Heat up these last few weeks of winter with any of the following February shows at the State Theatre, like, say, electronic jam band favorites Sound Tribe Sector 9, or on Feb. 13, DJs including Zed’s Dead and Paper Diamond on Feb. 15. Or, southern rockers and WKIT 100.3 favorites Blackberry Smoke (pictured at left) with Maine’s own the Mallett Brothers Band on Feb. 16. Or even classic rockers Foreigner on Feb. 18, DJs Big Gigantic and Gladiator on Feb. 19, or jam legends Bob Weir & RatDog on Feb. 26.
Moving on into the spring, there’s singer-songwriter Brett Dennen on March 4, there’s epic Pink Floyd cover band The Machine on March 7, and more electronic music with The Glitch Mob and Ana Sia on March 11. Comedian Anthony Jeselnik is set for March 21, Scottish comedian and host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” Craig Ferguson is set for March 23, and metal band Excision will take the stage on March 24. Finally, ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro is set for March 25, Slightly Stoopid and Mariachi El Bronx will perform on March 27, and John Prine with Sarah Jarosz is slated for March 28, after which the State Theatre takes a break until late April.
Port City is positively jam-packed this time of year, starting with a visit from funk band Model Airplane on Feb. 14, followed by a CD release for Portland roots band the Ghost of Paul Revere set for Feb. 21 with guests Theodore Treehouse and the Four Legged Faithful, jam band Dopapod on Feb. 25, reggae band Iration on Feb. 27, the Delta Rae with the Falls on Feb. 28. In March, check out the Wood Brothers on March 2, the North Mississippi All-Stars on March 7, a spoken word performance by Scott Ian of Anthrax on March 8, roots rockers Houndmouth on March 11, indie rockers Islands on March 12, funk band Kung Fu on March 13, and Richard James and the Name Changers March 14.
A week later, there’s Assembly of Dust on March 20, a CD release party for KGFreeze with Sara Hallie Richardson and Afraid on March 21, there’s Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk on March 23, and there’s Typhoon with Maine’s own Lady Lamb the Beekeeper on March 24. Songwriter Mason Jennings takes the stage on March 27, the hypnotic Malian band Tinariwen is set for March 28, and on April 5, there’s frequent Maine visitors the up and coming quartet Lake Street Dive (seen above). Max Creek on April 11 and Alejandro Escovedo on April 13 round out a great spring weekend of shows at Port City Music Hall.
The season is starting to pick up at the Asylum, starting with Dr. John with Portland’s own Kenya Hall on Thursday, Feb. 13 and soul/r&b legends Tower of Power on Feb. 16. The Straits, featuring members of Dire Straits, are set for March 2, and 90s rockers Tonic, Vertical Horizon and Dishwalla will perform on March 6. March 14 brings vocal group the Manhattan Transfer, and March 20 brings Los Lonely Boys. Rockers the Hold Steady are set for April 4, and Portland’s own Sidecar Radio, 6Gig and Headstart will take the stage on April 11.
Out in the western Maine woods at Stone Mountain, Valentine’s Day (Feb 14) brings Maine comedian Bob Marley — what says romance more than that? On Feb. 21, enjoy Aztec Two-Step, on Feb. 22 enjoy Cajun sensation Steve Riley and the Mamou Playbots, and on March 1, there’s Celtic rockers Enter the Haggis. Cowboy Junkies take the stage on March 7. followed by Los Lobos on March 8. A special performance from Richard Thompson and Teddy Thompson is set for March 11, Americana band Red Molly is slated for March 14, and singer-songwriter Josh Ritter takes the stage on March 29. April 4 brings Patty Larkin and Melissa Ferrick, and April 13 brings the Carolina Chocolate Drops (pictured above) and Aoife O’Donovan.