I recently had the chance to chat with Allison Stevens who co-owns The Thirsty Pig, a sausage joint & music venue in Portland’s Old Port. After closing for the month of January, the Pig reopened February 1st sporting some impressive renovations. The focus of the layout changes centers around shining a brighter spotlight — literally — on the local and touring original musicians who play there. Says Stevens, “We’re hoping to grow into a real venue.” Additions include new lighting, new sound equipment, and a stage in the front window that faces the bustling Exchange Street. Replacing the old booths are smaller, sleeker tables that provide an unobstructed view of the stage.
The Thirsty Pig currently hosts music on Friday and Saturday evenings, with plans in the works to hold more events in the future. However, they are keeping shows cozy, intimate, and free to attend. Portland’s downtown Old Port neighborhood has always been an important stepping-stone for newer acts whose ambition is to play larger rooms but are lacking the experience. Stevens’ top priority is carrying the district’s legacy with an added focus on prioritizing original music and celebrating all the creativity songwriters have to offer.
“It’s in my heart to share that space… There are opportunities out there and I want to make them available to everybody.”
Keep tabs on The Thirsty Pig’s show calendar, and go check out their new setup!