Events downtown

Dec 18

Rock My Soul Holiday Concert
Location: 181 State St., Portland, Maine 04101, US
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event website

“Unless you’re from the South or attend a church with a bangin’ choir, you’re not likely to hear bona fide gospel tunes sung the way Rock My Soul performs them.” Jon Nolan, The Wire

Formed in April 2004, Rock My Soul has established itself as a burgeoning musical force in northern New England. With its unique brand of rousing, raise-the-rafters gospel music, the group has garnered an ever-growing following, and has performed to packed houses throughout New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. Rock My Soul’s concerts attract hundreds of paying fans, who often dance in the aisles to a sound that is at once traditional and contemporary. In October 2005, Rock My Soul shared the stage with Boston’s legendary Silver Leaf Gospel Singers. As one member of the Boston group exclaimed, “You just don’t get to hear gospel done that way anymore. I’m so glad you all are doing it!”

Rock My Soul is as tight and polished as a fine choral group, yet has the immediacy and soulfulness of the old-time, “golden age” American gospel sound it seeks to revive. And while Rock My Soul’s performances have never failed to bring audiences to their feet, this secular group is not only about entertaining, but also about educating—they share bits of background on the stories behind the songs during shows and in concert programs, and some members present workshops on the history of the music and its tremendous, powerful and positive impact on our culture, especially during Slavery and the Civil Rights movement.