The Portland Music Awards may seem like a contest — and we guess technically it is?! — but the last thing we want is for musicians to compete with each other. That's weird. What we DO want is to shine a light on the passion, creativity, and absurdly low-compensated labors that go into making music in this state. Okay, and also we're into strong opinions. Plus who doesn't like a little drama?
Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, THE WORK follows three men from the outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways.
From the land of fire and ice, the great northern utopia of Iceland, come guiding lights of electronic pop and dance music, Hermigervill and Berndsen. Armed with bass heavy beats, a battery of synths, crooning vocals, ample 80's nostalgia, two epic beards, and a whole lot of theremin, this pair transforms rooms across the world into high-octane, frenzied dance-parties like none you've ever experienced.
Local heroes Mouth Washington celebrate the release of their fourth album, Fourth Floor, releasing on vinyl on Death List 5 Records. The band is equally at home wading through the waters of alt-Americana with giants like Jason Molina and Built to Spill, as they are shredding post-punk guitar riffs over walls of distortion. It's this dichotomy that makes their sound so immediate and perhaps so uniquely Portland, Maine. A new album is a welcome thing.
What does racial justice look like in Maine? Who is doing the work? How do I get involved?
During December First Friday, join Maine Initiatives and the organizations in their racial justice cohort to explore the transformational justice and equity work happening across our state every day. Learn about each organization, and get involved as a volunteer, donor, and advocate for racial justice in Maine.