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One Longfellow Square is one of Portland, Maine’s most charming and versatile, non-profit performing arts and concert venues, offering a warm and intimate atmosphere and setting the stage for unforgettable live music, performing arts, and community events.

Located in Portland’s West End at the entrance to the city’s vibrant Arts District, One Longfellow Square accommodates a wide range of events including film, theater, dance, and of course, live music.

Excellent
4.7
Evan Morse
Great, intimate Todd Barry show. Incredibly friendly and welcoming staff.
Alex C.
Did a performance with the Portland Jazz Orchestra, we played during their intermission. Interior was very nice, staff was very friendly. Building was also very clean and accessible. I would recommend performing/visiting at this location. (I may add pictures soon)
Manda Russell
My first time there, will definitely go back. Club is small and intimate. There are no bad seats. There is a small bar in the lobby for cocktails and small snacks. Volunteers were all friendly and informative.
Diane Robinson
I love this intimate listening room. Wonderful organization, great bands, good sound. Do yourself a favor and go see a show there, soon!
Lucas Snyder
Really awesome intimate venue. It was my first time here and saw a singer-songwriter named Lyle Divinsky. The sound was great, good drink selection, and I definitely want to go back.
Sharon Morton
This is a nice cozy theater environment to see a concert
Bonnie Redzinak
An amazing venue to see wonderful acts! The setting is very intimate so the view of the stage is great from any seat. They offer a variety of drinks and snacks. I would highly recommend seeing a show here and supporting this little gem!
John Dolewa
Great venue. Small, intimate with a terrific staff.
Brian
Flew from California to One Longfellow Square to see Julian Lage. One of the most spectacular performances I have ever witnessed. One Longfellow square is an intimate venue with not a bad seat in the house with approximately 150 seats. I appreciate the work the workers do to support this venue. Everyone is extremely kind and made the night exceptional.
Robin Lee
The best listening room in Portland.The sound quality is excellent. The artists are talented. Check it out.
Elizabeth Cravey
Fantastic, intimate venue! A real celebration of live music.
MJ
Inexpensive, quaint, intimate venue offering attentive staff and full bar service. Basic straight back chairs, but worth sitting on while taking in some of the best vocalists and musicians this side of the planet. Clean restrooms too!Bring your older children! Expose them to some good old fashioned live music and raw talent!
Chris Fuller
A wonderful local music establishment for a variety of musical acts. A great way to get to know the Portland local musical scene.
AB Conniff
Great non-profit music hall. Highly recommend seeing a show here. They do serve alcohol
Sherry Hamilton
Go here for a cozy, fun and entertaining evening. Loved it! Picture of Tricky Britches on stage.
Darrell Hamilton
It's a bit tight in there, but it is an enjoyable entertainment experience. I liked that the sound level was maintained at an appropriate level for the venue. I usually have to wear ear plugs to concerts. This one was spot on the right level.
MJ
Inexpensive, quaint, intimate venue offering attentive staff and full bar service. Basic straight back chairs, but worth sitting on while taking in some of the best vocalists and musicians this side of the planet.Bring your older children! Expose them to some good old fashioned live music and raw talent!
Mary Lynn Acee
My husband and I were visiting Portland for the first time and specifically went during this time to see David Mallett. The volunteer "staff" were so kind and helpful, the venue was intimate and it was the cherry on top of the end of our stay!
Jason Barry Marshall
Excellent intimate space to see amazingly talented acts - not a bad seat in the house. An organised and friendly staff make you feel welcomed. Good bar selection with some local brew.
Sonya Wieburg
An intimate setting for some terrific acts. Small enough for crowd participation, but great acoustics. Long live OLS!
Benjamin Moore
I've only been to a non-music event here, but very spacious and great acoustics for volume.
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May
25
Sat
Kat Wright at One Longfellow Square @ One Longfellow Square
May 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Kat Wright at One Longfellow Square @ One Longfellow Square | Portland | Maine | United States

“There’s soul flowing in and out of her rock ‘n’ roll with a serpentine seduction. Some of soul music’s sweet, grand dames belt, shout, seethe, and succumb, while Wright sings gently like a heartache’s apology. It’s funky in spots and beautiful all over. And it hurts a little … like it should”.

After touring for the last decade as a 7–9-piece soul band with horns & keys blazing, this new era finds Kat Wright being born anew – more herself than ever – revealed, simply in a startlingly honest & glimmering naked light. With restrictions imposed by the pandemic, Wright & her cohorts have recently come to enjoy writing & touring in a stripped down formation, mostly trio or quartet, in contrast to the big band she fronted for the better part of the last decade where she was described “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse”. Fans of Wright’s singing & style have been thrilled to discover this paired down line up which puts the groups true talents front & center to shine, instead of drenching them in horns and fanfare. You’ll still hear the Raitt & Winehouse influences, but now also likenesses with Brandi Carlisle & Norah Jones. The resulting music is more intentional, more distilled, more potent – a direct balm for the trying times we face today. It’s truly a scenario of “less is more” – allowing Wright’s voice to really finally take center stage, to shine and ache and yearn and howl – unburied, out in the open, beaming.

A quote from the folk publication Red Line Roots from November ’21 sums it up best: “The first time I saw Kat Wright live was a festival gig where the band’s horn section alone was comprised of 3 people. Wright has that special balance of power and grace in her voice that can shimmer and float to the top of a big band setting, I don’t think anyone who has witnessed her perform could deny that. But the intimacy and vulnerability that she and collaborators Bob Wagner and Josh Weinstein has crafted with their newly (and COVID necessary) formed (trio) outfit is something truly magnificent.

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May
26
Sun
Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss, Sammy Wetstein Trio at One Longfellow Square @ One Longfellow Square
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss, Sammy Wetstein Trio at One Longfellow Square @ One Longfellow Square | Portland | Maine | United States

Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss and Sammy Wetstein, award-winning folk, jazz, and world music performers, have joined forces combining  vibrant synergy, deft movements, and stories long untold. Through traditional songs familiar and arcane, this new trio celebrates the vivacious rhythms and deep roots of America’s eldest musics.

Jake Blount (Providence, RI) is a singer and multi-instrumentalist described by NPR as “an Afrofuturist in roots-music garb.” A winner of the 2021 Steve Martin Banjo Prize and a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, American Songwriter has dubbed him the “King of Roots.” Percussive dancer Nic Gareiss (Lansing, MI) has been named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” and has been hailed by the New York Times for their “dexterous melding of Irish and Appalachian dance.” In 2020, Gareiss received the Michigan Heritage Award, the highest honor his home state bestows on traditional artists. Sammy Wetstein (Boston, MA) is a musician who infuses folk and jazz music with improvisational creativity. Sammy has performed at the Newport Folk Festival, The Shalin Liu Performance Center, and the International Bluegrass Music Association conference, and has appeared alongside artists jazz icons Joe Levano and Kenny Barron, and world-renowned string players including Eugene Friesen, Darol Anger, and Jason Anick. He is currently a student at Berklee College of Music focusing on jazz and roots cello performance.

Blount, Gareiss, and Wetstein’s years of experience as performers, educators, and scholars in their respective traditions have drawn them close to the spontaneous creative force at the heart of music-making. The trio brings the power of those fresh bonds to bear in a new performance: a paean to both strong roots and musical co-infatuations traced in wood, flesh, and gesture.

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May
30
Thu
Matt Flinner and Joe K. Walsh at One Longfellow Square @ One Longfellow Square
May 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Matt Flinner and Joe K. Walsh at One Longfellow Square @ One Longfellow Square | Portland | Maine | United States

Multi-instrumentalist Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the mandolin, won the National Banjo Contest at Winfield Kansas in 1990, and took the mandolin award there the following year. Since then, he has become recognized as one of the premiere mandolinists as well as one of the finest new acoustic/roots music composers today. He has toured and recorded with a wide variety of bluegrass, new acoustic, classical and jazz artists, including Tim O’Brien, Frank Vignola, Steve Martin, Darrell Scott, the Modern Mandolin Quartet, Dave Douglas, Leftover Salmon, Alison Brown, The Ying Quartet, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. He has also recorded two Compass Records CDs and toured as part of Phillips, Grier and Flinner with bassist Todd Phillips and guitarist David Grier. His two solo CDs (also on Compass), “The View from Here” and “Latitude,” are now widely considered classics in the new acoustic/modern bluegrass style. His current group, the Matt Flinner Trio (with guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin), has forged new pathways in acoustic string band music with their two ground-breaking CDs, “Music du Jour” and “Winter Harvest”

Hailed by David Grisman as a “wonderful mandolin player”, and by Darol Anger as “one of the best mandolinists I’ve ever played with”, Portland, Maine-based musician Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his years of collaborations and recordings with acoustic music luminaries including Darol Anger, Brittany Haas, Grant Gordy, Mike Block, Danny Barnes, Scott Nygaard, and pop-grass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow, a band he co-founded. He’s played with everyone from John Scofield to Molly Tuttle to Tony Trischka, and performed at festivals, club and theaters all over North America and Europe. After a number of award-winning years with bluegrass stars the Gibson Brothers, Joe currently splits his time between an inventive string band called Mr Sun (featuring Darol Anger, Grant Gordy and Aidan O’Donnell), the Mike Block Trio, a project with Celia Woodsmith, and a trio with Ella Jordan and Jed Wilson. His most recent record “If Not Now, Who?” was released in 2023 on Adhyaropa Records. An avid educator, Joe is an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music. He teaches regularly at music camps and workshops all over, and teaches online through Peghead Nation.

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May
31
Fri
Eric Hutchinson at One Longfellow Square @ One Longfellow Square
May 31 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Eric Hutchinson at One Longfellow Square @ One Longfellow Square | Portland | Maine | United States

Singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson is feeling nostalgic as he prepares to spend 2023 celebrating the 15th anniversary of his debut album, Sounds Like This. “It’s a special record for me – one that changed my life, my career, and introduced my music to a new audience I could only have dreamt of,” the Takoma Park, MD native reflects. To commemorate the anniversary, Eric has announced that he will be playing shows all year long, performing the album in its entirety. He’s also revealed that Sounds Like This will finally be available on vinyl for the first time ever. Furthering the deep-dive into his past, Eric will also release a new single, “Sad Songs”, a forgotten pop tune he wrote and performed regularly on tour in 2008 but never got the chance to record until now.

“I’m thrilled to spend 2023 reflecting on how my life and the world has changed in 15 years,”  Eric says. “I hope people will join me on the trip down memory lane. Maybe bring a long-lost college friend to one of my concerts, or give Sounds Like This a re-listen for the first time in forever and remember what life was like back in 2008 – when Barack Obama was elected president, BlackBerrys were all the rage, and watching Netflix meant getting little red DVD packages in the mail.”

Sounds Like This ended up being a chart-topping album released by Warner Bros. Records, but it almost never happened. Just before Eric recorded those songs, he says he was a frustrated kid who was seriously considering quitting music. “I had spent several years toiling away on the road, playing tragically low-attended shows, and recording several failed albums that were not ready for prime time,” Eric remembers. But as discouraged as he was at the time, Eric says he hated the idea of telling his friends and family that he had quit music. “I decided to dig down deep and make one last-ditch attempt to record a professional debut that lived up to the legacies of my musical heroes like Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Paul Simon, and Michael Jackson,” Eric recalls. “I went for broke, literally, to capture the music that I was hearing in my head – the songs that represented me at that time. I could never have imagined where those songs would take me.”

Eric connected with some big-league producers and engineers and convinced them to work with him. He set up shop at New Monkey Studio in Van Nuys, CA and enlisted the help of producer Will Golden, as well as accomplished session players like Gary Novak on drums, Chris Chaney on bass, and Deron Johnson on keys. “I have such crisp memories of seeing those songs take shape in the studio, “ Eric says. “Back then, I was touring exclusively as a solo acoustic artist out of necessity – I didn’t know how to lead or play with a band yet and I was still learning how to make a record. I remember Gary and Chris coming in – they had played with acts like Alanis Morisette, Sara Bareilles, and Shakira. They were pros, but they were very generous and patient with me. They taught me so much about how to find the groove and the vibe for a song in the studio.” The makeshift band recorded upbeat soul-funk songs like “You Don’t Have To Believe Me” and “Outside Villanova” – tracks that are now well known to Eric’s listeners. From there, the tracks went to mixing engineer Neal Pogue. “I was so lucky to have Neal work on the record,” Eric remembers. “He had mixed OutKast, Citizen Cope, Stevie Wonder – some of my favorite artists and inspirations. I sent him a message on Myspace asking if he’d want to work with me and I couldn’t believe it when he actually wrote back and said yes! I was some random unknown guy. I remember on the first day of mixing, he asked for his check and I gave it to him. He handed it to his wife and she took it directly to the bank. Neal and I just sat there, waiting in his mixing studio. Then Neal got a phone call from his wife that the check had cleared. He put the phone down, pulled his chair up to the mixing board and started in on the record.”

Eric finished the album and shortly after moved to New York City in 2007. He continued making the rounds as a regular performer at small independent music clubs like Ram’s Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD, The Cutting Room in New York City, The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles and Schuba’s in Chicago. After some time, Eric says his music miraculously ended up in the hands of Perez Hilton, the original celebrity social media influencer. “Perez posted some of my songs from Sounds Like This on his massively popular blog with an absolutely glowing endorsement, and people responded. Within 12 hours, my songs had gone viral – but I think we just called it “blowing up” back then?” Eric says with a laugh. After years of hard work and what felt like never-ending setbacks, Eric had caught a break and was an overnight sensation. Sounds Like This catapulted into the top 10 of iTunes, becoming the highest charting album by an unsigned artist in iTunes history, and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Soon after, Eric found himself in a bidding war between several record companies, eventually signing with Warner Bros Records who officially released Sounds Like This in April, 2008, along with a massive publicity campaign. “Suddenly, I was out on the road year-round, living my dream,” Eric remembers. “I was visiting radio stations by day and playing concerts for actual human beings by night. It was incredible.”

2008 was a whirlwind of a year for Eric, criss-crossing the country over and over again by plane, car, and tour bus. “I put my head down, worked as hard as I could, and said yes to everything that came my way.” By the time he stopped to catch his breath, Eric had performed on “The Tonight Show”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, and NBC’s “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”. He had shared large stages with acts like OneRepublic, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz, and O.A.R. And his single “Rock & Roll” was a certified gold record and a #1 radio hit in America, Australia, New Zealand, and Norway.

“Looking back on those times, I remember lots of exciting, unbelievable moments,” Eric recounts. “But I also got lost in the blur of the climb and I didn’t always get to enjoy the moment as much as I wish I could have. When I realized the 15th anniversary of Sounds Like This was approaching, it felt like a perfect chance to revisit this music and reflect on the long and winding road I’ve been walking ever since then.

Today, Eric is a seasoned musician and touring artist who’s released eight albums, performed in all 50 states and experimented with diverse kinds of musical genres like pop, folk, reggae, alternative rock, and jazz. Still, more often than not, Eric says if people are familiar with his music, they know the songs from Sounds Like This. “I love getting to hear stories from so many people who remember growing up with the music,” Eric says. “I’ll meet people and they’ll tell me about watching the music video for “Rock & Roll” on VH1 while getting ready for school, or listening to “Food Chain” on a burned mix CD that an older sister made to celebrate getting her driver’s license, or singing “Ok, It’s Alright With Me” in their college a capella group. I’m proud of this album I made many years ago, but I’m even more gratified by the part my music got to play in so many other people’s lives. I’m hoping I get to celebrate Sounds Like This with all those people in 2023.”

*****

Eric Hutchinson is an international platinum-selling singer, songwriter and seasoned touring artist. He has performed in all 50 states and has shared the stage with acts such as Kelly Clarkson, OneRepublic, Jason Mraz, Amos Lee, O.A.R., and Lawrence. His single “Rock & Roll” earned him his first platinum record in the United States and the song became a #1 hit in several countries.

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