Andrew Stern & Telescope

Saturday - February, 29 @ 8:00pm

Artist, eccentrist…These are terms that come to mind when describing the indefinable and infinite tonal territory that Boston-based guitarist Andrew Stern presents, each and every time he picks up and plugs in.
The range of his appreciation for any genre you can think of is clearly stated in his recordings and performances with the bands he leads: AS3 and AST, two wide-ranging gtr/bs/dr trios; Old Soldiers, his rock and roll songwriting outlet; Telescope, with a tribute to the Telecaster, who rip and nail hip-surf-garage grunge. It doesn’t end there.
Playing along with Naftule’s Dream, Andrew is in the midst of a wildly free-form, psychedelic Klezmer band that expands horizons. Holding down the weekly guitar chair for 10 years with the Gill Aharon Trio (usually a quartet), lending deep reverb and twang to the eclectic “desert-noir” of Beat Circus and Brian Carpenter and the Confessions. We are just scratching a surface. Versatility is one way to describe Andrew’s abilities, however, it’s more about absorbing and appreciating all the music that one has heard…and presenting it in one’s words…or chords, or retinue of guitars and catalogues of LPs…reflecting on all that has been deeply listened to.

When the question is posed to guitarists, “If you could have just one guitar, what would it be?”, polls show that an overwhelming number of guitarists reply, “a Telecaster”. I rank as one who would answer exactly the same. The telecaster is a versatile tool which can cover a lot of ground, but more importantly, it changes the way I approach and play the instrument. Inspired by my own teles and by some telecaster playing guitar heroes of mine, I’ve designed a band around the guitar itself, appropriately titled “Telescope”. A mix of originals and covers, its a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll and more than a little bit undefined.

Andrew Stern: guitar
Ed Lucie: bass
Mike Connors: drums

Upcoming Events

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


Wednesday, October 12th

7:30 PM - 9:00 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.