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Great, albeit short trip to Portland. Drove the steadily more scenic I95 up from Boston.
Portland is a very picturesque town. Cold!
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Thanks a ton to Nat for having us at his great ‘Space’ in downtown – and for kindly spreading the word locally. Space is a great destination for music, art and other cultural events (including a Michael McDonald concert coming soon !).
A little over a hundred folks showed up. Really felt like a true town hall. Combination of wood beams, cold weather and wonderfully friendly people…


Special thanks to Aimsel P., Christopher G. for the great press support leading up to the event. Was very excited to pick up the local paper and see a front page story on pandora. Awesome.
Had a nice conversation as people were arriving with a biology professor right before we started about parallels to the human genome. Some very interesting simliarities.
There we many questions about how artists get paid and a lot of interest in how music is acquired for the music genome.
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One very interesting idea was allowing people to record short audio segments into their stations, sort of like DJ’ing. Nice way to add the personal touch.
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Nat kept people happy with herbal teas, wine and beer.
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There was also some discussion about the licensing issues with some local DJs in attendance. It’s a rather complicated landscape, between broadcast, webcast and on-demand services. This was definitely a knowledgeable crowd. Spent quite a while chatting afterwards with the some diehard music fans. Debating he poweruser vs. simplicity tradeoffs.
Wrapped up the night with a late night video interview with 3 hardy souls who had driven down from Bangor. Hope everything turns out great with the project Danielle…
Had to catch a deathly early flight in the morning to New York. What a line at security – went all the way down the hall and wrapped back up along the wall…
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Would like to come back in the Summer and do some hiking…
Cheers. Tim (Founder)

Comments

  1. Charles Stepp
    February 15, 2007 at 8:29am
    Not appropriate for a response to this blog, but where else? It would be very nice if the thumbs up/down was better than binary.
    Reply
  2. Tikuko
    February 15, 2007 at 11:46am
    Aww...you guys went to Portland and didn't tell me? How rude :( I live in Bangor. I can't beleive it wasn't snowing while you were here.
    Reply
  3. Rupert
    February 15, 2007 at 5:07pm
    Michael McDonald is the best singer in the world! I'ld loved to see him live!
    Reply
  4. Tim
    February 17, 2007 at 10:04am
    Tim - you should reverse your itinerary. Try Florida in the winter and Maine in the summer. But I guess you avoid those pesky tourists doing it this way.
    Reply
  5. Charles Stepp
    February 17, 2007 at 7:00pm
    Can we get some Nicola Kramer on Pandora? Sweet stuff. Found it on Beyondjazz.
    Reply
  6. Matt Rock
    April 26, 2007 at 8:16am
    That night in at Space has spawned more great music conversations with friends than any other I have attended. I still mulling over it, and the snow has finally gone.
    Reply
  7. Jill
    June 20, 2007 at 3:16pm
    Wish I would have know that you were in Phoenix ..would have shown you a good time! I am loving Pandora ..thanks for rocking tunes!
    Reply
  8. Mish Morgenstern
    May 17, 2008 at 11:40am
    I agree with Tim that you should come up in the summer - blues festival in the midcoast area, rockin' free concerts in portland & freeport, loads of small festivals. You will just have to do this trip all over again. Wish I could feel what matt Rock is feeling. Let us all know when you head back up!
    Reply
  9. Victoria
    September 02, 2010 at 7:20pm
    Here are some suggestions for local music - Darien Brahms, Vanessa Torres, Phantom Buffalo, Spencer and School Street Mafia
    Reply
  10. Cathie Stebbins
    November 30, 2010 at 9:33am
    Just want to say, what a brilliant idea. I've been a professional musician in New England for over twenty years and this opportunity to listen to a station where I don't have to keep flipping around to get what I want to hear. Congratulations! Check out my website at www.coastalfaeries.com Thanks, Cathie
    Reply

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