Juke Joint Devils
July 7th, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Jump and swing blues combo.
July 14th, 2018 at 6:30 PM
It was an awkward beginning. In early 2017, Nikhil Dasgupta’s rock band endeavor lacked cohesion and purpose, and was eventually abandoned as its members left town or quit. In the aftermath of this first take, the remaining members of what was now called SnugHouse (a term of endearment for their rehearsal space above the Snug Pub on Portland, Maine’s east end) decided they would pursue a new identity. Overnight, Nikhil’s background in vocal arrangement, combined with Alex Millan’s folk-oriented bass sensibilities and the singing backgrounds of the other two members (then Tom Peabody and Oriana Farnham) turned a confused alt-rock group into a folk quartet with an indie pop twist. At their first live shows, it was immediately apparent that they had found a spark. Suddenly there was no noise in the way of their songs, which, when laid bare in front of an audience, revealed a purposeful simplicity and bold voice. The group came to prioritize the craft of songwriting above all else, a philosophy with which they recorded and released their debut self-titled EP in the July of 2017.
Within a few months, word about SnugHouse had begun to spread. Popular house shows turned into residencies at bars and breweries, which soon became regular appearances at some of Portland’s biggest local music venues. The band rapidly became a local favorite, garnering the attention and praise of local radio DJs, music bloggers, and columnists alike. Carefully crafted vocal arrangements and raw, emotional songwriting were consistently recognized as their strengths.
Today, SnugHouse is Nikhil and Alex, joined by Rosie Borden and Laura Pauline in the fall of 2017 as songwriters, vocalists and multi-instrumentalists. Their live shows span a broad range of energies and emotions, highlighting the talents and personalities of each member. In recognition of the band’s past, they embrace change as a catalyst for creativity instead of an obstacle in its way. In truth, this story has barely begun.
SnugHouse’s debut, self-titled EP is available on Spotify and iTunes. It is an honest reflection of their live performances: a set of five sparse arrangements, painted in a pallet of muted colors, that holds a respect for songwriting above all else. A second record is in the works with producers Darren Elder and Jonathan Wyman of the Halo Studio, with plans for a much broader and more public release in late 2018.
– Nat Newman, Rawckus Magazine
– Aimsel Ponti, Portland Press Herald
– Bree Candland, What Bree Sees (A live music blog)
July 28th, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Local singer, songwriter and guitarist playing the blues.
Chris Ross and the North
August 4th, 2018 at 6:30 PM
“I am a dangerous man / Born clutching to a dollar…”
…The words that open the new Chris Ross + The North record ‘Over Lonesome’ drip with whiskey and cigarettes, followed by a clamor of guitars evoking a band of outlaws on the run.
Ross spent the better part of a decade tucked away on the coast of Maine developing his voice as a writer. Inside the arsenal of tracks he’s penned, one finds dangerous, hard-hitting reflections; stories of love, life and longing, appealing because they’re so real. Tinted with an appetite for self-destruction, his writing style is smooth and eloquent while remaining sincere to genuine grit of experience. When his sonorous vocals found affinity with a band, the evolution cultivated a multifaceted, visceral experience for listeners, an auditory landscape much like that of Maine itself: Humble yet dramatic, severe yet sweet, cold and resonant with a nearby fire throwing heat.
The musicians forming The North provide a masterful blend of country + rock & roll swagger, a winning combination with Ross’s candid storytelling. Anchored by Ryan Curless (drums) and Caleb Sweet (bass), the rhythm section hits where you want it to, and hard – a fine tuned compatibility of artistic bonds reaching back to early childhood perceptible to the naked ear. Rounding out The North is guitarist Zachary Bence, a virtuoso with the ability to transition between ear-scorching guitar solos and beautiful sonic swells on the drop of a dime, his grace as a musician as boundless as his contribution to the band’s steady concord.
August 11th, 2018 at 6:30 PM
A rollicking soulful trio of powerhouse women, they bring a variety of genres into their unique Americana Folk mix. Amy Green (guitar and vocals), Becca Biggs (banjo, foot percussion, and vocals), and Camille Giglio (cello and vocals) came together during the long winter of 2015 and quickly found they had a unique sound and a harmonized passion for speaking truth through music. They have been creating happy fans ever since, presenting mostly originals and the occasional one-of-a-kind cover. Sugarbush released their debut live studio album Fresh from the Woods in February of 2016.
August 18th, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Local & Original. Front man, Bad Daddy, has been a Maine blues stronghold since 2005. Founded as The Bad Daddys in 2006, the blues Paul Waring makes continues to this day. It’s original blues. There’s a distinctive sound that brings voice and groove to the heartbeat of these feel-good soul-filled tunes. Backed by a 3 piece rhythm unit, the Brotherhood, Bad Daddy is on the Maine scene with a tight and driving blues machine. Exceptional unyielding velvety tube driven tone, Bad Daddy & the Brotherhood are here to deliver style and sound that underscores Waring’s tenor…A chemistry for that sharp and gritty production that sizzles and burns.
5th Beeriversary with The Mallet Brothers
August 24th, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Strong Brewing Co is 5 years old and we are celebrating in style! Join us by noshing on some amazing pizza from Cafe Miranda, listening to the awesome Mallet Brother and of course great beer!
The Mallett Brothers Band’s busy tour schedule over the past seven years has helped them to build a dedicated fanbase across the U.S. and beyond while still calling the state of Maine their home. With a style that can ranges from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock, theirs is a musical melting pot that’s influenced equally by the singer/songwriter tradition as by harder rock, classic country and psychedelic sounds. Texas Hill Country Explore Magazine calls them “New England’s wildly eclectic crew of genre rebels.” Bill Copeland Music News says “Combining their authentic roots rock sound with a reflective lyrical style that perceives stories on the level of epic myth, it’s like William Faulkner has been resurrected with an electric guitar in hand..”
While remaining fully independent, The Mallett Brothers Band has performed at some of the country’s top venues and festivals, including Austin Texas’s famed Continental Club; Alexandria, Virginia’s Birchmere (sharing the stage with Oklahoma red-dirt rockers The Turnpike Troubadors), New Hampshire’s Meadowbrook Pavilion (opening for The Allman Brothers Band, and again opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd); Nashville’s Bluebird; and Little Rock’s The Rev Room, to name a few. Festival appearances include FloydFest (Virginia), Hop Jam (Vermont), Nateva (Maine), The New England Country Music Festival (New Hampshire), Eastbound Throwdown (New York), and many more.
“The Falling of the Pine,” the band’s most recent release, reimagines a group of 19th Century Maine folk songs collected in the 1927 book “Minstrelsy of Maine.”
The Mallett Brothers Band includes:
Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar / Luke Mallett
Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar / Will Mallett
Vocals, Guitar & Dobro / Wally
Drums / Chuck Gagne
Bass / Nick Leen
Fiddle, Mando / Andrew Martelle
When Particles Collide
September 8th, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Together we are Unstoppable
Rock ‘n Roll is about singing and playing the truth so that we can all be a little more human, so that we can better understand ourselves through the power of rhythm, melody and verse. WPC believes this art form makes us all feel empowered, inspired, connected and unstoppable.
Fremont Street String Band
September 15th, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Bluegrass/Folk band playing tunes around and throughout Maine.
Blake Rosso Band
September 22nd, 2018 at 6:30 PM
High energy, rootsy americana music to get your feet stompin. Not your Grandad’s bluegrass.
September 29th, 2018 at 6:30 PM
GoldenOak is an emerging sound in New England folk music. A Portland, Maine based, Indie-Soul-Folk, sibling duo, Zak and Lena Kendall were born and raised in the Sandy River Valley of Western Maine. The two started making music together as kids and the bond of brother and sister is evident in their carefully crafted songs, poetic lyrics, and flowing harmonies. Influenced early by legends like Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Band, and by the like of Fleet Foxes, First Aid Kit, and Ray LaMontagne.
GoldenOak began writing music and performing in 2014. Their early songs led to their first official release, Pleasant St., in 2016, an album they co-wrote with cellist Seth Wegner. The full length album painted the landscape of the duo’s childhood and their experiences growing up and leaving home. Appropriately, they recorded with accompaniments on electric guitar, cello, and trumpet, from hometown friends. The original album with beautiful instrumentation and voice solidified the band as ambassadors of the Maine Folk Scene.
Following Pleasant St. Zak and Lena produced the Acadia Sessions, a series of live video sessions to highlight the album as they toured widely in the Northeast gaining in audience and recognition. The homegrown and honest approach of the band shows integrity and style, earning them praise across the board. The success of Pleasant St. and the following tour gained GoldenOak a nomination as “one of Portland’s most important upcoming bands” by Dispatch Magazine.
In October 2017, GoldenOak released Foxgloves, a 6 track EP that builds on Zak and Lena’s folk roots with a remarkable orchestral approach. On the EP, the siblings expand their earthy sound and songwriting with percussion, piano, trumpet, cello, and violin. Evolvement Radio said of the EP, “the vocals are little more than another pair of instruments adding another exquisite layer of atmosphere to the songs. It’s not until ‘side two’ of the EP that Zak and Lena’s vocals take center stage in the mix. When they do step out vocally, they bring a stunning release of energy to the songs.” The band kicked off their Foxgloves release tour with a sold out show at Portland’s One Longfellow Square, and in December, Foxgloves was voted “EP of the Year” by the Portland Music Awards. As GoldenOak evolves and pushes boundaries, they continue to sow seeds in a rich folk tradition.
Zak and Lena record and often tour with fellow musicians and band mates, Seth Wegner (cello), Max Eddington (piano), and Jackson Cromwell (percussion). Over the last two years, they shared the stage with many notable artists such as Lady Lamb, The Dustbowl Revival, The Ghost of Paul Revere, The Mallett Brothers Band, and Parsonsfield.