LET IT DRIPPETH | All damn day, the folks at the Oxbow facility in Portland host a tap intrusion by Jester King, a farmhouse brewery outta Austin, Texas, said to eff around with fermentation and weird cultures. The Jester King folks have brought five strains of their beer for us to sip on. If one of them is the Atrial Rubicite — which boasts a quite-high rating on Beer Advocate — then be grateful. all of it’s elaborate foreshadowing for this weekend.| FREE | noon to 11 pm | Oxbow Blending and Bottling, 49 Washington Ave., Portland | www.oxbowbeer.com
HONK IF YOU CAN READ THIS | With roots in Alabama and Georgia, the Drive-By Truckers have always had fun with southern stereotypes. and, as any listener will attest, they complicate those stereotypes with intention- ally erudite lyrics, a melodic knack, and a decidedly un- country three-guitar wall. Some 20 years in, their elev- enth and most recent album American Band takes on gun violence and racial disparity in america — and they mean it; a recent interview quoted bandleader Patterson Hood saying “get over the fucking [Confederate] flag. Fuck that flag.” — and is defiantly interested in raising notes of history his countrymen and women don’t want to address, singing songs condemning the injustices of Deep South culture while blurring indie-rock with boogie-woogie. They play with the Louisiana band Seratones tonight. | $30-35 | 8 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | www.statetheatreportland.com
BUTTON UP | The Seattle band Fleet Foxes have been playing their lush, quirky, British-folk inspired sounds for over a decade now. Of course, they splintered off drummer Josh Tillman awhile back — he's who became Father John Misty — but it doesn't seem to have slowed them too badly. Sure, it took them six years to release it, but the band's third album came out last month, titled Crack-Up, and received very high praise from a certain tastemaking website. In other words, they should be in fine spirits tonight. The Ivy League indie-rock band play with (Sandy) Alex G, a bedroom-pop artist from Philadelphia.
| $48-51 | 7:30 pm | Thompson's Point, 4 Thompson's Point Rd, Portland | www.statetheatreportland.com
THE PRICE OF AVOCADOS | As recent reports have testified, millennials are said to be ruining the beer industry, department stores, the cultural practice of the dinner date, the sport of golf, the 9-to-5 work week, the institution of marriage, the privilege of homeownership, and, naturally, sex. Of course, most of those reports fail to address that older generations of Americans have made it so that young people are slavishly indebted and systematically excluded from the resources Boomers have hoarded, but that's cool — we'll try harder. For many, trying to stay afloat in a precarious gig economy, where workers need to hustle constantly for new jobs on top of the billable hours they're able to secure (often without access to health insurance!) is an ever-pressing concern. Knowing this, the Global Shapers Hub, a Portland affiliate of the World Economic Forum, has recently taken to polling young folks about their work experiences for a well-intentioned talk about the current labor market in Maine, and have launched a new, liberal-minded, and reformist-based group called Our Generation. We imagine they'll keep tonight's program, titled "Making It in Maine" — chill and ideology-free (hence why I'm pouring it on here).
| Free | 6 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | www.space538.org
The Georgia duo Larkin-Poe close out the Ossipee Valley Music Festival this week.
DUST ME ON | The annual Hiram throwdown known as the Ossipee Valley Music Festival kicked off Thursday, but you'd be totally fine if you got there today, when twelve acts of fine string music take the stage. In this era, where computer keys mar the callouses on our fingers daily, most of us have forgotten most of the skills we knew in decades past. Ossipee's got a half dozen workshops to help remedy that, like fiddle playing, singing in harmony, and learning how to work a puppet or a crankie to help tell a story. If you end up camping at this weekend-long festival in the Hiram woods, you'll hopefully learn a lot more than that. Today's acts include the Georgia duo Larkin Poe, Grammy-nominated mandolin player Sierra Hull, Hot Club of Cowtown, and many more. | $45 for the day; $145 for the festival | all day | 291 South Hiram Rd., Hiram | www.ossipeevalley.com
SALT FUTURES | Those looking to get off the map a bit could see Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, a very funny and modernized spoof on classic Russian theater and its inescapably drab tenor by acclaimed playwright Christopher Durang, which gets a raw and spirited production on Peaks Island tonight. Running one-weekend only through Sunday, join the Peaks Island Players for a true romp.
| $15 | Fri-Sat 7:30 pm; Sun 4 pm | Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association, 10 Trefethen Ave., Peaks Island
BURN YR LIFE DOWN | True fans don't need me to tell them that the dream duo Tegan and Sara are coming to town. The Canadian twin sisters made a successful leap from heart wrenching acoustic-folk balladeers to club-ready popstars a few years back with the mighty album Heartthrob, and while last year's Love You to Death backed down away from the bright lights a bit, their music is still big and bold and beautiful. Touring on the strength of that album (before embarking on a 10-year anniversary tour of their incredible record, The Con, this fall), T&S play with Japanese Breakfast, the solo pop project of Michelle Zauner. | $30-35 | 7 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | www.statetheatreportland.com
SIPPED UP | As you well know, the hype around Maine beer is so tight it can suck the air out of most rooms. Thankfully, today's Maine Brewers Guild Summer Session, billed as Maine's Premier Craft Beer Festival, takes place outdoors! At Thompson's Point today, patrons can sample brews from over 80 different breweries in Maine and beyond — including, they're proud to say, Iceland! With plenty of lawn chairs, live music, and food trucks, we're imagining many of you imagining this as paradise. | $49 | noon-5 pm | Thompson's Point, 4 Thompson's Point Rd, Portland | www.mainebrewersguild.org
CITIZENS OF THE WORLD | If weather complies, today's other in-town draw is the 15th Annual Festival of Nations, a heartwarming gathering of multiculturalism in Deering Oaks Park. Children | FREE | 11 am-7 pm | Deering Oaks Park, Portland
BAKERS DELIGHT | Everyone's gotta have something to do with their hands, and we like the choices made by those attending today's 11th Annual Kneading Conference, a two-day program of workshops and lectures on the science of breadmaking. Ideal for bakers, brewers, chefs, millers, maltsters, and anyone else involved on the production end, see if you can squeeze any time out of Friday or Saturday to head to Skowhegan. | $325 | Fri-Sat | Skowhegan State Fairgrounds, 33 Constitution Ave, Skowhegan | www.kneadingconference.com
Tania Issac is set to perform at the Bates Dance Festival.
LYCRA PLUS | Creating a space for contemporary dance in the middle of Maine is no easy feat. Maintaining that space every summer for 35 years is astonishing. The month-long Bates Dance Festival has already served up performances by the choreographers David Dorfman and Zoe | Juniper in July. This weekend, they celebrate the big 35 with a web of performances, including a duet by Doug Varone and Angie Houser; a new piece by Tania Isaac; solos by Larry Keigwin, Riley Watts, Sara Pearson, and Patrik Widrig; and a group work from Bates Dance vet Michael Foley. If you spend the day doing something raw and lowbrow, like floating down the river on an inflatable swan, this pairs well. | $35 ($27 seniors/$20 students) | Fri-Sat 7:30 pm | Bates College, Schaeffer Theater, 305 College St., Lewiston | www.batesdancefestival.org
SPARKLE MAZE | In a better world, it'd be Mark McGuire who'd be meme-famous and soundtracking chill city bars throughout the country instead of the inexplicable Mac Demarco. Emerged nearly a decade ago as one of the eminent weird-folk musicians in the country, making lovely albums for stargazing and other private highs. His most recent set of albums — the languorous strummy meditations of Ideas of Beginnings and the more video game-y electronic batch released as Vision Upon Purpose — make fine pairings for a tour with Ancient Ocean, the contemplative post-folk/ambient moniker of New York's J.R. Bohannon. They play with Drab Pony, the experimental guise of South China's Jeremy Robinson, for a pretty blissed out evening in Bayside. | by donation | 8 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St., Portland
Summer calls for a Wilco concert. Photo by: Molly Drake
AGAIN WITH THE SUN | With My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, and Elvis Costello, you've had a lot of chances to watch music outdoors lately. Tonight's powerhouse show is the mighty Wilco, who so perfected the alt-country sound moons ago that they're now just having fun. The tumult that made up these dudes' lives long having subsided, critics found Wilco's latest album, Schmilco, to be a consciously schmaltzy affair. Still, the band is legendary, and the experience of seeing a formerly depressive band during the good times is lovely — particularly if you're a former depressive in the good times yourself. With Brooklyn's Big Thief; forecast calls for sunny and 75. | $45-50 | 7 pm | Thompson's Point, 4 Thompson's Point Rd, Portland | www.statetheatreportland.com
GATHER ROUND | Through this paper's coverage or elsewhere, odds are you've had some deep thoughts about gentrification lately. Great! But don't be seduced into a witch hunt for individual gentrifiers. The problem is systemic, and one of the ways to best show resilience to that system is to work alongside your neighbors. Tonight, join local environmental engineering team Woodard and Curran in a discussion called "Gateway to Opportunity" as they bring together Portland area high school students and the East Bayside Brownfields project team to reimagine possible uses, and the ecological work needed to secure them from potentially hazardous contaminants. | FREE | 5:30 pm | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland | www.mayostreetarts.org
FORMING, STORMING, NORMING... | Last week, the comedy troupe bid adieu to Aharon Willows-Hebert, one of the city's finer comedians and founder of the Worst Day of the Week, a recurring Monday night comedy show by members and affiliates of the Portland Comedy Co-Op. Tonight, they hand the program over to another of the city's finer comedians, Connor McGrath (who won our Best Comedian in this paper's Best of Portland Readers' Poll, a mighty distinction). McGrath holds court for Micaela Tepler, Mike Johnson, Colby Bradshaw, Ali Simpson, and Anders J. Nielsen. If you're wanna know how to build a comedy scene, take notes. | by donation | 8 pm | Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland | www.portcityblue.com
FOREST FOR TREES | Continuing last night's theme of community-building in Bayside, tonight's National Night Out campaign homes in on that neighborhood's broad and diverse spectrum of people. National Night Out attempts to build relationships between communities and police forces as a way of fostering safer neighborhoods (as opposed to more authoritarian, top-down measures). The East Bayside iteration includes a barbecue in Fox Field, with live music from the Port City Rockers (from the Boys & Girls Club), the Mayo Street-based Club Hip Hop, rapper African Dundada, kinetic and musical performance group Hi Tiger, and a dance performance by the dazzling Sudo Girls. | FREE | 6 pm | Fox Field, Fox & Anderson Streets, Portland | www.natw.org
DEEP TAKES | A little under the radar with all the big summer payoffs, but the Old Port body works center Arcana hosts a yoga session tonight specifically dealing with trauma-recovery, PTSD, and grief. If this seems like something you could use, poke around for tonight's program, titled "Radical Compassion: Healing Trauma in Ourselves and Our Culture," with instructor Katie.
| $30-50 sliding scale | 6:30-9 pm | Arcana, 81 Market St. Portland | www.arcanamaine.com
BUST ANOTHER MOVE | Among other joys, next week Portland celebrates the return of DJ Jon, who hosted the ridiculous '80s Night party at Bubba's for well over a decade (every Friday night). Except he's now manning the decks for the revamped Retro Night at Aura, which had a run for awhile as the best Thursday night party in town during the old Asylum years. Could this be the start of a new era? (Say yes.) | $5 | 9 pm | Aura, 121 Center St. Portland | www.auramaine.com