The Midcoast’s own Gabriel Zacchai Trio and Portland-based singer/songwriter Putnam Smith perform their original music Friday, June 18 at Roots & Tendrils, 2 Cross St. The show will start at 8 p.m.

Gabriel Zacchai is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist whose career has taken him through many diverse and uncharted waters. A Maine native, he began playing folk and blues in the clubs of Portland’s Old Port, then traveled to California, Colorado and eventually Arizona where he teamed up with other Mainers in the desert to spearhead the bluegrass outfit The Casco Bay Boys. After a West Coast tour with the funk power trio GPF, he returned to Maine and began writing and recording back in the folk/ blues genres of his youth, eventually completing five albums and settling in the Midcoast region to release his current CD, “Great Escape.” Now performing with his wife, Celena, on electric bass and percussionist Gabe Cyr, his live music ranges from catchy and ever-opinionated folk tunes to hard driving acoustic/electric blues with searing slide guitar.

Foot-stompin’ banjo, melancholy guitar, spicy mandolin and a sexy voice are tools of the trade for Portland-based singer/songwriter Smith. With the modern roots sound of Iron and Wine and the performance energy of a one-man Old Crow Medicine Show, Putnam puts on a show that makes people want to do a little knee-slappin’ one moment, then curl up all intimate-like with a glass of red wine the next. Steeped in Appalachian old-time and other Americana roots music, Putnam’s songs sound like they have come from a back porch in the Blue Ridge Mountains or some cabin on the coast of Maine. From whiskey-slinging good-time numbers on his grandfather’s banjo, to intimate heartbreakers on the guitar and wry and sardonic tunes on the mandolin, Putnam is able to connect personally with each member of his audience. He is a regular in New York City (Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End) and has toured from Boston to New Orleans and numerous places in between.

Cost is $5 at the door. Roots & Tendrils is a downtown arts venue on the corner of Cross and Main. In addition to showcasing works by up and coming artists, Roots & Tendrils also features a variety of modern handmade items from Maine crafters and designers as well as a year-round calendar of live music events. For more information, visit

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