This time around, I felt braver—I wanted to play with exploring the boundaries of the folk music some people know me for.”

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  • $8

    Lucy Dacus w/ Lisa/Liza and Butcher Boy


    Richmond-based Lucy Dacus has a knack for writing disarmingly open indie rock songs, with plainspoken lyrics that hit even harder thanks to her soft, sturdy alto. Her debut No Burden, which comes out February 26th, was recorded in Nashville over the course of a single day.  - Maura Johnston, Rolling Stone

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  • $20

    Aoife O'Donovan with Cassandra Jenkins


    Aoife O’Donovan’s sophomore album, “In the Magic Hour” — produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case) and out Jan. 22, 2016 via Yep Roc Records — is a 10-song album full of the singer’s honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds: splashing cymbals, airy harmonies, the leisurely baritone musings of an electric guitar. Written in the wake of O’Donovan’s grandfather’s death, “In the Magic Hour” is her most introspective effort yet, an aching exploration of memory and mortality. For a decade, O’Donovan wielded her instrument with tensile strength as the captivating lead singer of the Boston-based progressive string band Crooked Still. She was a featured vocalist on “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, has made regular appearances on A Prairie Home Companion and collaborated with some of the most eminent names in music across a wide variety of genres from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas. In 2013 O’Donovan released her debut solo album, “Fossils,” a moody collection of original songs with a country lilt. The album garnered praise from The New York Times and Rolling Stone, while The Guardian deemed O’Donovan the “next Americana celebrity.” Most recently O’Donovan has lent her voice to the folk trio I’m With Her with singers Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) and Sarah Jarosz. Aoife O'Donovan  

    Cassandra Jenkins is a songwriter who “knows how to leave an impression” with “elegantly celestial climaxes, emerald green-glowing guitar work”(Pitchfork) and “smoky” vocals (NPR: All Songs).

    Now with several tours behind her (as bassist for Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces, and Wins with Jason Bartell of Fang Island), and a new record on the way (Summer 2016), she stokes the fire with New York based guitarist Sam Owens (Celestial Shore) and drummer Austin Vaughn (Here We Go Magic). It’s the kind of pop that steals your breath and replaces it with a limb-surrendering rhythm.

    Cassandra Jenkins

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  • $18

    Willy Porter


    Searching for the shaman that lives inside the guitar has led Willy Porter on a musical and personal odyssey spanning over two decades, 10 albums, and multiple continents. His journey remains defined by an independent drive to evolve as a musician and human, affording him the freedom to create the next song on his own terms. Equally accomplished as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar driven events--equal parts grit, soul, and muscle--that are electrifying, dynamic, and wholly original in the way that Porter’s voice blends and fuses with his virtuoso fret work.

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra: April


    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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  • $22

    Melissa Ferrick


    Presented in association with The State Theatre. Melissa Ferrick's 12th original album is a coming home.  She has arrived in a place musically that is both familiar and new.  Melissa is a better writer, engineer, producer, and overall artist.  The self-titled album is, in many ways, a new beginning for Ferrick.  Written in just over a year, recorded at home, and released on her own relaunched label, Right On Records, Melissa Ferrick has given us a simple, eloquent, and honest acoustic album with an undeniable level of maturity.

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  • $16

    MCCT Presents: It's for the Kids 2 FUNdraiser


    Join us for a night of local music and frivolity as we hold our 2nd annual FUNdraiser for Maine Children For Cannabis Therapy in Downtown Portland. We are a grassroots group of families, activists, and supporters throughout Maine who are utilizing and supporting successful alternative therapy for children with epilepsy, cancers, and other childhood illnesses.   Our group consists of parents, caregivers, activists, lobbyists, legislators, doctors, lab owners, dispensary owners, and others.  We’re very involved with legislation, education, outreach, and research in Maine.

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  • $20

    Joe Newberry & Mike Compton


    Mike Compton and Joe Newberry mine one of the more neglected segments of country music history, that period during the '30s and '40s when brother duet music was transforming into bluegrass. Both masters of the bedrock instruments of old time music, they collaborate with a vision that is both modern and ageless. These two traditional music veterans love to play together... and it shows!

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  • $15

    Penny and Sparrow w/ Rose Cousins


    Please note there will be limited seating for this event! Penny & Sparrow is American singer-songwriter duo of Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke out of Austin, Texas. Formed in 2011 after living as roommates at the University of Texas, the duo began their musical endeavor as a hobby and creative outlet. Their first tune, “Creature” was recorded in a small apartment behind an orphanage with one microphone and a laptop.

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  • $20

    Loren and Mark


    Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry and stage presence seldom found among musicians. Their diverse repertoire of original and arranged music is influenced by Bluegrass, Jazz, Pop and Classical music, and their shows consist of stunning guitar instrumentals as well as vocal duets.

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  • $10

    Eleanor Friedberger


    State Theatre Presents: New View, the third solo album by Eleanor Friedberger, was rehearsed in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park and recorded in upstate New York. The former is a place where characters in Warren Zevon songs get clingy with their old lady while toughing out heroin withdrawal; the latter is where Bob Dylan got clingy with Robbie Robertson after flying off his motorcycle and revisiting the highway with his face. Fittingly, there’s a fair amount of recovery in the songs of New View (though you won’t find much in the way of smack or motorcycles). “Today I’m frozen but tomorrow I’ll write about you,” Friedberger sings, and much of the album seems set in that post-traumatic tomorrow, when stuff’s calmed down, the figurative road rash has healed, the metaphorical junkie sweating up your mattress has finally packed his bags.

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  • $15

    Julian Lage


    At age 27, Julian Lage already boasts a resume that an artist twice his age would be proud to claim. A former child prodigy—he was the subject of the 1997 documentary Jules at Eight—the California- born, now New York–based guitarist has collaborated with such giants as Gary Burton, Jim Hall, David Grisman, Béla Fleck, and Charles Lloyd. He’s released three albums as a leader, most recently 2015’s solo outing World’s Fair, and a few others in duo situations, including Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, pianist Fred Hersch, and Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge. Lage has also served as a sideman to many.

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  • $15

    Ronda Dale CD Release Party


    "I come from Central Virginia, in the piedmont of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, where most of my family still lives. I’ve traveled around some, gotten some schoolin’, lived in the Northern VA/DC area, Spain, NYC, on a sailboat for a few years, on glorious Peaks island off the coast of southern Maine for 14 years, crossed Casco Bay and am now based in Portland. I started singing out in Washington Square park with some friends, and started writing songs around 2002. "My guitar has accompanied me over hill and dale, on planes, trains, automobiles and buses, to foreign lands, on the high seas. I’ve worn blue collars, white collars, no collars. Dealing with some serious health stuff in the mysterious autoimmune realm a few years back helped me realize I’m on earth to sing. The road to healing has been transformative – and fun (though not always, especially in the beginning), and fascinating, and has precipitated a streaming flow of hope and percolating possibilties. Now I spend my life’s energy pursuing my musical dreams, centered around singing and connecting with people in this way. I’m creating my own collars of varying color/material/style." Ronda Dale 7pm doors | 8pm show | $15 adv. | $18 day of

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  • $15

    Erin McKeown w/ Jen Zimberg


    Erin McKeown is a musician, writer, and producer known internationally for her prolific disregard of stylistic boundaries. Her brash and clever electric guitar playing is something to see. Her singing voice is truly unique – clear, cool, and collected. Over the course of 7 studio albums and thousands of live performances, Erin has developed and refined a distinct and challenging mix of American musical styles.

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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra: May


    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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  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra: July


    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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