Live music fills the air in Portland

Portland's legacy as Maine's largest port city is perhaps no more evident than in its live music scene. Throughout this metropolis, you can hear and enjoy the many international influences apparent within Portland's music community. Along with acoustic and blues – which have long been popular among locals – you can revel in Reggae, Ska, Jazz, Folk, Indie, Punk and any number of musical traditions brought by immigrants and newcomers alike. The level of musicianship is also worthy of note - Portland has one of the largest populations of talented, hard working musical performers to be found anywhere in New England or beyond. Many of these ace artists are attracted by the wealth of small, intimate venues for presenting their craft. Visitors and residents alike appreciate the many opportunities to get up close and personal when listening to local groups and solo musicians alike in the many pubs and clubs throughout the city. So if it is premier musical performances in intimate venues that you are seeking, then Portland is the place to be for music lovers everywhere! 



The Portland Symphony is legendary for providing a diverse array of performances throughout the season (typically Sept-May). Their versatility and high degree of musicianship enables members to perform music ranging from pops concerts to Mozart....  Read More

The Space Gallery


The Space Gallery is a premier urban arts center committed to presenting new and progressive works to the Portland cultural community. A visit to this destination is a great way to become immersed in the latest and greatest offerings in the...  Read More

Big Easy Blues Club
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Looking for the best in independent music in New England? Then the Big Easy should definitely be included on your list. This intimate nightclub setting welcomes some of the leading lights in blues, soul and rock music to be found in the region....  Read More

Inn on the Blues
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Blues in nearby York. This legendary live music destination is a magnet for national blues and soul performers touring the New England region. This is especially true during the summer, the top tourist season along the southern Maine coast....  Read More

Port City Music Hall


Fans of progressive and indie-type music performances will find much to like about Port City Music Hall. This former Art Deco-designed department store was redesigned into one of the top music venue destinations in Portland. Just about any night...  Read More



One Longfellow Square has become one of the most dynamic, engaging venues for concert-friendly blues, folk and rock performances. Centrally located at the corners of Congress and State streets at the start of Portland's Arts District, this...  Read More

Jonathan's Restaurant
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Jonathan's Restaurant in nearby Ogunquit is famous for showcasing entertainer icons that have built significant followings, both locally and nationally. Personalities such as comic Paula Poundstone or roots master Leon Redbone are regulars at...  Read More

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Eclectic is the word that often comes to mind when describing Blue, one of Portland's most intimate live music venues. This subtly trendy club has a funky coffee house feel and, indeed, it is a hot spot with many culturally savvy artistic types....  Read More

The Dogfish Bar and Grille
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The Dogfish Bar and Grille prides itself on being a haven for simple, unpretentious live acoustic music. It does a great job of living up to its reputation by featuring local musicians and groups that excel in the art of the acoustic. No loud...  Read More

Slainte Wine Bar and Lounge
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Centrally located near Monument Square in downtown Portland, Slainte Wine Bar and Lounge has quietly gained a strong reputation for diverse, trendy evening entertainment offerings. This place has all the charm and appeal of a local neighborhood...  Read More