8 Days: Cozy Concerts, Holiday Soirées, Fundraising Fun and a Racial Justice Meetup

Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson $23 | Wednesday 7, 8:00 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland Photo By Lois Bielefeld Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson $23 | Wednesday 7, 8:00 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland

THURSDAY, Dec. 1

Impersonating a Body | Étaín Boutique has collaborated with Dispatch Magazine to bring an all-inclusive, body positive, lingerie fashion show to Congress St. Gone are the days where models are strictly tall and skinny. Simmer in the glow of dozens of differently sized Portland models as they strut their stuff and flaunt some skin (and pretty pieces of fabric) during this empowering and interactive cocktail party/runway event. Proceeds will go to benefit Portland Outright.

| $5 | 7:00 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | http://www.space538.org/events/ |

Northwood Cheer | Shoutout to Blue for consistently offering a good selection of beer, yummy burgers and a free live show almost every night of the week. It’s a cozy place to kick back and sample some live music you might never have heard before. Enveloping the space in warm, cheery vibes will be Northwood, an acoustic outfit built on strong and playful instrumentation and powerful three-part harmonies. They’ll play a sweet, easy-listening set that ranges from bluegrass, folk, country and Americana.

| FREE | 9:00 pm | Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland | http://portcityblue.com/ |

 

FRIDAY, Dec. 2

 
Racial Justice | Have you been left wondering what you can do fight oppression since the outcome of the election? Meaningful activism starts at the community level, and before that, education. If you’re ready to turn your disgruntled Facebook posts into something that actually makes a difference, consider attending this racial justice nonprofit fair. The organizations attending are: Somali Bantu Community Association, Maine Women’s Lobby and Policy Center, Maine-Wabanaki REACH, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, the ACLU of Maine, King Fellows, In Her presence and Maine Equal Justice Partners. Folks representing these organizations will be there to point you in the right direction, if you’re ready to becoming a donor, volunteer or advocate for racial justice in Maine.

| FREE | 5:00 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | http://www.space538.org/ |

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I’m Comin Over | To be honest, I know next to nothing about country singers, and even less about the big-stadium variety. Some crooning hunk (or so they say) named Chris Young is stopping by Portland as part of an impromptu 25 city tour. Before I’m tempted to slam the vapidness of modern country music, I’ll give this successful (and philanthropic) performer the benefit of the doubt and showcase his resume instead: seven number 1 singles, 14 Gold/Platinum certifications, rousing appearances on Good Morning America and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and a number 1 spot on the Billboard's Top Country Music Chart. Joining him for this night of big-hearted country will be Dustin Lynch and Cassadee Pope.

| $30 | 7:00 pm | Cross Insurance Arena, 1 Civic Center Sq., Portland | http://www.chrisyoungcountry.com/events |

They're Back | Huge crowds came out to see the reunion of the New England jam band phenomenon Percy Hill back in June. The energy was so intense, that these improvisational rockers decided to recapture that and perform two more shows before they slink back into retirement. This spirited band that bloomed brightly in New Hampshire during the 90s are set to dazzle us one more time with a performance of their highly lauded production, Color In Bloom.

| $25 | 8:00 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland | http://www.portcitymusichall.com |

 
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Nostalgia Night | To this day, the Charlie Brown Christmas Show tugs on many a heartstring. The timelessly endearing tale of commercialism, scrawny Christmas trees and a round-headed hero will be recreated by local musicians Heather Pierson, Shawn Nadeau and Craig Bryan. With gentle jazz riffs and tickling piano notes, this trio will make you remember that oddly poignant cartoon.

| $22 | 8:00 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland |  https://onelongfellowsquare.com |

 
SATURDAY, Dec. 3

Too Many Santas | As they have for eight years, hundreds of festive folks dressed as Santas, Elves and Reindeer, will prance around downtown drinking and spreading holiday cheer. As they hop from bar to bar, their bellies will get rounder and their cheeks redder. Join this quirky crowd if you’re in the mood for some seasonal, jolly-filled fun.

| FREE | 4:00 pm | Downtown Portland | http://www.santaconpwm.com/ |

Back to the Future | Pull up some fishnets and crimp your hair for this concert that’s essentially a blast back to the 80s, a golden-era for live music. The Awesome, an ultimate party band will get the crowd dancing like maniacs and singing classic covers of Hall and Oates, T'pau, Wang Chung, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran, INXS, Mr. Mister, Nu Shooz, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Human League, Wham, Tears for Fears and Whitney Houston louder than they do! What better way to warm your cold bones than rattling them to some fiery 80s hits?

| $10 | 8:00 pm | Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland |  http://www.portlandhouseofmusic.com/event/the-awesome-9/ |

 
 
 
 
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Sonic Ghost Stories | The Ghosts of Johnson City accomplish something that’s almost rare treat amongst folk/blues/Americana bands today: they keep history alive through superb storytelling. This group of string musicians and vocalists channel forgotten voices from America’s past and transport listeners through dark corners of our collective history. They captivated listeners with haunting murder ballads and simple soulful mountain melodies when they performed their debut album Am I Born To Die, and now they’re set to continue the tradition of passing down oral histories with a new batch of stories inspired by dark stains on our historical archives.  

| $10 | 8:00 pm | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland |  https://www.facebook.com/events/302030370180158/|

Stand Up for Standing Rock | Many locals are livid and distraught that the situation at Standing Rock hasn’t been resolved. Don’t believe the fake news; the Dakota Access Pipeline hasn’t been stopped and protestors are still being tortured with water cannons and pepper spray. Join other locals that are furious with the situation and committed to doing something to show solidarity, at this evening of hip-hop that’s aimed to raise money for this fight to defend the environment. Politically conscious and community oriented performers will take the stage and help spread the word against some fire beats. The bill includes Seth On Gray Street, Words Of Phrase, Hannah Harleen, Stay On Mars, aLunarLanding and more.

| $2-10 | 9:00 pm | Flask Lounge 117 Spring St., Portland | http://flasklounge.com/ |

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Pastoral Americana | Described as performing “a contemporary sound with ageless qualities” is Tall Heights a band that emerged at the perfect time, right when folk was becoming huge. “Tall Heights is staying true to their harmony, cello and guitar laden souls, while creating something indie, something chic, something new.” This arresting and hard to classify band will perform their latest album, Neptune a curious, lush collection of songs that features “pristine, emotive vocal harmonies, a chugging electric guitar, ethereal synthesizers and brittle splashes of percussion.” A Massachusetts-based, country-folk quintet called The Novel Ideas will open this concert and help listeners elevate their sonic palette.

| $15 | 9:30 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland |  http://www.statetheatreportland.com/event/1295831-tall-heights-portland/ |

 
SUNDAY, Dec. 4
Wine and Donuts | Just about every time the Cellardoor Winery opens their doors for a free food and wine pairing, some people get turned away. This insanely popular monthly event will pair delicious libations with the buzzed-about delights from Urban Sugar Donuts. So if you want that expertly curated sugar high, you’ve got to show up early! These pairings will be first come, first served!

| FREE | 1:00 pm | Cellardoor Winery, 10 Thompson’s Point, Portland | http://mainewine.com/ |

 
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Under the Shadow | Locals know that if they want to avoid the mainstream torrent of market-tested entertainment at the big cinemas and instead watch something intellectually stimulating, you attend the film screenings at SPACE. This week the venue’s showing this year’s most underrated horror mystery: Under the Shadow. All you need to know about this highly effective chiller (that doubles as social commentary) is that it’s set in the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war. Go into this film without knowing or looking up anything about it. You’ll be pleased you did.

| $8 | 7:30 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | http://space538.org/events |

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Unstoppable Funk | The Brooklyn-based power funk outfit Turkuaz has injected some life into Portland’s streets with their epic performances many times now. They’ve only been around for about 4 years, but their rapid rise to relevance and track record of explosive festival appearances shows they’re a musical force to be reckoned with. For the uninitiated, expect “intricately arranged songs built on thick grooves that are driven by a powerhouse rhythm section and interlaced with swirling guitar and synth lines,” from this high=energy concert experience. The gritty, greasy and funky members of The New Mastersounds will also be there to help shake the floorboards.

| $22 | 8:00 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland |  http://www.portcitymusichall.com |

MONDAY, Dec. 5

Chords For Kids | One of Portland’s newest breweries, Lone Pine is doing what true community players do: give back to those in need. They’re one of many businesses this week that are raising funds to benefit the local arm of the Center for Grieving Children. They’re making it easy for you to do your part too. Swing by the brewery's tasting room, where staff will be pouring some delicious beers from the tap. In between pours, pay attention to the raffle; you may win a neat prize. Meanwhile a surprise lineup of local musicians will provide the necessary ambiance for this special night of pseudo-selflessness.
| $10 | 5:00 pm | Lone Pine Brewing, 219 Anderson St., Portland | http://www.lonepinebrewery.com/ |
 
TUESDAY, Dec. 6
 
Four A Cause | No, that’s not a typo. During this holiday soiree, you’ll be handed cold hard cash to donate to one of four charities of your choice (Equality Maine, Portland Buy Local, Greater Portland Landmarks and Locker Project). Meanwhile, you’ll be sipping a dark frothy beer, snacking on fancy finger food from Aurora Provision and vibing out to the soulful tunes of Model Airplane. It’s not just going to be a fun time, but an effortless way to support your community.

| FREE | 5:00 pm | Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple St., Portland | https://www.portlandhouseofmusic.com |

 
Twin Peaks | Rock-n-roll fans, please welcome to Portland a group of five talented dude-bros. Together they’re Twin Peaks and they want to be your dudes. They’ve amassed a dedicated following of drunks, stoners and other dudes that swear they don’t sounds like 500 other indie bands. If you’ve been anxious to try out some new music or are curious how some millennials are faring in the rock scene, check out the Twin Peak’s performance of their latest, most mature album yet, Down In Heaven.

| $15 | 8:00 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland | http://www.portcitymusichall.com |

 
Swampcandy | Gear up for a unique concert that’s a little out of character for the usually raucous sets at Empire. This time, the internationally touring, primitive blues influenced duo Swampcandy will take the stage and show listeners that with aggressive finger picking, a fearless rhythmic style and stirring vocals, two performers can easily conjure a full-bodied, space-filling sound. Also on the bill is the one-man jukebox of Jeremiah Tall, a folk-rocker who’ll drop sonic snippets that conjure images of cowboy nights and battles with demons. Opening up this dynamic and soulful night of music will be the one and only, Clara Junken.

| $10 | 9:00 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | http://portlandempire.com/ |

 
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7
 
 

National Parks Adventure | There’s a little adventurer hiding within us all, waiting in our subconscious and urging us to experience raw natural beauty and embark on majestic journeys through America’s wilderness. Or maybe that's just me. Anyway, I'm sure Robert Redford will coax the little guy out of you as he narrates a documentary titled National Parks Adventure. The travel bug will flare up again during this action packed film screening that takes viewers to untamed forests, red-rock canyons and craggy mountain peaks. Believe me, this film is meant to be viewed on the big screen. After the film, a discussion will be led by Lucas St. Clair, the man that helped convince President Obama to designate the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

| FREE | 6:30 pm | Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland | https://www.meca.edu/ |

 
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Dynamic Duo | Embodying everything seasoned purveyors of folk rock look for in a performance is the finger picking, crooning duo of Porter Nickerson (Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson). Together they exude heart, grit and raw-musicianship and create memories that last long after their last chord fades. For this concert, they’ll showcase snapshots of the human journey by jumping emotive styles with confidence, ease and balanced energy. Their sets can feel sad and heart-achy one moment, rich, lush and bright the next and still end on a rockin’ and playful note.

| $23 | 8:00 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland | https://onelongfellowsquare.com |

THURSDAY, Dec. 8

 
Merry Madness Charity Ball | Don some classy, but dance floor worthy evening wear for this holiday soiree that aims to raise money for the Center for Grieving Children. This charity bash is hosted by the sweet and sultry jazz sensation Viva and Mark Curdo from 94.3WCYY. These two local music fixtures know how to throw a superior party, with some cosmopolitan flair; the kind you might wake up hungover from, but with absolutely zero regrets. So come shake your hips for a good cause.
| $12 | 8:00 pm | Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple St., Portland | http://www.portlandhouseofmusic.com/event/vivas-holiday-benefit-show/ |
 

Chasing Ghosts | The wait is over. Johnny Clay Shanks will be out all night offering copies of his new album Chasing Ghosts in between performances. Originally from Texas, this local singer/songwriter has been making splashes in the scene (mostly with the Dapper Gents) showcasing his poetic, southern, “plain ol’ rock n’ roll” style. Although deeply rooted in the blues, Shank’s new work evokes vibes ranging from Hendrix to the Black Keys. Opening this album release party is Driving Charlie Home, a folk rock group from Damariscotta.

| $9 | 9:00 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | http://portlandempire.com/ |

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