I guess if I were going to dole out any advice on this finally Friday, I would say go hard or go home because there’s a whole helluva lot happening tonight and it’s looking like tomorrow will definitely be more of the same. Make plans to check out some music at such shows as Zealous Bellus at Fire House Grill, Heirow, Maze the Visionary & B.Aull at Central Gallery, Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies at Chocolate Church Arts Center, Shemekia Copeland at Stone Mountain Arts Center, American Ride at Skip’s Lounge, Eric Green Party at Chummies, Jon King Trio at The Rack, Michael Krapovicky at Cole Farms, The Shizzle at Easy Street Lounge, Pardon Me, Doug at Matterhorn Ski Bar, Popa Chubby at One Longfellow Square, Motor Booty Affair at Empire, Jerks of Grass at Salvage BBQ, Raging Brass Reggae at Bayside Bowl, Tie Goes The Runner, Isn’t It Always?, Classy On Occasion & Adulting at Hella Good Tacos, Hello Newman at Bull Feeney’s, Sassquatch at Blue, The Mallett Brothers Band at Moose Alley, Hogan’s Alley, Dark Rain, USA Waste & Noisebreakers at Live at 212, and much more.
Alt-rock act Zealous Bellus returns to the Fire House Grill in Auburn tonight for another free and fun par-tay. Let the good times roll as this shindig gets shaking at 8.
If you’re Fridaying in Auburn tonight, check out a free rock n’ roll show at Gritty’s with local rockers Tilden Katz. These fellas will be getting the party started right around 8 o’clock.
Take in some modern country covers tonight as Hollywood Casino in Bangor welcomes back Joan Kennedy and her band to the stage for a free show that’ll get swinging right around 8.
If you’re in Central Maine check out Hip-Hop Night happening at Central Gallery featuring Heirow, Maze the Visionary and B.Aull. Things get started at 8pm.
Tonight check out the Celtic folk of Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies at the Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath. Doyle is joined by a band of some of Canada’s best players: Kendel Carson on fiddle (John Prine, Spirit of the West, The Paperboys and Elvis Costello), Cory Tetford (Crush), Todd (Hawksley Workman), Shehab Illyas (MIR) and drummer Kris MacFarlane (Great Big Sea) as things get underway at 7:30pm.
Check out some banjo-based bluegrass tunes at Elements on Main Street tonight as they welcome back local act Banjo Read for a Friday night full of pickin’ and pluckin’. This free all-ages show will get started up at 8 o’clock.
Lucie & The Undercover Band will be bringing some classic rock covers to Brewer’s Eagles Club tonight for a free 21+ show that starts up at 8pm.
Blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland, who has shared the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and other blues dignitaries, will be performing on stage at the Stone Mountain Arts Center this evening. Things get underway right around 8.
The Daniel Inn Coast Bar + Bistro welcomes back local folk-rocker Brian Patricks for an early evening of music. Patricks intertwines finger style rhythmic guitar with a hint of harmonica into his sets of originals and covers that span the folk, blues, roots and rock genres. Check out Patricks’ solo set as this free all-ages show begins at 7 o’clock.
American Ride will be busting out a bunch of modern country covers for you to boogie down to this evening as they play a free show at Skip’s Lounge starting at 9 o’clock.
Blues rock artist Jon King brings his trio up to The Rack this Friday. King’s music is well-known for his tight blend of blues and rock with a solid emphasis on guitar sounds. Check Jon and his band out for yourself as things get swinging right around 9 o’clock.
Swampy roots and blues rockers the Eric Green Party will be — well, what else? — partying up Chummies in Ellsworth tonight as they play a free show starting up at 9pm.
If you’re in Freeport this evening make some plans to stop by Gritty’s as local artist Jeff Kilton will be taking to the stage for a show featuring the songs of such artists as Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, The Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam, The Band, Led Zep, Bob Marley and more. Tonight’s free show begins at 8pm.
Cole Farms in Gray welcomes back Michael Krapovicky for an evening of acoustic pop-rock originals and covers. Be sure to join Michael right around 7:30 as he gets the good times and tunes rollin’ along during this free and fun event.
Moticon brings some rock, pop, alternative, and 80’s rock covers to Tailgate Bar & Grill tonight for a free party that’ll get underway right around 8:30pm this finally Friday.
The Scolded Dogs plan on bringing the party to their show at The Kennebec Wharf tonight. These fellas will be making some noise playing some original tunes as well as covers of Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more as things get swinging at 9.
Central Maine hip-hop act, The Shizzle brings their themed dance party to Easy Street Lounge tonight. Things get started around 9:30 at this free, fun show that’ll feature jams from such notable acts as Vanilla Ice, The Roots, Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Biz Markie and more.
Check out a free show down at Federal Jack’s tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey and his band play a bunch of barn burners for ya beginning at 10:30.
Folk troubadour D. Gross teams up with Americana act Los Federales for a free show happening at Guthries tonight. Check out this fine evening of tunes as things start up at 8pm.
Rock it out with 4Play as this local band turns things up a notch with their lively brand of rock and roll during a free show at the Crooked Hook Tavern in Mechanic Falls. This finally Friday party gets underway at 8 o’clock.
Phish cover act Pardon Me, Doug is ready to bring some musical merriment back to the mountains this evening as they play their renditions of Phish tunes tonight at the Matterhorn Ski Bar beginning at 9:30pm.
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The Inflatables bring their instant party mix of tunes from yesterday right on through today to the stage of The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach tonight. These talented dudes will be getting you to bust some moves as things get underway right around 8:30pm.
Blue welcomes Amos Libby and Douglas Porter of local act, The Ghosts of Johnson City, to the stage for an evening of tunes devoted to love and loss, old mountain music, Civil War songs, coal-mining melodies, and haunting murder ballads from the American South. Libby and Porter will be joined by special guest violinist Sarah Mueller as music begins at 6 o’clock..
The Potato Pickers return to Andy’s Old Port Pub with some fun bluegrass sounds during a free and all-ages show that starts at 7 o’clock.
New England Celtic Arts will present the legendary Newfoundland band The Irish Descendants at the Maine Irish Heritage Center in Portland tonight. Beginning at 7:30 you can see first hand The Irish Descendants’ signature blend of boot-stomping reels, wistful balladry, and off-the-cuff humor.
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and finger-style guitar player Zak Trojano returns to the stage of Blue for another acoustic show this Friday evening. Beginning at 8pm you can take in Trojano’s songs and stories in the awesome venue located right downtown.
Over at The Dogfish Bar & Grille local act The Waiters will be serving up some quality tunes for you to enjoy this finally Friday. The Waiters will be playing all of your favorite cover tunes from a variety of different genres and decades beginning at 8 o’clock.
Blues-rock veteran Popa Chubby brings his blistering live show, working-man politics, and fierce Hendrix covers to One Longfellow Square tonight. Things get underway at 8.
Philly power-pop style punk rockers The Up Up Ups will be rockin’ Mathew’s tonight alongside local acts Meanmugg, No Good and The Labor Pains. The party starts at 8 o’clock.
Prepare to shake your can all around the dance floor of the Empire as the disco/funk powerhouse known as Motor Booty Affair will be shaking things up starting at 8pm.
Salvage BBQ on Congress Street welcomes back the Jerks of Grass for another fun Friday filled with tons of toe-tapping bluegrass tunes. This free all-ages shindig gets swinging around 8:30.
Bayside Bowl will be heating up with some summery sounds as Raging Brass Reggae performs classic 60’s Jamaican ska, rocksteady and roots reggae instrumentals during this free, all ages party. The fun starts at 8:30.
Tonight a ton of great acts come together for one of their own for the first night of Rock For Devine. Over at Geno’s, Cryptic Overcast, Pigboat, Covered In Bees and See The World, which features the vocalist of TREE,will be doing some rocking and rolling to help raise money for Portlander Dave Devine who is currently fighting Leukemia. Medical bills sucks, but Maine music and musicians do not so make sure you head over to Geno’s beginning at 9pm to show your support and have a great time.
NJ acts Tie Goes To The Runner and Isn’t It Always are coming through Portland during their “Eunoia Tour” and will be playing some rock and/roll at Hella Good Tacos alongside local heavy hitters, Classy On Occasion and Adulting! This is an all ages show and sure to be an awesome time! Get there before 8pm if you want tacos. Show starts at 9pm.
The fellas in Hello Newman will be pumping out the jams tonight as they host a party upstairs at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port. Starting at 9:30, you can check out the band as they rock all of your favorite 90s tunes all night long!
Cover band Sweep The Leg brings the party back to the stage of RiRa tonight. Starting at 10 get ready to bust a move to some super fun rock, blues, ska and funk jams.
Blue welcomes jazz, funk and fusion act Sassquatch back to the stage tonight for some serious getting down. Get into the groove as things get fun and funky during this free all ages show starting up at 10pm.
Local alt-country rockers, The Mallett Brothers Band are geared up for a show up at Moose Alley in Rangeley this Friday. Boot stompin’, whiskey drinkin’, and guitar slingin’ gets underway right around 8.
Get your boot scootin’ boogie on tonight with some modern country covers courtesy of Cold Blue Steel as the fellas bring the hootenanny to the stage of Mixers in Sabattus tonight starting at 8:30pm.
The Easy Money Band will be supplying the soundtrack to your finally Friday with some danceable covers of everything from rock, country, soul, blues and more. The band will be playing a free show at The Kerrymen Pub starting at 7 :30.
Take in some toe-tapping Americana tunes from Hilton Park tonight as the band plays an all-ages show at the Unity Center for the Performing Arts starting up at 7pm.
Local musician Michael Reny will be performing some acoustic alternative tunes at Mainely Brews tonight. Reny plays a wide variety of songs and artists, everything from Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson and Nirvana to modern acts such as Mumford & Sons. Check him out as the music begins at 9 o’clock.
Local folk artist Dave Rowe is back at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as this free and all-ages show begins at 7pm.
A free show filled with some great, local rock and roll will be happening at Live at 212 tonight as Hogan’s Alley, Dark Rain, USA Waste, and Noisebreaker come together for a party that’ll get underway at 8 o’clock.
Phil Divinsky and his Americana-tinged rhythm & blues band return to The Frog & Turtle in Westbrook tonight. You can enjoy some soulful sounds starting at 8:30 at this fabulous gastro pub located in downtown Westbrook.