1 The Lone Pine Mountaineers Betty Cody and Hal Lone Pine 1940_ Maine Historical Society

New Music in Maine Exhibit

Maine’s musical history will surprise you! Did you know industry insiders once called Bangor the Nashville of the North? Or that noted composer Aaron Copland based Appalachian Spring on a Maine Shaker spiritual? If you didn’t come check out our new Music in Maine exhibit! If you did know, stop by to learn more fun facts!

Events > New Music in Maine Exhibit
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101 United States
About the Event
Presented by
Maine Historical Society
(207) 774-1822
March 8, 2024 through December 31, 2024

Opening March 8, Music in Maine beats to the heart of Maine’s music stories. This major exhibition and program series with live and recorded music reflect diverse cultures, historical events, and landscapes that all contribute to the unique soundscape of Maine. Wabanaki songs reaching back 13,000 years are distinct from Franco chansons. Lumberjack work chants and sailor shanties differ from the operas sung by 19th century Maine divas. Yet they are all uniquely Maine sounds.

Visitors will see never-before displayed gems spanning hundreds of years up to the present. These include a rattle created by Pete Moore (Passamaquoddy), an upright grand piano made in Portland in 1860, Civil War era drums, bluesman Buddy Guy’s polka dot guitar, radio star Hal Lone Pine’s cowboy boots, instruments played by The Same Band, one of Maine’s first punk bands, and the handmade silk coat worn by Firefly (Penobscot) in his 2023 performance with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.

Members/kids under 5 FREE / General $10; kids 6-17, $5
Visit website for public programs & performances including Acadian folk ballads, Elvis Presley tribute, sea songs and more!