Dirty Mae

Friday - September, 20 @ 10:00pm

It's no surprise that radio stations across the country are requesting Dirty Mae on their playlists.  Since forming in late 2016, it's no surprise that their original sound and powerful presence skyrocketed them from their NYC Harlem home into the media.  One of the bands founding members, Ben Curtis, is no stranger to the spotlight as his vocal grit, southern-bred blues and flair for the dramatic arts, has landed him success in recent past.  But it wasn't until he met the sweet and sultry Californian, Cassie Fireman, that he became completely smitten.  Her magnetic cabaret style, that crooner-like voice, and an insatiable gift for lyrics and poetry put a spell on the Southern boy. Their connection is electric and there's no escaping their unbreakable bond. They have the wedding rings to prove it, but wait till you see them on stage.  They've since had 3 musical projects together ranging from bluegrass to hard rock. However, something in their sound was missing, and that something was the young musical prodigy, Robin Frost. Curtis befriended Frost when they both played for an indie rock band, Danny Fingers & The Thumbs.  "That band was looking for a new bassist. We found Robbie and he learned our entire set in one night. Not only was he super talented, he was one of the most easy going and loving people I've ever met. If anyone could complete a band with Cassie and me, it was this guy. One day we were at a rehearsal, and Robbie picked up a guitar and started singing... I was floored. He was an even better guitarist, but when he opened his mouth... wow. He had this voice of an old soul from New Orleans in the 1920's. I pulled out my harmonica, and we wrote 4 songs right there on the spot."  Curtis & Frost immediately left the Thumbs and started their own project with Miss Fireman, and the rest was history.  Thus emerged the truly unique sound that is DIRTY MAE.

With the three founding members coming from completely different backgrounds, it's hard to nail their sound into one genre. One editor described it as "New Orleans Ghost Folk." Emmy-nominated composer, Michael Whalen said "it's like listening to two characters from a Faulkner novel making music today." Our Northern contingency calls it "indie folk," while our Southern friends say "just call it Americana!"  Whatever you call it, it is an unforgettable sound of old and new worlds, that will keep you swinging all night long.  Together they are a recipe for unmistakable success. In less than two years together, they've been featured on the CW Network , Broadway World, headlined world-class venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, BB Kings and CitiField for the Yankees Mets Subway Series Concert. They just released their freshman self-titled EP, and are already hard at work on their full length album (scheduled to release Spring 2019). Hard to believe they've only just begun.

Upcoming Events

Bess Jacques & The Strays

Tuesday, September 27th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Tuesday, September 27th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Wednesday, September 28th

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Irish Session

Wednesday, September 28th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Javier Rosario Trio

Friday, September 30th

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Album Cover Project: Hunter Lefebvre & Friends

Friday, September 30th

10:00 PM - 11:45 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.