Kimmy Sophia Brown

MusicViews at One Longfellow Square

These are MusicView columns from performances at One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine. It's a cozy venue in the heart of Portland, a few yards from Longfellow's statue. OLS brings a fabulous assortment of singer/songwriters and groups to our lovely town. Check out their schedule at

Laney Jones and the Spirits – Sunshiny Exuberance!
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ April 23, 2015 ~
Laney Jones has an innocent persona brimming over with love for music and song, and so does her band. They opened Wednesday evening for the formidable Spuyten Duyvil, who was just as charmed by her as we were in the audience. more
Spuyten Duyvil Give Earthy and Inspired Performance
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ April 23, 2015 ~
Spuyten Duyvil played their hearts out on Wednesday evening. If you’ve heard their new CD, The Social Music Hour Volume I, then you know the gritty sound and feeling of their music.
[Editor's note: We are featuring both a live performance and CD review of Spuyten Duyvil.] more
Hanneke Cassel - Live at One Longfellow Square
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ April 8, 2015 ~
with Mike Block and Christopher Lewis
Special appearances by Lauren Rioux and her students
Joe Walsh, Ed Pearlman, and Lily Pearlman
A big crowd showed up Wednesday evening to hear Hanneke Cassel. Hanneke, who looks like a Nordic goddess, took the stage flanked by the hardy-looking Christopher Lewis on guitar, and the extraordinary Mike Block on cello, who is by the way, Hanneke’s husband. more
inanna sisters in rhythm under the sun Inanna Sisters In Rhythm "One Love, One Heart" Winter Solstice Concert
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland ME ~ December 21, 2014 ~
On December 21st, Peter and I went to see Inanna Sisters in Rhythm’s “One Love, One Heart” Winter Solstice Celebration - our third time seeing them at One Longfellow Square. My, my, my they get better with age. What a group of gorgeous, talented women! more
Mary Fahl Mary Fahl is a Diamond in the Sky of Song
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland Maine ~ April 18, 2014 ~
... She has a voice for the ages. She’s not a placid, sing-songy, half-way kind of person. She engages her whole being with her voice, and pours the passion into it. She throws her head back and becomes a column of light. ... more
Jason Anick Jason Anick and Friends Conjure Musical Alchemy
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland ME ~ February 6, 2014 ~
They started out with a Django Reinhardt tune. I closed my eyes and I felt the stresses of the day fall away. These guys were so good, I relaxed into their excellence. more
Dar Williams Dar Williams and Kat Goldman - Musical Women of Depth
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ February 1, 2014 ~
I find myself frequently saying, “That was the best concert I’ve ever been to” – and I mean it every time I say it. So I say it again! Why was it the best concert, you might wonder? more
Powerful Collaboration by Sorcha and the Clearing
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ December 19, 2013 ~
Sorcha and the Clearing took the stage after a fine performance by opening act, Rusty Belle. Sorcha is well-known in Portland for her diverse musical ability and great voice. Although she has played a lot of roots music, this five member band expressed more of her hard driving sound. more
Rusty Belle Rusty Belle Takes Us By Surprise
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland ME ~ December 19, 2013 ~
The sidewalks were frozen and everything had the pallor of a winter night as I arrived for this event. There was a nice crowd gathering, carrying their pints of Funky Bow Oatmeal Stout to their seats. Rusty Belle arrived just before 8 o’clock. more
Yulegrass 2013 Thumbnail 2013 Yulegrass is a Musical Christmas Present
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ December 14, 2013 ~
The beautiful and talented Portland fiddle player and vocalist, Lauren Rioux, gathered a marvelous cadre of musicians for this year’s Yulegrass lineup. Included were world-famous banjo master, Tony Trischka, award winning, flatpicking guitarist and singer, Scott Law, the bouncy and joyous Amanda Kowalski on stand-up bass, and the incomparable Mike Block on cello and vocals. more