Live music programming: singer-songwriters, jazz tunes and solo mandolin

Abbie Gardner. Photo by Neale Eckstein

Abbie Gardner and Marc Douglas Berardo
8 p.m. Friday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $15 in advance, $20 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com
Here’s a chance to see two amazing singer-songwriters in one night. Abbie Gardner of folk trio Red Molly plays a mean dobro, and her new album, “Dobrosinger,” has 11 dobro tracks and vocals exclusively. Marc Douglas Berardo’s latest single is called “The Hard Part,” and it’s easy to hear, brimming with hopeful lyrics as a piano dances to guitar and percussion.

Novel Jazz. Photo by Michael Mitchell

Novel Jazz
7 p.m. Friday. Skidompha Public Library, 184 Main Street, Damariscotta, free. skidompha.org
Jazz fans should head to the Midcoast for a performance by Novel Jazz, which will kick off hot jazz straight out of the Great American Songbook. Relax and listen to tunes expertly played by Barney Balch on trombone, David Harris on alto sax, Michael Mitchell on trumpet, Herb Maine on acoustic bass, Mickey Felder on piano and Bill Manning on drums. The show is the band’s first at Skidompha Library since November 2019, and they can’t wait to hit the stage.

Ethan Setiawan. Photo by Louise Bichan

Ethan Setiawan
3 p.m. Sunday. Maine Craft Distilling, 123 Washington Ave., Portland, free. mainecraftdistilling.com
Ethan Setiawan is originally from Goshen, Indiana and currently lives in Cornwall. He tried several instruments before striking gold with the mandolin. With influences ranging from traditional bluegrass to jazz, Setiawan continues to expand his discography. “Flux” was released in 2018, and his next album is due out next year, featuring violinist Darol Anger and banjo player Tony Trischka.


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