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In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week Lady Lamb The Beekeeper gives the scoop on Portland, ME.

There is something mysterious about the music scene in Portland, ME, a small city just two hours north of Boston. I think I speak for anyone who lives, writes or performs there in saying that it’s such a nurturing environment that it can be difficult to leave. (I know it was difficult for me!) The downside of the scene is that not too many national touring acts make it through unless they are on their way to or from Canada.

It might be enough to depress the community of Maine music lovers if it weren’t for the amount of local talent that keeps everyone’s musical appetites satiated. So much talent, in fact, that I didn’t have room to list them all (Sontiago, the Lucid, Samuel James, Oh My Goodness, Meghan Yates, Alias, Spose, Denise Dill, Wesley Hartley—the list goes on). What I love about the scene in Portland is not only how diverse and dedicated it is, but how supportive, collaborative and passionate. I have a massive amount of love and respect for the artists in Maine and feel so proud to have started my career there. I couldn’t imagine starting out in any other music community in the world. I suppose it’s good to feel that way about where you’re from. Here are a few of my favorites.

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