State Theatre Portland
Ron Pope

Ron Pope

Ages and Ages, The Heart Of

Wed, October 4, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall

Portland, ME

$18 Advance / $20 Day of Show / $35 Preferred Seating

This event is all ages

Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. PCMH box office will open one hour before doors night of show.

Ron Pope
Ron Pope
Nashville-based, independent artist, Ron Pope, has stood at a crossroads where so many musicians find themselves — at the intersection of record label and independence. In an ever- evolving industry filled with rejection and compromise, he has plotted a new course for his music to reach loyal listeners, taking the industry-road-less-traveled in exchange for the ultimate payback, a league of devoted fans the world over.

Pope has made a name for himself in the music industry over the years as one of the top grossing independent acts on the scene today. On the sales front, he has sold over 2 million singles to date, averages 15 million spins a month on Pandora, and his songs have been streamed over 120 million times. His songs have been featured on NBC's "The Voice," CW's "Vampire Diaries" and "90210" and multiple seasons of FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance," which sent two of his albums into the top 100 on iTunes simultaneously. He was recently honored by premier digital music distributor TuneCore for being one of the top-selling independent artists using their service.

Pope's fifth studio album, Calling Off the Dogs, found the passionate songwriter expanding upon his rootsy sound with a set of atmospheric, moody songs. The album follows up Pope's last two albums, 2012's Atlanta and Monster. Ostensibly a concept album, Calling Off the Dogs found Pope investigating the twists and turns of one couple's relationship, from when they first meet and fall in love to when they finally say goodbye. He spent the better part of 2014 touring the album across the US, UK, & Australia.

Not one for taking a break, Pope found himself writing and recording his upcoming album, Ron Pope & The Nighthawks (release date January 8, 2016) while still on tour in 2014. Pope gathered his favorite Brooklyn-based musicians (Paul Hammer, Alex Foote, Andrew Pertes, Alex Brumel, Alan Markley, & Michael Riddleberger) and they were all instrumental in the creation of each song. Pope and his new band started their journey at a lake house in Blue Ridge, GA where they took songs from concept to completion. They then took the tunes directly out onto the road and played most of them in front of a live audience - all while recording the process. "This is me going back to the roots of what made me a songwriter...I was trying to blow my own mind with the last album (Calling Off The Dogs); this time I'm trying to soothe it. I want to take those songs out on the road and get them dirty, sharing them with the fans while they are still fresh and brand new rather than incubating them in a sterile environment for a long time"
Ages and Ages
Ages and Ages
Ages and Ages began in the winter of 2009, when singer/guitarist Tim Perry set out to assemble a band large enough to pull off every intricate detail of even the most heavily layered arrangements in a live setting. Starting with Daniel Hunt on Drums, Kate O’Brien-Clarke on keys/strings, and Rob Oberdorfer on bass, AaA grew fast until it peaked at seven members strong. Perry even enlisted the talents of childhood friend, Graham Mackenzie, who uprooted from his home in NYC to join the band in its rainy Portland town. There, the rest of the band shared in their affinity for complex vocal harmonies, rounds, call and response, and a whole lot of percussion, which became apparent as the band continued to amass a catalogue of songs in which everybody played multiple roles.

In early 2010, Ages and Ages enlisted the help of Kevin Robinson (Viva Voce, Blue Giant) to record/produce a six song EP in exchange for a case of beer. Robinson held true to their live aesthetic (though he eventually raised the price for his services) utilizing minimal tracks and even less takes to capture their sound. Soon after, Knitting Factory Records got a hold of their recordings and expressed an interest in signing the band but suggested that they turn their EP into a full length. AaA obliged and by that summer had completed their first album. “Alright, You Restless” is set for release on KFR in early 2011.
Venue Information:
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101