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Definitive Brewing Co’s 4-Year Anniversary Party @ Definitve Brewing Co.
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Definitive Brewing Co's 4-Year Anniversary Party @ Definitve Brewing Co. | Portland | Maine | United States

We are SO excited to announce that our 4-Year Anniversary Celebration will be taking place on Saturday, May 21 at all three of our locations!
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There will be a super fun line up of live music and food trucks, along with some spectacular beer releases that we can’t wait to reveal!
Mark this party of the year on your calendar and stay tuned for the details to come.

Portland Lobster Co: Scotti River Trio @ Portland Lobster Company
May 21 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Hambone at The Porthole @ Porthole Restaurant & Pub
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Hambone at The Porthole @ Porthole Restaurant & Pub | Portland | Maine | United States

Hambone Organ Trio consists of Kale Churchill on Keys

Ryan Benoit on Drums & Sam Whitman on Guitar and Vocals.

The Organ Trio is a more intimate version of Hambone…usually

a 6 Person band… The guys have shared the stage collectively with

members of Phish, James Brown, The Meters, The Motet, Allman Brothers Band

and many more. Don’t miss out on this stripped down funk party.

Sabina at Portland Stage @ Portland Stage Co.
May 21 @ 3:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Sabina at Portland Stage @ Portland Stage Co. | Portland | Maine | United States

From celebrated Maine playwright Willy Holtzman, comes a new musical, Sabina. From Carl Jung’s patient, to lover, to student, Sabina pioneered the feminist movement that changed psychoanalysis forever and brought Jung and Freud together. Nearly forgotten to history, her story will be sung.

The turbulent relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud is well-known.  But the story of Sabina Spielrein – Jung’s patient, protege, and lover – was nearly lost to history.  Sabina introduced him to an inner world of archetype and shadow that became the foundation of Jungian psychology.  She later brought Jung and Freud together and, in many ways, surpassed them as a pioneering feminist psychoanalyst who was the hero of her own story.

PLAYWRIGHT WIlly Holtzman

MUSIC & LYRICS Louise Beach & Darrah Cloud

DATES May 4 – May 22, 2022

DIGITAL ON DEMAND DATES: May 18 – Jun 5, 2022

RUN TIME Approximately 2 hours & 15 minutes, including intermission. There will be no concessions at this performance.

PRICE In-Theater $20-$68 • Digital on Demand $25

Vibing on a Thursday: KF3, Frank Fotusky & April Keez at Blue @ Blue
May 21 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Vibing on a Thursday: KF3, Frank Fotusky & April Keez at Blue @ Blue | Portland | Maine | United States

5PM – April Keez

7PM – Frank Fotusky

9PM – KF3

Forest City Swing, Chris Klaxton and Tracy & Tony Jazz Duo at Blue @ Blue
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Forest City Swing, Chris Klaxton and Tracy & Tony Jazz Duo at Blue @ Blue | Portland | Maine | United States

6PM – Tracy & Tony Jazz Duo

8PM – Chris Klaxton

10PM – Forest City Swing

Portland Lobster Co: Vinyl Tap @ Portland Lobster Company
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Portland Lobster Co: Vinyl Tap @ Portland Lobster Company | Portland | Maine | United States
New England’s premiere good time band! To learn more about the band, hear live audio, or to book Vinyl Tap, visit vinyltapmaine.com
Jesse McCartney at the State Theatre @ State Theatre
May 21 @ 6:30 pm
Jesse McCartney at the State Theatre @ State Theatre | Portland | Maine | United States

When we’re ready, we open up at just the right time and share who we are with the world.

Maintaining a career marked by platinum success, performances for two U.S. presidents, sold out shows worldwide, a quarter-of-a-billion streams, and dozens of film and television appearances, Jesse McCartney opens up more than ever on his 2021 fifth full-length album, New Stage. The New York-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, artist, and actor deconstructs his signature style with no-frills instrumentation, eloquent songcraft, and heightened lyrical vulnerability.

In fact, the record represents the convergence of numerous personal and professional strides as well as natural artistic progression.

“The album reflects on the journey through my late teens and twenties,” he explains. “In many ways, it was very therapeutic. I got to discuss some of my own insecurities, let my guard down, and be vulnerable — which was difficult for me in the past. For the first time, I felt okay being honest with myself and the audience. I was able to pull back the curtain and reveal pretty much everything. The album talks about what it’s like to have an all-consuming career and also what it’s like to be madly in love. It’s everything from the last few years of my life.”

Over the past few years, he underwent a conscious evolution. After a bout of writer’s block, he stole away to Nashville for a songwriting camp. At the camp, he experimented with different genres such as country and more. The experimentation rekindled his passion for songwriting as he eased into the pocket without personal attachment and stepped outside of himself. Ultimately, he drew inspiration from the experience. Upon returning to Los Angeles, he started to assemble what would become New Stage, incorporating the lessons from the trip and adopting a fresh perspective.

“I immediately got the bug and wanted to make an album,” he states. “The trip was really the catalyst. I didn’t have a blueprint, but it was very special. Country music is all about storytelling. That was what I fell in love with. I decided to apply this style of writing and storytelling to the pop world. I wanted to do a feel-good record with timeless and classic elements.”

In order to do so, he anchored the sound with straightforward guitar, piano, organ, and percussion “with no tricks or gimmicks.” The music doubled as a conduit to transmit feelings at their purest. Take the first single “Yours.” Backed by solo acoustic guitar, the track gives way to candid confessions. His voice instantly enchants as he admits, “Yeah, I’ve been a singer, yeah I’ve been a smoker, yeah I’ve been the face in every bedroom on a poster…there’s another side of me no one ever gets to see…”

“I wanted to come out of the gate with a song that’s reflective and hopeful,” he goes on. “It looks forward, yet it’s cognizant of what I’ve gone through and what it means to be an artist who also happens to be obsessed with his fiancé. It’s a wild ride to be in this relationship with somebody who I truly love and admire. Of all the things I’ve done in my 34 years, the most enjoyable moments are with her. I wanted to distill that down to three minutes in a true story.”

Elsewhere, “Friends” sends a dedication to his close circle of buddies with a buoyant chant, “Thank God, I got my friends,” above a Latin-style beat. Over this swaggering swing, he tackles a new style of love song — just dedicated to his friends this time around. Then, there’s “Kiss The World Goodbye.” Soft piano gives way to an impressive vocal performance. Handclaps build towards a heavenly hook inspired by his future wife. As he notes, it catalogs a “Bonnie and Clyde moment about me and my lady ready to take on anything and everything.”

The title track traces his journey from a “young kid with a family on his back” to “playing shows with the crowd screaming my name” and “standing on a whole new stage” upheld by delicate delivery once more.

“I’ve reached a fresh phase in my life and career,” he states. “I’m getting married. My music is thriving. I have an incredible fan base that continues to support me. I have so much to be thankful for. Now, I’m thinking of the future. It’s the beginning of the next chapter. It’s a new stage.”

He diligently worked to reach this stage. Since his debut as a solo artist, Jesse has built a catalog of instantly recognizable anthems and captivated audiences on the road and on-screen. His first three albums — the platinum Beautiful Soul [2004], Right Where You Want Me [2006], and Departure [2008] — consecutively bowed in the Top 15 of the Billboard Top 200 with the singles “Beautiful Soul” minted gold and “Leavin’” certified platinum. Plus, he collaborated with T-Pain on the cross-genre banger “Body Language.” Meanwhile, Spin touted In Technicolor among its “Top 20 Pop Albums of 2014.” Along the way, he performed in arenas alongside the likes of New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys in addition to packing global headline tours and hosting shows for both George W. Bush and Barack Obama. A sought-after songwriter, he notably wrote the quadruple-platinum GRAMMY® Award-nominated “Bleeding Love” for Leona Lewis. In 2018, the one-off single “Better With You” racked up nearly 30 million cumulative streams and paved the way for his fifth offering. Simultaneously, his acting credits grew to include everything from Chernobyl Diaries and Fear The Walking Dead to Alvin and the Chipmunks, and even voicing the character Roxas/Ventus in gamer favorite Kingdom Hearts.

In the end, Jesse McCartney ultimately shows who he is on New Stage.

“This is the most intimate album I’ve ever done,” he concludes. “I’m leaving it all out there. I want listeners to know what it was like for me to grow up — all of the negative and the positive. I want to share how I feel about my relationships with my friends and my soon-to-be wife. I want to share a sense of hopefulness. I’m still the same guy, but I’m a little wiser and bursting at the seams creatively. At the same time, I still make pop music…and it should make you feel good!”

Coyote Island EP Release w/ Skosh and Assasi at Portland House of Music & Events @ Portland House of Music and Events
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Coyote Island EP Release w/ Skosh and Assasi at Portland House of Music & Events @ Portland House of Music and Events | Portland | Maine | United States

All of our tickets are paperless. Purchased tickets will be at will call at the door. All you need to do is arrive with your ID and enjoy the show!

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We will no longer require face coverings or proof of vaccination to enter the venue.

COVID 19 WARNING & ATTENDEE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present.  The World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other state and local public health authorities have resources and guidelines available to help you understand risks of attending events.  By entering the venue, attendees voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Adulting with Adlt Grrrl & Snake Lips @ Sun Tiki Studios
May 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Adulting with Adlt Grrrl & Snake Lips @ Sun Tiki Studios | Portland | Maine | United States

Currently proof of vaccination is not required and masks are optional for most shows. Let’s hope it can stay that way! Photo ID required to purchase alcohol.