For The Sake of The Song

Sunday - February, 24 @ 5:00pm

Monthly Series!  every 4th Sunday!
Inspired by the late, great Townes Van Zant, songwriters come together for this monthly showcase to enjoy each other's music. The rest of us are just there to listen, have all the feels, and applaud when appropriate. Artists will bring a mix of Americana music featuring bluegrass, folk, classic country, and blues sometimes tinged with the punk and metal backgrounds of some of the performers. Loosely grouped under what's come to be known as Americana music, the common thread to these performances is original songwriting and storytelling. There will normally be two full sets by a mix of local and touring acts, as well as individual performances before, between and maybe after the two headlining acts. These will often be new, recently written songs by engaging songwriters putting their heart into the moment.
Joey Henry's Dirty Sunshine Club:

Joey has been writing songs for and touring with The Calamity Cubes! out of Wichita, Kansas, for 12 years now, touring nationally and in Europe. As far as his songwriting, he says: "The music is medicine and we are all making and taking it together. Theres a banjo, a guitar and a ukelele but it isnt bluegrass.  the only thing traditional about these stories is the heart where they stem from."

He's also a creative photographer who brings together his love of visual art with his music in his performances and in his life. His photography resides under the same umbrella of storytelling as his songs. As he says, “They all live on the same cul-de-sac of wherever stories come from."

Paul Jarvis:
Paul Jarvis has been playing bass for just under 35 years. He is most widely known for his bass playing in the rock band Scissorfight, but in the fall of 2017 Paul began writing songs on the acoustic bass and focusing on it as a solo instrument.  Paul's songs highlight the unique and lower tones of the bass accompanying the melodic vocals and storytelling lyrics. Paul has released two videos and will soon be releasing  a seven-inch single featuring his hit song 'Another Day', as well as a original arrangement of Neil Young's 'The Needle and the Damage Done.' Paul plays regularly throughout New England, with a US tour in the works.
Karen McDine:

Maine native Karen McDine started playing piano and organ at the age of five. She re-discovered her love for music in college and started writing songs on the guitar.She moved to Virginia Beach in 1997 and recorded her first album, “Fallen Angel." McDine is currently in the midst of creating a new album in her own way and lives in Brunswick, ME.

Combine an Americana troubadour with a cocktail of soulful melodies, Blue notes and hints of Folk and Jazz and serve it up over the rocks and you get David Karl Roberts, and his unique blend of New Americana Music.

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.