PORTLAND, Maine — Aimsel Ponti from Mainetoday.com has the list of must see live concerts.
SHOW # 1
WHO: Two consecutive night at Blue!
WHEN: Women Singers & Songwriter Showcase hosted by Jenny Van West on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. and Ladies in Blue, 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 11.
WHERE: BLUE, 650A Congress St., Portland
HOW MUCH: donations accepted
TICKETS & INFO: https://portcityblue.com/?pno=5
WHY GO: Women Singer & Songwriters features four 25 minute sets for local women artists and is hosted by the fantastic Jenny Van West. Then on Monday night Ladies in Blue features Renee Coolbrith and JanaeSound collaborating with other local female artists performing originals and covers.
SHOW # 2
WHO: The Last Waltz performed by Bob Colwell & Friends
WHEN: Saturday, February 16
WHERE: The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
HOW MUCH: $15
WHY GO: The iconic group The Band was one of the most influential music groups of the 20th century, and as such their final concert was filmed by legendary director Martin Scorcese. That movie, The Last Waltz (1978), went on to become a classic and influenced the lives of a group of young Maine musicians. Join some of these musicians, now a few years older, for an evening of fabulous music. Their concert is a re-creation of The Last Waltz by The Band, featuring Justin Maxwell, Steven Vellani, Bob Colwell, Pat Colwell, Dickie Hollis, Robby Coffin, Katie Daggett and Timothy Sullivan. Songs include “Up on Cripple Creek,” The Shape I’m In” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “The Weight”
SHOW # 3
WHO: Oshima Brothers and The Western Den
WHEN: Sunday, February 17
WHERE: Portland House of Music
HOW MUCH: $12 in advance, $15 day of show, 21-plus.
WHY GO: Oshima Brothers is the duo of Sean and Jamie out of Belfast. Debut album “Under the Same Stars” came out in 2016 and they just released a 5-song EP. Sean writes many of the songs, sings, and plays the acoustic guitar. Jamie records the songs and makes the videos and in the live show he sings and plays electric guitar, with an octave pedal for the bass, and a foot percussion board for drums, occasional fiddle and does live looping. grew up in rural Maine, surrounded by a crazy number of instruments. Jamie started playing guitar at 5. Sean started writing at 13. They used to drive to school with their mom and sing rounds with her in the car, the whole 45 minute drive.
The Western Den is the Boston duo of Deni Hlavinka and Chris West. Their song “Spark, Set Fire” made it on my list of best songs of 2018. Dreamy alternative folk pop. LOVE them! New album coming out soon is called “A Light Left On”
SHOW # 4
WHO: Samuel James
WHEN: Friday, February 22
WHERE: Frontier in Brunswick
HOW MUCH: $12 in advance, $15 day of show
TICKETS & INFO: https://www.explorefrontier.com/event/samuel-james-2/
WHY GO: Sam is an incredible singer-songwriter and guitarist of the blues and roots persuasion. He’s also an accomplished storyteller. His guitar playing is like nothing I’ve ever seen or heard. Sam’s released six studio albums and is working on his next one.