“Heather Masse and Jed Wilson,” Unitarian Universalist Church, Brunswick
Mar. 13, Friday, 7:30pm, “Comedy Improv Night,” Midcoast Maine’s favorite improve troupe is back to play and they’ve brought more special guests, new games, and even more laughs! The Doppelbloopers offer up a unique show that’s a mash-up of “Whose Line”, “SNL”, and “The Tonight Show” — you don’t want to miss it! Seating is limited. Adult themes and content. May be suitable for teens 16+. Parental discretion is advised, $15/advance, $18/door, Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington Street, Bath. FMI: 207-442-8455, www.chocolatechurcharts.org.
Mar. 14, Saturday, 9am-4pm, “L.L. Bean Hunting and Fishing Expo,” it’s our biggest fishing event of the year! Special savings and free events include fly-casting clinics, special guests from our favorite fishing brands, free fish tacos and hourly raffles. Plus, earn a free L.L.Bean gift card when you spend more than $250 on fishing gear and apparel, L.L. Bean Hunting and Fishing Store, 995 Main Street, Freeport. FMI: www.facebook.com/events/171447530937886/.
Mar. 14, Saturday, 7pm, “Memphis Lightning,” SweetTone recording artist and national touring act Memphis Lightning bring their explosive stage show, and high energy roots and blues music back to Freeport, $12/advance, $15/door, Cadenza, Depot Street, Freeport. FMI: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4477861?fbclid=IwAR30zoKjQRpznVCkVZdDanLfi5bltyOi5FGSGnb95-spiG-ELuKNSQMxdeI.
Mar. 14, Saturday, 7:30pm, “UUCB Concerts for a Cause: Heather Masse & Jed Wilson,” Maine native Heather Masse is well-known to audiences as a regular guest on the NPR radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” both as a solo performer and as a member of the Billboard-charting folk supergroup, The Waylin’ Jennys. On the show, Heather has collaborated with artists such as Elvis Costello, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, and Emmylou Harris. She has also performed in many venues and with other popular groups such as the bluegrass band The Wayfaring Strangers on NPR’s World Cafe, and at Boston’s Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops. For this concert, Heather joins forces with jazz pianist Jed Wilson. Heather and Jed met as jazz students at the New England Conservatory of Music and have been performing together for more than 10 years. Heather’s background is steeped in the jazz tradition, which informs her distinct approach to singing folk, pop and bluegrass. Ms. Masse has released 2 CD’s of jazz-inspired folk duets with Mr. Wilson. The title track of her first solo CD “Bird Song” won her 1st prize at the International Acoustic Music Awards. She also won a prestigious Juno Award for “Bright Morning Stars,” her latest recording with The Wailin’ Jennys. “Masse exhibits impeccable phrasing and a lush sound that suggests the sensuousness of Sophie Milman shot through with somber, Sarah Vaughan threads.” — Jazz Times, $15/advance, $18/door, $10/students and children, Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle Street, Brunswick. FMI: 207-729-8515, www.uubrunswick.org.
Mar. 14, Saturday, 7:30pm, “Dirigo Rocks,” a Maine Bicentennial Commission-endorsed mini music fest. The show features ThunderHeart Lion, The Rugged and Shirt Tail Kin. All three bands have performed in the summer Arootsakoostik Music Festival in New Sweden. Arootsakoostik organizer Travis Cyr, acoustic guitarist and songwriter, plays in ThunderHeart Lion with upright bassist Jed Bresette and singer Courtney Martin. They perform original, cerebral folk and roots music from Maine. The Rugged has been purveying original Maine swamp rock for almost a decade. Childhood pals Cody Tibbetts, Tim Valliere and Travis Lloyd combine lyrical rural imagery, fuzzy atmospheric guitars and bold rhythms. Shirt Tail Kin, an alt-country rock band with a penchant for jamming, is pleased to be playing in Camden for the first time with their band friends. The Kin’s debut recording of original songs is called “Face And A Name.” The musical Kin are Curtis Russet, Mike Bennett, Peter Davis and Ezra Rugg, $14/advane, $16/day of, box office will open at 6:30pm, Camden Opera House, Elm Street, Camden. FMI: 207-236-3145, camdenoperahouse.com.
Mar. 15, Sunday, 2:30pm, “The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra ‘Two Great 5ths’,” as a part of our 30th Anniversary Season the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of guest conductor Jinwook Park, presents Two Great, but very different, 5th symphonies. The first by Franz Schubert is light, lyrical and reminiscent of Mozart. The second by Gustav Mahler is a truly major work beginning with a trumpet call and a funeral march and ending with the composer’s famous and beautiful musical love letter to his bride followed by a spectacular and joyful finale, $22/advance, $25/door, free/18 and under and college students with ID, Orion Performing Arts Center, 66 Republic Avenue, Topsham. FMI: 207-846-5378, www.midcoastsymphony.org.
Mar. 15, Sunday, 3pm, “Maine’s 200th: Music of Early Maine,” the DaPonte String Quartet will perform a variety of early Maine music with guest percussionist Eric LaPerna. The program will include: Songs of Chief Membertou. Trad. Mi’kmaq, transcribed by Marc Lescarbot (1606/7), arr. by Gabriel Sagard Theodat. Kaxarranka, Trad. Basque tune, arr. by Ferdinand Liva; Imperii procere, Heinrich Isaac (c.1450 – 1517); Four Songs from Canconiero de Palacio, Juan del Encina (c.1468 – d.1529/30); Sir Walter Raleigh’s Galliard, attr. to Francis Cutting (1550-1603); A Sad Pavane for these distracted times, Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656), arr. by David Byers; Les Bergers et Les Ameriquaines, from Concert Donné à Louis XIII en 1627 par les 24 Violons et les 12 Grand Hautbois, Anonymous. arr. by Kirsten Monke; Ballo del granduca, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621); Concert pour Quatre Parties de Violes, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704); The Birks of Abergeldie, from Henry Playford’s Original Scottish Tunes, Anonymous (1700); “Little Ben” A Country Dance, from Heinrich Isaac (c.1450 – 1517), Arr. by Myles Jordan, Prelude from Te Deum, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704), $22.50-$25, free/under 21 or with a student id, if space if available, St. Patrick Church, 380 Academy Hill Road, Newcastle. FMI: 207-882-9628, www.daponte.org.