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Guster returns to State Theatre! 5/2/15

Guster's "Evermotion"



Tickets for Guster’s return to the State Theatre go on sale Friday January 9th!  As an added bonus each ticket comes with a download of their new album “Evermotion” available on 1/13!  Charge by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at Cross Insurance Arena, or online at



Don’t miss an opportunity to see a favorite in Portand over the years and also get their new cd with your ticket!



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New Year’s Eve 2015 in Portland!

Each year here at ILPM we try and highlight some of our favorite New Year’s events!  It’s becoming harder and harder each year to talk about/cover all of them in a city that does so much for one night!  Here are a few of our favorites for the big night as we say goodbye to 2014!



-Grace New Year’s Eve Bash

Location:  Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut Street, Portland.

Time:  9pm


This is the 6th New Year’s Eve Bash Grace as had!  This year they are changing it up a bit to provide the best possible party!  This will be a ticket only event, so you can avoid the lines!  You will be greeted with a champagne toast upon arrival, dance the night away with a fantastic DJ and ring in the new year with us and 250 new friends.  Again, this will be a ticket only event with proceeds of the ticket sales going to support the important work of Good Shepard Food Bank!








Children’s Museum New Year’s at Noon and New Year’s at 2. 

Location:  Maine Children’s Museum, 142 Free St, Portland.

Time:  10AM-12PM

This is family friendly version of a New Year’s Eve Celebration!  The Museum will host their annual New Year’s Party for kids.  New Year’s at Noon (starting little early this year) will feature lots of fun for the little ones, along with 500 balloons!  The New Year’s PJ Party is free with Admission.

From 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM…

If you want to celebrate New Year’s in a quieter fashion with “hat-making and merriment”.  The event is free with Admission. Please note…

For more information visit: 














Midnight Masquerade- Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks

Location- Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, Grand Ballroom, 200 Sable Oaks Drive, South Portland.

Time:  Events starting at 6:30pm.

Celebrate the traditions of carnival and Mardi Gras as DJ Brian Zutter and The Bob Charest Band keep you moving all night.  From 6:30-7:30pm enjoy cocktail hour, 7:30-9pm enjoy dinner at the hotel, 9pm-1am enjoy ringing in the new year!  There are multiple ticket options available for this event, and even a ticket option that gets you a special discounted rate for the hotel for the evening!

For Reservations and more Information, call the Marriott Hotline at 207-347-6874, E-mail
call The Bob Charest Band at 207-797-3848, E-mail


4th Annual All Access Party Pass




If dancing and moving location to location on New Year’s Eve is your thing then this is the pass for you.

The All Access Party Pass-Downtown puts the hottest spots in the coolest areas of the city all onto one itinerary for New Year’s Eve 2014! Gain entry to the most sought after downtown hot spots, each with NYE perks and amenities including:

-Complimentary General Admission to multiple events. Feel free to party hop all night long so go to one or go to all…the choice is yours!

-Live performances by super hot DJs spinning hip hop, dance, rock, Top 40’s and 80’s

-Festive New Year’s Eve party favors

Gain Access to any of the following bars:

51 Wharf Nightclub
Bonfire Country Bar
Fore Play Sports Pub
Red Bull VIP Party

$35.00 All Access General Admission
$70.00 All Access VIP Line Skip

Purchase Tickets-



WCYY New Year’s Eve Bash- Soulive and Rustic Overtones at The State Theatre.

Location-  State Theatre, 609 Congress St, Portland Maine

Time:  Doors:  8pm.  Show: 9pm

If live music is your thing on New Year’s Eve this is the best of the best.  Head into the historic State Theatre to see Maine’s own Rustic Overtones opening for Soulive to ring in the New Year!

Buy Tickets online at or in person at the Cumberland Country Box Office or charge by phone at 800-745-3000 .








Here is 5 different kind of events, but we want to hear what you are planning!  Have an event that you’re attending or want us to highlight?  Let us know. Email us or comment on facebook!


Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

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The Trey Anastasio Band to play State Theatre – Tickets onsale October 17 at 10am

49-atlgThe Trey Anastasio Band will perform at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine on December 7, 2014 at 6:30pm (door open) and show begins 7:30pm. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10am.

Tickets for the show are $42.50 and there is a 4 ticket limit for this all ages show. You can visit Ticketmaster to order your Trey Anastasio tickets here.

Buy tickets online at the link above, in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. The State Theatre Box Office will be open one hour before doors on night of show.

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Food, Drinks, And More Food

Here are some upcoming events that are happening right here in Portland that bring you fresh Farm dinners, barbecue, wine, cheese, and beer!



Where: DiMillo’s on the Water, 25 Long Wharf, Portland

When: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $50


At this annual fundraiser for the March of Dimes, Dr Michael Pinette, medical director of MaineHealth’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine will be honored. The guests can sample dishes from local Maine restaurants including DiMillo’s, Ri Ra, Brunswick Hotel & Tavern, Vinland, and The Frog & Turtle.





Where: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

When:  7 – 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $150


This year the first-ever gala event is an introduction to Harvest on the Harbor, this annual celebration of Maine’s celebrated food and drink scene, which runs through Oct. 25. Seven outstanding local chefs will prepare a course of a locally-sourced meal, complimented with beer, wine and laughs. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Good Shepherd Food Bank Summer Food Service Program. Also Sommelier Erica Archer from Wine Wise will be the entertainer for the night.







Where: Rising Tide Brewery, 101 Fox St., Portland

When: Noon – 5 p.m.

Cost: $45


The Rising Tide Brewery is celebrating with a “Harvest Fest”. The Brewery will be having fresh meat raised by local farms, on diets that were provided by the brewery’s spent grain. Max Ury Farm will be providing a heritage pig and RC Game Farm will be providing poultry. All of which will be used on a menu crafted up by chefs Brad Messier of Rosemont Market Productions and Matt Brown of the Good Shepherd Food Truck. There will also be pies provided by Brianna Warner, of Maine Pie Line and  small-batch anniversary beer from Rising Tide’s will also be provided. Corvus will be available on draft and in bottles. In addition, the Fest will include a pickle competition, judged by “Celebrity Pickle Panel” Joe Ricchio, Jackie Ward, Kate McCarty, and Adam Callaghan. The ticket price includes food, two drink vouchers and a souvenir glass. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Good Shepherd Food Bank in support of their mission to fight hunger in Maine.



Where: Novare Res Bier Cafe and other beer bars around Portland

When: TBD


The organizers of Portland Beer Week (Nov. 1 – 7) are hoping they can convince actor Bill Murray to come to Portland by brewing beers in Murray’s honor. Whether or not Murray, who is most famous for his movies “Ghostbusters” and “The Life Aquatic” shows up, guests can enjoy Vigo’s Pink Ooze, Jaguar Shark and Lost in Fermenation along with the beers Maine brewers have already promised to make.



Where: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

 Cost: $46-$76


Yes! You got it, the host of “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Iron Chef,” along with cookbook author and renowned food world personality is taking his unconventional humor and culinary expertise on the road. His show is a mixture of his stand up comedy, food, talk show antics, multimedia lecture, and, live music. Audience will be required to interact of course!


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Bonfire grand opening – First 50 people get free burgers for a year! Sept 26, 2014




Bonfire Country Pub in the old port is Portland’s newest bar!  This Friday they are doing something kind of unheard of.  The first 50 people in the door will receive free burgers for a YEAR!  Bonfire Country Pub located in the Heart of the Old Port at 37 Wharf Street in Portland. This amazing place features a country vibe with fun lively atmosphere. They Specialize in drinks served in Red Solo Cups and a hint of technology.  They even have a self serve beer wall!



Check them out this Friday at their grand opening!


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Model Airplane at Port City Music Hall- Friday June 13, 2014

Wet Hot Funky Summer shows by Model Airplane

Wet Hot Funky Summer shows by Model Airplane


Model Airplane, a favorite within the music community in Portland made a decision for the summer for 2014.  Usually “Model Mondays” were the norm but this year they decided to create 3 big separate summer shows at Port City Music Hall and title them Model Airplane’s “Wet Hot Funky Summer.”  Seems pretty self explanatory.    


Frontman Lyle Divinsky is back in town for the summer and Model is ready to rock this summer.  The three shows dates are June 13, July 27 and August 22.  All shows at Port City!


Model Airplane
Wet Hot Funky Summer – Round 1
Friday, June 13 at Port City Music Hall
8:00pm Doors * 9:00pm Music 
$10 adv/$12 door * Free to Get Down

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Portland’s Maine State Pier getting into the act with outdoor concerts.

Courtesy of

Courtesy of

With the growing outdoor concert scene that happens every summer in Bangor many were wondering when bigger outdoor shows were going to make their way into downtown Portland.  

As of now there are three shows proposed for this summer on the Maine State Pier in the Old Port put on by Bangor Waterfront Concerts.  Waterfront Concerts operates the 15,000-seat Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor.  Some big name acts scheduled there this summer are Tim McGraw and Dave Matthews Band.

On August 10 there is a Reggae fest, featuring an array of acts and headlines by Freddie McGregor.  Scheduled and the national act 3 Doors Down will play an acoustic set on August 3.  The third act has yet to be announced but it has been said that it will most likely be a national act and household name for the June date.    

The momentum comes from how successful the shows have been in Bangor, and a few summers back when Mumford and Sons brought 15,000 to the Eastern Promenade.  The Maine State Pier has a capacity of about 3,000.

This is good news for concert goers who love being outdoors in the summer!  Enjoy Portland!



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Leaving their mark- The Other Bones

Courtesy of Jason M. Bosch

Courtesy of Jason M. Bosch

There is a moment when you hear something different for the first time musically and immediately abuse the replay button.  I’m probably as big of a culprit of this as anyone.  But I remember the moment very well when I first heard The Other Bones.  It was the fall of 2011 and had just finished making my first commercial with Jason Bosch of Red Stallion Media.  I saw that he had posted a few videos from a new band from Portland called The Other Bones.  The first listen made me say, “ok, did I hear that?  This sounds like it has been polished for years.”  The first two songs were “Feels Like Home” and “The River.”  Both songs were electro driven (they use mostly electronic instruments), not really pop, not really rock, and totally lead by lead singer Loretta Allen’s amazing vocals.  So as fast as I could I went and downloaded their first EP and became a fan and abused that replay button again and again.  Oh, there’s also no drummer.  

Now almost 3 years later The Other Bones are one of scene’s most noteworthy up and coming acts.  I think everyone who knows about the band is in the same boat.  You tell as many people as you can about them because you know it’s something different, you know it’s only a matter of time, and it’s just so damn good.  The only Maine native is Bangor’s Andrew Mead who met lead singer Loretta during their time at Tufts University.  Guitarist Eric Schnare hails from New Jersey, and moved here with his now current wife a few years back.  Each member different, each one bringing something beneficial and necessary to the sound.  Lastly, and most importantly, they’re fantastic people.  That goes a long way in a community like Portland where the music scene is tight knit and we protect our own.  The area embraced them and is loving watching them grow.

Over the past three years the Bones have tried out many different sounds and styles and from time to time will cover a song at a live show that actually makes you question wether it was better than the original.  Fan favorites included “Take Care” originally by Drake and Rihanna and even some covers of classic songs from the movie Grease.  In the next few months we can expect a new single and album to follow up their 2012 smash EP “Hinges.”  The EP broke into the Itunes top ten for electronic the first night it was released.  

Courtesy of Tom Couture.

Courtesy of Tom Couture.

This only left many people wanting more, and looking forward to the summer of 2014.  Other Bones fans have waited to see what the band can do over time and know that everything great is a product of patient waiting.  The band recently released their new single “damage” with a lyric video exclusively online last week.  The band has a spring tour starting this week that will take them into the summer where they have another big show in the works.  This Saturday April 26 they have a show at Portland’s Empire.   Before they headed out onto the road this week I sat down with Andrew Mead to talk about what’s next for them:


1.  Describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before.  If they were unable to listen to you, would they get it?


Andy-We’re a female fronted electro-pop band” is probably the phrase that we use the most. That feels a bit misleading though, as electro often seems to imply “happy” while pop can imply “overly simplified.


We use electronic instruments (hence electro) and consciously make accessible tracks (pop), but we absolutely live in the darker end of things thematically and try to incorporate as much complexity into straight-ahead song structure as we can.


To answer your 2nd question – No, I’m guessing that most people wouldn’t get that explanation because it’s confusing even to US. That might be a good thing though…


2.  You broke onto the scene in late 2011 I believe, since then what has been your goal with the Hinges EP, singles, and this upcoming album?


Andy- Things have changed quite a bit since 2011 – Bands like CHVRCHES and MS MR have made a big impact in making our live setup seem more standard (no drummer! electronic instruments! etc). Pop has been heading in the monogenre direction with artists like Lorde blending genres delightfully. All really great stuff.


The “novelty” of The Other Bones “electronic genre blending trio” has definitely worn off, which is a good thing – We get to focus on being songwriters, producers, and musicians without worrying about a marketing “angle.”


The new record is potentially going to throw a lot of people. It’s bigger, weirder, more hip-hop… I’m in love with what we’ve done so far.


3.  Favorite memories so far from playing live shows?


Andy- State of the State last July was amazing – Particularly having Dave Gutter announce us as “The Rustic Other Bones.” Having grown up as a big Rustic Overtones fan, that was a moment for me…



4.  To me, the reason why people love you so much is there is something to be found in your music for everyone.  I also think it’s because most fans feel you have the best chance to “make it” to a higher level.  Speaking from a fan’s standpoint that is why I like you so much.  With all that being said we are hungry for a full length album.  So how much longer will we have to wait for that?


Andy- We’ll have the first single from the new record this summer and should have everything released by the fall.


5.  How has Portland helped you grow the brand of the Other Bones?


Andy- At the start of 2012, after having put out a few videos on Youtube, Kyle Gervais asked us to play a show with Grand Hotel at Empire (one of the bigger spots in town with one of the bigger bands in town). We knew absolutely nobody and had zero draw. Kyle just wanted to get our music out to new people in the city.


Versions of that have continued to happen for the past few years. We try to do the same. THAT is Portland to me – This beautifully creative community of people that want to share beautifully creative projects for the sake of making our city a better place.


6.  Big plans for the summer with shows?


Andy- Quite a few… Most we can’t talk about yet!



You can check out The Other Bones tomorrow at Empire!

Tickets available at or visit Empire at 575 Congress St in Portland.


For everything Other Bones and to hear the sound visit:  

New lyric video for their new single “damage.” 


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The Mallett Brothers Band to open for Lynyrd Skynyrd

Courtesy of Peter Jensen Bissell

Courtesy of Peter Jensen Bissell



It’s been a long journey for The Mallett Brothers Band.  The Portland based alt-country group features the two sons of famous folk singer Dave Mallett.  The group formed in the summer of 2010 and since then has toured and played consistently across the country.  Last summer the band opened up for Toby Keith in Bangor at the Waterfront Pavilion to thousands and the year before for 38 Special.  With three full length albums under the belt their band is ready to add another big notable accomplishment.  On June 15 , 2014 the band will head one state over to New Hampshire to open up for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Charlie Daniels Band at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion!


To purchase tickets and view packages Click Here

For more information on The Mallett Brothers Band Click Here



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North of Nashville live at Empire- April 19, 2014

Courtesy of Muddy RuckusNorth of Nashville returns to Portland for their last show on their spring tour on Aril 19th with special guests Muddy Ruckus and Forts/Gainsville!  


Saturday, April 19th, 9:00pm
The Empire
575 Congress Street, Portland, Me 04101
PH: (207) 747-5063
Tickets $10 available online:
doors open at 8pm.

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