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Southern Maine fall concert preview

September 15, 2023

If you’ve spent the last four days of cloudy weather riding your bike around campus and listening to “Jackie Onassis” by Sammy Rae and the Friends, you’re in luck. Next Wednesday, Sammy is playing the State Theatre in Portland, and a slate of wonderful artists (and a few comedians) play shows in the greater Portland area in the following weeks. Here’s a forecast of concerts and live events nearby this fall.

Sammy Rae and the Friends at State Theatre, Portland – Wednesday, Sept. 20

Everyone’s favorite Phoebe Waller-Bridge lookalike (from very far away), Sammy Rae’s rich vocals and extraordinary range are backed up by a lively brass section and Will Leet on keys. Fan favorites include “Talk It Up” and “Kick It to Me” from their 2018 EP “The Good Life.”

Freeport Fall Festival in Downtown Freeport – Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8

The Freeport Fall Festival is held annually over the first weekend of October and unites local artists, musicians, and food producers on the L.L. Bean campus for three days of festivities, including live music. Bowdoin’s own YONC will play the L.L. Bean Discovery Park Stage Oct. 8 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you’re looking for an easy way to get to Freeport, the Amtrak Downeaster offers a 15-minute train ride from Brunswick to Freeport for $6 round trip.

The California Honeydrops at State Theatre, Portland – Tuesday, Oct. 24

The California Honeydrops are a retro-soul group from Oakland, Calif. playing a mix of originals and covers. Fronted by Lech Wierzynski, the band is known for its energetic performances and funky brass section. They are currently touring North America after the release of their deluxe album “Soft Spot.”

John Mulaney and Pete Davidson at Cross Insurance Arena, Portland – Saturday, Oct. 28

One can only imagine what kind of silly antics these two SNL alums will get up to three days before Halloween. John Mulaney and Pete Davidson sharing a stage likely means nothing less than raucous laughter and absolute chaos.

Moon Taxi at State Theatre, Portland – Monday, Nov. 6

If you’re searching for a distraction while you ponder the future of the country on Election Day eve, look no further! This indie-alt band based in Nashville, Tenn. recently released its sixth full-length album, entitled “Set Yourself Free,” boasting vocals from Trevor Terndrup in an eclectic mix of bluegrass, pop, and rock.

Weakened Friends at Portland House of Music and Events – Friday, Nov. 10

Portland-based Weakened Friends played a WBOR concert at Jack Magee’s Pub last November. The band—comprised of vocalist Sonia Sturino, bassist Annie Hoffman and drummer Adam Hand—is known for delivering dynamic pop-punk music and introspective lyrics.


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