November + December
LISTEN-November + December 2011
By William Ethridge
Photograph by Bryan Bruchman
William Ethridge doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to music happenings around Maine. Every issue, he fills the calendar with the best concerts, album releases, and news from your favorite artists and venues.
November 1 | 7:30 p.m.
It has been two decades since alternative-rock legends the Pixies put out their last album, but that has not stopped them from spending the past two years on a “Doolittle World Tour.” The band will play every song from their 1989 album Doolittle, including classics like “Debaser,” “Gouge Away,” and “Hey.”
The State Theatre | Portland | statetheatreportland.com
November 4 | 8 p.m.
Jacob Augustine ranks as one of Maine’s most heart-wrenching songwriters, and now he can be considered one of its most prolific. For this show, he will be celebrating the release of three new albums, including Frontier, featuring Augustine’s former band, the House of Fire.
Port City Music Hall | Portland portcity | portlandcitymusichall.com
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
November 13 | 3 p.m. + 8 p.m. (two shows)
Banjoist extraordinaire Béla Fleck has reconvened the original Flecktones lineup, known for their signature mixture of bluegrass and jazz. You can turn this concert into a White Mountains getaway with a package that offers a night of lodging, a country breakfast, and two concert tickets with premier seating.
Stone Mountain Arts Center | Brownfield | carolnoonanmusic.com/artscenter
November 17 | 8 p.m.
Eric Bettencourt has a well-earned reputation as both a solo performer of melodic folk-rock and the studio mastermind behind albums from peers such as Amanda Gervasi and Jesse Pilgrim. This show heralds the release of his newest album.
One Longfellow Square | Portland | onelongfellowsquare.com
1st Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Acoustic Bash
November 26 | 9 p.m.
Dance off your Thanksgiving pounds with this good-ole-fashioned hoedown. The lineup includes Tricky Britches, Putnam Smith, Dark Hollow Bottling Company, and Travis Cyr and the Strings of Calamity.
Empire Dine + Dance | Portland | portlandempire.com
The Sound of Christmas with Empire Brass
December 12 | 3 p.m.
Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music, joins Empire Brass for a night of classic carols and a Sound of Music medley.
Collins Center for the Arts | Orono | collinscenterforthearts.com
December 16 | 8 p.m.
Now based in Providence, Brown Bird first made waves here in Maine with expertly crafted albums of original folk songs. They will be returning to Maine in support of their latest, Salt for Salt.
The Oak + the Ax | Biddeford | theoakandtheax.blogspot.com
3rd Annual Gala on the Point
December 31 | 7 p.m.
This New Year’s Eve gala offers a dinner buffet, a midnight toast, and two headlining bands: the Timepilots and Jim Ciampi Cityside Events Band. The event has been a sure sellout in year’s past, so you might want to make the gala your first New Year’s resolution.
The Landing at Pine Point | Scarborough | thelandingatpinepoint.com
*Always confirm start times and ticket availability with the venue before heading to a show. Details sometimes change after listings are published.