MAMM's The Kids Are Alright is a family friendly local music series aimed at encouraging children's involvement in the musical arts.  For the 20182019 season, MAMM is partnering with the Portland Public Library to present the FREE series in the beautiful Rines Auditorium at the main branch at Monument Square.

In addition to live performances by some of the area's top talent, each event featured a “Get-To-Know-Your-Local-Musician” component that allowed parents and children a chance to ask the performer(s) questions about what it is like to be a musician in Maine.  Likewise, MAMM hosted an “Instrument Petting Zoo” so that everyone had a chance to try out some of the instruments that they saw being used on stage during the performance that day.

“We’ve seen that The Kids Are Alright really serves a need for quality, diverse music programming for families and young children in the area by the response to these concerts” says Emilia Dahlin, host and coordinator of the series (and mother of a toddler).


All events begin at 10:30am and are held in the Rines Auditorium at the main branch of the Portland Public Library at Monument Square. Admission is FREE!

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FEBRUARY 2 - Palavar Strings Quartet

Palaver Strings is a musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization founded in 2014 by young musicians in the Boston area. Palaver has performed at the Kennedy Center, Bay Chamber Concerts, the Hammond Concert Series, a celebration of the Lullaby Project at Carnegie Hall, and has toured the East and West Coasts of the United States. This fall Palaver will begin its second season as Ensemble in Residence at the Boston Center for the Arts and continue its longstanding residency at Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, ME.

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MARCH 2 - Lisa Redfern

With 11 solo recordings to her credit, Lisa Redfern is an award-winningsinger-songwriter who has garnered positive critical reviewand extensive radio play. With her clear, bell-like voice she has mostoften been compared to Judy Collins and Joan Baez, she has openedfor Livingston Taylor, Dave Mallett, The Roches, Cindy Kallet, andPete Seeger. Her awards include Best Song at the West CoastSongwriters Contest, Finalist for both the Great American SongContest and the USA Songwriting Competition, as well as a NAPPAGold and a Parents’ Choice Silver for her lullaby CD, "Sing MeGoodnight.” Livingston Taylor said, “Wow, I haven’t heard a voice like yours in 30 years, you sound like one of the originalwomen of folk.”


MAY 4 - Mo Nichols

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Originally from Machiasport, Maine and currently a resident of South Portland, Mo Nichols is the principal harpist of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Mofirst performed with the BSO in 2005 and has served as principal harp since 2015. They studied harp with Jara Goodrich in Maine, the former principal harp of both the Portland and Bangor Symphony Orchestras. Nichols earned a BA from Carleton College in psychology and completed an MA at the University of Maine-Orono in speech-language pathology. In addition to performances with the BSO, Mo Nichols can be seen with ensembles such as the Portland Ballet, Opera Maine, the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, and various choral ensembles around the state. When not playing the harp, Mo can be found making the dough at The Holy Donut in Scarborough, performing onstage in musical theatre productions in the area, or singing in the choir at First Parish Portland.