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State Theatre

609 Congress St., Portland, ME

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1-(207)-956-6000

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www.statetheatreportland.com

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Tash Sultana

Alternative

Tash Sultana is a young, dynamic Melbourne artist, creating waves and generating massive street buzz by playing sold out shows all over the world. Tash has made a name for herself busking on the streets of Melbourne and having homemade videos go viral getting millions of views online. Since having her hands wrapped around a guitar at the age of three, the self taught artist quickly developed her own unique style that has people lining up to see her perform live. Her vocal shines with a magical quality, she has a natural gift for melody and her virtuosic guitar playing is from another planet. Tash’ s carefully crafted, edgy, multi-instrumental pieces featuring beat boxing, unique guitar work and percussion styled finger tapping, has left sold out audiences in awe. The young, one-woman powerhouse is having a huge year - Tash has already sold out her entire World tour and being added to dozens of high profile festivals including Laneway 2017. Both singles ‘ Jungle’ and ’ Notion’ were quick to receive high rotation on national broadcaster triple j plus garner an impressive response from various online media outlets around the world. With her six-track “Notion EP” due for release Sep 23 via her very own independent label “Lonely Lands Records”, the sky is the limit for one of Australia’ s hottest young acts.

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• Wed 5/30/18 at - 8:00 PM

Belle & Sebastian

Rock,Folk,Pop

Led by guitarist/vocalist Stuart Murdoch, Belle and Sebastian's delicate, folk-pop songs have gained them a devoted following around the world.

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• Tue 6/5/18 at - 8:00 PM

The Decemberists

Rock,Folk,Indie

Based in Portland, Oregon, The Decemberists have done some amazing work in the world of indie/folk and fusion rock over the years--blending hyper-literate lyrics about Irish folklore, life on the sea, Japanese legends and more with beautifully nuanced instrumentation. The quintet features Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query and John Moen.

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• Sun 6/10/18 at - 8:00 PM

Ani DiFranco

Folk,Pop,Rock

Singer, songwriter, poet, multi-instrumentalist, feminist, successful record label owner -- Ani DiFranco's fierce independence and staggering talent have won her rabid fans the world over. Between studio and live recordings, the Buffalo native has released more than 20 albums; her latest is studio album is "Binary."

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• Thu 6/14/18 at - 8:00 PM

David Cross

Stand Up Comedy

Irreverent comedian and social commentator David Cross has maintained a relatively low celebrity profile while at the same time working consistently in TV, film, and the live performance circuit, endearing himself to legions of fans. His smart and fearless comedy style is marked by a simultaneous honesty and cynicism that kind of goes beyond satire to somewhere else. His solo work tends to focus on topics of religion, politics, and a total refusal to skirt around any issue. Characterized by his small frame, bald head, and black glasses, his major career accomplishment has been as one-half of the HBO series 'Mr. Show with Bob and David.' Born in Atlanta, GA, he went to college in Boston and started doing stand-up comedy before moving out to Los Angeles. He met Bob Odenkirk while working as a writer for 'The Ben Stiller Show' on HBO and the two joined forces to create the unique sketch comedy series 'Mr. Show' in 1995. With Odenkirk and Cross as the original funders, writers, actors, and executive producers, the show was nominated for several Emmy awards and eventually ended in 1998.

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• Tue 6/19/18 at - 8:00 PM

Cold War Kids

Rock

Cold War Kids make songs about human experience in orchards and hotel rooms, laundromats and churches, sea ports and school halls. Using songs of Dylan, Billie Holiday and the Velvet Underground as a road map, they strive to manipulate, structure and style their music with honesty.

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• Wed 6/20/18 at - 8:00 PM

Chris D'Elia

Stand Up Comedy

spent three seasons as Danny on one NBC comedy series ("Undateable") and starred opposite Whitney Cummings on another ("Whitney"). He's also had his own Netflix special ("Incorrigible") and been seen quite a bit on Comedy Central: the 2015 celebrity roast of Justin Bieber, his special "White Male, Black Comic," and "Workaholics."

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• Thu 7/5/18 at - 8:00 PM

John Butler Trio

Blues,Funk,R&B/Soul

The John Butler Trio is a popular band from Australia. Butler's inflections of blues, funk and soul is shared between textured instrumentals and lyrics that alternate from peppy rhymes to crafted poetry.

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• Fri 7/13/18 at - 8:00 PM

Miranda Sings Live

Stand Up Comedy

"Miranda Sings" is an internet character created by Colleen Ballinger. The character is a satire of increasingly common YouTube videos featuring mediocre or even bad singers who film themselves singing as a form of self-promotion. Miranda is supposedly from Tacoma, Washington, sings comically off-key, and, when confronted by viewers who take the videos seriously, uses the catchphrase, "Haters back off!" The characterization includes facial tics, unusually active eyebrows and a crooked smile. She also wears lipstick drawn beyond all natural borders and often dances stiffly to the music she is performing.

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• Tue 7/17/18 at - 7:30 PM

Gillian Welch

Country,Bluegrass,Folk

From Berklee College of Music to Nashville to winning a Grammy Award for her collaboration with Allison Kraus on the soundtrack (produced by T. Bone Burnett) for the hit film, 'O Brother, Where Art Thou,' this singer/songwriter/guitarist has received acclaim for her new Southern sound - a blend of Appalachian, Bluegrass and Americana.

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• Wed 7/18/18 at - 8:00 PM

Bruce Hornsby

Pop,Jazz,Rock

Admired by jazz fans and beloved by Deadheads, the former Grateful Dead keyboardist made a name for himself as a masterful songwriter, pianist and vocalist. A multi-Platinum selling Grammy winner, Bruce Hornsby's music blends the best of jazz, pop, rock and classic and earns his fans' devotion for maintaining his sound while always attempting the new. His recording career took off with 'The Way It Is,' which topped the American music charts in 1986.

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• Thu 7/19/18 at - 7:30 PM

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Folk,Rock,Pop

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter plays an intelligent blend of country, folk and pop music. Says Carpenter, “They say that the worst, the most traumatic things that people can go through in their lives are a divorce, the loss of a parent and catastrophic illness. All of those things have happened to me in the last few years." Her highly anticipated new album, "Sometimes Just The Sky," was released March 30.

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• Fri 7/20/18 at - 8:00 PM

Courtney Barnett

Rock,Indie

Melbourne-based singer and guitarist Courtney Barnett released her debut EP 'I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris' to glowing reviews around Australia. That quickly snowballed into International critical acclaim in 2013 with her second EP 'How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose.' In 2015 she released 'Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit,' fans continuing to flock to her.

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• Thu 7/26/18 at - 8:00 PM

Punch Brothers

Acoustic,Bluegrass,Classical

In 2006, former Nickel Creek member Chris Thile started the collaborative effort that later evolved into Punch Brothers when he recruited guitarist Chris Eldridge, banjo player Noam Pikelny, and violinist Gabe Witcher to back him on a solo album, 'How to Grow a Woman.' Bassist Paul Kowert joined the band three years later.

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• Fri 7/27/18 at - 8:00 PM

Rise Against

Metal,Punk,Alternative

Chicago's Rise Against features former members of the late great 88 Fingers Louie. This four-piece punk unit, led by lead vocalist Tim McIlrath, plays a punchy brand of melodic hardcore heavily influenced by bands like Bad Religion, Minor Threat and Bad Brains. Since forming in late 1999, the band has found a surprising level of mainstream success over multiple studio albums, including their newest, "The Black Market," but is perhaps best known for their tireless activism efforts, including work with Amnesty International, the It Gets Better Project and more.

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• Sun 7/29/18 at - 7:00 PM

Lord Huron

Folk,Pop

Lord Huron is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based musician Ben Schneider. The project started out as a solo effort, but has since expanded to include several percussion and guitar players.

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• Mon 7/30/18 at - 8:00 PM

Guster

Rock,Alternative,Folk,Pop

Guster is a Boston rock band that formed at Tufts University in 1992.

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• Fri 8/3/18 at - 8:00 PM

Descendents

Rock,Punk

The Descendents are a four-piece Southern California band from the first wave of California hardcore, and belying their 1985 album, "I Don't Want to Grow Up," are now deep into middle age. The band, together off and on for more than three decades, released its first album in 20 years, "Hypercaffium Spazzinate," in the summer of 2016. It addresses grown-up issues such as infidelity, children and the effects of unhealthy food choices.

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• Sat 8/4/18 at - 8:00 PM

Franz Ferdinand

Rock

One of the more dynamic young groups to emerge from Glasgow, Franz Ferdinand is riding high on the strength of their self-titled debut album. Formed in 2002, the group released their first EP, 'Darts of Pleasure' in the fall of 2003. They gained even more notice opening for Interpol and Hot Hot Heat, and the band won the coveted 2004 Mercury Music Prize.

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• Tue 8/7/18 at - 8:00 PM

The Flaming Lips

Rock,Pop

Oklahoma's Flaming Lips have fashioned off-kilter, yet strangely beautiful, pop songs for years. With Wayne M. Coyne, Michael Ivins and Steven G. Drozd, the band have released twelve albums since 1985. Their latest is 'At War with the Mystics.'

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• Tue 8/21/18 at - 8:00 PM

First Aid Kit

Folk

First Aid Kit is a duo from Sweden.

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• Thu 9/6/18 at - 8:00 PM

Modest Mouse

Alternative,Rock,Pop

With its angular song structure and spacey vocals, Modest Mouse's thoughtful songs stay away from any predictable formula. Isaac Brock, Eric Judy and Jeremiah Green steer each song toward wherever they seem to want to go. Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr joined the band in late 2006.

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• Thu 10/4/18 at - 8:00 PM

Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Indie,Rock

Rainbow Kitten Surprise is an indie rock band from North Carolina.

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• Fri 10/5/18 at - 8:00 PM

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

Jazz,Pop,Swing,Live Music in Bar/Club

Scott Bradlee is a composer, arranger and American pianist who got his start in jazz before turning to pop music. His Postmodern Jukebox project began on YouTube in 2011 infuses notable popular songs with jazz, swing and ragtime elements, or, as a Boston Globe writer put it "takes the pop hits of the text-and-Snapchat age and recasts them as meticulously arranged period pieces, from ragtime to doo-wop."

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• Wed 10/31/18 at - 8:00 PM