Mark Stepakoff

Sunday - August, 19 @ 5:00pm

Boston-based singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff  is widely admired on the New England folk music scene for his mix of wry humorous material and poignant ballads, in the vein of artists such as John Prine and Loudon Wainwright III, with whom he has frequently been compared.  He has released five CDs and has placed four songs in the top 10 on the national “Folk-DJ’ radio airplay chart, reaching as high as number 3.


Mark has received numerous songwriting awards.  He has received First Prize in the Great American Song Contest, American Songwriter Magazine lyric contest, and the Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival song competition, and is a seven-time finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition.  He has been a finalist in the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition and has received Honorable Mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, and Rocky Mountain Folks Singer Songwriter Showcase (3 times).


Mark performs frequently in the Boston area. He has headlined on several occasions at Cambridge's legendary Club Passim, and has also headlined or been featured at, among many other venues, Johnny D's, Tupelo Music Hall, and Nashville’s Bluebird Café. Among the artists he has opened for are Bill Morrissey, Steve Forbert, Buskin & Batteau, Christine Lavin, Cheryl Wheeler, Don White and Claudia Schmidt.






"Boston-based singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff certainly deserves to be a national folk figure" -- Performing Songwriter Magazine



"[Mark's] new album, The Story Behind The Story, is one of the finest recordings you'll hear from any artist locally or nationally" -- Metronome Magazine



"Boston's biggest songwriting secret . . . I would go see this performer anytime" -- The Noise



“One of the best songwriters I have ever heard” -- Christine Lavin


Upcoming Events

Bess Jacques & The Strays

Tuesday, September 27th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Tuesday, September 27th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Wednesday, September 28th

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Irish Session

Wednesday, September 28th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Javier Rosario Trio

Friday, September 30th

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Album Cover Project: Hunter Lefebvre & Friends

Friday, September 30th

10:00 PM - 11:45 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.