Music writer Aimsel Ponti shares Maine concerts for July
There’s no shortage of top-notch performers playing inside and out.
MAINE, USA — Portland Press Herald music writer Aimsel Ponti joined us on 207 to preview four upcoming music shows.
Please note that the Louis Prima Jr. show in Boothbay Harbor that Ponti mentioned on air has been canceled. Prima Jr. said at the last minute that he couldn’t do it due to “logistical issues”.
Here is the list of shows and some comments from Ponti:
WHEN OR: Friday July 1 at the Vinegar Hill Music Theater in Arundel
INFORMATION: Singer-songwriter Dar Williams has been releasing thought-provoking albums since the early 90s and has also written a number of books. July kicks off with a moving performance by Williams in the magical barn that is Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, an intimate space with a lovely outdoor garden for pre-show cheer. Williams’ latest album is last year’s “I’ll Meet You Here,” which features songs like “Time, Be My Friend” and “Little Town.”
WHEN OR: Thursday, July 7 at the State Theater in Portland
INFORMATION: Fronted by Scottish singer Shirley Manson, Garbage are a legendary band born in the 90s with albums like 1995’s self-titled debut, “Version 2.0” and “Beautiful Garbage”. They released “No Gods No Masters” last year. Hits include “I’m Only Happy When It Rains”, “Paranoid” and “Stupid Girl”.
TO DISPLAY: Start making sense
WHEN OR: Friday, July 8 at the Head of Falls in downtown Waterville (the rain meet is at the Waterville Opera House)
TICKETS: Free show! https://www.watervillecreates.org/shows/waterville-rocks-start-making-sense/
INFO: The ultimate act of tribute to the Talking Heads. Keep in mind that Talking Heads’ last album, “Naked”, was released in 1988. Start Making Sense is fronted by Jon Braun, who truly embodies David Byrne.
TO DISPLAY: Sheryl Crow with Keb’Mo’
WHEN OR: Wednesday, July 13 at Thompson’s Point in Portland
INFO: Amazing show with a stellar band and WOW! The Blues LEGEND Keb’Mo’ opens!
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