A First Friday Performer Showcase

When: Friday, July 5th at 6pm
Where: Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St. Portland
Admission: Free or $10 suggested donation


Now announcing our July 5th performers!

Improvisation jazz trio Apricot Afterthoughts and Myles Bullen present a freestyle rap storytelling piece that utilizes saxophone, rhythm, poetry and crowd participation. Audience members will be invited to suggest topics the group will include in a one-of-a-kind musical performance.

Jackie Riefer presents Reifer Madness, a 7-minute monologue full of physical theater and comedy on childhood, aging, and other poignant observations on life.

Art Moves Dance Ensemble presents excerpts from Ancestors Dream which explores the ancient future connection in time, place and tendency.

The Mysteria presents classical and composition improvisations driven by a desire to create spontaneous music that is new, yet accessible. It is a project by Gregory Hall.

Ballet Africa Mbonda Congo is a dance and theater piece about the history of Congo.

*Note: This is not the performance order. We will announce that soon.


Mechanics’ Hall is pleased to announce a Spring & Summer First Friday variety show. May thru July, 2019 will showcase five acts and be formatted in the spirit of the art walk such that guests can come and go or stay for the entire hour. Set in the Grand Ballroom, Various! will increase exposure for Maine’s many talented performing artists while providing members of the public with a new art walk destination. This program is generously supported by the Warren Memorial Foundation.

“We are overjoyed to begin this series which highlights our mission to support creativity in our spaces,” says Hall Superintendent Tom Blackburn, “Performing artists support our economy immensely and this is the beginning of a new creative programming initiative at Mechanics’ Hall.”

In 1815, the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association was the fellowship for Portland’s creative community: the blacksmiths, coopers, carpenters, and more. Today, the Hall is working to connect that history to the modern makers movement with its mission to inspire and enrich the community by promoting ingenuity, creativity, innovation and the diffusion of useful knowledge. Press Inquiries: Karolyn