Take this as a warning: you’ve got a busy week ahead. Hopefully you voted today and are planning to celebrate at Greendrinks in the new Power Pay offices in the former Public Market building. Tomorrow, the Phoenix hosts the Best Music Awards at Asylum at 5:30. Thursday, DJ Jonathan Toubin brings his Soul Clap dance off back to SPACE Gallery. Friday, Honey Clouds, Wesley Hartley, and Good Kids Sprouting Horns join Ohio’s Like Bells at Big Easy. Saturday, Marie Stella (full disclosure: that’s the band I play guitar in) celebrates a CD release with the first ever concert at the new Bayside Bowl.
If you’ve got any energy left, drag yourself out of bed on Sunday and head down to the Old Port for the Portland Downtown District‘s annual Old Port Festival. Read on for the full schedule, which includes some surprising bands, such as hipster buzz band Fanfarlo, former Dr. Pepper/MTV bubble boys Cartel, and ironically-named The Maine, all alongside the usual radio-friendly locals, teen bands, country bands, Irish music, and fried dough. Have fun! Read on for the full schedule…
The Old Port Festival is produced by Portland’s Downtown District (PDD). PDD is a non-profit business improvement district. It is a leader and facilitator in the support and promotion of the economic vitality of downtown Portland. PDD produces special events and marketing programs throughout the year to attract people to the downtown district. In addition, PDD manages enhanced operational services which improve downtown’s physical environment, parking and public safety.
The 37th Annual Old Port Festival
Sunday June 13, 11am – 5pm
Old Port Festival Kick Off Parade
11am-Top of Exchange Street
Join the Shoestring Theater, dancers, drummers, mascots and more to officially start the festival!
1- Pony Rides Presented by Sunnybrook Equestrian Center
An adventure on the back of a pony!
2 – Kid’s Amusement Rides
Ride the roller coasters, tilt-a-whirl, giant slides and more!
3 – Trapeze Swing Presented by Summit Adventure Systems
Our Trapeze Swing will bring you to a new level of adrenalin. With the Krush KushioNZÂ® landing system, Jump, Swing and Fly safely without a harness! That’s right, take a leap and swing just like a Professional Trapeze Artist!
4 – Rock Climbing Wall Presented by the Maine Rock Gym
Upper Market Street
Climb the 25-foot rock climbing wall for climbers of all ages and abilities!
Jump over two stories in a single bound and do amazing acrobatics on the Bungee Trampoline!
5 – Kid’s Activities Presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
Post Office Park
Join the Children’s Museum of Maine to make some traditional Nigerian masks, contribute to a giant sidewalk chalk butterfly drawing, and play some games from around the world from 12pm – 5pm!
Kid’s Entertainment Area
12pm – Medieval Music, Fencing and Fighting Demonstration by the Society for Creative Anachronism
1pm – Kid’s Story Telling with Jody Fein
2pm – Pulse Dance Co. – Hip Hop and Dance Performances
3pm – Island Beats Steel Drum Band
4pm – Megan Mette (Fiddle) and the Waynflete Girls A Capella group
6 – Maine Artists & Craftspeople
Market Street Area
Browse the creative and unique wares of over 90 local artists and craftspeople!
See the best of Maine’s creative economy!
7 – Q97.9 Stage
Middle & Temple Streets
AGNES (Courtesy of Interscope Records)
THE MAINE (Courtesy of Warner Brothers)
TOMMY PAGE (Courtesy of Reprise Records)
CHARICE (Courtesy of Reprise Records)
SHONTELLE – (Courtesy of Universal-Motown Records)
CARTEL – (Courtesy of Wind-Up Records)
SPOSE (Courtesy of Universal-Motown Records)
Visit the Q Stage for the official band schedule!
8 – Sebago Brewing Company Stage
Middle & Pearl Streets
12pm – The WBLM Band (Classic Rock)
2pm – Saddleback Mountain Bluegrass Festival Hour Featuring The Stowaways (Bluegrass)
4pm – Jacob Augustine (Folk Rock)
9 – Today’s Country Stage with WPOR 101.9
Fore & Union Streets
12pm: Kelly Parker Band
1:15pm: Gwen Sebastian (Lofton Creek Records)
2:30pm: Bridgette Tatum (Root 49 Records)
3:45pm: Brady Seals (Star City Recording Company)
10 – 98.9 WCLZ Stage
Fore & Pearl Streets
Noon – Don Campbell Band
1pm – Gypsy Tailwind
2pm – Zach Jones
3pm – Jason Spooner Trio
4pm – Fanfarlo
11 – Bull Feeney’s Irish Music Stage
Presented by Harp Lager
12pm – Maine Public Safety Pipe & Drum Corps
12:35pm – The Milliners
1:55pm – Maine Public Safety Pipe & Drum Corps
2:30pm – The Pubcrawlers
3:40pm – Maine Public Safety Pipe & Drum Corps
4:15pm – The Squid Jiggers
12 – Maine Academy of Modern Music Stage
Presented by Ironclad Energy + Hydration
12:00 – 12:20 Important Papers (Alternative Rock)
12:20 – 12:40 Shift (Classic Rock)
12:40 – 1:00 Skirts & Belly Shirts (Pop Rock)
1:00 – 1:30 Beware of Pedestrians (Pop Punk)
1:30 – 2:00 OxyMorons (Hard Rock)
2:00 – 2:30 MAMM ROCK OFF WINNERS: Low Flying Airplanes (Folk Rock)
2:30 – 3:00 Totem (Alternative Pop-Rock)
3:00 – 3:30 The Loudest Mime (Indie Alt Rock)
3:30 – 4:00 Phantom Companion (Alternative Crunch Rock)
4:00 – 4:30 All Quiet Ire (Female Fronted Hard Rock)
4:30 – 5:00 And More (Fusion Jazz/Rock)