Cricket Blue

Thursday - February, 06 @ 7:00pm

"You might think of Simon & Garfunkel when you first hear Cricket Blue, or of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. But their music is equally evocative of literary voices: Alice Munro, Dylan Thomas, Flannery O’Connor, even a touch of Edward Gorey. The eleven songs on Cricket Blue’s debut album, Serotinalia, feature a cast of characters right out of a short story collection. Their dense, often dark narratives are delivered with intricate guitarwork and catchy hooks. Listeners have lauded their songs as 'an astonishing mix of original lyrics and arrangements that rewards the casual listener, as well as those who choose to lean forward and roll them around like great pieces of literature and composition' and an 'unlikely combination of the gothic, the literary, and the hummable.'"

“On Serotinalia, Cricket Blue set a new standard for fiction folk” - All Scene Eye

“Deft instrumentation . . . beside the ebb and flow of a brilliant, understated vocal performance” -  PopMatters

“A fresh-sounding, true delight of an album” - Folk Radio UK

“Spellbinding storytelling” - Red Line Roots

“Melancholy [and] melodically whimsical’” - Atwood Magazine

“Dovetailing harmonies and heart-melting melodies . . . this is indie folk with soul and intellect.” - Seven Days

Find Cricket Blue on their website, Facebook, and Instagram, and YouTube.

Upcoming Events

Russ Mason & Paddy Kilrain

Tuesday, October 4th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Tuesday, October 4th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Wednesday, October 5th

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Irish Session

Wednesday, October 5th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Maine Middle Eastern Ensemble

Thursday, October 6th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Darlin’ Corey

Friday, October 7th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


650A Congress Street, Portland ME

Mon: 5PM-11PM
Tues: 6PM-12AM
Wed: 5PM-12AM
Thurs: 5PM-12AM
Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
Sun: 4PM-10PM

Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.

We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.