For The Sake of The Traveler: Refugee Benefit

Sunday - July, 28 @ 7:00pm

SPECIAL EDITION OF "For the Sake of the Song"!
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.
Songwriters pour out their heart on stage regularly. This Sunday, four of Portland's best will be plying their craft to benefit the Maine Immigrant Rights Commission.
They'll be donating their talent and time to play and your regularly scheduled suggested donations at Blue go to some people who can seriously use them right now. Enjoy four 30-minute sets from: Will Bradford of SeepeopleS; Joel Thetford Band, Amos Libby and Ian Riley!
Suggested Donation: $15 or as much as you want to give!
Our Musicians! Give A Listen!
Will Bradford: An impresario when it comes to both performing and making music happen in Portland.
Joel Thetford: One of Maine's most original and talented performers of real country music.
Amos Libby: A versatile performer with an international bent, Libby plays everything from old time music to Middle Eastern folk songs.
Ian Reilly: Riley's a fixture on the Portland, Maine, music scene, playing in bands too numerous to mention and doing his own solo thing, too.

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.