After the epic dance party that was KahBang last weekend, this Thursday you can keep the dancing going with mashup DJ Girl Talk. The following Wednesday, Aug. 22, New England favorite Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (pictured) will play – their Thursday, Aug. 23 show at the State sold so quickly they had to add another show. Then there’s venerable indie rockers Built to Spill on Aug. 30, hip hop upstarts Odd Future on Sept. 5 and the rescheduled O.A.R. show on Sept. 6. On Sept. 8 the Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine will perform, followed directly by Awolnation on Sept. 10.
A week later, it’s onto tuneful rockers Dr. Dog on Sept. 18, Soulive on Sept. 21, the Tedeschi Trucks Band on Sept. 27, and comedian Margaret Cho on Sept. 29. Metal rules the day on Oct. 3, with Anthrax and Testament, and on Oct. 6 Ben Harper performs a sold-out show. Finally, two Mondays in a row there are two confessional songwriters with devoted fanbases: Regina Spektor on Oct. 8, and the legendary Morrissey, Oct. 15.
Port City Music Hall, Portland (www.portcitymusichall.com)
September brings electronic hip hip artist Na Palm on Sept. 7, followed by New Orleans funk gods Galactic, featuring Living Colour guitarist Corey Glover, on Sept. 16. Montreal indie poppers Stars take the stage on Sept. 20, and bluegrass ensemble the Infamous Stringdusters are set for Oct. 18.
Some highlights in the coming months at this very busy Portland venue include BeauSoleil on Sept. 15, up and coming jazz star Julian Lage on Sept. 21, French jazz guitarist Stephanie Wrembel on Sept. 28, Canadian indie rockers the Great Lake Swimmers on Oct. 2, songwriter Lori McKenna on Oct. 5 and a very rare Maine appearance from a personal favorite of mine, the Malian guitar masters Tinariwen (pictured above), on Oct. 12.
Asylum, Portland (www.portlandasylum.com)
The remainders of Bob Marley’s band, the Wailers, are set for Aug. 16 at the Asylum on Center Street in downtown Portland. Then it’s nu-metal band P.O.D. on Aug. 25, more metal with Prospect Hill on Sept. 1, and punk rockers Street Dogs on Sept. 18. Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah will take the stage on Sept. 23, late-90s electro-metal band Powerman 5000 is set for Sept. 27, and heavy rock weirdos the Melvins are set for Sept. 30.
You can close out another Waterfront Concert season with the following shows. There’s the Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Cracker and Big Head Todd and the Monsters on Sunday, Aug. 19; Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford on Aug. 22, a children and teen’s show featuring Big Time Rush and Cody Simpson on Aug. 31, Keith Urban (pictured) on Sept. 1, Jason Aldean Sept. 2, and finally Journey, Pat Benatar and Loverboy on Sept. 28. There’s also a Christian rock show on Sept. 29 featuring Switchfoot.
Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield (www.stonemountainartscenter.com)
There’s no better time to go to Stone Mountain than late summer and fall. This Thursday, Aug. 16, blueswoman Shemekia Copeland will perform, followed by songwriter Chris Smither on Aug. 24, Celtic rockers Enter the Haggis on Aug. 25, and Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives on Aug. 31. In September, concerts range from Martin Sexton on Sept. 6, Steve Earle on Sept. 19 and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Sept. 20, to Grant Lee Phillips and Glen Phillips on Sept. 30, John Hiatt on Oct. 1, and Suzanne Vega on Oct. 11.