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Nigel Hall goes Big Easy to Big Easy

Home and away
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.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 27, 2013
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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
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Dynamo-P, Ryan Augustus, and Misl team up

Case of the Mondays
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.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 25, 2012
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I want a range life

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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.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 28, 2012
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Pete Kilpatrick keeps the home blazes burning

Fire away
If anyone has grown up right in front of his fans, it's Pete Kilpatrick.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 21, 2012

An angry look back from Trails

Mad monks
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.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 23, 2011
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Mind the winding trails

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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.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 19, 2011
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Grant Street Orchestra gang up on Passionately Late

All you party people
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 .
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 12, 2011
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A little bit country

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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 .
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 21, 2011
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I wanna Jamericana

Carry on, wayward sons (and daughter)
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?"
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 31, 2011
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Boston bartenders bust up the Big Easy

Strange tales
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.
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  August 24, 2011
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Frank Hopkins finds an inner peace (and jam)

Graceland
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 12, 2011
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An interview with Kyle Bryant, woodcutter

Weighty carvings
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.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 04, 2011

Grupo Esperanza bids farewell

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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.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 23, 2011

Port City soars, Venue tanks

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PORT CITY MUSIC HALL must be doing something right.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 03, 2011
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Who's Cam Groves?

Something Cool this way comes
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.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 09, 2011
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Stocking stuffers

A grab-bag of local music for every taste
So, this does, indeed, come a week after the whole "gifts" issue, but this is traditionally the week for local music suggestions.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 16, 2010



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Andi Fawcett returns with her solo debut

Hello again
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 .
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 03, 2010
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More soul from Adam and the Waxmen

Soldiering on
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.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 20, 2010

Songwriters unite

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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 .
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 07, 2010



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

Music Seen
When Nemo Bidstrup of Time-Lag Records announced that he would be closing his doors, a group of Portland friends saw an opportunity.
By BRIDGET M. BURNS  |  August 26, 2010
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Calling Clark Kent

Re-introducing the mild-mannered Will Gattis
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 .
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 26, 2010



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