8 Days A Week (128)

8 Days: A Harvest Moon Dance, a Natural Pharmacy, the Belgian Beer Fest, and a Very Worldly Folk Concert

THURSDAY, Sept. 15   Blues and Pizza | Make sure you finish the savory, pillowy goodness of Slab’s pizza pies before Jon King’s ready to perform on the patio outside, because you’ll probably want your hands free to clap along. King’s blues rock rhythm, sweet but scratchy voice and satisfying slide guitar skills, will do that to ya. King lives in Boston, but is originally from Maine and never fails to captivate when he performs…

8 Days: Underground dance parties, the Portland Greenfest, PorchFest 2016 and Leon Bridges

THURSDAY, Sept. 8   Film Screening: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai | The title of this provocative film means: “rain the color blue with a little red in it.” It tells the universal story of a musician that’s trying to make it, “against all odds,” set against the backdrop of the “raucous subculture of the Tuareg guitar.” Centered around the real life musician, Mdou Moctar, this film serves as an experiment in modern ethnographic filmmaking, and…

8 Days: ZZ Top, an Animal Free Circus, Outdoor Reggae, a Beer Election and the English Beat

THURSDAY, Sept. 1   Sea Kayak Sunset Tour | Not many people on the peninsula have kayaks or canoes stowed away in their tiny closets or basements. So it’s likely that many of them haven’t seen Portland from the perspective of the serene waters of Casco Bay. According to some participants of Portland Paddle’s guided sea kayak tours, the sights are beautiful and totally worth it. If anyone out there is looking for a place…

8 Days: Sidewalk art, pets in the park, jazz and funk, and pop stars on the Pier

THURSDAY, Aug. 25   The Donny McCaslin Quartet | After bouncing from Boston, New York and Los Angeles, the American jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin is coming to little ol’ Blue for a sensory stimulating show. Let his recent cred speak for itself. His jazz solos have attracted Grammy nominations, and he’s collaborated with the late rock legend, David Bowie. Preview his 2015 album Fast Future, an imaginative work that finds McCaslin and his electro-acoustic quartet…

8 Days: Three delicious fundraisers, SPACE Gallery weirdness, ghost hunts and TJ Miller

THURSDAY, Aug. 18   A Trifecta of Folk Acts at Mayo | Focusing his music on the “particular common heart of love and grief,” and articulating “the disconnect between people and nature,” the lifty folk focker William Joseph Jiordan will perform, backed by his harmony drenched young folksters that call themselves DYADO. Also on this hipster magnet of a bill is the local group, The Ghosts of Johnson City, who transform old mountain ballads, Appalachia…

8 Days: Hunter Hayes, Kat Wright and the Gang of Thieves are set to tear it up

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 Film Screening: Man Vs. Snake | While we’re all obsessed with Pokemon Go, it’s easy to forget that cell-phone games used to be dominated by a simple one: Snake. This quirky documentary tells the story of Tim McVey, who in 1984 scored over a billion points on the original snake game on a single quarter. But that’s not where the story lies. Fast forward 25 years, the Italian kickboxing champion Enrico Zanetti…

8 Days: Pizza night, kombucha lessons, hip-hop cleanup, fire spinning and The Wombats

THURSDAY, Aug. 4   Moondrunk at Blue | Come get your happy hour on inside the best jazz bar in town. With a simple but satisfying menu of cocktails and small plates, your belly and brain will both be satisfied. Weaving together an interesting blend of folk, indie rock and hip hop, members Andrew Bancroft and Ashley Perez Flanagan of Moondrunk will be bringing the tunes in celebration of their debut album, Lunacy. Moon drunk…

8 Days: Joe Walsh, Ron White, Ken Ueno and plenty of locals, too

THURSDAY, July 21   Pecha Kucha explore HOME | Everybody loves a good story. And often times, the best stories come from home. You know, that place that formulated your character, and gave your sense of ethics and morales its groundwork. This event invites local storytellers to present on the theme of “Home a Sense of Place,” and answer the question: “What does the word home conjure for you?” Presenters will have to follow the…

8 Days: The Bluestocking Bash, Bob Dylan and M83

THURSDAY, July 14   Vinland 5 Course Pairing with Urban Farm Fermentory | The folks at Urban Farm Fermentory are reportedly “pleased as plums” about their involvement with a five-course cocktail pairing at Vinland, one of Portland’s newest and most artistic restaurants. The head chef David Levi doesn’t mess around when it comes to local fare; he has even written a manifesto to describe his crusade into sustainable eating, and it is truly impressive. It…

8 Days: Two beer festivals, Lauryn Hill, Lori Nix and plenty of funk and folk shows

THURSDAY, July 7   Bard’s Harvest at Dogfish | Christine Roger’s sweet voice, and Pip Walter’s peaceful mandolin and fiddle strumming will lull you into a daydream and take you to special places. Together, their unique partnership forms Bard’s Harvest, a new pleasant folk-Americana band that perform music perfect for the intimate space of the Dogfish Bar and Grille. Order something tasty, and let the Bard’s Harvest’s eclectic set of covers and originals help put…
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