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Summer Stage Series



Creative Portland is pleased to announce the second First Friday Art Walk Summer Stage in Monument Square to showcase Maine musicians and performance artists in Open Air Portland. The FREE concert series will take place LIVE on Friday, October 1, from 5-8pm. 

“Captain” Herb Ivy, Townsquare Media’s VP and WBLM DJ, as well as Creative Portland Board member, will serve as the program’s master of ceremonies.


The October lineup includes live performances by 

Curated by Creative Portland and managed by Peter McLaughlin (Space, Arts in Greenwood, Metamorphosis), and project coordinator Bobbie Pirruccello, Summer Stage welcomes all ages for a live concert experience that promotes revitalization while reinforcing the arts as integral to mental, physical and social well-being, while supporting the creative economy. Special thanks to Scott Mohler and Maine Music Alliance, who helped to launch the first summer stage production at the September First Friday Art Walk.


Maine Marimba Ensemble's repertoire draws from the incredibly joyful and deeply moving traditional and contemporary music of Zimbabwe. Be prepared to dance. Be prepared to smile. The largest of their set of seven handcrafted marimbas is so big that the person playing it needs to stand on a bench to reach it. 


Angelikah is a singer and songwriter, born and raised in Portland, Maine. She’s quickly earning a reputation for quieting a room (or outdoor performance space) with her vocal style, rooted in alternative, neo soul music, that is both stunning and serpentine.


Cilla is a working bass player, singer and songwriter. Over the past 15 years she’s played, toured and recorded in numerous projects in Maine, Boston and Los Angeles. In 2020 she released her fourth recording project, ‘August’ with her band. She writes all the arrangements and lyrics. Cilla Bonnie’s music is a blend of R&B-inspired groove and structure similar to Radiohead. In addition to her solo project, Cilla currently plays bass for Boston-based soul artist Ali McGuirk.


Assasi is a Syrian hip-hop artist from the ancient city of Aleppo. His music combines Arabic rap with sounds from the Golden Age of Arab music and influences from cultures around the world. After leaving Syria in 2012 due to the civil war, Assasi lived in several countries including Lebanon, India, Nepal, Malaysia, and now, the United States.


“Hearing extraordinary outdoor performances under the Maine skies with diverse audiences and passersby is what makes Portland a unique arts destination and music mecca for indie musicians and local performing artists, “ says Dinah Minot, Executive Director of Creative Portland, who spearheaded the Summer Stage series. “While the weather welcomes the community gathering, we are proud to offer the concerts for free to the public during First Friday

Art Walk. We hope to continue the series in the Spring.”


Thanks to a Maine Arts Commission revitalization grant and the generosity of local relief initiatives, such as the Maine Music Alliance, all artists are hired and paid to perform in a line-up that includes diverse artistic genres and musical styles.