Beth Nielsen Chapman

Pop singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman has faced many personal challenges: the loss of her husband to cancer, her own breast cancer and surgery last year to remove a benign brain tumor. Through it all, she’s had her music, with a new album, “Back to Love.” Go to for audio and to for tickets.

WHEN: 7:30 tonight

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


Drumming workshops

Illness has kept famed African drummer Famoudou Keita from leading a series of drumming workshops in Portland but his talented nephew, Namory Keita of Guinea, Africa, is filling in. Call 318-7289 to register for a workshop.

WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $65 per workshop.

Pirate Rendezvous

Pirates invade Damariscotta at noon Saturday but the whole day is dedicated to family-friendly pirate fun with a treasure hunt, costume contest, sea chantey lessons and kids’ pirate camp. The event benefits the Lincoln County Family Wishes food and gift drive. Go to for information.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Downtown Damariscotta


Old Port Festival

Traditionally the first weekend of June, the Old Port Festival is a bit late this year but it’s still happening. There will be loads of food, arts and crafts, games for kids and adults and local and national musicians, including Spose, Tommy Page, the Kelly Parker Band, Fanfarlo, Zach Jones and the Don Campbell Band. Go to for information.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Downtown Portland


DaPonte String Quartet

The DaPonte String Quartet performs the music of Beethoven, Ravel and Schumann Sunday afternoon in Brunswick. It’s the quartet’s final program before it begins its summer schedule, which features a number of guest artists. Go to for information.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: United Methodist Church, 320 Church Road, Brunswick

HOW MUCH: $22, $18 for seniors, free for those 21 and younger

Children’s theater

Maine State Music Theatre’s first children’s production of the season is TheatreWorks USA’s Two Beans Production of Judy Blume’s “Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing.” Go to for tickets.

WHEN: 1 and 3 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Pickard Theatre, Bowdoin College, Brunswick

HOW MUCH: $8 to $12

Clash of the Titans

Local musicians duke it out musically during the weekly music series, Clash of the Titans, at Empire Dine and Dance in Portland. This week, the locals are covering Nine Inch Nails versus Marilyn Manson. Go to for information.

WHEN: 9:40 p.m. Tuesday (doors)

WHERE: Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland


Summer Kick Off

The under-21 crowd gets a chance to celebrate the start of summer with its own kick-off party at Pearl Lounge in Portland Wednesday. DJ Davey D will provide the tunes and there will be opportunities to win prizes. Non-alcoholic Red Bull drink specials will rule. Call 210-6555 for information.

WHEN: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Pearl Lounge, 444 Fore St., Portland


Tommy Bazarian CD Release

Local teen Tommy Bazarian got the aid of a local singer/songwriter, Eric Bettencourt, when he recorded his first album, “A Million Suns.” Bazarian performs music from his debut album on Wednesday. Call 761-1757 or go to for tickets.

WHEN: 7 p.m.

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



When Chris Daughtry didn’t win “American Idol,” it came as a surprise, but it’s been no surprise that he has found success since his time on the TV show. Both of his band’s albums have peaked at No. 1 on various Billboard charts. Lifehouse and Cavo open. Go to to launch the audio player. Call 775-3458 for tickets.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. June 17

WHERE: Cumberland County Civic Center, Spring Street, Portland

HOW MUCH: $29.50 and $39.50

Peony Bloom

June is the time for peonies and Maine Audubon in Falmouth has a ton of them for admiring. Maine Audubon’s annual ice cream social is timed to coincide with the peak of the peony bloom. This year, also check out Wendy Klemperer’s sculptures sited throughout the property. Go to for information.

WHEN: 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 17

WHERE: Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth


The Subdudes

New Orleans-based band the Subdudes returns to the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor on June 18. The band blends harmonies with the blues and southern soul rock. Go to to watch videos. Call 633-5159 for tickets.

WHEN: 8 p.m. June 18

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

HOW MUCH: $22 in advance, $25 day of show

Pride Festival

Southern Maine Pride event features a parade starting at Monument Square and ending at Deering Oaks, where a family-friendly festival takes place until 5 p.m. There’s no pier dance this year, but there is a dance at Port City Music Hall at 8 p.m. Go to for information.

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. (parade); 1 to 5 p.m. (festival) June 19

WHERE: Congress and High streets (parade); Deering Oaks, off State Street (festival), Portland




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