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James Montgomery still has the blues, more than a half-century after he became obsessed with the musical form.

The legendary blues harpist and frontman for the James Montgomery Blues Band says he’s counting the days until his band’s next appearance at One Longfellow Square in Portland on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m., with special guest Michael Corleto, a 16-year-old blues guitar phenom from southern Maine and Alivia Russo, an up and coming young blues artist from Ogunquit.

Maybe it has something to do with years that end with the number nine. If you’ve wondered what’s up with so many semi-defunct bands announcing comeback reunion tours for 2019, you’re not alone.

While rumors continue to circulate regarding some of rock’s most unlikely reunions (Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Oasis and Pink Floyd among them), we can confirm that most – if not all – of the following groups will soon be brushing up on their respective back catalogs before hitting the boards this spring and summer.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 13:50

Coming soon: A new music preview for early 2019

Written by Mike Dow

A number of mega-selling artists in multiple genres have scheduled new albums for 2019, including some still awaiting an assigned release date (Adele, Coldplay, Carly Rae Jepson, Madonna, The Raconteurs, Tim McGraw, and The Who, among many others). Here’s a sampling of the titles we expect to hear over the next month.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 13:42

Weezer’s ‘The Teal Album’ has you covered

Written by Allen Adams

Anyone who knows me knows that for the most part, I stopped paying attention to music over two decades ago. My tastes, while not quite frozen in amber, haven’t changed a whole lot in the years that have passed since, so it’s rare for a new musical project to appear that piques my interest in any meaningful way.

And then Weezer dropped “The Teal Album.”

The original rhythm section for Heart - one of classic rock’s most successful and revered bands - is still locked in and delivering those iconic songs as faithfully as possible, says bassist and co-founding member Steve Fossen (a member of Heart from 1973 to 1982), of his band Heart by Heart.

Along with former Heart drummer Michael DeRosier (1975-1982), vocalist Somar Macek, Lizzy Daymont on guitar, keyboards and vocals, and guitarist Chad Quist, Fossen says Heart by Heart is committed to playing the music with as much reverence and respect as possible.

Thanks to the new biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the popularity of Queen – indisputably one of rock’s most beloved and influential bands – is at its highest point since the 1991 death of front man Freddie Mercury. One of the group’s biggest fans has unknowingly chosen the perfect time to release his musical tribute to the iconic singer.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:08

Bangor’s Phish fans elated for band’s imminent return

Written by Mike Dow

When the band Phish announced summer tour dates last week, revealing a two-night return to Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on June 25 and June 26, many local fans began making plans to attend.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 12:33

Denny Laine to bring The Moody Wing Band to Portland

Written by Mike Dow

“We were kids who wanted to do something in music,” rock icon Denny Laine told me of his early days in Birmingham, England. That kid eventually became a key member of two legendary rock bands – The Moody Blues, and later, Wings, where Laine was the only consistent member - other than Paul and Linda McCartney – for that band’s decade-long existence.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is planning to bring his Moody Wing band to Portland’s One Longfellow Square for a concert on Tuesday, January 8, to perform two classic albums in their entirety.

As the dust settles following last week’s official announcement regarding the 2019 class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a few questions remain. Will they all show up to accept the honor? Which songs will be performed during the traditional post-ceremony jam?

And the big question: Which artists will be selected to introduce and wax poetic over each of the seven inductees? I have a few ideas.

It was a bold move that exceeded expectations when Phish booked a summer residency at Madison Square Garden in July and August 2017. More than 32 years after playing their first show as a foursome, Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon and Page McConnell settled in for 13 shows spread over 17 nights.

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