Happy Hour with Keeping it Casual

Wednesday - September, 26 @ 5:00pm

The inspiration for Keeping It Casual (KiC) emerged from hearing new female artists producing powerful ballads and upbeat driving melodies.  Seeing a gap for this type of offering, KiC was formed to focus on songs by some of the best contemporary female singers and songwriters while not totally dismissing some of the great male artists.  KiC covers writers ranging from Alice Merton, Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson to Phillip Phillips and John Legend.
KiC features Nicole DiBiase who’s intricate vocals highlight the nuances each song.  Jean Labanowski on bass and vocals, Rich Roussell on drums and percussion and with Brian Labanowski on guitar, keyboards and vocals.  Individually and together, these musicians have performed and recorded with a variety of different local and regional musical groups over the last 20 years.  We come together to present songs you can enjoy sitting or dancing to!

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.