Thursday, December 29, 2011

january is starting out spacy and folky with some of the areas greatest under the radar outsider folk music

the farthest forests are awesome and will be here  as our first show of the new year on JAN 6th with BA Canning and Yellow Roman Candles. DO Not Miss!

BR Garm will be here celebrating his new release on Dont Trust the Ruin(big blood's label) on Jan 7th with one of our all time favs Asa Irons and the oud slinging maestro Tom K.   here's a video for Garm, singing about the devil:

Monday, October 10, 2011

october 19th

whitehaus family will be here on OCT 19th bringing together performances from 
Hurricanes of Love
Invisible Circle
Peace,Loving (BLAW, Pancho the Kid, Arkm Foam, Kate Lee, Morgan Shaker)
Welcome Home
Many Mansions
Needy Visions
Turtle Ambulance
Chris North
The Debate
Fey Rey
Con Tex
Guerilla Toss
as well as Patter Cubs and Billy Carr from Portland.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Barn Owl // Herbcraft // Drab Pony

September 15th!
This Thursday!
Drab Pony // Herbcraft // Barn Owl

We couldn't be more excited to be having Barn Owl play our space! Coming from San Francisco, here are a few words describing their sound..

"Between rhythmic, turning strums that recall Saharan twilight, radiant synth swells and choral clusters that echo the desolation of deep space, the duo's sound has no doubt ascended from it's desert-rock roots into a new, beaming realm. Evocative as they are, the sounds here aren't easy to tie down to particular imagery. A myriad of influences from blues and raga to the guitar style most often associated with the Tuareg people meld into a new universal sound that can only be described as cosmic and sublime."
Take a listen here..


Follow the link from their label site L'animaux Tryst, to listen to Herbcraft here...


Drab Pony has some music over
But each live performance I have seen has been a new experience.

This is sure to be a night of beautifully crafted music not to be missed!

$7 // 8pm


Saturday, August 27, 2011


A great night of music awaits! We're really excited about tonight, and to welcome back Zach Zaitlin, a once local who now hails from the other Portland.  

Zach Zaitlin

Clara Berry


More stuff here...

Friday, August 26, 2011


From Portland, ME comes This Way, an Americana band who recently won The Portland Phoenix award for Best Roots Band. Rusty Belle is from Western Mass. and this will be their second time performing here. This is their first show here since opening for David Wax Museum back in February.

**This Way will be away 10 Free CD's to the first 10 people that ask one of the members for one**


Tuesday, August 16, 2011


We're really excited to be hosting Wesley Hartley's new band Splendora Colt for their debut performance!!!

Billy Libby..
...Adam Faucett

See You Tonight!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

we've got a busy week at the oak and the ax! tuesday/tonight we have Old Abram Brown, Old Soul and We are Trees:

then tomorrow wednesday, we have Ed Askew Black Swans and Greg Jamie

then on thursday theres: 

and finally Saturday this amazing show: 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Country/Folk/Punk infused Friday!

Thanks Jesse for making this beautiful show poster!

We're really excited to welcome each of these artists to our venue.
Jesse Pilgrim's album, "Trial and Error" was largely written over one winter in Portland, ME and fully inspired by it. They really are campfire songs, unifying over a hard long winter and maybe getting through, maybe not, but at least we can all sing along.   
OK The Goddamn Rattlesnake. I've been seeing this band grow and change for the last 7 or so years in NY where o'death has been playing with them for just as long.  Our first gig with them was in '05 at the Apocalypse Lounge where we built a small community of like-minded folk-punks and our most recent gig with them was this past year at the Bell House, playing for over 400 people.  These guys are the real deal.  GraveRobbers I don't know personally but they play with the Rattlesnake often and are from North Carolina, so that could only mean good things.  This is a really special night, not to miss.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Vermont Joy Parade

"The Vermont Joy Parade is a six piece ensemble featuring banjo, trumpet, accordion, guitar, upright bass, drums/percussion, and vocals, playing a fervent and eclectic blend of old-time, blues, dixieland, cajun, jug, and klezmer."
And back when they played our room in October, felt like the ideal band to bring it to life. That is in fact the feeling their music gives. When everyone including myself left that night we certainly felt uplifted and somehow connected. What a night! You really won't want to miss them..gorgeous musicianship and beautiful, rambunctious voices culminate to such great heights!

Cinder Conk
"Cinder Conk plays music drawn from the Black Sea - the wellspring of Europe’s deepest and most diverse musical traditions. It is the sound of celebration and lament of those who have lived on its coast over thousands of years - Roma, Jews, peasants, and nationalists. Cinder Conk mixes frenzied accordion riffs and thundering double bass counterpoint with a classic bardic lyricism that invites and transcends."

 Oh wow...If you've been in a rut, Friday night might be just the ticket.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Tonight! Ticket sales have ended on (and sold out on there regardless!). If you'd like to make it out for this arrive at 8pm. We can only sell about 10-15 more tickets at the door. Doors will not open except for the bands before 8pm, so please be patient. So extremely excited to have these great musicians here! Looking forward to a magical night!

one of my favs....

*kinda can't believe they'll be playing here....

Sunday, May 15, 2011

"Arrington de Dionyso makes trans-utopian world music for a world that exists in fever dreams and hallucinations. Using performance and visual art, he traverses the nameless territories held between surrealist automatism, shamanic seance, and the folk imagery of rock and roll. Ecstasy vs. Madness.
OLD TIME RELIJUN being presently on hiatus, De Dionyso’s most recent project, MALAIKAT DAN SINGA, is a trance-punk outfit featuring bass clarinet, guitars and his trademark wild vocals (multi-spectral harmonic throatsinging combined with grunts, yelps, and barks) – this time, all sung in Indonesian." (

We've seen Arrington live before and it's been totally mind blowing. You can't not move. His music brings about a visceral reaction in the nervous system, so that you can feel how real his music is. Best way to understand it is to watch it performed. So excited to experience his new project in our very own space, what an honor!

Is there a better grouping than this guy with Hyena and id m theft able??!!! 
There is just not!

A night of the senses will be had ladies a gentlemen.

Arrington de Dionyso- Malaikat dan Singa

id m theft able


Brought to us and you by Bryan Bruchman over at!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

So excited to be hosting this. There's a lot of young talent around here! We saw that at the 18 and under open mic and were stunned. So we're really looking forward to being the ones to host this. And unlike a lot of live music out there, all these songs are homegrown!