By Sam Perry, Staff Writer
Fans of the performing arts will appreciate the variety of on-stage performances throughout the city of Portland. As a hub of New England culture, Portland offers something for everyone. Several venues even offer budget-friendly pricing.
Theater enthusiasts rejoice in discounted tickets at One Longfellow Square. Located in the west end at the edge of the arts district, live music, dance, and film can be enjoyed here. Upcoming performances include The Maine Middle Eastern Orchestra on September 14th, WMPG’s Bluegrass Spectacular on October 22nd and many more.
Portland Stage on 25 Forest Avenue has been a New England staple since 1974. Since opening, this historic venue has hosted over 340 shows. Rush pricing is available and the theater welcomes historical-drama, Ben Butler, to stay from September 25th through October 21st.
Music aficionados may consider checking out Empire, a nightclub located above Empire Chinese Restaurant at 575 Congress Street. Stand-up comedy, open mic, live music and great food are offered by this creative venue in the heart of the city. All shows allow for either advanced purchase tickets or pay at the door.
Right down from Empire at street number 625 is adventurous Geno’s Rock Club. For 35 years, Geno’s has contributed to Portland’s rich arts culture proudly hosting original live music, wrestling and their annual Punk Rock Luau in August. Tickets average eight dollars a show and can be purchased at the door.
Last Church on the Left is a humble space located in the middle of the city at 58 Wilmot Street. The venue is exactly what it claims to be in the name and it boasts history claiming to have been built in 1914 during Scandinavian settlement. This underground music space asks only a 10 dollar donation at the door.
Those seeking an evening of music in larger venues may consider Aura. Formerly known as The Asylum, Aura is located right between the neighborhoods of West Bayside and Old Port. In addition to medium-sized shows, this venue also has their own restaurant for pre- or post-show convenience. Tickets can be purchased online for 10 dollars and up.