Reggae Festival

Sugarloaf’s annual Reggae Festival has almost a dozen bands, including Inner Circle and Kenyatta Hill, playing outside and indoors. All outside concerts are open to all ages and are free. Indoor concerts have ticket fees and are for ages 21 and older. The festival runs today through Sunday. Go to for details.

When: Various times today through Sunday

Where: Outdoor concerts are outside the Base Lodge, and indoor concerts are at the King Pine Room and Widowmaker Lounge, Sugarloaf, 5092 Sugarloaf Access Road, Carrabassett Valley

How much: Outdoor shows are free. Individual concerts are $25. $50 express pass is sold out. $40 Good Vibes pass.

12 new plays at Maine Playwrights Festival

Twelve new plays written by local playwrights are the focus of this year’s Maine Playwrights Festival. Only one of the 12 is a full-length play. The plays will be shown in varying lineups over three weekends (today through Saturday, April 23-24, April 29-30 and May 1). You can see all the plays in one day on May 1. A free 24-hour play festival takes place on May 2. Go to for a complete schedule and play descriptions.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and May 2; 5 and 8 p.m. Saturdays (with an additional 2 p.m. start on May 1)

Where: St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland

How much: $15; $12 for students and seniors; free for all ($5 suggested donation) on May 2



Poetry Festival

The University of Maine at Augusta’s annual Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival features 16 published poets, as well as student poets, reading their work. Additionally, there will be an open mic and musical performances during the two-day affair. Go to for information.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Jewett Auditorium (Friday) and the Richard Randall Student Center (Saturday), University of Maine, 46 University Drive, Augusta

How much: Free

Philip Hamilton’s “Voices”

Vocal master Philip Hamilton has put together a “vocal tribe” of singers performing a cappella music combining singing styles ranging from Tuvan throat singing to beat boxing and from doo-wop to Gregorian chant. Call PortTix at 842-0800 or go to for tickets.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Hannaford Hall, Abromson Community Education Center, University of Southern Maine, Bedford Street, Portland

How much: $36; $10 for students

Patriots Day Celebration

Ogunquit celebrates our history with its Patriots Day Celebration Friday through Sunday. On the schedule for the weekend: a fife and drum concert; re-enactments of a Sons of Liberty meeting and Paul Revere’s ride; a historical figure treasure hunt; craft and book sales; a fireman’s cookout; food; children’s events and more. Go to for information.

When: Various times Friday through Sunday

Where: Various locations, Ogunquit

How much: Most activities are free.

USM Youth Ensembles

The USM Youth Ensembles, made up of local student musicians, perform works ranging from contemporary to Shakespearean during the spring concert on Friday in Portland. Call 780-5555 for information.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

How much: Suggested donation of $6; $3 for students and seniors

Roy Davis

Local singer/songwriter Roy Davis and his band the Dregs released a new album earlier this year, but they are already getting pumped to release a live CD/DVD. You can be part of the CD/DVD when the group records its concert at One Longfellow Square in Portland on Friday. Go to to hear audio. Girls, Guns and Glory open. Call 761-1757 or go to for tickets.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: One Longfellow Square, State and Congress streets, Portland

How much: $8 in advance; $10 at the door


The U.S. Air Force Academy’s clarinet and percussion band, Solaris, performs three free concerts in Maine this weekend. The group is in Kennebunk on Friday, in Skowhegan on Saturday and in Boothbay Harbor on Sunday. Go to for information.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk, Friday; Skowhegan Opera House, 225 Water St., Saturday; Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., Sunday

How much: Free, all concerts



Contemporary Music Festival

Works by local contemporary composers — including Elliot Schwartz, Nathan Kolosko and Gia Comolli — will be performed during the Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival in Portland on Saturday and Sunday. Go to for info.

When: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Portland Conservatory of Music, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland

How much: Free

Southern Maine Symphony

Five student musicians who were winners of the Biennial Concerto Competition at the University of Southern Maine will be the featured soloists during the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Saturday. The program includes works by Dvorak, Mozart, Ravel and Donizetti. Call 780-5555 for information.

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Gorham Middle School, Weeks Road

How much: $6; $3 for seniors and students

Vicki Genfan

In 2008, a rare thing happened: a woman won the top spot in Guitar Player magazine’s Guitar Superstar competition, judged by guitar superstars such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. That female guitarist was Vicki Genfan, who has been wowing audiences all over the world. Go to and click on “music” to hear audio. Call 633-5159 for tickets.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave.

How much: $12 in advance; $15 day of show

Laser Mania

In time for school vacation week, the folks at the University of Southern Maine’s Southworth Planetarium are bringing back Laser Mania. Running Friday through April 25, you can see laser shows of the astronomical and musical varieties. Reservations recommended. Go to for a full schedule.

When: Various times Saturday through April 25

Where: Southworth Planetarium, University of Southern Maine, Falmouth Street, Portland

How much: $5 per show

Ed Gerhard

Grammy Award-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard, said the Boston Globe, “does not write instrumentals. He writes songs only a guitar can sing.” Go to and click on “music samples” to hear audio. Tickets at Bull Moose stores or at

When: 8 p.m.

Where: River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk

How much: $20 in advance; $25 at the door

Patty Larkin

This must be the weekend for amazing guitarists to be performing in Maine. David Grier (tonight at Venue Music Bar and Bistro in Freeport), Ed Gerhard, Vicki Genfan and Patty Larkin in Brownfield. Larkin is touring in support of her new album, “25,” which features 25 of her music friends, including Nerissa and Katryna Nields, who will join her in Brownfield. Go to for tickets.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield

How much: $23




The Los Angeles-based sextet Sonos has been redefining what many folks imagine when they think of a cappella ensembles. The group combines ancient vocal techniques with modernity, performing a repertoire that ranges from hymnals to Radiohead. Go to to listen to audio. Go to for tickets.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland

How much: $15

Richard Phillips

A year ago, Richard Phillips, captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, found himself the hostage of Somali pirates. The world was riveted as the drama played out. Phillips has just released “A Captain’s Duty,” a book that recounts his captivity and rescue. On Sunday, he’ll talk about his book and experiences, sign copies of the new book and take questions from the audience. Call 775-6110.

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Borders Books and Music, 430 Gorham Road, South Portland

How much: Free



Shrine Circus

The annual Kora Temple Shrine Circus takes place in three Maine locations during school vacation week. The circus will be in Lewiston at the Colisee on Friday and Saturday, in Portland Monday through Wednesday, and at the Augusta Civic Center on April 23-24.

Go to

When: 2 and 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. and 2 and 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Cumberland County Civic Center, Spring Street, Portland

How much: $10; $5 for children under age 12; $12 for reserved seating



Kristen Britain

Maine fantasy writer Kristen Britain, author of the “Green Rider” series, talks about and reads from her books Tuesday evening in Dresden. Her best-selling series follows a young woman fulfilling a promise to a dying messenger of the king. Go to for information.

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Bridge Academy Public Library, 44 Middle Road, Dresden

How much: Free



Heavy Trash

Coming from blues, rock, punk and folk influences, the duo of Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray take rockabilly to some interesting places. Heavy Trash is touring in support of its album, “Midnight Soul Serenade.” Go to and click on “music” to hear audio. Local rockabilly band King Memphis opens. This is an 18-and-older show. Tickets at Bull Moose Music stores and at

When: 8:30 p.m.

Where: Space, 538 Congress St., Portland

How much: $8 in advance; $10 day of show

Mark Hummel

Award-winning harmonica player Mark Hummel and blues guitarist Rusty Zinn play in Freeport Wednesday night in support of Hummel and the Blues Survivors’ latest album, “Retroactive.” Go to to hear cuts from the new album. Go to for tickets.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Venue Music Bar and Bistro, 5 Depot St., Freeport

How much: $12


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