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* IRISH MUSIC NIGHTIRISH MUSIC NIGHT

Hosted and booked by Tom Rota. tom@boghat.com

* 10 String Symphony10 String Symphony

Time: 7:30 pm

Two 5-string fiddles, two voices, the occasional banjo and resonator mandolin. Acoustic/Folk/Old-time/Blurrrgrass Madness.

* IRISH SEISIUNIRISH SEISIUN

Time: 9:00 pm

"...a gathering of Irish traditional musicians for the purpose of celebrating their common interest in the music by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting, while in the process generally beefing up the mystical cultural mantra that hums along uninterruptedly beneath all manifestations of Irishness worldwide." The general session scheme is that someone starts a tune, and those who know it join in. Good session etiquette requires not playing if one does not know the tune, and waiting until a tune one knows comes along. In an "open" session, anyone who is able to play Irish music is welcome. Most often there are more-or-less recognized session leaders; sometimes there are no leaders. At times a song will be sung or a slow air played by a single musician between sets. The objective in a session is not to provide music for an audience of passive listeners; although the punters (non-playing attendees) often come for the express purpose of listening, the music is most of all for the musicians themselves. The session is an experience that is shared, not a performance that is bought and sold.

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* Kim and ChrisKim and Chris

Time: 7:00 pm

With two EP's and two full length disks each garnering critical acclaim, and two SAMMY awards under her belt Kim Monroe has consistently impressed audiences with her unique songwriting and powerful vocals. With another record in the works, Monroe attributes the leap she has made as a vocalist and songwriter to greater confidence in herself and a clearer vision of her musical direction. Helping to define and craft this new direction is guitarist Chris Eves who will be joining Monroe in the studio and on the road. "Chris has helped me believe in myself as a musician and the new tunes we are working on have really lit a fire in me to perform live," says Monroe when asked about the budding collaboration, "I'm really excited by the new sounds we are coming up with and cannot wait to finish our new record." Monroe has enjoyed collaborating with artists in the past, such as Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac and Blues Traveler's harmonica virtuoso John Popper and is equally excited about her current collaboration with Eves. "I've been lucky to get the opportunity to work with some really wonderful, creative people in the industry and have truly enjoyed writing and performing our new songs, I feel that where I am musically now is home." Chris Eves is no slouch either, since graduating from Berklee College of Music Eves has released his first solo album of original music, done session work for numerous national acts and has toured with national acts including Justincase, and American Idol. When asked about his past achievements Eves said, "I've had the opportunity to have shared the stage with some incredible artists, but the thing I am most passionate and excited about is this new collaboration with Kim. I'm really excited for people to hear all the hard work we've put into this new record." Although their material typically starts out in a folk vein, it usually progresses into the soul/ blues territory that best showcases Monroes stirring vocals and Eves's masterful guitar playing. When asked about the record Monroe says, "The record has been a fun way to experiment with new sounds and really pin down where we fit musically. Live too we experiment all the time on stage, each show is its own unique experience." With a tour calendar steadily filling and a new record in the works Monroe is excited for the future. "This next year will be a lot of work but I feel like there will be a lot of growth and opportunities that come with the new album. I am really looking forward to taking this next step musically and enjoying all that comes with it."

* Max Garcia Conover Swaps SongsMax Garcia Conover Swaps Songs

Time: 9:00 pm

Every first Thursday of the month Max will be joined by one of his favorite songwriters to swap songs from 9-11. MAX GARCIA CONOVER: Maine-based songwriter Max García Conover has released two EPs (EP #1, Birches Lo) and one full-length album, Burrow, in April 2013 through Clip Records. His quick-fingered, mostly acoustic songs are grounded in natural landscapes and flicker with revelation. In 2012 he was named Maine’s Best New Act in the Portland Best Music Awards.

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* Big FancyBig Fancy

Time: 6:00 pm

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY...Old Time Music & Dinner...ENJOY! Steve (banjo) and Randi (guitar) Austin

* OKBARI with bellydancersOKBARI with bellydancers

Time: 8:00 pm

The Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble presents music from the richly varied contemporary and historic cultural traditions of the Middle East including Ottoman Turkish Classical compositions, rural Turkish folk and devotional songs, Arabic classical and folk music, and dance music from the Armenian and Turkish immigrant diasporas.

* The Evan King GroupThe Evan King Group

Time: 10:00 pm

Soul, Jazz...Remixed. You're going to love it!

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* Robbie Neeb TrioRobbie Neeb Trio

Time: 6:00 pm

Jazz Drummer

* Taylor O'Donnell QuartetTaylor O'Donnell Quartet

Time: 8:00 pm

Taylor O’Donnell, a Colorado native, is a contemporary vocalist who mainly uses her roots in classical vocal performance, musical theater, jazz, folk and R&B. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University, and graduated with a Master's Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami

* Kinnon Church TrioKinnon Church Trio

Time: 10:00 pm

Jass Bassist

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* Max AterMax Ater

Time: 7:00 pm

Max Ater, a native and resident of Bath, Maine, is a 19 year old singer/songwriter. After istening to Max Ater's original music, you will understand why he surpasses the limits that are given by his age. His words, music, voice, and character are that of...not only a seasoned musician, but also a seasoned soul.

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* IRISH MUSIC NIGHTIRISH MUSIC NIGHT

Hosted and booked by Tom Rota. tom@boghat.com

* Don Roy EnsembleDon Roy Ensemble

Time: 7:30 pm


* IRISH SEISIUNIRISH SEISIUN

Time: 9:00 pm

"...a gathering of Irish traditional musicians for the purpose of celebrating their common interest in the music by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting, while in the process generally beefing up the mystical cultural mantra that hums along uninterruptedly beneath all manifestations of Irishness worldwide." The general session scheme is that someone starts a tune, and those who know it join in. Good session etiquette requires not playing if one does not know the tune, and waiting until a tune one knows comes along. In an "open" session, anyone who is able to play Irish music is welcome. Most often there are more-or-less recognized session leaders; sometimes there are no leaders. At times a song will be sung or a slow air played by a single musician between sets. The objective in a session is not to provide music for an audience of passive listeners; although the punters (non-playing attendees) often come for the express purpose of listening, the music is most of all for the musicians themselves. The session is an experience that is shared, not a performance that is bought and sold.

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* Cumberland CrossingCumberland Crossing

Time: 7:00 pm

Contemporary Bluegrass with Erica Kingston (bass), Skip King (banjo), Bill Holden (dobro), Ronnie Gallant (guitar and mandolin) EVERY 2ND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH

* BLUEGRASS JAM SESSIONBLUEGRASS JAM SESSION

Time: 9:00 pm

Cumberland Crossing lead us into a good ol' fashioned Bluegrass jam session...so bring yer instruments, grab a drink and play some tunes. Or just come down for a drink and good tunes.

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* Robby SimpsonRobby Simpson

Time: 6:00 pm


* the suitcase junketthe suitcase junket

Time: 8:00 pm

This band was born out of a desire to make one person sound like many. No loops or effects, just one person contorting himself into a full sounding ball of music. Sitting on an old accordion case and using it as a bass drum played with the right heel, Matt started playing this old junker parlor guitar that was pulled out of a dumpster. A gas-can with a baby-shoe kick pedal was added (baby shoe is for tone), then a hi-hat, a washboard and a voice. Lorenz began piecing together rhythms and song ideas and eventually started working in some of the overtone singing that he'd been practicing in the car for a few years. The rhythm section has grown over time to include a circular saw blade and a cook-pot adorned with a soup-can-bottle-cap tambourine. Matt recently upgraded to a larger suitcase as well, which is not only better sounding, but fits most of the drums inside it as well. He writes good songs and aims to sing them honestly.

* Acadian Aces!Acadian Aces!

Time: 10:00 pm

Bourbon-flavored cajun mayhem from old Acadie

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* Sue'n'BlueSue'n'Blue

Time: 6:00 pm

Sue has joined talented jazz pianist Pete Blue in a swinging jazz duo! Their repertoire focuses on the Great American Songbook from the 1930's - 1950's, with an emphasis on jazz. Together they perform for events and venues, sharing jazz with their eager listeners. They have also had the opportunity to record some of these songs. PETE BLUE is a professional pianist, arranger and conductor. Born and bred in Los Angeles, he began his musical career in Seattle in the '60's, led lounge acts in Las Vegas during the Elvis era, was a recording session keyboardist in Nashville through the '70's, and then relocated to Manhattan where for three decades he worked on Broadway and Off-Broadway and in cabaret, jazz and country music venues. He became a full-time resident of Harpswell, Maine in 2010.

* Robbie Neeb QuartetRobbie Neeb Quartet

Time: 8:00 pm

JAZZ (drums)

* Hardy Brothers QuartetHardy Brothers Quartet

Time: 10:00 pm


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* Travis Cyr & Tricky BritchesTravis Cyr & Tricky Britches

Time: 7:00 pm

"Eureka. The triumph of discovery. Songs about Country, Family, Electricity. On Tuesday evening, April 15th. I will be celebrating this new release with a special show at Blue in Portland. It gives me great goosebumps of pure excitement and energy to say that my noble friends the Tricky Britches will be backing me for a good portion of the evening. There will also be a few other surprises, i'm sure. Blue is a small marvelous room...this will be an early (7pm) show on a Tuesday night. Make plans to be there now....it's a small cozy nook of a room and I would hate for YOU to not be there for this. We are going to play some straight up get down in your face string breaking acoustic roots rock...and it's going to rip! See you soon...."

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* IRISH MUSIC NIGHTIRISH MUSIC NIGHT

Hosted and booked by Tom Rota. tom@boghat.com

* BoghatBoghat

Time: 7:30 pm

Boghat is a Traditional Irish Dance Music trio of accomplished musicians based out of Portland, Maine. Boghat plays the traditional music of Ireland with a contemporary twist. From fiery reels and sexy jigs to plaintive airs and the occasional song, Boghat covers the entire spectrum of the genre, experimenting with contemporary elements while maintaining a healthy respect for the tradition.

* IRISH SEISIUNIRISH SEISIUN

Time: 9:00 pm

"...a gathering of Irish traditional musicians for the purpose of celebrating their common interest in the music by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting, while in the process generally beefing up the mystical cultural mantra that hums along uninterruptedly beneath all manifestations of Irishness worldwide." The general session scheme is that someone starts a tune, and those who know it join in. Good session etiquette requires not playing if one does not know the tune, and waiting until a tune one knows comes along. In an "open" session, anyone who is able to play Irish music is welcome. Most often there are more-or-less recognized session leaders; sometimes there are no leaders. At times a song will be sung or a slow air played by a single musician between sets. The objective in a session is not to provide music for an audience of passive listeners; although the punters (non-playing attendees) often come for the express purpose of listening, the music is most of all for the musicians themselves. The session is an experience that is shared, not a performance that is bought and sold.

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* Heaven SteppersHeaven Steppers

Time: 7:00 pm


* ax·i·om (ak-see-uh m)ax·i·om (ak-see-uh m)

Time: 9:00 pm

noun 1. a self-evident truth that requires no proof. Axiom is a newly formed jazz trio featuring the classic organ-guitar-drums setting, inspired by groups from the 1950s and 1960s. Collaboratively led by members Lincoln Allen (gtr), Michael Beling (org), and Jacob Forbes (dr), the sound is on the gritty side of the jazz spectrum with a focus on soulful blues, swinging groove, and improvisation. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Bobby Timmons, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, and Grant Green, Axiom aims to live up to its definition!

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* Zach OvingtonZach Ovington

Time: 6:00 pm

Multi Instrumentalist and Singer Based out of Auburn, ME

* The Four Legged FaithfulThe Four Legged Faithful

Time: 8:00 pm

The Four Legged Faithful are a band made up of 4 ordinary men who all thrive on playing music together. Their aim is not to play traditional folk or bluegrass music, but instead to create beautiful, heart-felt, and genuine music using traditional folk/bluegrass instruments. They create a sound that is honest and reflects the band's many musical influences from nearly all genres. All members sing; creating multiple combinations of 2, 3, and 4-part harmonies. All members write and sing songs about their thoughts, families, and the natural world that surrounds them. For a band without a drummer, The Four Legged Faithful achieve an incredible level of intensity using foot percussion and layered rhythms throughout every measure.

* Gunther BrownGunther Brown

Time: 10:00 pm

“Gunther Brown’s music is earthy, eloquent and entirely honest. The band from Portland reminds one of early Jayhawks, with maybe a touch of Wilco. It’s Americana music, with roots that spread to folk, rock and old-time country.” “Dubuc’s rough and raspy vocals are terrific … “ - Portland Press Herald Gunther Brown plays original music that ranges from “downright singer/songwritery” (The Phoenix) to “hand-clapping, countrified rock” (Press Herald). From Portland, Maine, Gunther Brown plays music that is solidly Americana and borrows from folk, rock and old time country. The band’s hooks are infectious; poppy enough to get you singing along with enough soul to make it worth another listen.

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* Peter AlbertPeter Albert

Time: 6:00 pm

Solo guitar

* Garry Wittner TrioGarry Wittner Trio

Time: 8:00 pm

Garry Wittner (guitar/vocals), Duane Edwards (bass) & Jacob Forbes (drums)

* Kyle Friday TroisKyle Friday Trois

Time: 10:00 pm


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* IRISH MUSIC NIGHTIRISH MUSIC NIGHT

Hosted and booked by Tom Rota. tom@boghat.com

* Ron Cody & FriendsRon Cody & Friends

Time: 7:30 pm

Ron and Wendy Cody, Lincoln Meyers and Zach Ovington

* IRISH SEISIUNIRISH SEISIUN

Time: 9:00 pm

"...a gathering of Irish traditional musicians for the purpose of celebrating their common interest in the music by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting, while in the process generally beefing up the mystical cultural mantra that hums along uninterruptedly beneath all manifestations of Irishness worldwide." The general session scheme is that someone starts a tune, and those who know it join in. Good session etiquette requires not playing if one does not know the tune, and waiting until a tune one knows comes along. In an "open" session, anyone who is able to play Irish music is welcome. Most often there are more-or-less recognized session leaders; sometimes there are no leaders. At times a song will be sung or a slow air played by a single musician between sets. The objective in a session is not to provide music for an audience of passive listeners; although the punters (non-playing attendees) often come for the express purpose of listening, the music is most of all for the musicians themselves. The session is an experience that is shared, not a performance that is bought and sold.

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* Frank FotuskyFrank Fotusky

Time: 7:00 pm

Frank Fotusky plays Acoustic Blues in the style reminiscent of the great East Coast "Piedmont" players such as Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Boy Fuller, John Jackson, Blind Willie McTell to name a few. A majority of his material is culled from the '20's, '30's and '40's and Acoustic Blues and Guitar Rags are the foundation of his music. Along with this repertoire, his original compositions are rooted in this era and still carry a contemporary feel. Frank has performed with Virginia Bluesman John Jackson,Buddy Guy, Paul Geremia, Roy Book Binder, Hubert Sumlin to name a few and has been festival headliner in his own right.

* Samuel James & Dana GrossSamuel James & Dana Gross

Time: 9:00 pm

SAMUEL JAMES is part Bill Withers, part Tom Waits, part James Brown, part Leo Kottke, and part P.T. Barnum. A roots troubadour of the highest order, James will sing you a song with raw, sweat-pouring soul, all the while playing the guitar with such commanding virtuosity you'll swear he's reinventing it. Then he'll tell you a story enrapturing you to the point where you'll almost forget he's a musician. http://therealsamueljames.com/ DANA GROSS: Drawing on the wealth of music stored in the hills of Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta, and based out of Portland, Maine, D. Gross creates lyrical songs rich in earth imagery, heart, and struggle. Performing since the tender age of 12, Dana has refined his intention and ability, entertaining crowds from Maine to The Carolinas, and most places in between. Bringing the roots to life, and creating new shoots, D. Gross crafts modern music for the ages... http://dgrossmusic.com/

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* The RenovatorsThe Renovators

Time: 6:00 pm

Singer, songwriter, guitarist Bob Rasero is joined by drummer Jeff Davison and bassist Kent Allyn. Longtime friends and bandmates Jeff and Kent join Bob for a set of original blues and rockin' acoustic tunes. Both have been with Bob since the early 1990's and were the original Renovators along with Dave Thibodeau. Jeff has been the leader of Portland's Big Chief band for over twenty years and has shared the stage and set the grooves for too many stars to mention….ditto for Kent Allyn, a multi-instrumentalist/producer/teacher who is first call up and down the east coast…..

* Matt Meyer & the Gumption Jct.Matt Meyer & the Gumption Jct.

Time: 8:00 pm

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

* NorthwoodNorthwood

Time: 10:00 pm

Northwood is a local acoustic Americana/Folk band playing a unique mix of old hits and deep cuts with a twist. Kirk Underwood - Guitar/Vocals Greg Bjork (of Welterweight) - Mando Tess Ganet - Violin John Hoer - Upright Bass

* LQHLQH

Time: 10:00 pm

It's Funk. It's Jazz. It's Rock. IT'S LQH! Chas Lester: vocals/drums Tyler Quist: keys/bass Evan Haines: guitar

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* Duquette & Tim O'DellDuquette & Tim O'Dell

Time: 6:00 pm

Original compositions & standards ROB: "If you ever find yourself feeling as if there was nothing in the world that could lift your spirits, you surely haven't heard Rob Duquette's new CD, "Love Is Contagious." "All in all, Rob Duquette is an accomplished musician. With his prolific studies of African-American, North American and African music; he should be enjoying much success in all genres." ~Kristen DiCarara-McClellan, Portland Press Herald ABOUT TIM: "A YOUNG, NEW MASTER of the saxophone has arrived and his name is Tim O'Dell . . ." - Lee Prosser - Jazz Review.com "THIS IS THE SOUND of expanding American art" - James Nichols - All About Jazz "A THINKING MAN'S player and composer . . ." - Owen Cordle - Jazz Times

* Chris Klaxton QuartetChris Klaxton Quartet

Time: 8:00 pm


* Hardy Brothers Jazz JamHardy Brothers Jazz Jam

Time: 10:00 pm

Participants for the jam session will have to sign up for 10 minute slots to play with the house rhythm section. Rhythm section players are welcome even though there will be a house section. The signup process is first come first serve. The horn line up is limited to three participants in any given configuration. Participants should bring lead sheets for tunes they want to play. No amps will be provided for keyboard or guitar, when in doubt bring your own. No original music please. The session is from 10pm to 12am on the 4th Saturday of each month.

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* Jason MelansonJason Melanson

Time: 7:00 pm


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* IRISH MUSIC NIGHTIRISH MUSIC NIGHT

Hosted and booked by Tom Rota. tom@boghat.com

* TICKETED SHOWTICKETED SHOW

Time: 7:30 pm

John Faulkner! seats and standing – order anytime by emailing tom@boghat.com

* IRISH SEISIUNIRISH SEISIUN

Time: 9:00 pm

"...a gathering of Irish traditional musicians for the purpose of celebrating their common interest in the music by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting, while in the process generally beefing up the mystical cultural mantra that hums along uninterruptedly beneath all manifestations of Irishness worldwide." The general session scheme is that someone starts a tune, and those who know it join in. Good session etiquette requires not playing if one does not know the tune, and waiting until a tune one knows comes along. In an "open" session, anyone who is able to play Irish music is welcome. Most often there are more-or-less recognized session leaders; sometimes there are no leaders. At times a song will be sung or a slow air played by a single musician between sets. The objective in a session is not to provide music for an audience of passive listeners; although the punters (non-playing attendees) often come for the express purpose of listening, the music is most of all for the musicians themselves. The session is an experience that is shared, not a performance that is bought and sold.

       

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