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Music, Marketing, and Bicycling in Maine

It’s been a while, but that’s what you can expect when things get busy. Besides offering my services in the musical realm, I’ve been writing scripts and producing TV commercials, doing SEO and SEM, and even writing for a marketing blog. It’s a great thing when you can really get behind the work you’re doing, and know that the businesses you’re working for deserve all the exposure that you can get them.

The other thing I’ve been doing is biking. I am completely hooked. The fine folks over at All Speed are somewhat responsible. First off, it’s the best bike shop in Portland, Maine, have made it easy for me to completely get the service and advice I need. Last year this time I wouldn’t have guessed that I would have ridden as much as I have. They sold me a great road bike which I use for my 11 mile commute. Not only did I get a great price, but they offered all kinds of free service and tune ups etc. I generally ask them an insane amount of questions, however I haven’t been kicked out yet, so that speaks to their patience. I went to every major shop in the Portland area, and All Speed was the best in terms of service. They also sell skis and shit. Anyway, I got an indoor trainer this year, and rode roughly 4 times a week. Kept me in great shape, and now that the commute season is officially on, it’s paying off.

I don’t think there’s much I could write about that could be more unrelated, and now I forget what I was doing…

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Rangeley, Maine Vacation Houses

Check out our latest video for Rangeley Lakehouse Rentals in Rangeley, Maine!

Rangeley Lakehouse Vacation Rentals

This was one of the videos we made for Lake House Rentals in Rangeley, Maine. They offer affordable rentals, and a down to earth approach to vacation home rentals.

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Best Live Music Venues in Portland, Maine



One of the best things about Portland, Maine, is the number of live music venues. It’s not hard to come up with dozens, if not hundreds of places to see live shows in the area. Many of them offer unique experiences to see some great live music. Some are great, some need work, but the fact that there are so many options that exist make Portland, Maine one of the best places to be fan of live music. Here are some of the best live music venues.

Port City Music Hall

This new venue has changed the way that Mainers see live music. Holding approximately 700 people, shows here have an intimate feel that makes the experience one of a kind. They offer a VIP section for a price, and it’s usually well worth it. In the VIP area you are raised a couple feet higher than the rest of the crowd, you have your own bar, as well as your own seats and tables. The Port City Music Hall offers hundreds of shows a year, and they try to fill each day with either a local or national act. They have no problem bringing back major acts like OK GO, Ween, Soulive, Mike Gordon, Jazz Mandolin Project, Mofro, Derek Trucks, MMW, Coheed and Cambria, and the Rustic Overtones just to name a few. Drinks are reasonably priced, they do not offer food, but as they are located right on Congress Street, there are restaurants all over the place. You won’t be dissapointed with the sound either. Despite the rather booming sound when the place is empty, as soon as it fills up, the sound is amazing. Well balanced speakers and good mixers make sure that you experience the full dynamic range of whatever is coming off the stage. If you have a chance to see a show at the Port City Music Hall, do it, you won’t be sorry.

Mike Gordon at the Port City Music Hall

Mike Gordon at the Port City Music Hall

The State Theatre

The State Theatre has gone through some real hard times in it’s lifetime. Most recently, it was closed for about 5 years due to the fire code violations. After 5 years if rumors, it was finally bought, renovated, and is now open again for business. The State Theatre is a Portland institution, and it’s large size attracts big name acts in all styles of music and comedy. It’s good to see it open again after so long of being closed, and everyone hopes they can continue to be one of the great places to see a show in Maine. They don’t have a fancy website, but they really don’t need it. The venue will draw people on it’s own without excessive advertising.

One Longfellow Square

While the small size and capacity (roughly 200 people) give each show an intimate feel, the staff at One Longfellow Square still manage to bring some of the biggest names in the acoustic/folk genre. Acts like Greg Brown and Bill Morrisey sell out fast, and seeing a show there is truly a pleasure if you want some good sounding singer/songwriter acoustic music. It draws a very “NPR” kind of crowd, and for the kind of music it has, it’s not a bad thing at all.

The Merrill Auditorium

Not much bad can be said about this beautiful place. It sounds amazing, hosts lots of classical music, folk, and light rock shows and is simply ear candy. By far one of the best sounding rooms in Maine, the Merrill Auditorium is located in the same sturdy building as the Portland Town Hall, so if you’ve ever paid a parking ticket, you were right there. You must experience it for yourself.

These are just a few of some of the best live music venues in Portland, what are your favorites?

Here’s some more from Mike Gordon’s last performance at the PCMH:

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That Time of Year

The pumpkins are getting carved, leaves are changing color and turkeys look extremely paranoid: It must be fall.

Photo by Erich Pobatschnig

Photo by Erich Pobatschnig

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The fall is a great time of year to make a push for all kinds of businesses. The holiday season is just around the corner, and an effective commercial for your business can be just what you need to drive year end sales. If you’re interested in business jingles, contact us today!

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Fall Jingle Giveaway Contest

Does your business need a jingle? Have you always wanted some kind of music to put to your website or radio advertisement? Are you fed up with industry pricing? If you answered yes to any of these questions, have we got the contest for you! Simply fill out our contest form to sign up to win a free jingle for your local business from Old Port Jingles! There’s no purchase necessary, and the winner will be chosen at random.

Now’s the time, if you’ve been thinking about a jingle for your local business, now’s the time!

Enter the contest today!

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4th of July in Portland, Maine

Wow! What a 4th! Portland, Maine really put on quite an amazing show this year. It was announced last year that there was no money in the budget for fireworks this year, so several businesses stepped it up and donated the money needed to make the “last” fireworks in Portland memorable. The Portland Symphony Orchestra set up a stage and played to the crowd that had to be at least 20,000 strong in the East End. The fireworks were awesome and impressive. Take a look at the photos recently posted on our facebook page! We would be shocked if these were the actual last fireworks ever in Portland.

Click for larger view Photo By Erich Pobatschnig

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Does Your Business Need A Jingle?

Wouldn’t it be excellent to have a custom song commemorating your business? Even if you’re not advertising on the radio, a jingle or custom business song can be a great way to brand your product. It also can help people remember and relate to your business, especially when the song you have is catchy and interesting!

Now is the time to get your own custom business music from Old Port Jingles. We are able to work within most budgets to bring you the music your business deserves. Right now, you can get a 30 second jingle in the style of your choice starting as low as $999, which is about half of what you would pay with a corporate jingle house. Give us a try, and if you don’t like your final result, you won’t pay a dime!

Old Port Jingles – Music for all your marketing needs.

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Maine Small Businesses

One of the things that we are excited about here at Old Port Jingles is the opportunity to help other small businesses in Maine succeed. Starting a company is an extremely difficult thing to do, as we have all learned. Because of this, Erich Pobatschnig, the man behind Old Port Jingles has decided to offer 10% off all Maine start up businesses (less than 9 months old, give or take). We know what it’s like, and know that every little bit you can save goes a long way in the early stages.

No matter what, we are on the path to be officially open in around a month. It’s an exciting time for us, and we hope you will come back to see how we are doing. We look forward to providing your business the jingles and music it needs to succeed.

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Need music for your business? Check out our customizable business jingles. Radio advertising is a great way to sell your products and reach a large audience with one of our custom music productions.

Custom songs can be a great way to celebrate any occasion! From birthdays to family reunions to roasts, music just makes everything better.

Viral marketing can be a great way to get your name out into the public eye.

Do you own a vacation home or rental property? A video is a great way to help fill up all your empty dates! Take a look at our property rental videos.

Let us make the hold music that will keep your clients calm and relaxed while waiting on the phone to speak with you.

Are you a business owner without a jingle? Let us make the song that's just what your company needs. Radio advertising with a business jingle from Old Port Jingles may be just what your next marketing campaign needs.

When you are ready to take your business to the next level, a viral video production can be just what you need. Let Old Port Jingles produce the song that will spread on the internet like wildfire! Start your next viral marketing campagin today.

Have you ever wanted a special song for a birthday, retirement, or graduation? Now you can have a song for any occasion with Old Port Jingles. From serious to comedy to educational let us make your custom song just right for you!