Hear Here 2020

Portland Press Herald Write Up on Hear Here 2020


Hear, Here! There is so much momentum in Portland for public participation in the arts!


Flamenco Dancer Lindsey Bourassa

Bri Lane
Co-produced by DJ Matt Perry

(United Nations Refugee Day Video)
Written by Con Fullam
Performed by Shy

"Umutagara" + "Intore"
Rwandan Drummers and Dancers

"Head Back Home"
The Jason Spooner Band

USM Chamber Singers
Conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman
Written by Haitian-American Compers Sydney Guillame

"Lime Butterfly" + "Common Rose"
Dominic Lavoie

"Fallin'" + "Coffin"

"Be in Love"
Written by Dominic Lavoie
Performed by Ensemble

Drum Solo
Franchely Benazo

Drum Circle Finale
Annegret Baier, Jai SanGiovanni, Mike Moody et al


Christopher Akerlind, Lighting Designer

Michael Danahy, Localmotives/WMPG

Steve Drown, Maine College of Art

Charlie Gaylord, Greetings 207

Maurice Habimfura, Ikirenga cy'Intore

Sam Mateosian, Big Room Studios

Peter McLaughlin, SPACE

Russ Pooler, Headlight AV

Jai SanGiovanni, drum circle

Ian Smith, Sun Tiki Studios

Cindy Thompson, Transformit

Riley Watts, Portland Dance Month


The City of Portland • The Crewe Foundation • David E. Shaw


Headlight AV •  Transformit
University of Southern Maine • Coffee By Design • The Press Hotel

Justin + Rachel Alfond •  Sam Mateosian
Dorthea + Leo Rabkin Foundation • Betsy + Christopher Hunt
Mary Allen Lindemann • Karen McDonald

What an AMAZING event and an inspired idea to start. It gave me goose pimples to see and hear all these fabulous artists that are right here in Portland. The audience was electrified. Every performer was over the top, but when the Burundi drummers came on, I nearly fell out of my seat.The afternoon was a huge gift to the city, and you have taken Creative Portland to a level somewhere up in the ether with (Governor) Janet and (Congresswoman) Chellie cheering it all on. 

-Alison Hildreth, artist & lifelong Portland community activist

Highlights from the '19 inaugural show

Merrill Auditorium

Creative Portland and co-promoters The City of Portland, The Crewe Foundation & David E. Shaw in association with concert sponsors Knack Factory, Coffee by Design, The Press Hotel, Bayside Bowl, State Theatre & Infinity Federal Credit Union and media sponsor News Center Maine

p r e s e n t


An inaugural concert celebrating and showcasing Portland's performing arts gems on the big stage

February 17, 2019 4pm at Merrill Auditorium Portland, Maine


Just Plain Jones


Dancer Riley Watts

Rapper Sarah Violette w/ Renée Coolbrith

Batimbo United Burundi Drummers

Palaver Strings

James Kennerley & The Kotzschmar Organ

Weakened Friends

PSO Trumpeter Betty Rines

Curatorial Team

Chris Akerlind - Lighting Designer

Spencer Albee

Jeff Beam - One Longfellow Square

Raffi Der Simonian

Steve Drown - Bob Crewe Program at MECA

Brian Dunn - Transformit

Julia Durgee

Darren Elder - The Halo Studio

John Elliott - Portland Symphony Orchestra

Kurt Graser - Knack Factory

Dave Gutter

Nick Hall - Big Room Studios

Sara Juli, Portland Dance Month

Alan Kaschub - USM School of Music

Nate Katsiaficas - photographer

Sam Mateosian - Big Room Studios

Peter McLaughlin

Kevin Oates - MYRO

Aimée Petrin - Portland Ovations

Russ Pooler - Headlight AV

Ian Smith - Sun Tiki Studios

Jason Spooner

Alex Steed - Knack Factory

Cindy Thompson - Transformit

Lauren Wayne - State Theatre

Nick Whiston - The Telling Room

Tickets: $25 adults, $12 kids/students

Buy tickets in person at the Merrill Auditorium Box Office (20 Myrtle Street), charge by phone at 207-842-0800, or purchase online at www.porttix.com




Big Room Studios

Black Artists Forum

Black Cow

Curry Printing


Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ

Ghost of Paul Revere

Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center

The Halo Studio

Headlight AV

Infinity Federal Credit Union

Live + Work in Maine

Maine Academy of Modern Music

Maine College of Art (MECA)

Maine Craft Portland

Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition

Mayo Street Arts

Mechanics’ Hall

One Longfellow Square

Portland Ballet

Portland Buy Local

Portland Dance Month

Portland Downtown

Portland Media Center

Portland Museum of Art

Portland Ovations

Portland Pie Co.

Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce

Portland Sea Dogs

Portland Stage

Portland Symphony Orchestra

Running With Scissors Art Studios


SPEEDWELL projects

St. Lawrence Arts

State Theatre

Sun Tiki Studios

The Telling Room

Think Tank Coworking

Top of the Old Port Parking


University of Southern Maine (USM)

Visit Portland


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