The cooling temperatures and dark nights make it more important than ever to go and catch some music with the folks you love. Aimsel Ponti from shares her picks for the month of October.

Cheryl Wheeler, Friday. Johnson Hall in Gardiner.

Wheeler’s a folk singer-songwriter who’s been at it since the 80s.
She’s both hilarious and heart-rending.

Beats Antique. Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Port City Music Hall.
Trio from Oakland, CA. Ten albums in 10 years. New one “Shadowbox” is out this week! Dance, electronic. World fusion. Percussion. Violin. With belly dancer Zoe Jakes and from what I’ve been reading stunning stage visuals.

Arc Iris at Empire.

Wednesday, Oct. 12.
Trio from Providence, RI. New album is “Moon Saloon”
Dreamy, ethereal, experimental. Fronted by singer Jocie Adams.

Queen Tribute show! Saturday, Oct. 15 at Windham Performing Arts Center.

Sean Slaughter and his band Master Stroke for an awesome QUEEN tribute show playing all the hits and a few deeper album cuts. With special guests the Windham Chamber Singers. Special appearance by singer Elisabeth Marshall.
Here’s Sean Slaugher’s audition when he was a finalist to be on the Queen Extravaganza back in 2011.

Pianist George Winston. Sunday. October 30. Jonathan’s in Ogunquit.