For The Sake of The Song

Sunday - March, 24 @ 6:00pm

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.
This month's lineup:
Brook Blanche is a songwriter and performer based in Wichita, Kansas. He has spent the last 12 years touring with his band, The Calamity Cubes!, and performing solo. He has toured nationally for over a decade, has performed at Muddy Roots Music Festival in Cookeville, Tenn., and [WHATEVER ELSE YOU WANT TO INCLUDE], and toured Europe during the summer of 2018. Blanche sings classic country music with an of-the-moment sensibility utilizing his by turns raucous and subtle vocals to add effect to his already emotionally-charged songs and performances.
Charlie Marie was first introduced to country music by her grandmother. She was already hooked on Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. With vocals reminiscent of "The Queen of Country Rock," Linda Ronstadt, and current influences like genre-breaking Margo Price, Charlie Marie is adding a modern touch to traditional country music.
Matt York began playing the clubs of Boston as a teenager and has since played stages throughout New England, New York, Nashville, Toronto, and points beyond. Gatehouse Media's Peter Chianca writes: "Boston's Matt York...[plays] country rock with a jangly edge [that] has instantaneous appeal, combining wry lyrics about barflies, ex-lovers and fading summers with infectious melodies and a rocker's penchant for strumming his way through heartbreak."

Upcoming Events

Irish Session

Wednesday, July 6th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Layne’s Wine Gig

Thursday, July 7th

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Maine Middle Eastern Ensemble

Thursday, July 7th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Showmen’s Rest

Thursday, July 7th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Bird at Sea

Friday, July 8th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Jake Klar

Friday, July 8th

8:00 PM - 9:30 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.