Curdo's Music & Stuff (64)

Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, Heart … and Mark Curdo rock Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass.??

I don’t usually go for many of the packaged summer tours each year. That old band you used to love now updated with three brand new guys and the original keyboard player? Sorry, I just don’t get into those offerings. That said, I’m a huge fan of Cheap Trick and Joan Jett, though, and Heart is still powerful and intact. That I can get into. I’ve seen Cheap Trick and Joan a handful of times…

Rockin’ down the highway ... eventually

I recently bought a car. I’m pretty happy. It’s a decent car with a few bells and whistles I don’t necessarily care deeply about, but it came with the whole deal so what the hell. The car's safe, gets decent mileage (for an SUV) and it looks real nice all shiny and new. There’s no empty water bottles behind the passenger’s seat anymore, no loose receipts or ketchup stains on the armrest. I have a…

Shawn Saindon and his Idol, the couch surfer!

In the late '90s. Shawn Saindon became a big part of our local music scene in various ways through various outfits. Anyone going to Asylum back in the day to dance will remember Shawn spinning music for the old Retro Nights. Original music wise, he first debuted with his own solo record in 1998. Soon after, he teamed up with Jimmy Walls for one of the biggest local bands of the early 2000s, Vacationland. That…

The Asylum: We say goodbye and we say hello

It sucks to lose great music venues. We love our live music here. Iknow many of you miss Raoul’s, Zootz, the Tree, Big Easy, StoneCoast and Slainte. Nothing good lasts forever as they say. Earlier this week the Asylum closed its doors as “The Asylum,” after 18 years of memorable entertainment. The club on the corner of Center and Free streets, previously known as Morganfields, opened its doors in 1998 boasting a wide variety of…

Brian Wilson at Merrill Auditorium; Pet Sounds, a California Girl, rogue autographs and a demo

Last December the wonderful announcement was made that music legend Brian Wilson would hit the road with a band including former longtime Beach Boy bandmate Al Jardine and short time Beach Boy (and former Rolling Stones touring member) Blondie Chaplin for a 50th anniversary tour performing the legendary Pet Sounds album. Tickets sold out as quickly as they went on sale. This was one of those rare, special shows we see once in a great…

Summer mixtapes

With the Old Port Fest behind us now, it’s official; summer time is here! Course it might drop to 42 degrees tomorrow, but it’s summer, folks! To me the best moments of summer are when you catch yourself at the start of a good time. A split second pre-acknowledgement or foreshadowing of the good times ahead. It’s a super quick jolt you get when you know you’re about to go somewhere or hang out with some friends to…

Ken Bell of Portland House of Music & Events: Loyalty means everything

If there’s one thing we’ve had our fair share of in this city, it’s music venues closing. Always a punch in the gut at first, but most times we thankfully see another club open at some point to soothe the tummy. It is, however, much tougher when a venue closes like the Big Easy that was run by someone deeply respected by musicians and greatly appreciated by customers. Those people, people like Ken Bell (co-owner…

PLAGUE, a decade of dark dance and freedom

This week, one of Portland’s longest running weekly music/dance events celebrates its 10th anniversary. PLAGUE is a “dark.alterantive.dance” night that happens on Fridays in the basement at Asylum. A gathering for people who appreciate goth, industrial, darknew wave and post punk music. You may have walked by Asylum and seen JackSparrow, Siouxsie Sioux or Robert Smith lookalikes and thought, “what the hell's going on here?” What’s going on is a party that anyone is welcomed…

Alias spins his true tale about 'Croatia Synths'

I’m honored to still call Brendon Whitney a good friend after 23 years. I got to know Brendon during my college radio days at Saint Joseph’s College. I hosted a few radio shows back then. One show called, “Time to Get Stupid” focused on hip hop, which in 1991-95, THAT was the time for hip hop folks. Whitney, then from Hollis would hang out with me at the show almost weekly. I gave him free…

Tall orders: It’s time for everyone to see live music again ... with a rule

With the weather turning in our favor, maybe, concerts and music events are popping up all over. Indoor, outdoor, big room, small room; people are about to come out of their Maine hibernations bigtime for some musical gatherings and that’s a great thing. Life! Whether you’re out listening to the mumblings of Bob Dylan at Thompson’s Point this summer, or sharing your hairspray at Whitesnake on the Maine State Pier or packed in like sardines…
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