PORTLAND – On Saturday, Jan. 17, the Port City Music Hall will open its doors at 504 Congress St., offering a schedule of nationally touring bands of all genres as well as local bands.

“The thriving music scene in Portland is a strong foundation for a mid-size venue like Port City Music Hall,” said owner Rob Evon.

The spacious three-story building, formerly a movie theater and then a sports bar, has been redesigned and rebuilt as a performance venue.

The central music hall can accommodate audiences of up to 660. Depending on the genre of music and the size of the expected crowd, flexible seating arrangements can offer cabaret seating at small tables, seats in rows, or standing room and a large dance floor.

The venue features a front lounge with groupings of couches and comfortable chairs. The lower level has a lounge with pool tables and the capability for live video and sound feeds from the stage. The third floor houses administrative and production offices and a green room for the artists.

A partial list of booked acts include Collie Buddz, reggae; Johnny Winter, blues; OK Go, indie-pop; guitarist Derek Trucks, crowned the “New Guitar God” by Rolling Stone Magazine; and a showcase of four up-and-coming New England bands.

Tickets are now on sale for the following shows: Fear Nuttin Band with Sidecar Radio, Jan. 17; SonicBids Showcase featuring Putnam Smith, the Firewater Band, Jordan Valentine & the Sunday Saints, and Lovewhip, Jan. 22; The Zen Tricksters with Sly-Chi, Jan. 22; The Derek Trucks Band, Feb. 6; Johnny Winter with Samuel James, Feb. 15; Jazz Mandolin Project, Feb. 19; Duncan Sheik, March 12; OK Go with Longwave and Oppenheimer, March 13; Assembly of Dust, March 20.

Tickets for all Port City Music Hall shows are available online at www.portcitymusichall.com and at Bull Moose locations. For more information, call 899-4990 or e-mail [email protected]

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