I don’t think the last game of the season could possibly be as thrilling, heart-stopping and unforgettable as the first game of the season, when the Red Sox beat the Yankees. On Easter Sunday, our Sox came from behind in dramatic fashion when we had guys in the lineup like Pedroia and Youk. One-hundred-sixty games later, we’ll be back at Fenway on a Sunday night, playing the pinstripes as the 2010 regular season comes to a grinding halt.

I’ll sum it up with these two bellowed words: Go Rays!

Enough boy talk, especially since this week’s column is all about us gals. Now, I’m not saying I’m on a mission or standing on a soapbox or anything like that.

But here’s what I can tell you: I reviewed the online playlist of my favorite local radio station, and over a recent 24-hour period, 157 songs were played. Of these 157 songs, only 43 were by female artists (either solo acts or bands with female vocalists like 10,000 Maniacs). This translates to just 27 percent. Ouch.

What’s more, there were only two occasions during that same 24-hour period when female artists were played back to back.

What does this all mean? That’s certainly open for a multi-faceted discussion. But at the very least, it means that I feel quite OK about featuring strictly females in this week’s column. 

Award-winning soprano Christy Comeau-Pierce is the shining star of the musical evening “And She Came Out Singing” Friday night at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Comeau-Pierce isn’t, however, going this all alone — her guests will be accompanist Bruce Fithian, violinist Valerie Green, and Camille Curtis-Saucier and her Saco Bay Jazz Vocal Ensemble.

Selections will include works from John Newton, Antonin Dvorak, Francesco Cilea, Rogers and Hammerstein, and more. For some added zip, funk/soul dazzlers Sly-Chi will be playing after the reception. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Partnership, a Maine-based organization working to save lives and improve health care in northern Haiti by building local capacity in all aspects of the health system. Learn more at www.healthyhaiti.org.

“Music is a common language of the human experience, expressing the pain as well as the joy,” says Comeau-Pierce. “I was so moved seeing and hearing the courageous and resilient people of Haiti raising their voices in hymns or praise after enduring unimaginable suffering, and it was this outpouring of the human spirit through music that moved me to add my voice to theirs.”

P.S.: She can sing like nobody’s business.

Christy Comeau-Pierce. 7 p.m. Friday. Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland. All Ages. Tickets ($30; $15 for students) available at www.porttix.com; at the box office of Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St.; or by calling 842-0800. 

Singer-songwriter Emilia Dahlin is back in town after spending the past year serving and learning in places like Sao Paolo, Brazil; Death Valley, Calif.; and the shores of the North Sea, where she also penned and performed music. With a suitcase of new songs and an armload of travel stories, Dahlin headlines at Space on Saturday night.

Opening the show is jazz/groove/Afro-Cuban act Ahmad Hassan Muhammad Trio (sensational!). Trust me and go to ahmjazz.tumblr.com/music. And since you’re already online goofing off, head to www.emiliadahlin.com and click on the music tab, where you can listen to a whole bunch of songs.

Emilia Dahlin with the Ahmad Hassan Muhammad Trio. Doors at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. Ages 18 and older. $10. Tickets at Bull Moose Music locations or www.brownpapertickets.com. 

Modern vintage. I love those two words together. Better even than peas and carrots.

“Modern vintage” is how one could describe the sound from former Boston and now Brooklyn-based chanteuse Miss Tess and her quartet, the Bon Ton Parade. The show at One Longfellow is to celebrate the release of the new EP “The Waltz Set,” home to five original waltzes and a waltz cover version of Skeeter Davis’ 1962 melancholy mega-hit, “End of the World.”

There’s so much to say about Miss Tess that I don’t know where to begin. She’s jazzy, retro, cabaret-esque, sweet, sassy, old-timey, enchanting, sometimes a little folky, and sometimes she’s got the blues. Her music is also fresh and exciting. If I owned a record store, I am not sure what section I’d put her CDs in, but I’d have a really fun time with that task.

Pick up what I’m throwing down at www.myspace.com/misstessmusic and see if you can wipe off the easy smile that will settle on your face as you find yourself snapping your fingers and grabbing the first person you see for a waltz around the water cooler or living room.

Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade with Over the Cardboard Sea. 8 p.m. Saturday. One Longfellow Square, Portland. All ages. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. www.onelongfellowsquare.com; 761-1757.

Aimsel Ponti is a Portland freelance writer. Contact her at:

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