Joel Thetford

Monday - August, 27 @ 6:00pm

Raised in the shadow of Billy Bob's, one of Texas's legendary honky tonks, Joel Thetford grew up listening to the sounds of classic country radio and the wide variety of rock and roll, blues, and folk music that the Texas scene provided. His career as a bull-rider landed him eventually in Stephenville, where the Texas Country scene was booming. With acts like Gary Stewart, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jerry Lee Lewis, Robert Earl Keen, making regular stops in town, those were Joel's earliest and strongest influences as he began writing songs. 

Joel has become a fixture in the songwriting community, and has shared the stage with such acts as The Ghost Of Paul Revere, Hayley Thompson-King, The Alternate Roots, Barns Courtney, John Craigie, Tigerman Woah, Hannah Daman and the Martelle Sisters, Town Meeting, Max Carcia Conover, Seepeoples, Sarah Blacker, Chris Ross and the North, The Mallett Brothers Band, Joseph Gallant, Jake Hill and Deep Creek and many more. 

Joel's debut album  "Here I Go" was released in the summer of 2015. Joel's new album "The Outer Bank" was recorded and produced by 2017 New England Music award winning producer of the year Jonathan Wyman at The Halo, and mastered by Grammy award winning Dave Collins in Los Angeles.  Joel just recorded his third album with Jonathan Wyman and will be releasing it spring of 2018.  

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.