HOT TICKET: Word, Gorka’s got the goods

JOHN GORKA is a singer-songwriter with a real love of words. His creative wordplay, along with the way he ties together words and phrases to tell a compelling story, have helped him build a career over the past two decades. Plus, he’s pretty good on the guitar and has been known to tell a joke and clown around with the audience.

WHEN: 8 tonight

WHERE: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland; 761-1757;



CHEAP THRILL: Army band marching in to Old Orchard

MAINE SOLDIER/MUSICIANS will give a free concert Sunday in Old Orchard Beach to celebrate our nation’s birth. The 195th Army Band of the Maine National Guard, based in Bangor, will perform a range of patriotic marches and music. After the concert, people can head to the nearby beach to watch fireworks.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Seaside Pavilion, 8 Sixth St., Old Orchard Beach; 934-2024;