Check out Gogol Bordello with Lucky Chops at the State Theatre tonight

Here we go, weekend, here we go! We are almost there, my babies! I know that this week has felt like an eternity for me, but there’s no need to fret as the weekend is well within sight. Friday night has got it going on with some serious action so bust out those Party Pants and let ‘er rip this evening! Check such shows as Arta’sin, Revision, Conscious Cadaver, Weapons At Hand & The Struggle Within at Sapphire, Jake Owen with Jillian Cardarelli & Joseph Gallant at the Maine State Pier, Captain Ray and The Castaways at RiRa, The Heated at The Dogfish Bar & Grille, Hambone with Bandwich at Bayside Bowl, Zealous Bellus at Fire House Grill in Auburn, Double Entendre at The Gin Mill, Spencer Albee & Starcrossed Loser at the Criterion Theatre, Brian Patricks at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro, Andrew Bailie at Chummies, Memphis Lightning at Spire 29 on the Square, The Northside Ramblers at Easy Street Lounge, The Spillers, The Big Sway & Brooke Binion of The Worst at Empire, Wire with Minibeast at SPACE Gallery, Rustic Overtones with Jay Caron at Mainely Brews, and lots more!

ARUNDEL

  • Scarab – The Journey Experience at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre in Arundel, 8pm

AUBURN

  • Arta’sin, Revision, Conscious Cadaver, Weapons At Hand & The Struggle Within at Sapphire in Auburn, 8pm
  • Tilden Katz at Gritty’s in Auburn, 8pm
  • Zealous Bellus at Fire House Grill in Auburn, 9pm

AUGUSTA

  • Double Entendre at The Gin Mill, 7:30pm

BANGOR

  • Rooney and the Revolvers at Hollywood Casino, 8pm
  • OverDrive at Penobscot Pour, 9pm

BAR HARBOR

  • Spencer Albee & Starcrossed Loser at the Criterion Theatre, 8pm

BIDDEFORD

  • The Sock Puppets at Elements, 8pm

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

  • Stolen Mojo at Mine Oyster, 9pm

BREWER

  • Lucie and The Undercover Band at High Tide in Brewer, 8pm

BROWNFIELD

  • Erica Brown and The Bluegrass Connection at Stone Mountains Art Center, 8pm

BRUNSWICK

  • Ron Bergeron at the Brunswick Country Club, 5pm
  • Brian Patricks at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro, 7pm

BUXTON

  • Northern Charm at Skip’s Lounge, 9pm

ELLSWORTH

  • Andrew Bailie at Chummies, 9pm

FREEPORT

  • Kevin Midgley Players at Gritty’s in Freeport, 8pm

GORHAM

  • Memphis Lightning at Spire 29 on the Square in Gorham, 8pm

HALLOWELL

  • The Northside Ramblers at Easy Street Lounge, 9pm
  • The Colwell Brothers at The Hydeout at The Wharf, 9pm

HAMPDEN

  • USA Waste, Chubby Bunny, Uncle Spudd, No Good & TMW at Josh & Alyssa’s Family Storm Shelter and Lounge in Hampden, 6pm

LEBANON

  • Tattooed Lies at Trains Tavern, 8pm

LEWISTON

  • Josh Hatfield at The BBQ Pit in Lewiston, 7pm
  • Mike Rodrigue at Pedro O’Hara’s, 8pm

OGUNQUIT

  • Wait, Slow Coyote & This World Has Bees at Leavitt Theatre, 9pm

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

  • The Inflatables at The Brunswick, 8:30pm

PORTLAND

  • Dan Merrill & Darren Whitney at Portland Lobster Company, 12:30pm
  • Travis James Humphrey at The Dogfish Bar & Grille, 5pm
  • Jake Owen with Jillian Cardarelli & Joseph Gallant at the Maine State Pier, 6pm
  • The Pat Foley Band at The Porthole, 6pm
  • Ghosts of Johnson City at Blue, 6pm
  • Pete Kilpatrick Band at Portland Lobster Company, 6:30pm
  • The Heated at The Dogfish Bar & Grille, 8pm
  • Gogol Bordello with Lucky Chops at the State Theatre, 8pm
  • Ari & Mia at Blue, 8pm
  • Dapper Gents Duo at Rhum, 8pm
  • The Potato Pickers at Andy’s Old Port Pub, 8:30pm
  • Rivertone Diesel at Salvage BBQ, 8:30pm
  • Fighting Fiction at Oasis, 9pm
  • Hambone with Bandwich at Bayside Bowl, 9pm
  • The Spillers, The Big Sway & Brooke Binion of The Worst at Empire, 9pm
  • DJ Red Tide’s Equinox Dance Party for Queer Witches at Flask Lounge, 9pm
  • Strange Machines with special guest Revibe at Portland House of Music and Events, 9pm
  • Wire with Minibeast at SPACE Gallery, 9pm
  • Radio Revival at The Pier Patio Pub, 9pm
  • El Grande at Amigos, 9:30pm
  • Captain Ray and The Castaways at RiRa, 10pm

SACO

  • Joan Kennedy Trio at The Kerrymen Pub, 7:30pm

WATERVILLE

  • Rippleton Cross at the Silver Street Tavern, 8pm
  • Rustic Overtones with Jay Caron at Mainely Brews, 9pm

WESTBROOK

  • Dave Rowe at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, 6pm
  • Phil Divinsky Project at The Frog and Turtle, 8:30pm

Are You Kidding Me? Tapes presents Wait, Tall Horse & Cape Cannons at Urban Farm Fermentory tonight

 
There’s a lot of great music headed our way tonight so do your earholes a favor and get out there to check out such shows as The Sump Pumps at The Liberal Cup, Ron Bergeron at Sea40, Alex Roy at Jimmy The Greek’s, Northwood at Blue, Dan + Shay with Devin Dawson at Aura, Xiu Xiu with Re-Tros and Mr. Neet at SPACE Gallery, Hayes Carll & Curtis McMurty at Port City Music Hall, and more!

AUBURN

Peter Finkle at Gritty’s in Auburn, 8pm

CAPE ELIZABETH

Open Mic with Uke n’ Smile at The Local Buzz, 7:30pm

HALLOWELL

The Sump Pumps at The Liberal Cup, 7pm

LEWISTON

Ron Bergeron at Sea40 in Lewiston, 7pm

MECHANIC FALLS

The Flying Otters Open Mic Night at The Crooked Hook, 7pm

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Alex Roy at Jimmy The Greek’s, 7pm

PORTLAND

(Quiet) Riot Act at The Porthole, 6pm

The Joint Chiefs at Portland Lobster Company, 6pm

Cobblestones at Andy’s Old Port Pub, 7pm

Northwood at Blue, 7pm

Dan + Shay with special guest Devin Dawson at Aura, 8pm

Xiu Xiu with Re-Tros and Mr. Neet at SPACE Gallery, 8pm

The Portland Jazz Orchestra at One Longfellow Square, 8pm

Hayes Carll with Curtis McMurtry at Port City Music Hall, 8pm

Are You Kidding Me? Tapes presents Wait, Tall Horse & Cape Cannons at Urban Farm Fermentory, 8pm

Middle Eastern Dance Night with Zapion and special guest Dorothy at Blue, 9pm

A Band Beyond Description at Gritty’s, 9pm

The Grumps at Amigos, 9pm

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins at RiRa, 9pm

SAD AF! Emo, Pop Punk, Post Hardcore Dance Party at Empire, 10pm

WESTBROOK

Jack Jolie & Terry Swett at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, 7pm

Check out this week’s Rap Night at Aura

We’re making some serious strides towards the weekend as we’re already geared up to hurdle this hump and move on into Wednesday night. If you’re looking to make some mid-week party plans I am more than happy to assist. Here are the haps for your Wednesday evening including K. Flay with Roses and Revolutions at Port City Music Hall, Starcrossed Losers at Frontier, Jim Gallant at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, Dominic Lavoie & Friends at Portland Lobster Company, and more.

BIDDEFORD

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

BRUNSWICK

Treat yourself to the dreamy, alternative folk-rock sounds of Starcrossed Losers, a band you must check out if you’ve not already, as they play Live in the Lounge at Frontier this evening. This free and all-ages show will begin at 7:30.

PORTLAND

Maybe you’re on vacation or maybe you can indulge in an extra long lunch break today, either way you’ve got the opportunity to check out pop-rock act the Pete Kilpatrick Band live on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company beginning at 12:30pm this afternoon.

Late on today Portland psychedelic folk-rocker Dominic Lavoie and a couple of his friends will be coming together to play some tunes at Portland Lobster Company, too. Check out a set of both original jams and cover tunes as this free shindig gets swinging around 6pm.

The Kevin Midgley Players are back at Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. These local musicians will be performing some Americana and Delta blues tunes as this free show starts up at 7 o’clock.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series continues with a featured performance by Liana Wolk and Caitlin Finley. 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.

Maine-based folk musician Dave Rowe is back at Bull Feeney’s tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as this free show begins at 8pm.

Songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist K.Flay brings her hard-to-define sound influenced by hip-hop, indie rock, and electronic music to the stage of Port City Music Hall tonight. This 18+ show is close to selling out so grab your tickets quick and head down at 8pm to catch a set by duo, Roses and Revolutions.

Mellow your mind with some midweek music over at Portland House of Music and Events as The Maine Dead Project returns to the stage as part of 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.

This week at Rap Night over at Aura you can catch showcases from such hip-hop heavies as Words of Phrase, Rigatony, and Fatal J. As always, there will be early and late night open mic cyphers hosted by Ill By Instinct with El Shupacabra on the decks. Things get started up downstairs at 9 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.

Crooners & Cocktails welcomes back Hello Clarice as the local duo brings some fun tunes to your Wednesday night. Hello Clarice features the vocal stylings of Clarence “Jim” Roberts of Hello Newman and the musical mastery of pianist Mike Maurice. The pair will be playing everything from Sinatra to Ocean — Billy Ocean that is. Things get underway during this free show right around 9:30pm.

WESTBROOK

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

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

 

 

Check out X with Skating Polly at Port City Music Hall tonight

All right, we made it through another Monday, which means it is time to go full throttle into Tuesday night. Get ready to put the pedal to the metal and get down on it this evening. Here’s what the what is including such shows as Clara Junken at Bayside Bowl, Ryan Halliburton and The Still at Portland Lobster Company, YEAHMAN, Top Brahmen & Happy Folk at Empire, Cumberland Crossing at Andy’s, and more.

PORTLAND

You’ve got two chances to have some fun with pop-rock act Ryan Halliburton and The Still today. First up is their set at 12:30pm at Portland Lobster Company. I think they’ll take a little break and get back to it once again at 6 o’clock. Both shows are free, all-ages and guaranteed to be a good time so check ’em out if you’re out and about this Tuesday.

Local artist Zeile August will be joined by a few friends this evening for a performance of Zeile’s original psychedelic folk songs at Blue on Congress Street. Tonight’s show will start up at 6pm.

Talented, local songstress Clara Junken will be holding it down up on the roof top of Bayside Bowl this evening. 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.

Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to Gritty’s tonight for another free, solo set that’ll start up right around 7 o’clock this evening.

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.

Influential L.A. punk band X brings their exhilarating blend of punk, rockabilly, and blues to the stage of Port City Music Hall in celebration of their 40th anniversary. Tonight’s high-energy 18+ show will start up at 8 with an opening set by female punk duo Skating Polly.

Blue welcomes back the Kelly Laurence Quintet for another Tuesday evening of jazz tunes. This show gets 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 this week’s Three For 3 (three bands for only three bucks) happening upstairs at Empire. This week’s bill will feature the cool tunes of YEAHMAN, Top Brahmen and Happy Folk as things get swinging right around 9 o’clock.

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.

The State Theatre welcomes The War On Drugs and Land of Talk

And we’re back and ready for action this Monday! Here are the happenings to get your week started off right including The Boneheads at Portland Lobster Company, Aquamarine: A Memorial Concert for Tanner Olin Smith at One Longfellow Square, Gina & The Red Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events, 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 creative fun as this all ages and free gathering open to all levels of ability begins at 6:30pm.

PORTLAND

Check out another free and fun show at Portland Lobster Company as The Boneheads return to the deck for some musical merriment this Monday. This local act will liven up your evening with fun Americana and roots sounds starting at 6.

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

Tonight the State Theatre welcomes The War On Drugs and Land of Talk. The War On Drugs, an indie rock outfit inspired by the likes of Neil Young and Sonic Youth, will headline alongside ethereal indie-rockers Land Of Talk who’ll open the show as things get underway at 8pm.

Tonight please consider coming together in celebration of the life and music of local artist Tanner Olin Smith during Aquamarine: A Memorial Concert. Tanner tragically passed very recently and this evening many of his former bandmates, collaborators, and friends will be presenting memories, thoughts, and songs written by or inspired by Tanner at One Longfellow Square. 100% of ticket sales will go to Tanner’s family and/or the Tanner Smith Memorial Fund at Erskine Academy. This wonderful night of remembrance and support will begin at 8 o’clock.

One of your last chances to check out Gina & The Red Eye Flight Crew during their summer residency at Portland House of Music and Events happens tonight. Featuring most of the members of Model Airplane backing up talented songstress, Gina Alibrio, you’re guaranteed to have a soulfully good time as things start up right around 9.

Check out Lettuce with Chali 2na, Percy Hill & Armies at the Maine State Pier

We did it, my babies! We made it all the way to Friday! It’s time to throw all caution to the wind and party like there’s no tomorrow – except there is, and tomorrow is Saturday, so keep yourselves together please and thank you. Anyway, there’s a boat load of awesome stuff to do and see tonight, so let’s jump right in! Don’t snooze on such shows as Michale Graves with Covered In Bees & Demon Seeds at Empire, The Alternate Routes with Nick Fradian at Port City Music Hall, Matthew Sweet at Stone Mountain Arts Center, Sygnal To Noise, Devils Nite Out, Break The Skin, Deathcode, Modern Day Outlaw, Threatpoint, & Shadowplay at Sapphire, Los Lobos with Dominic Lavoie at the Criterion Theatre, The Midnight Riders, The Coloradas & Dylan Earl at The Crosby Center, Sorcha Cribben-Merrill & Zak Trojano at Frontier, Studio Two at Somerset Abbey, Sparks The Rescue at The Brunswick, Slygo Road at The Porthole, Start Making Sense & The Fossils at The Proper Pig and much, much more!

ARUNDEL

Maine-based party band The GE3ks will be bringing the good times to Bentley’s tonight. Starting at 8 get ready to bust a move to some of the best 80’s pop, dance, New Wave, hard rock, rap and one hit wonder tunes around.

AUBURN 

Local hard-hitting, heavy rock bands Sygnal To Noise, Devils Nite Out, and Break The Skin will be teaming up with out-of-state hard rockers Deathcode, Modern Day Outlaw, Threatpoint, and Shadowplay to bring thunder to your finally Friday with a show at Sapphire in Auburn. Things get cranking early so make sure you’re right on time at 5 o’clock this evening.

Tons of good vibes will be happening up at the Fire House Grill as they welcome local jam band Continental Shakedown for a night of country, blues, jazz, improve, reggae, and rock and roll. This free show gets started at 8pm.

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.

BAR HARBOR

Los Lobos brings their blend of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music to the stage of the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor this evening. Local psychedelic folk rock artist Dominic Lavoie and his band will start off the evening with a set that’ll begin at 8.

BELFAST

A fine night filled with alternative country tunes is to be expected this evening at The Crosby Center in Belfast. Beginning at 7pm you can check out sets of original songs by The Midnight Riders, The Coloradas and Dylan Earl.

Lucie & The Undercover Band will be bringing some classic rock covers to the stage of Bowen’s in Belfast tonight for a free 21+ show that starts up at 9pm.

BROWNFIELD

Matthew Sweet, a leading figure of the 1990s power pop revival, with all the raging guitars and aching melodies of past masters like The Beatles and Big Star, will be performing at the beautiful Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield tonight. Music begins at 8pm.

BRUNSWICK

Portland singer-songwriter Sorcha Cribben-Merrill and singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and finger-style guitar player Zak Trojano will be performing at Frontier tonight. Expect lots stirring, original folk, blues, and soul compositions as tonight’s show gets started up at 8pm.

BUXTON

Local band JD Gilbert & The Night Train will be bringing some toe-tappin’ country tunes to Skip’s Lounge this finally Friday. This free party gets rockin’ and rollin’ right around 9pm.

ELLSWORTH

Welcome the freakin’ weekend with a party at Chummies tonight as Maine jam band Merther brings some musical merriment to the stage. Starting at 9 o’clock you can check out some soulful, energetic jams from this fun, local act.

FREEPORT

Local musician Ron Bergeron will be playing a free show at Gritty’s in Freeport tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 8 o’clock with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

GORHAM

Singer-songwriter Freddy Dame will be performing the School Street Pub and Grill in Gorham this evening. Join Dame as this free show starts up at 9pm.

HALLOWELL

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.

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.

LEWISTON

Keys player and vocalist Josh Hatfield will be performing at the BBQ Pit in Lewiston 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.

MADISON

Boston-based Beatles tribute band Studio Two takes you back to a time when the world first met the Fab Four and fell in love with a group of mop-haired lads from Liverpool. Studio Two plays a plethora of Beatles favorites from their early years during a high-energy show, which features the four fellas decked out in full 60’s garb. Studio Two is a must for any George, Paul, John and Ringo fans so be sure to catch their set this evening at Somerset Abbey in Madison. Tonight’s show starts up at 7 o’clock.

OGUNQUIT

Local musical group, Los Galactacos, an act comprised of adventuring string-benders, strummers, pickers, and percussionists exploring an atlas of music styles and songs, will be performing at The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit tonight. 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.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 

Guitar, bass, and violin trio, Treble G bring their rock and pop instrumentals, which cover decades from the 80’s through today, to Jimmy The Greek’s this Friday.  This free performance will begin at 7:30.

With a sound that channels modern rock influences as well as incorporates anthemic choruses with themes of lust, loss and embracing  inner demons, Sparks The Rescue brings all that and more to a free rock and roll party down at The Brunswick tonight. Things get crankin’ this finally Friday right around 8:30.

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.

Check out some southern fried country tunes courtesy of local act Texas Pete down at The Bull and Brew tonight. Boot-scootin’ gets underway at 9pm.

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.

New York-based, funk and groove ensemble Lettuce will be bringing the party to the Maine State Pier this evening for a show that’ll benefit Full Plates Full Potential, a local non-profit aimed at ending childhood hunger. This rager is guaranteed to be out-of-control FUNky as things get underway at 5 with a special guest appearance by Chali 2na and opening sets by Percy Hill and Armies.

If you’re looking an eclectic mix of originals and classic covers that range in variety from blues, rock, soul and R&B then look no further than The Porthole as Slygo Road returns for some fun out on the deck this evening. This free and guaranteed-fun shindig gets swinging at 7 o’clock.

Blues-infused country and folk artist Shanna Underwood will be hosting another Songwriters in the Round event tonight at Blue. Starting at 6 Shanna will be joined by fellow singer-songwriters Monique Barrett and Dave Richardson to play some original tunes, tell stories about the songs they’re playing, and improvise with each other on one another’s compositions. This show is guaranteed to be a great way to kick-start your Friday so be sure to check it out.

Powerhouse vocalist Gina Alibrio will be joined by a few friends for a fun set of soul, funk and R&B covers and originals out on the Portland Lobster Company deck. This free and all ages show should be a stellar way to spend your Friday evening so check things out as music starts up at 6:30pm.

Genre-bending alt-rockers The Alternate Routes return to Port City Music Hall tonight as they headline a show alongside American Idol Season XIV winner and pop-rock singer-songwriter, Nick Fradian. Things get started up at this 18+ show right around 8 o’clock.

Check out a fun night of funk jams as funk and soul rock n’ roller Andrew Bailie is joined by a few friends for a free show out on the Slab patio as part of their Summer Concert Series. Enjoy some delicious pizza and take in some equally tasty tunes as things start up during this all-ages show right around 8 o’clock.

Locally-based, talented blues dudes, Samuel James and D. Gross team up once again to bring you a night of acoustic tunes over at Blue on Congress Street. Beginning at 8 this dynamic duo 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 — which includes everything from soul, jazz, funk, rock and all else in between — to this free show that’ll get underway at 8.

SPACE Gallery presents a Friday full of captivating art-pop from New Zealand as Aldous Harding takes to the stage. Wildflower and Artie Appleseed open tonight’s all ages show as things get underway at 8:30pm.

Portland rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues-infused, soulful rock and/or roll to Bayside Bowl this evening. Also on the bills is local trio Luniere who’ll be showcasing their vocal harmonies, pop, rock and folk influences.  Join this energetic bunch for some awesome tunes and times as things start up right around 8:30pm during this free and fun show.

Daniel Kushnir brings his blues-infused original tunes to Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening. Tonight’s free and all-ages performance will begin at 8:30pm.

Michale Graves cemented his reputation as one of the leading lights of horror-rock when he became lead vocalist for iconic punk band the Misfits after they reunited back in 1996. You can see him live tonight on stage at Empire alongside local favorites Covered In Bees and The Crimson Ghosts. Doors for tonight’s rock and roll show are at 9 o’clock.

Nick Perry’s Brass Tax will rocking and/or rolling on the Amigos patio tonight. This fun four-piece will be bringing you some catchy originals as well as fun cover tunes as this free show starts up at 10pm.

Dance it out at RiRa tonight as dance/pop cover act Tickle returns 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 10pm.

Check out the smart, pop-infused Americana and folk sounds of local act Welterweight at Blue this evening. The band will be coming together on stage with special guest percussionist Johnny Held right around 10pm so make some plans to stop in and check them out.

SACO

The Biddeford-Saco Country Club welcomes award-winning folk musician Anni Clark tonight. Anni brings her acoustic 12-string back up to the stage for some original tunes starting at 6:30.

WATERVILLE

Time to whip out those over-sized sport coats and bust a move tonight as The Proper Pig welcomes Talking Heads tribute band, Start Making Sense this evening. Get ready to burn down the house as the party gets started right around 5:30pm with an opening set by local classic rock cover band, The Fossils.

WESTBROOK

Jeezum Crow brings some Americana, rock, country, alternative, folk, and rockabilly back to The Frog and Turtle tonight. Join them as this free show starts at 8:30.

WINDHAM

Local folk-rock musician Brian Patricks returns to Gilbert’s Chowder House 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 6 o’clock.

Don’t miss Marco Benevento with Carinae at One Longfellow Square tonight

Holy flip, flappin’ Hot Pockets, I am absolutely ready for this week to cut it out already! At least I can take solace in the fact that it’s Thursday and Thursdays ‘round these parts rarely disappoint so I guess it’s time to suck it up and get on out there this evening. Here we go tons of tunes to check out in various places including CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band at The Saco Theatre, Double Entendre at The Gin Mill, The Midnight Riders at The Liberal Cup, Adam Frederick Trio at Blue, The Aquanauts at Amigos, Rippleton Cross at Andy’s, Seth Warner Trio at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, Studio Two at The Landing at Pine Point, and more!

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.

BUXTON

Grammy-nominated, world-renowned recording artist, accordion maestro and “crown prince of zydeco” CJ Chenier returns to Maine this evening for a show with his Red Hot Louisiana Band at The Saco River Theatre. Tonight’s performance starts up at 7:30pm.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Local acoustic act Uke n’ Smile is back at the Local Buzz tonight for another free and all ages open mic event. All artists, genres, musical capabilities and ages are welcome to join in on the creative fun as this gathering gets started at 7:30.

HALLOWELL

The Midnight Riders bring some soul, funk, Americana, roots, blues, and rock n’ roll sounds to The Liberal Cup. Join these fun fellas for some musical merriment as things get underway at 7.

PORTLAND

Rippin’ rock n’ roll band Riot Act goes quiet tonight for an acoustic set out on the deck of The Porthole. This free party starts up at 6 o’clock.

Blue welcomes the Adam Frederick Trio to the stage this Thursday evening. This talented threesome features Frederick on bass, Emmett Harrity on keys and Chris Sweet on percussion for a study of abstraction, mythology, and the interpretation of symbols in 12 movements by Frederick . It also happens to be Adam’s birthday so stop on by beginning at 6 o’clock, enjoy some tunes, and wish him well!

The Shakes, a 7-piece funk, rock and reggae collective from Hallowell that features some of the Maine music 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.

Summer isn’t over which means you can still shake it to some sultry salsa tunes with a bit of a punk edge as Slab’s Summer Music Series continues tonight with local salsacore act El Malo. This free and all ages party starts up on the patio right around 7pm.

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

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 and will feature a jam session open to any and all musicians who would like to participate.

Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Marco Benevento brings his experimental rock n’ roll back to Portland this evening for a show at One Longfellow Square. Benevento’s sounds crosses between experimental jazz and catchy indie rock and his live show definitely should not be missed! Seriously, I think I had one of the best Monday nights ever the last time he rolled into town. This time around he’ll be joined by opener Carinae, who’ll get things underway way with a set of their original psych-rock starting at 8 o’clock.

Tons of fun to be had out on the Amigos patio tonight as The Aquanauts bring their surf rock sounds to life during a free show that’ll start up at 9pm.

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

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins are back at RiRa tonight for some sweet, acoustic sounds. You know Ben from his time spent fronting local pop-rock act, Kilcollins, but this evening he teams up with the talented Vargas Twins for some fun cover tunes and original songs starting right around 9.

Acoustic rock, blues, and jazz band, The Paul Houston Project will be bringing the party to the Oasis patio tonight. Things get underway at 9pm during this free show.

An awesome, high-energy show filled with lots of punk rock (and roll) will be happening upstairs at Empire tonight as Battalion Of Saints, Opposition Rising, Nobodys, and The Cryptics come together for some fun. Tunes get cranking right around 9:30pm.

SCARBOROUGH

Boston-based Beatles tribute band, Studio Two, takes you back to a time when the world first met the Fab Four and fell in love with a group of mop-haired lads from Liverpool. Studio Two plays a plethora of Beatles favorites from their early years during a high-energy show, which features the four fellas decked out in full 60’s garb. Studio Two is a must for any George, Paul, John and Ringo fans so be sure to catch their set this evening at The Landing at Pine Point. Tonight’s performance gets underway at 7pm.

WESTBROOK

Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza welcomes back local act the Seth Warner Trio, which features multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Seth Warner taking lead on songs of blues, country, folk, re-imagined jazz and songbook standards. Don’t miss out on the fun as this free, all-ages show gets start up right around 7 o’clock.

Port City Music Hall welcomes The Menzingers with The Movielife and MakeWar

This has been an exceptionally weird week already and since it’s only Wednesday I suggest that we all join forces and get wickedly weird together as we hurdle this hump. Here’s what’s the what for your Wednesday, which includes such shows as Aeterna Trio at Frontier, Two Door Cinema Club & Circa Waves at State Theatre, Mountain Emergency at Andy’s, Son Little with Doe Paoro at One Longfellow Square, Acoustic Punk Night at Flask Lounge, Jenny Jumpstart at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and more.

BIDDEFORD

Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to Champions tonight for another free, solo set that’ll start up right around 9:30 this evening.

BRUNSWICK

Aeterna Trio, an original, classical crossover act, will be performing as part of Frontier in Brunswick’s Live in the Lounge free music series this Wednesday evening. The trio will present a full evening of classical and modern tunes like you’ve never heard before starting at 7:30.

OXFORD 

It’s fair season in Maine and this evening acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be playing at the Oxford County Fair. This talented duo will start up an early evening set right around 4:30pm at the fair.

PORTLAND

Make your way down to Commercial Street tonight as Captain Ray and the Castaways will keep you dancing out on the deck of Portland Lobster Company with some fun rock and roll cover tunes. This free and all-ages party gets underway at 6:30 tonight.

Get your Wednesday underway with lots of stringed things, foot stomping, and good times as Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes back Mountain Emergency for an evening filled with bluegrass music. This free event is all ages and gets underway right around 7 o’clock.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series continues with a featured performance by Boston-based fiddle phenom Katie McNally and Portland’s own guitar extraordinaire Bethany Waickman. 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.

Northern Ireland indie rock trio Two Door Cinema Club brings their guitar-driven hooks and electro-rock to the stage of the State Theatre tonight. Strokes-esque Liverpudlian indie rock n’ rollers Circa Waves will start off the show with an opening set that gets underway at 8.

Punk rock n’ rollers The Menzingers bring their ska-punk party to the stage of Port City Music Hall tonight for an all-ages show that’ll also feature pop-punk/melodic hardcore outfit The Movielife and MakeWar. Things get underway right around 8 o’clock.

Tonight One Longfellow Square will host the potent and deeply personal soul and R&B sounds of Roots and Rjd2 collaborator Aaron Livingston aka Son Little. Soulful, electro-pop singer/songwriter Doe Paoro starts things off this evening with a set that will begin at 8.

Maine-based folk musician Dave Rowe is back at Bull Feeney’s tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as this free show begins 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 tunes from Scotty Saints, Pete O’Brien, Matt Andersen, Kyle Andrei, Uncle Spudd, John Bott, Kyle Christensen, Kyle Carnage and more. Check out some unplugged punk performances as things start up at 8.

Check out some good tunes and good vibes going down at Portland House of Music and Events tonight as The Maine Dead Project returns to the stage as part of their summer residency. These talented locals will be taking on the tunes of the Grateful Dead as this groovy gathering gets underway right around 9 o’clock.

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.

Crooners & Cocktails welcomes back Hello Clarice as the local duo brings some fun tunes to your Wednesday night. Hello Clarice features the vocal stylings of Clarence “Jim” Roberts of Hello Newman and the musical mastery of pianist Mike Maurice. The pair will be playing everything from Sinatra to Ocean — Billy Ocean that is. Things get underway during this free show right around 9:30pm.

WESTBROOK

Portland-based, alt-Americana artist Jenny Jumpstart will be playing a free show at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. This all-ages shindig gets swinging at 7 o’clock.

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.

 

 

Portland Lobster Company welcomes back Ryan Halliburton and The Still tonight

 
All right, time to put those Party Pants to good use by checking out all of the haps this Tuesday evening! Tunes to take in include The Woodshed Mystics at Bayside Bowl, Frank Fotusky at Blue, an open mic with Uke n’ Smile at Sea Dog Brewing Company, Three for 3 at Empire with Max tribe, Jakals & The Modern Dog, Tom Rainey Trio at SPACE Gallery, and more. Here we go!

PORTLAND

The Woodshed Mystics will be performing a free show up on the rooftop deck of Bayside Bowl as part of their Sunset Music on the Roof series.  Beginning at 6 you can check out the band’s upbeat roots and acoustic tunes that span such genres as folk, soft rock and adult alternative. Anticipate lots of harmonies, a hint of reggae, some calypso and maybe even a bit of bluegrass during this fun, outdoor shindig.

Enjoy an evening of acoustic blues, guitar rags and original compositions performed on both 6 and 12-string guitar as Frank Fotusky returns to Blue tonight for a show that’ll start up right around 6:30pm.

Check out a free show happening on the deck of Portland Lobster Company as Ryan Halliburton and The Still return to bring some pop-rock tunes to your Tuesday evening as this all-ages show starts up at 6:30pm.

Check out a free show at Gritty’s tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey plays a set starting up at 7.

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.

After more than 30 years as one of the mostly highly-regarded drummers in NYC’s contemporary jazz and creative-music scene, Tom Rainey returns to Portland with his first band as a leader, accompanied by guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock for a show at SPACE Gallery. Starting things off tonight will be the improv-focused trio of trumpet player and former-Halvorson-bandmate Brett DeSchenes, bassist and Dirty Projectors member Nat Baldwin, and drummer Peter McLaughlin. Tonight’s all-ages performance begins at 7:30pm.

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

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 this week’s Three For 3 at Empire featuring the cool tunes of Max Tribe, Jakals and The Modern Dog. This shindig get shaking upstairs at 9 o’clock.

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.

 

Check out Monday of the Minds at Flask Lounge tonight

Here we go again, another Monday has sneakily crept up on us and is most likely going to try its best to destroy morale amongst the masses, but I think we can totally win the battle against Monday if we throw on our trusty Party Pants and rock it on out this evening. Let’s kick Monday’s ace all the way into Tuesday by taking in tunes at shindigs such as Rosedale, Port City Saints, JUG, Real Gone, and Zach The Loop Master at White’s Cue Connection, OC and The Offbeats at Portland Lobster Company, Freddy Dame at Andy’s, and more!

GRAY

A fun night of alternative rock takes over White’s Cue Connection in Gray as Rosedale, Port City Saints, JUG, Real Gone, and Zach The Loop Master perform some high-energy sets starting at 7pm.

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

If you’re anywhere near the Lewiston area this evening, drop by Pedro O’Hara’s as local pop-rocker Michael Krapovicky hosts another installment of his weekly acoustic open mic event. Tonight’s free shindig gets underway at 6:30 and is open to all musicians.

PORTLAND

Portland rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues-infused, soulful rock and/or roll to the Portland Lobster Company deck this evening. Join this energetic bunch for some awesome tunes and times as things start up right around 6pm during this free and fun show.

Singer-songwriter Freddy Dame will be performing at Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening. Join Dame as this free and all ages show starts up at 7pm.

Get after it tonight with Gina Alibrio and the Red Eye Flight Crew. Featuring most of the members of Model Airplane backing up talented songstress, Gina Alibrio, you’re guaranteed to have a soulfully good time as things start up right around 9 at Portland House of Music and Events.

Monday of the Minds, a showcase of some of the scene’s biggest and brightest hip hop artists, continues tonight at Flask Lounge. Tonight’s event will benefit the Portland Refugee and Immigration Services with performances by the Maine Hip Hop Jazz Collective, Human Speakers, Meganoke, Kaleigh O’Keefe, Forest Gray and special guest DJ Myth. Things get underway right around 9 with early and late night freestyle cyphers to sign up for too.

Check out Forget, Forget’s Album Release with Cape Cannons, The Empty & Super Psychle at Empire tonight

Alright, I gotta be super straight up with you guys. It has been a very, very long week for your girl Nunz. Doing some very, very good work with my radio fam to gather donations to send down in a 53’ long tractor trailer truck to the Houston Food Bank to help those affected by the hurricane. It’s extremely rewarding and necessary work, but I’ll tell ya getting up at 4am and working straight through until 6pm makes ya mighty tired. I did my best this week to keep up with my duties as Bilbo Bloggins, but Fridays are always massive music days and even though I was able to find a lot of shows to share with you all, I just don’t have the brain capacity to write proper previews for each event. I hope you’ll at least be able to gather some insight into what’s shakin’ tonight by reviewing this listing of shindigs that I’ve thrown together during Hour 15 of my day. …Actually, I’m writing to you from the past! Spooky! JUST KIDDING, I wrote this last night. I’m a dweeby dumb-dumb. Anyway, HERE WE GO!

AUBURN

  • Brooke & Fogg at Apple Valley Golf Course in Auburn 7pm
  • Tattooed Lies at The Fire House Grill in Auburn, 8pm

BANGOR

  • Driven at the Bangor Elks Club, 7pm
  • Jakes Irish at Hollywood Casino, 8pm
  • OneSixtyOne at Penobscot Pour House, 9pm

BIDDEFORD

  • Steve Dunphy at Champions, 6:30pm
  • Patrick Sylvia at Elements in Biddeford, 8pm

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

  • Raging Brass Reggae with Paul D’Alessio from Primo Cubano, The Holy Mackerels and the Dani Tribesmen at Boothbay Opera House, 7:30pm
  • Chris Ross and The North at Mine Oyster, 9pm

BUXTON

  • Nouveau Rednecks at Skip’s Lounge, 9pm

DOVER-FOXCROFT

  • Allison Ames Band at The Bears Den in Dover-Foxcroft, 8p

ELLSWORTH

  • Eastbound at Chummies, 9pm

FREEPORT

  • Andrew Dostie at Gritty’s in Freeport, 8pm

HALLOWELL

  • The Boneheads at The Kennebec Wharf, 9pm
  • Boogie Mob at Easy Street Lounge, 9pm

LEBANON

  • The Bar Flys at Trains Tavern, 8pm

LEWISTON

  • Chris Robley at Pedro O’Hara’s, 8pm
  • Shawna and The Mayberry Drifters at The Cage, 8pm

LYMAN

  • Rob Carlson’s Funky 50th Birthday Party with The Brewins & Friends at Funky Bow Brewery in Lyman, 4pm

MARS HILL

  • Nathan Michaud at Timberwolves Restaurant, 8:30pm

NORTH YARMOUTH

  • Anni Clark at Toddy Brook in North Yarmouth, 6pm

NORWAY

  • Alex Roy at 290 Maine Street in Norway, 8pm

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

  • Tickle at The Brunswick, 8:30pm
  • Radio Revival at The Pier Patio Pub, 9pm

PORTLAND

  • Travis James Humphrey at Dogfish, 5pm
  • Fat Knuckle Freddy at Blue, 6pm
  • Big World in Congress Square Park, 6pm
  • The Shakes at Portland Lobster Company, 7pm
  • Northern Groove at The Porthole, 7pm
  • Ron Bergeron at the Old Port Tavern, 7pm
  • Dan Blakeslee at Blue, 8pm 
  • Rexy Dinosaur and The Bones at The Dogfish Bar & Grille, 8pm
  • Sassquatch at Slab, 8pm
  • Empower ME and To Live For have joined together to bring you a night of music, hope, and inspiration. All proceeds will benefit LT Smooth’s The Heart of Music Academy, which will provide tuition free music education to children around the world. Tonight’s show at Portland House of Music and Events will feature  LT Smooth, Signed Anonymous, Warren McPherson and Xander Nelson, 8pm.
  • The State Theatre & One Longfellow Square present Henry Jamison with Gracie and Rachel & Tall Horse, 8pm
  • A second night of Maine music to help cover medical costs for Elijah True as he kicks cancer’s ass is happening at The Apohadion Theatre featuring sets by Cushing, 300 Calories, Old Night, Id m theft able, and FCC, 8pm
  • Sylvain’s Acadian Aces at Salvage BBQ, 8:30pm
  • The Proftones at Andy’s, 8:30pm
  • Rigor Samsa, Battery Steele & Midwestern Medicine at Bayside Bowl, 9pm
  • Zealous Bellus at Oasis, 9pm
  • div kid at Amigos, 9p
  • Forget, Forget releases a brand new record tonight with a celebration upstairs at Empire with special guests Cape Cannons, The Empty and Super Psychle, 9pm
  • Fighting Fiction at Bull Feeney’s, 9:30pm
  • Dean Ford and The Keepsakes at Brian Boru, 9:30am
  • El Malo at Blue, 10pm
  • Freevolt at RiRa, 10pm

ROCKLAND

  • Susanne Gerry & Seth Warner at Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery in Rockland, 8pm

SABATTUS

  • Ruckus at Mixers, 8:30pm

SACO

  • Black Cat Road at The Kerrymen Pub, 7:30pm

STEEP FALLS

  • The Ge3ks at Wildlife Campground in Steep Falls, 8pm

WATERVILLE

  • Adam Babcock at Silver Street Tavern in Waterville, 8pm

WESTBROOK

  • Mike Preston & Buckstop Band at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, 7pm
  • Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies at The Frog and Turtle, 8:30pm

Don’t miss An Overnight Low with Dominic Lavoie & Bri Lane at Portland House of Music and Events tonight

Yesss! It’s Thursday! The day of the week where you know you’ve almost made it to the freakin’ weekend! It’s a rather beautiful thing and Thursday generally never disappoints so throw all caution to the wind and do some damage this evening! Lots to see and do including Crystal Bowersox at Jonathan’s, The Joint Chiefs at Portland Lobster Company, Anni Clark at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins at RiRa, Max Garcia Conover, Max Davis & Griffin Sherry at Blue, and more!

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.

OGUNQUIT

Jonathan’s in Ogunquit 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.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

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 The Brunswick. This shindig gets swinging at 8.

PORTLAND

Local four-piece rock n’ roll band, Riot Act, goes quiet tonight for an acoustic set at The Porthole. Tonight’s free show gets started right around 6.

Take in some tunes out on the Portland Lobster Company deck as local rock and roll act, The Joint Chiefs bring some fun to your Thursday evening. Starting at 6:30 these fellas will get the good times rollin’ with a set of high-energy and big fun cover songs during this free and all-ages event.

Spice things up tonight with a free, outdoor performance from Primo Cubano as Slab’s Summer Music Series continues. Starting at 7 dance the evening away to some of the best classic Cuban music around.

Local acoustic folk roots artist Zach Ovington will be performing at Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in the Old Port this Tuesday evening. Enjoy some of Zach’s blues-infused folk tunes as things get underway right around 7 at this free, all ages show.

Portland’s professional Klezmer act, 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 7pm.

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

It’s been a hot minute since An Overnight Low has taken the stage here in Portland so do not snooze on tonight’s show chock full of indie pop rock goodness going down at Portland House of Music and Events. This local band will be joined by Portland’s own psych/folk rock n’ roller Dominic Lavoie and local multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Bri Lane. Music gets underway at 9 o’clock this evening.

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins are back at RiRa tonight for some sweet, acoustic sounds. You know Ben from his time spent fronting local pop-rock act, Kilcollins, but this evening he teams up with the talented Vargas Twins for some fun cover tunes and original songs starting right around 9.

Three talented singer-songwriters from right here in Portland will be teaming up once again for another evening of songs and stories over at Blue. Starting at 9 check out another In The Round Event featuring Max Garcia Conover, Griffin Sherry and Max Davis as they come together on stage to share their own original roots, Americana, and folk compositions.

Toby McAllister of local pop-rock band Sparks The Rescue will be performing a solo set out on the Oasis patio this evening. Starting at 9pm Toby will be performing some of his favorite STR originals as well as some covers of popular tunes from the past 20 plus years.

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.

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.

The State Theatre presents Boz Scaggs tonight

All right, here we are at the half-way point to the freakin’ weekend. Per usual there’s a ton of things to keep you happy and hurdlin’ tonight,so bust out your mid-week Party Pants and get things going at such shows as Songwriters on Stage at Frontier, Four Year Strong with Seaway, Like Pacific, Grayscale & Life Lessons at Port City Music Hall, Downeast Soul Coalition at Portland Lobster Company, Eilen Jewell at One Longfellow Square, Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music and Events, a free show with Danielle Bradbery at Frank Galos Chevrolet & Cadillac, Dave Rowe at Bull Feeney’s, and more.

BIDDEFORD

Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to Champions tonight for another free, solo set that’ll start up right around 9:30 this evening.

BRUNSWICK

The Maine Songwriters’ Association presents the season premiere of their monthly series, Songwriters on Stage, at Frontier in Brunswick. The event showcases some of the brightest songwriters in the state coming together to share their original compositions and stories. This month’s event features three seasoned performers alongside an emerging songwriter to kick the evening off. It’s an opportunity for listeners to discover new music as well as hear local favorites in one of the best listening rooms in Maine. Tonight’s concert gets underway at 7 and features Ben Hunsberger, Mehuman Jonson, Robby Simpson, and Laurie Jones.

PORTLAND

A night of heavy-hitting pop-punk takes over Port City Music Hall tonight as Four Year Strong brings their Rise Or Die Trying 10th Anniversary Tour to Portland. Joining FYS will be Seaway, Like Pacific, Grayscale and Life Lessons as this all ages show starts up at 6:30pm.

Portland Lobster Company hosts the Downeast Soul Coalition once again tonight for a Wednesday chock full of solid soul music that will get kickin’ right around 6:30pm. This event is free and all-ages and guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun.

If you’re looking for some acoustic roots tunes to wind down to this Wednesday, make your way over to Andy’s Old Port Pub in the Old Port as David Beam & Friends serve up some fun and free tunes starting right around 8 o’clock.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series continues with a featured performance by Nick Apollonio and Skip Gorman. 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.

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 make some plans to swing through and check him out if you’re in the downtown area this evening.

One Longfellow Square gears up for an evening full of insightful songs and rootsy, folk, blues and rock n’ roll tunes from Eilen Jewell. Things get underway right around 8 o’clock tonight.

Legendary blue-eyed soul singers, Boz Scaggs brings his smooth soft rock to the stage of the State Theatre tonight. This all ages show starts up at 8 o’clock.

Mellow your mind with some midweek music over at Portland House of Music and Events as The Maine Dead Project returns to the stage as part of 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.

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. The pair will be playing everything from Sinatra to Ocean — Billy Ocean that is. Things get underway during this free show right around 9:30pm.

SACO

99.9 The Wolf and Frank Galos Chevrolet & Cadillac present a free show with country artist Danielle Bradbery. You may remember Danielle, as she won Season 4 of The Voice, on Team Blake and had a top 20 hit out of the gate with “Heart Of Dixie.” She has a new song out called “Sway” and a new album on the way. See her for free beginning at 6pm with food courtesy of Jimmy The Greek’s.

WESTBROOK

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.

Check out Lacuna, Nuclear Bootz & Bumbling Woohas at Empire tonight

It’s time to take this thing to limit as we take on another Tuesday! Once again there’s a bunch of happening shows to check out so get out there and make some noise this evening at such shindigs as Will Bradford & Brooke Binion at Bayside Bowl, Dominic Lavoie & Friends at Portland Lobster Company, an open mic with Uke n’ Smile at Sea Dog Brewing Company, Travis James Humphrey at Gritty’s, and more.

BIDDEFORD

Local pop-rock artist Alex Roy will be performing a set of original tunes and cover songs at Champions. 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 9.

PORTLAND

Local singer-songwriters, Will Bradford of SeepeopleS and Brooke Binion of The Worst team up tonight for a free show on the rooftop of Bayside Bowl. Join these two for some Tuesday night fun as this free and all-ages show gets started up at 6pm.

Local psychedelic folk-rocker Dominic Lavoie and a few of his friends will be playing some tunes out on the Portland Lobster Company deck in downtown Portland this Tuesday. Starting at 6:30 you can take in this free show that’ll probably consist of both covers and originals, so grab some pals, enjoy a couple cocktails, and let Dom and the gang serenade ya!

Take in some roots rock tunes during a free show at Gritty’s tonight. Starting at 7 local musician Travis James Humphrey will be playing a solo set of songs.

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes musician Ian Ryan tonight for a solo, acoustic set that’ll start up at 7 o’clock tonight.

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.

If you’re looking for some Tuesday night rock n’ roll then be sure to check out this week’s Three For 3 at Empire featuring the cool tunes of Lacuna, Nuclear Bootz, and the Bumbling Woohas. This shindig is guaranteed to be a party as things get shaking upstairs at 9 o’clock.

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.

Check out Wizard Party, KGFREEZE, Holiday Music & The Owens at Urban Farm Fermentory

Happy Monday! Writing this blog has been the first productive thing I have done all day other than consuming some bacon earlier this morning, and it’ll probably continue to be the most productive thing I do all day, and I’m totally okay with that. If you’re looking to get your lazy bones out on the town this afternoon and evening here are some places to check out including American Ride at The Porthole, OC and The Offbeats at Portland Lobster Company, Gina & The Red Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events, an open mic with Michael Krapovicky 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.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 

My Skeleton, a local acoustic act consisting of musicians Alex Roy and Matt Libby, will be performing a free show out at Hooligan’s on the pier in OOB tonight. Join these fellas for some Monday night fun beginning at 9pm.

PORTLAND

You’ve got a couple of chances today to catch powerhouse vocalist Gina Alibrio in action! This afternoon beginning at 12:30pm Gina will be joined by a few friends for a fun set of soul, funk and R&B covers and originals out on the Portland Lobster Company deck. This free and all ages show should be a stellar way to spend you’re afternoon if you’ve got the day off.

American Ride will be busting out a bunch of modern country covers for you to boogie down to this afternoon as they play a free show out on the deck of The Porthole. This afternoon’s shindig gets swinging at 2.

Portland rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues-infused, soulful rock and/or roll to the Portland Lobster Company deck this evening. Join this energetic bunch for some awesome tunes and times as things start up right around 6pm during this free and fun show.

Check out some roots and folk tunes courtesy of Jared Rose at Andy’s Old Port Pub. Jared will be filling your evening with music beginning at 7pm.

Urban Farm Fermentory will be the place to be tonight to catch some borderline baroque and roll as well as some fiery, punk-tinged RnR as they welcome Wizard Party, KGFREEZE, Holiday Music, and The Owens for a show that starts at 8 o’clock.

You’ve got another chance tonight to hang out and have fun with the talented Gina Alibrio as she and The Red Eye Flight Crew bring you another Funky Monday filled with some of the funkiest, fun and soul-filled sounds around. Alibrio’s impressive pipes are backed by this band, which is essentially made up of members of Model Airplane, so you’re guaranteed to have a wicked good time. Get your booty down to Portland House of Music and Events beginning at 9pm.

 

Check out Dreadnaught with Sunrunner & Los Galactacos at Portland House of Music and Events tonight

Nunz here wishing you lots of continued success in your party endeavors this long Labor Day weekend. There’s a ton of awesome stuff happening all over so take a power nap if you must and get ready to get wild as  this one’s gonna be a doozey. Tons of tunes to take in tonight including shows such as Wild Adriatic & McLovins at Port City Music Hall, Day 1 of Heart, Soul & Substance Festival on House Island, Live Bullet at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, Bill Barnes Trio at Nocturnem Draft Haus, Marcus King Band at Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery, Quad at Elements, Double Entendre at the Maine House, Darlin’ Corey at Blue, Sassquatch & Wyldlyfe at Urban Farm Fermentory, Akela Moon & Monarck Lisa at Studio F, Continental Shakedown at Mixers, Adam Ezra Group & Chris Ross and The North at Castonguay Square, and much, much more!

ARUNDEL

Live Bullet will pay tribute to classic rock artist Bob Seger tonight with a show at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre. This talented act will be busting out all of Bob’s biggest hits as things get underway right around 8pm.

Tonight Bentley’s kicks off the long weekend with 13 Black. This local cover band will be playing the hottest dance, popular 70’s classics, 80’s pop and hair metal, 90’s alternative, and modern radio hits beginning at 8pm.

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.

BANGOR

If you’re going to be in the Central Maine area this evening make some plans 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.

BIDDEFORD

Portland funk/rock act, Quad, which is a duo that consists of drums and cello, will be back at Elements this evening. 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.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

Dance it out Mine Oyster tonight as dance/pop cover act Tickle returns 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 10.

HALLOWELL

Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be playing at the Maine House in Hallowell this evening. This talented duo will start making some savory sounds starting right around 6:30.

The Scolded Dogs return to Easy Street Lounge to do a little partying during another free show tonight. Starting at 9 you can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as cover tunes from such acts as Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg, and many more.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Rippin’ rock n’ roll band Riot Act will be supplying some party tunes for your finally Friday with a show at The Brunswick. Things will get crankin’ right around 8:30.

Radio Revival returns to The OOB Pier Patio Pub 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

This afternoon marks the start of the first Heart, Soul & Substance Festival on House Island. This 2-Day event takes place off the coast of the Casco Bay harbor on the secluded House Island and will feature Maine food, beer, and music. Music will start each day at about 3pm and run until just before 10 with complimentary shuttle service to and from the island. Kick-off performances include sets by The Mallett Brothers Band, Skosh, Jon King, Valleyheart, Joel Thetford and Logan Burns.

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.

Local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey returns to Blue this First Friday for some super fun bluegrass jams. Starting at 6pm 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, old timey bluegrass and folk sounds. This show is all ages and guaranteed to be a highlight of your weekend so head down to Blue to check it out.

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 6 this evening.

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 The Porthole beginning at 7pm.

Jam out this evening with A Band Beyond Description at Portland Lobster Company. Get your free (and all-ages) Grateful Dead freak out on starting at 7 out on the deck.

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

Mystic Vibes, a five-piece original roots reggae band from Portland, will be bringing the good vibes to the stage of Mayo Street Arts this evening with an all ages performance that’s slated to begin at 7:30pm.

Urban Farm Fermentory will be hosting an event to benefit Portland Trails this evening. Beginning at 7:30 you can even take in sets by funk fusion act Sassquatch as well as gypsy-surf-punk-rock band Wyldlyfe. The show is $5 to get in and will benefit the trails.

NY-based soulful, blues rockin’ rollers, Wild Adriatic return to Portland tonight for an all ages show at Port City Music Hall. Things get started up at 8pm with an opening set by Connecticut’s  improv/prog rock, jazz, funk, and jam band, McLovins.

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.

Vermont folk-rocker Kali Stoddard-Imari brings his band Ancestors in Training to the stage of Blue tonight. Stop by for some good times and good tunes as tonight’s show gets underway at 8.

It’s First Friday in Portland and Studio F on 82 Parris Street has your after-party plans covered! Tonight Portland based 10-piece indie pop act Monarck Lisa joins soul, funk, rock, Afrboeat, Latin, and hip-hop influenced band Akela Moon on stage for a night of epic jams. Things get underway at 8pm.

Fat Knuckle Freddy will be performing out on the Slab patio this Friday evening. Freddy is a local composer, instrumentalist and a songwriter who plays and writes American Primitive Music on cigar box, resonator, Weissenborn, acoustic, and fretless guitars. Check out this fun night of music as things get started up right around 8 o’clock.

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

Local cover act The Depths will be bringing the party to the Amigos patio this evening. The band will be playing all kinds of songs from all kinds of genres during this free show, which starts up at 9.

It’s First Friday in Portland which means it’s time to bust a move down at Flask Lounge during DJ Jamie O’Sullivan’s monthly LOVE dance party. This month’s installment of LOVE features some of the best house, techno and disco music around. Properly shake your can at tonight’s free shindig as things get grooving right around 9.

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 our on the Oasis patio.

Tonight loud and local prog-rock act Dreadnaught will release their new record ‘Hard Chargin’. The album’s track are reminiscent of everything from Rush to Fugazi, Zappa, Steely Dan, Willie Nelson and all else in between. Tonight’s celebration will include an opening set by Maine-based adventuring string-benders, strummers, pickers and percussionists, Los Galactacos, who’ll be exploring an atlas of music styles and songs as well as a performance by Portland prog-rock band, Sunrunner, who promise to also bring the weird and wonderful to the stage. Tonight’s event gets underway at Portland House of Music and Events at 9pm.

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.

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.

Local pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band will be bringing the party back to RiRa tonight. Covering artists such as Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen, Sublime, No Doubt, The Doors, U2 and many more there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. Tonight’s performance will also include a colorful hula hoop act so be sure to check it out starting at 10pm.

SABATTUS

Tons of good vibes will be happening up at Mixers as they welcome local jam band Continental Shakedown for a night of country, blues, jazz, improve, reggae, and rock and roll. This free show gets started at 8:30pm.

UNION 

Psychedelic southern rock and blues outfit the Marcus King Band will be performing at Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery tonight. Music gets underway at 7 o’clock.

WATERVILLE

Dynamic roots/rock band based outta Boston, the Adam Ezra Group, will be returning to Maine for an early evening of high-energy musicin’ at Castonguay Square. This free and all-ages show starts up at 5:30 with opening sets from local soul-infused roots/rock act Chris Ross and The North.

If you’re spending your Friday evening in Waterville, check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show up at the Silver Street Tavern.  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 more.

WESTBROOK

The Groove Kings will be bringing some soul, funk and rhythm & blues to the stage of The Frog and Turtle in downtown Westbrook tonight. Join the fellas for some free, all-ages fun as the music starts up at 8:30pm.

 

 

Check out Primo Cubano at Slab tonight

We’re almost there! It’s finally Thursday and that means we’re drawing in on the freakin’ weekend. Thankfully tonight is packing some punch so hoist up those Party Pants and get out there! Lots to see including shows such as Sorcha Cribben-Merrill at Blue, The Aquanauts at Amigos, Porch Party Mamas at the Robinhood Free Meetinghouse, American Ride at The Brunswick, The Alex Meixner Band at The Thirsty Pig, Rippleton Cross at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Don Campbell at Easy Day, 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.

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.

GEORGETOWN

Boston area musicians and singer-songwriters, Porch Party Mamas will be bringing their own brand of urban folk, country and blues to the stage of the Robinhood Free Meetinghouse tonight. This guaranteed par-tay gets underway at 7 o’clock.

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 8 o’clock.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

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 The Brunswick beginning at 8pm.

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 Pier Patio Pub once again tonight. Shake your groove thing out on the dance floor as this free show gets swinging at 9.

PORTLAND

The Alex Meixner Band will be bringing the party to The Thirsty Pig tonight with a free show featuring their energetic blend of folk, jazz and polka. The fun gets underway right around 6pm.

The Shakes, a 7-piece funk, rock and reggae collective from Hallowell that features some of the Maine music 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.

The Fort Allen Park bandstand hosts the Downeast Soul Coalition tonight for a Thursday chock full of solid soul music that will get kickin’ right around 6:30pm. This event is free and all-ages and guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun.

High-energy, charismatic, indie-folk duo, Paleface performs as Blue this evening. Check this pair out as the music gets underway at 7 o’clock.

Local four-piece rock n’ roll band, Riot Act, goes quiet tonight for an acoustic set at The Porthole. Tonight’s free show gets started right around 6.

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

Spice things up tonight with a free, outdoor performance from Primo Cubano as Slab’s Summer Music Series continues. Starting at 7 dance the evening away to some of the best classic Cuban music around.

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

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.

Toby McAllister of local pop-rock band Sparks The Rescue will be performing a solo set out on the Oasis patio this evening. Starting at 9pm Toby will be performing some of his favorite STR originals as well as some covers of popular tunes from the past 20 plus years.

Portland singer-songwriter Sorcha Cribben-Merrill will be performing at Blue tonight. Cribben-Merrill is a staple of the Maine music scene with stirring folk-blues-soul compositions that she sings in a sultry, jazzy voice of unexpected power. Tonight’s show gets started up at 9pm.

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.

Tons of fun to be had out on the Amigos patio tonight as The Aquanauts bring their surf rock sounds to life during a free show that’ll start up at 9:30pm.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Maine-based adult-contemporary, folk rock artist Don Campbell returns to Easy Day this Thursday evening for another free, all-ages show that will start at 6pm.

WESTBROOK

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

Check out Eric Bettencourt & Friends at Portland Lobster Company tonight

Looking to work it on out with some live music this Wednesday? Well, I’ve got you covered! Here are the happenings for your Mid-Week Party! Don’t miss shows such as The Heated at Slab, Parmalee and Adam Craig at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, Double Entendre at TJ’s Pizzeria, Dapper Gents Duo at RiRa, Faith Francis at Andy’s, The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music and Events, and more.

BIDDEFORD

Take in some roots rock tunes during a free show at Champions tonight. Starting at 9:30 local musician Travis James Humphrey will be playing a solo set of songs.

LEWISTON 

99.9 The Wolf presents another free listener show tonight with country recording artists Parmalee and special guest Adam Craig. This all-ages show starts at 6:30 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

Local musician Ron Bergeron will be playing another free show at the Pedro O’Hara’s tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 7 o’clock with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

NORTH MONMOUTH

TJ’s Pizzeria in North Monmouth welcomes acoustic Americana act Double Entendre this evening. This talented duo will start making some sweet sounds starting right around 6pm.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Local pop-rock musician Alex Roy is back at The Brunswick tonight with some original tunes and cover songs. 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

The Heated will be bringing some R&B, soul, jazz, hip-hop, and electronic sounds to the patio of Slab this evening. This free and all-ages show gets swinging right around 6pm.

The Porthole hosts local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett once again this evening as he performs a set of his own original acoustic pop and funk songs as well as some fun covers. Things get started at 6 o’clock out on the deck so stop through and check it out if you’re in the area this evening.

Eric Bettencourt and a few friends will be playing their last show of the summer out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company. I anticipate lots of good times and good tunes as this free show starts up at 6:30pm showcasing many of Eric’s original Americana, roots and folks tunes as well as some catchy covers.

Singer-songwriter Faith Francis returns to Andy’s this evening. Check out a free, all-ages acoustic performance by Faith as things get underway at 7pm.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series continues with a featured performance by Castlebay. 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.

Local folk artist Dave Rowe is back at Bull Feeney’s tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as this free show begins at 8pm.

Check out some good tunes and good vibes going down at Portland House of Music and Events tonight as The Maine Dead Project returns to the stage as part of their summer residency. These talented locals will be taking on the tunes of the Grateful Dead as this groovy gathering gets underway right around 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.

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. The pair will be playing everything from Sinatra to Ocean — Billy Ocean that is. Things get underway during this free show right around 9:30pm.

Featured Image of Eric Bettencourt by Lauryn Sophia Photography

Check out Joel Thetford at Bayside Bowl tonight

We’ve successfully made it through another Monday, which means it is time to go full throttle into Tuesday night. Get ready to put the pedal to the metal and get down on it this evening. Here’s what’s the what all around town and beyond, including Los Galactacos at Drummore Bay Concert Hall, Ryan Halliburton and The Still at Portland Lobster Company, Luniere at Blue, Ben Kilcollins at Easy Day, Pat Foley at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and more.

BIDDEFORD

Local pop-rock artist Alex Roy will be performing a set of original tunes and cover songs at Champions. 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 9.

PHIPPSBURG

Local musical group, Los Galactacos, comprised of adventuring string-benders, strummers, pickers, and percussionists exploring an atlas of music styles and songs, will be performing at the Drummore Bay Concert Hall in Phippsburg tonight. 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.

PORTLAND

Texas native Joel Thetford will be playing on the rooftop of Bayside Bowl this evening for a Tuesday featuring his original country and Americana compositions. Since relocating to Portland, Joel has become a fixture in the songwriting community and has shared the stage with such acts as The Mallett Brothers Band, North of Nashville, Jake Hill & Deep Creek, Joe Gallant & the Transit, Diesel Doug and the Long Haul Truckers, and many more. See him for yourself as things get underway at 6.

The Porthole welcomes back Dan Merrill to the deck this evening for a set that’ll feature a variety of acoustic rock, pop and folk covers and originals. Tonight’s show is free and starts up at 6 o’clock.

Check out a free show with Ryan Halliburton and The Still out on the Portland Lobster Company deck tonight. This awesome local act will be bringing some fun pop-rock tunes to your Tuesday as things get underway at 6:30pm.

Blue welcomes Luniere to the stage this Tuesday evening. Songwriters Calen Perkins, Jason Roman and Geoff Zimmerman draw from their wide range of musical tastes to collaborate under the name Luniere on original songs that showcase vocal harmonies, pop, rock and folk influences.  This evening’s performance will begin at 7pm.

Local musician Rexy Dinosaur returns with saxophone in claws to Blue tonight. Rexy will be joined by a couple pals on guitar and percussion the trio brings you a mix of blues, hip hop and jazz beginning at 9 o’clock.

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 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

Ben Kilcollins is back at Easy Day tonight for a set of acoustic sounds. You know Ben from his time spent fronting local pop-rock act, Kilcollins, but this evening he goes solo for some fun cover tunes and original songs starting right around 6 during this free and family-friendly event.

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

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.

 

Get funky with Gina & The Red Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events tonight

Of course here we are at the beginning of yet another action-packed week and I’ve yet to truly recover from the weekend. Jeepers, oh well, time to roll with the punches and see what we can shake out of this Monday! Some fun shows to check tonight including Ben Kilcollins at the Pier Patio Pub, Vinyl Tap at Portland Lobster Company, Monday of the Minds at Flask Lounge, Cumberland Crossing at Blue, 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

If you’re anywhere near the Lewiston area this evening, drop by Pedro O’Hara’s as local pop-rocker Michael Krapovicky hosts another installment of his weekly acoustic open mic event. Tonight’s free shindig gets underway at 6:30 and is open to all musicians.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Local musician Dan Merrill is back at The Brunswick this evening for a set that’ll feature a variety of acoustic rock, pop and folk covers and originals. Tonight’s show is free and starts up at 7.

Ben Kilcollins is back at The Pier Patio Pub tonight for a set of acoustic sounds. You know Ben from his time spent fronting local pop-rock act, Kilcollins, but this evening he goes solo for some fun cover tunes and original songs starting right around 9 during this free event.

My Skeleton, a local acoustic act consisting of musicians Alex Roy and Matt Libby, will be performing a free show out at Hooligan’s on the pier in OOB tonight. Join these fellas for some Monday night fun beginning at 9pm.

PORTLAND

Pat Foley returns to the deck of The Porthole tonight with some acoustic country-rock. If you’re in the area tonight make some plans to drop by as the music starts up at 6.

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 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.

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

Get after it tonight with Gina Alibrio and the Red Eye Flight Crew. Featuring most of the members of Model Airplane backing up talented songstress, Gina Alibrio, you’re guaranteed to have a soulfully good time as things start up right around 9 at Portland House of Music and Events.

Monday of the Minds, a showcase of some of the scene’s biggest and brightest hip hop artists, continues tonight at Flask Lounge. Tonight they’ll be presenting performances by artists GVTZ, Shameek The God, Notoriety, Spock Summa, Peace Out Pat, Murka, and Ill Murray, and more to showcase some of their beats, bangers and bars. Things get underway right around 9 with early and late night freestyle cyphers to sign up for too.

One Longfellow Square welcomes Katie Matzell & Micromasse tonight

 

Holy Mother of Pearl, I think I might have thrown in the towel if it were not for the fact that today is finally Friday. It’s the official start of the freakin’ weekend and there are several fun things to check out, so here we go! Don’t snooze on such shindigs as Johnny Cremains, Uncertainty, Mouth Washington, Ossalot & Cryptic Overcast at SPACE Gallery, Partner & Weakened Friends at Central Gallery, The Blast Addicts at The Country Rose, Nova, Dirty Rotten Winter, Spectrobot, Devils Nite Out & Thirteen High at Live at 212, Poor Howard at Elements, Fighting Fiction at Skips Lounge, Juke Joint Devils at Guthries, Cape Cannons, Something Something & Badfellows at the Leavitt Theatre, Continental Shakedown at The Crooked Hook, Tall Horse, Guthrie Galileo & Bison at Bayside Bowl, Clara Junken & Nate Soule at Blue, Noonday Crawlers & Jordan Kaulback at Portland House of Music and Events, Extreme with Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room at Aura, and much more!

AUBURN

The Dave Mello Trio will be bringing some blues rock to your Friday evening as they play a free show at Gritty’s Auburn location. Tonight’s shindig will get shaking right around 8pm.

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 Gallery hosts a pretty sweet party tonight. Partner, which consists of Lucy Niles and Josée Caron, will be bringing their alt-rock songs to the stage alongside Portland’s own rock n’ roll trio, Weakened Friends. Pretty sure this one will sell out quick so get their early as things get underway at 8pm.

Lucie & The Undercover Band will be bringing some classic rock covers to Sea Dog Brewing Company in Bangor tonight for a free 21+ show that starts up at 9:30pm.

BELFAST

The Blast Addicts will be helping you kick off the freakin’ weekend with a free show at the Country Rose Restaurant in Belfast 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!

BIDDEFORD

Elements in Biddeford hosts an evening of acoustic, old school Louisiana blues as they welcome Poor Howard tonight. This all ages and free show starts at 8.

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

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 at Skips Lounge in Buxton.

ELLSWORTH

Midcoast native Meghan Clark will be playing a free all ages show at the Union River Harbor Park gazebo in Ellsworth this evening. Meghan currently performs as a country artist and loves to play her own original songs as well as covers from many different genres of music like Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, 1975, The Weeknd, and One Direction. Tonight’s show starts at 6pm.

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 good times and good tunes get underway right around 8.

GARDINER

Have some fun this evening at the Gardiner Waterfront with Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations as they perform as part of the Johnson Hall Waterfront Concert Series. Starting at 7 o’clock, this local act will be bringing down the house with a masterful mix of Motown and Memphis soul that’s certain to get you shakin’ it tonight. And if that’s not enough, there’ll be fireworks following the show as well!

HALLOWELL

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

The Cover Tones bring you some rock, pop, dance, blues, country and all else in between during a free show at Trains Tavern tonight. This free show gets swinging right around 8 o’clock.

LEWISTON

Local musician Dave Perlman will be playing at Pedro O’Hara’s tonight. Join Dave for a wide array of covers and originals from many different genres during this free acoustic show that’ll get underway at 8pm.

Guthries will be swinging once again as The Juke Joint Devils return to kick out some old time, hard driving blues tunes. Tonight’s free show gets jumping right around 8.

MECHANIC FALLS

Tons of good vibes will be happening up at The Crooked Hook in Mechanic Falls as they welcome local jam band Continental Shakedown for a night of country, blues, jazz, improve, reggae, and rock and roll. This free show gets started at 7:30pm.

OGUNQUIT

Lots of energetic, awesome, and heavy-hitting indie rock and roll will be taking the Leavitt Theatre in Ogunquit by storm tonight as local bands Cape Cannons, Something Something and Badfellows team up for a show that’s guaranteed to make you move. This shindig gets shaking at 10pm

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Southern Maine cover band Country Roads will be bringing the boot-scootin’ boogie to The Bull and Brew in OOB again tonight as they play tunes from such acts as Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Jason Aldrean, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn and much, much more during a fun Friday night show that’ll get fired up 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.

This evening two local, talented singer-songwriters will be sharing the stage of Blue on Congress Street. Tonight don’t miss your chance to see soulful, roots, Americana, and folk artists Clara Junken and Nate Soule in this beautiful and intimate setting. The pair will be sharing songs and stories as this all-ages event gets underway at 6pm.

Spice things up tonight with a free, outdoor performance by Primo Cubano as this local acts plans to bring some Salsa to the Park for you this evening. Beginning at 6pm you can dance the night away in Congress Square Park to some of the best classic Cuban music around.

Over at The Porthole you can check out local act Northern Groove as they gear up to play out on the deck this Friday evening. This band promises a little bit of something for everyone as they span genres such as blues, classic rock, contemporary, country, R&B and more. The party starts at 7 o’clock.

Zeme Libre will be bringing the good times to Slab as part of their Summer Music Series. Check out the act’s high-energy set filled with Afro-fusion, hard-tinged reggae, and ska sounds as this free and all-ages show gets underway out on the patio beginning at 7pm.

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 roots-rockers the Jason Spooner Band will be providing the soundtrack to your Friday evening as they play a free and family-friendly set out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company. Join these fun fellas for some fine Americana sounds as things get underway at 7.

There will be tons of great tunes to take in tonight over at Bayside Bowl as they welcome Portland-based indie rock trio Tall Horse to the stage alongside California’s alt-R&B act, Guthrie Galileo and self-proclaimed disco punk band, Bison who are based out of Burlington. This free show is slated to start up right around 8 o’clock tonight.

Simon Green brings his downbeat electronica project, Bonobo to the State Theatre tonight. Bonobo encompasses elements of jazz, house, soul, and various world music influences to get you moving. This all ages event starts up at 8 with an opening set spun by local DJ mosart212.

Aura in Portland presents Extreme with special guest Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room.  Boston-based band Extreme brings their eclectic take on guitar-fueled hair metal to the stage alongside former Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room for a show that starts up at 8 o’clock tonight.

Tonight talented, local siren Katie Matzell will be releasing her debut EP with a celebration at One Longfellow Square. Matzell’s sound has been described as soulful, rootsy prog-pop. Tonight Katie will be joined by a band of local musicians to help her bring her original compositions to life. Also on this evening’s bill will be organ-based trio Micromasse, who’ll be creating some superior instrumental jams for you to enjoy starting at 8 o’clock.

Check out the melodic Appalachian sounds of Eastern Sleds tonight at Blue. The band will be taking the stage right around 8 o’clock.

Tonight SPACE Gallery hosts a powerful and diverse showcase of left-field Maine music, in adoration of SPACE friend and An Anderson drummer, Elijah True. Tonight you can take in sets by local acts Johnny Cremains, Uncertainty, Mouth Washington, Ossalot and Cryptic Overcast. This all-ages show starts at 8:30pm and all proceeds will go toward Elijah’s medical expenses. Do good, have fun and support a member of the Maine music community tonight at SPACE.

Vinyl Tap will be partying down at Amigos this evening with all of your favorite dance jams. 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 9.

Tonight Portland band Noonday Crawlers will be celebrating the release of their latest album titled “The Desert of When” with a party at Portland House of Music and Events. Noonday Crawlers blend many styles of music including rock, Americana and psychedelic for a sound that’s both familiar and all their own. Things start up with an opening set by Maine-based multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Jordan Kaulback 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!

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.

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.

Local pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band will be bringing the party back to RiRa tonight. Covering artists such as Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen, Sublime, No Doubt, The Doors, U2 and many more there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. Tonight’s performance will also include a colorful hula hoop act so be sure to check it out starting at 10pm.

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.

If you’re up along the Midcoast this evening check out Muscle Shoals, AL-based country-folk duo The Secret Sisters as they play a show at The Strand tonight. Things get underway right around 7:30pm.

SABATTUS

Check out a free Friday night party at Mixers tonight as they welcome local cover act Borderline Express to the stage. Starting at 8:30 jump on the fun train as the band performs covers from such artists as Luke Bryan, George Strait, Charlie Daniels, and more.

WATERVILLE

Check out some soul, R&B and blues tunes from The Youngerbloods as the local act plays a free show at the Silver Street Tavern. Tonight’s show gets underway at 8 o’clock.

WESTBROOK

Maine-based folk musician 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.

Local hard-hitting, heavy rock bands Nova, Dirty Rotten Winter, Spectrobot, Devils Nite Out and Thirteen High will be bringing the thunder to your finally Friday with a free show at Live at 212. Things get cranking right around 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 gastropub located in downtown Westbrook.

 

 

 

Don’t miss Leverett’s last show with special guests The Asthmatic, Jeff Beam & Midwestern Medicine at SPACE Gallery tonight

We are alllmost there, my babies! We are drawing in on the freakin’ weekend and thankfully this Thursday seems to be the true kick-off to another fun event-filled few days. Hopefully your Party Pants are pressed because this evening is bringing some serious thunder to your nightlife. Check it out, lots to see and do including Cumberland Crossing at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, Chris Ross and The North at the Norwood Legion Hall, Elijah Ocean with Clara Junken & Joel Thetford at Portland House of Music and Events, Lauren Crosby at the Robinhood Free Meetinghouse, Hambone at The Kennebec Wharf, Rippleton Cross at Pirates Patio, Tricky Britches at the Fort Allen Park bandstand, Chas Lester and Peter Herman at Blue, and more!

AUBURN

If you’re out and about Auburn tonight swing on over to Gritty’s where Mitch Alden will be performing. Mitch Aldren 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.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Local acoustic act Uke n’ Smile is back at the Local Buzz tonight for another free and all ages open mic event. All artists, genres, musical capabilities and ages are welcome to join in on the creative fun as this gathering gets started at 7:30.

FREEPORT

Local musician Steve Jones and a few of his friends will be making some joyful noise in Winslow Park this Thursday evening. Jones and company will be performing a blend of rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, roots and more starting at 6:30pm.

GEORGETOWN

Local singer-songwriter Lauren Crosby will be bringing her blues-infused folk tunes to life on stage the Robinhood Free Meetinghouse in Georgetown this evening. Music begins at 7pm.

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 at 8.

Check out some funkadelic sounds courtesy of Hambone as the band bring the party to The Kennebec Wharf tonight. Lots of rock and funk jams will be happening starting at 9 o’clock during this free event.

KENNEBUNKPORT

Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to Alisson’s tonight for another free, solo set that’ll start up right around 9 :30 this evening.

NAPLES

Local pop-rock musician Toby McAllister will be performing a solo, acoustic set at Captain Jack’s. Starting at 7pm Toby will be performing some of his own originals as well as some covers of popular tunes from the past 20 plus years.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Local folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be at Pirates Patio this afternoon. Beginning at 4pm the duo will be performing acoustic renditions of songs by such artists as Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Cat Stevens and many, many more. This event is free so make some plans to check it out if you’re lucky enough to be down to the beach this Thursday.

Pop-rock musician Alex Roy will be performing a set of original tunes and cover songs at Jimmy The Greek’s this evening. 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.

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 The Brunswick beginning at 8pm.

Maine-based party band The GE3ks will be bringing the good times to The Pier Patio Pub tonight. Starting at 9 get ready to bust a move to some of the best 80’s pop, dance, New Wave, hard rock, rap and one hit wonder tunes around.

PORTLAND

Eric Bettencourt is still playing around town and tonight he’ll be joining a few pals once again out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company for some musical merriment. I anticipate lots of good times and good tunes as this free show starts up at 6:30pm.

A very fun evening of music happens at the Fort Allen Park bandstand on the Eastern Prom tonight with local act Tricky Britches. Beginning at 6:30 you can check out the band’s blend of as roots, bluegrass and old-time music during this free and all-ages show.

The Cobblestones will bringing some acoustic country-rock, blues, and Americana sounds to Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight for a free and family-friendly show that’ll get swinging right around 7pm.

Rippin’ rock n’ roll band Riot Act goes quiet tonight for an acoustic set out on the deck of The Porthole. This free party starts up at 7 o’clock.

Blue welcomes the Tracy McMullen Quintet this evening. The ensemble features McMullen on soprano and tenor sax, Mark Tipton on trumpet and flugelhorn, Ryan Blotnick on guitar, Tyler Heydolph on bass, and Peter McLaughlin on drums. Things get underway at 7pm with compositions by both Tracy McMullen and Mark Tipton.

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

Portland’s electro, psych, garage, and punk-blending band, Leverett will simultaneously say goodbye and celebrate the release of their newest LP titled ‘Wires &Tubes’ with a final farewell performance at SPACE Gallery. Seriously, you guys, if you’ve not had a chance to see these fellas do their thing, tonight is THE night. Joining the bill will be local genre-defying act The Asthmatic, Portland psychedelic rock n’ roller Jeff Beam and his band, and Portland-based power trio Midwestern Medicine. See you all at SPACE Gallery at 8:30pm.

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins are back at RiRa tonight for some sweet, acoustic sounds. You know Ben from his time spent fronting local pop-rock act, Kilcollins, but this evening he teams up with the talented Vargas Twins for some fun cover tunes and original songs starting right around 9.

Portland rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues-infused, soulful rock and/or roll to the Amigos patio this evening. Join this energetic bunch for some awesome tunes and times as things start up right around 9pm during this free and fun show.

Check out a fun evening full of jazz, soul, and singer-songwriter covers interpreted by Chas Lester (vocalist, drummer, beat boxer, pianist) and Peter Herman (guitar) at Blue. Sweet sounds get swinging on stage starting at 9 o’clock.

Acoustic rock, blues, and jazz band, The Paul Houston Project will be bringing the party to the Oasis patio tonight. Things get underway at 9pm during this free show.

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.

Los Angeles-transplant Elijah Ocean returns to Portland tonight to celebrate the release of his brand new, self-titled EP with a show at Portland House of Music and Events. Ocean, who spent many years in the local rock circuit as a part of the band Loverless, has grown into a new sound that directly reflects his musical inspirations and influences such as Willie Nelson, Neil Young, The Band and Gram Parsons. He and his band are ready to serve up some soaring Americana, folk, roots and rock soundscapes off the new record tonight alongside local acts Clara Junken and Joel Thetford who’ll get the evening started with inspiring sets beginning at 9 o’clock.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Easy Day hosts local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett once again this evening as he performs a set of his own original acoustic pop and funk songs as well as some fun covers. Things get started at 6 o’clock, so stop through and check it out if you’re in the area this Thursday evening.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR

Soulful roots-rock act, Chris Ross and The North will be performing at the Norwood Legion Hall. This talented troupe of Maine-bred fellas is a must-see for fans of Zac Brown Band, John Hiatt, Jason Isbell and other such imaginative storytellers. Tonight’s all-ages show starts up at 7pm.

WESTBROOK

Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza 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.

The Maine Dead Project returns to Portland House of Music and Events tonight

Holy Hot Pockets, I am absolutely ready for this week to cut it out already! At least I can find solace in the fact that it’s Wednesday and we’re half way there, right? That being said, it’s time for me to suck it up and get on out there this evening. Here are the haps for your midweek party report, which include such shindigs as Eric Bettencourt & Friends at Portland Lobster Company, Never Been To Tennessee at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, The Delta Knights at Riverbank Park, Travis James Humphrey at Champions, Pete Witham at The Frog and Turtle, and more!

BIDDEFORD

Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to Champions tonight for another free, solo set that’ll start up right around 9:30 this evening.

LEWISTON

Don Hebert of local classic cover act The Veggies goes solo for a show at Pedro O’Hara’s tonight. Don will be bringing a show chock full of fun and danceable cover tunes to this free, all ages shindig starting at 7pm.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 

Local pop-rock musician Alex Roy is back at The Brunswick tonight. Roy will be joined by a few musically inclined pals for some original tunes and cover songs. 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

The Porthole welcomes back local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett this evening as he performs a set of his own original acoustic pop and funk songs as well as some fun covers. Things get started at 6 o’clock so stop through and check it out if you’re downtown this evening.

Eric Bettencourt is still playing around town and tonight he’ll be joining a few friends once again out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company for some musical merriment. I anticipate lots of good times and good tunes as this free show starts up at 6:30pm showcasing many of Eric’s original Americana, roots and folks tunes as well as some catchy covers.

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes singer-songwriter Karen McDine tonight for an all ages, acoustic performance that will get underway at 7pm.

Boston-based traditional folk singer, guitarist, and bouzouki player Lindsay Straw is celebrating the release of her second solo album “The Fairest Flower of Womankind” at Irish Night at Blue. Joining her will be Portland-based guitarist and bouzouki player Owen Marshall. Things get underway at 7:30pm.

Maine-based folk musician Dave Rowe is back at Bull Feeney’s tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as this free show begins at 8pm.

Mellow your mind with some midweek music over at Portland House of Music and Events as The Maine Dead Project returns to the stage as part of 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.

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. The pair will be playing everything from Sinatra to Ocean — Billy Ocean that is. Things get underway during this free show right around 9:30pm.

WESTBROOK

Hurdle the hump by taking in some tunes out in Riverbank Park as local act The Delta Knights bring some R&B, blues, soul, funk, swing, rock, jazz and more to this all ages and free shindig that’ll start up at 6pm.

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.

Local artist Pete Witham returns to The Frog and Turtle 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 7:30.

Check out Old Crow Medicine Show with Town Meeting at the Maine State Pier

I hope you’re all geared up and ready to go because it’s time once again to take things to the limit as we tackle another Tuesday. There are a bunch of hip, happening shows to check out, so shimmy on into those Party Pants and make some noise this evening. Lots to do this evening including Sarah Potenza and Anna Lombard at One Longfellow Square, Blacktop Mojo and Fifth Freedom at Port City Music Hall, Lyle & Phil Divinsky at Blue, Gavin DeGraw at Aura, Ron Bergeron at Captain Jack’s, Ronda Dale at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and more!

BIDDEFORD

Local fellas Alex Roy and Matt Libby come together for another acoustic performance at Champions tonight. This free show will start up at 9pm.

NAPLES

Captain Jack’s in Naples welcomes Ron Bergeron for a night of tunes. Ron will be serving up tons of great songs starting at 6 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.

PORTLAND

Alt-country band Old Crow Medicine Show returns to Portland tonight with their brand of music that combines D.I.Y punk attitude with tradition American roots tunes. This evening’s show happens at the Maine State Pier and will get underway with an opening set by roots-rock, Americana, country, and folk-infused act, Town Meeting, who’ll get things kickin’ right around 6pm.

El Shupacabra will be hitting the desk up on the roof of Bayside Bowl for a free party full of fun bangers that’ll get started up right around 6 o’clock. 

Check out some classic blues tunes at Blue tonight as they welcome local act Ramblin Chops and The Revelator for a show that’ll start up right around 6 o’clock.

Local musician Dan Merrill is back on the deck of The Porthole this evening for a set that’ll feature a variety of acoustic rock, pop and folk covers and originals. Tonight’s show is free and starts up at 6.

Check out a free show happening on the deck of Portland Lobster Company as Ryan Halliburton and The Still return to bring some pop-rock tunes to your Tuesday evening as this all-ages show starts up at 6:30pm.

Folk-rock musician Brian Patricks will be at Andy’s tonight. 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.

Lots of awesome soulful, R&B-infused pop-rock tunes to take in tonight as singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw returns to Portland for a show at Aura. Things get underway right around 8pm.

Tonight One Longfellow Square welcomes Nashville-based powerhouse vocalist, Sarah Potenza to the stage. Potenza is a noted singer-songwriter who combines elements of pop, blues, soul, country, and Americana for a unique sound that’s all her own. Local soulful siren Anna Lombard will kick off the evening. Starting at 8 you can check out Anna and her band’s powerful performances full of intense, emotive lyrics as well as soaring, full-range vocals.

It’s been a minute 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 8 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.

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

Texas rockers, Blacktop Mojo bring their  fiery blend of post-grunge, Southern rock, and metal to the stage of Port City Music Hall tonight. This evening’s rock n’ roll show gets crankin’ at 9 with an opening set by heavy-hitting local band, Fifth Freedom.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Toby McAllister of local pop-rock band Sparks The Rescue will be performing a solo, acoustic set at Easy Day this evening. Beginning at 6pm Toby will be performing some of his own originals as well as some covers of popular tunes from the past 20 plus years.

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.

WESTBROOK

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

Check out David Myles with Yes We Kin at Port City Music Hall tonight

Oh man, Monday is definitely doing its best to try and thunder punch me in the throat today, but I refuse to let it. If you’re duking it out with this first day of the working week might I suggest taking some time-out and enjoying yourself at any one of these fine establishments this Monday evening: Connor Garvey at Portland Lobster Company, an open mic with Michael Krapovicky at Pedro O’Hara’s, Hambone at Easy Street Lounge, Gina & The Red Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events, 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 evening, drop by Pedro O’Hara’s as local pop-rocker Michael Krapovicky hosts another installment of his weekly acoustic open mic event. Tonight’s free shindig gets underway at 6:30 and is open to all musicians.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

My Skeleton, a local acoustic act consisting of musicians Alex Roy and Matt Libby, will be performing a free show out at Hooligans on the pier in OOB tonight. Join these fellas for some Monday night fun beginning at 9pm.

PORTLAND

The Porthole 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 6.

Local singer-songwriter, Connor Garvey will be bringing his beautiful blend of soul and folk out onto the deck of the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street this Monday evening for a free, all ages acoustic show. Check out this fun show as things get underway right around 6 o’clock.

The State Theatre and One Longfellow Square present David Myles at Port City Music Hall tonight. A mix of James Taylor and Justin Timberlake, Myles’ music ranges from soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, and down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop ear worms. Portland’s own experimental folk act, Yes We Kin opens the show tonight as things get underway at 7pm.

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.

Get after it with Gina and the Red Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events as this terrifically talented act continues 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 of Of Good Nature, Oogee Wawa & Akela Moon at Empire tonight

It seems appropriate to preface today’s post with a WOWEEE! Perhaps I sound like a broken record, but there is so much freakin’ cool stuff going on musically tonight that it’s even a bit overwhelming for a gal about town such as myself! But have no fear; I have taken the time to put everything into order for you so that you can properly decide where and when you’ll bust out some epic Party-Pants-dance-moves this evening. Let’s give tonight a good old look-see, yuh? Yuh. Check out such shindigs as Pete Witham at Easy Day, Stesha Cano in Pickering Square, The Crown Vics at Bar Harbor Beer Works, The Cormack McCarthy Band in Winslow Park, American Ride at The Brunswick, Royal Hammer at Fort Allen Park, Little River Band with Xander Nelson at Aura, G.Love & Special Sauce with The Hackensaw Boys at Port City Music Hall, Muddy Ruckus at Robinhood Free Meetinghouse and so 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.

BANGOR

Stesha Cano and her talented band mates will be performing at Pickering Square this evening as part of the Cool Sounds summer concert series. Beginning at 6pm you can check out this free and family-friendly show that’ll feature Stesha’s original blues and jazz jams.

BAR HARBOR

The Crown Vics prepare to throw down with a non-stop rockabilly dance party at Bar Harbor Beer Works this evening. If you’re looking to bust a move, have some fun, and enjoy some local brews then check out this free show as things get underway at 6pm.

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.

FREEPORT

The Cormack McCarthy Band will be performing at Winslow Park as part of the Summer Concert Series. Led by an amazing singer songwriter combining an acoustic mix of folk, country, blues and Americana, tonight’s all-ages show should be a good time so be sure to check it out as things get started right around 6:30pm.

GEORGETOWN

Maine locals, Muddy Ruckus will be providing an evening of fiery, foot-stomping blues-folk for you to enjoy at the Robinhood Free Meetinghouse in Georgetown. 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 8.

KENNEBUNKPORT

Portland trio, Bread & Circus will be bringing some soul and blues classics to Alisson’s Restaurant in Kennebunkport tonight. Join these three talented musical merrymakers as things get underway at 9:30.

LEWISTON

Local musician Ron Bergeron will be playing another free show at the Rails in Lewiston tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 7 o’clock with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

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.

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 The Brunswick beginning at 8pm.

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 Pier Patio Pub tonight. Shake your groove thing out on the dance floor as this free show gets swinging at 9.

PORTLAND

Local four-piece rock n’ roll band, Riot Act, goes quiet tonight for another acoustic set at The Porthole. Tonight’s free show gets started right around 6.

Party out on the deck of Portland Lobster Company this evening with Massachusetts-based band Freevolt. Freevolt will be bringing some roots rock, Americana, reggae, funk and pop sounds to your Thursday as this free and all-ages shindig gets swinging at 6:30pm.

Don’t miss some free reggae music on the Eastern Prom tonight as local reggae act Royal Hammer will be bringing some joyous sounds to your Thursday with an a free and all-ages performance at the Fort Allen Park bandstand. Things get started up right around 6:30pm.

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.

Blue welcomes the Hattie Simon Quartet for an acoustic jazz set this evening. Jazz singer and pianist Hattie Simon and her trio perform standards from the Great American Songbook, contemporary jazz and music of alternative artists like Regina Spektor, Ben Folds and Norah Jones beginning at 7.

Aura in Portland presents Little River Band tonight. One of Australia’s prominent musical exports of the 1970s, Little River Band shot to fame on the strength of their glowing harmonies and mellow country-pop sound. Tonight’s show starts at 8pm with an opening set by Portland rock n’ roller, Xander Nelson, and his band.

Philadelphia singer-songwriter and crew, G.Love & Special Sauce, are back in Portland tonight with their seamless blend of old-school blues and jazz fused with a bit of modern-alternative-hip-hop. They’ll be bringing the party to Port City Music Hall tonight for an 18+ show that starts up at 8 with an opening set by The Hackensaw Boys, a Virginia-based acoustic band that fuses the sound of bluegrass and folk with a bit of rock and roll.

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. Music starts up at 8pm.

Local cover act The Depths will be bringing the party to the Oasis patio this evening. The band will be playing all kinds of songs from all kinds of genres during this free show, which starts up at 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 Nasreen, a dancer from New England’s thriving belly dance community, as things get underway at 9pm.

Lots of good tunes and good vibes happening at a party upstairs at Empire tonight. This evening North Carolina-based band Of Good Nature brings their rich blend of musical styles, which include bits of rock, reggae, progressive, funk and rock and roll, to the stage alongside Providence alternative reggae act, Oogee Wawa and the soul, funk, rock, Afrobeat, Latin, and hip-hop influenced songs of Portland’s own Akela Moon for a party that’ll get swinging right around 9 o’clock.

Check out some fun pop-rock tunes courtesy of local act The Grumps as they play a free show on the Amigos patio tonight. These talented fellas will get the good times rollin’ right around 9:30.

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

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.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Pete Witham returns to Easy Day in South Portland for some fun Americana and rockabilly music this Thursday. 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 6pm.

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.

 

Aura presents Chris Isaak with special guest Jeff Leblanc

Celebrate this Wednesday by getting weird and absolutely wild at any (or all) of these live shows all across the state tonight. Here we go! Check out some fun happenings such as Stesha Cano at the Lighthouse Arts Center, Ron Bergeron at Pedro O’Hara’s, the Bob Charest Band at Riverbank Park, Time Pilots at O’Reilly’s Cure, Kevin Midgley Players at Andy’s, Eric Bettencourt & Friends at Portland Lobster Company, and more!

BIDDEFORD

Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to Champions tonight for another free, solo set that’ll start up right around 9:30 this evening.

BUCKSPORT

Stesha Cano and her talented band mates will be performing at the Lighthouse Arts Center in Bucksport this evening as part of the Wednesday on Main concert series. Beginning at 5:30pm you can check out this free and family-friendly show that’ll feature Stesha’s original blues and jazz jams.

LEWISTON

Local musician Ron Bergeron will be playing another free show at the Pedro O’Hara’s tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 7 o’clock with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Local pop-rock musician Alex Roy is back at The Brunswick tonight. Roy will be joined by a few musically inclined pals for some original tunes and cover songs. 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

The Porthole hosts local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett once again this evening as he performs a set of his own original acoustic pop and funk songs as well as some fun covers. Things get started at 6 o’clock out on the deck so stop through and check it out if you’re in the area this evening.

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED — The Goo Goo Dolls are back in Portland tonight as they bring their uplifting, anthemic alternative pop that made them superstars in the late ’90s to the stage of the Maine State Pier. This evening’s all ages show gets underway at 6pm with an opening set by soulful singer-songwriter and winner of the 11th season of American Idol, Phillip Phillips.

Eric Bettencourt is still playing around town and tonight he’ll be joining a few pals once again out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company for some musical merriment. I anticipate lots of good times and good tunes as this free show starts up at 6:30pm.

Blue welcomes Tonto Triste to the stage this evening. Tonto Triste is a multicultural group of musicians from right here in Portland. Their eclectic original music is a peculiar amalgamation of 20th century classical, jazz, flamenco, and American rock. See them tonight as their show starts up right around 7 o’clock.

The Kevin Midgley Players are back at Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. These local musicians will be performing some Americana and Delta blues tunes as this free show starts up at 7 o’clock.

Aura in Portland presents Chris Isaak with special guest Jeff Leblanc tonight. American crooner, Chris Isaak, who channels the golden era sound of Roy Orbison, became an unlikely hit maker in the 1990s with songs such as “Wicked Game”, “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying.” See him tonight as things get underway at 8pm.

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.

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.

Check out some good tunes and good vibes going down at Portland House of Music and Events tonight as The Maine Dead Project returns to the stage as part of their summer residency. These talented locals will be taking on the tunes of the Grateful Dead as this groovy gathering gets underway right around 9 o’clock.

Tacoma Narrows, a 6 piece folk-rock band from New York City, will be performing at Blue this evening. A blend of folk, bluegrass, Americana, funk, and rock, this act has a little something for everyone. Check them out tonight as their performance gets underway at 9 o’clock.

More midweek fun happens once again at Crooners & Cocktails as Hello Clarice brings some 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.

SCARBOROUGH

Party band and cover act, The Time Pilots will be playing unplugged at O’Reilly’s Cure in Scarborough this evening. Join them for acoustic covers from such artists as Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley and more as well as a few original tunes thrown in as this free and all-ages event gets underway at 7pm.

WESTBROOK

The party-polished Bob Charest Band will be entertaining one and all at Riverbank Park as part of the Summer Concert Series this evening.  This versatile and fun cover band will be rockin’ a free, family-friendly party starting at 6pm.

Local singer songwriter Cameron Thayer will be playing an acoustic set at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza this evening. Join Thayer as this all-ages and free show starts up right around 7 o’clock.

Local 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.

 

Check out Sea Level live on the roof of Bayside Bowl tonight

Maybe it’s a little early to already be counting down the days, but the truth is that we are, in fact, one day closer to Friday…and therefore one day closer to the freakin’ weekend! Tonight’s shaping up to be seriously fun, so let’s give ol’ Tuesday a look-see, shall we? Here we go! Don’t miss out on some seriously fun shows including Elephant Wrecking Ball with Deaf Scene & CJ3 at Empire, The Blast Addicts at Orono Village Green, Big World at Blue, Captain Ray and The Castaways at Portland Lobster Company, Ben Kilcollins at Easy Day, and much more.

BIDDEFORD

Local fellas Alex Roy and Matt Libby come together for another acoustic performance at Champions tonight. This free show will start up at 9pm.

ORONO

A free, fun and family-friendly show will be happening at the new Orono Village Green this evening with local cover at The Blast Addicts. Starting at 6:30 join these cool cats for a non-stop rock and roll dance party that’s guaranteed to get you moving!

PORTLAND

Multi-instrumentalist and member of local acts, SeepeopleS, Sea Level and more, Dan Capaldi will be going solo tonight for a special performance on the rooftop of Bayside Bowl. Check out Capaldi’s original compositions as things get underway during tonight’s free and all ages show right around 6 o’clock.

The Porthole welcomes back Dan Merrill to the deck this evening for a set that’ll feature a variety of acoustic rock, pop and folk covers and originals. Tonight’s show is free and starts up at 6 o’clock.

Local singer-songwriter Kate Schrock will be at Blue this evening with special guest and saxophonist Glen DaCosta. 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 Schrock alongside original saxophonist for Bob Marley and the Wailers, Glen DaCosta, as things get underway at 7 tonight.

Make your way down to Commercial Street tonight as Captain Ray and the Castaways will keep you dancing out on the deck of Portland Lobster Company with some fun rock and roll cover tunes. This free and all-ages party gets underway at 6:30 tonight.

Alex Smith and The Mountain Sound bring some country blues to the stage of Andy’s Old Port Pub this Tuesday evening. Join the band for some great tunes as this all-ages and free show starts up around 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.

Another Open DJ Night is happening at Flask Lounge. Beginning 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 absolutely free 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.

Upstairs at Empire you can check out a show featuring Elephant Wrecking Ball alongside Deaf Scene and CJ3. Elephant Wrecking Ball is an instrumental, electronic, trombone-led power trio that successfully weaves a variety of influences from jazz, hip hop, electro and the avant-garde. Also on tonight’s bill is Baltimore-based instrumental psychedelic rock act, Deaf Scene and CJ3, the newest project from the genre bending Frenchman, Christopher Jacques that will be bringing some punk, jazz, avant garde rock, crunk monk funk, gibberish rap, romantic era polka house, and even a little bit of metal to the stage starting at 9pm.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Ben Kilcollins is back at Easy Day tonight for a set of acoustic sounds. You know Ben from his time spent fronting local pop-rock act, Kilcollins, but this evening he goes solo for some fun cover tunes and original songs starting right around 6 during this free and family-friendly event.

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.

Check out Monday of the Minds at Flask Lounge tonight

Happy Monday! I’m not entirely certain that I’ve fully recovered from this weekend’s seemingly endless shenanigans, but I’m going to hike up my Party Pants and full throttle my way on through this day. I invite you all to do the same and reward yourself for a job well done by getting out to any or all of these fun Monday evening shows, including Grizzly Bear with Nat Baldwin at the State Theatre, Yard Sail’s See Ya Later show with The Ghouls, Work in Progress & Spacehaven at Bayside Bowl, Pat Foley at The Porthole, The Boneheads at Portland Lobster Company, Gina & The Red Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events, and more.

HALLOWELL

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.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

My Skeleton, a local acoustic act consisting of musicians Alex Roy and Matt Libby, will be performing a free show out at Hooligan’s on the pier in OOB tonight. Join these fellas for some Monday night fun beginning at 9pm.

PORTLAND

The Porthole 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 6.

Tonight local pop-rock outfit, Yard Sail, says See Ya Later. The band is hosting a fun night of music, and celebrating five years of making music together with party that will see two members off in style as they prepare to head off to college. This See Ya Later show will feature performances by not only Yard Sail, but fellow local bands The Ghouls, Spacehaven, and Work in Progress. This all-ages and free shindig will get shaking promptly at 6 o’clock at Bayside Bowl.

Check out another free and fun show at Portland Lobster Company as The Boneheads return to the deck for some musical revelry this Monday. This local act will liven up your evening with fun Americana and roots sounds starting at 6:30.

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 Monday night wind down so swing through and enjoy this free and all-ages show starting at 7.

Critically acclaimed, Brooklyn-based indie band, Grizzly Bear will be bringing their experimental songs full of lush, intricate arrangements to the stage of the State Theatre this Monday evening. Also on this evening’s bill is avant-garde bassist, Nat Baldwin, who is known for his work in the Dirty Projectors as well as being a contributor to albums by Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear and more. Things get underway at 8 during this all-ages event.

Funky Mondays continue to be the place to get down as Gina Alibrio and the Red Eye Flight Crew bring you some of the funkiest, fun and soul-filled sounds around. Alibrio’s impressive pipes are backed by a band made up of most of the members of Model Airplane so basically you’re guaranteed to have a wicked good time boogie-ing down to some terrific tunes as things get started at 9 over at Portland House of Music and Events.

Monday of the Minds, a showcase of some of the scene’s biggest and brightest hip hop artists, continues tonight at Flask Lounge. Tonight they’ll be presenting a BBoy showcase from Portland’s own Boogie Toonz as well as performances by artists Busy Bars, Sympl, San ity, Fatal J, Aynjewl Fayce, Paranormal Adam, and more to showcase some of their beats, bangers and bars. Things get underway right around 9 with early and late night freestyle cyphers to sign up for too.

Megan Jo Wilson performs at Empire tonight

This week seemed exceptionally long and treacherous for no real apparent reason so it should comes as no surprise that I am overjoyed by the fact that it is finally Friday. Per usual there’s a ton of awesome stuff going down all around our little seaside state so hike up those Party Pants and crank the fun-o-meters up to eleven because things are going to get awesome tonight! Check out such shindigs as Carter Logan at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, Buddusky, Ossalot & Wedding Camp at Central Gallery, The Youngerbloods at Paddy Murphy’s, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies at The Frog & Turtle, Memphis Lightning at Chummies, Ronda Dale does Patsy Cline at the Deertrees Theatre, Sparks The Rescue at The Crooked Hook Tavern, Seth Warner at Guthries, Maine Marimba Ensemble at Slab, Slygo Road at The Porthole, Joe Bonamassa at Maine State Pier, D. Gross & Los Federales with Emilia Dahlin Quartet & Muddy Ruckus at Portland House of Music and Events, Highly Suspect with And The Kids & DJ Redbees at State Theatre, Lightning Bolt with Lingua Ignota & Cadaverette at SPACE Gallery and much more!

ANDOVER

Maine artist Jim Gallant brings a mix of Americana, blues, folk, bluegrass and rockabilly to the bandstand in Andover as part of the free Summer Concert Series. Join Jim for a free show that’ll begin at 6pm.

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.

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.

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 8pm.

Punk rock, garage rock, fuzzed out, scuzzy rock — Central Gallery’s got it all tonight as they welcome Buddusky, Ossalot and Wedding Camp. This all ages show starts up at 9.

The Youngerbloods bring some blues, soul and R&B tunes to Paddy Murphy’s this evening. This free and fun Friday show starts around 9:30.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

Anticipate lots of high-energy, good times to be rollin’ through Mine Oyster tonight as they welcome Vermont funk rockers Gang of Thieves to the stage for a show that’ll start up right around 9:30.

BUXTON

Modern country and rockabilly cover act the Whiskey Sour Band will get you boot-scootin’ out on the dance floor of Skip’s Lounge tonight as they play a free show starting up at 9pm.

ELLSWORTH

The Crown Vics prepare to throw down with a non-stop rockabilly dance party as part of the free concert series happening at the Waterfront Park and Marina in Ellsworth this evening. If you’re looking to bust a move and have some fun then check out this free and family-friendly show as things get underway at 5:30pm.

Maine-based act Memphis Lightning bring their brand of old school, entertaining, energetic, down and dirty blues to Chummies tonight. Join these fellas for some fun as this free shindig gets swinging at 9pm.

FREEPORT

Local musician Dave Perlman will be playing at Gritty’s in Freeport tonight. Join Dave for a wide array of covers and originals from many different genres during this free acoustic show that’ll get underway at 8pm.

HALLOWELL

Check out some funkadelic sounds courtesy of Hambone as the band prepares to play a free show at the Easy Street Lounge tonight. Lots of rock and funk jams to help ease you on in to the freakin’ weekend as things get underway at 9 o’clock.

HARRISON

Local singer-songwriter Ronda Dale has gathered a band of talented local musicians to come together to pay tribute to legendary country artist Patsy Cline. Dale and friends will honor the songs of Patsy Cline as well as perform a few originals as tonight’s show at the Deertrees Theatre in Harrison begins at 7:30pm.

LEBANON

Acoustic Radio brings some fun country-rock to Trains Tavern in Lebanon tonight. Join in on the fun as this free shindig gets swinging right around 8 o’clock.

LEWISTON

Local musician Ron Bergeron will be playing another free show at the Pedro O’Hara’s tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 8 o’clock with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

Guthries welcomes local instrumentalist and vocalist Seth Warner and a couple of his musically inclined pals 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 8 o’clock.

MECHANIC FALLS

With a sound that channels modern rock influences as well as incorporates anthemic choruses with themes of lust, loss and embracing  inner demons, Sparks The Rescue brings all that and more to a free rock and roll party The Crooked Hook Tavern in Mechanic Falls tonight. Things get crankin’ this finally Friday right around 8 o’clock.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Dance it out The Brunswick tonight as dance/pop cover act Tickle returns 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.

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.

Another Friday up on the roof at Mathew’s promises to be a party with some high-energy sets of original jams courtesy of Lacuna, Crimewave, Lyokha, Trele The God, Treelock, Brightboy. Things get started up right around 5 o’clock.

Fat Knuckle Freddy is back at Blue this Friday evening. Freddy is a local composer, instrumentalist and a songwriter who plays and writes American Primitive Music on cigar box, resonator, Weissenborn, acoustic, and fretless guitars. Check out this fun night of music as things get started up right around 6 o’clock.

Eric Bettencourt is still playing around town and tonight he’ll be joining a few pals once again out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company for some musical merriment. I anticipate lots of good times and good tunes as this free show starts up at 7pm.

Take in some tunes out on the Slab patio this evening as the always-entertaining Maine Marimba Ensemble will be doing their thing starting right around 7 o’clock. This free shindig is guaranteed to be a good time, so be sure to swing by and check it out if you’re out and about 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.

If you’re looking an eclectic mix of originals and classic covers that range in variety from blues, rock, soul and R&B then look no further than The Porthole as Slygo Road returns for some fun out on the deck this evening. This free and guaranteed-fun shindig gets swinging at 7 o’clock.

Blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will be rippin’ it up on the stage of the Maine State Pier tonight. This legendary guitar slinger hits the stage starting at 7:30pm.

Bayside Bowl will be bumping with the fun sounds of two Boston bands tonight. Beginning at 8pm The New Review will be bringing their style of old-school funk and soul music to the stage alongside Tail Hawk‘s fusion of alternative, groove, rock and pop. This free and all-ages show is guaranteed to be a good time so check it out if you’re in the area this evening.

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

Tonight D. Gross and Los Federales celebrate the release of their record ‘Crooks’ with a show at Portland House of Music and Events. Los Federales channels the spirit of Americana and roots music, exploring the depths of the heartland and the fringes of the cosmos. Tonight’s festivities will get underway at 8pm with performances by local acts, the Emilia Dahlin Quartet and Muddy Ruckus. A guaranteed good time filled with good tunes and good people; don’t miss it.

Acoustic guitarist Craig Ventresco will be performing live at Blue on Congress Street this evening. Ventresco will be playing everything from vaudeville and early 20th Century pop tunes at this free show, which gets underway at 8 o’clock.

Hard-hitting, Brooklyn-based power trio, Highly Suspect, who’ll appeal to those of you that enjoy bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, and Band of Skulls, will be rocking State Theatre tonight. This all ages show starts at 8 with opening sets from And The Kids and DJ Redbees.

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.

Professional surfer turned Jack Johnson protégé, Donavon Frankenreiter returns to town tonight for a performance at Port City Music Hall. This 18+ shindig gets shaking right around 9 with an opening set by alt-folk artist Matt Grundy.

Tonight Aura welcomes reggae legend Freddie McGregor to the stage. A key figure in the early ska and rasta roots scene, McGregor is considered a prodigy of the genre. See him tonight alongside special guests DJ Ice and The O’Harrows as tonight’s show starts up at 9 o’clock.

Fun times ahead at Geno’s tonight as things get garage-y, punk-y and loud with No Good, Twin Trances and a special reunion set by Boom Shanka. The party starts at 9 o’clock.

Providence noise duo, Lightning Bolt will shaking SPACE Gallery to its foundation tonight with some oppressively heavy, high-volume jams. Opening tonight’s full throttle, face melting assault will be skull-crushers Lingua Ignota and sludgey Maine metal act, Cadaverette. There are only a handful of tickets left for this all ages event so make sure you get there right on time at 9 o’clock.

The Scolded Dogs will be bringing the party to the Amigos patio 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 9:30.

Soulful siren Megan Jo Wilson will be celebrating the release of her excellent EP titled ‘Tin’ with a party upstairs at Empire tonight. MJW will be backed by talented local musicians Sean Morin, Adam Frederick, Chas Lester, Emmett Harrity, Matt Day and Lucas Desmond, who’ll help her bring the original compositions from her record to life as well as assist in covering some tunes from artists such as Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Brand New Heavies as well as a few jazz standards thrown in for good measure. Tonight’s musical celebration will get underway upstairs at 9:30pm.

Local piano-driven rock n’ roll act Kris Rodgers and The Dirty Gems will be partying at RiRa tonight. Known as “rock n’ roll’s secret weapon”, Kris ‘Fingers’ Rodgers has been a recording and touring sideman in such garage rock and power pop acts sd The Connection, Scott Sorry, The New Trocaderos, Bullet Proof Lovers, and Kurt Baker Band for years. Tonight he’s once again showcasing his own ability to write some extremely catchy songs that he absolutely sings the hell out of alongside his talented band as things get swinging right around 10pm.

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

Brooklyn steamboat soul/roots revival act Roosevelt Dime brings the party up to Rangeley tonight as they play a show at Moose Alley. The fun starts right around 8:30 this finally Friday.

SABATTUS

Moticon brings some rock, pop, alternative, and 80’s rock covers to Mixers tonight for a free party that’ll get underway right around 8:30pm this finally Friday.

SACO

Local folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be at the Kerrymen Pub this evening. Beginning at 6 the duo will be performing acoustic renditions of songs by such artists as Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Cat Stevens and many, many more. This event is free so make some plans to check it out if you’re in the area this Friday.

WATERVILLE

Some seriously beautiful sounds will be happening tonight as local duo Jonathan Johnston and Elyse Wilkinson bring their soulful pop-rock songs to the Silver Street Tavern in Waterville for a show that’ll start up right around 8.

WESTBROOK

Banjo, guitar, fiddle and dobro player Carter Logan will be filling Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza with a bunch of wonderful sounds as he takes to the stage for an all-ages and free show that’ll get swinging right around 7 o’clock.

Get ready to have your face melted off and your ears blown out by The Last King, Objet, Weapons At Hand and Lethal Creed tonight as things get really loud and really awesome during this free rock show over at Live at 212. Music starts at 8.

And don’t forget that starting at 8:30 you can check out some tasty eats and equally tasty tunes at The Frog & Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook where Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies return to take over the joint with their own brand of unique and entertaining Americana and rockabilly.

Capture The Sun, Destination: Void & Objet rock Empire in Portland tonight

We’re almost there! It’s finally Thursday and that means we’re drawing in on the freakin’ weekend, babies! Tonight is packing some serious punch so hoist up those Party Pants and get out there! Check out sweet shindigs tonight such as Eric Bettencourt & Will Mallett at Blue, Denny Breau at the Quad at Bates, Prateek Poddar at Andy’s, Vinyl Tap at Portland Lobster Company, Ted Nugent at Aura, Seth Warner Duo at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, Ronda Dale Band at the Winslow Park Summer Concert Series, and more.

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

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.

FREEPORT

Singer-songwriter Ronda Dale brings her band to Freeport tonight as they perform as part of the Winslow Park Summer Concert Series. Ronda’s sound is comparable to something you’d expect if Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee and Willie Nelson threw a party. This evening’s family-friendly show will start up right around 6:30pm.

LEWISTON

If you aren’t in Portland tonight and find yourself up near the Lewiston/Auburn area, you should check out the talented Denny Breau as he brings his rhythmically enticing guitar style to life at the Quad at Bates in Lewiston. Denny is the younger brother of acclaimed guitarist Lenny Breau, who was also from Maine. If you’ve never heard of Lenny Breau and play guitar, I’d highly recommend checking out his stuff; it’s pretty crazy. Denny will be doing his thing beginning at 6:30 tonight, so if you’re around, check it out.

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.Maine-based party band The GE3ks will be bringing the good times to The Pier Patio Pub tonight. Starting at 9 you’ll be guaranteed to bust a move out on the dance floor to some of the best 80’s pop, dance, New Wave, hard rock, rap and one hit wonder tunes around.

PORTLAND

For the past month or so Eric Bettencourt has been kicking around town, venturing away from his home in Austin, TX, where I’m sure he’s been keeping it weird to sing his ass off and pluck some guitar strings like it’s nobody’s business, but something tells me he won’t be around for long so make sure you join this Maine native tonight over at Blue on Congress Street. Eric will be joined by alt-country/Americana singer-songwriter Will Mallett of the Mallett Brothers Band for a show that’ll start up right around 6pm tonight.

Vinyl Tap will be partying down out on the Portland Lobster Company deck this evening with all of your favorite dance jams. 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.

Local four-piece rock n’ roll band, Riot Act will go quiet tonight for an acoustic set at The Porthole. Tonight’s free show gets started out on the deck right around 7 o’clock.

Boston-based folk and Americana singer, songwriter and guitarist Prateek Poddar will be performing at Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening. Poddar’s acoustic set will showcase sounds influenced by such artist as Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, Townes Van Zandt, and more. This free and all-ages event begins at 7pm.

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

Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent comes to town for a show at Aura tonight. Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock and roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing over 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. You can see him for yourself as he takes to the stage starting 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 and will feature a jam session open to any and all musicians who would like to participate.

Prepare to bring the thunder tonight as local, heavy-hitting rock acts Capture The Sun, Destination: Void and Objet join forces to melt faces at Empire. Get ready to be properly propelled into metal and rock n’ roll stratospheres during this Thursday night throw down as things get heavy upstairs beginning at 9.

Toby McAllister of local pop-rock band Sparks The Rescue will be performing a solo set out on the Oasis patio this evening. Starting at 9pm Toby will be performing some of his favorite STR originals as well as some covers of popular tunes from the past 20 plus years.

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins return to RiRa tonight for some sweet, acoustic sounds. You know Ben from his time spent fronting local pop-rock act, Kilcollins, but this evening he teams up with the talented Vargas Twins for some fun cover tunes and original songs beginning at 9pm.

WESTBROOKLenny’s at Hawkes Plaza welcomes back local act Seth Warner Duo, which features multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Seth Warner taking lead on songs in the vein of blues, country, folk, re-imagined jazz and songbook standards. Don’t miss out on the fun as this free, all-ages show gets start up right around 7 o’clock.

Check out Port City Saints, Spillers, Ray’s Occult & Call Shotgun at Flask Lounge tonight

What’s up, Wednesday?! I am pumped to see you and to hurdle this hump so that we can all glide into our weekend stride. Per usual, there’s a bunch of fun stuff to check out, so let’s do it to it, my babies! Check out such Hump Day happenings as Pardon Me, Doug at Riverbank Park, Don Hebert at Pedro O’Hara’s, Gov’t Mule & Galactic at Maine State Pier, The Ghosts of Johnson City at Slab, Whitney & Sam Evian at Port City Music Hall, Gin Blossoms with Best Not Broken & Soft Spells at Aura, Alex roy at The Brunswick, and more!

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 9pm. It’s a free event so no excuses; check it out!

BRUNSWICK

Take in some tunes by Brazilian choro ensemble, Choro Louco, as they play a show at Frontier as part of the venue’s Live in the Lounge Music Series. Choro Louco features local musicians Carl Dimow, Nicole Rabata, Joel Eckhaus, Eric LaPerna, and David Newsmam. This evening’s free performance begins at 7:30pm.

LEWISTON

Don Hebert of local classic cover act The Veggies goes solo for a show at Pedro O’Hara’s tonight. Don will be bringing a show chock full of fun and danceable cover tunes to this free, all ages shindig starting at 7pm.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Local pop-rock musician Alex Roy is back at The Brunswick tonight. Roy will be joined by a few musically inclined pals for some original tunes and cover songs. 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

Legendary rock act Gov’t Mule returns to the stage of the Maine State Pier with special guests Galactic on their Revolution Go Tour. Equal parts jam band and blues-rock, Gov’t Mule, featuring Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band, has become a human encyclopedia of great American music while adding to that cannon with their signature sound. Tonight’s all ages show starts at 5:30pm. 

Local folk act, The Ghosts of Johnson City will be bringing their acoustic tunes focused on the darker roots of Americana music to the outdoor stage of Slab this evening. Join the band for some tunes as this free and all ages event begins out on the patio at 6pm.  

The Porthole welcomes back local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett for a set of original acoustic pop and funk songs as well as some fun covers. Things get started at 6 o’clock during this free show so make some plans to stop through if you’re downtown this evening.

Eric Bettencourt is still playing around town and tonight he’ll be joining a few pals once again out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company for some musical merriment. I anticipate lots of good times and good tunes as this free show starts up at 6:30pm.

Check out some classic blues tunes at Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight as they welcome local act Ramblin Chops for a free and family-friendly show that’ll start up right around 7 o’clock.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series continues with a featured performance by Lua Project. 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.

Local folk artist Dave Rowe is back at Bull Feeney’s tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as this free show begins at 8pm.

Tonight Aura presents the Gin Blossoms with Best Not Broken and Soft Swells. The Gin Blossoms’ fusion of pop, melodic rock, folk and country elements took the airwaves by siege, making the band an MTV playlist hostage for almost a decade and the group a natural 90’s mainstay. Tonight you can see them perform alongside special guests Best Not Broken and Soft Swells as things get underway right around 8pm.

A free show filled with some great, local punk rock (and roll) will be happening at Flask Lounge tonight as Port City Saints, Spillers, Ray’s Occult and Call Shotgun (actually these guys are in town from NY, but you get the picture) come together for some fun as tunes get cranking right around 8pm.

Rustic indie pop songwriting duo Whitney will be at Port City Music Hall tonight. The act features Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek, formerly of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Smith Westerns. This all ages event begins at 8 with an opening set by New York-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Sam Evian, whose tunes show a strong influence by the mellower sounds of the ’60s and ’70s.

Check out some good tunes and good vibes going down at Portland House of Music and Events tonight as The Maine Dead Project returns to the stage as part of their summer residency. These talented locals will be taking on the tunes of the Grateful Dead as this groovy gathering gets underway right around 9 o’clock.

This week at Rap Night at Aura you can catch Dynamo-P & Micodin, Dormattics and more. As always, there will be early and late night open mic cyphers hosted by Ill By Instinct with El Shupacabra on the decks. Things get started up downstairs 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.

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.

SOUTH PORTLAND

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 and family friendly show at in Mill Creek Park as part of the city’s summer concert series. Tonight’s event gets started up right around 6:30pm. 

WESTBROOK

Phish cover act Pardon Me, Doug is ready to bring some musical merriment to Riverbank Park in Westbrook as part of the city’s Summer Concert Series. These fellas will be performing their renditions of Phish tunes during this free and family-friendly show that’ll start up at 6 o’clock.

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.

Check out Tower of Power with special guest Cara Brindisi at Aura tonight

All right, another Tuesday is upon us, which means it’s time to slide back into those Party Pants as we take this one to the limit! Lots of awesome parties happening all around tonight so get out there and do it to it! Don’t snooze on such shows as The Skates, Thee Icepicks, Uncle Spudd & Zombie Beach at Mathew’s, Will & Ian of SeepeopleS at Bayside Bowl, Dan Merrill at The Porthole, Ronda Dale at Andy’s, and so much more!

BIDDEFORD

Local fellas Alex Roy and Matt Libby come together for another acoustic performance at Champions tonight. This free show will start up at 9pm.

PORTLAND

Singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, Will Bradford and Ian Riley of local act SeepeopleS will be performing a special rooftop set tonight at Bayside Bowl. Join these talented fellas for some fun as this free show starts up at 6 o’clock.

The Porthole on Commercial Street welcomes back Dan Merrill to the deck this evening for a set that’ll feature a variety of acoustic rock, pop and folk covers and originals. Tonight’s show is free and starts up at 6 o’clock.

The Still, which features local musician Ryan Halliburton and a few of his talented friends, will be playing live out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company in downtown Portland this Tuesday evening. Starting at 6:30pm enjoy some great music out on the deck overlooking the beautiful Atlantic. Tonight’s show is absolutely free, so don’t miss out on some summer fun.

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

Tonight Aura presents quintessential horn-driven funk-rock band, Tower of Power. For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has delivered the best in rhythm and blues music. The renowned horn-driven funk outfit has toured the world steadily since the early ’70s, in addition to backing up countless other musicians. See them tonight alongside special guest Cara Brindisi as things get underway right around 8 o’clock.

Check out a fun show happening at Mathew’s tonight featuring The Skates, Thee Icepicks, Uncle Spudd and Zombie Beach. Beginning at 8pm, these awesome acts will be delivering some quirky, cool surf-rock and psychobilly sounds to your earholes for a Tuesday night that’s guaranteed to be a ton of fun.

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

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

SOUTH PORTLAND

Easy Day in South Portland welcomes back local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett this evening as he performs a set of his own original acoustic pop and funk songs as well as some fun covers. Things get started at 6 o’clock, so stop through and check it out if you’re in the area this Tuesday evening.

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.

 

 

 

Get down with Gina & The Red Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events tonight

All right, all right,  don’t let a case of the Mondays make you miserable, instead check out the awesome events that are happening all around town and beyond this evening. Tons of ways to blow those Monday blues away so get out there and do it to it tonight at such shindigs as The Shakes at Portland Lobster Company, Freddy Dame Jr. at Andy’s, The Two Tones at The Porthole, an open mic with Michael Krapovicky 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

Pop-rock artist Michael Krapovicky returns to Pedro O’Hara’s this Monday evening to host another free open mic event. This event is open to all as the creative gathering and networking begins at 6:30pm.

PORTLAND

Mike and Paul from local cover act The Cover Tones are back on the deck of The Porthole tonight with some rock, pop, dance, blues, country and all else in between. Join The Two Tones for this free and fun shindig as things get shaking right around 6pm.

The Shakes, a 7-piece funk, rock and reggae collective from that features some of the Maine music 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.

Singer-songwriter Freddy Dame will be performing at Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening. Join Dame as this free and all ages show starts up at 7pm.

Funky Mondays continue to be the place to get down as Gina Alibrio and the Red Eye Flight Crew bring you some of the funkiest, fun and soul-filled sounds around. Alibrio’s impressive pipes are backed by a band made up of most of the members of Model Airplane so basically you’re guaranteed to have a wicked good time boogie-ing down to some terrific tunes as things get started at 9 over at Portland House of Music and Events.

Check out The Outsiders with The Teledynes & Dressed for the Occasion at Portland House of Music and Events tonight

Happy First Friday, y’all! It’s time to step up and step out as Friday offers up a whole slew of terrifically awesome sights and sounds. Slip into your favorite pair of Party Jorts and let’s do it to it! Don’t snooze on such stellar shows as Too Late The Hero with Roseview, Lions Lions & Acadia at Aura, The Bill Barnes Trio at Nocturnem Draft Haus, Max Ater at the Johnson Hall Free Waterfront Concert Series, Death Vessel, Micah Blue Smaldone & The Huntress and Holder of Hands at SPACE Gallery, Drivetrain, Port City Saints & Torn in Two at Live at 212, Scolded Dogs at Easy Street Lounge, Jenny Lou Drew & Scott Morgan at Guthries, The Youngerbloods at 290 Main Street, Lacuna, Crimewave, Lyokha & more at Mathew’s, Tumbledown Saints at Pedro O’Hara’s, Happy Folk at Andy’s, Band Beyond Description at Portland Lobster Company, HoneyPot at The Cage, and much, much more!

BANGOR

If you’re going to be in the Central Maine area this evening make some plans 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.

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.

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 in Biddeford welcomes back Sarah Libby, a local, soulful, and gifted interpreter of songs that cover many musical genres 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.

Guitar, bass and violin trio, Treble G bring their rock and pop instrumentals, which cover decades from the 80’s through today, to the Cowbell Burger Bar in Biddeford this Friday.  This free and all-ages performance will begin at 7 o’clock.

Local alternative folk act Northwood will be at Elements tonight for some foot-stomping good times. Northwood starts making some noise right around 8 o’clock during this free and fun show so make some plans to check ‘em out if you’re in the area tonight.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

Check out another free and fun show at McSeagulls as The Boneheads return to the stage. This local act will liven up your Friday night with fun Americana and roots sounds starting at 6 o’clock.

Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be playing at the Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor this evening. This talented duo will start making some savory sounds starting right around 6:30.

Prepare to shake your can all around the dance floor of Mine Oyster tonight as disco/funk powerhouse Motor Booty Affair returns to the stage.Things get shaking around 9:30 during this free show.

DEXTER

Welcome the weekend with some Southern rock, blues and Americana sounds courtesy of The Ian Black Band as they play a free show at the Bull Moose Lounge in Dexter beginning at 8pm tonight.

ELLSWORTH

The Allison Ames Band will be bringing some irresistible dance tunes to Chummies tonight as they serve up classic rock covers all night long starting at 9pm.

FARMINGTON

Folk-rock musician Brian Patricks will be at Big Sky Grill in Farmington tonight. 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 6 o’clock.

GARDINER

Local singer-songwriter Max Ater will be performing a free show out on the Gardiner waterfront this evening as part of the Johnson Hall Free Waterfront Concert Series. Max draws inspiration from such artists as Jamie Cullum, Norah Jones, John Mayer, and Elton John. See him tonight as this free and all ages show starts up at 6pm.

HALLOWELL

The Scolded Dogs will be bringing the party to Easy Street Lounge tonight to record a live record! Be part of the fun as this funk rock act welcomes you to be a part of their live album recording starting at 9 o’clock.

KENNEBUNK

90’s cover band Ice Cold Zima will be rockin’ the night away at Federal Jack’s. 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 10.

KENNEBUNKPORT

Maine-based singer-songwriter Freddy Dame Jr. will be performing an acoustic set at The Lodge on The Cove in Kennebunkport. Join Freddy for some finally Friday fun as this free show starts up at 6 o’clock.

LEWISTON

Five-piece blues band the Tumbledown Saints will be bringing some smooth sounds to Pedro O’Hara’s tonight. With influences such as the Three Kings (Freddie, Albert, and BB) mashed together with newer sounds from the likes of G Love & Special Sauce, Keb Mo, and Gary Clark Jr., tonight’s all ages and free party ought to be a lot of fun so be sure to swing by as things start up at 8pm.

Tonight Guthries in Lewiston will host progressive folk and pop-rock duo Jenny Lou Drew and Scott Morgan. This all ages show is free and will feature original compositions by this talented pair as the music starts up right around 8 o’clock.

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 The Cage. Bust a move and have some fun as things get cranking at 8pm.

NORWAY

The Youngerbloods bring some blues, soul and R&B tunes to 290 Main Street in Norway this evening. This free and fun Friday show starts around 8:30.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Local musician, Dave Jacquet of the band Uke n’ Smile will be going solo this afternoon for a free show at Surf 6 in Old Orchard Beach. Join Dave for some fun covers as well as catchy originals as his set starts up right around 4 o’clock.

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.

Rippin’ rock n’ roll band Riot Act will be providing the soundtrack for your Friday night party with a show at The Brunswick. Things will get crankin’ at 8:30 tonight.

PORTLAND

First Friday up on the roof at Mathew’s promises to bring the party with some high-energy sets of original jams courtesy of Lacuna, Crimewave, Lyokha and more. Things get started up right around 5 o’clock.

Local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey returns to Blue this First Friday for some super fun bluegrass jams. Starting at 6pm 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, old timey bluegrass and folk sounds. This show is all ages and guaranteed to be a highlight of your weekend so head down to Blue to check it out.

Acoustic folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be at the Old Port Tavern this evening..Beginning at 6:30 the duo will be performing renditions of songs by such artists as Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Cat Stevens and many, many more.

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.

A fun evening of stories and songs will be happening at b.good this evening as local artists Monique Barrett, Dustin LeVasseur, and Jeff Christmas come together for Songwriters Night. This free, family-friendly musical gathering gets underway at 7pm.

Over at The Porthole you can join Vinyl Tap out on the deck as they play all kinds of classic jams during a free 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.

Jam out this evening with A Band Beyond Description at Portland Lobster Company. Get your free (and all-ages) Grateful Dead freak out on starting at 7 out on the deck.

Check out the the melodic folk music of local talent, Hannah Daman and The Martelle Sisters as well as alt-folk act, The Western Den and progressive folk outfit, Honkeysuckle. Things get underway at One Longfellow Square right around 8 o’clock.

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.

Tonight the State Theatre welcomes Mary Chapin Carpenter. The singer-songwriter brings her mix of pop country with a bit of introspective folk to the stage alongside opener Emily Barker, who’ll get things started up at 8 o’clock.

Too Late The Hero is celebrating the release of their new record, ‘Survivor’s Guilt’, at Aura in Portland tonight. The band blends rock, metal, pop-punk and post-hardcore for a sound that draws comparisons to such acts as Beloved, Brand New, and Thrice. Tons of pop-sensible choruses and infectious melodies are bound to give way to some serious singalongs tonight as the fellas are joined by Roseview, Lions Lions and Acadia to commemorate the release of their new album. This all ages show starts up at 8 o’clock.

Portsmouth’s funk-hop outfit Harsh Armadillo will be bringing the party to the patio of Slab tonight. This Seacoast area act is ready to get on down so bust out your finest pair of Party Pants and prepare to shake what you’ve got as this free and all ages event gets underway at 8pm.

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

SPACE Gallery presents a truly unique show full of inspiring and beautiful sounds. Tonight take in sets by neo-traditional folk act, Death Vessel and singer-songwriter, Micah Blue Smaldone alongside The Huntress and Holder of Hands. The Huntress and Holder of Hands is a band of six women, playing cello, upright bass, electric bass, and drums; their bass driven pieces are influenced by Eastern European, Americana and Middle Eastern music, among other genres. This evening’s all ages performance begins at 9pm.

Party out on the patio at Amigos with local act, Lazy Coyote. With influences ranging from the Dead to The Doors, James Brown, The Kinks, Modest Mouse, Funkadelic and more there’s bound to be something for everyone as things get swinging right around 9 o’clock tonight.

Portland’s punkabilly rebels, The Outsiders are celebrating the release of their new record, ‘iatrophobia’ at Portland House of Music and Events tonight. Let the good times roll as things get crankin’ right around 8 with opening sets from rockabilly/surf trio, The Teledynes and rock n’ rollers, Dressed for the Occasion.

Dance it out at RiRa tonight as dance/pop cover act Tickle returns 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 10pm.

ROCKLAND

The Midnight Riders bring some soul, funk, Americana, roots, blues, and rock n’ roll sounds to Rock Harbor Brewing Company in Rockland. Join these fun fellas for some musical merriment as things get underway at 4.

WATERVILLE

If you’re spending your Friday evening in Waterville, check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show up at the Silver Street Tavern.  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 more.

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.

The time has come once again for you to muster up your mightiest hairnado, lock up those devil horns, and prepare to bring the thunder as Drivetrain, Port City Saints and Torn in Two plays at Live at 212 tonight. Get ready to have your face melted off and to be properly propelled into heavy metal and RnR stratospheres during this finally Friday throw down as things get heavy at 8pm.

Start your Friday evening off right with some soul courtesy of The ToneKings. Papa Phil Divinsky shows us all where offspring Lyle got all that talent by fronting this stellar act on stage tonight over at The Frog & Turtle in downtown Westbrook. The fun starts right around 8:30.

 

 

Check out Wedding Camp, Ossalot & The Worst at Geno’s tonight

Yaaarrr! I’m so excited about the return of Thursday that I’ve apparently turned into a swashbuckling, seafaring pirate?? Why am I like this? Please leave that one unanswered, thank you. Anyway, without fail tonight is bringing us a surplus of awesome events to check out so get out there and get your Thursday on, babies! Check out some sweet sounds at such sweet shows as Papa Tim and The Desperate Man’s Blues Explosion at the Robinhood Free Meetinghouse, Double Entendre at Flight Deck Brewing, Glass Animals at Thompson’s Point, The Ge3ks at The Pier Patio Pub, Primo Cubano at Slab, Phil Vassar with Jay Bragg at Aura, Ryan Halliburton and The Still at Amigos, The Awesome in Memorial Park, Pete Witham at Easy Day, and more!

BANGOR

Maine Street R&B Revue will be performing in Pickering Square this evening as part of the Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series. This powerhouse R&B act will be bringing that party to this all-ages and free event beginning at 6 o’clock.

BRUNSWICK

Flight Deck Brewing in Brunswick welcomes local acoustic Americana act Double Entendre this Thursday evening. This talented duo will be making some noise and having some fun during this free and all-ages show starting at 6pm.

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.

DAMARISCOTTA

King Eider’s Pub in Damariscotta welcomes back local musician Ron Bergeron. Ron will be serving up tons of tunes starting at 7 including covers of The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many, many more. If you’re hanging in the area tonight make some plans to swing through and have some fun at this free show.

GEORGETOWN

If you’re in Georgetown and looking for some funk, blues and soul for your funk, blues and soul holes then make plans to scoot on down to the Robinhood Free Meetinghouse to check out Papa Tim and The Desperate Man’s Blues Explosion. The band will be bringing it beginning at 7pm tonight.

LEWISTON

Pianist and vocalist Josh Hatfield will be performing at Sea40 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.

OGUNQUIT

Legendary folk artist Arlo Guthrie will be performing at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit. The son of Woody Guthrie, Arlo is a treasured contributor to the Americana genre with his captivating storytelling, including his famous Thanksgiving anthem, Alice’s Restaurant. Tonight’s performance gets underway at 8 o’clock.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Toby McAllister of local pop-rock band Sparks The Rescue will be performing a solo, acoustic set at The Pier Patio Pub this afternoon. Beginning at 4pm Toby will be performing some of his own originals as well as some covers of popular tunes from the past 20 plus years.

Party band The GE3ks are bringing some of the best 80’s pop, dance, New Wave, hard rock, rap and one hit wonder tunes back to The Pier Patio Pub tonight. Shake your groove thing out on the dance floor as this free show gets swinging at 9.

PORTLAND

Maybe you’re on vacation, or have the ability to leave work early, or even take yourself out to a late lunch, if any of these things are in the cards for your today then make your way over to the Slab patio where local rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues-infused, soulful rock and/or roll to the outdoor stage this afternoon. Join this energetic and talented bunch for some awesome tunes as things start up right around 3pm during this free and fun show.

Take in some tunes out on the Portland Lobster Company deck as local rock and roll act, The Joint Chiefs bring some fun to your Thursday evening. Starting at 6:30 these fellas will get the good times rollin’ with a set of high-energy and big fun cover songs during this free and all-ages event.

Local four-piece rock n’ roll band, Riot Act will go quiet tonight for an acoustic set at The Porthole. Tonight’s free show gets started out on the deck right around 6 o’clock.

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes local singer-songwriter Dustin LeVasseur this evening. Check out some of Dustin’s original compositions as well as a few cover tunes as this free, all-ages show starts at 7pm.

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 7pm.

Oxford, England-based band Glass Animals will be bringing their intriguing mix of synth pop, indie, and hip-hop influences to the stage of Thompson’s Point tonight. This all-ages show starts up at 7.

Spice things up tonight with a free, outdoor performance from Primo Cubano as Slab’s Summer Music Series continues. Starting at 7 dance the evening away to some of the best classic Cuban music around.

Three talented singer-songwriters from Portland will be teaming up once again for another evening of songs and stories over at Blue. Starting at 9 check out another In The Round Event featuring Max Garcia Conover, Griffin Sherry and Max Davis as they come together on stage to share their own original roots, Americana, and folk compositions.

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.

Check out a free show with Ryan Halliburton and The Still out on the Amigos patio tonight. This awesome local act will be bringing some fun pop-rock tunes to your Thursday as things get underway at 9pm.

Aura welcomes Phil Vassar with special guest Jay Bragg to the stage tonight. Contemporary country singer Phil Vassar made his name as a chart-topping songwriter before landing a record deal and becoming a hit making artist in his own right. Things start at 9 with an opening set by Nashville-by-way-of-Portland country artist Jay Bragg.

Local cover act The Depths will be bringing the party to the Oasis patio this evening. The band will be playing all kinds of songs from all kinds of genres during this free show, which starts up at 9.

Are You Kidding Me? Tapes presents Girls To The Front, a show dedicated to shining a light on the women in Maine and New Hampshire that are kicking ass, taking names, and shredding away within the local music scene. Tonight’s show is $3 to get in, but donations are also very much welcome as they’ll be donated to Planned Parenthood. Don’t miss some stellar rock n’ roll created by some bad ass ladies in the bands Wedding Camp, Ossalot and The Worst. Punk rock, garage rock, fuzzed out, scuzzy rock — all of your RnR needs will be met as these women bring the thunder to the stage of Geno’s starting at 9 o’clock 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.

SACO

Singer-songwriter Freddy Dame Jr. will be performing at Bebe’s Burritos and Cantina in Saco this evening. Join Dame as this free show starts up at 6pm.

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 6:30pm.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Pete Witham returns to Easy Day in South Portland for some fun Americana and rockabilly music this Thursday. 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 6pm.

Bust out your brightest neon accessories, dust off your legwarmers and get ready to party like it’s 1985 as The Awesome performs all of your favorite 80’s jams live in Memorial Park in Scarborough this evening. You’ll definitely bust a move as this cover acts plays songs from Hall and Oates, T’pau, Wang Chung, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran, INXS, Mr. Mister, Nu Shooz, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Human League, Wham, Tears for Fears, Whitney Houston and more. This free and family-friendly party starts right around 6:30pm.

 

Caroline Cotter and Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes at One Longfellow Square tonight

Happy Hump Day, you guys! It seems as if we’re flying right on into the freakin’ weekend. Wednesday is jam-packed with fun things to do so get ready to sport those Party Jorts all over the place as we hurdle the hump in style tonight! Check out such shindigs as Dos Canosos at Frontier, The Crown Vics in Bucksport for the Wednesday on the Main concert series, Arlo Guthrie at Jonathan’s, Eric Bettencourt at Portland Lobster Company, David Beam & Friends at Andy’s Old Port Pub, The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music, Motor Booty Affair in Mill Creek Park, Dave Perlman at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and much 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

Dos Canosos will be bringing some Latin music to Frontier tonight as part of the venue’s Live in the Lounge music series. Tonight’s event is free and all ages and will get underway at 7:30pm.

BUCKSPORT

The Crown Vics prepare to throw down with a non-stop rockabilly dance party as part of the Wednesdays on the Main concert series in Bucksport this evening. If you’re looking to bust a move and have some fun then check out this free and family-friendly show as things get underway at 5:30pm.

LEWISTON

Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a free and all-ages show at Pedro O’Hara’s this evening. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 7 with tons great cover songs by The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

OGUNQUIT

Legendary folk artist Arlo Guthrie will be performing at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit. The son of Woody Guthrie, Arlo is a treasured contributor to the Americana genre with his captivating storytelling, including his famous Thanksgiving anthem, Alice’s Restaurant. Tonight’s performance gets underway at 8 o’clock.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Local pop-rock musician Alex Roy is back at The Brunswick tonight with some original tunes and cover songs. 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

The Porthole hosts local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett once again this evening as he performs a set of his own original acoustic pop and funk songs as well as some fun covers. Things get started at 6 o’clock out on the deck so stop through and check it out if you’re in the area this evening.

Eric Bettencourt is back in town and tonight he’ll be joining a few pals out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company for some fun. I anticipate lots of good times and good tunes as this free show starts up at 6:30pm.

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 with a featured performance by Alden Robinson and Neil Pearlman. 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.

Award winning folk singer-songwriter Caroline Cotter will be performing alongside Michael Howard tonight at One Longfellow Square. Also on tonight’s bill is Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes. Raymond’s songs draw from the deep well of American roots music for a modern sound that has a light-hearted rusticity, elegance, and soul. This evening’s show begins 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.

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.

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.

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.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Prepare to shake your can all around this Wednesday evening as disco/funk powerhouse Motor Booty Affair returns to the gazebo in South Portland as part of the Mill Creek Park Summer Concert Series. Things get shaking around 6:30 during this free and family-friendly event.

WESTBROOK

Local musician Dave Perlman will be playing at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Join Dave for a wide array of covers and originals from many different genres during this free acoustic show that’ll get underway 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.

 

Check out D.R.I. with Sunlord, Leash, Jimmy Jacked & Gant at Geno’s tonight

Monday was all kinds of bologna sandwiches in my opinion, therefore I have a pretty good feeling about Tuesday. It’s looks like tonight is going to try and take things to a different level, so if you’re ready and willing to get weird, here’s some stuff to check out, including Toby McAllister at Easy Day, Keanu Keanu at Portland Lobster Company, Travis James Humphrey at Gritty’s, an open mic with Uke n’ Smile at Sea Dog Brewing Company and more!

BIDDEFORD

My Skeleton, a local acoustic act consisting of musicians Alex Roy and Matt Libby, will be performing a free show out at Champions. Join these fellas for some Monday night fun beginning at 9pm.

LEWISTON

Folk-rock musician Brian Patricks will be at Fast Breaks in Lewiston 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.

PORTLAND

Tonight Blue welcomes the tender folk-rock sounds of Genevieve Beaudoin alongside dynamic, lyric-driven Americana act The Loblolly Boy. They pair will be joined by a few friends as music gets started up at 6pm.

Local musician Dan Merrill is back on the deck of The Porthole this evening for a set that’ll feature a variety of acoustic rock, pop and folk covers and originals. Tonight’s show is free and starts up at 6.

Psychedelic folk-rocker Dominic Lavoie and a couple of his friends come together this evening to play some tunes as Keanu Keanu over at Portland Lobster Company. Check out a set of both original jams and cover tunes as this free shindig gets swinging around 6:30pm.

Geno’s is the place to be tonight for some punk rock. Tonight they welcome D.R.I. aka Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. D.R.I. were one of the first acts to fuse hardcore punk with thrash metal, along with such bands as Suicidal Tendencies and Corrosion of Conformity. Tonight Sunlord, Leash, Jimmy Jacked and Gant will round out this rad bill as things get cranking right around 7 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.

SOUTH PORTLAND 

Toby McAllister of local pop-rock band Sparks The Rescue will be performing a solo, acoustic set at Easy Day tonight. Starting at 6pm Toby will be performing some of his own originals as well as some covers of popular tunes from the past 20 plus years.

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.

Get down with Gina & The Red Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events

That was one helluva weekend, and even though Monday has been kickin’ my ace today, I will not admit defeat! Instead I’m about ready to hike up my Party Jorts and get the good times rollin’. I hope I can inspire you to do the same and check out some shows such as Stopwatch at The Porthole, an open mic with Michael Krapovicky at Pedro O’Hara’s, Hambone at Easy Street Lounge, Mike Preston at Andy’s, 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 evening, drop by Pedro O’Hara’s as local pop-rocker Michael Krapovicky hosts another installment of his weekly acoustic open mic event. Tonight’s free shindig gets underway at 6:30 and is open to all musicians.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

My Skeleton, a local acoustic act consisting of musicians Alex Roy and Matt Libby, will be performing a free show out at Hooligan’s on the pier in OOB tonight. Join these fellas for some Monday night fun beginning at 9pm.

PORTLAND

Local singer-songwriter, Connor Garvey will be bringing his beautiful blend of soul and folk out onto the deck of the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street this Monday evening for a free, all ages acoustic show. Check out this fun show as things get underway right around 6 o’clock.

Portland based pop-rock band Stopwatch will be playing a selection of tunes from the 60’s through today out on the deck of The Porthole this evening. Join these fellas for some fun as this free show starts up right around 6pm.

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.

Get after it tonight with Gina Alibrio and the Red Eye Flight Crew. Featuring most of the members of Model Airplane backing up talented songstress, Gina Alibrio, you’re guaranteed to have a soulfully good time as things start up right around 9 at Portland House of Music and Events.

Check out Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems and Memphis Lightning at Empire tonight

 

Did anyone else get their ace completely handed to them this week? Holy Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus, this truly felt like the week that had no end, but that feeling is fleeting as the weekend finally arrives with Friday night packing some serious punches! Lots to do tonight including Tegan and Sara with Japanese Breakfast at the State Theatre, The 2nd Annual Soul Revue with The Youngerbloods, Hambone, Downeast Soul Coalition, Andrew Bailie & more at Portland House of Music and Events, Cuse Me, KGFREEZE, Buddusky & 4-Star China Taste at SPACE Gallery, The Restless Atlantic at Lone Pine Brewing Company, The Crown Vics at Mine Oyster, Aaron Neville at Stone Mountain Arts Center, Driving Charlie Home at Oxbow Brewing Company, Slygo Road at The Porthole, Stronghold at Mixers, The Pete Kilpatrick Band & Armies at Castonguay Park, The Northside Ramblers at Easy Street Lounge and so very much more – so get out there and do it to it!

ARUNDEL

Tonight Jay Bragg (who many of you know as half of the country duo, North of Nashville) will be joined by a few friends for a mighty fine evening of music at the Vinegar Hill Music Theatre in Arundel. String plucking, foot-stomping and soul-singing will get underway at 8pm.

BANGOR

The Allison Ames Band will be bringing some irresistible dance tunes back to Hollywood Casino tonight as they serve up classic rock covers all night long starting at 8pm.

BIDDEFORD

Tonight The Honeycreepers bring their eclectic storytelling and sounds that range from folk to funk to Elements. This free and all-ages show starts at 8pm.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

Shanna Underwood will be bringing some fine Americana music to Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor this evening.  Starting at 6:30 this Friday Underwood will be making some lovely acoustic sounds that should be the perfect soundtrack for the start of your weekend.

The Crown Vics prepare to throw down with a non-stop rockabilly dance party at Mine Oyster this evening. If you’re looking to bust a move and have some fun then check out this free show as things get underway at 9:30pm.

BREWER

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

BROWNFIELD

Sweet R&B singer and member of the Neville Brothers, Aaron Neville will be performing at the beautiful Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield this evening. Neville brings his distinctive near-soprano vibrato to the stage starting 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 back classic and southern rock and roll band Rosie to the stage for a free show that’ll get cranking at 9pm.

FREEPORT

Local musician Ron Bergeron will be playing a free show at Gritty’s in Freeport tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 8 o’clock with tons great covers from 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.

Bethel-based band The Northside Ramblers bring their jammy medley of styles including rock, blues, folk, funk, and jazz to Easy Street Lounge tonight for a free show that’ll get swinging at 9.

LEWISTON

Lots of heavy-hitting hard rock will be thundering through Lewiston tonight as an 18+ show takes over the Friends Lodge. Beginning at 5pm you can check out bombastic sets by Cover One Eye, Letting Go, The Waking Life and more.

Pedro O’Hara’s welcomes acoustic Americana act Double Entendre this evening. This talented duo will start making some sweet sounds starting right around 8pm.

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.

NEWCASTLE

Check out some free music happening at Oxbow Brewing Company in Newcastle tonight as local artists Caleb Jones and Olivia Delisle come together as Driving Charlie Home to play some tunes for you this finally Friday evening. The duo plays a variety of songs from originals to covers incorporating soaring harmonies, acoustic guitar, fiddle and even a little bit of harmonica action. The Burgers and Freys food truck will also be on site selling delicious food and Oxbow will be releasing a new brew so swing through if you’re in the area tonight as things get underway at 5pm.

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

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.

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.

Spice things up tonight with a free, outdoor performance from Primo Cubano as they bring some Salsa to the Park. Beginning at 6pm you can dance the night away in Congress Square Park to some of the best classic Cuban music around.

If you’re looking an eclectic mix of originals and classic covers that range in variety from blues, rock, soul and R&B then look no further than The Porthole as Slygo Road returns for some fun out on the deck this evening. This free and guaranteed-fun shindig gets swinging at 7 o’clock.

Contemporary, acoustic progressive act Valley Haze will be performing at Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening. Join these fellas for some Friday fun as this free and all-ages show starts at 7 o’clock.

South Florida singer/songwriter Micah Scott returns to the stage of Blue tonight. Anticipate lots of blues-tinged folk-y Americana tunes as things get underway at 8pm.

Award-winning Canadian indie pop duo, Tegan and Sara will be at the State Theatre tonight. Philly-based indie act Japanese Breakfast opens this night as this all-ages show starts at 8 o’clock.

Aura in presents Eaglemania tonight. Eaglemania is a nationally touring tribute to The Eagles, performing to sold out audiences everywhere they go. Eaglemania performs all of the hits of the Eagles, as well as Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh’s solo albums. Their attention to detail and their ability to reproduce the Eagles exactly leaves their fans with an experience that they do not soon forget. Tonight’s show starts at 8.

The 2nd annual Maine Soul Revue will be happening at Portland House of Music and Events tonight. This party will feature a terrific line-up of soul revival bands from around the state. Not only will the tunes be excellent, but the event itself is for a excellent cause. This groovy shindig will benefit two Portland charities, Go Big For Hunger and Full Plates Full Potential. Things get swinging at 8pm and will feature the talents of Rodney Mashia, Papa Tim & The Desperate Blues Man’s Explosion, Downeast Soul Coaltion, Hambone, The Youngerbloods ft. The Soul Sensations Choir, and Andrew Bailie & The Return of The Mothership.

Portland rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues-infused, soulful rock and/or roll to Slab’s patio this evening. Join this energetic bunch for some awesome tunes and times as things start up right around 8pm during this free and fun show.

SPACE Gallery will be hosting a stellar local show tonight. This evening’s bill features Cuse Me, which consists of members of Mouth Washington, An Anderson, $300, and other local acts; the group describes their sonic identity with this quote: “A wire figures the conscience behind the converter. His embedded intelligence references the sympathy. The cupboard trips the retiring idiot inside the crack. The tiny song ducks. Cuse Me staggers the fairy against the wrong skin.” Also on the bill is the garage rock and punk rock assault known as KGFREEZE as well as the twang-punk of Buddusky and the newest Portland duo 4-Star China Taste which consists of genre-defying songstress Sigrid Harmon (The Asthmatic) and burgeoning punk whiz kidThomas Shadis (The Doug Quaids). Tonight’s all ages show starts at 8:30pm.

Treat yourself to some sultry salsa tunes  with a bit of a punk edge over at The Porthole tonight as salsacore act El Malo hits the deck starting at 8:30.

What better way to ease into the freakin’ weekend than with some wild rock and roll? If you’re picking up what I’m putting down then make your way over to Bayside Bowl in Portland for tonight’s party featuring all-girl rockers, Tiger Bomb, rock n’ revelers, Watts and melodic hard-rock act, Sygnal To Noise. With no cover charge and lots of guaranteed fun, you can’t go wrong as things get shaking right around 8:30.

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 out on the Oasis patio.

Five-piece post-hardcore act The Restless Atlantic will be saying farewell with a show at Lone Pine Brewing Company this evening. Formed in 2014, the band has been best known for their prominent guitars and powerful vocals. Show these fellas off in fine form as this goodbye party gets underway at 9pm.

Muster up your mightiest hairnado, lock up those devil horns, and prepare to bring the thunder as Hessian, Heavy Necker and Barishi teams up for one helluva rock and roll party at Geno’s. Beginning at 9:30 get ready to have your face melted off and to be properly propelled into heavy metal and RnR stratospheres during this finally Friday throw down.

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.

Local piano-driven rock n’ roll act Kris Rodgers and The Dirty Gems will be dropping their latest release titled ‘Losing Frequency’ at Empire in Portland. Known as “rock n’ roll’s secret weapon”, Kris ‘Fingers’ Rodgers has been a recording and touring sideman in such garage rock and power pop acts sd The Connection, Scott Sorry, The New Trocaderos, Bullet Proof Lovers, and Kurt Baker Band for years. Tonight he’s once again showcasing his own ability to write some extremely catchy songs that he absolutely sings the hell out of alongside his talented band. Also celebrating the release of a new record is local act Memphis Lightning who’ll be bringing their old school, entertaining, energetic and down and dirty blues to the stage to kick things off at 9:30pm. Make sure to grab a copy of both Fingers’ ‘Losing Frequency’ and ML’s ‘Trouble’ at this guaranteed swinging shindig tonight.

SABATTUS

Local hard rock and heavy metal cover band, Stronghold will be at Mixers tonight. The act performs songs by such artists as Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Tool, Godsmack, Black Sabbath, Shinedown and more. Check ‘em out as this free show starts up at 8:30pm.

WATERVILLE

The first show of the summer concert series known as Waterville Rocks! will happen this evening in Castonguay Park. Beginning at 5:30 you can check out sets by pop-rock act The Pete Kilpatrick Band as well as electro-pop outfit Armies. This event is all ages and should be a lot of fun so check it out if you’re in the area this Friday evening.

WESTBROOK

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 Drive-By Truckers with Seratones at Port City Music Hall tonight

Hooray for Thursday! Not only are we making some serious strides towards the freakin’ weekend, but we’re also being blessed with some serious fun tonight as there’s a surplus of awesome things to do including Fleet Foxes with (Sandy) Alex G, Double Entendre at The Linekin Bay Resort, Travis James Humphrey at Alisson’s, The Whiskey Militia at Bates College Quad, Jonathan Edwards at Jonathan’s, Jay Bragg at Portland Lobster Company, Davis Bradley at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Welterweight at Blue, O-Town & Ryan Cabrera with Dean Ford & The Keepsakes at Aura, The Paul Houston Project at Oasis, Eric Bettencourt at Blue, and much more. So go ahead and get your Thursday on, babies!

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.

BANGOR

Psychedelic dance rock band, Fan Jones will be bringing the party to Pickering Square in downtown Bangor this evening. This free and all-ages show gets swinging at 6pm.

Rancid and Dropkick Murphys are bringing their From Boston To Berkeley Tour to Bangor tonight. Tickets are still available for this all-ages show that’ll also feature performance by Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers. Music starts up at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion at 6pm.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

The Linekin Bay Resort in Boothbay Harbor welcomes acoustic Americana act Double Entendre this evening. This talented duo will start making some sweet sounds starting right around 5pm.

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

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 8 o’clock.

KENNEBUNK

Take in some roots rock tunes during a free show at Alisson’s in Kennebunk tonight. Starting at 10 local musician Travis James Humphrey will be playing a solo set of songs.

LEWISTON

Check out some modern country covers from local act Whiskey Militia as they bring the party to the Bates College Quad in Lewiston this evening. These fellas will be rocking you with songs artists like Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Josh Thompson, Jake Owen and more as this free and all-ages shindig gets shaking at 6:30pm.

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.

NAPLES

Toby McAllister of local pop-rock band Sparks The Rescue will be performing a solo, acoustic set at Captain Jack’s in Naples tonight. Starting at 7pm Toby will be performing some of his favorite STR originals as well as some covers of popular tunes from the past 20 plus years.

OGUNQUIT

Legendary singer and songwriter Jonathan Edwards will be live on the stage of Jonathan’s in Ogunquit this evening. Starting at 8 o’clock the musician will be playing his beloved blend of country and folk-rock. Anticipate some singalong moments during Edwards’ songs “Sunshine” and “Shanty”.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

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 Pier Patio Pub tonight. Shake your groove thing out on the dance floor as this free show gets swinging at 9.

PORTLAND

Blue welcomes The Speedbumps to the stage this Thursday evening. The Speedbumps are an award-winning American band with a warm, authentic sound, built on a passion for hollow-bodied instruments, indie-folk and indie-rock influences. See them tonight as the music begins at 5pm.

Local four-piece rock n’ roll band, Riot Act will go quiet tonight for an acoustic set at The Porthole. Tonight’s free show gets started out on the deck right around 6 o’clock.

Tonight Jay Bragg (who many of you know as half of the country duo, North of Nashville) will be joined by a few friends for a mighty fine evening of music out on the Portland Lobster Company deck. String plucking, foot-stomping and soul-singing will get underway during this free and all-ages show right around 6:30pm.

Check out the smart, pop-infused Americana and folk sounds of local act Welterweight at Blue this evening. The band will be coming together on stage in this unique and intimate venue right around 7pm so make some plans to stop in and check them out.

Acclaimed indie band, Fleet Foxes will be bringing their earthy, harmony-rich sound that reflects influences of American country-rock and British folk-rock to the stage at Thompson’s Point tonight. This evening’s outdoor and all-ages event will get started at 7pm with an opening set by lo-fi pop singer-songwriter, (Sandy) Alex G.

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes bluegrass act, Davis Bradley. The innovative duo draws from their individual bluegrass, old time, and swing influences, to create something all their own, while remaining true to the roots of the music they love. You can see them perform live during this free and family-friendly event beginning at 7pm.

Spice things up tonight with another free, outdoor performance by Primo Cubano as Slab’s Summer Music Series continues. Starting at 7, dance the evening away to some of the best classic Cuban music around.

Take it back to the year 2000 tonight as teen boy band O-Town and pop star Ryan Cabrera join forces for a night of guaranteed nostalgia at Aura in Portland. Local electro-pop-rock act Dean Ford & The Keepsakes will kick things off as this all ages show gets started at 8 o’clock.

Amy Black brings her Memphis Music Revue to the stage of One Longfellow Square this evening. Join this acclaimed musician and her band for an evening of soulful American roots music as things start up at 8 o’clock.

Alt-country, Southern rock n’ rollers, the Drive-By Truckers return to Portland for another show at Port City Music Hall tonight. The act will be lighting up the stage alongside Seratones, who’ll open the night with their revved-up fusion of vintage soul and raunchy garage rock. Tonight’s 18+ show starts at 8pm.

Acoustic rock, blues, and jazz band, The Paul Houston Project will be bringing the party to the Oasis patio tonight. Things get underway at 9pm during this free show.

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins are back at RiRa tonight for some sweet, acoustic sounds. You know Ben from his time spent fronting local pop-rock act, Kilcollins, but this evening he teams up with the talented Vargas Twins for some fun cover tunes and original songs starting right around 9.

It’s been a 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. Well good news, friends, Betts in back in town for a hot minute this summer and he’s ready to have some fun at Blue tonight. Don’t’ miss your chance to see Eric in full force during a performance that’ll start up right around 9.

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.

SACO

Singer-songwriter Freddy Dame Jr. will be performing at Bebe’s Burritos and Cantina in Saco this evening. Join Dame as this free show starts up at 6pm.

SCARBOROUGH

The summer concerts in the park series continues in Scarborough over at Memorial Park as cover act Wavelength brings some fun to your Thursday evening. From light jazz, Motown, country, and classic rock to today’s hits, the band is bound to have something for everyone as this free and family-friendly show starts up at 6:30pm.

 

Check out Rap Night at Aura

It’s time to power up and power through another Wednesday, babies! There’s a plethora of musical performances to take in tonight so make some plans to work it out this evening at such fun shows as Cumberland Crossing at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, Studio Two at the Mill Creek Summer Concert Series, Scolded Dogs at Frontier, Casco Bay Tummlers in Congress Square Park, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo with The DuPont Brothers at the Maine State Pier, Hiss Golden Messenger at One Longfellow Square, The Australian Pink Floyd Show at the State, and so much more!

BRUNSWICK

The Scolded Dogs will be bringing the party to Frontier as part of the venue’s Live in the Lounge music series. 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 7:30.

KENNEBUNK

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

LEWISTON

Don Hebert of local classic cover act The Veggies goes solo for a show at Pedro O’Hara’s tonight. Don will be bringing a show chock full of fun and danceable cover tunes to this free, all ages shindig starting at 7pm.

MONMOUTH

Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be playing a Happy Hour set at TJ’s Pizzeria in North Monmouth this evening. This talented duo will start making some savory sounds starting right around 6.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Pop-rock musician Alex Roy will be performing a set of original tunes and cover songs alongside a few friends at The Brunswick this evening. 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

Portland’s professional Klezmer band, The Casco Bay Tummlers, will be performing live in Congress Square Park this evening. This free and family-friendly event will feature Eastern European Jewish compositions. Tonight’s show gets started right at 6pm.

The Porthole hosts local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett once again this evening as he performs a set of his own original acoustic pop and funk songs as well as some fun covers. Things get started at 6 o’clock out on the deck so stop through and check it out if you’re in the area this evening.

Siren-voiced pop hero, Pat Benatar brings her defiant anthems and chiming ballads to the stage of the Maine State Pier once again alongside her husband and guitarist, Neil Giraldo. Vermont-based folk-Americana act, The DuPont Brothers open the night as this all-ages show starts up at 6 o’clock.

Eric Bettencourt is back in town and tonight he’ll be joining a few pals out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company for some fun. I anticipate lots of good times and good tunes as this free show starts up 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.

Pipes player, Will Woodson, flautist, whistler and singer, Hanz Araki, and guitar, banjo and mandolin player, Owen Marshall come together to perform as part of Blue‘s Irish Concert Series. The combined talent of these three powerful traditional musicians come together for one exceptional musical experience ranging from the United States to Ireland and back as things get underway right around 7:30pm.

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 make some plans to swing through and check him out if you’re in the downtown area this evening.

The State Theatre presents North Carolina’s Hiss Golden Messenger at One Longfellow Square tonight. The act plays wide-angle folk-pop and neo-psychedelic country that is certain to enthrall as the music starts up right around 8 o’clock.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show comes to the State Theatre tonight performing The Best Side of The Moon. This Floyd tribute band will be performing the album Dark Side of the Moon in full as well as some of the best and most beloved PF songs of all time. This all-ages show will get underway at 8pm.

Mellow your mind with some midweek music over at Portland House of Music and Events as The Maine Dead Project returns to the stage as part of 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.

This week at Rap Night at Aura you can Notoriety, Graphic Melee, and more. As always, there will also be open and late open mic cyphers hosted by Ill By Instinct with El Shupacabra on the decks. Things get started up downstairs at 9 o’clock.

It’s going to get hot and heavy at Geno’s tonight with some face-melting doom, metal, and thrash. Starting at 9 check out the thunderous sounds of Obsidian Tongue, Mavradoxa, Sertaline and Exclave.

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.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Boston-based Beatles tribute band, Studio Two, takes you back to a time when the world first met the Fab Four and fell in love with a group of mop-haired lads from Liverpool. Studio Two plays a plethora of Beatles favorites from their early years during a high-energy show, which features the four fellas decked out in full 60s garb. Studio Two is a must for any George, Paul, John and Ringo fans so be sure to catch their set this evening as part of the Mill Creek Summer Concert Series in the park in South Portland. This free and family-friendly concert starts up at 6:30pm.

WESTBROOK

Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza welcomes back local, contemporary bluegrass band Cumberland Crossing for an early evening of bustling bluegrass music. Tonight’s free and all-ages show gets kickin’ at 7 o’clock.

Local artist Pete Witham returns to The Frog and Turtle 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 7:30.

 

Check out Primus & Clutch at the Maine State Pier tonight

All right, another Tuesday is here and everyone should be back into the swing of things. Hopefully you’re all ready to hike up those Party Pants and get yourself out there this evening as there are several different shows to check out including Timothy Gurshin at Andy’s, Jesus Cactus at Blue, CJ3 & Strange Changes at Empire, Toby McAllister at Easy Day, The Jeanne Boyer Trio at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and more, so do it to it, my beautiful babies!

CAPE ELIZABETH

Local artist Rob Duquette and his band will be bringing a mix of jazz, rock and various other grooves to the lawn of the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth this evening. Here’s hoping Mother Nature cooperates so that this free and family-friendly event can get underway right around 6:30pm.
PORTLAND

Party with alt-metal act, Primus out on the Maine State Pier tonight as they bring their blend of punk rock, thrash, speed metal, and funk back to Portland for a show that’ll also feature co-headliners, Clutch. Clutch will be melting faces with their hard-hitting rock that blends elements of funk, metal and some Zeppelin inspired sounds. Tonight’s all-ages performance gets underway at 5:30pm.

Blue welcomes singer-songwriter William Joseph Jiordan. Jiordan’s songs weave mythical New England characters, often farmers and sea folk, into a voice for or the hopeful generosity of humanity. He’s performing his winter’s worth of new songs and characters at alongside East Blue Hill native and bassist, Ross Gallagher. Things get underway at 6 o’clock.

The Porthole on Commercial Street welcomes back Dan Merrill to the deck this evening for a set that’ll feature a variety of acoustic rock, pop and folk covers and originals. Tonight’s show is free and starts up at 6 o’clock.

Check out a free show happening on the deck of Portland Lobster Company as Ryan Halliburton and The Still return to bring some pop-rock tunes to your Tuesday evening as this all-ages show starts up at 6:30pm.

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.

Electronic music comes in all sounds, colors, and textures, but drummer RJ Miller explores 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.

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.

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.

The Christopher Jacques Trio (CJ3) is the newest project from the genre bending Frenchman, Christopher Jacques will be bringing some punk, jazz, avant garde rock, crunk monk funk, gibberish rap, romantic era polka house, and even a little bit of metal to Empire tonight for a post-Primus party. Special guests Strange Changes will get things started as music begins right around 9pm.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Toby McAllister of local pop-rock band Sparks The Rescue will be performing a solo, acoustic set at Easy Day tonight. Starting at 6pm Toby will be performing some of his favorite STR originals as well as some covers of popular tunes from the past 20 plus years.

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

The Jeanne Boyer Trio will be bringing some swingin’ sounds to Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza this evening. This free and all-ages event will get underway right around 7pm.

 

 

Check out Johnny Cremains & The Tarantula Brothers at Empire tonight

AUGUSTA

The Gin Mill in Augusta welcomes back acoustic Americana act Double Entendre this evening. This talented duo will start making some sweet sounds starting right around 7:30pm.

BANGOR

Country singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and former college quarterback, Sam Hunt will be live at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion tonight. Also on the bill tonight are Chris Janson, Maren Morris, and Ryan Follese. This all-ages outdoor country concert gets underway at 7 o’clock.

Have some fun this finally Friday with The Soul Sensations at Hollywood Casino in Bangor. Starting at 8 o’clock, this fun act will be bringing down the house with a masterful mix of Motown and Memphis soul, funk tunes and R&B.

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.

BELFAST

Lucie & The Undercover Band will be bringing some classic rock covers to Bowen’s Tavern in Belfast tonight for a free 21+ show that starts up at 9pm.

The Blast Addicts will be helping you kick off the freakin’ weekend with a free show at the Country Rose Restaurant in Belfast 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!

BIDDEFORD

Portland funk/rock act, Quad, which is a duo that consists of drums and cello, will be back at Elements this evening.  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.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

Check out a fun night of jams as funk and soul rock n’ roller Andrew Bailie plays a free early evening show at Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor. Tonight’s shindig gets shaking at 6:30pm.

Local alt-country rockers, The Mallett Brothers Band are geared up for a show up at the Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor tonight. Boot stompin’, whiskey drinkin’, and guitar slingin’ gets underway right around 9.

BROWNFIELD

This evening the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield will host The Press Gang. The Press Gang fuses the talents of squeezebox player Christian “Junior” Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson, flute-player and vocalist Hanz Araki, and guitarist Owen Marshall into a high-octane musical partnership. The quartet blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with their curiosity and aptitude for other styles. Tonight’s performance will get underway at 8pm.

BUXTON

If you’re in Buxton tonight and looking for some high-energy rock n’ roll then make your way to Skip’s Lounge where Seacoast rock act Red Sky Mary will be blasting off into the rock n’ roll stratosphere right 9 o’clock this Friday evening.

FARMINGTON

Local folk-rock musician Brian Patricks will be at the Big Sky Grill in Farmington 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 6 o’clock.

FREEPORT

Rocket into the weekend with a free show from the mind-altering rock group The Outerspace Band at Gritty’s in Freeport tonight. These cats have bee playing all around New England for over forty years and are ready to get the party started right around 8 o’clock.

GARDINER

Nick Perry’s Brass Tax will rocking and/or rolling out on the Gardiner Waterfront as part of the Johnson Hall Free Waterfront Concert Series this Friday evening. This fun four-piece band will be bringing you some catchy originals as well as fun cover tunes as this free and all-ages show starts up at 6pm.

HALLOWELL

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.

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.

LEBANON

American Ride will be helping you kick off the weekend with some fun modern country covers for you to boogie down to this evening. These fellas will be playing a free show at Trains Tavern in Lebanon beginning at 8.

LEWISTON

Local cover act The Depths will be bringing the party to Pedro O’Hara’s. The band will be playing all kinds of songs from all kinds of genres during this free show, which starts up at 8.

Tonight Guthries welcomes Three Point Jazz as the quintet performs compositions by John Smedley. A Medley of Smedley begins at 8pm tonight.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

The Brunswick is geared up for an eventful Friday featuring dance-pop cover act Tickle. Things get shaking at 8:30 with a super party mix of some of the best music from today as well as some classic retro funk that’s guaranteed to get you out on the dance floor.

Southern Maine cover band Country Roads will be bringing the boot-scootin’ boogie to The Bull and Brew in OOB again tonight as they play tunes from such acts as Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Jason Aldrean, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn and much, much more during a fun Friday night show that’ll get fired up at 9.

PORTLAND

Blues-infused country and folk artist Shanna Underwood will be hosting another Songwriters in the Round event tonight at Blue. Starting at 6 Shanna will be joined by two other local singer-songwriters to play some original tunes, tell stories about the songs they’re playing, and improvise with each other on one another’s compositions. This show is guaranteed to be a great way to kick-start your Friday so be sure to check it out.

Check out some tunes by Brazilian choro ensemble, Choro Louco, as they play a show in Congress Square Park this evening. Choro Louco features local musicians Carl Dimow, Nicole Rabata, Joel Eckhaus, Eric LaPerna, and David Newsmam. This evening’s free and family-friendly performance begins at 6pm.

Stolen Mojo will be playing some pop, rock, Motown, R&B, funk, disco and country jams from the last five decades during a party out on the deck of The Porthole tonight. Join in on the fun as this free show gets underway at 7pm.

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

Alt-rock act Now is Now will be rockin’ the Portland Lobster Company deck tonight. Join these talented dudes for some serious fun as this free Friday night show starts up at 7.

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 — which includes everything from soul, jazz, funk, rock and all else in between — to this free show that’ll get underway at 8.

Aura in Portland presents the Mighty Mighty Bosstones with special guests Sonic Libido and Battery Steele tonight. The plaid-wearing parents of ska-core, led by growl-voiced Dicky Barrett, will be bringing their tunes to the stage this finally Friday alongside local ska act, Sonic Libido and Portland’s punk rock n’ rollers, Battery Steele. Things get swinging at 8 o’clock.

Tonight The Band Apollo brings their unique blend of rock infused with hints of soul and club-style pop to the patio of Slab as part of their Summer Music Series. The band draws influence from a variety of artists ranging from Muse, Audioslave, and Bruno Mars, to Maroon 5, Frank Ocean, and John Mayer. See ‘em live and for free tonight as this all-ages event gets underway at 8pm.

Locally based, talented blues dudes, Samuel James and D. Gross team up once again to bring you a night of acoustic tunes over at Blue on Congress Street. Beginning at 8 this dynamic duo will be singing some songs, plucking some strings, and sharing some stories to help you thoroughly enjoy your finally Friday evening.

Local musician Steve Jones and a few of his friends will be making some noise at Salvage BBQ this evening. Jones and company will be performing a blend of rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, roots and more starting at 8:30.

Tonight electro-pop rock act Dean Ford & The Keepsakes will be treating the Oasis patio to a night of electrified pop, rock and dance tunes. Bust a move and have some fun as this free show starts up at 9.

Local rapper Thommy Kane aka Povery returns to the scene tonight with an all-ages show going down at Portland House of Music and Events. Some hip-hop heavies such as Roxx The ‘96er, Myles Bullen and High Grade will open the show and I am pretty certain there’ll be a few special guests taking to the stage with Thommy throughout the night. Make plans to get there early and stay there late as things get underway right around 9 o’clock tonight.

Burlington jam band Revibe returns to Maine for a show at Bayside Bowl. 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 with an opening set by Relative Souls.

Check out some soul, R&B and blues tunes from The Youngerbloods as they play a free show out on the Amigos patio. This shindig gets shakin’ at 9:30pm.

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 Empire alongside one of Portland’s finest rock n’ roll attractions, The Tarantula Brothers. Things get underway upstairs at 9:30pm.

Joe and Matt of Americana/folk/bluegrass act The Four Legged Faithful bring their multi-instrumental magic and tight harmonies to the stage of Blue tonight with their project, The Library Band. Tonight’s performance starts up at 10pm.

Acoustic Radio brings some fun country-rock to RiRa tonight. Join in on the fun as this free shindig gets swinging right around 10 o’clock.

SABATTUS

The Veggies will be rocking the Mixers 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.

SACO

Local artist Matt Libby will be performing an acoustic set of covers and originals at The Kerrymen Pub tonight. Join Matt as this free show starts up at 6 o’clock.

Don’t miss a loud, awesome, hard-rock, punk and metal show happening at The Run of the Mill tonight as Mill Fire, Mirth and Rize 8 come together for a free show that gets thundering at 9 o’clock.

SEARSPORT

The Midnight Ramblers will be bringing some acoustic alt-country, roots, and blues tunes to The Brick House Restaurant in Searsport this evening. Join these fun fellas as this free show starts up at 7 o’clock.

WESTBROOK

Take in some roots rock tunes this finally Friday as local musician Travis James Humphrey plays a free show at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza. Let the good times roll as things get swinging right around 7 o’clock.

Jeezum Crow brings some Americana, rock, country, alternative, folk, and rockabilly back to The Frog and Turtle tonight. Join them as this free show starts at 8:30.

WEST PARIS

The Rustic Grill and Tavern in West Paris welcomes Ron Bergeron for a night of tunes. Ron will be serving up tons of great songs starting at 7 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.

 

 

Portland House of Music and Events welcomes Starcrossed Losers & Dominic Lavoie tonight

Hello, beautiful babies! I’m not even going to try to act cool right now because I can’t – seriously, I’m pitting out – so I’ll just come out with it and say that I’ve not a lot of introductory formalities for today’s blog as I’m basically trying not to scream/cry through this day as I get ready to see back-to-back Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers shows. If you know me, you know that Thomas Earl Petty is my rock n’ roll spirit animal and that seeing him (and the HBers) perform live is a holy experience. I drained my bank account months ago to make sure I could attend both 40th anniversary shows in Boston today and again tomorrow, so even though I am poor, I am very, very happy. All that being said I won’t be around to check out of the hip happenings going on tonight so I’m hoping that you’ll all dutifully pull up your Party Pants and get to it tonight at such shindigs as Girls, Guns and Glory at the Boothbay Opera House, Josh Hatfield at 84 Court Pizza & Restaurant, Muddy Ruckus at Darrow’s Barn, Double Entendre at Sea40, Seth Warner & band at The Robinhood Free Meetinghouse, The Joint Chiefs at Portland Lobster Company, Northwood at Blue, The Depths at Oasis, Don Campbell at Easy Day, Anni Clark at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza and so very much more!

AUBURN 

Local keys player and vocalist Josh Hatfield will be performing at 84 Court Pizza & Restaurant in Auburn this evening. Beginning at 6 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 so be sure to stop through if you’re in the area tonight.

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.

Local musician Phil Fortier will be performing a set of acoustic covers and originals at the Fire House Grill in Auburn this evening. This free and all-ages event will get underway at 8pm.

BANGOR

The Juke Rockets are bringing back their high-energy Chicago and delta style blues to Pickering Square this evening as part of the Cool Sounds of Summer music series. Join these talented Midcoast musicians as they bring some musical merriment to your evening with a free and all-ages show that’ll start up at 6 o’clock.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

The Boothbay Opera House welcomes Boston-based band Girls, Guns and Glory to the stage to deliver some of their original rockin’ and roarin’ country tunes. Tonight’s performance will begin at 7:30pm.

BRIDGTON

Jazz up your Thursday night LQH at Standard Gastropub. These talented cats will be bringing their melting pot of sound — which includes everything from soul, jazz, funk, and rock — to this free show that’ll get underway at 5pm.

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.

DAMARISCOTTA

Oxbow, in partnership with the Damariscotta River Association, will be presenting an evening of music at Darrow’s Barn this Thursday evening. Maine locals, Muddy Ruckus will be providing an evening of fiery, foot-stomping blues-folk for you to enjoy will Oxbow provides some beer and some local food trucks provide provisions. Tickets are $5 with a portion of proceeds going to benefit the DRA as things get underway at 6pm.

GARDINER

Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at The Depot in Gardiner 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.

GEORGETOWN

The Robinhood Free Meetinghouse in Georgetown welcomes local instrumentalist and vocalist Seth Warner and his band 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.

LEWISTON 

Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be bringing some musical revelry to Sea40 in Lewiston this evening. Things get underway at 7 this during free and all-ages show.

 OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Toby McAllister of local pop-rock band Sparks The Rescue will be performing a solo, acoustic set out on the Pirate Patio in OOB this afternoon. Starting at 4pm Toby will be performing some of his favorite STR originals as well as some covers of popular tunes from the past 20 plus years.

Maine-based party band The GE3ks are bringing the good times back to The Pier Patio Pub tonight. Starting at 9 get ready to bust a move to some of the best 80’s pop, dance, New Wave, hard rock, rap and one hit wonder tunes around.

PORTLAND

Local four-piece rock n’ roll band, Riot Act, goes quiet tonight for another acoustic set at The Porthole. Tonight’s free show gets started right around 6.

Check out some modern country covers and original tunes tonight as Joan Kennedy and friends play a free and family-friendly show in the bandstand of Fort Allen Park. This evening’s event gets underway at 6:30pm.

Check out some outdoor, summer fun happening at the Portland Lobster Company as local rockers and rollers The Joint Chiefs return for a free all ages show this 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.

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes River Sister this evening for some acoustic indie folk songs. This free and all-ages show will begin at 7pm.

Spice things up tonight with a free, outdoor performance from Primo Cubano as Slab’s Summer Music Series continues. Starting at 7 dance the evening away to some of the best classic Cuban music around.

Local alternative folk act Northwood will be at Blue tonight for some foot-stomping good times. Northwood starts making some noise right around 7 o’clock during this fun show, so make some plans to check ‘em out if you’re in the area tonight.

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

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. Music starts up at 8pm.

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins will be hanging out at RiRa this evening for another fun-filled show. You know Ben from his time spent pop-rockin’ as the frontman of the band Kilcollins, but tonight he teams up with the talented Vargas Twins for some 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. Things get underway at 9pm.

Even though I will be seeing the first of two consecutive Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers concerts down in Boston tonight, I am still bummed out to miss what’s happening over at Portland House of Music and Events. Two great Portland acts will be joining forces for some honest, introspective, and fun indie rock and roll. Beginning at 9pm you’ll be able to check out a set by Dominic Lavoie, who has assembled a band of talented musical merrymakers to bring his psychedelic folk-rock songs to life. Following Dominic’s set you’ll be treated to the dreamy, alternative folk-rock sounds of Starcrossed Losers, a band you must check out if you’ve not already. I anticipate lots of good times, good tunes, and good people at this event so please go in my stead so I can live vicariously and I’ll make sure to report back in full about Tom Petty Time™ . Thank you!

Local cover act The Depths will be bringing the party to the Oasis patio this evening. The band will be playing all kinds of songs from all kinds of genres during this free show, which starts up at 9.

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.

Check out some fun pop-rock tunes courtesy of local act The Grumps as they play a free show on the Amigos patio tonight. These talented fellas will get the good times rollin’ right around 9:30.

PROSPECT HARBOR

Orono act, Tough End String Band will be performing as part of the Summer Concert Series at Sand Cove in Prospect Harbor this evening. The band will be playing some old-time and jazzed-up approaches to traditional American music during a free and all-ages show that’ll start up at 7:30.

SCARBOROUGH

The Kirsten Thien Band will be entertaining you with some blues, soul and roots rock at Memorial Park in Scarborough this evening. This free and family-friendly show starts up at 6:30pm.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Maine-based adult-contemporary, folk rock artist Don Campbell returns to Easy Day this Thursday evening for another free, all-ages show that will start at 6pm.

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 Granger Smith with special guests Ryan Hurd & Joe Gallant at Simard Payne Park in Lewiston tonight

All right, here we go! If we can hurdle this hump we can do anything at all! We’ve totally got this and what better way to keep things rollin’ on than by checking out some live, local tuneage? There’s a plethora of parties to choose from tonight so get out there and do your thing this Wednesday evening! Check out shows such as String Tide at Frontier, Travis James Humphrey at Champions, Copilot at Andy’s, Dave Rowe at Bull Feeney’s, The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music and Events, The Substitutes in Mill Creek Park, Never Been To Tennessee at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and more.

BANGOR

The Allison Ames Band will be bringing some irresistible dance tunes to the lawn of the Bangor Public Library tonight as they serve up some fun classic rock covers beginning 7pm.

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 9pm. It’s a free event so no excuses; check it out!

BRUNSWICK

Frontier’s Live in the Lounge music series continues tonight with a performance by String Tide. String Tide is an all-male folk quartet specializing in harmonies and bluegrass covers of old time, folk, Americana, and pop tunes. Fiddle, banjo, octave mandolin, guitar, and bass swell with energy and vibrancy as they prepare to pull you out of your seat to dance starting at 7:30 during this free and all ages show.

BUCKSPORT

The Wednesdays on Main music series continues in Bucksport this evening with some bluegrass tunes courtesy of Blue Northern. This free and family-friendly event will get underway at 5:30pm.

LEWISTON

Local musician Ron Bergeron will be playing another free show at the Pedro O’Hara’s tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 7 o’clock with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

Granger Smith (and his good ol’ boy alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr.) will be performing live at Simard Payne Park in Lewiston tonight. Smith rocketed to the top of the country music world last year with two top ten hits, and with over 2.5 million Facebook fans, Granger Smith has quickly becoming one of the biggest stars in country music. Tonight 99.9 The Wolf welcomes him to Lewiston for one of the biggest concerts of the summer. Things get underway at 7pm during this all-ages event and will feature opening performances by local country musician Joe Gallant and  national country recording artist, Ryan Hurd. There will also be food trucks and beer on-site as well as tickets to purchase for any of y’all that wanna walk up, so if you’re lookin’ to do a little yeehawin’ tonight, stop on through.

PORTLAND

The Porthole welcomes back local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett this evening as he performs a set of his own original acoustic pop and funk songs as well as some fun covers. Things get started at 6 o’clock so stop through and check it out if you’re downtown this evening.

Eric Bettencourt is back in town and tonight he’ll be joining a few pals out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company for some fun. I anticipate lots of good times and good tunes as this free show starts up at 6:30pm.

Pop-tinged Americana duo Copilot will be flying 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.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series rolls on this Wednesday evening with a featured performance by Brenda Castles & Friends. 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.

Maine-based folk musician Dave Rowe is back at Bull Feeney’s tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as this free show begins at 8pm.

Mellow your mind with some midweek music over at Portland House of Music and Events as The Maine Dead Project returns to the stage as part of 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.

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 Claricebrings 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.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Party out in Mill Creek Park in South Portland this evening as The Substitutes bring you the best in old school pop and rock with tunes from such legendary bands asThe Beatles, The Who, The Monkees and more. Even better, this evening’s show is absolutely free and family-friendly so if you’re looking to have some midweek fun with some good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll, swing on by and check ‘em out beginning at 6:30.

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.

Local 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.

Check out a free show from Superorder & Compactor plus a screening of Scanners at Geno’s tonight

It’s time to take this thing to limit as we take on another Tuesday night! Once again, there’s a bunch of happening shows to check out so get out there and shake some action at such shindigs as Zeile August & Mark Tipton at Blue, Ron Bergeron at Captain Jack’s, Ryan Halliburton and The Still at Portland Lobster Company, Alex Smith and The Mountain Sound at Andy’s, Dave Carroll at One Longfellow Square, Ben Kilcollins at Easy Day, and more!

NAPLES

If you’re spending your evening in Naples, check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show up at Captain Jack’s. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 6 with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and more.

PORTLAND

Local musician Dan Merrill is back on the deck of The Porthole this evening for a set that’ll feature a variety of acoustic rock, pop and folk covers and originals. Tonight’s show is free and starts up at 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.

Check out a free and all-ages show with Ryan Halliburton and The Still out on the Portland Lobster Company deck. This awesome local act will be bringing some fun pop-rock tunes to your Tuesday evening as things get underway at 6:30pm.

Alex Smith and The Mountain Sound bring some country blues to the stage of Andy’s Old Port Pub this Tuesday evening. Join the band for some great tunes as this all-ages and free show starts up around 7pm.

Dave Carroll, the musician behind United Breaks Guitars, who also boasts such accolades as accomplished singer-songwriter, member of ECMA Award winning band Sons of Maxwell, as well as published author, speaker, and social media innovator, will be performing live at One Longfellow Square this evening. OLS and New England Celtic Arts present this all-ages show as the music and stories start up at 7 o’clock.

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

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

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 so go on and check it out.

Last Mercy Emissions hosts a free show at Geno’s tonight which will feature the new age/rock/metal and cyberwave sounds of local act Superorder alongside NYC’s industrial noise makers, Compactor as well as a screening of the film Scanners. The fun starts up at 8 o’clock tonight.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Ben Kilcollins is back at Easy Day tonight for a set of acoustic sounds. You know Ben from his time spent fronting local pop-rock act, Kilcollins, but this evening he goes solo for some fun cover tunes and original songs starting right around 6 during this free and family-friendly event.

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.

 

Check out David Vail’s album release show with special guest Dominic Lavoie at One Longfellow Square tonight

Bring it, Monday! I’ve got nothing but good vibes to throw up against you and your mundane ways, so give it your best shot because I’m ready to do it to it tonight! There are a bunch of great things to check out tonight so show Monday what’s the what by breaking it down proper this evening. Don’t miss out on such shows as Robert Earl Keen with Ruston Kelly at Port City Music Hall, The Shakes at Portland Lobster Company, an open mic with Michael Krapovicky at Pedro O’Hara’s, Bill Howard at Andy’s, Hambone at Easy Street Lounge, and more. Here we go!

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 this evening to host another fun open mic event. Join in on the Monday musical revelry as this all ages gathering gets underway around 6:30pm.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

My Skeleton, a local acoustic act consisting of musicians Alex Roy and Matt Libby, will be performing a free show out at Hooligan’s on the pier in OOB tonight. Join these fellas for some Monday night fun beginning at 9pm.

PORTLAND

Mike and Paul from local cover act The Cover Tones team up as a duo this evening to bring some rock, pop, dance, blues, country and all else in between back to The Porthole deck this Monday. Join The Two Tones for this free and fun shindig as things get shaking right around 6pm.

The Shakes, a 7-piece funk, rock and reggae collective from Hallowell that features some of the Maine music 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.

Pop-rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, David Vail, who is also a part of local non-profit organization, Listen Up! Music (a community support day program and studio supporting adults with intellectual uniqueness in making music), is releasing his first full-length album titled “Unvailed” tonight at One Longfellow Square. Helping Vail to celebrate will be local psych-pop-rock n’ roller Dominic Lavoie, who will open the show, which starts at 7 o’clock.

Local singer-songwriter Bill Howard is back at Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening for a free event full of acoustic tunes. Bill will begin this all-ages show starting at 7 o’clock.

Robert Earl Keen brings his wonderful blend of country, Americana and folk back to the stage of Port City Music Hall this evening. Nashville singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly will open the evening with a set of songs starting at 8.

Get after it tonight with Gina Alibrio and the Red Eye Flight Crew. Featuring most of the members of Model Airplane backing up talented songstress, Gina Alibrio, you’re guaranteed to have a soulfully good time as things start up right around 9 at Portland House of Music and Events.

Check out tonight’s free show at Bayside Bowl with Cape Cannons, Wait & usLights

Yeah, yeah, I know, I know. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I have never, ever been happier to see Friday’s arrival. This week felt like a kick to the head and I’m ready to let my freak flag fly and take in some live tunes over the next couple of days. Let’s start with tonight as this Friday is gearing up to be one helluva party. Check out shows such as Borderlines, KGFREEZE & Rigor Samsa at Banded Horn Brewing Company, Motor Booty Affair at Mine Oyster, Double Entendre at the Stress Free Moose, The Shizzle at Easy Street Lounge, Eric Bettencourt at Portland Lobster Company, Stolen Mojo at The Brunswick, Pardon Me, Doug at Oxbow, The Far East & Royal Hammer at Portland House of Music and Events, Hello Newman at Oasis, Best Not Broken & The Threads at Empire, Rippleton Cross at The Kerrymen Pub, and so much more.

BANGOR

Flamboyant, gravelly-voiced rock and pop singer, Rod Stewart brings his tour to Bangor tonight for a show at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion. The former Faces front man is one of the biggest stars of the 70’s and 80’s and tonight he’ll be joined by another 80’s sensation, Cyndi Lauper for a night of fun that’ll get underway right around 7pm.

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.

BIDDEFORD

Cowbell Burger Bar in Biddeford welcomes Sarah Libby, a local, soulful, and gifted interpreter of songs that cover many musical genres 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 7.

Prepare yourself for a rock and roll party for the ages tonight as high-energy local acts Borderlines, KGFREEZE and Rigor Samsa come together at Banded Horn Brewing Company in Biddeford. Rocking, rolling, brews and guaranteed good times will get underway at 8 o’clock during this free show.

Organ-based trio Micromasse will be back at Elements tonight for some Friday night fun. This free and all-ages show will feature 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 8 o’clock.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

If you’re in Boothbay Harbor this evening make some plans to stop by Mine Oyster 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 6:30pm.

Prepare to shake your can all around the dance floor of Mine Oyster tonight as disco/funk powerhouse Motor Booty Affair returns to the stage.Things get shaking around 9:30 during this free show.

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.

GREENVILLE

The Stress Free Moose in Greenville welcomes back acoustic Americana act Double Entendre this evening. This talented duo will start making some sweet sounds starting right around 7pm.

HALLOWELL

Central Maine hip-hop act, The Shizzle brings their hip-hop dance party to Easy Street Lounge tonight. Things get started around 9 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.

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

The Work Trucks will be making some noise outside at The Kennebec Wharf tonight. With a blend of rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, and roots rock, the act is guaranteed to please as they get the party started right around 9.

LEWISTON 

Join local musician Chad Porter for some fun times and tunes as he gets your weekend started up with a free show at Pedro O’Hara’s. Expect to hear some great covers of Ray Lamontagne, Ceelo Green, Blake Shelton and more, as well as some of Porter’s catchy originals as he begins playing right around 8.

Tonight The Honeycreepers bring their eclectic storytelling sounds ranging from folk to funk to the stage of Guthries. This free and all-ages show starts at 8pm.
LYMAN

Local jam band The Brewins will be having some fun at Funky Bow Brewery in Lyman this evening.  Join the band and enjoy some local brews as this free show starts up at 5pm.

 NAPLES

Toby & Nate of Sparks The Rescue will be playing all of your favorite pop-rock tunes at Bray’s Brew Pub in Naples tonight. Join these fun and talented fellas as this free show starts at 6 o’clock.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Local cover band Country Roads will be bringing the boot-scootin’ boogie back to The Bull and Brew in OOB tonight as they play tunes from such acts as Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Jason Aldrean, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn and much, much more during a fun Friday night show that’ll get fired up at 9.

Radio Revival is back at The Pier Patio Pub tonight with tons of tunes for you to returns 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 9pm.

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 The Brunswick. Join in on the dance party as things get grooving right around 8:30.

  PORTLAND

Fat Knuckle Freddy is back at Blue this evening. Freddy is a local composer, instrumentalist and a songwriter who plays and writes American Primitive Music on cigar box, resonator, Weissenborn, acoustic, and fretless guitars. Check out this fun night of of music as things get started up right around 6 o’clock.

Over at The Porthole you can check out local act Northern Groove as they gear up to play out on the deck this Friday evening. This band promises a little bit of something for everyone as they span genres such as blues, classic rock, contemporary, country, R&B and more. The party starts at 7 o’clock.

It’s been a 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. Well good news, friends, Betts in back in town this week and ready to have some fun out on the Portland Lobster Company deck with y’all. Don’t miss your chance to see Eric in full force during a free and all-ages performance that’ll start up right around 7.

Local musician Ron Bergeron will be playing 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, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

Local singer-songwriters Dan KnudsenJuniper Ginger, Faith Francis and Molly Ladd will be coming together at The Cathedral of Saint Luke on State Street for a special acoustic performance. This all ages event begins at 7pm.

Phish cover act Pardon Me, Doug is ready to bring some musical merriment back to Oxbow tonight as they play two sets of their renditions of Phish classics starting up at 8pm.

Desertion Trio, the newest project from Philadelphia-based guitarist and composer Nick Millevoi, will be exploring the sonic space between Neil Young’s expansive work with Crazy Horse, late 60’s free jazz, and the New York downtown scene on stage at Blue tonight. Desertion Trio also features Johnny DeBlase of Sabbath Assembly and Zevious on bass and Kevin Shea, best known for his work with jazz assassins Mostly Other People Do The Killing and Talibam!, on drums. Things get underway at 8pm.

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

Check out a fun night of funk jams as funk and soul rock n’ roller Andrew Bailie is joined by a few friends for a free show out on the Slab patio as part of their Summer Concert Series. Enjoy some delicious pizza and take in some equally tasty tunes as things start up during this all-ages show right around 8 o’clock.

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.

Jam-band rock n’ rollers Big Head Todd & The Monsters will be bringing the party to the stage of Aura tonight for an 18+ show that starts at 9.

Welcome the weekend with some reggae as Brooklyn based act The Far East teams up with local favorites Royal Hammer for a night of guaranteed fun over at Portland House of Music and Events. Good vibes abound as things begin at 9 o’clock.

Lots of energetic, awesome, and heavy-hitting indie rock and roll will be taking Bayside Bowl by storm tonight as local bands Cape Cannons and Wait team up with MA trio usLights for a free show that’s guaranteed to make you move. This shindig gets shaking at 9pm.

The fellas in Hello Newman will be pumping out the jams tonight as they host a party out on the patio of Oasis in the Old Port. Starting at 9, you can check out the band as they rock all of your favorite 90s tunes all night long!

New England based alt-pop band Best Not Broken will be at Empire tonight. Having performed with contemporary, chart-topping artists like Jason Derulo and Matt Nathanson as well as legendary classic rockers like Pat Benatar and Jefferson Starship, the band has proven it can charm audiences of many types. Tonight they’re joined by Illinois rockers The Threads for a show that’ll get swinging upstairs right around 9:30.

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.

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.

Local pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band will be bringing the party back to RiRa tonight. Covering artists such as Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen, Sublime, No Doubt, The Doors, U2 and many more there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. Tonight’s performance will also include a colorful hula hoop act so be sure to check it out starting at 10pm.

RANGELEY


Sharon Hood & Dixon Road
will be heating things up at Moose Alley tonight with some old school country, modern country and classic rock tunes. Tonight’s free show starts up around 8:30.
SACO

Local folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be at the Kerrymen Pub this evening. Beginning at 6 the duo will be performing acoustic renditions of songs by such artists as Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Cat Stevens and many, many more. This event is free so make some plans to check it out if you’re in the area this Friday.

SCARBOROUGH

Welcome the weekend with a bang out at The Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough as local party act The Time Pilots bring a you a night of non-stop dancing. If you’re looking to get down to some great tunes be sure to make plans to be a part of this party, which gets underway right around 8:30.

WEST PARIS

Local artist Phil Fortier will be filling the Rustic Grill and Tavern in West Paris with some fine acoustic sounds during a free and all-ages performance tonight that start up right around 7pm.

WESTBROOK

Maine-based folk musician 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 band, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies will be rockin’ the Frog and Turtle in Westbrook this evening. Join these fellas for some high-energy fun as this free and all-ages shindig gets fired up at 8:30pm this evening.

WHITEFIELD

Lots of great Americana and folk tunes for you to check out tonight as SugarbushThe Oshima Brothers and William Joseph Jiodan come together for some musical revelry at Sheepscot General in Whitefield. This finally Friday shindig gets shakin’ at 6 o’clock.

Check out Town Meeting with Hours North & Paper Monsters at Portland House of Music and Events tonight

Thursday is doing its best to once again try and disguise itself as part of the weekend, especially considering the massive amount of awesome things to do and see this evening. So make sure you pace yourself and get it going this Thursday at such awesome shows as Joe Benjamin & A Mighty Handful with OC and the Offbeats at Empire, Eddie Money with special guest Kris Rodgers at Aura, Andrew Bailie at Standard Gastropub, Tiger Bomb in Congress Square Park, El Malo at Slab, Adulting, Short Fictions, Uncle Spudd & Liberos at Geno’s, A Band Beyond Description at Gritty’s, Seth Warner at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and much more!

AUBURN 

If you’re out and about Auburn tonight swing on over to Gritty’s where Mitch Alden will be performing. Mitch Aldren 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.

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.

BANGOR

Orono act, Tough End String Band will be performing in Pickering Square this evening as part of the Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series. The band will be serving up some old-time and jazzed-up approaches to traditional American music during a free and all-ages show that’ll start up at 6 o’clock.

BRIDGTON

Check out a fun evening of funk jams at the Standard Gastropub in Bridgton as Andrew Bailie performs during a free show that’ll start up at 5 tonight.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Local acoustic act Uke n’ Smile is back at the Local Buzz tonight for another free and all ages open mic event. All artists, genres, musical capabilities and ages are welcome to join in on the creative fun as this gathering gets started at 7:30.

GARDINER

Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at The Depot in Gardiner 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.

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.

KENNEBUNKPORT

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

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

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 Pier Patio Pub once again tonight. Shake your groove thing out on the dance floor as this free show gets swinging at 9.

PORTLAND

Portland’s own all-female power-pop, rock and roll outfit, Tiger Bomb brings the party to the park this Friday evening. Join this energetic and awesome band for some serious fun as this family-friendly and free event gets swinging in Congress Square Park at 6pm.

Rippin’ rock n’ roll band Riot Act goes quiet tonight to supply you some acoustic party tunes this Thursday evening. Things will get crankin’ out on The Porthole deck right around 6 o’clock.

Rising, local singer-songwriter Lena Rich performs at Blue tonight. Rich has shared the stage with artists such as Anais Mitchell, Antje Duvekot and Tony Trischka. See her in this wonderfully intimate venue as things get underway at 6pm.

Local fellas Sylvain’s Acadian Aces will be playing a free and family-friendly gig out in Fort Allen Park on the Eastern Prom tonight. Beginning at 6:30 these talented gents will be serving up some authentic Cajun tunes for you to dance around to.

Rock and soul act The Reggie Sullivan Band return for another free and fun show out on the Portland Lobster Company deck. Let the good times roll with this talented band as this all-ages event gets underway at 6:30pm.

Shake it to some sultry salsa tunes with a bit of a punk edge as Slab’s Summer Music Series continues tonight with local salsacore act El Malo. This free and all ages party starts up on the patio right around 7pm.

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.

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

Aura in Portland presents classic rock artist Eddie Money. Eddie Money brings his blue-collar brand of rock and roll to the stage tonight. Money has managed to transcend generations and continues to move audiences today. Along with having sold more than 28 million records, Money’s songs have appeared in dozens of movies and television shows. Music starts up at 8 o’clock with an opening set by Portland power-pop, piano man, Kris Rodgers.

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.

Comic book artist and indie-folk/punk/garage songwriter, Jeffrey Lewis will be at SPACE Gallery tonight. Based in NYC, and treading in the musical realms of Yo La Tengo, Jonathan Richman, and Velvet Underground, Lewis’ current band, Los Bolts features Mem Pahl on bass and Brent Cole on drums. This evening’s show starts up at 8:30 with opening sets by local songstress Morgan Bouton and female folk-choir Altar Boys.

Check out the roots-rock, Americana, country, and folk-infused tunes of  Town Meeting alongside Wells acoustic rock n’ rollers, Hours North and Manchester, NH’s alt-rock outfit, Paper Monsters, as the three acts team up for some fun this Thursday at Portland House of Music and Events. Things get underway right around 9pm.

Originally hailing from Germany, Joe Benjamin is a New York-based vocalist, composer and bandleader. Tonight he brings his band, A Mighty Handful, to the stage of Empire. This genre-bending 10-piece band has gained a devoted following in New York City, and toured throughout Europe to sold-out concert halls. They’ll be joined by local rock outfit OC and the Offbeats, who’ll open the show at 9 with their fun blend of blues and soul.

Are You Kidding Me? Tapes presents another local music throw down with four awesome rock n’ roll bands joining forces for some Thursday night thunder at Geno’s. Starting at 9, check out sets from Adulting, Short Fictions, Uncle Spudd and Liberos.

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.

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.

Toby McAllister of local pop-rock band Sparks The Rescue will be performing a solo, acoustic set out on the Oasis patio this evening. Starting at 9pm Toby will be performing some of his favorite STR originals as well as some covers of popular tunes from the past 20 plus years.

Eric Bettencourt is back in town this week and tonight he’ll be joining a few pals out on the patio of Amigos for some fun. I anticipate lots of good times and good tunes as this free show starts up at 9:30pm.

SCARBOROUGH

Prepare to shake your can all around this Thursday evening as disco/funk powerhouse Motor Booty Affair returns to the gazebo in Memorial Park as part of the Summer Concerts in the Park series in Scarborough.Things get shaking around 6:30 during this free and family-friendly event.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Easy Day in South Portland welcomes back local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett this evening as he performs a set of his own original acoustic pop and funk songs as well as some fun covers. Things get started at 6 o’clock, so stop through and check it out if you’re in the area this Thursday evening.

WESTBROOK

Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza welcomes back local instrumentalist and vocalist Seth Warner and a few special guests 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.