The Johnny Childs Band at One Longfellow Square

The Johnny Childs Band at One Longfellow Square

What makes for a great bluesman? What is that special formula; the blend of factors that elevates the average blues player to above average greatness? Is it talent? Is it soul? What about life experience, hunger and determination? The fact of the matter is that a combination of any of these qualities has the ability to result in some fine blues music, but what about those rare occasions when all of these qualities come together in one artist? Well, if you’re looking for a contemporary example, you need not look any further than Johnny Childs.

Childs spent almost a decade making a fascinating documentary that chronicled his life and his struggle to obtain a record deal. It is called THE JUNKMAN'S SON and The American Blues News had the great fortune of reviewing an early cut of it last year, when it was titled BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE.

The Duke Robillard Band at One Longfellow Square

The Duke Robillard Band at One Longfellow Square


The Duke Robillard Band at One Longfellow Square Saturday, June 18, 2011   8:00 PM

($20 adv/$23 door)


Guitarist. Bandleader. Songwriter. Singer. Producer. Session musician. And a one-man cheering section for the blues, in all its forms and permutations. And every one of those names has shared recording studio space or stage time with a man who is a legend in the blues community.

The Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C. Handy Awards) have named Duke Robillard "Best Blues Guitarist" four years out of five (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004) making him the second most honored guitarist for that award!

3rd Annual Portland Sea Dogs Father's Day 5K

3rd Annual Portland Sea Dogs Father's Day 5K


FATHER'S DAY 5K- Sunday, June 19, 2011
The Portland Sea Dogs in conjunction with the Maine Medical Partners Urology, and the Maine Track Club, will be hosting the third annual Father's Day 5k Road Race on Father's Day, Sunday, June 19th, 2011. Proceeds from the event will benefit Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer. There will also be a Kid's Run that is free of charge.

Slugger and his Dad lead the way on the flat 5K course which begins in front of the Portland Expo building, travels down Congress Street, turning down Stevens Avenue, and making a right onto Brighton Avenue back down Deering Avenue into Fitzpatrick Stadium. The race culminates inside Hadlock Field in front of the third base dugout.

The top overall male and female finishers will receive a trophy, a pair of 2011 Season Tickets for the remainder of the 2011 Sea Dogs season, and throw out the ceremonial first-pitch prior to a future Sea Dogs game.

Hannaford Summer BBQ on June 18th!

Hannaford Summer BBQ on June 18th!

Yesterday while I was flipping through the newspaper on a mission to get all of the coupons, I not only discovered some awesome Hannaford coupons, but I also learned about a really cool BBQ event that is happening this Saturday, June 18th from 11AM to 2PM at your neighborhood Hannaford.

Make a donation of at least $1 to a local charity in exchange for a yummy meal right off the grill! Enjoy Johnsonville Italian sausage, Pineland Farms/Nature's Place beef, or Kayem hot dogs. Then wash it all down with a can of Sierra Mist or Hannaford water, & don't forget about the Lay's chips! [You can never eat just one! ;)]

There will also be a chance to win $250 worth of Close to Home products! Guests to arrive will also get coupon booklets with great deals on some of our favorite items!

Awake Collective Launches New Community Space for Healing in Portland: Grand Opening Event

Portland, Maine:  The Awake Collective, a co-working collective will be hosting its grand opening event at 509 Forest Ave on Friday, June 24th 2011 from 4:00-9:00pm.

Social Media in Highly Regulated Industries - June SMBME


Registration is now open for June's Social Media Breakfast Maine.

This month we are talking about Social Media in Highly Regulated Industries.


Social Media is fun, exciting, ever changing, popular, fast and surprising – a lot of companies don’t like that and for good reason. Many of us work in industries that are more regulated.

Official Art of Breakfast book launch!

Official Art of Breakfast book launch!

Sunday, June 12 · 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Danforth Inn, Portland ME

More Info Sample food from the cookbook and Mimosas! Breakfast any time of day :)

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