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An Interview with Martin Barre of Jethro Tull

This week, the classic rock guitarist Martin Barre, who played with the iconic classic rock band Jethro Tull for 43 years, comes to Portland. Now 75, Barre is fully focused on his solo career, after tensions between band members of Jethro Tull — most notably lead singer and flute player Ian Anderson — have splintered the group. The Phoenix spoke with him about a life in music and reckoning with history.   Hi Martin. You…

Forget about politics at the Wicked Good, Halfway Decent Un'naugural Ball

What better way to celebrate the inauguration than to skip it altogether and spend the evening laughing, dancing and raising money for a great cause? The Mayo Street Arts Center is hosting the Wicked Good, Halfway Decent Un’naugural Ball on Friday, Jan. 20, to benefit Mayo Street Arts and the Maine Immigrant Musical Instrument Project, which helps new arrivals reconnect with their musical roots by finding them instruments and introducing them to local like-minded communities.…

The Mallett Brothers will end a busy year at PHOME

Coming off a whirlwind tour of the United States this past year and playing as many as 190 shows, the Mallett Brothers say it will be “cool to cap it off at home,” on New Year’s Eve at the Portland House of Music and Events. “In 2016, it turned into gigging harder than ever,” Luke Mallett said in a recent interview with The Phoenix, “playing five days a week throughout the summer. We’ve gone to…

Take Back Home: A benefit concert to help addicts and asylum seekers

With the many issues we all witness in the news these days regarding immigration, drug abuse and homelessness in our great state, many of us search for answers and ways we can help. Hope Acts, a non-profit organization located right here in Portland, works alongside addicts and alcoholics in recovery as well as immigrant asylum seekers to create a community where all people experience social, emotional, physical, economic and spiritual wellbeing. The organization also offers…

Picking the brains of songwriters during Mystery Mondays

Eric Bettencourt admits that his motivation for starting the “Mystery Mondays” sessions at Blue was to help further along his songwriting skills. “In Austin I took part in a lot of songwriting seminars,” he says. “It’s one of my favorite things to do. I love to pick the brains of people that I love to listen to and find out what their songwriting process involves.”  Folks in Portland now have an opportunity to do the…

The Wicked Woods release a new EP, Let It Be Known

For the past year and a half, The Wicked Woods have been writing music, practicing, recording and playing shows wherever they can, all over Portland. This Saturday, June 18, that hard work will culminate with a multi-act show at Empire where the band will celebrate the release of its latest EP, Let It Be Known. Other acts joining The Wicked Woods for the show will be Tall Horse and Elison Jackson. The Wicked Woods consists…

Four local bands help raise $6,500 for Go Big for Hunger

Not only does our beloved town of Portland possess an extravagant music scene with a pool of talented artists, our little slice of the Northeast also boasts some of the biggest enthusiasm from musicians and music lovers alike when it comes to supporting a worthwhile cause. On Friday, May 20, Portland came together for a sold-out show at Portland House of Music and Events (HOME) produced by Greg Martens, founder of Go Big for Hunger,…

Ghoul of rock: MAMM’s all-ages affair cranks up the volume

For the younger crowds this Halloween, the Maine Academy of Modern Music is hosting a rock show at One Longfellow Square. Several teen bands will be “melting faces at the creepiest all-ages costume party in town,” according to a press release.Several young rockers will perform, including The Mean Faces, Yard Sail, and Work In Progress.

Whimsy worth gold: Gustafer Yellowgold stirs childlike wonder

Have you met Gustafer Yellowgold? He’s a small, bright yellow little creature that used to live on the Sun, but has since landed in the Minnesota woods and been getting himself in all sorts of absurd situations with his pet eel, well, at least in our imaginations. This cone-headed character is the bizarre, but whimsical creation of Morgan Taylor, a self-made, award-winning cartoonist and songwriter that pairs his psychedelic animated adventures with warm, heartfelt pop…
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