Hats off once again to local music (dare I say) guru Charlie Gaylord. His vision, not to mention curating skills, has brought forth “Greetings from Area Code 207: Vol. 9.”

As always, the proceeds benefit the St. Lawrence Arts Center and, as always, Gaylord has put together one heck of a compilation. In fact he did such a good job that the collection spans two discs and 33 tracks!

Suffice it to say, there’s too much awesomeness for me to list every track, but I’ll at least happily mention there are tunes from The Other Bones, The Mallett Brothers, Sara Cox, Rustic Overtones featuring Anna Lombard, Michael O, Paranoid Social Club, Amy Allen, Slaid Cleaves, A Severe Joy, The Boneheads and Zach Jones.

What’s more, a whole mess of these songs are previously unreleased. Run – don’t walk – to your favorite Bull Moose Music store and scoop one up for you and then five more for your closest friends. Thank you, Charlie, for this gift.

IT WAS A MID-AUGUST night this past summer that a sizeable crowd gathered at Port City Music Hall for Anna Lombard’s “Head Full of Bells” CD-release show.

Those of us there remember the venue-clearing fire alarm toward the end of the show, courtesy of an adjoining business. Some folks could say it was Lombard’s voice that set the alarms off and I’m not going to argue with that. When she sang the refrain “Your heart’s a machine/don’t leave me now,” I didn’t think I’d ever recover. Thankfully, I haven’t. It was one of the most memorable live music moments I’ve experienced and believe you me, I’ve had many.

“Head Full of Bells” is one of my favorite albums of 2013 and if you haven’t heard it, or seen Lombard live for that matter, hop to it. Wear tight socks because she’s gonna do her best to knock them off, along with her backing band of Trent Gay, Adam Agati, Sean Morin, Mike Taylor, Jon Roods, Darcy Doniger, Carolyn Mix, Nick Fall, Sara Hallie Richardson, Megan Jo Wilson and a few special guests.

Anna Lombard. 9 p.m. Saturday. Port City Music Hall. 504 Congress St., Portland. $10 in advance, $12 day of show; $20 preferred seating; portcitymusic hall.com.

I’LL LEAVE YOU with something to be superstitious about. Miss this show and you’ll need all your fingers and toes to count the years of bad luck. Kenya Hall, who blew the roof off the State Theatre at Big Band Syndrome, Volume 3, just two weeks ago, is presenting her 4th annual Stevie Wonder Tribute Show. You better believe you can feel it all over, people. The show isn’t until Dec. 28, but you can get tickets now (perfect stocking stuffers) at Bull Moose.

4th annual Stevie Wonder Tribute Show with Kenya Hall and Friends. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 28. Empire. 575 Congress St., Portland. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. 21-plus. portlandempire.com.

Aimsel Ponti can be contacted at 791-6455 or at:

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