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Nigel Hall goes Big Easy to Big Easy

Nigel Hall, the pride of Bangor and one of the original Monday night soul players at Portland's Big Easy, was the featured attraction at one of the actual Big Easy's most respected local spots.
Home and away
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 23, 2013

Brahms’s fifth is a big red flag

Why does a person spend 20 years in Portland making music, releasing records, and playing shows?

By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2012

Dynamo-P, Ryan Augustus, and Misl team up

It's testament to the depth of our local hip-hop scene that a side project like the new Manic Mondays can be so consistently strong throughout 17 proper tracks.
Case of the Mondays
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 27, 2012

I want a range life

By some stretch of foul luck we missed last year's FREE RANGE MUSIC FESTIVAL , but we'd be consarned to let it happen again.
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Pete Kilpatrick keeps the home blazes burning

If anyone has grown up right in front of his fans, it's Pete Kilpatrick.
Fire away
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 23, 2012

An angry look back from Trails

As the local hip-hop scene begins to flex its muscles just a bit, the duo of Syn the Shaman and the Lin, a/k/a Trails, play the roles of angry young men.
Mad monks
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 25, 2011


Mind the winding trails

The local group TRAILS , who've spent the summer playing the Big Easy Wednesday-night circuit, issued a second record this month, the Trails & Co.
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Grant Street Orchestra gang up on Passionately Late

Live, band-driven hip hop is a lot of fun and it's no wonder Portland has embraced Grant Street Orchestra, who this week make the Big Easy party central for the release their debut full-length Passionately Late .
All you party people
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 14, 2011

A little bit country

The line-up for the Portland showcase at the CMJ Festival will be: SPOSE , BILLY LIBBY , THE MALLETT BROTHERS BAND , SUNSET HEARTS , THE MILKMAN'S UNION , THE TOUGHCATS , and KURT BAKER .
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 23, 2011

I wanna Jamericana

For some of us, the title of Dirigo's debut album makes perfect sense. But I can't tell you how many times I've been asked: "So, it's like Jamaican reggae, but played in America?"
Carry on, wayward sons (and daughter)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 02, 2011
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Boston bartenders bust up the Big Easy

There was a wedding, a funeral (for the Long Island Iced Tea), fried alligator, mechanical bulls, and Ron Jeremy on harmonica. Boston bartenders, who were there in full force, can attest to all of it.
Strange tales
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  August 26, 2011


Frank Hopkins finds an inner peace (and jam)

After three albums of stern lecture, it would seem that Frank Hopkins and his Line of Force have decided to just roll with the punches and turn out a nice dance jam.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 13, 2011

An interview with Kyle Bryant, woodcutter

When he's not rapping at the Big Easy, debating mayoral candidates about the value of street art, or working as a counselor with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Kyle Bryant is a printmaker with Pickwick Independent Press.
Weighty carvings
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 06, 2011

Grupo Esperanza bids farewell

After eight years of being one of the most in-demand party bands in town, GRUPO ESPERANZA have just one last show left in them: April 1 at the Empire. People looking for a working band, starting practicing your Latin beats.

Port City soars, Venue tanks

PORT CITY MUSIC HALL must be doing something right.

Who's Cam Groves?

Back in the day, Preposterously Dank, the hip-hop label/collective created by Spose and featuring Cam Groves, Dr. Astronaut, and Educated Advocates, would have hit the popular consciousness with a collective album first.
Something Cool this way comes
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 25, 2011


Stocking stuffers

So, this does, indeed, come a week after the whole "gifts" issue, but this is traditionally the week for local music suggestions.
A grab-bag of local music for every taste
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 17, 2010

Sparks the Rescue at the Big Easy

Local alt-rock band Sparks the Rescue release their music on one of the few '90s punk labels still in business, Fearless Records. They pull off...
By webteam  |  December 15, 2010

Andi Fawcett returns with her solo debut

A former mainstay of the local scene has a re-coming-out party this weekend when Andi Fawcett gigs at the Big Easy to celebrate the debut of her first solo record, Say It Anyway .
Hello again
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 05, 2010

More soul from Adam and the Waxmen

Adam and the Waxmen deliver this weekend (shows Friday and Saturday at the Big Easy) their sophomore release, Universal Soldiers, a stronger disc than their debut, Just Play from 2008.
Soldiering on
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 22, 2010

Songwriters unite

Following up on his run as president of the MAINE SONGWRITERS ALLIANCE , BOB MCKILLOP has now founded a Portland chapter of the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL .

Prospect Hill at Big Easy

Boston alt-rockerscontinue steady ascent,bring along heavies. Big Easy | Portland | Prospect Hill + Loki + Absence of Innocence + No Remorse | 9 pm...
By webteam  |  September 08, 2010

Gong Show at the Big Easy

At the Big Easy, the newish monthly Gong Show offers that rarest of opportunities, a chance to hear people be brutally honest about the talent...
By webteam  |  September 01, 2010

Daphne Willis at the Big Easy

The young Chicago popsmith Daphne Willis kicks Band Beyond Description out of their usual slot at the Big Easy, for an 8 pm show with...
By webteam  |  August 31, 2010

Moody Lords fund-raiser at the Big Easy, August 22

When Nemo Bidstrup of Time-Lag Records announced that he would be closing his doors, a group of Portland friends saw an opportunity.
Music Seen
By BRIDGET M. BURNS  |  August 27, 2010

Calling Clark Kent

It's definitely been too long since we've heard from Will Gattis, the piano-player and singer-songwriter who showed himself to be a young voice to be reckoned with on 2005's Dullard .
Re-introducing the mild-mannered Will Gattis
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 27, 2010

Afroman at the Big Easy

Fucking Afroman is at the Big Easy with Sandbag and Luch & Eliza tonight. Did anyone follow this dude after "Because I Got High"? Does...
By webteam  |  August 25, 2010

Low End Philanthropy + Jonathan Franzen at the Big Easy

Meanwhile, the Big Easy's newish electronic dance night, Low End Philanthropy, continues at 55 Market St. at 9 pm (call 207.775.2266 for a cover), and...
By webteam  |  August 25, 2010

Will Gattis at the Big Easy

Will Gattis and his three-piece pop band take to the Big Easy to mark the release of a new EP (reviewed on page 16). Local...
By webteam  |  August 25, 2010

Benefit for Moody Lords at the Big Easy

A benefit for the soon-to-open (September 1) replacement for the Time-Lag record store, the vintage/record/electronics boutique Moody Lords, goes down at 9 pm at the...
By webteam  |  August 18, 2010