Happy New Year!  2014 is only a few days old and already things have been pretty exciting!  You can always count on Maine weather to be unexpected, but throw in some jet stream variations brought on by global warming (yes – I believe in that…) and wow! We have gone from blizzard, to tropical storm and back to below zero in just a week.

The music this year is going to be equally unpredictable and very exciting.  I continue to play regularly on piano & accordion with the great Sean Mencher as a part of The Rhythm Kings.  Most every Sunday we are performing from 11:00 – 2:00 at the fabulous Local Sprouts on Congress street in Portland. We often also play the second saturday of every month at the Dogfish Bar & Grill on Free Street in Portland.

The Lay-Z-Gait band continues swinging and twanging their way around the Portland scene.  They play every other Wednesday (starting january 8th) at Acoustic Artisans in Portland from 7:30 – 10:00.  This informal gathering is turning into quite the scene with guest performers, swing dancers and happy listeners hanging out on the plush couches in this stunning space. You can also find members of Lay-Z-Gait every Tuesday night at Otto Pizza on Congress, playing at the end of the bar from 9:30-11:00.  On February 1st the band will travel northwest to entertain the fine folks at the Sangerville Grange, in East Sangerville, ME.  On February 15th they will be pitching a swingin’ barn dance at The Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton, ME. (See appearances for more details)

The jazz piano night at Local Sprouts has continued to grow, and you can enjoy his intimate evening of piano jazz every third Saturday from 6:30 – 9:30 – the next show is January 18th.  And lastly, but definitely not least – the Hadocol Bouncers are going to be back at Local Sprouts on January 25th, pumping out the irresistible traditional New Orleans Jazz. The food is great and there is room for creative dancing!

The weather might be cold and unpredictable, but you can rely on our fantastic live music scene in and around Portland to keep you warm, inspired and entertained as we enjoy these winter months.  Hope to see you all out there – somewhere!  Best, Tom

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