Check out Vapors of Morphine with Will Bradford & Pretty Sad tonight at Empire

It’s here! FRIDAY! We are heading into a looong holiday weekend and I am so very ready to do it to it, so hike up those Party Pants, shine up those dancing shoes, and get ready to break it on down this evening. LOTS to do including shows such as Viva & The Reinforcements at LAVA, Shanna Underwood & Wanderlost at Elements, The Blast Addicts at Ramona’s, Brooke Fogg & St. Pierre at Pedro O’Hara’s, Sassquatch at Blue, Seagrass at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Jesus Cactus & Qi Hammer at SPACE Gallery, Hello Newman at Bull Feeney’s, Captain Ray and The Castaways at Dirigo Brewing Company,  The Jameson Four at Moose Alley, Memphis Lightning at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and so much more! Here we go! 

AUBURN 

Local acoustic folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be at the Fire House Grill in Auburn this evening. Beginning at 8 the duo will be performing renditions of songs by such artists as Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Cat Stevens and many, many more. This event is free and all-ages so make some plans to check it out if you’re in the area this Friday.

Singer Viva will be bringing her vivacious vocals to LAVA in Auburn tonight alongside her talented band, The Reinforcements, as they present an evening of jazz standards, funk, soul, and Latin tunes. This free and fun show starts up at 8:30pm.

AUGUSTA

Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be playing a set at The Gin Mill in Augusta this evening. This talented duo will start making some savory sounds starting right around 7:30pm.

BANGOR

Groove into the freakin’ weekend with the Cliff Randall Band as they take to the stage of the Hollywood Casino tonight for a show chock full of some of the best rock and blues tunes around. This free shindig gets shaking at 8.

Central Maine rock cover band Dakota will be bringing the thunder to the stage of the Penobscot Pour House tonight as they play songs from such acts as Bon Jovi, Shinedown, Bush, Aerosmith, Journey, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, and more beginning at 9pm.

BIDDEFORD

Head out to Dirigo Brewing Company tonight as Captain Ray and the Castaways will keep you dancing all night long with some fun rock and roll cover tunes during a free party that’ll get started up at 7:30.

Shanna Underwood and Wanderlost will be bringing some Americana music to Elements this evening. Starting at 8, Underwood joins forces with Brian Durkin and Devon Colellafor some stellar musical sounds this finally Friday.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

Tonight Portland’s high-energy, hip-hop and dance band, Sugarbox brings the party up to Boothbay Harbor for a free show at Mine Oyster. Get ready to GET DOWN as this 21+ shindig gets shakin’ at 9:30pm.

BRUNSWICK

Local folk-rock musician Brian Patricks returns to The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro this evening. Patricks intertwines finger-style, rhythmic guitar with a hint of harmonica into his sets of originals and covers that span the folk, blues, roots and rock genres. Check out this free all ages show as things begin at 7 o’clock.

BUCKSPORT

The Blast Addicts will be helping you kick off the freakin’ weekend with a free show at Ramona’s in Bucksport tonight. Starting at 9:30 join these cool cats for a non-stop rock and roll dance party that’s guaranteed to get you moving out on the dance floor!

GRAY

Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at Cole Farms in Gray tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 7:30 with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

HALLOWELL

Analog Salad brings a mix of funk, rock, reggae, and various jams to the Kennebec Wharf tonight. This free show gets swinging at 9pm.

LEWISTON

Local musicians Tommy O’Connell and Eric Green join forces as The OG’s tonight as they bring some blues tunes to the stage of Guthries for a free and all ages show that’ll start up at 8 o’clock.

Brooke Lachance, Jason Fogg, and Joey St. Pierre will be bringing their trio set to Pedro O’Hara’s in Lewiston tonight. Join them for food and spirits while they perform original music as well as covers that range from Heart, Radiohead, Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen and more. This event will also double as fundraiser for Elijah True, a huge supporter of the local music scene and arts, who is currently battling cancer. This all-ages show will begin at 8:30.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Maybe you’re one of those lucky souls that gets to start this long weekend early, if that happens to be the case why not kick your Friday into high gear with some free music at The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach with the fellas of Kilcollins? These guys will be forming as trio this afternoon, right around 1 o’clock, to play some super fun pop-rock originals as well as some tried-and-true covers, so swing through this afternoon if you’re kicking it in OOB!

Dance it out down at The Brunswick later in the evening as dance/pop cover act Tickle gets ready to bring the house down with some of the best of today’s music mixed in with a little bit of retro funk. The party starts at 8:30 tonight.

Radio Revival returns to The OOB Pier tonight with tons of songs for you to groove to including covers of Queen, Billy Squier, Bowie, Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, The Strokes, Thin Lizzy, Weezer and more. This free show gets rockin’ and rollin’ at 9.

PORTLAND

Take in some roots rock tunes this finally Friday as local musician Travis James Humphrey plays a free Happy Hour set over at The Dogfish Bar & Grille. Let the good times roll as things get swinging right around 5 o’clock.

Party out on the Maine State Pier tonight with The Disco Biscuits. The jam band has distinguished themselves from their peers by incorporating jazz and electronica elements into techno and trance. Get weird and have fun this finally Friday as the music begins at 6pm.

Acoustic duo Stealing North, which features Neal Jandreau and Tom Doucette, will be playing all kinds of fun covers at The Thirsty Pig tonight. Join these fellas from some music as things get underway at 6.

Spice things up tonight with a free, outdoor performance from Primo Cubano at Congress Square Park this evening. From 6 to 8 dance the early evening away to some of the best classic Cuban music around.

Blue welcomes back local act, The Ghosts of Johnson City for an evening of tunes devoted to love and loss, old mountain music, Civil War songs, coal-mining melodies, and haunting murder ballads from the American South. This must-see music event will begin at 6 o’clock.

Over at Portland Lobster Company you can join Vinyl Tap out on the deck as they play all kinds of classic jams during a free and all ages show. Vinyl Tap is known for making people bust a move to their wide array of danceable cover tunes that span between everything from everything The Beatles to Huey Lewis, Cee Lo Green, Stevie Wonder, The Dead and many, many more. There’s never a cover charge so check it out starting at 6:30 tonight.

Soulful indie electronic outfit, The xx will kick off the summer concert series at Thompson’s Point tonight with a show that’ll get started up at 7 with opener, Kelela.

High-energy bluegrass band Seagrass returns to Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street for some good times and good tunes. Get your finally Friday started with this talented act as the music starts at 7 o’clock.

Check out some tunes by Portland’s Brazilian choro ensemble, Choro Louco, as they play a show at Mayo Street Arts this evebning. Choro Louco features local musicians Carl Dimow, Nicole Rabata, Joel Eckhaus, Eric LaPerna, and David Newsmam. This evening’s performance begins at 7:30pm.

Over at The Dogfish Bar & Grille local act The Waiters will be serving up some quality tunes for you to enjoy this finally Friday. The Waiters will be playing all of your favorite cover tunes from a variety of different genres and decades beginning at 8 o’clock.

Somerville-based singer-songwriter and guitarist, Antje Duvekot will be performing at One Longfellow Square tonight. Dukevot holds three top songwriting awards including the Kerrville New Folk Competition’s Best New Folk Award, Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act, and Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Rising, local singer-songwriter Lena Rich will get the night started with an opening set at 8pm.

Globe-trotting, Maine-bred drummer RJ Miller leads Jesus Cactus, an electronic, psych, and jazz-infused trio with Portland multi-instrumentalists Dave Noyes and Pat Corrigan, at SPACE Gallery tonight. They’ll be joined by the shapeshifting electro-acoustic collective Qi Hammer, which features members of Leaf Peeper, Mind Wheel, Big Blood, and Sore Eros, who’ll start the night at 8:30pm.

Salvage BBQ will be swinging tonight as The Juke Joint Devils kick out some old time, hard driving blues tunes. Tonight’s free, all-ages show gets jumping right around 8:30.

Indie pop duo, Forget, Forget, electro-rock act, Sea Level, and soul, funk, rock, Afrobeat, Latin, and hip-hop influenced band, Akela Moon will be joining forces for a fun Friday night at Bayside Bowl. Check out this free and all-ages show filled with some seriously great local songs starting at 8 o’clock.

Brooklyn-based jamtronica quartet, Space Bacon will be bringing some fun to the stage of Aura tonight. The act weaves composition and improvisation through an ever-changing landscape of segues, inversions, and palindromes to challenge conventions and pave the way in the modern era of improvisational music. Things get underway tonight at 9pm.

Tonight Empire presents Vapors Of Morphine, which features 2 of the 3 original members of the world famous Boston low-rock act, Morphine. Vapors of Morphine reignites and reimagines the music of Morphine with saxophone, 2-string slide bass and drums. This evening’s show will also feature sets by Will Bradford of SeepeopleS and indie rock duo Pretty Sad. Things get underway upstairs at 9.   

Country-rock act Dalton & The Sheriffs will be playing a free show at Brian Boru tonight. Get upstairs and get your boot-scootin’ on as things get crankin’ right around 9:30pm.

Get down on it with some of the best alt-rock tunes the 90s ever gave us with Hello Newman as they throw a party upstairs at Bull Feeney’s tonight to celebrate their eighth year together. Grab some pals, drink some drinks, and enjoy tunes from such bands as Sublime, Blink 182, the GinBlossoms, Everclear, No Doubt and even Chumbawumba (yes, I just said Chumbawumba) as the (free) party starts right around 9:30.

Cover act Stolen Mojo will be playing some pop, rock, Motown, R&B, funk, disco and country jams from the last five decades during a party at RiRa tonight. Join in on the dance party as this free show gets underway at 10pm.

Blue welcomes back jazz, funk and fusion act Sassquatch for some serious getting down on this finally Friday. Get into the groove as things get fun and funky during this free all ages show starting up at 10pm.

RANGELEY

The Jameson Four will be rockin’ Moose Alley two nights in row this Memorial Day weekend starting tonight. This local act will be bringing you all kinds of fun covers spanning a few decades starting at 8:30pm.

SABATTUS

Local cover act 95 North will be rocking and rolling at Mixers with some time-tested songs that everyone knows and loves. Check out this free show as things get swinging right around 8:30.

SACO

The Easy Money Band will be supplying the soundtrack to your finally Friday with some danceable covers of everything from rock, country, soul, blues and more. The band will be playing a free show at The Kerrymen Pub starting at 7 :30.

WATERVILLE

Burlington jam band Revibe returns to Maine for a show at Mainely Brews in Waterville. Revibe combines a wide range of musical influences and genres including jam, funk, psychedelic rock and electronica to create tight grooves that are bound to keep you moving. Tonight’s shindig gets shaking right around 9.

WESTBROOK

Maine-based act Memphis Lightning bring their brand of old school, entertaining, energetic, down and dirty blues to Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Join these fellas for some fun as this free and all-ages shindig gets swinging at 7pm.

Phil Divinsky and his Americana-tinged rhythm & blues band return to The Frog & Turtle in Westbrook tonight. You can enjoy some soulful sounds starting at 8:30 at this fabulous gastro pub located in downtown Westbrook.

Check out Lyle & Phil Divinsky at Blue this evening

I’m calling it right now and stating that the long, holiday weekend starts tonight! This Thursday is packing some serious thunder, so why not invite it to the party known as the weekend, right? Here are the happenings for this evening including shows such as OC and the Offbeats at Amigo’s, Alex Roy at Jimmy The Greek’s, Josh Hatfield at Pedro O’Hara’s, The Court Jesters at Sea40, Dominic Lavoie & Friends at Portland Lobster Company, The Grassholes at Flatbread, Blue Öyster Cult at the Waterville Opera House, and much more! 

AUBURN

Peter Finkle will be playing an acoustic set at Gritty’s Auburn location this Thirsty Thursday. Join in on the musical revelry as this free show starts up at 8.

BRUNSWICK

The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro in Brunswick welcomes back Maine musician Peter Carriveau for an evening full of terrific tunes. Peter has numerous influences from folk to Americana to rock. During this free, all-ages show that starts up at 6, you’re likely to hear songs by artists such as Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Gram Parsons, Steve Goodman, Van Morrison, The Beatles, Steve Earl, Ray Lamontagne, and many more, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area this evening.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Uke n’ Smile returns to the Local Buzz this evening for another open mic.  All musicians of different skills and genres are welcome as this free, creative gathering gets underway at 7:30.

GARDINER

The Deport in Gardiner welcomes Ron Bergeron for a night of tunes. Ron will be serving up tons of great songs starting at 8pm including covers of The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and maybe even a little Lady Gaga. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by and check out some good food and good tunes during this free and fun show.

HALLOWELL

Local musician Steve Jones and a few of his friends will be making some joyful noise at The Liberal Cup this evening. Jones and company will be performing a blend of rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, roots and more starting at 7 o’clock.

LEWISTON

Local musician Dave Perlman will be performing at Rails in Lewiston this evening. Join Dave for a wide array of covers and originals from many different genres during this free acoustic show that’ll get underway at 5:30pm.

Solo pianist and vocalist Josh Hatfield will be performing at Pedro O’Hara’s tonight. Beginning at 7 Hatfield will be playing classics from Billy Joel to the Zac Brown Band and many more; there is sure to be something that everyone will enjoy during this free all-ages shindig.

Harmony-based rock and pop duo, The Court Jesters will be performing at Sea40 this evening. Join the pair for some classic and beloved cover tunes as this free and all-ages event gets underway at 7 o’clock.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Pop-rock and roller Alex Roy will be performing a set of original tunes and cover songs at Jimmy The Greek’s this Thirsty Thursday. Tonight’s event is free and sure to be a good time so swing through if you’re in the area as the music starts up at 7.

PORTLAND

It’s been a long time since Lyle Divinsky and his poppa Phil came together as Dos Divinskys to lay down some smooth, soulful sounds. Don’t miss out on your chance to see this talented duo do their thing during a show at Blue. The good times, good tunes, and guaranteed good vibes will get going right around 5 o’clock this evening. 

Portland psychedelic folk-rocker Dominic Lavoie and a couple of his friends come together this evening to play some tunes out on the deck of Portland Lobster Company. Check out a set of both original jams and cover tunes as this free, all ages shindig gets swinging around 6 o’clock.

Check out The Grassholes as they play some feel-good bluegrass tunes at Flatbread on Commercial Street tonight. Starting at 6:30, kick back, enjoy some beer, delicious food, and mighty fine tunes during this free, all-ages shindig.

Singer-songwriter Jake Manzi will be performing a free, all-ages set at Andy’s Old Port Pub this Thursday evening. Music begin at 7 o’clock.

The Oshima Brothers, a duo consisting of brothers Sean and Jamie, bring their powerful vocal harmony, joyous interaction, and skilled musicianship to the stage of Blue this Thursday evening. Jamie is recognized for his virtuosic guitar playing, is also likely to add mandolin and foot percussion, while Sean is known for his warm vocals, percussion and smooth songwriting. The two take to the stage starting at 7pm.

MB Padfield brings her distinct fusion of pop, rock, blues, jazz and hip-hop elements to Brian Boru tonight. Check out Padfield’s guitar skills and smoky vocals as things get underway at 7:30.

The Portland Jazz Orchestra returns to One Longfellow Square tonight. This 18-piece jazz ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary big band literature. The PJO plays works written by members such as Craig Skeffington, Willie Johnson, Chris Humphrey and Terry White in addition to literature composed by a variety of jazz artists including Tom Kubis, Matt Harris, Bob Mintzer, Bill Holman and Maria Schneider. Tonight they’ll be joined by The Brunswick High School Jazz Ensemble as music starts up at 8pm.

Portland rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues-infused, soulful rock and/or roll to the Amigo’s patio tonight  for some sweet jams. Join this energetic bunch for some awesome tunes and times as things start up right around 9pm.

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins will be hanging out at RiRa for some sweet, acoustic action. You know Ben from his time spent pop-rockin’ with his band Kilcollins, but this evening he teams up with the talented Vargas Twins for some fun cover tunes and originals starting right around 9 o’clock.

Jam out this Thirsty Thursday with A Band Beyond Description at Gritty’s in the Old Port tonight. Get your free Grateful Dead freak out on starting at 9pm.

Muddy Ruckus will be playing a show at Blue tonight. This super-fun, gypsy/blues-folk act will kick things off right around 9pm.

WATERVILLE

Seminal ’70s hard-rockers, Blue Öyster Cult, returns to Maine tonight for a show that will feature their ambitious, beloved, intelligent, and rocking-in-a-strangely-sensual-kind-of-way tunes. The last time these legendary performers were in Maine it was quite the event so make sure you’ve made plans and purchased tickets to see them live at the Waterville Opera House tonight beginning at 7pm.

WESTBROOK

Award-winning folk artist Anni Clark returns to Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza this Thursday evening. Clark will be bringing her acoustic 12-string up to the stage for some original tunes starting at 7.

Check out a free show at Flask Lounge featuring Laurie Jones, Tim Mercer, Ben Kilcollins, Moves, Annie & The Guns, Peter Risano & Kyle Christenson

What up, Wednesday? You’ve really gotta bring it tonight because even though we’re half way through the week, I still feel like I’m not gonna make it to Friday. Thankfully it does look like you’re packing some heat, so I’ll give it my best shot tonight and take in some tuneage. It’s time to hurdle the hump so let’s do this thing, shall we? Check out fun shows such as LQH at Frontier, an open mic with Rippleton Cross at Cole Farms, Caroline Cotter and The Swing Set at Congress Square Park, The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music and Events, Never Been To Tennessee at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and more!

BIDDEFORD

Take in some roots rock tunes during a free show at Champions tonight. Starting at 9 local musician Travis James Humphrey will be playing a solo set of songs.

BRUNSWICK

Jazz up your midweek with LQH as the return to Frontier as part of the venue’s Live in the Lounge music series tonight. The immensely talented cats of LQH (Chas Lester, Tyler Quist, and Evan Haines) will be bringing their melting pot of sound — everything from soul, jazz, funk, and rock — to life during this free show that’ll get underway at 7:30.

GRAY

Folk-rock duo Rippleton Cross will be back at Cole Farms this Wednesday to host another free open mic event. The pair will be performing some songs as well as encouraging other musicians to get up on the mic and have some fun. This all-ages gathering will get underway at 7pm.

PORTLAND

Congress Square Park welcomes Caroline Cotter and The Swing Set to the stage for a fun, free, family-friendly, outdoor performance this evening. Caroline is an award-winning songwriter with a captivating soprano voice who’ll be joined by members of Portland’s own bluegrass band, Tricky Britches, to form the Swing Set. The act will serve up some enjoyable classical jazz and swing tunes at this event, which gets swinging (see what I did there?) right around 5:30 this evening.

Local rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their new brand of blues and soul to a super fun and super free outdoor show at Portland Lobster Company this Wednesday evening. Join this band of musical merrymakers for a night of awesome tunes and guaranteed dancing as things start up right at 6:30pm.

Local indie pop singer-songwriter Lucas Roy will be live at Andy’s Old Port Pub this Monday evening. Roy draws his influences from such artists as John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, and James Bay. This free, all-ages show will start at 7pm

A free and fun show filled with indie rock and roll takes over Flask Lounge tonight. Beginning at 8pm you can check out performances by Laurie Jones, Tim Mercer, Ben Kilcollins, Moves, Annie & The Guns, Peter Risano, and Kyle Christenson.

Blue’s Irish Night rolls on this Wednesday with a featured performance by Banjo Read. Banjo Read sings and plays the 5-string banjo and guitar with tunes that range from yearning waltzes to gut-wrenching barn-burners. Check things out as the music starts up at 8 o’clock.

Local folk musician Dave Rowe will be playing another free show over at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as things start up right around 8 o’clock.

Mellow your mind with some midweek tuneage over at Portland House of Music and Events as The Maine Dead Project continues their summer residency tonight. These talented musicians will be performing songs from the Grateful Dead and other beloved jam bands as things get underway at 9pm.

Local folk-pop act the Dapper Gents Duo return to the stage of RiRa tonight for their regular Wednesday night gig. Join these fellas for some musical revelry as this free show starts up around 9pm.

Crooners & Cocktails welcomes back local duo Hello Clarice as these pair of talented fellas bring some fun tunes to your Wednesday. Hello Clarice features the vocal stylings of Clarence “Jim” Roberts of Hello Newman and the musical mastery of pianist Mike Maurice as they play everything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Ocean. The pair prepares to perform beginning at 9:30pm.

SACO

If you’re looking to check out some open mic action this evening make plans to head out to BeBe’s Burritos and Cantina in Saco as they host another free an all ages gathering. This musical event features a full PA system for musicians to use as well as the opportunity for musicians to establish future gigs at the venue. There will be great food and drink available while you participate in an open mic that always features a welcoming audience in a fun atmosphere. This evening’s open mic starts up at 6:30pm.

WESTBROOK

 Local country act Never Been To Tennessee will be singing some songs at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Starting at 7 Scott Girouard and Kevin Ward will be serving up classic country covers from such artists as Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and a whole lot more during this free, all ages show.

Pete Witham returns to The Frog and Turtle for some more fun Americana and rockabilly music this Wednesday. Pete will be joined by a rotating cast of characters as they bring the good times and tunes to the stage during this free show, that’ll start up at 7:30pm.

Check out Maybird & Sun Parade at Empire tonight

I hope you showed Monday no mercy and are ready to throw down this Tuesday as there’s a bunch of great things going down all around this evening including Xasthur with Johanna Warren & Dwell in Moonblood at SPACE Gallery, Ryan Halliburton & The Still at Portland Lobster Company, Jesus Cactus at Blue, an open mic with Uke n’ Smile at Sea Dog Brewing Company, and much more, so get out there and check it out!

PORTLAND

Portland’s professional Klezmer band, The Casco Bay Tummlers, return to the stage of Blue this evening for a performance filled with traditional Eastern European Jewish compositions. Tonight’s show gets started right at 6pm.

Check out another free and all-ages show out on the Portland Lobster Company patio as Ryan Halliburton and The Still bring some pop-rock tunes to your Tuesday evening as the fun begins outside at 6pm.

Check out acoustic tunes from local singer-songwriter Bill Howard as he returns to Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening. Bill will be playing some songs during this free, all-ages show which gets started up at 7.

Electronic music comes in all sounds, colors, and textures, but drummer RJ Miller exploits the ambient side with chilled themes and moody soundscapes that you can check out tonight as he brings his latest musical endeavor, Jesus Cactus, to the stage of Blue. Miller expertly juxtaposes his drum kit with piano, keyboards, and analog synthesizers through infectious melodies that move and groove as things begin right around 8 o’ clock tonight.

Black metal visionary, Scott Conner brings his acoustic trio, Xasthur to SPACE Gallery tonight. Xasthur will be joined on this national tour by Portland, Oregon psych-folk songstress, Johanna Warren and local dark and ethereal songcrafters, Dwell in Moonblood (which features Brendan James Hayter of Obsidian Tongue). Things get underway at 8 o’clock.

Flask Lounge in Portland presents another open mic for DJs with their free dance party, which allows up and coming record spinners to take a chance and get up on the tables during the event. All you need to bring are your records, CDs and controller. All formats of music are welcome as the party starts right around 9 o’clock, so check it out.

Check out a free show at Gritty’s tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey plays a set starting up at 9.

Maybird brings their mix of psychedelia with roots rock to the stage of Empire this Tuesday evening. Grunge soaked power-pop act, Sun Parade rounds out tonight’s bill as the music starts upstairs at 9.

SOUTH PORTLAND 

Uke n’ Smile is hosting another open mic at Sea Dog Brewing Company this Tuesday. Starting at 8 any and all musicians are welcome to play some tunes, or if you can’t actually play an instrument, you can sing with the fellas in Uke n’ Smile as they play the music for you. It’s free, fun, and yummy drinks and food are available as well so if you’re in the area tonight be sure to stop by and check things out.

Check out Gina & The Red Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events

Blah. A grey and rainy Monday has arrived and you’re looking to add a little sunshine to the day with some sweet, sweet sounds and songs then be sure to check out the haps for this evening including the Delta Knights at Portland Lobster Company, Cumberland Crossing at Andy’s Old Port Pub, an open mic with Michael Krapovicky at Pedro O’Hara’s, Verses vs. Verses, and more!

HALLOWELL
Get the week started at Easy Street Lounge as jam band Hambone brings some musical merriment to your Monday with an open jam welcome to all. Starting at 9, check out Hambone’s soulful, energetic jams and even get up and play some tunes of your own.

LEWISTON

If you’re anywhere near the Lewiston area this Monday, drop by Pedro O’Hara’s where local pop-rocker Michael Krapovicky will be hosting another installment of his weekly acoustic Open Mic event. Tonight’s free event gets underway at 6:30 and is open to all, so grab an instrument and get ready to make some music, and some new friends tonight!

PORTLAND

Tonight you can check out a Blue’s monthly happy hour series called Verses vs. Verses. The event is hosted by Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights and features guest songwriters and word-writers (poems, essays, stories, manifestos, tweets) facing off to find what interesting kinks and connections arise while approaching the same theme from opposite angles. May’s theme is Time: Travel and this evening’s featured guests will be singer-songwriter, Caroline Cotter, poet and journalist, Egan Millard, and poet and teacher, poet-teacher Marita O’Neill. Things get underway at 5:30.

Take on this Monday by taking in some tunes out on the Portland Lobster Company deck as local act the Delta Knights bring some R&B, blues, soul, funk, swing, rock, jazz and more to this all ages shindig that’ll start up at 6pm.

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes back local, contemporary bluegrass band Cumberland Crossing for an early evening of bustling bluegrass music. Tonight’s free, all-ages show gets kickin’ at 7 o’clock.

Get after it with Gina and the Red Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events as this terrifically talented act kicks off their summer residency tonight. The band, which is basically most of the members of Model Airplane, back up this talented songstress for some funk, soul and R&B jams that are guaranteed to please as the good times get rollin’ right around 9.

Check out King Memphis & The Ghosts of Johnson City at Bayside Bowl tonight

I hope you guys are as ready as I am to let your freak flag fly this Friday! There are tons of great live and local tunes to take in tonight so prime those pants for one helluva party and check out such swinging shindigs as KGFREEZE, All Night & Cushing at Geno’s, Jay Bragg & Welterweight at Empire, The Juke Rockets at Hollywood Casino, The Ballroom Thieves at the Boothbay Opera House, Rippleton Cross at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro, The Whitefields at Easy Street Lounge, Clara Junken at Blue, The Shakes at Portland Lobster Company, The Pubcrawlers at Brian Boru, and so very much more. Here we go!

BANGOR

The Juke Rockets bring their high-energy Chicago and delta blues back to the Hollywood Casino tonight. Join these talented Midcoast musicians as they take the stage for this free show right around 8pm.

Catch some classic and modern rock covers from the Jim Brown Band as the band kicks off their two-night stint at the Penobscot Pour House right around 9 o’clock.

BATH

The Chocolate Church Arts Center presents Ozere live in concert. Ozere takes equal inspiration from chamber groups and folk bands. It’s what happens when you bring together musicians who play bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, Klezmer, Afro Cuban, classical and more. Check them out as they take to the stage starting at 7:30 tonight.

BIDDEFORD

Check out some banjo-based bluegrass tunes at Elements on Main Street tonight as they welcome back local act Banjo Read for a Friday night full of pickin’ and pluckin’. This free all-ages show will get started up at 8 o’clock.

BOOTHBAY 

Cambridge alternative folk-rock act The Ballroom Thieves return to Maine for a show at the Boothbay Opera House tonight. This all-ages show wills start at 7:30pm.

BRUNSWICK

Local acoustic folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro this evening. Beginning at 7 the duo will be performing renditions of songs by such artists as Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Cat Stevens and many, many more. This event is free and all-ages so make some plans to check it out if you’re in the area this Friday.

FARMINGTON

Tuck’s Ale House in Farmington welcomes Ron Bergeron for a night of tunes. Ron will be serving up tons of great songs starting at 7pm including covers of The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and maybe even a little Lady Gaga. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by and check out some good food and good tunes during this free and fun show.

GREENVILLE

Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be playing a set at the Stress Free Moose in Greenville this evening. This talented duo will start making some savory sounds starting right around 6pm.

HALLOWELL

Local act Alter Igor returns to rock out at The Kennebec Wharf tonight with their party-starting classic rock tunes. The band will be playing everything from Nick Lowe to The Who and many, many more iconic rock n’ rollers as they get things underway inside at 9.

If you find yourself up in the Hallowell area this evening be sure to stop by Easy Street Lounge as The Whitefields start rocking right around 9. Best described as a folk, funk and rock venture, this band is known for its strong vocal harmonies. Expect a wide range of styles and fun as things get underway tonight.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Channeling modern rock influences into anthemic choruses and themes of lust, loss and embracing your inner demons, Sparks The Rescue will be bringing all that and more to a free rock and roll party at The Brunswick tonight. Things get crankin’ right around 8:30pm.

Radio Revival returns to The OOB Pier tonight with tons of songs for you to groove to including covers of Queen, Billy Squier, Bowie, Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, The Strokes, Thin Lizzy, Weezer and more. This free show gets rockin’ and rollin’ at 9.

PORTLAND

Talented, local songstress Clara Junken will be holding it down once again at Blue tonight. Starting at 6 Clara will be playing a set of soulful blues rock tunes of both her own material as well as few cover tunes during this fun musical gathering, so grab some friends, enjoy a delicious cocktail and let Junken serenade you into the 7 o’clock hour.

The Shakes, a 7-piece funk, rock and reggae collective from Hallowell that features some of the scene’s most fun and funky players, will be performing live out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company tonight. This free all ages show starts up right around 6:30pm.

An awesome, all-ages and FREE show will be happening at Bayside Bowl tonight as local rockabilly legends, King Memphis, join forces with local folk act, The Ghosts of Johnson City for an evening of rocking, rolling, and even some acoustic tunes focused on the dark roots of Americana music. Don’t miss out as things get swinging at 7 o’clock tonight.

Check out some acoustic blues and roots tunes courtesy of local duo Beam & Fink as they perform a free, all ages show at Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street starting at 7 this Friday.

Local bluesmen Samuel James and D. Gross team up to bring you a night of acoustic tunes over at Blue on Congress Street. Starting at 8 o’clock this talented pair of local musicians will be singing some songs, plucking some strings, and sharing some stories to help you thoroughly enjoy your finally Friday evening.

Jazz up your finally Friday happenings with LQH at the Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight. These talented cats will be bringing their melting pot of sound — everything from soul, jazz, funk, and rock — to this free show that’ll get underway at 8.

Austin, Texas-based folk, country, and pop duo, The Wind and The Wave will be performing during an all-ages show at Port City Music Hall tonight. Things start up at 8 with performances by Justin Kawika Young and The Native Sibling.

Salvage BBQ on Congress Street welcomes back the Jerks of Grass for another fun Friday filled with tons of toe-tapping bluegrass tunes. This free all-ages shindig gets swinging around 8:30.

Aura presents singer, songwriter and blues guitar prodigy, Quinn Sullivan with special guests OC and The Offbeats. With an exciting, varied, and energetic electric guitar style capable of channeling everyone from Hendrix to Clapton, a flair for writing pop songs, and a fundamental grounding in the blues, and sharing the stage with greats such as Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, The Roots, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Joe Bonamassa, and B.B. King, Sullivan’s live show is not to be missed. Check things out as music starts up at 9 o’clock.

Tonight Jay Bragg (who many of you know as half of the country duo, North of Nashville) will be taking to the stage of Empire tonight for a mighty fine evening of music alongside Americana act, Welterweight. String plucking, foot-stomping and soul-singing will get underway upstairs right around 9 o’clock.

There’s going to be one helluva party at Geno’s tonight with three awesome rock n’ roll bands joining forces for some freakin’ weekend thunder. Starting at 9, check out electrifying sets from KGFREEZE, All Night, and Cushing. Swing through, enjoy some tunes, and rock it out tonight.

Portland’s own Celtic punk-rockers, The Pubcrawlers will be bringing the party to Brian Boru tonight. This lively crew will help you blast off into the weekend with a free show that’ll get swinging upstairs at 9:30pm.

Tonight electro-pop rock act Dean Ford & The Keepsakes will be treating RiRa to a night of electrified pop, rock and dance tunes. Bust a move and have some fun as this free show starts up at 10.

I imagine a lot of fun and funky sounds will be happening on stage at Blue tonight as the Dan Boyden Quartet performs beginning at 10pm. The act features Adam Frederick on bass, Emmet Harrity on keys, Max Cantlin on guitar, and Dan Boyden on drums.

SABATTUS

Local party band The GE3ks are bringing some of the best 80’s pop, dance, New Wave, hard rock, rap and one hit wonder tunes to the stage of Mixers tonight. Shake your groove thing out on the dance floor as this free show gets swinging at 8:30.

SACO

Local band JD Gilbert & The Night Train will be bringing some toe-tappin’ country tunes to The Kerrymen Pub this finally Friday. This free party gets rockin’ and rollin’ right around 7:30pm.

WESTBROOK

Local folk artist Dave Rowe is back at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as this free and all-ages show begins at 7pm.

Jeezum Crow returns to The Frog and Turtle tonight with some Americana, rock, country, alternative, folk, and rockabilly sounds for your finally Friday. This evening’s free and all-ages show starts up at 8:30.

Portland House of Music presents The London Souls with Midwestern Medicine & When Particles Collide

It’s been one helluva week and I’m so ready to hoist up my Party Pants and welcome the weekend in style. If you’re picking up what I’m laying down, here are some seriously fun haps to hang out at tonight including Todd Rundgren at Aura, Scolded Dogs at The Liberal Cup, Ron Bergeron at Sea40, The Joint Chiefs at Portland Lobster Company, The English Muffins, Gash & Buzzy at Geno’s, Northwood at Blue, Caroline Spence & Connor Garvey at One Longfellow Square, Royal Hammer at The Proper Pig’s Reggae Fest, and more!

BRUNSWICK

With influences rooted in blues, folk and pop, Phil Allen will likely treat you to some cover songs ranging anywhere from Johnny Cash to One Republic and all things in between as he he returns to The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro tonight for another free, all-ages show. The music starts at 6 o’clock.

CAPE ELIZABETH 

Acoustic act Uke n’ Smile will be hosting another open mic event over at The Local Buzz. All musicians of varying skills and genres are welcome to get up on the microphone and perform as things get underway right around 7:30pm.

HALLOWELL

The Scolded Dogs will be bringing the party to The Liberal Cup tonight. These fellas will be making some noise playing some original tunes as well as covers of Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more as things get swinging at 7.

Have some fun this thirsty Thursday at The Kennebec Wharf with Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations. Starting at 9 o’clock, this fun act will be bringing down the house with a masterful mix of Motown and Memphis soul that’s certain to get you working it out on the dance floor tonight.

LEWISTON

Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at the Sea40 in Lewiston tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 7 with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

PORTLAND

Take in some patio fun happening at the Portland Lobster Company in the Old Port as local rockers and rollers The Joint Chiefs perform live this Wednesday evening. Starting at 6:30 these fellas will get the good times and good tunes rollin’ with a set of high-energy and big fun songs.

The Potato Pickers return to Andy’s Old Port Pub with some fun bluegrass sounds during a free and all-ages show that starts at 7 o’clock.

Local alternative folk act Northwood is back at Blue for some foot-stomping good times. Northwood starts making some noise right around 7 o’clock so make some plans to check ‘em out if you’re downtown tonight.

MB Padfield brings her distinct fusion of pop, rock, blues, jazz and hip-hop elements to Brian Boru tonight. Check out Padfield’s guitar skills and smoky vocals as things get underway at 7:30 with some songs spun by DJ Tiny Dancer.

Holy moly, I have been giddy with excitement over tonight’s show at Aura before it was even publicly announced when the folks over at the venue had myself and some other media-types take a tour of the spot before it’s grand re-opening. A list of upcoming shows was presented to the group of us and I pretty much flipped my sh*t then and there. Todd Rundgren is an eclectically accomplished musician and studio virtuoso who can create the sweetest pop to the densest art rock, and then have the cajones to put both extremes on the same album. I love him and seriously cannot wait to see him perform live tonight. I’m not gonna tell you what to do, but if you’re into seeing a seasoned and seriously talented singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist do his thing, and do his thing well, then you’ll show up tonight at 8 o’clock.

Charlottesville-based singer-songwriter, Caroline Spence brings her heartfelt Americana songs to the stage of One Longfellow Square this Thursday evening. Portland’s own Connor Garvey will start the evening with his brand of acoustic folk-rock blended with a touch of soul as music begins this evening at 8pm.

One of my favorite modern rock n’ roll acts returns to Portland tonight to play an energetic show at Portland House of Music and Events. Don’t miss The London Souls, who’ve toured with everyone from Tedeschi Trucks Band to the Black Crowes to The Who (the friggin’ WHO, you guys), as they rage out some old school rock n’ roll on stage alongside local rock acts Midwestern Medicine and When Particles Collide. The party starts right around 8 tonight, so be sure to swing through and check things out.

Tonight Blue on Congress Street welcomes local act Zapion as they present some classic belly dance music from the Turkish, Arab and Armenian traditions. Tonight Zapion will be joined by Adira, a dancer from New England’s thriving belly dance community, as things get underway at 9pm.

Don’t miss a super fun night of punk rock and roll over at Geno’s tonight as The English Muffins, Gash and Buzzy join musical forces for some sweet Thursday night tuneage starting at 9 o’clock.

Jam out this Thirsty Thursday with A Band Beyond Description at Gritty’s in the Old Port tonight. Get your free Grateful Dead freak out on starting at 9pm.

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins will be hanging out at RiRa again for some sweet, acoustic action. You know Ben from his time spent pop-rockin’ as the frontman of the band Kilcollins, but this evening he teams up with the talented Vargas Twins for some fun cover tunes and originals starting right around 9.

WATERVILLE

Celebrate spring with some free reggae music in Camden Green Pocket Park, located between The Proper Pig’s patio and Camden National Bank in Hallowell, during Reggae Fest. This evening local reggae act Royal Hammer will be bringing some joyous sounds to your Thursday night as this free and all ages event gets underway at 4pm.

WESTBROOK

Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza welcomes Pat Foley for some acoustic country-rock. If you’re in the area tonight make some plans to drop by as the music starts up at 7.

Check out The Living Deads with Elvirus Outsider & The Murder Weapon at Mathew’s tonight

What is up, Wednesday!? Here we are ready to hurdle the hump once again and as usual we’ve totally got this! There are a ton of awesome mid-week parties to check out including Viva and The Reinforcements at Frontier, Downeast Soul Coalition at Portland Lobster Company, The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music and Events, Don Campbell at The Frog and Turtle, and more!

BIDDEFORD

If you’re looking to check out some open mic action this evening make plans to head out to BeBe’s Burritos and Cantina in Saco as they host another free an all ages gathering. This musical event features a full PA system for musicians to use as well as the opportunity for musicians to establish future gigs at the venue. There will be great food and drink available while you participate in an open mic that always features a welcoming audience in a fun atmosphere. This evening’s open mic starts up at 6:30pm.

Take in some roots rock tunes during a free show at Champions tonight. Starting at 9 local musician Travis James Humphrey will be playing a solo set of songs.

BRUNSWICK

Singer Viva will be bringing her vivacious vocals back to Frontier alongside her talented band The Reinforcements for an evening of jazz standards, funk, soul, and Latin tunes. This free and fun show starts up at 7:30pm.

GRAY

Folk-rock duo Rippleton Cross will be back at Cole Farms this Wednesday to host another free open mic event. The pair will be performing some songs as well as encouraging other musicians to get up on the mic and have some fun. This all-ages gathering will get underway at 7pm.

PORTLAND

Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street hosts the Downeast Soul Coalition this Wednesday for a full evening of solid soul music that gets underway right around 6. This event is free and all-ages and guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun.

Singer-songwriter Jeff Christmas will be at Andy’s Old Port Pub this Monday evening. Join Jeff for some music as this free and all-ages show starts up at 7pm.

Legendary Canadian folk-rock singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, who’s hits include ‘Sundown’ as well as ‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’, returns to Merrill Auditorium in Portland this evening to perform live with his band. If you’ve never seen this Canadian national treasure in action, I’d suggest checking out this show, which gets underway right around 8 o’clock tonight.

Psychobilly rock and roll duo, The Living Deads make a stop in Portland tonight on their latest tour. They’ll be bringing some hell-fire and rock and roll to Mathew’s alongside Elvirus Outsider of The Outsiders and The Murder Weapon. Get rowdy this Wednesday as things get crankin’ right around 8pm.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series continues with a featured performance by pipes duo Will Woodson and Joey Abarta. Music starts at 8 and will be followed by another Wednesday evening Irish Session open to any and all musicians looking to get up on stage and jam.

Local folk artist Dave Rowe will be performing at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight. Join Rowe for some rollicking good times as this free show gets underway at 8pm.

Mellow your mind with some midweek tuneage over at Portland House of Music as The Maine Dead Project kicks off their summer residency. These talented musicians will be performing songs from the Grateful Dead and other beloved jam bands as things get underway at 9pm.

Local folk-pop act the Dapper Gents Duo return to the stage of RiRa tonight for their regular Wednesday night gig. Join these fellas for some musical revelry as this free show starts up around 9pm.

Crooners & Cocktails welcomes back local duo Hello Clarice as these pair of talented fellas bring some fun tunes to your Wednesday. Hello Clarice features the vocal stylings of Clarence “Jim” Roberts of Hello Newman and the musical mastery of pianist Mike Maurice as they play everything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Ocean. The pair prepares to perform beginning at 9:30pm.

WESTBROOK

Maine-based adult-contemporary folk rock artist Don Campbell returns to The Frog and Turtle tonight for a free, all-ages show that will start at 7:30pm.

Aura presents Pierce The Veil and Sum 41 with Emarosa and Chapel tonight

I know that it may seem a little bit early to already be counting down the days until Friday, but we are, in fact, one day closer to the freakin’ weekend! This makes me happy. It makes me even happier that there are a bunch of cool things to take in this Tuesday evening, so check it out. Some cool shows are happening tonight such as Zeile August & Mark Tipton at Blue, The Record Company and Smooth Hound Smith at Port City Music Hall, Ozere at One Longfellow Square, Travis James Humphrey at Gritty’s, and more!

PORTLAND

A sure sign that summer is right around the corner is that the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street is open once again for the season and this evening they welcome back Ryan Halliburton and The Still to their outdoor deck to bring some pop-rock goodness to your Tuesday with a free and all-ages gig that’ll get going right around 6.

Local artist Zeile August performs a special set with trumpet player Mark Tipton at Blue on Congress Street this evening. Beginning at 6 check out Zeile’s original psychedelic folk sounds.

Explosive post-hardcore act, Pierce The Veil and Canadian punk-pop quartet, Sum 41 bring the We Will Detonate! Tour to Aura with special guests Emarosa and Chapel. Check out this all-ages show full of blistering metal-core, pop-punk, and post-hardcore sounds as things get underway at 6:30pm.

Tonight One Longfellow Square in conduction with the New England Celtic Arts presents Ozere live in concert. Ozere takes equal inspiration from chamber groups and folk bands. It’s what happens when you bring together musicians who play bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, Klezmer, Afro Cuban, classical and more. Check them out as they take to the stage starting at 7 tonight.

Singer-songwriter Michael Howard will be performing an acoustic set at Andy’s this evening. Join Howard as this free and all-ages show starts at 7 o’clock.

Blue welcomes back the Kelly Laurence Quintet for another Tuesday evening of jazz tunes. This show gets underway at 8 o’clock.

Lean and raw rock and roll trio, The Record Company bring their blues-infused tunes to Port City Music Hall tonight. This 18+ event gets underway at 8pm with an opening set by blues-influenced folk-rock outfit, Smooth Hound Smith.

Another Open Decks Night is happening at Flask Lounge tonight. Beginning at 9, you can sign up for a slot DJing on some open tables and all you need to bring are some records, CDs, and a pair of headphones! This event is free and always a good time so go on and check it out.

Check out a free show at Gritty’s tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey plays a set starting up at 9.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Local acoustic act Uke n’ Smile is back at Sea Dog Brewing Company in South Portland for another free, all-ages open mic event. All genres of music, musicians of varying skills, capabilities, and ages are welcome to join in on the fun as the music starts at 8pm.

Check out Earthworm Von Doom, Forget The Times, Cop Funeral, Id M Theft Able & Sterile Garden at Mathew’s tonight

I can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that it’s Monday again. If you’re in as much denial about this as I am, here are some cool happenings to check out that’ll make it seem as if the weekend’s been extended right on through Monday night. Tons of tunes to see including Blue Steel Express at Portland Lobster Company, Songwriters Night featuring Lisa Redfern, Ted DeMille & Chris Moore at Slates, Mothership Mondays with Andrew Bailie & Friends at Portland House of Music and Events, Easy River at Andy’s, and more!

HALLOWELL

Slates in Hallowell presents Songwriters Night featuring Lisa Redfern, Ted DeMille and Chris Moore. Lisa Redfern known as a singer-songwriter who blends her roots in folk, bluegrass, country, gospel, blues, and swing to create something unmistakably her own. Ted DeMille is a singer-songwriter known for his deceptively simple songs in the roots music genres. Drawing from time tested folk themes and melodies, the ancient tones and tales of bluegrass, and the contemporary narrative of Americana, Chris Moore has composed, performed, and recorded music for dance, film, television, spoken word, theater, and visual art projects. This evening’s performance will begin at 8pm.

Get the week started at Easy Street Lounge as local jam band Hambone brings some musical merriment to your Monday with an open jam session that’s open to all. Starting at 9 check out Hambone’s soulful, energetic jams and even sit and play some tunes of your own during this free and fun event.

LEWISTON

If you’re anywhere near the Lewiston area this Monday, drop by Pedro O’Hara’s where local pop-rocker Michael Krapovicky will be hosting another installment of his weekly acoustic open mic event. Tonight’s free event gets underway at 6:30 and is open to all, so grab an instrument and get ready to make some music and new friends tonight!

PORTLAND

Blue Steel Express brings their unique brand of blues, from full-bore electric house-rockin’ to low-down acoustic simmer, to the Portland Lobster Company deck tonight. The good times get rollin’ during this free and all-ages show at 6 o’clock.

Check out some bluegrass and folk tunes over at Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight as they welcome Easy River to the stage. The band will be bringing some boot-stomping tunes to your Monday during this free and all-ages show that’ll start up at 7.

See Monday off with an awesome noise-infused rock and roll show over at Mathew’s. Earthworm Von Doom will be bringing the noise rock and doom alongside the improvised rock and/or roll and free jazz of Forget The Times, the ethereal drone rock of Cop Funeral as well as local support by and Id M Theft Able and Sterile Garden. Things get underway at 8 o’clock.

Mothership Mondays with Andrew Bailie & Crew continue tonight at Portland House of Music and Events. Get down with Bailie and friends as they funk up your Monday with some super fun jams starting at 9pm.

Put on your dancing (party) pants and join the Primary Dance Party at Flask Lounge tonight as DJs Zimbra, DoomsdayJ, and Foxy spin The Smiths, Morrissey, and associated post-punk bands during a free party that starts up at 9 o’clock.

Check out Eric Bettencourt with Ben Balmer at One Longfellow Square tonight

 

Holy mothahuggin’ Hot Pockets, this has felt like the longest week in the history of The Nunz (so long, in fact that I’ve reverted to talking to about myself in the 3rd person…). I have had Friday on my mind since Sunday evening, so I am overwhelmingly glad to welcome another weekend. Here’s what’s happening around town and beyond for your finally Friday including shows such as No Diggity at Empire, Boogie Mob at Easy Street Lounge, Muddy Ruckus at Guthries, The Boneheads at The Kennebec Wharf, The Mallett Brothers Band at Moose Alley, Vinyl Tap at Portland Lobster Company, el malo at Blue, Pink Talking Fish at Portland House of Music, HoneyPot at Mixers, The Spillers, The Stops, DiNOLA, Diamond Edge Band, Civil Disturbance, not30 & Slow Coyote at Live at 212, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies at The Frog and Turtle, No Warning at the Penobscot Pour House, and so much more!

AUBURN

Check out a free rock n’ roll show at Gritty’s in Auburn tonight with local act Tilden Katz. These fellas will be getting the party started with all kinds of fun covers beginning at 8pm.

Local cover act The Depths will be at the Fire House Grill this evening. The band will be playing all kinds of songs from all kinds of genres during this free show, which starts up at 8.

BANGOR

This evening the John Nowak Quartet will be performing some jazz favorites during a free show at Hollywood Casino. Things get swinging right around 8.

No Warning will be serving up all of your favorite party tunes tonight as they kick off a two night stint at the Penobscot Pour House at 9 o’clock.

BIDDEFORD

Tonight you can enjoy the acoustic, classic guitar stylings of Pat Sylvia during a free and all-ages show happening at Elements. Music begins at 8.

BREWER

Lucie & The Undercover Band will be bringing some classic rock covers to Brewer’s Eagles Club tonight for a free 21+ show that starts up at 8pm.

BRUNSWICK

Singer-songwriter Lee Sykes brings his rich, soulful voice to The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro tonight for some acoustic tunes played on his trusty guitar. Enjoy both originals and covers as this free show starts up at 7.

BUXTON

Skip’s Lounge in Buxton welcomes local cover act Illusion to the stage tonight. Starting at 9, expect some high energy rock and roll with covers from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today, with a little country mixed in.

FREEPORT

Nick Racioppi of local rock-reggae act A Mighty Lion goes solo tonight for a free show happening at the Gritty’s in Freeport. Join Nick as the music starts right around 8.

GORHAM

The School Street Pub in Gorham welcomes Ron Bergeron for a night of tunes. Ron will be serving up tons of great songs starting at 8:30 including covers of The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and maybe even a little Lady Gaga. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by and check out some good food and good tunes during this free and fun show.

HALLOWELL

Soul, funk and jazz act Boogie Mob will be doing it up at Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell this Friday evening. Join in on the fun as tonight’s dance party gets shaking at 9.

Check out another free and fun show at The Kennebec Wharf as The Boneheads return to the stage. This local act will liven up your Friday night with fun Americana and roots sounds starting at 9 o’clock.

LEWISTON

Local musician Dave Perlman will be performing at Pedro O’Hara’s in Lewiston this evening. Join Dave for a wide array of covers and originals from many different genres during this free, all-ages acoustic show that’ll get underway at 8pm.

Muddy Ruckus will be easing you into the freakin’ weekend with a free show at Guthries tonight. This gypsy blues-folk act will kick things off right around 8pm.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Radio Revival returns to The OOB Pier tonight with tons of songs for you to groove to including covers of Queen, Billy Squier, Bowie, Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, The Strokes, Thin Lizzy, Weezer and more. This free show gets rockin’ and rollin’ at 9.

PORTLAND

Over at Portland Lobster Company you can join Vinyl Tap out on the deck as they play all kinds of classic jams during a free and all ages show. Vinyl Tap is known for making people bust a move to their wide array of danceable cover tunes that span between everything from everything The Beatles to Huey Lewis, Cee Lo Green, Stevie Wonder, The Dead and many, many more. There’s never a cover charge so check it out starting at 6 tonight.

Shanna Underwood and Wanderlost will be bringing some Americana music to the stage of Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening. Starting at 7, Underwood joins forces with Brian Durkin and Devon Colellafor some stellar musical sounds this finally Friday.

Rexy Dinosaur returns with saxophone in claws to the Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight. Rexy will be joined by Tom Douglas on guitar and Geoff Williams on percussion as the trio bring you a mix of blues, hip hop and jazz beginning at 8 o’clock.

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve seen the talented Eric Bettencourt singing his ass off and picking some guitar strings like it ain’t nobody’s business at a venue here in Portland since Eric made the move to Austin, Texas to get truly weird. Tonight this Maine native makes a triumphant return to the stage of One Longfellow Square in Portland with a ton of new tunes from. Eric will be joined by Ben Balmer for an awesome and intimate performance that is slated to get underway at 8.

Hybrid tribute/fusion act Pink Talking Fish takes the music from three of the world’s most beloved bands, Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, and Phish, and creates a special treat for fans of those particular acts. Check out the party at Portland House of Music and Events tonight as this show starts up at 9.

1964: The Tribute, a band focused on the early years of the Fab Four, will be performing at Aura tonight. Beatlemania begins at 9pm.

No Diggity is back at Empire tonight. This ‘90s dance party fronted by Portland’s very own diva and siren, Kenya Hall will be pouring through your favorite pop, R&B and hip-hop songs of the decade with her all-star band!  Also joining No Diggity tonight are DJ Jay Caron and DJ Rew.  No Diggity nights are always filled to capacity, so make sure you get to Empire right at 9 and get ready to boogie!

Country-rock act Dalton & The Sheriffs will be playing a free show at Brian Boru tonight. Get upstairs and get your boot-scootin’ on as things get crankin’ right around 9:30pm.

Cover band Sweep The Leg brings the party back to the stage of RiRa tonight. Starting at 10 get ready to bust a move to some super fun rock, blues, ska and funk jams.

Treat yourself to some sultry salsa tunes  with a bit of a punk edge over at Blue tonight as salsacore act El Malo hits the stage starting at 10.

RANGELEY

Local alt-country rockers, The Mallett Brothers Band are geared up for a two-night stint up at Moose Alley in Rangeley as they help this very awesome venue celebrate its 6th anniversary! Boot stompin’, whiskey drinkin’, and guitar slingin’ will get underway right around 8:30 during this celebratory shindig.

SABATTUS

Check out female-fronted cover band HoneyPot as they play all your favorite jams from 80s rock to modern hip-hop during a free show at Mixers in Sabattus. Bust a move and have some fun as things get cranking at 8:30pm.

SACO

Take in some modern country covers and original tunes tonight as The Kerrymen Pub welcomes Joan Kennedy and a couple of her musically inclined friends to the stage for another free show that’ll get swinging at 7:30.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Laugh, dance and sing your pants off with Seth Holbrook and Jim Ciampi of Keys To The City 2 Go as they present a Dueling Piano Show at Willows Pizza & Restaurant in South Portland starting at 8 o’clock tonight.

WESTBROOK

Get ready to have your face melted off and your ears blown out by The Spillers, The Stops, DiNOLA, Diamond Edge Band, Civil Disturbance, not30 and Slow Coyote tonight as things get really loud and really awesome during this free rock show over at Live at 212. Music starts at 6.

The Potato Pickers return to Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight with some fun bluegrass sounds during a free and all-ages show that starts at 7 o’clock.

Portland’s own twisted rockabilly and rollers Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies return to The Frog and Turtle with another high-energy show that fires up right around 8:30.

 

Don’t miss Meat Puppets, Mike Watt with The Jom & Terry Show & Grant Hart at Port City Music Hall tonight

In Thursday We Trust. You know why? Because it’s the day of the week where you look back and realize you’ve almost made it to another freakin’ weekend! Hope your Party Pants are pressed because there’s a lot to get done tonight including Jimmy Eat World & Beach Slang at Aura, Brooke Lachance & Jason Fogg at Sea40, Dominic Lavoie & Friends at Portland Lobster Company, Andrew Bailie & Stu Mahan at Blue, Aaron Waldman featuring Jacobsen with Wyld Lyfe & Sassquatch at Portland House of Music and Events, Shabti, Cadaverette & Megog at Geno’s, Double Entendre at The Gin Mill, Seth Warner Trio at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza and much more. Here we go!

AUGUSTA

Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be hosting an open bluegrass jam at The Gin Mill in Augusta this evening. Join in on the musical revelry as things get underway at 7:30pm.

CAMDEN

If you’re up in Camden this Thursday evening check out a free show filled with some smooth sounds as The Wayne DeLano Jazz Quartet performs at the Elm Street Grille starting at 6 o’clock.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Acoustic act Uke n’ Smile will be hosting another open mic event over at Local Buzz. All musicians of varying skills and genres are welcome to get up on the microphone and perform as things get underway right around 7:30pm.

ELLSWORTH 

Richard Wood and Gordon Belcher will be teaming up for a full evening of music and stories at 430 Bayside in Ellsworth this evening. The pair will be blending vocals, guitar and fiddle to fill the joint with laughter, tears and top notch musicianship. Check out tonight’s all-ages event as things get underway right around 7 o’clock.

LEWISTON

Brook Lachance and Jason Fogg will be bringing their duet set to Sea40 in Lewiston tonight. Join them for sushi and spirits while they perform original music as well as covers that range from Heart, Radiohead, Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen and more. This all-ages and free event will begin at 7.

PORTLAND

Portland psychedelic folk-rocker Dominic Lavoie and a couple of his friends come together this evening to play some tunes as Keanu Keanu out on the deck of Portland Lobster Company. Check out a set of both original jams and cover tunes as this free, all ages shindig gets swinging around 6 o’clock.

American blues, funk and soul guitarist and singer-songwriter, Andrew Bailie teams up with one of the funkiest bass men to ever lay it down aka Stu Mahan for an evening of music at Blue on Congress Street. Don’t miss this talented pairs set of songs that are certain to get your Thursday night off to a great start as things get underway at 6pm. 

Tonight Andy’s Old Port Pub will host musician Logan Burns. Burns will be performing some acoustic blues tunes during a free and all-ages show that’ll start at 7 o’clock.

Self-described bedroom-folk artist, Aaron Waldman, who strives for the grit of Lou Reed, the painful honesty of Elliott Smith, and the vibrant orchestrations of Surfjan Stevens, brings his music to the stage of Portland House of Music and Events tonight. Waldman will be joined by hip-hop artist, Jacobsen for some tunes. Gypsy/surf/punk band, Wyld Lyfe and funk/fusion act, Sassquatch round out tonight’s bill. Music starts up at 8 o’clock.

Blue welcomes back Portland-based contemporary bluegrass band Cumberland Crossing for an evening of bustling bluegrass music. Tonight’s free show gets kickin’ around 8.

A seriously must-see show is happening at Port City Music Hall tonight as the venue welcomes indie underground favorites, Meat Puppets to the stage. This revered rock band gained notoriety in the ’80s with their hard, loud, and fast tunes that incorporate elements of the blues-rock of ZZ Top, the ambling folk-rock of the Grateful Dead, and Neil Young’s country-rock and hard rock sounds. Also on tonight’s bill is former Minutemen and Firehouse bassist, Mike Watt, who’ll be joined by the jom & terry show, and to start things off right around 8 at this 18+ show will be co-founder of Hüsker Dü, Grant Hart. Seriously, what a friggin line up; don’t miss it!

Mellow your mind with some stellar jams at Gritty’s during another fun night with the one and only A Band Beyond Description. Far more than just your typical Grateful Dead cover band, these fellas jam out on everything from Phish, the Allman Brothers, The Band and more. Anticipate good times, good tunes and good people starting right around 9.

Black metal meanders, Shabti, sludgy Portland weirdos, Cadaverette, and local dark metal act, Megog will be bringing the thunder to Geno’s tonight. Things get loud starting at 9:30pm.

MB Padfield brings her distinct fusion of pop, rock, blues, jazz and hip-hop elements to Brian Boru tonight. Check out Padfield’s guitar skills and smoky vocals as things get underway at 7:30 with some songs spun by DJ Tiny Dancer.

Aura in Portland welcomes alternative rock act Jimmy Eat World to the stage alongside special guests Beach Slang.  Once a trailblazing name in the mid-’90s emocore scene, Jimmy Eat World eventually found a larger audience by embracing a blend of alternative rock and power pop that targeted the heart as well as the head. Check ‘em out alongside opening act, Beach Slang as music begins at 9 o’clock.

Check out a free show at RiRa as Ryan Halliburton and The Still bring some pop-rock tunes to the stage during a free show that starts up at 9pm.

WESTBROOK

Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza welcomes back local instrumentalist and vocalist Seth Warner and a couple of his friends to the stage for a free show filled with blues, country, folk, re-imagined jazz and songbook standards. Don’t miss out on the fun as things get underway at 7 o’clock.

Aura presents Bret Michaels with special guest Leaving Eden tonight

It’s time to power up and power through another Wednesday, babies! There’s a plethora of musical performances to take in tonight so hike up those Party Pants and get ready to work it on out this evening at such shows as Los Galactacos at Frontier, The Jacob Jolliff Band at One Longfellow Square, Acoustic Punk Night at Flask Lounge, Myles Bullen at The Dogfish Bar & Grille, Tom Douglas at The Frog and Turtle, and more!

BIDDEFORD

If you’re looking to check out some open mic action this evening make plans to head out to BeBe’s Burritos and Cantina in Saco as they host another free an all ages gathering. This musical event features a full PA system for musicians to use as well as the opportunity for musicians to establish future gigs at the venue. There will be great food and drink available while you participate in an open mic that always features a welcoming audience in a fun atmosphere. This evening’s open mic starts up at 6:30pm.

Check out a free show down at Champions tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey plays a free show starting up at 10pm.

BRUNSWICK

Local musical group, Los Galactacos, comprised of adventuring stringbenders, strummers, pickers, and percussionists exploring an atlas of music styles and songs, will be performing at Frontier once again tonight as part of the venue’s Live in the Lounge music series. Los Galactacos repertoire includes Tex/Mex folk, Appalachian string music, Canadian Maritimes fiddle tunes, the Classic American Songbook, ol’ time Country, and more. Check them out as things get underway at 7:30 during tonight’s free performance.

GRAY

Folk-rock outfit Rippleton Cross hosts another open mic at Cole Farms tonight. The pair will be performing some tunes as well as encouraging others to get up on the microphone for some musical merriment and creative fun as this free and all ages gathering gets started at 7pm.

PORTLAND

Pop-tinged Americana duo Copilot will be soaring into town for another show over at Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. Join the pair for some fun tunes during this free, all-ages show as the music starts at 7 o’clock.

One Longfellow Square welcomes The Jacob Jolliff Band this Wednesday evening. Jacob Jolliff is one of the country’s premier contemporary mandolinists. Before joining Yonder Mountain String Band, Jolliff was an integral member of New England roots band, Joy Kills Sorrow. See his next generation bluegrass supergroup on stage starting at 8pm.

Check out a super fun and free show over at Flask Lounge tonight as they host another installment of Acoustic Punk Night featuring stripped down, acoustic sets by Scotty Saints, Johnny Knox (Krook Shank), Ande Greene, Sean Merrihew, Jim Cougar Camp, George Wiegand, Matt Andersen and more. Check out some unplugged punk performances as things start up at 8.

Portland poet and hip-hop artist, Myles Bullen will be performing at The Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight during a free and all-ages show that’ll start up at 8pm.

Blue’s weekly Irish Concert Series continues tonight with the only US performance by Hanz Down & The Hups. Led by Hanz Araki, who is considered one of the most talented Irish musicians in America today, flautist, whistle player, singer, and Juno Award-winner, this show is certainly not to be missed by any fans of the genre. Things get underway at 8pm.

Bull Feeney’s on Fore Street welcomes back Dave Rowe to the stage this Wednesday as Rowe plays his own brand of folk-infused drinking tunes starting at 8. There’s never, ever a cover charge and also never, ever a shortage of cold beer, so make some moves and check this fella out this evening.

Get your folk-pop on tonight with a free show from the Dapper Gents Duo as they return to the stage of RiRa for a free show that’ll get underway at 9 o’clock.

Aura in Portland presents Bret Michaels with special guest Leaving Eden.  A cultural icon, a rock god, an entrepreneur, a TV star, the face of the American Diabetes Association, and frontman of one of rock’s most iconic and enduring band’s, Poison, Bret Michaels brings his live show to the stage of Aura tonight alongside opening rock act, Leaving Eden. Things get cranking right around 9.

Crooners & Cocktails welcomes back local duo Hello Clarice as this pair of talented fellas bring some fun tunes to your Wednesday. Hello Clarice features the vocal stylings of Clarence “Jim” Roberts of Hello Newman and the musical mastery of pianist Mike Maurice as they play everything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Ocean. The pair prepares to perform beginning at 9:30pm.

WESTBROOK

The Frog and Turtle welcomes back local musician Tom Douglas for an evening of acoustic classic covers and original songs. Join Tom as this free and all-ages show starts up at 7:30pm.

The State Theatre welcomes Mastodon with Eagles of Death Metal & Russian Circles tonight

I hope you all were successful in your quest to tell Monday to pound sand and that you were able to enjoy your evening to the fullest by taking in some live, local jams. If you’re on a roll and looking for more of the same this evening then get ready to do it to it once again this Tuesday by checking out such shows as Ronda Dale at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Choro Louco at Blue, Battery Steele, Adulting & Black Box Recover at Empire, KYOTY & DJ Remy Brecht at Geno’s, and more! Here we go!

PORTLAND

Explosive post-hardcore quintet, I Prevail brings their Life Lines Tour to Aura tonight alongside special guests Starset and VAMPs. Nominated as Alternative Press Music Awards’ 2016 “Breakthrough Band”, I Prevail employs a blistering blend of metalcore, pop-punk, and post-hardcore that invokes names like Bring Me the Horizon, We Came as Romans, and A Day to Remember. Tonight’s 18+ show starts up at 6.

Another free and all ages show happens at Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening as they welcome back local singer-songwriter Ronda Dale to the stage for an acoustic performance that will begin at 7pm.

I am so goddamn excited for tonight’s State Theatre show as I have been in dire need of a Rock and Roll Reset and I know that that is exactly what’s gonna go down during this Tuesday night metal mayhem extravaganza. Things get underway at 7:30 with post-rock and metal trio, Russian Circles, and the tongue-in-cheek swagger of classic bluesy rock act, Eagles of Death Metal, followed by headliners, Mastodon, who promise to deliver many righteous riffs, dynamic vocal harmonies and just the appropriate amount of sludgy swagger. Tickets are still available, so make some moves to have your face properly melted this Tuesday. I. Can’t. Wait.

Check out some tunes by Portland’s Brazilian choro ensemble, Choro Louco, as they play another show at Blue. Choro Louco features local musicians Carl Dimow, Nicole Rabata, Joel Eckhaus, Eric LaPerna, and David Newsmam. This evening’s performance begins at 8:30pm.

Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to Gritty’s tonight for another free, solo set that’ll start up right around 9 o’clock this evening.

If you’re looking to let loose this Tuesday with some punk rock and roll then be sure to check out this week’s Three for 3 at Empire as they welcome Battery Steele, Adulting and Black Box Recovery to the stage for some live and local tunes. This shindig, which is only $3 to attend, is guaranteed to be a party as things start up at 9pm.

Another Open DJ Night is happening at Flask Lounge.  Starting at 9, you can sign up for a slot DJing on some open tables and all you need to bring are some records, CDs, and a pair of headphones! This event is absolutely free and always a good time, so go on and check it out.

After Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles bring the thunder to the State Theatre, there’ll be an after party at Geno’s in honor of this thunderous occasion. This extension to the evening will feature the acclaimed atmospheric sludge band, KYOTY, as well as a set of tunes spun by DJ Remy Brecht. Things start up at 10:30.

SOUTH PORTLAND 

Acoustic act Uke n’ Smile returns to Sea Dog Brewing Company in South Portland for another open mic this Tuesday evening. All artists of different skills and genres are welcome as this free, creative gathering gets underway at 8.

Check out Andrew Bailie with The Youngerbloods at Portland House of Music and Events tonight

It’s time again to make the most out of another Monday! There are a lot of cool things going on all around town and beyond tonight, so get out there and show Monday what’s what — you got this! Check out shows such as Jim The Fish at Slates, Mike Preston at Andy’s, Monday of the Minds at Flask, and more!

HALLOWELL

Tonight Slates in Hallowell welcomes Jim The Fish to the stage. The band features Bob Colwell on acoustic guitar, Dave Thibodeau on bass, and Richard “Doo” Hollis on percussion. They’ll be drawing from Bob’s extensive catalog of songs including material from The Boneheads, The Colwell Brothers, Delco Ray, and The Inspectors. The band will also be playing selections of Todd Rundgren’s seminal album “Something/Anything” to honor its 45th anniversary. Momentous Monday music begins at 8:15pm.

Get the week started with with one heck of a party at Easy Street Lounge as epic jam band Hambone brings some musical merriment to your Monday with an open jam welcome to all. Starting at 9 check out Hambone’s soulful, energetic jams and even sit and play some of your own.

LEWISTON

Local pop-rock musician Michael Krapovicky returns to Pedro O’Hara’s to host another open mic event. Join in on the musical revelry as this all ages gathering gets underway around 6:30pm.

PORTLAND

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes local musician Mike Preston for some acoustic country tunes tonight. This free and all ages show gets started up right around 7.

Check out some sweet soul, R&B and blues sounds at Mothership Monday as The Youngerbloods join Andrew Bailie at Portland House of Music and Events tonight. This shindig will get shakin’ at 9.

Monday of the Minds, a showcase of some of the scene’s biggest and brightest hip hop artists, continues tonight at Flask Lounge. This free event is hosted by Stay on Mars and Smokeye as they welcome Mike Wing, Poe Mack, James EP B, Visitor 10, GVTS, Rigatony, and Murka to showcase some of their beats, bangers and bars. Things get underway right around 9 o’clock tonight during this free and fun show.

Check out tonight’s free show at Bayside Bowl with Johnny Cremains & Eldemur Krimm

Awww yeah! It is FINALLY Friday! I am absolutely ready to get DOWN tonight and I hope you all are too. This entire week has been chock full of rockin’, rollin’, and doin’ it to it, so if you’re looking to keep rollin’ along on that train here are some fantastic live shows to check out this evening including Scarlet Sails, Radiator King, Prettysad & Cactus Rose at Geno’s, Pardon Me, Doug’s 100th Show at Portland House of Music and Events, Del McCoury at Stone Mountain Arts Center, El Grande at Skip’s Lounge, Rippleton Cross at Cole Farms, The Youngerbloods & Andrew Bailie at Pedro O’Hara’s, Bread & Circus at Blue, Stolen Mojo at Mixers,  Arta’sin, Loki, Second Sight, Dirty Rotten Winter, Primal Static, Revision & Trial By Stone at Live at 212 and so much more. Happiest of weekends, my babies! 

AUBURN 

Check out some fun pop-rock tunes courtesy of local act The Grumps as they play a free show at Gritty’s Auburn location tonight. These talented fellas will get the good times rollin’ right around 8.

BANGOR

If you find yourself Fridaying up in the Central Maine area get on over to The Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor as they present another fine evening of jazz tunes and musical merriment with local act The Bill Barnes Trio. This free shindig gets swinging at 8pm.

Jake Irish brings some blues tunes to the stage of the Hollywood Casino for a free show tonight that’ll get started right around 8 o’clock.

If you’re in Central Maine and looking to have some serious fun then don’t miss the party happening at the Penobscot Pour House with local rock and roll act Overdrive as things get underway at 9.

BIDDEFORD

Champions welcomes Sarah Libby, a local, soulful, and gifted interpreter of songs that cover many musical genres back to their stage this finally Friday. Sarah will be taking familiar tunes that we all know and love and making them her own as this free event begins at 6:30.

If you’re in Biddeford this evening check out a free, fun, and all-ages show happening over at Elements as Top Brahmen perform a set of funk, jazz, and hard bop beginning at 8pm. 

BROWNFIELD

Bluegrass pioneer Del McCoury and his band will be bringing you an evening of high-energy, unforgettable bluegrass music during a show at the Stone Mountains Art Center. This all ages event gets underway at 8.

BRUNSWICK

The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro in Brunswick welcomes back Maine musician Peter Carriveau for an evening full of terrific tunes. Peter has numerous influences from folk to Americana to rock. During this free, all-ages show that starts up at 6, you’re likely to hear songs by artists such as Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Gram Parsons, Steve Goodman, Van Morrison, The Beatles, Steve Earl, Ray Lamontagne, and many more, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area this evening.

BUXTON

Skip’s Lounge is the place to be for a full night of funky reggae, ska and good old rock and roll with El Grande. El Grande will be bringing their funky grooves full of upbeat horns and danceable reggae and ska to the stage this evening as the free party gets started right around 9 tonight.

FREEPORT

The Kevin Midgley Players are back at Gritty’s in Freeport tonight. These local musicians will be performing some Americana and Delta blues tunes as this free show starts up at 8 o’clock.

GRAY

Folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be performing an acoustic set at Cole Farms in Gray this evening. This free, all-ages show will feature the pair performing renditions of songs by such artists as The Who, Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens and many more as things get started right around 7pm.

HALLOWELL

Hanging in Hallowell? Then check out the dead ahead, high-energy, 4-piece, dance-your-butt-off rock and roll band The Worthy Bones as they return to the Kennebec Wharf tonight for a free show that gets jumpin’ right around 9.

The Scolded Dogs are back to make some noise at the Easy Street Lounge tonight as they bring some more party-rockin’ tunes to the stage for another free show. Starting at 9:30 you can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as covers of such acts as Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more.

LEBANON

Train’s Tavern in Lebanon welcomes back classic and southern rock and roll band Rosie to the stage for a free show that’ll get cranking at 8pm.

LEWISTON

Check out some sweet soul, R&B and blues sounds courtesy of The Youngerbloods and Andrew Bailie as these local players team up for a Cinco de Mayo party at Pedro O’ Hara’s tonight. This free and all-ages shindig will get shakin’ at 8.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Local band JD Gilbert & The Night Train will be bringing some toe-tappin’ country tunes to The Brunswick this finally Friday. This free party gets rockin’ and rollin’ right around 8:30pm.

PORTLAND

Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to the Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight for another free solo set that’ll start up right around 5 o’clock.

A sure sign that summer is right around the corner is the opening of Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street in downtown Portland. This terrific restaurant and venue has reopened for the season and tonight they welcome Ryan Halliburton and The Still to their outdoor deck to bring some pop-rock goodness to the masses during a free and all-ages shindig that’ll get swinging at 6pm.

Vermont folk-rocker Kali Stoddard-Imari will be playing a free, all-ages show at Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. Stop by for some good times and good tunes as tonight’s show gets underway at 7.

Miss Maybell & Slimpickin’s bring some old time music of the Americana, jug band, ragtime, blues, jazz and country genres to Blue tonight. Transport yourself back in time as things get swinging right around 8.

Tonight local act Johnny Cremains brings their intense live performance which mixes slow heavy, riffs with piano, sharp vocals, and dark imagery for a sort of lounge-act-from-hell feel (in a good way of course) to the stage of Bayside Bowl alongside one of Portland’s finest hard rock attractions, Eldemur Krimm, who’ll inevitably cause some hairnados to occur with their ultra-groovy, jam-like riffs, tight harmonies, and vintage, stoner-rock sound. This all ages and free show starts up at 8. 

California-based roots collective The Dustbowl Revival will be blowing through Portland tonight with a show over at Port City Music Hall. The act merges old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s to form a spicy roots cocktail. Check out tonight’s performance as things get underway at 8 o’clock with an opening set by Americana, country, pop, and bluegrass act, Von Grey.

Tonight’s show at One Longfellow Square should be a special and interesting one as the venue presents an intimate evening with local acts, Paranoid Social Club, Yes We Kin, and Dominic Lavoie. A mainstay of the local rock scene, Paranoid Social Club, will be performing their 2004 record ‘Axis I’ in its entirety for the first time ever. Not to be missed by long time or casual fans, and sure to make many more of both, PSC’s performance at OLS will certainly be unlike any other. Rounding out tonight’s bill is the experimental folk collective, Yes We Kin, and the new solo selections of songs by psychedelic pop-rock veteran, Dominic Lavoie. This evening’s event will get underway at 8pm.

Portland’s own twisted rockabilly rock and rollers Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies are back at Salvage BBQ tonight. Check out this high-energy show as the fun fires up right around 8:30.

Tonight’s show at Geno’s will offer up a bit of everything as New York invades Portland with Brian Vigilone of The Dresden Dolls, NIN and Violent Femmes taking to the stage with his new band, Scarlet Sails. Also on the bill is punk and blues infused band, Radiator King, local indie rock lovelies, Prettysad, and NH’s Cactus Rose. Things get underway at 9 o’clock.

Aura presents the ultimate classic rock tribute featuring Vyntyge Skynyrd, The Peacheaters and Bruce Marshall & The Nor’easters tonight.  This classic rock concert experience will transport concertgoers back to the 1970s and 80s with classic anthems from Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, and the Marshall Tucker Band. This exciting live rock and roll concert features three of the best tribute bands in New England recreating the sounds of some of America’s most iconic rock bands. Tonight’s performance begins at 9pm. 

Fridays are ALWAYS the best time to shake what your mama gave you so make sure you’ve made plans to do just that by getting down to Flask Lounge as DJ Jamie O’Sullivan hosts another of his monthly LOVE events. LOVE will feature O’Sullivan and some special guests DJs bringing you the best house, techno and disco to shake your can to. You can check out this free shindig starting right around 9.

A double-whammy of a celebration will be happening at Portland House of Music and Events tonight as Pardon Me, Doug throws a party on Cinco de Mayo in honor of their 100th show! These fellas will be ready to have a good time and mellow your mind with their renditions of Phish tunes starting up at 9pm.

Portland trio, Bread & Circus will be bringing some soul and blues classics to Blue tonight. Join these three talented musical merrymakers as things get underway at 10.

Tonight electro-pop rock act Dean Ford & The Keepsakes will be treating RiRa to a night of electrified pop, rock and dance tunes. Bust a move and have some fun as this free show starts up at 10.

SABATTUS

Cover act Stolen Mojo will be playing some pop, rock, Motown, R&B, funk, disco and country jams from the last five decades during a Cinco de Mayo party at Mixers tonight. Join in on the dance party as this free show gets underway at 8:30pm.

WATERVILLE

Local rock and roller Riff Johnson will be bringing the party to the stage of Mainely Brews tonight for a free show that’ll get crankin’ right around 9:30.

WESTBROOK

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Fiesta de Rock happening at Live at 212 tonight! Local hard-hitting, heavy rock bands Arta’sinLoki, Second Sight, Dirty Rotten Winter, Primal Static, Revision and Trial By Stone will be bringing the thunder to your finally Friday with a free show that’ll get cranking right around 6pm.

The Groove Kings are back at The Frog and Turtle in downtown Westbrook tonight to bring some soul, funk and rhythm & blues to your finally Friday. Join the fellas for some free, all-ages fun as the music starts up at 8:30pm.

Empire welcomes Old Salt Union and Mile Twelve tonight

Sweet flippin’ Thursday! We’re making some serious strides towards the freakin’ weekend and although it’s been an uphill battle most of the week, I have absolutely no doubt that today is going to be an exceptional day! There are a ton of awesome shows going on all around Portland and beyond, so take a quick gander and then get yourself out there and throw down this Thursday! BOOM! Check out tunes at such shows as Phil N’ The Blanks at Gritty’s in Auburn, The Gawler Sisters at the Camden Public Library, Kris Kristofferson at the State Theatre, Ice Cold Zima at Brian Boru, Jerks of Grass at the Bramhall Pub, Don Campbell at The Kerrymen Pub, and more!

AUBURN

You can join local duo Phil N’ The Blanks at Gritty’s in Auburn tonight for a free show featuring some blues, classic rock, country, R&B and modern pop cover tunes as things get started up at 8 o’clock tonight.

CAMDEN

Edith, Molly, and Elsie Gawler bring an eclectic assortment of old and new sounds from many folk traditions to the Camden Public Library tonight. They accompany their warm interweaving family harmonies with fiddles, banjo, cello, guitar, ukulele and piano as well as a few surprises. See them perform live as tonight’s show gets underway at 7pm.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Uke n’ Smile returns to the Local Buzz this evening for another open mic.  All musicians of different skills and genres are welcome as this free, creative gathering gets underway at 7:30.

LEWISTON

Don Hebert of The Veggies goes solo for a show at Rails in Lewiston tonight. Don will be bringing a show chock full of fun and danceable cover tunes to the stage as this free all ages shindig gets swinging at 5.

Maine based singer-songwriter Jordan Kaulback will be guitar slingin’, piano playin’ and soulfully singin’ at Sea40 in Lewiston tonight. Things get underway at 7pm during this free show.

PORTLAND

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes singer-songwriter Timothy Gurshin tonight. Gurshin’s sound blends elements of Americana with expressive vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica, and songs with solid musical construction and evocative lyrics. This free and all-ages show starts up at 7pm.

Singer, songwriter, actor, and key figure in the New Nashville country movement of the early ‘70s, Kris Kristofferson, will be taking to the stage of the State Theatre for an all ages performance starting at 8pm.

Boston reggae rock funkateers Spiritual Rez will be bringing the party to Port City Music Hall tonight for a show that’ll also feature the fun jams of Harsh Armadillo and TreeHouse. This 18+ show gets swinging at 8pm.

Tonight Aura presents Joe Lynn Turner. In a career that spans nearly 40 years and includes over 60 album credits, Joe Lynn Turner remains one of rock and roll’s most distinctive, soulful and expressive vocalists. From his work as frontman of Fandango to vocalist of Rainbow as well as collaborations with Deep Purple, Turner remains one of rock and rolls most prolific vocalists. Check him out as things get underway at 9pm.

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins will be hanging out at RiRa again for some sweet, acoustic action. You know Ben from his time spent pop-rockin’ as the frontman of the band Kilcollins, but this evening he teams up with the talented Vargas Twins for some fun cover tunes and originals starting right around 9.

Empire welcomes Old Salt Union to the stage tonight. Old Salt Union is known for their sonic exploration of the jazz and blues roots of bluegrass along with in-depth musical compositions, catchy hooks, and high-energy string music performances. Boston bluegrass band, Mile Twelve will get the party started upstairs with an opening set slates to begin at 9pm tonight.

Mellow your mind with some stellar jams at Gritty’s during another fun night with the one and only A Band Beyond Description. Far more than just your typical Grateful Dead cover band, these fellas jam out on everything from Phish, the Allman Brothers, The Band and more. Anticipate good times, good tunes and good people starting right around 9.

90’s cover band Ice Cold Zima will be rockin’ the night away at Brian Boru. Travel back to a time of JNCO jeans, bucket hats, and bowl cuts with some cover tunes of No Doubt, Fiona Apple, The Cardigans, 4 Non Blondes, Green Day, Lauryn Hill, Bonnie Raitt, Stone Temple Pilots, Alanis Morissette, and more as things get jumpin’ right around 9:30.

The Bramhall Pub on Congress Street welcomes back the Jerks of Grass for another fun evening filled with tons of toe-tapping bluegrass tunes. This free shindig gets swinging around 9:30.

SACO

Adult-contemporary folk artist Don Campbell returns to the Kerrymen Pub this evening. Check out Campbell’s solo set as the music starts during this free show at 6pm.

Check out Local H with The Very Reverend at Aura tonight

We are officially half way to the freakin’ weekend, my babies! That is serious cause for celebrating, and good thing, because there are a ton of awesome things to check out tonight. So saddle up and get buck wild this Wednesday, yeehaw! (Yup, that happened…you’re welcome.) Check out shows such as Darlin’ Corey at Frontier, The Slocan Ramblers with Joe K Walsh & Matt Flinner at One Longfellow Square, Jamestown Revival with Hannah Daman & The Martelle Sisters at Port City Music Hall, Melinda Torrens at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza and more!

BIDDEFORD

Check out a free show down at Champions tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey plays a free show starting up at 9:30pm.

BRUNSWICK

Bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey will be performing at Frontier this evening as part of the venue’s Live in the Lounge Wednesday night music series. Starting at 7:30 you can stop in and check out the pair’s delightful blend of vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitars that are used to make up some truly unique bluegrass, old timey and folk sounds. This show is all ages and free so be sure to make some plans to check it out.

GRAY

Folk-rock outfit Rippleton Cross hosts another open mic at Cole Farms tonight. The pair will be performing some tunes as well as encouraging others to get up on the microphone for some musical merriment and creative fun as this free and all ages gathering gets started at 7pm.

PORTLAND

Make some plans this Wednesday evening to check out the down-home, acoustic roots sounds of David Beam and Friends as they return to Andy’s Old Port Pub for some good times tonight. This lively bunch will be playing some great music for your midweek wind down so swing through and enjoy this free and all-ages show starting at 8.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series continues this Wednesday with a performance by Wheezer and Squeezer (Jeremiah McCLane and Tim Cummings). This energetic Vermont-based duo creates some traditional sounds using accordions, bagpipes and often whistles and piano. Check them out as they take the stage of Blue beginning at 8pm.

Harmony-laden, Western-tinged Americana-folk duo, Jamestown Revival will be live at Port City Music Hall. A must for any fan of Shovels & Rope and the Lumineers this Texas-based duo will be taking the stage for an 18+ performance. Local indie-folk act Hannah Daman and the Martelle Sisters will open this Wednesday’s show with a set starting up at 8 o’clock.

Over at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port you can check out another fun evening of folk tunes with local musician Dave Rowe. Rowe’s free show starts up at 8 so swing through and check him out if you’re in the downtown area this evening.

Canada’s young bluegrass bands to watch, The Slocan Ramblers, are going to be live at One Longfellow Square tonight. The band brings their bold, dynamic sound rooted in bluegrass tradition to the stage for a show that’s not to be missed. Two talented mandolin players, Joe K. Walsh and Matt Flinner will be teaming up to open tonight’s show with a performance beginning at 8pm.

Best known for their unorthodox two-man lineup, hard rock act Local H have made a career out of straddling the fine line between indie and classic rock, cleverly framing snarky lyrics with a generous helping of power chords and feedback. Tonight they bring their hard-hitting live show to the stage of Aura for an 18+ show that’ll start up at 9 with an opening set by Portland rock trio, The Very Reverend.

Folk-pop-rock act the Dapper Gents Duo returns to RiRa for some good times and good tunes tonight. This free party gets started at 9 o’clock.

Crooners & Cocktails welcomes back local duo Hello Clarice as this pair of talented fellas bring some fun tunes to your Wednesday. Hello Clarice features the vocal stylings of Clarence “Jim” Roberts of Hello Newman and the musical mastery of pianist Mike Maurice as they play everything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Ocean. The pair prepares to perform beginning at 9:30pm.

SACO

If you’re looking to perform this evening check out the open mic happening at BeBe’s Burritos and Cantina in Saco. This free and all ages gathering offers up a full PA for musicians to use as well as the opportunity to score some future gigs. There will be great food and drink available while you participate in an open mic that always features a welcoming audience in a fun atmosphere. This evening’s open mic starts up at 6:30pm.

WESTBROOK

Melinda Torrens brings her soulful voice and blend of all things rock, disco, country, pop, jazz and easy listening to the stage of Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Expect some originals as well as covers of such artists as Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin as tonight’s free and all-ages show starts at 7pm.

Bess Berg and Company bring some midweek, musical merriment to The Frog and Turtle this evening. Starting at 7:30 make some plans to stop in and enjoy an evening of jazz piano paired with bass, sax, and drums during this free all-ages event.

Empire’s Three for 3 series continues with Classy On Occasion, Tim Mercer & Mechanical Banshees tonight

Ohhh yeahhh! Now picture the Kool Aid dude smashing straight through a brick wall to announce that it is Tuesday! That dude represents my feelings to the fullest today as we move forward through another evening chock full of incredibly cool happenings. There’s a whole bunch of awesome shows to check out, so bust through some proverbial walls and take this mother to the limit this Tuesday evening at such shows as the Furniture Friends Benefit at Portland House of Music and Events, Uke n’ Smile at Sea Dog Brewing Company, Hoodie Allen with Sammy Adams & B. Aull at the Collins Center for the Arts, and more!

LEWISTON 

Fast Breaks welcomes back Maine-based, acoustic alternative artist John Hasnip this evening. Starting around 7 John will be playing some fun tunes for you to bust a move or two to this Tuesday.

ORONO

Check out a show happening up in Orono at the Collins Center for the Arts as Waterfront Concerts welcomes Long Island-based pop-rapper, Hoodie Allen. Also on tonight’s bill are Sammy Adams and B. Aull. This show will happen outdoors in the parking lot of the venue and is free to all University of Maine students. Music starts at 6pm.

PORTLAND

Tonight Portland House of Music and Events hosts an evening of exuberant music and dance plus delicious international food compliments of local purveyors all to benefit Furniture Friends. Furniture Friends provides donated furniture to people in need in Greater Portland area helping to turn empty apartments into homes  Performers tonight will include Primo Cubano, Mbondo  Africa, Don Campbell, and Sudo Sudo Dancers. This evening’s benefit event will begin at 6pm.

Tonight Flask Lounge will host an installment of OPEN.  This time around the event will feature a showcase of local beat creators. This evening’s gathering acts as a firm nod to those who choose to create rather than emulate. Each producer will play 30 minutes of their own original material. Things get underway at 8 during this free show which will feature Dave Bregoli, Punky Bruiser, Bruce FLA$H, God.Damn.Chan, Highkoo, MOSART212, NewUknown and Phantom Signal.

Local rock and rollers, Classy on Occasion is releasing their first full length album, She Devil, with special guests Tim Mercer and Mechanical Banshees during Empire’s Three for 3 music series tonight. Expect a night full of fun and great music as these local artists rock out upstairs starting at 9pm.

SOUTH PORTLAND 

Acoustic act Uke n’ Smile returns to Sea Dog Brewing Company in South Portland tonight for another open mic event. All artists of different skills, genres, and ages are welcome to get up on the microphone as this free, creative gathering gets underway at 8pm.

WESTBROOK

Tonight at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza you can check out some music from local singer-songwriters Ronda Dale and Ron Babson. Ronda and Ron will be playing some original tunes and covers as well as sharing stories about their songs. This show is free and guaranteed to be a great way to kick-start your evening, so be sure to check it out as things get underway at 7.

Check out a free show with Jimmy Jacked, No Good, The Labor Pains & Gant tonight at Flask Lounge

Here we go! It’s the first Monday in May and I’ve got high hopes for this week. If you’re ready to show Monday what’s up, here are some things to check out tonight.

HALLOWELL

Denny Breau and Frank Coffin will be performing as part of Slates’ Monday Night Concert Series. Deny has been one of Maine’s best-known and most beloved performers for over thirty years. Winner of the Maine Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award, Songwriter of the Year, eight-time winner of Instrumentalist of the Year, and the youngest inductee to the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame. With his sideman Frank Coffin on bass, Denny presents sizzling guitar solos, touching original songs, and an amazing Chet Atkins medley, all with infectious humor, making him a favorite wherever he goes. Tonight’s show starts at 8:15pm.

LEWISTON

If you’re anywhere near the Lewiston area this Monday, drop by Pedro O’Hara’s where local pop-rocker Michael Krapovicky will be hosting another installment of his weekly acoustic open mic event. Tonight’s free event gets underway at 6:30 and is open to all, so grab an instrument and get ready to make some music, and some new friends tonight!

PORTLAND

Rock and roll into another week with a free and fun show happening at Flask Lounge as killer line up of acts come together to play some high-energy punk, rock and roll! Starting at 8 enjoy some sounds courtesy of Jimmy Jacked, No Good, The Labor Pains and Gant.

Check out another installment of Mothership Mondays with Andrew Bailie & Crew tonight down at Portland House of Music and Events. Bailie and friends will be funkifying the start to your working week some super fun jams as things get swinging right around 9.

Check out BARISHI with Sunrunner, Holy Filth & Megog at SPACE Gallery tonight

It’s here! FRIDAY! We are heading into the weekend and I am so very ready to do it to it, so hike up those Party Pants, shine up those dancing shoes, and get ready to break it on down this evening. Here we go! Lots of tunes to take in at such shows as Ellis Paul at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, The Depths at Champions, The Whitefields at Easy Street Lounge, Red Sky Mary at Trains Tavern, Builder of the House at Blue, Pierre Bensusan at One Longfellow Square, Kung Fu and West End Blend at Port City Music Hall, Richard James Band and Barika at Portland House of Music and Events, Rockbottom at Mixers, Oh The Humanity, Crowfeeder, Time Out Timmy, Not 30, Zukie Fury, Gant, The Keeper Class, Wussy and Spillers at Live at 212 and so much more.

AUBURN 

Central Maine band Skosh brings their badass blend of funk, rock and ska up to Gritty’s in Auburn tonight for a party that’s guaranteed to please. Join the fellas for this free show that’ll get cranking right around 8 o’clock.

BANGOR

Kick off the freakin’ weekend by busting a move to some classic rock covers as Amber Jack returns to the Hollywood Casino for a free show that’ll get rockin’ and rollin’ right around 8pm.

BATH

Singer-songwriter and folk musician Ellis Paul will be performing at the Chocolate Church Arts Center this evening. Paul will be playing his well-known brand of folk-pop style songs beginning at 7:30.

BIDDEFORD

Local cover act The Depths will be bringing the party to Champions this evening. The band will be playing all kinds of songs from all kinds of genres during this free show, which starts up at 6:30.

Local band Relish brings their alternative and new wave sounds to Banded Horn Brewing Company tonight. Enjoy some Maine made brews and tunes as this free show starts up at 7 o’clock.

Drummer Chris Sweet and guitarist Evan Haines team up tonight for a night of smooth instrumental sounds at Elements. This free and all-ages show will get swinging at 8pm.

BRUNSWICK

Local folk-rock musician Brian Patricks returns to The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro this evening. Patricks intertwines finger-style, rhythmic guitar with a hint of harmonica into his sets of originals and covers that span the folk, blues, roots and rock genres. Check out this free all ages show as things begin at 7 o’clock.

BUXTON

Skip’s Lounge welcomes 13 Black tonight as the cover band performs popular 70’s classics, 80’s pop and hair metal, 90’s alternative, and today’s radio hits during a free show that’ll get swinging at 9 o’clock.

GRAY

Step into the zone, The Metal Zone (I couldn’t help myself…) at White’s Cue Connection tonight. Starting at 7 o’clock Juboybe, Angel Slayer, The Argon Red, Years Go By and Dirty Rotten Winter are teaming up to melt some faces with some heavy hitting metal music. Check it out if you’re in the area tonight.

Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at the Cole Farms in Gray tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 7:30 with tons great cover tunes by such artists as The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

HALLOWELL

Local blues and R&B act The Colwell Brothers will be performing at The Kennebec Wharf this evening. Join the band as things get swinging at 9pm.

If you find yourself up in the Hallowell area this evening be sure to stop by Easy Street Lounge as The Whitefields start rocking right around 9. Best described as a folk, funk and rock venture, this band is known for its strong vocal harmonies. Expect a wide range of styles and fun as things get underway tonight.

LEBANON

If you’re in Lebanon tonight and in dire need of some high-energy rock n’ roll then make your way to Trains Tavern where Seacoast rock act Red Sky Mary will be blasting off into the rock n’ roll stratosphere right 8 o’clock this Friday evening.

LEWISTON

Guthries will be swinging tonight as The Juke Joint Devils take to the stage this Friday to kick out some old time, hard driving blues tunes. Tonight’s free show gets jumping right around 8.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 

Central Maine rock cover band Dakota will be bringing the thunder to the stage of The Brunswick tonight as they play songs from such acts as Bon Jovi, Shinedown, Bush, Aerosmith, Journey, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, and more beginning at 8:30pm.

PORTLAND

A free, fun, and all ages show happens over at the Dogfish Bar & Grille this evening as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns for a Happy Hour set that’ll start up right around 5 o’clock.

Indie pop duo Builder of the House will be joined by Chris Gilman on electric guitar for an early evening performance at Blue tonight.  Don’t miss your chance to check out this unique and talented act in a beautifully intimate setting as the music starts up at 6pm.

The Potato Pickers return to Andy’s Old Port Pub with some fun bluegrass sounds during a free and all-ages show that starts at 7 o’clock.

Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album “Encore” and “Best World Music Guitar Player ” by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (USA, 2008), Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time. Tonight you can see him perform live in a beautiful and intimate setting as he takes to the stage of One Longfellow Square starting at 8 o’clock.

Over at The Dogfish Bar & Grille local act The Waiters will be serving up some quality tunes for you to enjoy this finally Friday. The Waiters will be playing all of your favorite cover tunes from a variety of different genres and decades beginning at 8 o’clock.

Connecticut-based funk act Kung Fu will be kicking the weekend into high gear down at Port City Music Hall with a set of originals and a set of Steely Dan covers! Things get underway at 8 during this 18+ show with an opening set from soul/funk band, West End Blend.

Local drummer Chicky Stoltz will be drumming up some action with a free show at Salvage BBQ tonight. Chicky’s music is both dark and charming and shifts between bar blues and Americana, so be sure to check him out tonight as things get underway right around 8:30pm.

BARISHI bring their gritty progressive metal to the stage of SPACE Gallery tonight. Having shared the stage with undeniable extreme music staples Mastodon, Author & Punisher, Today Is The Day, and Weedeater, BARISHI provide the listener with earth-shattering grooves and brutal vocals born in the mountains of Vermont. Portland prog-rockers, Sunrunner, Bangor’s metal act, Holy Filth, and newcomers to the local dark metal scene, Megog round out tonight’s 18+ bill. Music begins at 8:30pm.

Don’t miss what’s sure to be a party upstairs at Empire tonight as they welcome the roots-rock, Americana, country, and folk-infused tunes of Town Meeting, These Wild Plains and Jesse Ahern to the stage starting at 9 o’clock.

Portland House of Music and Events welcomes Boston-based rock act the Richard James Band to the stage tonight. The piano-driven band specifies their genre as “whiskey-infused roots rock and roll.” They’ll be getting after it following an opening set by 6 piece funky, dubbed out, psychedelic West African flavored band from, Barika, who’ll be starting the party at 9 tonight, so check it out if you’re feeling funky this Friday.

Aura in Portland welcomes two of the biggest hair metal bands of the ’80s, Warrant and Dokken, to the stage for a night of hard-hitting rock and roll. Both groups emerged from Los Angeles’ thriving hard rock scene and have gone on to sell millions of albums worldwide. These rockers can’t wait to play not only all the hits fans know and love, but some new tunes as well as. Experience the hard-hitting, high-energy rock n’ roll of Warrant & Dokken alongside special guests Beyond The Fall as things get underway at 9.

Get down on it with some of the best alt-rock tunes the 90s ever gave us with Hello Newman as they throw a party upstairs at Bull Feeney’s tonight. Grab some pals, drink some drinks, and enjoy tunes from such bands as Sublime, Blink 182, the GinBlossoms, Everclear, No Doubt and even Chumbawumba (yes, I just said Chumbawumba) as the (free) party starts right around 9:30.

Blue welcomes jazz, funk and fusion act Sassquatch for some serious getting down on this finally Friday. Get into the groove as things get fun and funky during this free all ages show starting up at 10pm.

Alt-rock act Now is Now will be rockin’ RiRa tonight. Join these talented dudes for some serious fun as this free Friday night show starts up at 10.

SABATTUS

Rockbottom will be bringing some classic rock hits to the stage of Mixers tonight. Dance the night away to cover tunes from such bands as ZZ Top, The Stones, Jimi Hendrix, CCR, Skynyrd and more as this free show gets shakin’ right around 8:30.

WESTBROOK

Get ready to have your face melted off and your ears blown out by Oh The Humanity, Crowfeeder, Time Out Timmy, Not 30, Zukie Fury, Gant, The Keeper Class, Wussy and Spillers tonight as things get really loud and really awesome during this free rock show over at Live at 212. Music starts at 7.

Guitarist Denny Breau will be playing a set of songs over at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza this finally Friday. Breau’s parents, Hal Lone Pine and Betty Cody, were Maine-based country stars in the 1940s and 50s. Check out his performance of acoustic-based tunes as this free and all-ages event gets underway at 7pm.

Phil Divinsky and his Americana-tinged rhythm & blues band return to The Frog & Turtle in Westbrook tonight. You can enjoy some soulful sounds starting at 8:30 at this fabulous gastro pub located in downtown Westbrook.

Get The Led Out at the first ever show at Aura in Portland tonight

All right, my babies, it’s time to take this thing to the limit for another thrilling Thursday! Welcome the weekend with arms wide open (YESSS! A Creed reference; you’re so very welcome!) by getting out there and getting after it tonight. Here are the haps for this evening, which include shows such as Fifth Freedom, Red Sky Mary & Drivetrain at Empire, Peter Carriveau at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro, Steve Jones at The Liberal Cup, Gang of Thieves with Hambone & Swimmer at Portland House of Music and Events, Cover Your Friends at Blue, Bleeker, Beware Of Darkness & Badflower at Port City Music Hall, Pat Foley at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and much more!

AUBURN

If you’re out and about in Auburn tonight, swing by Gritty’s where local musician Mitch Alden will be performing. Mitch is the creative force behind alternative rock band, Now is Now, so stop by and check out his solo set, which starts right around 8pm.

BRUNSWICK

The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro in Brunswick welcomes back Maine musician Peter Carriveau for an evening full of terrific tunes. Peter has numerous influences from folk to Americana to rock. During this free, all-ages show that starts up at 6, you’re likely to hear songs by artists such as Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Gram Parsons, Steve Goodman, Van Morrison, The Beatles, Steve Earl, Ray Lamontagne, and many more, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area this evening.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Uke n’ Smile is back at the Local Buzz for some open mic action this Thursday evening. All musicians of different skills and genres are invited to get up on the microphone tonight as this free and all-ages event begins right around 7:30pm.

HALLOWELL

Local musician Steve Jones and a few of his friends will be making some joyful noise at The Liberal Cup this evening. Jones and company will be performing a blend of rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, roots and more starting at 7 o’clock.

LEWISTON

Sea40 in Lewiston welcomes local folk-rock musician Brian Patricks. Patricks intertwines finger-style, rhythmic guitar with a hint of harmonica into his sets of originals and covers that span the folk, blues, roots and rock genres. Check out Patricks’ solo set as this free all-ages show starts at 7.

PORTLAND

Check out The Grassholes as they play some feel-good bluegrass tunes at Flatbread on Commercial Street tonight. Starting at 6:30, kick back, enjoy some beer, delicious food, and mighty fine tunes during this free, all-ages shindig.

Local artist Jim Gallant brings a mix of Americana, blues, folk, bluegrass and rockabilly to Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. Join him for a free evening of music as this all ages show starts at 7 o’clock.

Anticipate lots of good times to be rollin’ through Portland House of Music and Events tonight as they welcome back Vermont funk rockers Gang of Thieves to the stage alongside special guests, Hambone and Swimmer. Get a solid dose of good vibes this Thursday as things get underway right around 8 o’clock.

A night dedicated to the wonderful songwriters and performers of the local music scene happens at Blue on Congress Street this Thursday as the venue hosts another installment of the Cover Your Friends series. This series is focused on local performers covering other local musicians’ songs. Things begin at 7 and will feature rounds from many talented musicians from around the state of Maine.

Boston indie rocker Melissa Ferrick takes to the stage of One Longfellow Square in Portland once again this evening. Tons of folky goodness gets underway right around 8 with an opening set by The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow.

Tonight Aura presents their premiere show with Led Zeppelin tribute act, Get The Led Out. From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out captures the essence of the recorded music of the mighty Led Zeppelin and brings it to life on the concert stage.  Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years of the mighty Led Zeppelin. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live and like you’ve never heard before. Don’t miss this awe-inspiring homage to one of rock and roll’s greatest bands as Aura celebrates its inaugural concert event as things get underway at 9 o’clock.

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins are back at RiRa tonight for some sweet, acoustic action. You know Ben from his time spent pop-rockin’ as the frontman of the band Kilcollins, but this evening he teams up with the talented Vargas Twins for some fun cover tunes and originals starting right around 9.

Get after it this Thursday with some high-energy, heavy-hitting, and high-quality RnR (rock n’ roll!) as three tremendous acts team up to bring the thunder to the Empire evening. Prepare to get rocked and/or rolled by Fifth Freedom, Red Sky Mary and Drivetrain as things get cranked up to about eleven right around 9pm tonight.

Jam out this Thirsty Thursday with A Band Beyond Description at Gritty’s in the Old Port tonight. Get your free Grateful Dead freak out on starting at 9pm.

Canadian hard rock quartet, Bleeker, whose Stones-esque swagger and big hooks invoke names like the Black Keys, the Struts, Jet, and Royal Blood, will be lighting things up on stage at Port City Music Hall tonight. Riff-heavy alt-rock trio, Beware Of Darkness and LA hard rockers, Badflower round out this 18+ show bill as things get underway at 9 o’clock.

WESTBROOK

Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza welcomes Pat Foley for some acoustic country-rock. If you’re in the area tonight make some plans to drop by as the music starts up at 7.

One Longfellow Square & SPACE Gallery present Arto Lindsay with special guests Beauty Pill & Greg Jamie

Yessah, here we are half-way through another fun-filled week! I don’t know about you guys, but I am totally ready to hurdle the hump and make some serious strides towards the freakin’ weekend! If you’re looking to do some of the same, then here are some places to do just that this Wednesday evening. Check out tunes at such shows as Darlin’ Corey at Frontier, Happy Folk at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Lindsay Straw at Blue, Space Carnival at Flask Lounge, Pete Witham at The Frog and Turtle, Jeff Cusack at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and more.

BRUNSWICK

Bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey will be performing at Frontier this evening as part of the venue’s Live in the Lounge Wednesday night music series. Starting at 7:30 you can stop in and check out the pair’s delightful blend of vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitars that are used to make up some truly unique bluegrass, old timey and folk sounds. This show is all ages and free so be sure to make some plans to check it out.

GRAY

Folk-rock outfit Rippleton Cross hosts another open mic at Cole Farms tonight. The pair will be performing some tunes as well as encouraging others to get up on the microphone for some musical merriment and creative fun as this free and all ages gathering gets started at 7pm.

PORTLAND

Portland’s own feel-good collective Happy Folk will be bringing some jazz-rock jams to Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. Join this band of musical merrymakers for an evening of feel-good fun as things get started right around 7.

Folk singer-songwriter Lindsay Straw celebrates the release of her latest record, The Fairest Flower of Womankind at Blue tonight. Join Lindsay for an evening of song and story as things get underway at 7:30pm.

Tonight One Longfellow Square and SPACE Gallery present musician and artist Arto Lindsay. As a member of DNA, he contributed to the foundation of No Wave. Throughout Lindsay’s career he has collaborated with both visual and musical artists, including Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Animal Collective, Matthew Barney, Caetano Veloso and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Tonight he’ll be joined by DC-based band, Beauty Pill and Portland’s own Greg Jamie as things get underway at OLS right around 8pm.

Local folk musician Dave Rowe will be playing another free show over at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as things start up right around 8 o’clock.

Local folk-pop act the Dapper Gents Duo return to the stage of RiRa tonight for their regular Wednesday night gig. Join these fellas for some musical revelry as this free show starts up around 9pm.

Check out a free show at Flask Lounge tonight with Space Carnival. Space Carnival blends high-energy disco, funk and progressive rock into an interplanetary performance that you can check out starting at 9 o’clock tonight.

The fellas in Hello Newman go unplugged tonight to bring you an acoustic set of all of your favorite 90’s jams at Crooners & Cocktails. This free and fun show will get swinging right around 9:30pm.

Check out a free show down at Champions tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey performs a bunch of barn burners for ya beginning at 9:30.

SACO

If you’re looking to play out tonight be sure to check out the open mic happening at BeBe’s Burritos and Cantina in Saco. This free and all ages musical gathering offers up a full PA for performers to use as well as the opportunity to score some future gigs. There will be great food and drink available while you perform for a welcoming audience in a fun atmosphere. This evening’s open mic begins at 6:30pm.

WESTBROOK

Local musician Jeff Cusack returns to Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight for a free set showcasing his acoustic, light rock tunes. This free and family-friendly event begins at 7pm.

Pete Witham returns to The Frog and Turtle in Westbrook for some fun Americana and rockabilly music this Wednesday. Pete will be joined by a rotating cast of characters as they bring the good times and good tunes to the stage for this free show, which will start at 7:30pm.

Empire’s Three for 3 continues tonight with Bourgeois Mystics, The Last Sip & El Malo

Surprisingly Monday wasn’t as brutal as I was anticipating it to be, and I hope that it was much of the same for you guys as well. It looks like Tuesday is shaping up to be wicked decent too, so get those Party Pants pressed and ready and check out show such as JoJo at Port City Music, Jesus Cactus at Blue, Nat Hussey at Andy’s Old Port Pub, an open mic with Uke n’ Smile at Sea Dog Brewing Company and more!

PORTLAND

The Loblolly Boy brings a unique style of dynamic lyric-driven Americana to the stage of Blue this Tuesday evening. Check out tonight’s performance as music begins at 6pm.

Folk-rock singer-songwriter Nat Hussey returns to the stage of Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening for a night of songs and stories that will start up right around 7 o’clock.

R&B-inspired pop vocalist and songwriter JoJo brings her Mad Love Tour to Portland tonight for an all-ages performance at Port City Music Hall. Tonight’s show starts up at 8.

Electronic music comes in all sounds, colors, and textures, but drummer RJ Miller exploits the ambient side with chilled themes and moody soundscapes that you can check out tonight as he brings his latest musical endeavor, Jesus Cactus, to the stage of Blue. Miller expertly juxtaposes his drum kit with piano, keyboards, and analog synthesizers through infectious melodies that move and groove as things begin right around 8 o’ clock tonight.

Empire’s Three for 3 music series—where you get to see three awesome bands for just $3—rolls on this Tuesday evening with performances by Bourgeois Mystics, The Last Sip and El Malo. The party starts up at 9 o’clock.

Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to Gritty’s tonight for another free, solo set that’ll start up right around 9 o’clock this evening.

Flask Lounge in Portland presents another open mic for DJs with their free dance party, which allows up and coming record spinners to take a chance and get up on the tables during the event. All you need to bring are your records, CDs and controller. All formats of music are welcome as the party starts right around 9 o’clock, so check it out.

SOUTH PORTLAND 

Local acoustic act Uke n’ Smile is back at Sea Dog Brewing Company in South Portland for another free, all-ages open mic event. All genres of music, musicians of varying skills, capabilities, and ages are welcome to join in on the fun as the music starts at 8pm.

Check out The Duskwhales and Forget Forget at One Longfellow Square tonight

Here we go! This Monday why not kick ass and take names by checking out the awesome stuff that’s happening all around town and beyond? Give Monday the one-two punch and check out shows such as Silverstein with Movements, Acadia & Friday Night Lites at Port City Music Hall, Mothership Monday with Andrew Bailie & Friends at Portland House of Music and Events, Sarah Crosby at Slates, Poor Howard at Andy’s Old Port Pub, and more!

HALLOWELL

Lead singer of The Whitefields, Sarah Crosby brings her solo show to the stage of Slates tonight. Her cover style is bluesy, funky, soulful and always unique and her originals touch on important yet not always talked about issues from the Apocalypse to home foreclosure and also running the whole world. Check out her live performance as music begins at 8:15 tonight.

LEWISTON

Local pop-rock musician Michael Krapovicky returns to Pedro O’Hara’s to host another open mic event. Join in on the musical revelry as this all ages gathering gets underway around 6:30pm.

PORTLAND

Tonight you can check out another installment of Verses vs. Verses at Blue. The event is hosted by Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights and features guest songwriters and word-writers (poems, essays, stories, manifestos, tweets) facing off to find what interesting kinks and connections arise while approaching the same theme from opposite angles. This month’s theme is “Oh, God!” and will feature guests Max Garcia Conover, Lewis Robinson, and Betsy Sholl. Things get underway at 5:30.

Tonight One Longfellow Square presents DC indie rock trio The Duskwhales. Their sound is reminiscent of 60’s groups such as The Beatles and The Doors through prominent use of keyboards and memorable vocal harmonies. While incorporating elements of psychedelic roots, the band creates a sophisticated style of their own in both studio and live settings. Local synth-pop act Forget Forget opens the night as things get underway at 7 o’clock.

Andy’s Old Port Pub hosts an evening of acoustic, old school Louisiana blues as they welcome back Poor Howard to the stage tonight. This all ages and free show starts at 7.

Post-hardcore act Silverstein will be playing an all-ages show at Port City Music Hall tonight. Movements, Acadia and Friday Night Lites round out tonight’s bill as things get started at 8 o’clock.

Mothership Mondays with Andrew Bailie & Crew continue tonight at Portland House of Music and Events. Get down with Bailie and friends as they funk up your Monday with some super fun jams starting at 9pm.

Kate Beever & Friends present Going to Graceland tonight at Portland House of Music and Events

Did anyone else get their ace completely handed to them this week? Jeepers, this truly felt like the week that had no end, but that feeling is fleeting as the weekend finally arrives with Friday night packing a serious punch. If you’re ready to let loose might I suggest such shows as Dakota at the Penobscot Pour House, Rippleton Cross at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro, Stesha Cano at Easy Street Lounge, Duquette at Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Company, Celebration of Life for Ron Perreault at Jimmy The Greek’s, Cuse Me, Hopeless Losers, Exclave & Black Mica at Geno’s, Samuel James & Max Garcia Conover at Blue, Mipso & 10 String Symphony at One Longfellow Square, Dirty Bourbon River Show at Empire, Matt and The Barnburners at Mixers, The Middle Men at The Kerrymen Pub, Port City Saints EP Release at Live at 212 and so very much more!

ARUNDEL

Cover act Stolen Mojo will be playing some pop, rock, Motown, R&B, funk, disco and country jams from the last five decades during a free show at Bentley’s. Join in on the dance party as things get grooving right around 8.

AUBURN 

Alt-rock act Zealous Bellus returns to Gritty’s in Auburn tonight for another free and fun par-tay. Let the good times roll as this shindig gets shaking at 8.

Local cover act The Depths will be performing at the Fire House Grill this evening. Beginning at 8:30 they’ll be playing all kinds of danceable tunes from a variety of different genres during this free and all-ages show.

BANGOR

Get your boot scootin’ on with country act the Kayla Wass Trio as they return to the stage of the Hollywood Casino in Bangor tonight for a free show that’ll get kickin’ right around 8 o’clock.

Central Maine rock cover band Dakota will be bringing the thunder to the stage of the Penobscot Pour House as they play songs from such acts as Bon Jovi, Shinedown, Bush, Aerosmith, Journey, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, and more beginning at 9pm.

BATH

Tonight Chocolate Church Arts Center hosts Songs Beyond Borders. This songwriter’s circle brings together acclaimed artists from Maine and Maritime Canada. The event gets underway at 7:30pm and will featured performers Denny Breau, Heather Pierson, Ian Sherwood and Ashley Condon.

BIDDEFORD

The Kevin Midgley Players return to Elements tonight. These local musicians will be serving up some Americana and Delta blues tunes during a free and all-ages show that starts at 8.

BRUNSWICK

Local acoustic folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro this evening. Beginning at 7 the duo will be performing renditions of songs by such artists as Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Cat Stevens and many, many more. This event is free and all-ages so make some plans to check it out if you’re in the area this Friday.

BUXTON

Local cover act 95 North will be rocking and rolling at Skip’s Lounge with some time-tested songs that everyone knows and loves. Check out this free show as things get swinging right around 9.

FREEPORT

Nick Racioppi of local rock-reggae act A Mighty Lion goes solo tonight for a free show happening at the Gritty’s in Freeport. Join Nick as the music starts right around 8.

GORHAM

Local musician Jeff Cusack will be at the School Street Pub & Grill in Gorham tonight for a free set showcasing his acoustic, light rock tunes. This free and family-friendly event begins at 8:30pm.

HALLOWELL

Alter Igor brings some fun to your  Friday night with a free show at The Kennebec Wharf. Beginning at 9 these fellas will be bringing their party-starting classic rock cover tunes to the stage. They’ll be playing renditions of such artists at Nick Lowe, The Who and tones more so check it out if you’re in the area this evening.

Stesha Cano and her talented band mates will be performing Easy Street Lounge this Friday. Starting at 9 you can check out this free show that’ll feature Stesha’s original blues and jazz jams.

LEBANON

Trains Tavern in Lebanon welcomes The Pat Foley Band tonight for some catchy country-rock. If you’re in the area tonight make some plans to drop by as the music starts up at 8.

LEWISTON

Bluegrass act Back Woods Road returns to Guthries this Friday with an energetic set of acoustic tunes featuring the band’s tight harmonies, driving lead solos, and crowd-pleasing compositions. This free and all ages event begins at 8pm.

Pedro O’Hara’s welcomes Ron Bergeron for a night of tunes. Ron will be serving up tons of great songs starting at 8pm including covers of The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and maybe even a little Lady Gaga. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by and check out some good food and good tunes during this free and fun show.

LYMAN

Local artist Rob Duquette and his band will be bringing a mix of jazz, rock and various other grooves to the Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Company in Lyman this finally Friday. Enjoy some great live jams as this free shindig gets swinging right around 5 o’clock.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Recently the music community lost a dear,dear friend and incomparably talented player as Ron Perreault passed on. Tonight friends, family, bandmates and fans will come together during a Celebration of Life for Ron at Jimmy the Greek’s in Old Orchard Beach. Tonight’s gathering to recognize the life, music and memory of Ron will feature performances by the Lower East Side Band, Jupiter Blues, The Wakefield Brothers, The Hooglers, Touch N’ Go!, Ken Goodman Jam and many more. There will be lots of love and music to be shared starting at 7pm.

PORTLAND

Vermont-based folk duo Cricket Blue will be bringing their close-knit harmonies and songs about myth, confusion, love, and the ends of things to the stage of Blue this evening. Join this talented pair for some stories and songs as things get underway at 6pm.

High-energy bluegrass band Seagrass returns to Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street for some good times and good tunes. Get your finally Friday started with this talented act as the music starts at 7 o’clock.

Tonight at Geno’s Rock Club you can get a solid dose of noise-rock as well as check out a screening of David Cronenberg’s new film, VIDEODROME. This evening’s film screening starts at 7:30 followed by Portland noise-mongers, Cuse Me (featuring members of An Anderson, Mouth Washington and Gimme Goldar), punk rock band, Hopeless Losers, thrash punk act, Exclave, and the minimalist synthwave outfit, Black Mica taking to the stage for some sounds starting at 9:45pm. 

Local bluesmen Samuel James and Max Garcia Conover team up to bring you a night of acoustic tunes over at Blue on Congress Street. Starting at 8 o’clock this talented pair of local musicians will be singing some songs, plucking some strings, and sharing some stories to help you thoroughly enjoy your finally Friday evening.

Jazz up your finally Friday happenings with LQH at the Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight. These talented cats will be bringing their melting pot of sound — everything from soul, jazz, funk, and rock — to this free show that’ll get underway at 8.

Tonight you can catch Chapel Hill, North Carolina based string band Mipso at One Longfellow Square as the act brings their folky Americana tunes to life during a headlining set. Things will kick off at 8 o’clock with Nashville-based progressive folk fiddle duo, 10 String Symphony.

Tonight’s show at Portland House of Music and Events is a must for any Paul Simon fans as Kate Beever and friends, who happen to include Andrew Hodgkins, Dustin Levasseur, Adam Frederick, Will Field, Kyle Morgan, and Pete Dugas, as well as a TON of talented guest vocalists  – are Going to Graceland. Beginning at 8pm Kate and company invite you to an evening of Paul Simon music, including the entirety of the album ‘Graceland’, followed by an African dance party spun by local DJ mosart212. Bust out your finest pair of diamond-soled shoes and get ready to dance the night away during this stellar sonic event.

Salvage BBQ on Congress Street welcomes back the Jerks of Grass for another fun Friday filled with tons of toe-tapping bluegrass tunes. This free all-ages shindig gets swinging around 8:30.

If you’re looking to get down this Friday then do not miss tonight’s show with high-energy psychedelic funk act Pigeons Playing Ping Pong who will be tearing it up onstage at Port City Music Hall alongside special guests and groove rockers Aqueous. Plan on a party and lots of tushy shaking as things get cranking right around 9 o’clock.

I’m guessing that a party is bound to break out upstairs at Empire tonight as they welcome the Dirty Bourbon River Show to the stage. The New Orleans-based act will be bringing their brand of big brass circus rock to life as the good times get rollin’ along right around 9:30pm.

90’s cover band Ice Cold Zima will be rockin’ the night away at Brian Boru. Travel back to a time of JNCO jeans, bucket hats, and bowl cuts with some cover tunes of No Doubt, Fiona Apple, The Cardigans, 4 Non Blondes, Green Day, Lauryn Hill, Bonnie Raitt, Stone Temple Pilots, Alanis Morissette, and more as things get jumpin’ right around 9:30.

Shanna Underwood and Wanderlost will be bringing some Americana music to the stage of Blue this evening. Starting at 10 Underwood joins forces with Devon Colella on cello, Drew Wyman on bass, and Greg Bjork on mandolin for some stellar musical sounds this finally Friday.

Channeling modern rock influences into anthemic choruses and themes of lust, loss and embracing your inner demons, Sparks The Rescue will be bringing all that an more to a free rock and roll party at RiRa tonight. Things get crankin’ right around 10pm.

SABATTUS

Matt and The Barnburners bring some foot stompin’ and hip shakin’ to the stage of Mixers this evening as this local blues band helps you ease into the freakin’ weekend with a night full of fun starting at 8:30.

SACO

The Middle Men, a local group of multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters with influences in pop, folk, reggae and hip-hop, bring their own original tunes as well as cover songs to the stage of the Kerrymen Pub in Saco tonight for a free show that’ll start up right around 7:30pm.

UNITY

Tonight the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts welcomes Palaver Strings, a musician-led string orchestra,dedicated to the collaborative interpretation of classical masterworks. Palaver Strings is passionate about taking classical music beyond the concert hall to engage with diverse and new audiences. This evening’s show begins at 7pm with a performance by string-based folk act, The Gawler Sisters.
WATERVILLE

Check out Maine’s newest Grateful Dead experience, the Terrapin Orchestra, as they play a show at Mainely Brews in Waterville tonight alongside special guest Eric Dudevoir. Mellow your mind as music starts around 9:30pm.

WESTBROOK

Port City Saints celebrate the release of their EP with a straight up punk rock party at Live at 212 tonight. Join the fellas as they release some new tunes tonight alongside special guests Marianne Toilet and The Runs, The Damn Garrison, The Black Cheers, Ray’s Occult and Seasonal Disorders as this free party gets swingin’ right around 6 o’clock.

Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza is the place to be for some honky-tonkin’ this finally Friday as they welcome Mike Preston & The Buckstop Band for some country tunes tonight. This free and all ages show gets started up right around 7.

Jeezum Crow returns to The Frog and Turtle tonight with some Americana, rock, country, alternative, folk, and rockabilly sounds for your finally Friday. This evening’s free and all-ages show starts up at 8:30.

WEST PARIS

Don Hebert of The Veggies goes solo for a show at Rustic Grill and Tavern in West Paris tonight. Don will be bringing a show chock full of fun and danceable cover tunes to the stage as this free, all-ages show starts up at 7.

SPACE Gallery presents Wolf Eyes with Wei Zhongle & Lingua Ignota

We are drawing nearer and nearer to the freakin’ weekend and this Thursday seems to be getting in on the action with a full night of awesome music. Hopefully your party pants are pressed and ready to go because tonight is bringing some serious thunder! Check out shows such as Phil Allen at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro, Ron Bergeron at Bueno Loco, Alter Igor at The Liberal Cup, Maine Man at Woodland Farms Brewery, No Good, Jimmy Jacked, Slow Coyote & Breakfast Lunch and Dinner at Lone Pine Brewing Company, Grateful Bob Mitchell at Portland House of Music, Light It Up! at Port City Music Hall, Ice Cold Zima at Brian Boru, and more!

AUBURN 

Peter Finkle will be playing an acoustic set at Gritty’s Auburn location this Thirsty Thursday. Join in on the musical revelry as this free show starts up at 8.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

The Boothbay Opera House welcomes The Scotti River Trio this evening. With combined musical experience of over a century, The Scotti River Trio will not disappoint. These three fine musicians will run the gamut of vintage acoustic folk to down-home blues, with a few covers as well as originals.Join Scott Elliot, Steve Jones and Paul Mellyn for an enjoyable evening of tunes as things start up at 7pm.

BRUNSWICK

With influences rooted in blues, folk and pop, Phil Allen will likely treat you to some cover songs ranging anywhere from Johnny Cash to One Republic and all things in between as he he returns to The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro tonight for another free, all-ages show. The music starts at 6 o’clock.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Uke n’ Smile returns to the Local Buzz this evening for another open mic event. All musicians of different skill sets as well as genres are welcome as this free and all-ages creative gathering gets underway at 7:30.

FALMOUTH

Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays another free show at Bueno Loco in Falmouth tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 6 o’clock with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

HALLOWELL

Local act Alter Igor returns to rock out at The Liberal Cup tonight with their party-starting classic rock tunes. The band will be playing everything from Nick Lowe to The Who and many, many more iconic rock n’ rollers as they get things underway inside at 8.

KITTERY

Local band, Maine Man will be bringing some homegrown rhythms to a 4/20 Party at Woodland Farms Brewery in Kittery this evening. Join these talented fellas for some rock, funk, and reggae songs to dance to as this free show starts up at 6 o’clock.

LEWISTON

Rails in Lewiston welcomes back Maine musician Peter Carriveau for an evening full of terrific tunes. Peter has numerous influences from folk to Americana to rock. During this free, all-ages show that starts up at 5:30, you’re likely to hear songs by artists such as Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Gram Parsons, Steve Goodman, Van Morrison, The Beatles, Steve Earl, Ray Lamontagne, and many more, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area this evening.

PORTLAND

Tonight Blue will welcome blues, funk and soul guitarist and singer-songwriter, Andrew Bailie to the stage alongside special guests Mimi Tanski and Nina Ciffolillo for a performance that will begin at 7pm.

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes back local act Pretty Girls Sing Soprano to fill their space with some beautiful sounds. Since their inception Pretty Girls Sing Soprano have quickly turned heads with their tight, clever and original harmonies. You can check them out starting at 7 o’clock this evening.

Rock and roll into Thursday with a fun show happening at Lone Pine Brewing Company as killer line up of rockin’ acts come together to play some high-energy punk and rock and roll! Starting at 8 enjoy some locally brewed beer and locally made music from  No Good, Jimmy Jacked, Slow Coyote, and Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

The Portland Jazz Orchestra returns to One Longfellow Square tonight. This 18-piece jazz ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary big band literature. The PJO plays works written by members such as Craig Skeffington, Willie Johnson, Chris Humphrey and Terry White in addition to literature composed by a variety of jazz artists including Tom Kubis, Matt Harris, Bob Mintzer, Bill Holman and Maria Schneider. Tonight they’ll be joined by the Westbrook High School Jazz Ensemble as music starts up at 8pm.

Michigan-based experimental noise band, Wolf Eyes bring their sonic explorations to the stage of SPACE Gallery tonight. They’ll be joined by by like-minded and uncompromsing sonic-explorers, Wei Zhongle and Providence’s Lingua Ignota. This all ages event gets underway at 8:30pm.

A perfect event to help celebrate the day is happening at Portland House of Music and Events as they present Grateful Bob Mitchell. This evening’s festivities begin at 9pm and will feature renditions and improvisations of Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, and Joni Mitchell material by members of Strangefolk, Percy Hill, Dead Set, and more.

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins are back at RiRa tonight for some sweet, acoustic action. You know Ben from his time spent pop-rockin’ as the frontman of the band Kilcollins, but this evening he teams up with the talented Vargas Twins for some fun cover tunes and originals starting right around 9.

Tonight Blue on Congress Street welcomes local act Zapion as they present some classic belly dance music from the Turkish, Arab and Armenian traditions. Tonight Zapion will be joined by Vivian Vice, a dancer from New England’s thriving belly dance community, as things get underway at 9pm.

Tonight Port City Music Hall will host Light It Up! A 420 reggae celebration featuring performances by Mighty Mystic, BDLabs Sound System and Skyfoot. This 18+ vibe-fest gets underway at 9 o’clock.

Mellow your mind with some stellar jams at Gritty’s during another fun night with the one and only A Band Beyond Description. Far more than just your typical Grateful Dead cover band, these fellas jam out on everything from Phish, the Allman Brothers, The Band and more. Anticipate good times, good tunes and good people starting right around 9.

Check out Micromasse at Frontier tonight

Sending out some virtual high fives to y’all as we hurdle the hump and take on another Wednesday. If you’re looking to treat yourself to some live, local music this evening, here are some fine establishments to do just that, including an open mic with Rippleton Cross at Cole Farms, Richard Shindell at One Longfellow Square, Kishi Bashi with Tall Tall Trees at Port City Music Hall, Pete Witham at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, Rap Night at Aura, an open mic with BeBe’s Burritos, and more!

BIDDEFORD

Check out a free show down at Champions tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey plays a free show starting up at 9:30pm.

BRUNSWICK

Organ-based trio Micromasse returns to Frontier tonight as part of the venue’s Live in the Lounge Wednesday night music series. This free show will showcase the melodic and mesmerizing sounds of musicians Chris Sweet, Max Cantlin and Pete Dugas as the three combine guitar, drums and organ to create some superior instrumental jams starting right around 7:30pm.

GRAY

Folk-rock cover band Rippleton Cross will host another open mic at Cole Farms this evening. The pair will be performing some tunes as well as encouraging others to get up on the microphone for some musical revelry as this free and all ages gathering gets underway at 7pm.

PORTLAND

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes singer-songwriter Tom Templer this Wednesday evening for some fun acoustic tunes. This free and all-ages show will start at 7pm.

Oliver The Crow will be performing live at Blue this evening. This duo of artists will be bringing some folk, bluegrass and Appalachian sounds to the stage starting at 7:30pm.

New Jersey-born, Argentina-based folk singer-songwriter Richard Shindell will be at One Longfellow Square tonight. Shindell’s work has travels spaces from the bitterly comic to the profoundly spiritual and tonight you can see his unique storytelling ability in action as he takes to the stage for an 8 o’clock performance.

Local folk artist Dave Rowe will be performing at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight. Join Rowe for some rollicking good times as this free show gets underway at 8pm.

Singer, violinist, and composer, Kishi Bashi has embarked on an epic orchestral solo project after having collaborated and toured with such acts as Of Montreal, Regina Spektor and Sondre Lechre, and tonight he’ll bring his project to the stage of Port City Music Hall in Portland. Things get underway at 8 with opening set by psychedelic-tinged indie folk act Tall Tall Trees.

Rap Night keeps rollin’ in its new spot downstairs at open Aura (aka the former Asylum) as they welcome showcases Portland’s own Trails and Paco The G Train Bandit from NYC. As usual the night will start and finish with an open mic cipher. Special guest Boondocks will be holding it down on the turntables alongside El Shupacabra as things get underway at 9 o’clock tonight.

Local folk-pop act the Dapper Gents Duo return to the stage of RiRa tonight for their regular Wednesday night gig. Join these fellas for some musical revelry as this free show starts up around 9pm.

More midweek fun will be happening at Crooners & Cocktails tonight as Hello Clarice brings some fun tunes to your Wednesday. Hello Clarice features the vocal stylings of Clarence “Jim” Roberts of Hello Newman and the musical mastery of pianist Mike Maurice as they play everything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Ocean. The pair prepares to perform beginning at 9:30pm.

SACO

If you’re looking to play out tonight be sure to check out the open mic happening at BeBe’s Burritos and Cantina in Saco. This free and all ages musical gathering offers up a full PA for performers to use as well as the opportunity to score some future gigs. There will be great food and drink available while you perform for a welcoming audience in a fun atmosphere. This evening’s open mic begins at 6:30pm.

WESTBROOK

Local artist Pete Witham returns to Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight for some fun Americana and rockabilly tunes that are guaranteed to help you hurdle the hump this Wednesday. Pete will be joined by his regular rotating cast of musically inclined characters as this free, all-ages performance gets underway right around 7 o’clock.

Maine-based adult-contemporary folk rock artist Don Campbell returns to The Frog and Turtle tonight for a free, all-ages show that will start at 7:30pm.

Port City Music Hall welcomes The Jayhawks & Johnny Irion tonight

Tuesday is no slouch when it comes to partying so get out there and have some fun, and hey, before you know it it’ll be Wednesday and we’ll be one day closer to the freakin’ weekend! Check out some fun times and tunes at such shows as Korovyov, Color Hex & Mousatron at Empire, Big World at Blue, Travis James Humphrey at Gritty’s, an open mic with Uke n’ Smile at Sea Dog Brewing Company, and more.

PORTLAND

Local singer-songwriter Kate Schrock will be playing at Blue this evening. Schrock has shared the stage with artists such as Taj Mahal, Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones, Wayne Kramer of MC5, The Bodeans, Stephen Stills, and more. Check out her solo performance as things get underway at 6 tonight.

Carol Reese and the Dirty Dollhouse will be playing some pop, folk and country tunes during a free and all-ages show at Andy’s Old Port Pub. The musical merriment will begin at 7pm.

Big World, a Portland band which focuses on taking compositions from jazz and other musical genres to explore the musical form through improvisation, will be playing a show this evening at Blue. Beginning at 8 the act will be performing both original compositions as well as their interpretations of songs by such artists as Sonny Sharrock, James Brown, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and more.

Tonight One Longfellow Square hosts Songs Beyond Borders. This songwriter’s circle brings together acclaimed artists from Maine and Maritime Canada. The event gets underway at 8pm and will featured performers Denny Breau, Heather Pierson, Ian Sherwood and Ashley Condon.

Port City Music Hall presents alt-country act The Jayhawks. The Jayhawks bring their melancholic songwriting, impeccable musicianship, lush sound, and sweet harmonies to the stage alongside opener Johnny Irion as this 18+ show starts up at 8 o’clock.

Another Open Decks Night is happening at Flask Lounge tonight. Beginning at 9 you can sign up for a slot DJing on some open tables and all you need to bring are some records, CDs, and a pair of headphones.

Take in some roots rock tunes as local musician Travis James Humphrey plays a free show at Gritty’s. Let the good times roll this Tuesday as things get swinging right around 9 o’clock.

Empire’s Three for 3 music series—where you get to see three awesome bands for just $3—rolls on this Tuesday evening. Check out sets from Korovyov, Color Hex, and Mousatron starting at 9pm.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Local acoustic act Uke n’ Smile is back at Sea Dog Brewing Company in South Portland for another free, all-ages open mic event. All genres of music, musicians of varying skills, capabilities, and ages are welcome to join in on the fun as the music starts at 8pm.

Check out Monday of the Minds at Empire tonight

Oh my goodness, yesterday made me feel like scurvy season might almost be over! I hope you all had a chance to enjoy that glowing orb in the sky by spending lots of time outdoors. I must say that feel pretty good about the week ahead. If you’re feeling that way too here are some places to strut your stuff at tonight! Check out shows such as The Scotti River Trio at Slates, Mothership Monday with Andrew Bailie & Crew, Jeff Christmas at Andy’s Old Port Pub, and more.

BANGOR

If you’re in Central Maine this evening make plans to head out to the Bangor Public Library for Songs Beyond Borders. This songwriter’s circle will be bringing together acclaimed artists from Maine and Maritime Canada. The event gets underway at 7pm and will featured performers Denny Breau, Heather Pierson, Ian Sherwood and Ashley Condon.

HALLOWELL

Slates welcomes The Scotti River Trio this Monday evening. With combined musical experience of over a century, The Scotti River Trio will not disappoint. These three fine musicians will run the gamut of vintage acoustic folk to down-home blues, with a few covers as well as originals.Join Scott Elliot, Steve Jones and Paul Mellyn for an enjoyable evening of tunes as things start up at 8:15pm.

LEWISTON

Local pop-rock musician Michael Krapovicky returns to Pedro O’Hara’s to host another open mic event. Join in on the musical revelry as this all ages gathering gets underway around 6:30pm.

PORTLAND

Singer-songwriter Jeff Christmas will be at Andy’s Old Port Pub this Monday evening. Join Jeff for some music as this free and all-ages show starts up at 7pm.

Mothership Mondays with Andrew Bailie & Crew continue tonight at Portland House of Music and Events. Get down with Bailie and friends as they funk up your Monday with some super fun jams starting at 9pm.

Put on your party pants and join the Primary Dance Party as they celebrate their 2nd Annual Talking Heads Night at Flask Lounge. DJs Zimbra and DoomsdayJ will be spinning all your TH tunes as well as some New Wave, synth-pop and post-punk jams as this free party begins at 9 o’clock.

Monday of the Minds, a showcase of some of the New England hip-hop scene’s biggest and brightest artists, takes over Empire tonight as they welcome Cryptic Wisdom with Stay On Mars, Wisdom, James Grant, and Ill Murray to the stage for some beats, bangers and bars beginning at 9pm.

Check out Roots, Rhythm & Dub, Sammy Kay and El Grande at Mathew’s tonight

Holy flip! It is finally, finally, FINALLY Friday! I don’t know what in the heck happened, but this week felt like the week that would never ever end. Seriously, it was brutal. I am so very ready to hike up my Party Pants and get down into the freakin’ weekend. I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one who feels this way so if you’re with me, let’s throw this motha into high gear and turn a tire into Friday night! Yessah, bub! Have some wicked decent times at shows such as Id M Theft Able, Timeghost, Craow, Missdick Vibrocis & Foul Terrority at Geno’s, Rustic Overtones & Bella Bartok at Portland House of Music and Events, 13 High, Sygnal To Noise, Arta’sin & Trial By Stone at the Riverside Bar & Grille, Rippleton Cross at the School Street Pub, Clara Junken at Blue, Waka Flock Flame & DJ Whoo Kid at the State Theatre, and much, much more.

BANGOR

The Allison Ames Band will be bringing some irresistible dance tunes to Hollywood Casino tonight as they serve up classic rock covers during a free 21+ event that gets underway right around 8.

BATH

Tonight do good and have fun at the 2nd Annual Rock for Brady Benefit with 13 High, Sygnal To Noise, Arta’sin and Trial By Stone at the Riverside Bar & Grille. This is a St. Jude’s event for the family of Brady Mortimer who lost his life from cancer at a very young age. Come celebrate his life with four awesome hard rock bands emceed by Heather Burleigh as thing get underway at 9pm.

BIDDEFORD

Local musician Steve Dunphy will be playing some tunes during an acoustic set over at Champions tonight. This free shindig will get swinging with some fun cover tunes as well as catchy originals beginning at 6:30pm.

Maine-based alternative folk act Northwood returns to Elements tonight for some foot-stomping good times. The band will start making some noise right around 8 o’clock during this free and all-ages event.

BRUNSWICK

Singer-songwriter Lee Sykes brings his rich, soulful voice to The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro tonight for some acoustic tunes played on his trusty guitar. Enjoy both originals and covers as this free show starts up at 7.

BUXTON

Dance it out Skip’s Lounge tonight as dance/pop cover act Tickle gets ready to bring the house down with some of the best of today’s music mixed in with a little bit of retro funk. The party starts at 9 o’clock.

GORHAM

Folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be performing an acoustic set at School Street Pub. This free show will feature the pair performing renditions of songs by such artists as The Who, Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens and many more as things get started right around 8pm.

HALLOWELL

Check out another free and fun show at The Kennebec Wharf as The Boneheads return to the stage. This local act will liven up your Friday night with fun Americana and roots sounds starting at 9 o’clock.

If you find yourself up in the Hallowell area this evening be sure to stop by Easy Street Lounge as The Whitefields start rocking right around 9. Best described as a folk, funk and rock venture, this band is known for its strong vocal harmonies. Expect a wide range of styles and fun as things get underway tonight.

KENNEBUNKPORT

Guitar, bass and violin trio, Treble G bring their rock and pop instrumentals, which cover decades from the 80’s through today, to Alisson’s Restaurant in downtown Kennebunkport. This free performance will begin at 7pm.

LEBANON

Check out some rock, pop, dance, blues and country cover tunes courtesy of The Cover Tunes as this local act will be rocking you during a free show at Trains Tavern. The party starts at 8 o’clock.

LEWISTON

Stephanie Nilles brings her unique combination of jazz, folk, and punk to Guthries tonight. Her lyrics are witty, abrasive, and bawdy, and her piano skills are impressive. Be sure you check her out if you’re in the area tonight as this free show starts up at 8.

MONMOUTH

Local singer-songwriter Lindsey Montana will be playing a set of piano-driven tunes at TJ’s Place in Monmouth this Friday evening. Enjoy some food, drinks, and fun as Lindsey begins right around 6 tonight.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

The dudes in Kilcollins will be doing it to it at The Brunswick tonight. Starting at 8:30 the band plans on rockin’ you with all sorts of tunes that you know in love with a handful of catchy original jams for good measure. It’s free, fun and guaranteed to be a good time, so check it out if you’re in the area this evening.

PORTLAND

Talented, local songstress Clara Junken will be holding it down once again at Blue tonight. Starting at 6 Clara will be playing a set of soulful blues rock tunes of both her own material as well as few cover tunes during this fun musical gathering, so grab some friends, enjoy a delicious cocktail and let Junken serenade you into the 7 o’clock hour.

Enjoy an evening of acoustic blues, guitar rags and original compositions performed on both 6 and 12-string guitar as Frank Fotusky returns to Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight for a show that’ll start up right around 7 o’clock.

Acoustic duo Stealing North, which features Neal Jandreau and Tom Doucette, will be playing all kinds of fun covers at The Thirsty Pig tonight. Join these fellas from some music as things get underway at 7.

Tonight Blue welcomes Swedish Americana singer-songwriter Sofia Talvik. Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music that has been described as neo-folk. See her perform live as things begin at 8.

Portland-based funk-rock extraordinaires Rustic Overtones return to the stage of Portland House of Music and Events with their beloved blend of soul music, garage punk, jazz and psychedelic sounds. Tonight these hometown heroes will be kicking off their two-night stint at PHOME by performing their 2013 album, “Let’s Start a Cult 2” in its entirety. Things will begin at 8 o’clock with an opening set by Vaudevillian folk punk powerhouse, Bella’s Bartok.

Local musician Rexy Dinosaur returns with saxophone in claws to the Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight. Rexy will be joined by Tom Douglas on guitar and Geoff Williams on percussion as the trio bring you a mix of blues, hip hop and jazz beginning at 8 o’clock.

Southern rapper Waka Flocka Flame is back at the State Theatre tonight. This all ages party gets underway at 8 with an opening set by DJ Whoo Kid.

Lots of high-energy reggae, dub, ska, punk and rock n’ roll to be had at Mathew’s tonight as Roots, Rhythm & Dub, Sammy Kay and El Grande join forces for some Friday fun. Check this show out as things get underway at 8pm.

Local fellas Sylvain’s Acadian Aces are back at Salvage BBQ on Congress Street this finally Friday. Beginning at 8:30 these talented gents will be serving up some authentic Cajun tunes for you to dance around to.

It’s going to get noisy and delightfully weird at Geno’s tonight as Rhode Island acts, Timeghost (industrial/electronic) and Craow are joined by New York band, Missdick Vibrocis and Portland’s own noise guru, Id M Theft Able as well as local improv punk band, Foul Territory (members of Video Nasties, Barbecue, All Night and Blood Caps). Things get underway at 9pm.

Local four-piece cover act, Fighting Fiction will be providing the perfect soundtrack for your Friday night with a wide variety of material from all kinds of genres including modern pop, rock, alternative, country, classic rock and more. The band will be doing it to it with a free show starting at 9:30 at Bull Feeney’s.

If you’re looking for some sultry salsa tunes with a bit of a punk edge then look no further than Blue on Congress Street as they welcome back local salsacore act El Malo to their stage starting at 10.

Barefoot Fossie and The Coop will be country rockin’ and rollin’ at RiRa tonight. Get your boots on and do some scootin’ as this free show gets swinging right around 10.

ROCKLAND

Tonight The Strand in Rockland welcomes 9-piece band Lakou Mizik. Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to the world. See their inspiring performance starting at 7:30pm.

SABATTUS

Check out some modern country covers from Whiskey Militia and some badass funk, rock, and ska sounds courtesy of  Skosh as the two acts team up to bring the party to Mixers in Sabattus tonight. These Central Maine acts will be rocking you as this free show gets shaking right around 8:30pm.

SACO

Local cover act 95 North will be rocking and rolling at the Kerrymen Pub in Saco with some time-tested songs that everyone knows and loves. Check out this free show as things get swinging right around 8.

WESTBROOK

Local folk artist Dave Rowe is back at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as this free and all-ages show begins at 7pm.

Portland’s own twisted rockabilly and rollers Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies return to The Frog and Turtle with another high-energy show that fires up right around 8:30.

YARMOUTH

Boston-based bluegrass band, Eli Gilbert & Friends will be performing live at the First Universalist Church of Yarmouth this Friday evening. Join in on the musical fun as things get underway at 7pm.

Get heavy with Falls of Rauros, Obsidian Tongue, Ada & Forêt Endormie at SPACE Gallery tonight

One more day until the freakin’ weekend, babies. We’ve basically got this thing in the bag, and it absolutely doesn’t hurt that this Thursday evening is guaranteed to be a good time. Kick things into high gear and check out all the cool stuff that’s happening this evening including Michael Krapovicky at Gritty’s in Auburn, Alex Roy at Bueno Loco Restaurante, Connor Garvey at Blue, Dan Tedesco, Pretty Sad & Calen Perkins at Empire, Anni Clark at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and more!

AUBURN 

Gritty’s in Auburn welcomes back Michael Krapovicky for a night of acoustic pop-rock originals and covers. Michael will get the good times rollin’ along at 8 during this free set.

AUGUSTA

Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be hosting an open bluegrass jam at The Gin Mill in Augusta this evening. Join in on the musical revelry as things get underway at 7:30pm.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Uke n’ Smile returns to the Local Buzz this evening for another open mic.  All musicians of different skills and genres are welcome as this free, creative gathering gets underway at 7:30.

FALMOUTH

Sparks The Rescue front man Alex Roy goes solo and acoustic tonight for a show at Bueno Loco Restaurante. Beginning at 6:30 you can stop through and check out some of Roy’s pop-rock jams as he plays a free set of songs this evening.

KITTERY

Woodland Farms Brewery in Kittery will host local singer-songwriter Seth Gooby this evening as Seth performs a free set filled with some blues, soul and folk sounds. This evening’s event gets underway right around 6 o’clock so make some plans to stop by if you’re in that neck of the woods this Thursday.

LEWISTON 

Rails in Lewiston welcomes back Ron Bergeron for an early evening of tunes. Ron will be serving up tons of great cover songs starting at 5:30pm including renditions of The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and maybe even a little Lady Gaga. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by and check out some good tunes during this free and fun show.

PORTLAND

Portland-based singer-songwriter, Connor Garvey will be bringing his brand of acoustic folk-rock blended with a touch of soul to the stage of Blue this evening. Check out Connor as he performs a set of songs starting at 6pm.

The Kevin Midgley Players return to Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. These local musicians will be serving up some Americana and Delta blues tunes during a free and all-ages show that starts at 7.

Blue welcomes back contemporary bluegrass band Cumberland Crossing for another night of bustling bluegrass. Tonight’s free show gets kickin’ around 8 and directly following the band’s set will be an all-out bluegrass jam that’s open to any and all musicians who wanna join in. Swing through and have some fun if you’re kicking around downtown this Thursday evening.

SPACE Gallery gets dark and heavy as Maine black metal act, Falls of Rauros return to the stage tonight alongside black metal duo Obsidian Tongue (led by Brendan James Hayter, and now featuring Falls’ own drummer, Ray Capizzo), the doom-tinged far out outfit Ada, and Falls guitarist Jordan Guerette’s chamber ensemble Forêt Endormie. This  all ages show starts up at 8:30pm.

Touring alt-folk singer-songwriter Dan Tedesco will be headlining a show at Empire tonight. This evening’s festivities get underway with opening sets by local acts Pretty Sad and Calen Perkins starting at 8:30pm.

Mellow your mind with some stellar jams at Gritty’s during another fun night with the one and only A Band Beyond Description. Far more than just your typical Grateful Dead cover band, these fellas jam out on everything from Phish, the Allman Brothers, The Band and more. Anticipate good times, good tunes and good people starting right around 9.

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins are back at RiRa tonight for some sweet, acoustic action. You know Ben from his time spent pop-rockin’ as the frontman of the band Kilcollins, but this evening he teams up with the talented Vargas Twins for some fun cover tunes and originals starting right around 9.

WESTBROOK

Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza welcomes back award-winning folk musician Anni Clark tonight. Anni brings her acoustic 12-string back up to the stage for some original tunes starting at 7.

Dan Navarro and special guest Darden Smith perform at One Longfellow Square tonight

We’re doing it to it slow and steady this week as we hurdle the hump into this evening. Per usual there’s a bunch of awesome shows happening all around tonight, so get out there and have some fun at such shows as David Gans with The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music and Events, Acoustic Punk Night at Flask Lounge, Never Been To Tennessee at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, Brit Floyd at the Cross Insurance Center, and more.

BANGOR

Tonight Brit Floyd brings the music of Pink Floyd to life with its lavish new stage show, ‘Immersion World Tour 2017’ over at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. This evening’s stellar performance gets underway at 7:30pm.

BIDDEFORD

Take in some roots rock tunes during a free show at Champions tonight. Starting at 9 local musician Travis James Humphrey will be playing a solo set of songs.

BRUNSWICK

Local musical group, Los Galactacos, comprised of adventuring stringbenders, strummers, pickers, and percussionists exploring an atlas of music styles and songs, will be performing at Frontier once again tonight as part of the venue’s Live in the Lounge music series. Los Galactacos repertoire includes Tex/Mex folk, Appalachian string music, Canadian Maritimes fiddle tunes, the Classic American Songbook, ol’ time Country, and more. Check them out as things get underway at 7:30 during tonight’s free performance.

GRAY

Folk-rock cover band Rippleton Cross will host another open mic at Cole Farms this evening. The pair will be performing some tunes as well as encouraging others to get up on the microphone for some musical revelry as this free and all ages gathering gets underway at 7pm.

PORTLAND

Local indie pop singer-songwriter Lucas Roy will be at Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening. Roy draws his influences from such artists as John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, and James Bay. This free, all-ages show will start at 7pm.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series continues tonight with a special ticketed show featuring Cathal Hayden (fiddle/banjo) and Patrick Dooney (guitar). Cathal is one of the premiere players of Irish music and has performed with the likes of Martin Hayes, Tommy Emmanuel, Mairtin O’Connor, Four Men and a Dog, Christy Moore, Stockton’s Wing, Donal Lunny and many more. He has won 6 All-Ireland titles and was added to the Hall of Fame at the Fiddler’s Green Festival. Check out the pair’s performance as music begins at 7:30pm tonight.

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Dan Navarro will be at One Longfellow Square this Wednesday evening. Dan’s career began as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne,Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, and Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir. Opening this evening’s show will be singer-songwriter Darden Smith, who’s set is slated to start at 8pm.

Check out a super fun and free show over at Flask Lounge tonight as they host another installment of Acoustic Punk Night featuring stripped down, acoustic performances by Kris and Nakita, Scotty Saints, Wussy, Tuesday Morning Wrestling, Matt Andersen, Not 30, Pete O’Brien and more. Check out some unplugged punk performances as things start up at 8.

Local folk artist Dave Rowe will be performing at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight. Join Rowe for some rollicking good times as this free show gets underway at 8pm.

Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Grateful Dead music today, and an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter in his own right, David Gans, will be joining The Maine Dead Project for a night of well-crafted and heartfelt covers of some of the Dead’s most beloved songs. Join in on the fun as this midweek show starts up at Portland House of Music and Events at 9pm tonight.

Crooners & Cocktails welcomes back local duo Hello Clarice as this pair of talented fellas bring some fun tunes to your Wednesday. Hello Clarice features the vocal stylings of Clarence “Jim” Roberts of Hello Newman and the musical mastery of pianist Mike Maurice as they play everything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Ocean. The pair prepares to perform beginning at 9:30pm.

WESTBROOK

Local country act Never Been To Tennessee will be singing some songs at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Starting at 7 Scott Girouard and Kevin Ward will be serving up classic country covers from such artists as Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and a whole lot more during this free, all ages show.

The Frog and Turtle welcomes back local musician Tom Douglas for an evening of acoustic classic covers and original songs. Join Tom as this free and all-ages show starts up at 7:30pm.

Gas Station Mentality, Meanmugg, No Good & Cellar Fox play Empire tonight

Oh yes, yes, y’all! It’s time to take it to the limit again this Tuesday in celebration of surviving another Monday! High fives all around! If you’re looking to blow off some steam and let loose this evening, here are some places to check out, including Double Entendre at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, Choro Louco at Blue, Ron Bergeron at Fast Breaks, and more!

LEWISTON

Fast Breaks in Lewiston welcomes back Ron Bergeron for a night of tunes. Ron will be serving up tons of great songs starting at 7pm including covers of The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and maybe even a little Lady Gaga. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by and check out some good tunes during this free and fun show.

PORTLAND

Head on out to Blue for a Tuesday night filled with acoustic blues, guitar rags and original tunes performed on both 6 and 12-string guitar as Frank Fotusky returns to the stage for a show that’ll get started at 6:30pm.

Another free and all ages show happens at Andy’s Old Port Pub as they welcome back local singer-songwriter Ronda Dale to the stage for an acoustic performance that will begin at 7pm.

Local rock and roller Tim Mercer will be performing at St. Lawrence Arts on Munjoy Hill this evening as fundraising event to help out this terrific Portland venue. Mercer is a musician from right here in Portland and spent 12 years in Brooklyn, NY fronting the rock band, Daphne. During his time in New York, Tim won the K-Rock Battle of the Bands, and was the runner up in the HBO Rock The Stones Contest, as well as the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Tonight you can see him perform live in this intimate and unique setting as music starts up right around 7 o’clock.

Check out some tunes by Portland’s only Brazilian choro ensemble, Choro Louco, as they play another show at Blue. Choro Louco features local musicians Carl Dimow, Nicole Rabata, Joel Eckhaus, Eric LaPerna, and David Newsmam. This evening’s performance begins at 8:30pm.

Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to Gritty’s tonight for another free, solo set that’ll start up right around 9 o’clock this evening.

Flask Lounge in Portland presents another open mic for DJs with their free dance party, which allows up and coming record spinners to take a chance and get up on the tables during the event. All you need to bring are your records, CDs and controller. All formats of music are welcome as the party starts right around 9 o’clock, so check it out.

Empire’s Three for 3 music series rolls on this Tuesday evening and tonight you’ll be getting 3+1 bands for only three bucks! Check out some fun sets full of thrash, ska, grunge, blues and punk rock as Montreal’s Gas Station Mentality teams up with local bands Meanmugg, No Good and Cellar Fox for tonight’s show, which’ll get swinging upstairs starting at 9.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Local acoustic act Uke n’ Smile is back at Sea Dog Brewing Company in South Portland for another free, all-ages open mic event. All genres of music, musicians of varying skills, capabilities, and ages are welcome to join in on the fun as the music starts at 8pm.

WESTBROOK

Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be playing a set at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza this evening. This talented duo will start making some savory sounds starting right around 8pm.

Check out Lousy, Bassoon & All Night at Geno’s tonight

Buck up, chums, there’s no need to wallow in the misery of another Monday especially when there’s so much awesome stuff to do tonight. So blow those Monday blues away by checking out some live, local music all around town and beyond during such shows as Kneebody at Blue, A Celebration of Townes Van Zandt at Slates, Monday of the Minds at Flask, Andrew Bailie & Crew at Portland House of Music, and more!

HALLOWELL

Tonight at Slates you can check out A Celebration of Townes Van Zandt with Seth Warner and Mike Derosier on guitar, Duane Edwards on bass, and Marty Joyce on percussion and vocals as this group of talented, artists celebrate the songs of the late, great Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Tonight’s performance begins at 8:15pm.

LEWISTON

Local pop-rock musician Michael Krapovicky returns to Pedro O’Hara’s to host another open mic event. Join in on the musical revelry as this all ages gathering gets underway around 6:30pm.

PORTLAND

Grammy-nominated instrumental quintet Kneebody will be making some noise at Blue tonight for two ticketed shows. This exceptionally talented ensemble crosses the boundaries between jazz, funk, rock, and electronic music. You have two chances to catch them tonight at 6pm and again at 9pm.

Acoustic singer-songwriter Krystian Beal will be playing a free show over at Andy’s Old Port Pub this Monday evening. This all ages event will get underway at 7 o’clock.

There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that beginning at 9 things are going to get both incredibly loud and incredibly awesome at Geno’s in Portland as three heavy hitting acts join forces to crush your skull and melt your face all Monday night long. Bang your head and have some fun with Lousy (featuring members of Purse, Cadaverette & Say John Earl), Bassoon (NYC-based with ex-members of Harvey Milk) and All Night (featuring former members of Ocean and Lynx).

Monday of the Minds, a showcase of some of the New England hip-hop scene’s biggest and brightest artists, continues tonight at Flask Lounge. This free event will feature performances by Main Acts, Shameek The God, Seth On Gray Street, The Vatican Life Collective, and Kid Calvin. Beats, bangers and bars begin at 9pm.

Check out another Mothership Monday with Andrew Bailie & Crew down at Portland House of Music and Events tonight. Bailie and friends will be funkifying the start to your working week with some super fun jams as things get swinging at 9.

Check out Pigboat, Devils Nite Out & Objet at Geno’s tonight

Sweet, lovely, and wonderful Friday! I am so exceptionally happy to see you again. If you were an actual entity I’d even go so far as to kiss you on the mouth, buy you some tacos, and even treat you to a fancy drink. This week has been excruciatingly long and kind of soul crushing so I am very ready to let loose, pull up my best pair of Party Pants, and break it on down. Who’s with me? Let’s do it to it at such shows as Weakened Friends & Midwestern Medicine at Central Gallery, Shut Down Brown & Gretchen & The Pickpockets at Portland House of Music and Events, Reggie Harris & Dave Rowe at the First Universalist Church or Auburn, The Bill Barnes Trio at the Nocturnem Draft Haus, Goshen, Air Away, Fading Dawn & Septus at Spire 29 on the Square, Shanna Underwood and Wanderlost at Guthries, Sparks The Rescue at The Brunswick, Tall Horse, Barbecue & Brzowski at Urban Farm Fermentory, GoldenOak & Bold Riley at One Longfellow Square, and so very much more!

AUBURN 

Tonight Reggie Harris will be performing as part of the Concerts for a Cause music series at the First Universalist Church in Auburn. Harris combines traditional African-American spirituals and freedom songs with original folk songs revolving around themes of life, love, the quest for freedom, concern for our environment, and the human need for community. A portion of the proceeds of this concert will benefit the Trinity Jubilee Center. Local folk musician Dave Rowe will start things off with an opening set that will begin at 7:30.

Check out a free rock n’ roll show at Gritty’s in Auburn tonight with local act Tilden Katz. These fellas will be getting the party started with all kinds of fun covers beginning at 8pm.

BANGOR

If you’re going to be in the Central Maine area this evening make some plns to get on over to The Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor as they present another fine evening of jazz tunes and musical merriment with local act The Bill Barnes Trio. This free 21+ shindig gets swingin’ at 8 o’clock.

Lucie & The Undercover Band will be bringing some classic rock covers back to the stage of the Hollywood Casino tonight for a free 21+ show that starts up at 8pm.

If I weren’t obligated to stay in southern Maine, I would totally make the trek up to Bangor tonight to check out some seriously awesome rock and roll courtesy of Weakened Friends and Midwestern Medicine at Central Gallery. If you can make it out you definitely should, and get there early as space is limited; the music, and fun times, get cranked up to 11 right around 8:30pm.

BATH

This evening singer-songwriter Chris Smither brings his smooth, lyrical guitar style that draws upon elements of blues, folk, country and rock to the stage of the Chocolate Church Arts Center. Tonight’s performance will begin at 7:30.

BIDDEFORD

Check out the future pop-rock styles of Digisaurus as they bring a roaring good time (see what I did there?!) to Elements on Main Street this evening. This free and all-ages show will get swinging right around 8pm.

BROWNFIELD

Dale Watson and Ray Benson of the 9-time Grammy Award winning, king of Western swing act, Asleep at the Wheel, will be stirring things up on stage at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield this evening. Tonight’s shindig gets swinging right around 8 o’clock.

BUXTON 

Cover band, Stolen Mojo will be playing some pop, rock, Motown, R&B, funk, disco and country jams from the last five decades during a free show over at Skip’s Lounge tonight. Join the dance party as things get grooving right around 8:30.

ELLSWORTH

August West and Friends present Dead Night at Chummies in Ellsworth. Mellow your mind to some renditions of the Grateful Dead as things get underway at 9pm.

FREEPORT

The Kevin Midgley Players are back at Gritty’s in Freeport tonight. These local musicians will be performing some Americana and Delta blues tunes as this free show starts up at 8 o’clock.

GORHAM 

Don’t miss out on the ultimate Metal Meltdown tonight as Spire 29 on the Square in Gorham will be featuring the heavy sounds of Goshen (former members of New World Oyster), Air Away, Fading Dawn, and Septus. This all-ages show starts up at 6pm and is bound to be a fun and thunderous time.

GRAY

White’s Cue Connection will be rocking and rolling once again with the heavy-hitting sounds of acts My Tempered Soul, Interloc, The Argon Red and The Friggin’ Neighbors. This rager gets rockin’ right around 8pm and rolls on all night long.

HALLOWELL

The Scolded Dogs will be bringing the party to the Easy Street Lounge tonight. These fellas will be making some noise playing some original tunes as well as covers of Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more as things get swinging at 9.

LEWISTON

Shanna Underwood and Wanderlost will be bringing some fine Americana music to the stage of Guthries this evening. Starting at 8 Underwood joins forces with Devon Colella on cello, Drew Wyman on bass, and Greg Bjork on mandolin for some stellar musical sounds.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Channeling modern rock influences into anthemic choruses and themes of lust, loss and embracing your inner demons, Sparks The Rescue will be bringing a rock n’ roll party to OOB tonight for a free show at The Brunswick. Things get underway tonight right around 8 o’clock.

PORTLAND

Check out another free and fun First Friday show happening at The Dogfish Bar & Grille as Americana/roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns for some Happy Hour tuneage. Travis’ all-ages performance begins at 5 o’clock.

Tonight Urban Farm Fermentory will host the event, Modality, which will feature music and artwork by locally based artists. This evening’s gathering starts up at 5 and will include tunes by Tall Horse, Barbecue and Brzowski.

Local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey will be performing at Blue tonight. Starting at 6 you can stop in and check out the pair’s delightful blend of vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitars that are used to make up some truly unique bluegrass, old timey and folk sounds. This show is all ages and guaranteed to highlight some great music so be sure to make some plans to check it out.

Bud Java brings some reggae to Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. This free and fun show will start up at 7pm.

Tonight GoldenOak, a folk group whose genre-blending sound has them steadily emerging as a musical force in New England, teams up with fellow folk act Bold Riley for a night of beautiful music over at One Longfellow Square. These talented bands will be bringing some serious fun to your finally Friday as they take the stage right around 8pm tonight.

Tonight Brit Floyd brings the music of Pink Floyd to life once again with its lavish new stage show, ‘Immersion World Tour 2017’ over at Merrill Auditorium. This evening’s stellar performance gets underway at 8pm.

If you’re downtown this evening doing the First Friday thing, be sure to take in tonight’s performance by Okbari at Blue on Congress Street. Starting at 8 the act will be performing music from the Middle East and Turkey on such unique and beautiful instruments as oud (fretless Middle Eastern lute), qanun (72-stringed Middle Eastern micro-tonal zither), nay (ancient Middle Eastern reed flute), and Middle Eastern percussion.

Seven-piece act Shut Down Brown brings some raunchy grooves to make you move back to the stage of Portland House of Music and Events tonight. Shut Down Brown will be providing a ton of slick mash ups of funk, rock and soul all night long. They’ll be joined by NH band, Gretchen & The Pickpockets, who’ll get the party started right around 8 o’clock.

Portland’s own twisted rockabilly rock and rollers Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies are back at Salvage BBQ tonight. Check out this high-energy show as the fun fires up right around 8:30.

Get ready to throw up some horns and have your face melted off as Pigboat, Devils Nite and Objet come together for some heavy duty rock and roll tonight at Geno’s. Skull pulverizing commences at 9 o’clock.

Scoot your pooch down to Port City Music Hall on Congress Street as Dead Sessions bring their authentic but unique renditions of Grateful Dead classics back to the stage starting right around 9 o’clock tonight.

Fridays are always a great time to shake what your mama gave ya, so you might as well do just that tonight by getting down to Flask Lounge on Spring Street in Portland where DJ Jamie O’Sullivan will be hosting his monthly LOVE event. LOVE will feature O’Sullivan and some special guests DJs bringing you the best house, techno and disco to shake your can to. You can check out this free event starting right around 9.

Head out to RiRa tonight as Captain Ray and the Castaways will keep you dancing all night long with some fun rock and roll cover tunes during a free party that’ll get started up at 10.

Another First Friday at Blue means that local act The Evan King Group will be laying down some smooth jazz and funky soul. Grab some friends, a beverage and get ready to have some fun as things get started around 10.

SABATTUS

Ruckus will be bringing their high-energy rock and roll covers to the stage of Mixers tonight. Join these fellas for a free and fun party as the music starts up at 8:30.

SACO

Local act JD Gilbert & The Night Train will be bringing some country tunes to The Kerrymen Pub this finally Friday for a free party that’ll get rockin’ and rollin’ right around 7:30pm.

SOUTH PARIS

Check out some solid soul, R&B and blues sounds from local act The Youngerbloods as they play a free show at X Vault in South Paris starting up at 7 o’clock.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Locally based party band Girls Just Want To Have Fun bring another night filled with ‘80s pop, dance, New Wave, hard rock, rap and one hit wonder tunes to the stage of Thatcher’s. Shake your groove thing out on the dance floor as the party starts at 7:30.

WATERVILLE

Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at the Silver Street Tavern in Waterville tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 8 with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

WESTBROOK

The Groove Kings return to the Frog and Turtle tonight to for some soul, funk and rhythm & blues tunes. Let these talented gents treat you to some serious fun as this free finally Friday show starts up at 8:30pm.

YARMOUTH

Vocalist Heather Masse is one-third of the Juno Award-winning Canadian trio The Wailin’ Jennys. This evening Heather joins forces with pianist and former 317 Main Community Music Center teacher, Jed Wilson for a live performance at the First Parish Congregational Church in Yarmouth. Beginning at 7 the duo will be showcasing some folk, pop and bluegrass sounds.

Don’t miss Travis Cyr and the Stay Glad Band tonight at Portland House of Music and Events

Hooray for Thursday! Not only are we making some serious strides to the freakin’ weekend, but we’re also being blessed with some serious fun as tonight offers up a surplus of awesome things to do. So go ahead and get your Thursday on at such shows as Atlas Genius with Cape Cannons at Port City Music Hall, an open mic with Uke n’ Smile at the Local Buzz, Brian Patricks at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Kafari & Henry Redman at Blue, Seth Warner at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and more!

CAPE ELIZABETH

Uke n’ Smile returns to the Local Buzz this evening for another open mic event.  All musicians of different skills and genres are welcome as this free, creative gathering gets underway at 7:30.

LEWISTON

Don Hebert of The Veggies goes solo for a performance at Rails in Lewiston. Don will be bringing a show chock full of fun and danceable cover tunes to the stage as this free shindig gets swinging at 5:30.

PORTLAND

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes back local folk-rocker Brian Patricks for an early evening of music. Patricks intertwines finger style rhythmic guitar with a hint of harmonica into his sets of originals and covers that span the folk, blues, roots and rock genres. Check out Patricks’ solo set as this free all-ages show begins at 7 o’clock.

Locally based, professional Klezmer band, The Casco Bay Tummlers are back at Blue tonight with some Traditional Eastern European Jewish music. This all-ages performance will begin at 7 o’clock.

Good tunes, good beer…and good sausage? Yup, a magical combo if you ask me. If this sounds good to you then make some moves to the Thirsty Pig tonight to check out the musical stylings of local alt-country rocker Joe Gallant who’ll be serenading you starting at 7pm tonight.

Sharped-edged Australian indie alternative rock act Atlas Genius will be making some noise at Port City Music Hall tonight. Portland based experimental rock band Cape Cannons will get this 18+ show started with an opening set slated to begin at 8pm.

Acoustic roots rocker and County-bred folk troubadour Travis Cyr will be joined by the Stay Glad Band at Portland House of Music and Events tonight as he celebrates the release of his brand new record, appropriately titled, “Stay Glad”. Travis’ pals Dan Capaldi, Dominic Lavoie and Frank Hopkins will do double duty tonight as they help comprise Cyr’s backing band as well as provide some sounds throughout the evening with their own musical projects Sea Level, Dominic Lavoie, and Line of Force (LoF hasn’t played in what seems forever! Holy moly, their set will be a treat!), respectively. Things get started at 8 o’clock and there are certain to be a few surprises as well as an immense amount of do good-ing so make some plans to head on out to PHOME to help celebrate Travis’ latest endeavor.

Electronic artist, pianist, and rhythm bones player Kafari will be performing with Henry Redman on tenor sax and drums at Blue this evening. Kafari gathers sounds from the world using a pocket-sized recorder, warping them and weaving them together to create a blend of jazz, ambient, and experimental music that feels like a warm day blooming in the middle of winter. Check out tonight’s show as things get underway at 9pm.

Kilcollins will be pop-rockin’ all night long at RiRa on Commercial Street this thirsty Thursday. Starting at 9 o’clock these fellas will be busting out all sorts of tunes that you know and love alongside some catchy original numbers. Tonight’s show is free so be sure to check it out if you’re downtown this evening.

Jam out this Thirsty Thursday with A Band Beyond Description at Gritty’s in the Old Port tonight. Get your free Grateful Dead freak out on starting at 9pm.

SACO

Maine-based adult-contemporary folk rocker Don Campbell returns to the stage of the Kerrymen Pub this evening for a free solo show that’ll start up at 6:30.

The Run of the Mill welcomes Pat Foley for some acoustic country-rock. If you’re in the area tonight make some plans to drop by as the music starts up at 7.

WESTBROOK

Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza welcomes back local instrumentalist and vocalist Seth Warner and a couple of his friends to the stage for a free show filled with blues, country, folk, re-imagined jazz and songbook standards. Don’t miss out on the fun as things get underway at 7 o’clock.

Check out MadeinTYO with special guest Shane Reis at Portland House of Music and Events tonight

All right, you beautiful babies! The week rolls on and tonight means business. Suit up in those trusty Party Pants and get ready to get down to some sweet, lively sounds courtesy of Wednesday night! Check out some midweek happenings such as Rap Night at Aura, Dopapod and Hayley Jane and The Primates at Port City Music Hall, The Way Down Wanderers at One Longfellow Square, Pete Witham at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and more!

BIDDEFORD

Check out a free show down at Champions tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey performs a bunch of barn burners for ya beginning at 9.

GRAY

Folk-rock duo Rippleton Cross will be back at Cole Farms this Wednesday to host another free open mic event. The pair will be performing some songs as well as encouraging other musicians to get up on the mic and have some fun. This all-ages gathering will get underway at 7pm.

PORTLAND

Make some plans this Wednesday evening to check out the down-home and acoustic roots sounds of David Beam & Friends at Andy’s Old Port Pub. This lively bunch will be playing some great music for your midweek wind down so swing through and enjoy this free and all-ages show starting at 7.

Portland House of Music and Events will be the place to be for an all-ages night of hip-hop as they welcome emcee MadeinTYO to the stage. This evening’s event will start off with an opening set from Maine’s own hip-hop heavy hitter Shane Reis as he and his crew get things popping off right around 7pm.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series rolls on this Wednesday evening with a featured performance by skilled picker Joe Walsh. Music starts at 7:30 and will be followed by a midweek Irish Session that is open to any and all musicians looking to get up on stage and jam.

Over at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port you can check out another fun evening of folk tunes with local musician Dave Rowe. Rowe’s free show starts up at 8 so swing through and check him out if you’re in the downtown area this evening.

Soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers bring their high-energy live show to the stage of One Longfellow Square tonight for a performance that’ll start up right around 8 o’clock.

Rap Night keeps rollin’ in its new spot downstairs at the newly open Aura (aka the former Asylum) as they welcome showcases from Human Speakers (NH), Joe Grizzly (MA) and Portland’s own Stay on Mars. As usual the night will start and finish with an open mic cipher. DJ Myth will also be coming through as guest DJ and holding it down with El Shupacabra on four turntables all night long. Things get underway at 9 o’clock.

Local folk-pop act the Dapper Gents Duo return to the stage of RiRa tonight for their regular Wednesday night gig. Join these fellas for some musical revelry as this free show starts up around 9pm.

Dopapod stops through Portland for a show at Port City Music Hall tonight. Dopapod is best described as an electronic band without computers; basically they’re built to make you dance to their prog-rock, jam-infused, genre-defying sounds that are interestingly diverse to say the least. Tonight they’ll be joined by special guest, Boston-based folkadelic, Americana, soul-pop jam band, Hayley Jane and The Primates. The party starts at 9 o’clock.

More midweek fun will be happening at Crooners & Cocktails tonight as Hello Clarice brings some fun tunes to your Wednesday. Hello Clarice features the vocal stylings of Clarence “Jim” Roberts of Hello Newman and the musical mastery of pianist Mike Maurice as they play everything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Ocean. The pair prepares to perform beginning at 9:30pm.

WESTBROOK

Local artist Pete Witham returns to Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight for some fun Americana and rockabilly tunes that are guaranteed to help you hurdle the hump this Wednesday. Pete will be joined by his regular rotating cast of musically inclined characters as this free, all-ages performance gets underway right around 7 o’clock.

Bess Berg and Company bring some midweek, musical merriment to the Frog and Turtle this evening. Starting at 7:30 make some plans to stop in and enjoy an evening of jazz piano paired with bass, sax, and drums during this free all-ages event.

YARMOUTH

Local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey returns to Gather tonight for a free dinnertime set. Beginning at 6:30 you can stop in and check out the pair’s delightful blend of vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitars that are used to make up some truly unique bluegrass, old timey and folk sounds.

One Longfellow Square welcomes Crystal Bowersox tonight

I know it’s incredibly early to already be counting down the days until the freakin’ weekend, but we are one day closer to Friday! This fact makes me incredibly happy, and what makes me even happier is the amount of cool things to take in this Tuesday. Get ready to throw on your Party Pants and shake things into action this evening at such shows as Blue Prairie at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Ronda Dale & Ron Babson at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, Travis James Humphrey at Gritty’s, and more.

PORTLAND

Blue Prairie returns to Andy’s Old Port Pub with some country and western tunes for your Tuesday evening. This free, all-ages show gets started up at 7pm.

One Longfellow Square welcomes former Americana Idol contestant, folk singer-songwriter, Crystal Bowersox to the stage this evening. Bowersox’s mixture of blues, country, folk and rock has made her one of the most dynamic young voices in music. She has performed alongside everyone from Harry Connick Jr., Joe Cocker, and Alanis Morrisette, to Michael Franti, John Popper and BB King. Check her out tonight as things get underway at 8pm.

Check out a free show at Gritty’s tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey plays a set starting up at 9.

Flask Lounge in Portland presents another open mic for DJs with their free dance party, which allows up and coming record spinners to take a chance and get up on the tables during the event. All you need to bring are your records, CDs and controller. All formats of music are welcome as the party starts right around 9 o’clock, so check it out.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Acoustic act Uke n’ Smile returns to the Sea Dog Brewing Company in South Portland tonight for another open mic. All artists of different skills and genres are welcome as this free, creative gathering gets underway at 8.

WESTBROOK

Tonight at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza you can check out some music from local singer-songwriters Ronda Dale and Ron Babson. Ronda and Ron will be playing some original tunes and covers as well as sharing stories about their songs. This show is free and guaranteed to be a great way to kick-start your evening, so be sure to check it out as things get underway at 7.

King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard get weird at Port City Music Hall tonight

As much as I don’t want to, it is time to saddle up for another working week. We might as well make the most out of our Monday and make it decidedly less lame by checking out some fun events all around town and beyond, so here we go! Take in tunes tonight at such shows as Six Organs of Admittance with Asa Irons at SPACE Gallery, Andrew Bailie & Friends bring another Mothership Monday to Portland House of Music and Events, Michael Krapovicky hosts an open mic at Pedro O’Hara’s and more.

HALLOWELL

Local jam band Hambone will be hosting an open jam tonight at Easy Street Lounge. Tonight they welcome any and all musicians to join them for some musical merriment as this free shindig gets swinging at 9 o’clock.

LEWISTON

Local pop-rock musician Michael Krapovicky returns to Pedro O’Hara’s to host another open mic event. Join in on the musical revelry as this all ages gathering gets underway around 6:30pm.

PORTLAND

Frank Donovan of Maine rock-reggae act Brothers Donovan goes solo tonight with an acoustic performance at Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street. Starting right around 7 Frank will be singing some songs that are certain to ease the pain of another Monday so swing through and have some fun if you’re out and about this evening.

Psych-folk visionary guitarist Ben Chasny returns to Portland tonight with his musical endeavor Six Organs of Admittance. Tonight’s show at SPACE Gallery will begin at 8 with an opening set by Maine’s own enigmatic songsmith, Asa Irons.

Freaked-out psychedelic madness of Melbourne, Australia makes it way to Portland tonight as King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard get weird on stage at Port City Music Hall tonight. I’m pretty sure this is a show not to be missed so make some plans to get there at 8 o’clock tonight as King Gizzard’s fellow Down Under tour mates Orb and Stonefield start things off with opening sets during this 18+ event.

Mothership Mondays with Andrew Bailie & Crew continue tonight at Portland House of Music and Events. Get down with Bailie and friends as they funk up your Monday with some super fun jams starting at 9pm.

Higher Level Movement presents a night of hip-hop, R&B and reggae tunes from the 90’s and 00’s at Flask Lounge. This free dance party gets underway at 9pm.

Check out tonight’s free show at Bayside Bowl featuring Leverett, Midwestern Medicine & Million Dollar Lounge

Holy mothahuggin’ Hot Pockets, this has felt like the longest week in the history of The Nunz (so long in fact that I’ve reverted to talking to about myself in the 3rd person…). I have had Friday on my mind since Sunday evening so I am overwhelmingly glad to welcome another weekend. Here’s what’s happening around town and beyond for your finally Friday including such shows as Jordan Coffey, Livid Orange, The Doug Quaids & Front Seat Dream at Central Gallery, Quad at Elements, Skyfoot at The Rack, Hambone at Easy Street Lounge, Unearth, Exalt, Darkness Divided, Bottomfed & Ruin at Port City Music Hall, KGFREEZE, Burr, $300 & Bruvs at Geno’s, Le Vent du Nord at The Strand, Whiskey Sour at The Kerrymen Pub and so very much more!

AUBURN 

The Veggies will be rocking the Fire House Grill in Auburn tonight with a free, fun show chock full of danceable cover tunes spanning tons of genres and decades as the music starts up right around 8:30.

BANGOR

Join Launchpad and Central Gallery as they come together for a night of music and art to benefit The Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning and other queer youth. Beginning at 7pm you can take in tunes from acoustic emo artist, Jordan Coffey, garage rockers, Livid Orange, post-punk band, The Doug Quaids, and the experimental pop-rock outfit Front Seat Dream. Several local artists will also be on hand with their creations during this all-ages gathering.

Tonight at Gracie Theatre in Bangor you can check out What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience. This performance invites audiences to celebrate the hits of the legendary Marvin Gaye as soulful singer Brian Owens performs selections that span Gaye’s music-making career. This evening’s all ages performance starts up at 7:30pm.

Jake Irish brings some blues tunes to the stage of the Hollywood Casino for a free show tonight that’ll get swinging right around 8 o’clock.

More in the way of good tunes and good people will be happening at 58 Main in Bangor as the venue invites one and all to celebrate the start of the weekend with adventurous folk artist Heather Maloney as she plays in this unique and intimate venue beginning at 8 o’clock.

BIDDEFORD

Portland funk/rock duo, Quad, a pair consisting of drums and cello, returns to Elements this Friday. Join the pair for an evening loaded with original material plus some selected covers and maybe even a special guest too as this show begins at 8pm.

BUCKSPORT

The Blast Addicts will be helping you kick off the freakin’ weekend with a free show at Ramona’s tonight. Starting at 9 join these cool cats for a non-stop rock and roll dance party that’s guaranteed to get you moving out on the dance floor!

BUXTON

Northern Charm brings a melting pot of musical sounds to Skip’s Lounge tonight as they play some rock, country, R&B, soul, and funk covers starting up at 9pm during this free and fun show.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY 

Starting at 9 check out some funkadelic sounds courtesy of Skyfoot as they bring the rock and funk jams to Sugarloaf tonight for a finally Friday night show up at The Rack.

ELLSWORTH

Burlington jam band Revibe returns to Maine for a show at Chummies. Revibe combines a wide range of musical influences and genres including jam, funk, psychedelic rock and electronica to create tight grooves that are bound to keep you moving. Tonight’s shindig gets shaking right around 9.

HALLOWELL

Welcome the freakin’ weekend with local jam band Hambone as they bring some musical merriment to Easy Street Lounge tonight. Starting at 9, swing through and check out Hambone’s soulful, energetic jams during this free and fun show.

Steve Jones & The All Night Rascals to bring some dub-style reggae-rock to The Kennebec Wharf tonight. Get down to some seriously raging tunes as this free 21+ party gets crankin’ right around 9pm.

LEBANON

American Ride will be busting out a bunch of modern country covers for you to boogie down to this evening as they play a free show at Train’s Tavern starting at 8.

LEWISTON

Local musicians Tommy O’Connell and Eric Green join forces as The OG’s tonight as they bring some blues tunes to the stage of Guthries for a free and all ages show that’ll start up at 8 o’clock.

LYMAN

Acoustic trio Fog Ave will be bringing the good times and good tunes to Funky Bow Brewery in Lyman this evening. Starting at 5 o’clock this troupe of talented fellas will be playing some unplugged covers of such artists as Paul Simon, U2, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who, The Monkees and many, many more.

MECHANIC FALLS

Take in some finally Friday soul, R&B and blues tunes from The Youngerbloods as the local act plays a free show at The Crooked Hook Tavern in Mechanic Falls beginning at 8 o’clock.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 

Dance it out down at The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach as dance/pop cover act Tickle gets ready to bring the house down with some of the best of today’s music mixed in with a little bit of retro funk. The party starts at 8:30 tonight.

PORTLAND

A free and fun Friday show happens over at the Dogfish Bar & Grille this evening as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns for an all ages Happy Hour set that’ll start up right around 5 o’clock.

High energy folk duo comprised of fiddler and shruti box player Johanna Davis and guitarist and percussionist Adam Nordell will be bringing some fun sounds to the stage of Blue tonight as Sassafrass Stomp. The pair’s performance will start up at 6pm.

Check out some acoustic blues and roots tunes courtesy of local duo Beam & Fink as they perform a free, all ages show at Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street starting at 7 this Friday.

Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays another free show at the Old Port Tavern tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 7 o’clock with tons great covers from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springstree, Tom Petty, Queen, Paul Simon and many more.

Mark Tipton & Les Sorciers Perdus will perform the entirety of their new album, “Alchemist’s Dream,” at Mayo Street Arts this evening. Join in the celebration and hear the act’s new original jazz compositions as this all-ages show starts up at 7:30pm.

The time has come once again for you to muster up your mightiest hairnados, lock up those horns, and prepare to bring the thunder as Port City Music Hall hosts an all-ages heavy metal catastrophe as Unearth is joined by Exalt, Darkness Divided, Bottomfed and Portland’s own Ruin. This show is guaranteed to rattle some skulls starting at 7:30pm

Blue welcomes the band Dirty Bird to the stage tonight. Soulful, harmonious and ever-evolving, Dirty Bird offers a unique sound that redefines what it means to be a folk band. See them live as their set starts at 8 o’clock.

An awesome night of alt-rock, pop-rock and psychedelic-rock will be taking over Bayside Bowl in Portland this finally Friday. Beginning at 9 you can swing through and check out some seriously awesome sets of sounds from Leverett, Midwestern Medicine and Million Dollar Lounge. Again, lots of terrific original tunes happening during a free and all-ages show over at Bayside so make some plans to hit this one up!

Tonight The Patio presents a full evening of locally sourced sounds upstairs at the Empire. Starting at 9 you can check out the blues rock of Jon King and his band alongside the acoustic rock, hip-hop, and folk sounds of Hours North, some gypsy-surf and melodic rock
courtesy of Wyld Lyfe, and the soul-infused funk-rock sounds of Andrew Bailie.

Boston’s Wobblesauce will be bringing the party to Portland House of Music and Events tonight. Wobblesauce is known for their complex, textured effects and driving rhythm section that can make any crowd freak out and get down! They combine keyboard riffs and synth soundscapes with live bass and drums to create a one-of-a-kind concert that draws on many influences from the electronic music scene. NYC sci-fi, Middle Eastern, progressive, psychedelic jam band (try saying that ten times fast) Consider The Source will get things cranking as they take the stage for some truly unique tunes beginning at 9 o’clock.

There’s going to be one helluva party at Geno’s tonight with three awesome rock n’ roll bands joining forces for some freakin’ weekend thunder. Starting at 9, check out electrifying sets from KGFREEZE, Burr, $300 and Bruvs. Swing through, enjoy some tunes, and rock it out tonight.

RiRa plays host once again tonight to Ireland’s own Crooked Jacks tonight. The band blends their own unique individual talents as musicians and singers into a group that is bound to be one of Ireland’s next big folk acts. Be sure to check them out as they hit the stage right around 10pm tonight.

The Last Sip, which is an outfit comprised of local musicians Aleric Vincent Nez, Aaron Cloutier, and Brian Arlet, draw their musical inspiration from the tales of monsters, ghouls and zombies that roam the streets of your dreams. Their musical influences range from rock, reggae, lounge, jazz and everything in between. You can see them live tonight as they take the stage of Blue at 10pm.

RANGELEY

Andi Fawcett and the fellas of Doubting Gravity will be bringing you some original pop rock as they play a free show up at Moose Alley tonight. Starting at 8:30 fill your finally Friday with some good times and good tunes at this free, 21+ dance party!

ROCKLAND

Check out an evening of original Maine made music tonight at Rock City Coffee in Rockland as they welcome the ambient electro-beats from Quantum beginning at 7.

Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord turns the energy of a Friday night kitchen party into an eventful evening of music up at The Strand Theatre as they bring their driving, progressive folk tunes to the stage this evening. Check out this energetic act as they get things going right around 7:30 tonight.

SABATTUS

Time travel back to the 70’s and 80’s tonight as Triple Threat brings some fun classic rock covers to the stage of Mixers tonight. Get down to stuff by AC/DC, Poison, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, Golden Earring and more as this free show gets crankin’ at 8:30pm.

SACO

Modern country and rockabilly cover act the Whiskey Sour Band will get you boot-scootin’ out on the dance floor of The Kerrymen Pub tonight as they play a free show starting up at 7:30pm.

WATERVILLE

Mainely Brews welcomes The Calypso Soldiers for a night filled with modern and classic rock, funk, country, and blues. Starting at 9 they’ll be covering a wide variety of artists and styles as well as performing some of their own original material during this free and fun show.

WESTBROOK

Get ready to have your face melted off and your ears blown out by Fistbump the Reverend, No Hugs, Civil Disturbance, Project 246, and Arta’sin tonight as things get really loud and really awesome during this free rock show over at Live at 212. Music starts at 6.

Maine-based act Memphis Lightning bring their brand of old school, entertaining, energetic, down and dirty blues to Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Join these fellas for some fun as this free and all-ages shindig gets swinging at 7pm.

Singer, songwriter and musician Luke Patchen Montgomery of Patchen & Roberts, Strangefolk and Dirigo returns for another intimate performance at The Frog & Turtle with a few of his friends. Tonight’s free show will start up at 8:30.

Don’t miss City Mouse, Random Ideas & The English Muffins at Geno’s tonight

Today is going to be awesome solely based on the fact that it is Thursday and we are that much closer to the freakin’ weekend! There are also a zillion shows going on around the state tonight, so I hope you’re ready to throw down this Thursday! Check out tunes at such shows as Lespecial with Five of the Eyes at Portland House of Music, Session Americana with Laura Cortese at One Longfellow Square, Lez Zeppelin at Port City Music Hall, Phil N’ The Blanks at Gritty’s in Auburn, Pitch Black Ribbons at The Rack, and so much more!

AUBURN 

You can join local duo Phil N’ The Blanks at Gritty’s in Auburn tonight for a free show featuring some blues, classic rock, country, R&B and modern pop cover tunes as things get started up at 8 o’clock tonight.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Acoustic act Uke n’ Smile is back at the Local Buzz for another free, all-ages open mic event. All artists of different genres, musical capabilities, and ages are welcome to join in on the creative fun as things get started up at 7:30 tonight.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY 

If you’re hitting the slopes and getting in some spring skiing at The Loaf, be sure to make some plans to check out local country-rock duo Pitch Black Ribbons at The Rack tonight. These talented brothers will be bringing their toe-tapping tunes to the stage starting right around 7 o’clock.

HALLOWELL

Steve Jones and his band will be making some noise up at The Liberal Cup in Hallowell this Thursday evening. Jones and friends blend everything from rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, roots and more to create some mighty fine jams that are guaranteed to help you get the good times rolling. If you’re in the area tonight be sure to stop through and have some fun as things get underway right around 7 o’clock.

Local songstress Sa Rah brings her evening of serenades back to the Easy Street Lounge tonight, so make some plans to get cozy and enjoy her acoustic set of songs as things start up at 9:30.

LEWISTON

Local singer-songwriter Steve Otter will be playing some cover tunes as well as some original numbers during a free and all-ages show at Pedro O’Hara’s starting at 7pm.

PORTLAND 

Maine musician Justin Walton will be playing some acoustic tunes during a free show at Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening. Enjoy some great music, local brews, and delicious pub fare as things get underway at 7.

Boston-based multi-instrumentalist Ian Ethan Case, best known for his innovative approach to the 18-string acoustic double-neck guitar, will be performing live at Blue tonight beginning at 7pm.

Folk-rock collective, Session Americana, will be joined on stage by special guest Laura Cortese tonight at One Longfellow Square for a show not to be missed. This evening’s performance will begin at 8pm. 

Death-funk dance trio Lespecial brings their energetic and explosive live show full of dark future grooves, livetronic, and glitch-hop to the stage of Portland House of Music and Events tonight. Opening the evening with be Portland’s own experimental prog-rock and rollers, Five of the Eyes, who’ll get the party started at 8pm.

Cheekily named all-female Led Zeppelin cover band, Lez Zeppelin, will be tearing it up at Port City Music Hall tonight. Their name might imply a tongue-in-cheek approach to the music, but their musicianship is anything but cheeky as these four talented females have earned critical acclaim for their passion of paying homage to the mighty Led Zep. Check ‘em out for yourself as tonight’s show starts at 8pm.

Mellow your mind with some stellar jams over at Gritty’s as A Band Beyond Description returns for some Thursday night fun. Far more than just your typical Grateful Dead cover band, these fellas jam out on everything from Phish, the Allman Brothers, The Band and more. Anticipate good times, good tunes and good people starting right around 9.

Blue welcomes back local act Lost Cartoons, a project featuring local indie singer-songwriters Greg Jamie (former owner of The Oak & Ax) and Vince Nez (Mousa & The Last Sip). Music will begin at 9 o’clock tonight.

Don’t miss a super fun night of punk rock and roll over at Geno’s tonight as City Mouse, Random Ideas and The English Muffins team up for some Thursday night tuneage starting at 9 o’clock.

RiRa plays host to Ireland’s own Crooked Jacks tonight. The band blends their own unique individual talents as musicians and singers into a group that is bound to be one of Ireland’s next big folk acts. Be sure to check them out as they hit the stage right around 9pm tonight.  .

WESTBROOK

Take in some modern country covers and original tunes tonight as Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza welcomes back Joan Kennedy for another free show that’ll get swinging at 7 o’clock.

Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre performs at One Longfellow Square tonight

 

We are really getting after it this week! It’s already Wednesday and I feel a-okay! If you’re as ecstatic about making if half way to the weekend as I am, please join me in hiking up your most festive of Party Pants and getting down on it this evening! There are a ton of great shows happening including Travis James Humphrey at Champions, Ray’s Occult, Spillers, Gant & Battery Steele at Flask Lounge, Hello Clarice at Crooners & Cocktails, Bill Umbel and the Umbelievables at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and more, so let’s join forces and do it to it! Here we go!

BIDDEFORD

Check out a free show down at Champions tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey plays a free show starting up at 9:30pm.

BRUNSWICK

Composer, saxophonist and educator Frank Mauceri will be joined by fellow musicians Sam Sherry on bass, drummer Michael Boucher, and pianist Jake Sturtevant for a performance this evening at Frontier as part of the venue’s Live in the Lounge music series. Tonight’s event will feature some of Maurceri’s original jazz and chamber music compositions. This free show will start at 7:30pm.

GRAY

Local folk-rock duo Rippleton Cross returns to Cole Farms this Wednesday evening to host another free and fun open mic event. The pair will be performing some tunes as well as encouraging other musicians to get up on the mic and have some fun. This all-ages gathering will get underway right around 7 o’clock tonight.

PORTLAND

Hurdle the hump with some acoustic roots tunes as David Beam & Friends return to Andy’s Old Port Pub for some midweek fun. This talented troupe will begin playing right around 7 during this free and all-ages event.

Check out some fine tunes at Blue‘s Irish Concert Series event tonight as they welcome Ellen Gawler and Baron Collins Hill to the stage for a night full of pickin’ and pluckin’. This all-ages show will get started up at 7:30.

Tonight One Longfellow Square gears up for the second evening of a two-night stint with legendary Jethro Tull lead guitarist Martin Barre. Barre’s playing has provided much of the energy that allows Tull to soar on recordings and in concert. Barre’s solo work allows him to stretch out in directions that Tull normally doesn’t go, and to put his instrument into new sounds, genres, and musical contexts. Tonight Barre and his band present an all electric show that’ll start up at 8 o’clock.

If you’re looking for some midweek punk rock then be sure to check out tonight’s show at Flask Lounge featuring the cool tunes Ray’s Occult, Spillers, Gant and Battery Steele. This free shindig is guaranteed to be a party as things start up at 8pm.

Local folk musician Dave Rowe will be playing another free show over at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as things start up right around 8 o’clock.

Folk-pop-rock act the Dapper Gents Duo returns to RiRa for some good times and good tunes tonight. This free party gets started at 9 o’clock.

More midweek fun will be happening at Crooners & Cocktails tonight as Hello Clarice brings some fun tunes to your Wednesday. Hello Clarice features the vocal stylings of Clarence “Jim” Roberts of Hello Newman and the musical mastery of pianist Mike Maurice as they play everything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Ocean. The pair prepares to perform beginning at 9:30pm.

EDIT: This week’s Clash has been postponed. I imagine that a giant dance party will likely take over the Empire tonight as this week’s Clash of the Titans pits the Talking Heads against LCD Soundsystem for the latest installment of the battle of the local cover bands. Bust out your dancing shoes and finest, midweek Party Pants as the music starts up at 9:30pm.

WESTBROOK

Bill Umbel and the Umbelievables bring some fun sounds to the stage of Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza. Lots of bluegrass goodness will start up right around 7pm during this free and all ages show.

Doradoe, Trele & Work In Progress perform at Lush Music Night at Portland House of Music

Here’s hoping everyone made it through another Monday unscathed! If you’re looking to let loose this Tuesday with some live, local music might I suggest shows such as Qi Hammer at Blue, Rocktopia at Merrill Auditorium, Waxahatchee, Kevin Morby & Mary Lattimore at Port City Music Hall, Jon King, TruckBody Jones & The Grumps at Empire, and more!

PORTLAND

Blue welcomes Qi Hammer to the stage this Tuesday. Qi Hammer combines ethereal synthesizing, field recordings, noise, and free jazz drums into long-form meditative pieces that are truly unique. Check ‘em out as things get underway at 6pm.

Check out Lush Music Night featuring sounds from producers and DJs Doradoe and Trele as well as experimental alt-rock act Work In Progress at Portland House of Music and Events. This all ages show is guaranteed to be a terrific way to spend a Tuesday so make some plans to stop through as things get underway at 7pm.

Take in some Americana tunes this Tuesday with singer-songwriter Matt Nasi as he prepares to play a free and all-ages show at Andy’s tonight beginning at 7pm.

Tonight Merrill Auditorium welcomes Rocktopia, a performance celebrating the fusion of classical music with classic rock. This act delivers one-of-a-kind musical arrangements featuring the works of classical composers, rock bands and artists including Mozart, Journey, Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Heart, Beethoven, Styx, Foreigner, Rachmaninoff, Pink Floyd, Copland, The Who and more. Tonight’s event gets underway at 7:30.

Port City Music Hall and SPACE Gallery co-present tonight’s show at PCMH with singer-songwriter Waxahatchee, who brings her powerful lo-fi acoustic tracks to life alongside openers Kevin Morby and Mary Lattimore as this 18+ show starts up at 8pm.

Electronic music comes in all sounds, colors, and textures, but drummer RJ Miller exploits the ambient side with chilled themes and moody soundscapes that you can see performed live tonight at Blue. Miller’s latest musical endeavor, Jesus Cactus, hits right around 8 o’ clock tonight.

Tonight One Longfellow Square gears up for Night 1 of 2 with legendary Jethro Tull lead guitarist Martin Barre. Barre has been joined at the hip to Tull’s lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ian Anderson since 1969, when Barre replaced Mick Abrahams in the group’s lineup. His playing has provided much of the energy that allows the band to soar on recordings and in concert amid the beauty of Anderson’s melodies and complex lyrics. Barre’s solo work allows him to stretch out in directions that Tull normally doesn’t go, and to put his instrument into new sounds, genres, and musical contexts. Tonight Barre and his band present an acoustic performance of his solo work that will get underway at 8pm,

Check out some roots rock tunes this Tuesday during a free show at Gritty’s tonight. Starting at 9 local musician Travis James Humphrey will be playing a solo set of songs.

Empire’s Three for 3 weekly music series continues tonight with 3 local acts bringing the rock and/or roll to the stage with some high-energy sets of original jams. Beginning at 9 make your way upstairs to check out tunes from Jon King, TruckBody Jones and The Grumps.

Flask Lounge hosts another 0pen mic for DJs with a free dance party that encourages up and coming record spinners and producers to take a chance and get up on the tables during this fun event. All you need to bring are your records, CDs and controller. All formats of music are welcome. Tonight’s DJ open mic begins at 9pm.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Acoustic act Uke n’ Smile returns to Sea Dog Brewing Company in South Portland for another open mic this evening. All musicians of different skills and genres are welcome as this free and fun creative gathering gets started at 8.

Check out The Districts and Rosu Lup at Port City Music Hall tonight

Oh hey, Monday… Honestly, I’m not at all excited to see you once again, but since you’re here and we’re being forced to hang out, I might as well make the most of our time together. Thankfully you make up for some of the pain and agony you put us through by day by generously providing us with some great things to do tonight. My babies, don’t let my friend Monday make a mess of you, instead get out there and take in some live, local music at such shows as Verses vs Verses at Blue, Andrew Bailie & Friends at Portland House of Music and Events, Neat and Clean at Slates, Monday of the Minds at Flask Lounge, and more!

HALLOWELL

Neat and Clean, a Hallowell based musical duo that formed in 1980 consisting of Kenny Cox and Dave Gagne, will be back on stage at Slates tonight. Join them for some musical merriment this Monday evening as things start up at 8:15.

Easy Street Lounge welcomes back local jam band Hambone for some musical merriment this Monday as they host an open jam session. Starting at 9 check out Hambone’s soulful, energetic tunes as well as get up on stage with the band to jam out some of your own originals tunes during this free and always fun event.

LEWISTON

If you’re in the Lewiston area this Monday, drop by Pedro O’Hara’s where local pop-rocker Michael Krapovicky will be hosting another installment of his weekly acoustic open mic event. Tonight’s free event gets underway at 6:30 and is open to all, so grab an instrument and get ready to make some music, and some new friends tonight!

PORTLAND

Tonight you can check out a Blue’s monthly happy hour series called Verses vs. Verses. The event is hosted by Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights and features guest songwriters and word-writers (poems, essays, stories, manifestos, tweets) facing off to find what interesting kinks and connections arise while approaching the same theme from opposite angles. March’s theme is “LOVE is a four-letter word” and this evening’s featured guests will be award-winning songwriter Connor Garvey, former poet laureate of Portland, Marcia F. Brown, and poet, prose writing, and playwright, Jefferson Navicky. Things get underway at 5:30.

Folk-rock singer-songwriter Nat Hussey returns to the stage of Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening for a night of songs and stories that will start up right around 7 o’clock.

Philly-based band The Districts bring their soulful, jangly indie rock to the stage of Port City Music Hall tonight. This 18+ show gets swinging right around 8 with an opening set by musical duo Rosu Lup.

Check out the first installment of Mothership Mondays with Andrew Bailie & Crew tonight down at Portland House of Music and Events. Bailie and friends will be funkifying the start to your working week some super fun jams as things get swinging right around 9.

Monday of the Minds, a showcase of some of the New England hip-hop scene’s biggest and brightest artists, continues tonight at Flask Lounge. This free event is hosted by Stay on Mars and Smokeye as they welcome Farout, Eyenine, Ape The Grim, Words of Phrase, Alunar Landing and Local Mac for some beats, bangers and bars. This free gathering gets underway at 9.

Cryptic Overcast, Pigboat, Covered In Bees & See The World Rock For Devine tonight at Geno’s

I guess if I were going to dole out any advice on this finally Friday, I would say go hard or go home because there’s a whole helluva lot happening tonight and it’s looking like tomorrow will definitely be more of the same. Make plans to check out some music at such shows as Zealous Bellus at Fire House Grill, Heirow, Maze the Visionary & B.Aull at Central Gallery, Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies at Chocolate Church Arts Center, Shemekia Copeland at Stone Mountain Arts Center, American Ride at Skip’s Lounge, Eric Green Party at Chummies, Jon King Trio at The Rack, Michael Krapovicky at Cole Farms, The Shizzle at Easy Street Lounge, Pardon Me, Doug at Matterhorn Ski Bar, Popa Chubby at One Longfellow Square, Motor Booty Affair at Empire, Jerks of Grass at Salvage BBQ, Raging Brass Reggae at Bayside Bowl, Tie Goes The Runner, Isn’t It Always?, Classy On Occasion & Adulting at Hella Good Tacos, Hello Newman at Bull Feeney’s, Sassquatch at Blue, The Mallett Brothers Band at Moose Alley, Hogan’s Alley, Dark Rain, USA Waste & Noisebreakers at Live at 212, and much more.

AUBURN 

Alt-rock act Zealous Bellus returns to the Fire House Grill in Auburn tonight for another free and fun par-tay. Let the good times roll as this shindig gets shaking at 8.

If you’re Fridaying in Auburn tonight, check out a free rock n’ roll show at Gritty’s with local rockers Tilden Katz. These fellas will be getting the party started right around 8 o’clock.

BANGOR

Take in some modern country covers tonight as Hollywood Casino in Bangor welcomes back Joan Kennedy and her band to the stage for a free show that’ll get swinging right around 8.

If you’re in Central Maine check out Hip-Hop Night happening at Central Gallery featuring Heirow, Maze the Visionary and B.Aull. Things get started at 8pm.

BATH

Tonight check out the Celtic folk of Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies at the Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath. Doyle is joined by a band of some of Canada’s best players: Kendel Carson on fiddle (John Prine, Spirit of the West, The Paperboys and Elvis Costello), Cory Tetford (Crush), Todd (Hawksley Workman), Shehab Illyas (MIR) and drummer Kris MacFarlane (Great Big Sea) as things get underway at 7:30pm.

BIDDEFORD

Check out some banjo-based bluegrass tunes at Elements on Main Street tonight as they welcome back local act Banjo Read for a Friday night full of pickin’ and pluckin’. This free all-ages show will get started up at 8 o’clock.

BREWER

Lucie & The Undercover Band will be bringing some classic rock covers to Brewer’s Eagles Club tonight for a free 21+ show that starts up at 8pm.

BROWNFIELD

Blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland, who has shared the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and other blues dignitaries, will be performing on stage at the Stone Mountain Arts Center this evening. Things get underway right around 8.

BRUNSWICK

The Daniel Inn Coast Bar + Bistro welcomes back local folk-rocker Brian Patricks for an early evening of music. Patricks intertwines finger style rhythmic guitar with a hint of harmonica into his sets of originals and covers that span the folk, blues, roots and rock genres. Check out Patricks’ solo set as this free all-ages show begins at 7 o’clock.

BUXTON

American Ride will be busting out a bunch of modern country covers for you to boogie down to this evening as they play a free show at Skip’s Lounge starting at 9 o’clock.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY 

Blues rock artist Jon King brings his trio up to The Rack this Friday. King’s music is well-known for his tight blend of blues and rock with a solid emphasis on guitar sounds. Check Jon and his band out for yourself as things get swinging right around 9 o’clock.

ELLSWORTH

Swampy roots and blues rockers the Eric Green Party will be — well, what else? — partying up Chummies in Ellsworth tonight as they play a free show starting up at 9pm.

FREEPORT

If you’re in Freeport this evening make some plans to stop by Gritty’s as local artist Jeff Kilton will be taking to the stage for a show featuring the songs of such artists as Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, The Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam, The Band, Led Zep, Bob Marley and more. Tonight’s free show begins at 8pm.

GRAY

Cole Farms in Gray welcomes back Michael Krapovicky for an evening of acoustic pop-rock originals and covers. Be sure to join Michael right around 7:30 as he gets the good times and tunes rollin’ along during this free and fun event.

Moticon brings some rock, pop, alternative, and 80’s rock covers to Tailgate Bar & Grill tonight for a free party that’ll get underway right around 8:30pm this finally Friday.

HALLOWELL

The Scolded Dogs plan on bringing the party to their show at The Kennebec Wharf tonight. These fellas will be making some noise playing some original tunes as well as covers of Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more as things get swinging at 9.

Central Maine hip-hop act, The Shizzle brings their themed dance party to Easy Street Lounge tonight. Things get started around 9:30 at this free, fun show that’ll feature jams from such notable acts as Vanilla Ice, The Roots, Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Biz Markie and more.

KENNEBUNK

Check out a free show down at Federal Jack’s tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey and his band play a bunch of barn burners for ya beginning at 10:30.

LEWISTON

Folk troubadour D. Gross teams up with Americana act Los Federales for a free show happening at Guthries tonight. Check out this fine evening of tunes as things start up at 8pm.

MECHANIC FALLS

Rock it out with 4Play as this local band turns things up a notch with their lively brand of rock and roll during a free show at the Crooked Hook Tavern in Mechanic Falls. This finally Friday party gets underway at 8 o’clock.

NEWRY

Phish cover act Pardon Me, Doug is ready to bring some musical merriment back to the mountains this evening as they play their renditions of Phish tunes tonight at the Matterhorn Ski Bar beginning at 9:30pm.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

The Inflatables bring their instant party mix of tunes from yesterday right on through today to the stage of The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach tonight. These talented dudes will be getting you to bust some moves as things get underway right around 8:30pm.

PORTLAND

Blue welcomes Amos Libby and Douglas Porter of local act, The Ghosts of Johnson City, to the stage for an evening of tunes devoted to love and loss, old mountain music, Civil War songs, coal-mining melodies, and haunting murder ballads from the American South. Libby and Porter will be joined by special guest violinist Sarah Mueller as music begins at 6 o’clock..

The Potato Pickers return to Andy’s Old Port Pub with some fun bluegrass sounds during a free and all-ages show that starts at 7 o’clock.

New England Celtic Arts will present the legendary Newfoundland band The Irish Descendants at the Maine Irish Heritage Center in Portland tonight. Beginning at 7:30 you can see first hand The Irish Descendants’ signature blend of boot-stomping reels, wistful balladry, and off-the-cuff humor.

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and finger-style guitar player Zak Trojano returns to the stage of Blue for another acoustic show this Friday evening. Beginning at 8pm you can take in Trojano’s songs and stories in the awesome venue located right downtown.

Over at The Dogfish Bar & Grille local act The Waiters will be serving up some quality tunes for you to enjoy this finally Friday. The Waiters will be playing all of your favorite cover tunes from a variety of different genres and decades beginning at 8 o’clock.

Blues-rock veteran Popa Chubby brings his blistering live show, working-man politics, and fierce Hendrix covers to One Longfellow Square tonight. Things get underway at 8.

Philly power-pop style punk rockers The Up Up Ups will be rockin’ Mathew’s tonight alongside local acts Meanmugg, No Good and The Labor Pains. The party starts at 8 o’clock.

Prepare to shake your can all around the dance floor of the Empire as the disco/funk powerhouse known as Motor Booty Affair will be shaking things up starting at 8pm.

Salvage BBQ on Congress Street welcomes back the Jerks of Grass for another fun Friday filled with tons of toe-tapping bluegrass tunes. This free all-ages shindig gets swinging around 8:30.

Bayside Bowl will be heating up with some summery sounds as Raging Brass Reggae performs classic 60’s Jamaican ska, rocksteady and roots reggae instrumentals during this free, all ages party. The fun starts at 8:30.

Tonight a ton of great acts come together for one of their own for the first night of Rock For Devine. Over at Geno’s, Cryptic Overcast, Pigboat, Covered In Bees and See The World, which features the vocalist of TREE,will be doing some rocking and rolling to help raise money for Portlander Dave Devine who is currently fighting Leukemia. Medical bills sucks, but Maine music and musicians do not so make sure you head over to Geno’s beginning at 9pm to show your support and have a great time.

NJ acts Tie Goes To The Runner and Isn’t It Always are coming through Portland during their “Eunoia Tour” and will be playing some rock and/roll at Hella Good Tacos alongside local heavy hitters, Classy On Occasion and Adulting! This is an all ages show and sure to be an awesome time! Get there before 8pm if you want tacos. Show starts at 9pm.

The fellas in Hello Newman will be pumping out the jams tonight as they host a party upstairs at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port. Starting at 9:30, you can check out the band as they rock all of your favorite 90s tunes all night long!

Cover band Sweep The Leg brings the party back to the stage of RiRa tonight. Starting at 10 get ready to bust a move to some super fun rock, blues, ska and funk jams.

Blue welcomes jazz, funk and fusion act Sassquatch back to the stage tonight for some serious getting down. Get into the groove as things get fun and funky during this free all ages show starting up at 10pm.

RANGELEY

Local alt-country rockers, The Mallett Brothers Band are geared up for a show up at Moose Alley in Rangeley this Friday. Boot stompin’, whiskey drinkin’, and guitar slingin’ gets underway right around 8.

SABATTUS

Get your boot scootin’ boogie on tonight with some modern country covers courtesy of Cold Blue Steel as the fellas bring the hootenanny to the stage of Mixers in Sabattus tonight starting at 8:30pm.

SACO

The Easy Money Band will be supplying the soundtrack to your finally Friday with some danceable covers of everything from rock, country, soul, blues and more. The band will be playing a free show at The Kerrymen Pub starting at 7 :30.

UNITY

Take in some toe-tapping Americana tunes from Hilton Park tonight as the band plays an all-ages show at the Unity Center for the Performing Arts starting up at 7pm.

WATERVILLE

Local musician Michael Reny will be performing some acoustic alternative tunes at Mainely Brews tonight. Reny plays a wide variety of songs and artists, everything from Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson and Nirvana to modern acts such as Mumford & Sons. Check him out as the music begins at 9 o’clock.

WESTBROOK

Local folk artist Dave Rowe is back at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as this free and all-ages show begins at 7pm.

A free show filled with some great, local rock and roll will be happening at Live at 212 tonight as Hogan’s Alley, Dark Rain, USA Waste, and Noisebreaker come together for a party that’ll get underway at 8 o’clock.

Phil Divinsky and his Americana-tinged rhythm & blues band return to The Frog & Turtle in Westbrook tonight. You can enjoy some soulful sounds starting at 8:30 at this fabulous gastro pub located in downtown Westbrook.

Check out The Restless Atlantic, The Very Reverend & The Worst at Lone Pine Brewing Company tonight

Happy Thursday and congratulations on making it this far, my babies! I am very proud of you, so much in fact that I think you should go ahead and treat yo’ self tonight to some fun tuneage at such shows as The Sump Pumps at The Liberal Cup, Andrew Bailie at The Kennebec Wharf, Double Entendre at Sea40, The Grassholes at Flatbread, Betty Harris at Portland House of Music and Events, Red-Eyed Fox at Blue, Rippleton Cross at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and more!

AUBURN 

Peter Finkle will be playing an acoustic set of songs at Gritty’s Auburn location this Thirsty Thursday. Join in on the musical revelry as this free show starts up at 8.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Uke n’ Smile is back at the Local Buzz for some open mic action this Thursday evening. All musicians of different skills and genres are invited to get up on the microphone tonight as this free and all-ages event begins right around 7:30pm.

FALMOUTH

If you’re Falmouth this evening make some plans to stop by Bueno Loco as local artist Jeff Kilton will be performing renditions of songs by such artists as Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, The Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam, The Band, Led Zep, Bob Marley and more. Tonight’s free show begins at 6pm.

HALLOWELL

Local rock n’ roller, Josh Robbins will be joined by his band of merry misfits, The Sump Pumps, for some good tunes and good times at The Liberal Cup this evening. Tonight’s free gig gets underway right around 7 o’clock.

Maine-based musician Sa Rah brings an evening of serenades back to the Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell tonight. Make some plans to get cozy and enjoy her acoustic set of songs as this free show begins at 9pm.

Check out a fun night of funky jams at The Kennebec Wharf as Maine-based musician Andrew Bailie plays a free show starting up at 9 o’clock.

HOULTON

Richard Wood and Gordon Belcher will be teaming up for a full evening of music and stories at the Houlton Community Arts Center this evening. The pair will be blending vocals, guitar and fiddle to fill the joint with laughter, tears and top notch musicianship. Check out tonight’s all-ages event as things get underway right around 7 o’clock.

LEWISTON

Check out some soul, R&B and blues tunes from The Youngerbloods Duo as the pair plays a free show at the Rails in Lewiston starting at 5 o’clock.

Local act Double Entendre will be playing a set of Americana, blues, and folk-rock tunes at Sea40 in Lewiston tonight. This talented pair’s performance begins at 7pm.

NEWRY

Maine based singer-songwriter Jordan Kaulback will be guitar slingin’, piano playin’ and singin’ at The Matterhorn Ski Bar. Things get underway at 5pm during this free show.

PORTLAND

Check out The Grassholes as they play some feel-good bluegrass tunes at Flatbread on Commercial Street tonight. Starting at 6:30, kick back, enjoy some beer, delicious food, and mighty fine tunes during this free, all-ages shindig.

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and finger-style guitar player Zak Trojano returns to the stage of Blue this evening for an acoustic show. Starting at 7pm you can take in Trojano’s songs and stories in a quaint and intimate setting located right in downtown Portland.

Alex Smith will be performing some country and blues numbers tonight during a free and all-ages show at Andy’s. Tonight’s shindig gets swinging at 7pm.

Legendary soul singer Betty Harris, renowned for her 1960’s hit singles such as “Cry to Me,” “His Kiss,” and “Nearer To You,” will be performing on stage at Portland House of Music and Events this evening. Don’t miss out on this intimate showcase featuring Harris’ signature sound as things get underway at 8pm.

Local brews and rock and roll tunes?! There’s not much better than those two things paired together especially on a Thirsty Thursday so don’t miss out on the fun happening at Lone Pine Brewing Company tonight as The Restless Atlantic, The Very Reverend and The Worst team up for a show that’ll start up at 8 o’clock.

Tyler Lienhardt and Jake Hoffman will be bringing you some old-time, folk, blues and world music during a performance at Blue this evening. This pair of talented local musicians joins forces as Red-Eyed Fox to create some delightful sounds using fiddle, banjo, and guitar. This evening’s show will start up at 9.

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins will be hanging out at RiRa again for some sweet, acoustic action. You know Ben from his time spent pop-rockin’ as the frontman of the band Kilcollins, but this evening he teams up with the talented Vargas Twins for some fun cover tunes and originals starting right around 9.

SOUTH PARIS

Local singer-songwriter Lindsey Montana will be playing a set of piano-driven tunes up at Crazy 8’s in South Paris this Thursday evening. Enjoy some food, drinks, and fun as Lindsey begins right around 5:30 tonight.

WESTBROOK

Local folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza this Thursday evening. This free, all-ages show will feature the pair performing renditions of songs by such artists as The Who, Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens and many more as things get started at 6:30pm.

Don’t miss The Kurt Baker Combo, The Connection, Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems & Borderlines at Portland House of Music tonight

It’s time to power up and power through another Wednesday, babies! There’s a plethora of musical performances to take in tonight, including the return of Rap Night at Aura, LQH at Frontier, Double Entendre at TJ’s Pizzeria, Tony Furtado & Darlin’ Corey at One Longfellow Square, Kicking Icarus at Flask Lounge, The Expendables, RDGLDGRN & Tribal Theory at Port City Music Hall, Pete Witham at The Frog and Turtle, and more so hike up those Party Pants and get ready to work it on out this evening.

BIDDEFORD

If you’re south of Portland tonight and looking to take in some roots rock jams then make your way down to Champions Sports Bar in Biddeford where Travis James Humphrey will be playing a solo set of tunes. Humphrey will be doing his thing starting at 9:30pm. It’s a free event so no excuses; check it out!

BRUNSWICK

Jazz up your midweek with LQH as the return to Frontier as part of the venue’s Live in the Lounge music series tonight. The immensely talented cats of LQH (Chas Lester, Tyler Quist, and Evan Haines) will be bringing their melting pot of sound — everything from soul, jazz, funk, and rock — to life during this free show that’ll get underway at 7:30.

GRAY

Folk-rock duo Rippleton Cross will be back at Cole Farms this Wednesday to host another free open mic event. The pair will be performing some songs as well as encouraging other musicians to get up on the mic and have some fun. This all-ages gathering will get underway at 7pm.

MONMOUTH

Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be playing a Happy Hour set at TJ’s Pizzeria in Monmouth this evening. This talented duo will start making some savory sounds starting right around 5:30pm.

PORTLAND

Another opportunity to unwind with some great acoustic roots tunes happens again over at Andy’s as David Beam and Friends return for another free, all ages show that’ll start up at 7pm.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series continues with a featured performance by fiddle and pipes duo Liana Wolk and Will Woodson. Music starts at 7:30 and will be followed by another Wednesday evening Irish Session open to any and all musicians looking to get up on stage and jam.

Accomplished slide guitarist and banjo picker Tony Furtado will be performing live at One Longfellow Square this evening. Furtado’s music encompasses bluegrass, blues, jazz, folk, and rock. See him tonight alongside local bluegrass duo, Darlin’ Corey as things begin at 8 o’clock.

Over at
Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port you can check out another fun evening of folk tunes with local musician Dave Rowe. Rowe’s free show starts up at 8 so swing through and check him out if you’re in the downtown area this evening.

I really don’t like to tell you guys what to do whenever I write the ol’ Newz by The Nunz, instead I like to present a line-up of stellar shows in the hopes that something will strike your fancy and you’ll get out there to support some great, live, and often local, music. Well, I’m breaking the rules as I urge you to make some plans to head over to Portland House of Music and Events to check out a killer bill of power-pop, rock and punk acts tonight not just because all of the bands are awesome, but also because it marks the first time in over three years that Portland’s own Kurt Baker plays a show in his hometown. Kurt is bringing his band from Spain, aptly titled the Kurt Baker Combo, in support of their new record “In Orbit”, which is released on Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records label, to kick-off their US tour here in Maine tonight. Kurt has always gone by the famous saying of “Have a Good Time All the Time” and tonight will be no different as he is joined by Seacoast rock n’ rollers, The Connection, Portland’s own piano-driven rock act, Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems, and local pop-punk outfit, Borderlines. Of note is that Borderlines features 2 out of the other 3 members of The Leftovers – the act in which KB was in prior to taking off with his solo efforts – so who knows what could happen! I guarantee a blast and a half will be had by all so I hope to see you there, exchange some high-fives, and party ‘til we die as music starts up at 8 o’clock!

Rock and rollers Kicking Icarus are playing a free show at Flask Lounge. The band draws their influences from such acts as Yes, King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, The Tragically Hip, and more. You can check ‘em out as things get swinging right around 9 tonight.

The fellas of the Dapper Gents Duo will be helping you properly get your folk-pop on this Wednesday as they play another free show at RiRa. Join this pair of talented Gents as they start playing some fun songs right around 9.

California-based reggae, ska, pop, punk, and surf-influenced rock n’ rollers, The Expendables, will be bringing their tunes tailor-made for good times to the stage of Port City Music Hall tonight. It might not feel like spring outside, but it’ll certainly sound like it inside PCMH as this all ages show kicks off at 9 with opening sets by RDGLDGRN and Tribal Theory.

Rap Night returns tonight at its new home at Aura! To celebrate they’ve booked on helluva night featuring some stellar stars of the local hip-hop scene including Ock Cousteau, Ill by Instinct, Ben Shorr, Peace Out Pat, and God.Damn.Chan. Of course there’ll be early and late open mic cyphers hosted by Ill By Instinct and El Shupacabra. Doors open at 9 and God.Damn.Chan. will be rocking a special beat/DJ set on the early side (and then helping El Shupacabra keep the music going throughout the evening), and the first open mic cypher will kick off right around 10.

The Clash of the Titans returns tonight as its pit the solo efforts of founding fathers of prog/art-rock band Genesis, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, against one another during this week’s battle of the cover bands. The music starts upstairs at Empire right around 9:30pm.

More midweek fun will be happening at Crooners & Cocktails tonight as Hello Clarice brings some fun tunes to your Wednesday. Hello Clarice features the vocal stylings of Clarence “Jim” Roberts of Hello Newman and the musical mastery of pianist Mike Maurice as they play everything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Ocean. The pair prepares to perform beginning at 9:30pm.

WESTBROOK

Pete Witham returns to The Frog and Turtle for some more fun Americana and rockabilly music this Wednesday. Pete will be joined by a rotating cast of characters as they bring the good times and tunes to the stage during this free show, that’ll start up at 7:30pm.

Rock n’ roll with The Duke of Surl, Gant, Labor Pains & Color Hex at Mathew’s tonight

All right, we’ve got a little momentum going, so we might as well go with the flow and roll with the punches this Tuesday! There’s a ton of cool stuff to check out tonight including A Night of Amy Winehouse at Portland House of Music and Events, Zeile August at Blue, The Knocks, Bipolar Sunshine & Gillgan Moss at Port City Music Hall, an open mic with Uke n’ Smile at Sea Dog Brewing Company, and more. Here we go!

LEWISTON

Fast Breaks in Lewiston welcomes back local folk-rock musician Brian Patricks. Patricks intertwines finger-style, rhythmic guitar with a hint of harmonica into his sets of originals and covers that span the folk, blues, roots and rock genres. Check out Patricks’ solo set as this free all-ages show starts at 7.

PORTLAND

Local artist Zeile August performs a special solo set at Blue on Congress Street this evening. Beginning at 6 check out Zeile’s original psychedelic folk sounds.

A super fun Tuesday night rock and roll will be happening at Mathew’s as The Duke of Surl, Gant, Labor Pains, and Color Hex come together for a gig that’ll get underway at 7 o’clock.

Check out a fun night of funk jams at Andy’s Old Port Pub as Andrew Bailie performs during a free show that’ll start up at 7 tonight.

NYC production and DJ duo, The Knocks bring their melodic, carefree form of dance music to Port City Music Hall tonight for an all ages show that’ll start up at 8pm with opening sets from Bipolar Sunshine and Gilligan Moss.

Blue welcomes back the Kelly Laurence Quintet for another Tuesday evening of jazz tunes. This show gets underway at 8 o’clock.

Cherry Lemonade is back in Portland and she’ll be celebrating her 30th birthday with a night of Amy Winehouse at Portland House of Music and Events. A ton of talented local musicians and special guests will be on hand to help Cherry bring Winehouse’s soulful songs to life as this celebration of music begins at 8pm.

Check out tonight’s Open DJ Night happening at Flask Lounge.  Starting at 9 you can sign up for a slot DJing on some open decks. All you need to bring are some records, CDs, and a pair of headphones. This event is free and always a good time so go on and check it out.

Check out a free show at Gritty’s tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey plays a set starting up at 9.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Local acoustic act Uke n’ Smile is back at Sea Dog Brewing Company in South Portland for another free, all-ages open mic event. All genres of music, musicians of varying skills, capabilities, and ages are welcome to join in on the fun as the music starts at 8pm.

A Tribe Called Red performs at Port City Music Hall tonight

What up, Monday?! For all of you looking to blow off a little bit of Monday steam this evening, here’s what’s crackin’ all around town, including Lucas Roy at Andy’s Old Port Pub, another Mothership Monday with Andrew Bailie & Friends at Portland House of Music and Events, Inanna Sisters in Rhythm at Slates, and more. Here we go!

HALLOWELL

Inanna Sisters in Rhythm will be performing at Slates in Hallowell this evening. Inanna’s music comprises traditional world songs and rhythms from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and other indigenous cultures. Check out their live show as things begin at 8:15pm.

Local jam band Hambone will be hosting an open jam tonight at Easy Street Lounge. Tonight they welcome any and all musicians to join them for some musical merriment as this free shindig gets swinging at 9 o’clock.

LEWISTON

Local pop-rock musician Michael Krapovicky returns to Pedro O’Hara’s to host another open mic event. Join in on the musical revelry as this all ages gathering gets underway around 6:30pm.

PORTLAND

Local indie pop singer-songwriter Lucas Roy will be live at Andy’s Old Port Pub this Monday evening. Roy draws his influences from such artists as John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, and James Bay. This free, all-ages show will start at 7pm

Mothership Mondays with Andrew Bailie & Crew continue tonight at Portland House of Music and Events. Get down with Bailie and friends as they funk up your Monday with some super fun jams starting at 9pm.

Juno Award-winning Canadian DJ collective, A Tribe Called Red, known for their genre-bending mix of EDM, hip-hop, and First Nations traditions, will be at Port City Music Hall tonight. This 18+ show starts at 9pm.

Work it out at Flask Lounge in Portland with DJs Zimbra, Doomsday J, and Foxy as they present another Primary Dance Party. The trio will be celebrating the leading ladies of post-punk, synthpop and New Wave as tonight’s free dance party gets bumping right around 9 o’clock.