Port City Music Hall
Maine ACLU Benefit Concert

Maine ACLU Benefit Concert

Spose, Weakened Friends, Bright Boy, Jeff Beam, Sunset Hearts, Amarantos Quartet, Anna Lombard

Fri, March 10, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall

Portland, ME

$10 Advance / $15 Day of Show / $25 Preferred Seating

This event is 18 and over

NOTE: This concert is not an affiliated entity of the ACLU. This is an independent effort donating proceeds.

Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. PCMH box office will open one hour before doors night of show.

Spose
Spose
27-year-old producer and emcee Spose, hailing from Wells, Maine USA, has been making music since age 9 and rhyming since 1999 when he was 14. Since the release of his debut album "Preposterously Dank" in 2008 on his own imprint, Spose has seen his musical endeavors reach a new plateau. He was named Maine's "Best HipHop Act" for both 2008 and 2009 at the WePushButtons Awards and also named "Best Hiphop Act" in the Portland Phoenix's 2010 Best Music Poll. In 2009, he released a mixtape with fellow emcee Cam Groves entitled "We Smoked It All." A track off that mixtape, produced by Spose himself, "I'm Awesome" received regional radio play in New England which garnered Spose his first major label recording contract with Universal Republic Records. The single was released in March 2009 nationally and would eventually go gold after selling over 500,000 digital copies in just a few months. Spose used the opportunity to build his own company, the Preposterously Dank Entertainment label based out of Wells, Maine. Artists signed to his imprint include himself, Spose, as well as the aforementioned emcee Cam Groves, hip-hop trio Educated Advocates, and the space-funk-sex-r'n'b of Doctor Astronaut. In 2010, Spose released both "In Sessions," the debut album from Educated Advocates, as well as his own indie album "Happy Medium."

Spose has since left Universal and released his independent album "The Audacity!" - which peaked at #6 on the iTunes hiphop albums chart.

Spose has performed with international acts such as Drake, J. Cole, B.o.B., Wiz Khalifa, Ke$ha, Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots, Cage the Elephant, Mike Posner, and Kardinal Offishal. He has also performed with the cream of the underground hip-hop crop: 7L & Esoteric, Brother Ali, Sean Price, Ill Bill, Kool Keith, Mac Lethal & more.

Spose recently launched his website label's web site at http://www.pdank.com/ as well as an online store through Maine-based indie record chain Bull Moose Music called Spose*Mart at http://www.bullmoose.com./
Weakened Friends
Weakened Friends
Weakened Friends is an indie rock band from Boston Massachusetts and Portland Maine. Comprised of members from other New England based bands The Box Tiger (Sonia Sturino and Cam Jones) and The Field Effect (Annie Hoffman) the trio crafts whimsical catchy noise pop sound which is uniquely energetic and jovial. Formed in spring of 2015 the band already has a debut E.P under their belts called "Gloomy Tunes" released in September 2015 with plans to release a follow up E.P in early 2016.

" "Gloomy Tunes” is a gleeful throwback to the badass lady rock of the 1990s and early 2000s, that zips along at pop-punk speed but ends up sounding more like the kid sister to Liz Phair or current snotty punk trendsetters Potty Mouth." - Bangor Daily News

"Homegrown furious noise rock" - Boston Herald

"Their new EP, Gloomy Tunes, a collection of four upbeat, supercharged songs that lyrically reflect the confusion and chaos of modern life" - Vanyaland
Jeff Beam
Jeff Beam
Jeff Beam is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter from Portland, Maine. He writes, performs, records, & releases melodic experimental pop music tinged with kaleidoscopic soundscapes, inspired by the songwriting of The Beatles, Elliott Smith, & The Kinks, and the sonic textures by the likes of Olivia Tremor Control, Deerhunter, & Spoon. His recordings are a one-man odyssey; his live shows revolve around an energetic band of his good friends.

His lyrics contain observations on humanity, existence, perception, and the attempt to find inner peace amidst a tumultuous outer world. Musically, Beam seeks to fuse together unorthodox pop melody with psychedelic sound textures & colorful instrumentation.

Jeff Beam has opened for many national artists, including Deer Tick, Marco Benevento, Wintersleep, Jefferson Starship, and White Hinterland.
Sunset Hearts
Sunset Hearts
Amarantos Quartet
All four members of Amarantos Quartet are classically trained, though their work as an ensemble also reflects their experience outside of classical music. From playing fiddle in an old-time band, to performing and recording with pop artists, to playing in a Middle Eastern takht, all four members of the quartet make a life of creatively pushing the limits. They share a belief that their instruments, experiences, and training allow them to cross the musical, artistic, and even social boundaries associated with different genres. Together as a string quartet, Amarantos seeks to show that this ensemble of two violins, a viola and a cello can be timeless and borderless.

With this foundation, Amarantos draws from the traditional classical canon but also from other musical genres. Violist, arranger, and composer Bryan Brash has adapted and continues to adapt many works, from tangos, to jazz, to pop songs, for the quartet. The group also seeks to bring their music out of the traditional concert hall and into venues where classical string players can reach new audiences. Though some might see it as innovative or progressive, this decision is partially motivated by the origins of chamber music and the string quartet, when performances were often held in smaller venues where performer and spectator could be close and even interactive. So, while you can experience Amarantos Quartet’s music in a more traditional concert format, you can also catch them playing more casually in environments such as a cocktail bar or a house-concert.

Since coming together in Portland, Maine in 2013, the group has performed with pop artist Halsey on The TonightShow with Jimmy Fallon; on Sofar Sounds Maine on their own, and again as guests of artist Sara Hallie Richardson; at the TEDxDirigo Mavericks and Misfits; on The Cold River Radio Show; at The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center; and also regularly throughout Maine and the greater Portland area on their own and in collaboration with many other artists.
Anna Lombard
Anna Lombard
Anna Lombard's debut album, Head Full Of Bells, is a powerful meditation on love, loss and ultimately, redemption. Drawing influence from artists such as Aimee Mann and Susan Tedeschi, Head Full Of Bells introduces Lombard as a gifted young singer of impressive strength. Anna Lombard's live performance gives passionate life to her studio precision and proves she has a magnetic presence of undeniable charisma. She possesses a heart, soul and swagger that make her not only someone to hear but something to experience. Lombard is currently in the studio with Dave Gutter of Rustic Overtones, immersed in a super secret project and collaboration between the two artists.
Venue Information:
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101