John Kyle

Sunday - August, 05 @ 5:00pm

John Kyle is a uniquely engaging singer/songwriter with a dark poet vibe who's been compared to Neil Young and Radiohead. He's gone from busking in Harvard Square for a living to performing music festivals and songwriter showcases across the US and Canada. Recently relocated from California to Portland, Maine, John is releasing a new album and going on tour this summer.


Influenced by melancholy and meaningful music from all genres, John's acoustic-guitar centered songs, both somber and soaring, capture John's ethos of making music to form deep connections by showing people that they’re not alone in the dark and there's a reason for hope.


Rising from melancholic guitar chords into moving, rock-infused anthems, songs like "Happy Thought" and "Summer Came" see John embracing his influences, echoing the essence of bands such as Pink Floyd and R.E.M. and channeling them into his own emotional pieces.


In his own words, John's songwriting process is organic and straight from the heart – “I don’t set out to write a song about this or that. My songs seem to rise on their own out of somewhere, and I just try to let the meaning and the message reveal itself, in music and words. When I'm performing - sharing these songs - I feel them down to my core because that’s where they come from.”



Upcoming Events

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

Yellow House Blues Band

Friday, October 7th

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Carl Dimow Quartet

Saturday, October 8th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Tuesday, October 11th

9:00 PM - 11:00 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.