The Joshua Incident

Sunday - May, 20 @ 7:00pm

The Joshua Incident performs original songs in an alt-country vein bound to the rich traditions of country, folk, and cosmic American music. Pedal steel/dobro guitarist Dan Beller-McKenna, upright bassist John “Hal” Halstead, singer Lindsay O’Neill and singer/guitarist/songwriter Todd Thurlow share a passion for American roots music. Originally meeting for a one-off Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris jam; tight harmonies meshed seamlessly with a lean but lyrical acoustic backdrop, and The Joshua Incident was born.

O’Neill blends her fine soprano harmonies with Thurlow’s understated vocals to form a core of tight duet singing. Behind them, Beller-McKenna’s expressive dobro/steel and Halstead’s subtle upright bass complement Thurlow’s haunting, richly melodic songs. Well-schooled in bluegrass, rock, and alt country, Thurlow grew up in rural northern Penobscot County, Maine; a timeless place where 50’s country is still played live in Grange halls and on country fairgrounds. He writes of back roads, dusty barns, loss and hope. The Joshua Incident delivers up-tempo, word-playing honky tonk, too. Think Ryan Adams fused with Gillian Welch, mixed with some of Townes Van Zandt’s darkness and Parsons’ yearning and lightened by Haggard’s barroom confessions. The band offers unique sound and spirit born from this rare mix of steel, guitar, bass, and vocals.

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.