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IRISH MUSIC NIGHT featuring Neil & Ed Pearlman | Wednesday, NOVEmber 14, 2012 | 8PM

As a duo, Neil & Ed blend Scottish fiddle and contemporary Scottish/Cape Breton piano with flavors of jazz and Latin. They’ll be playing musical sets they’ve concocted lately, including some from their upcoming CD.  This year, Neil and Ed have toured to many places, including Portland, Boston, New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, Alabama, New Orleans, Toronto, Michigan, Chicago, Indiana, Cleveland, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. . Och aye, don’ mess et ye wee gits.


Wednesday November 21 – CLOSED

Wednesday November 28 – Tom & Elly

Wednesday December 5  – Caroline Cotter & Sugar Shack

Wednesday December 12 – Erica Brown & Matt Shipman followed by Tricky Britches

Wednesday December 19  – CLOSED

Wednesday December 26 – CLOSED

Heather Styka | Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 6PM

Chicago singer-songwriter Heather Styka’s songs are as fresh as they are rooted in the folk and Americana tradition, delivered by a warm and soulful voice.  Also a poet and writer, Styka has an instinct for lyrics that are smart and unexpected but never cryptic, analyzing the importance of moments, places, and relationships.  In addition to numerous songwriting awards, her 2011 release Lifeboats for Atlantis received critical praise, hitting #3 on the national FOLK-DJ charts.  As “one of the more original of the many contemporary singer-songwriters touring the US” (Tom May, River City Folk), Heather Styka stands at the forefront of her generation of songwriters.

Dietrich Strause | thursday, November 15, 2012 | 8PM

“Strause’s voice is mellifluous; his sound has traces of a young Paul Simon mixed with that Josh Ritter Midwestern wanderlust.” – Rich Kassirer, Modern Acoustic

“He writes poignantly about romance, innocence and the opposite poles of country vs. city life. …a first-rate lyricist…” – Steve Morse, former music critic at the Boston Globe

“The songs are beautiful and moving. His subjects and sincere, stripped-down delivery call up all of the modern legends of song craft—Jeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams, and Jim James—and the sentiments linger for days, the ashtray always nearby.” – Jeff Wallace, My Secret Boston

JAZZ AT THE BLUE: OWEn CONFORTE TRIO | thursday, November 15, 2012 | 10PM

This trio brings a refreshing twist off of the jazz funk fusion genre. With all the musicians coming from very different musical backgrounds, everybody adds their own flavor to the sound. All the students are students of jazz music, but we all like to drop the textbook and jam out! If the music of Soulive, The Slip, and The Bad Plus were put into a bender, this would be the result.

Emily marcus, Jon Cooper, & jason phelps | friday, November 16, 2012 | 6PM

Emily Marcus, of Steamboat gypsy, brings in Jon Cooper and the return of Jason Phelps for some good ol’ bluegrass times!

potato pickers | Friday, november 16, 2012 | 8pm

Playing original folk, country, and salty songs written by Jeff Aumuller, as well as traditional bluegrass, country and fiddle tunes.

matt meyer & the gumption junction | Friday, november 16, 2012 | 10pm

Join Portland’s Handsomest Band™ as they play their inimitable blend of old time mountain music, new roots, and sea shanties.

mehuman jonson | SATURDAY, november 17, 2012 | 8PM

Performing Songwriter Magazine’s music critic says(Vol 9 Issue 59) Clay Steakley says – Mehuman Jonson’s “folk hop for hip folk” is a sexy, loping romp through thick engaging beats and glittering melodies.

Jazz at the blue: mark tipton’s tip o’ the hat series | SATURDAY, november 10, 2012 | 10pm

Mark and his adventurous Quartet present the Eleventh Installment in their “Tip ‘O the Hat” Series at Portland’s most intimate live music venue, BLUE.

First Set:

Each month the Quartet pays homage to a late, great, influential musician, not necessarily associated with Jazz.

THIS MONTH: Lester Bowie (Jazz Trumpeter/Composer) – 13 years gone on November 8

Second Set:

Timeless Jazz Standards, Vibrant New Works, and Miscellaneous Songs from World, Popular, and Classical Traditions.




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