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.

SPACE Gallery welcomes Ratboys with Crystal Canyon & The English Muffins

We’re half way to the freakin’ weekend so why not celebrate by having a little bit of fun? There’s tons of partying to be done this evening so check out your options and get out there and do it to it! Don’t miss out on music and shows such as Scars on 45 with Builder of the House at One Longfellow Square, Port City Saints, Gant, Nuclear Bootz & Not30 at Flask Lounge, Don Campbell Band at Mill Creek Park, The Soggy Po’ Boys at Congress Square Park, Eric Bettencourt at Portland Lobster Company, and more!

BRUNSWICK

Check out 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.

BUCKSPORT

The Rivertown Band brings some of the best traditional acoustic tunes to the stage of the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport tonight alongside The Oshima Brothers, a duo consisting of brothers Sean and Jamie, which showcases the pair’s powerful vocal harmony, joyous interaction, and skilled musicianship. This evening’s performance gets 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.

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.

The Soggy Po’ Boys will be performing in Congress Square Park this evening during a Summer Swing Dance open to one and all. The Soggy Po’ Boys serve their jazz messy, mixing brass-fueled mayhem with spirituals, Meters-style old-school funk, and the Caribbean side of the New Orleans tradition. This free and all-ages shindig gets swinging at 6pm.

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. Tonight this Maine native returns from Texas to play some fun tunes out on the Portland Lobster Company deck. Don’t miss your chance to see Betts in full force during a free and all-ages performance that’ll start up right around 6:30.

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.

Erica Brown Shipman, Matt Shipman, Hanz Araki, and Colleen Raney come together as Josephine County to perform as part of Blue‘s Irish Concert Series. Josephine County combines the talents of these four powerful traditional musicians into one exceptional musical experience ranging from the United States to Ireland and back. Things get underway right around 7:30pm.

Chicago-based, self-identified ‘post-country’ duo Ratboys come to Portland tonight as they bring their fusion of punk, pop and Americana to the stage of SPACE Gallery. Local shoegaze act, Crystal Canyon, which features members of The Baltic Sea and Tiger Bomb, and Portland power-pop infused punk outfit, The English Muffins round out tonight’s bill. Music starts at 8 o’clock.

British alt-rock ensemble, Scars on 45, bring their country-rock-inflected melodic pop to One Longfellow Square this evening. Portland based indie pop outfit, Builder of the House will kick-off tonight’s musical revelry as things get underway 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.

If you’re looking for some midweek punk rock then be sure to check out tonight’s show at Flask Lounge featuring the cool tunes of Port City Saints, Gant, Nuclear Bootz and Not30. This free shindig is guaranteed to be a party as things start up 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 as they play everything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Ocean. The pair prepares to perform beginning at 9:30pm.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Adult-contemporary folk rocker Don Campbell and his band will be performing at Mill Creek Park in South Portland this evening. A full evening of tunes will start up at 6:30pm during this free and family-friendly event.

WESTBROOK

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

 

 

Thompson’s Point presents My Morning Jacket with special guest Gary Clark, Jr. tonight

It’s time to take this thing to limit once again this Tuesday! It’s another summer evening full of fun things to do, so hike up your party jorts and get ‘er doing! Check out shows such as The Woodshed Mystics at Bayside Bowl, Frank Fotusky at Blue, Mome, Lacuna & Boat Dares at Empire, Toby McAllister at Easy Day, Keanu Keanu at Portland Lobster Company, and more!

LEWISTON

Check out some soul, R&B and blues tunes from The Youngerbloods as the local act plays a free show at Fast Breaks beginning at 7 o’clock.

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.

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.

My Morning Jacket brings their sonic experimentation that encompasses everything from indie rock and alt-country to neo-psychedelia, funk, prog, and reggae, back to Portland tonight for what is sure to be a party at Thompson’s Point. Tickets are still available so scoop some up and make sure you get there for the start of the show with opener Gary Clark Jr. who’ll be laying down some soul and blues infused guitar tunes for ya. This all-ages event gets underway at 6 o’clock.

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.

Portland 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.

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.

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

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

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.

Empire’s Three for 3 series continues tonight with 3 local acts bringing the rock and/or roll to the stage with some high-energy sets of original jams. Beginning at 9 make your way upstairs to check out tunes from Mome, Lacuna and Boat Dares.

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 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.

Check out Monday of the Minds at Flask Lounge tonight

If you’re looking to turn this Monday around as much as I am then get out there and check out a great night of music that’s certain to kick start this week for y’all. Tons of tunes to take in including Pat Foley at The Porthole, Gina & The Red Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events, Kasey Chambers and Garrett Kato at Port City Music Hall, OC and The Offbeats at Portland Lobster Company, 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

The Porthole welcomes back Pat Foley to the deck 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 rock outfit OC and the Offbeats bring their new brand of blues and soul to a super fun and super free outdoor show at Portland Lobster Company this evening. Join this band of musical merrymakers for a night of awesome tunes and guaranteed dancing as things start up right at 6pm.

Singer-songwriter Jeff Christmas returns to Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. Join Jeff for some good times and good tunes as this free and all-ages show starts up at 7pm.

One of Australia’s most successful and celebrated country artists, Kasey Chambers comes to town tonight for a performance at Port City Music Hall. Also on this evening’s bill is Australian folk-rock singer-songwriter, Garrett Kato, who will open the show at 8 o’clock.

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 welcome Ben Shorr, Graphic Melee, Khed Calvin, Local Mac and Unique Unknown 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. This is a free show, but donations are encourage to help raise money for the 5th Annual Maine Hip Hop Summit happening in Congress Square Park on August 18th.

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.

Model Airplane returns to Portland House of Music and Events with special guest the Nat Osborn Band

Oh hey there, rockers and rollers, I am so ready and rearing to get this weekend party started! Just one last push and then it’s here, babies! Things kick off with a mighty big bang this weekend so make sure you’ve done your stretches, taken your vitamins, and pressed those Party Pants because it’s high time that we do it to it this evening! Let’s roll! Don’t snooze on such shows as Sparks The Rescue at Bentley’s, The Bill Barnes Trio at the Nocturnem Draft Haus, Andi Fawcett at Mine Oyster, Matt and The Barnburners at Shooters Pub, The Reggie Sullivan Band at Portland Lobster Company, Billy Currington & Wildee at the Maine State Pier, El Malo & Clara Junken at Geno’s, Steady On at One Longfellow Square, The Youngerbloods at Slab, Kafari & Henry Redman at Blue, Ziggy Marley & Gorilla Finger Dub at Aura, El Grande at Amigos, Fighting Fiction at Brian Boru, The Depths at Mixers, Pistol Shot Gypsy at Live at 212, and so much more!

ARUNDEL

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 Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel tonight. Things get crankin’ this finally Friday right around 8 o’clock.

AUBURN 

Gritty’s in Auburn 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.

BANGOR

Alt-rock acts Nickelback, Shaman’s Harvest and Daughtry will be rockin’ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion tonight. This all-ages, outdoor concert kicks off at 6pm.

The Juke Rockets are bringing back their high-energy Chicago and delta style blues back to the stage of Hollywood Casino tonight. Join these talented Midcoast musicians as they bring some end-of-the-week merriment to your evening with a free show that’ll start up at 8 o’clock.

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

BELFAST

The Mainely Country Band brings some—you guessed it—classic and modern country covers to Country Rose Lounge in Belfast tonight. Join in some boot-stomping good times as this free show starts at 9 o’clock.

BIDDEFORD

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

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

Doubting Gravity singer, guitarist and all-around fantastic front woman, Andi Fawcett will be going solo and acoustic tonight as she prepares to play a set of songs at Mine Oyster this finally Friday evening. Andi will be offering up some awesome tuneage at this free event as things get underway right around 6:30pm.

The Mine Oyster welcomes Boston-based rock act Richard James & The Name Changers to the stage tonight. The piano-driven band specifies their genre as “whiskey-infused roots rock and roll.” They’ll be getting after it starting at 9:30 tonight, so check it out if you’re feeling funky this Friday.

BUXTON

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 Skip’s Lounge starting at 9 o’clock.

CAPE ELIZABETH

A free show filled with some great, local alternative tunes will be happening at The Local Buzz as The Faulkingham Project comes together for a performance that’ll get underway at 7.

ELLSWORTH

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

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

Central Maine band Skosh brings their badass blend of funk, rock and ska to the Gardiner waterfront tonight as part of the Johnson Hall Free Waterfront Concert Series. This free, fun and family-friendly party will get underway at 6pm.

GORHAM

The School Street Pub and Grill welcomes back Maine-based, acoustic alternative artist John Hasnip this evening. Starting around 8:30 John will be playing some fun tunes for you to bust a move or two to this Friday.

HALLOWELL

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.

KINGFIELD

Check out a fun night of funk jams at Rolling Fatties in Kingfield as Andrew Bailie performs during a free show that’ll start up at 5 tonight.

LEWISTON

If you’re in the L/A area this evening make some plans to check out a free and all-ages event happening at Guthries as they welcome The Early Mornings to the stage for some rock-blues tunes. Things get swinging at 8 o’clock.

MECHANIC FALLS

Matt and The Barnburners bring some foot stompin’ and hip shakin’ to Shooters Pub in Mechanic Falls this evening as this local blues band helps you ease into the freakin’ weekend with a night full of fun starting at 8pm.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Dance/pop cover act Tickle will be bringing the house down once again with some of the best tunes of today mixed in with a little bit of retro funk as they play another free show out at The Brunswick in OOB. This finally Friday party starts at 8:30.

PORTLAND

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

Local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey returns to Blue this First Friday. 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 bluegrass, old timey and folk sounds. This show is all ages and guaranteed to be a highlight of your weekend so head on down to Blue to check it out.

Rock and soul act The Reggie Sullivan Band will be helping you usher in the weekend with a 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.

The ProfTones will be playing some great R&B, blues, jazz and rock n’ roll tunes at Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in the Old Port this evening. The joint starts jumpin’ as tonight’s free show gets underway at 7 o’clock.

Country singer-songwriter Billy Currington is at the Maine State Pier tonight. This evening’s all-ages performance will begin at 7 with an opening set by special guest, Wildee.

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and 2015 Maine Songwriters’ Association songwriting contest winner, Jenny Van West will be bringing her roots country, blues and gospel tunes back to b.good in the Old Port this evening. Jenny’s songs are reminiscent of such artists as Alison Krauss and Emmy Lou Harris. Check out this terrific evening of music as things get underway at 7 o’clock.

Vinyl Tap will be partying down tonight out on The Porthole patio 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 7 tonight.

It seems hard to believe that it’s been twenty years since the groundbreaking Lilith Fair festival, helmed by Sarah McLachlan and featuring such top performers as Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, Fiona Apple, Emmylou Harris, Paula Cole, Joan Osborne and Sheryl Crow. A talented quartet of female singer-songwriters from here in Maine will carry the torch sparked by that tour as they join forces on tunes penned by Lilith Fair luminaries, as well as presenting original songs inspired by those artists. Don’t miss Steady On featuring Ronda Dale, Sharon Goldman, Lara Herscovitch, and Lisa Redfern tonight at One Longfellow Square starting at 8pm.

Electronic artist, pianist, and rhythm bones player Kafari will be performing with Henry Redman on tenor sax and drums at Blue this evening. Kafari gathers sounds from the world using a pocket-sized recorder, warping them and weaving them together to create a blend of jazz, ambient, and experimental music that feels like a warm day blooming in the middle of winter. Check out tonight’s show as things get underway at 8pm.

Check out some soul, R&B and blues tunes from The Youngerbloods as the local act plays a free show as part of Slab’s Summer Music Series out on the patio. This family-friendly event gets underway at 8 o’clock.

Portland’s own twisted rockabilly band, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies will be rockin’ Salvage BBQ this evening. Join these fellas for some high-energy fun as this free and all-ages shindig gets fired up at 8:30.

Ziggy Marley, the son of one of reggae’s most famous melody-makers, Bob Marley, will be bringing his own reggae songs to the stage of Aura tonight. This 18+ party full of good tunes and good vibes will get underway at 9 o’clock with an opening set by local act Gorilla Finger Dub.

Yo, Portland, it has definitely been a minute since you’ve busted a move with Model Airplane, but no need to worry as you can get your full dose of funk and soul in two different dosages tonight as the funk, soul and R&B act presents a Friday night rager at Portland House of Music and Events alongside special guest the Nat Osborn Band. Tonight prepare yourself for some funkin’ good times by strapping on your boogie shoes, hiking up your Party Pants and getting ready to have some serious fun with Lyle Divinsky and company as the good times start rollin’ right around 9 o’clock.

If you’re looking for some sultry salsa tunes with a bit of a punk edge paired with some seriously stellar soulful rock tunes then look no further than Geno’s as El Malo and Clara Junken join forces for some fun this evening. This guaranteed-fun shindig gets swinging at 9 o’clock.

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

The Amigos patio is the place to be for a full night of funky reggae, ska and good old rock and roll with El Grande. El Grande will be bringing their funky grooves full of upbeat horns and danceable reggae and ska as the free party gets started right around 9:30 tonight.

Another First Friday in Portland means that local act The Evan King Group will be back at Blue with some smooth jazz and funky soul sounds. Things get started around 10.

90’s cover band Ice Cold Zima will be rockin’ the night away at RiRa. 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.
ROCKLAND

The Midnight Ramblers will be bringing some acoustic alt-country, roots, and blues tunes to Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery in Rockland this evening. Join these fun fellas as this free show starts up at 8 o’clock.

SABATTUS

Local cover act The Depths will be bringing the party to Mixers. The band will be playing all kinds of songs from all kinds of genres during this free show, which starts up at 8:30.

STOCKHOLM

Local singer-songwriter Lauren Crosby will be bringing her blues-infused folk tunes to life on stage at Eureka in Stockholm this Friday evening with some help from her friends in the Strings of Calamity. Don’t miss this free, all-ages event as the music begins at 6:30.

TURNER

Pianist and vocalist Josh Hatfield will be performing at the Jasmine Mobile Café in Turner tonight. 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.

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

Providence hard-rock and metal act Pistol Shot Gypsy returns to Maine tonight for a free show at Live at 212. Get ready for some Friday night thunder as this show starts up at 8 o’clock.

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.

 

Shaman’s Harvest and special guests Fifth Freedom & Sygnal To Noise perform at Port City Music Hall tonight

A Happy Thursday to each and every one of you, I’m cutting straight to the chase today, so let’s do it to it! Here’s what’s the what for this thirsty Thursday evening; make some plans to check out fun shows such as Ice Cold Zima at Dirigo Brewing Company, Puddn’head at the Darrows Barn, Alex Roy at Jimmy The Greeks, Keanu Keanu at Portland Lobster Company, Viva & The Reinforcements at Fort Allen Park, Stealing North at Oasis,  Hambone & Wild Root at Portland House of Music and Events, Studio Two at Memorial Park, Pete Witham at Easy Day, and much, much more!

AUBURN 

Emily T will be performing a solo acoustic set at 84 Court Pizza & Restaurante in Auburn tonight. Emily will be bringing a show chock full of fun cover tunes as well as some great original compositions to this free, all ages shindig starting at 7pm.

BANGOR

Danny & The Bluetones bring some blues and roots tune to Pickering Square in Bangor for the Cool Sounds of Summer Concert Series. This fun, free and family-friendly event will get swinging at 6pm.

BIDDEFORD

90’s cover band Ice Cold Zima will be rockin’ the night away at Dirigo Brewing Company in Biddeford this Thirsty Thursday. 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 7:30.

BRIDGTON

Organ-based trio Micromasse will be performing at the Standard Gastropub in Bridgton tonight as part of the pub’s summer music series. This free 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 5 o’clock.

CAMDEN

The Juke Rockets bring their high-energy Chicago and delta blues to the Camden Library Amphitheatre this evening. Join these talented Midcoast musicians as they take the stage for this free show right around 7pm.

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.

CUMBERLAND

Acoustic act Uke n’ Smile will be performing at the Cumberland Good Company‘s Grill Night. Enjoy some good food and good tunes during this family-friendly event as the fun gets underway right around 5 o’clock.

DAMARISCOTTA

Oxbow, in partnership with the Damariscotta River Association, will be presenting an evening of music at Darrows Barn this Thursday evening. Maine locals, Puddn’head will be providing an evening of bluegrass for you to enjoy some Oxbow beer and local food truck goodies to. Tickets are $5 with a portion of proceeds going to benefit the DRA as things get underway at 6pm.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

PORTLAND

Rippin’ rock n’ roll band Riot Act goes quiet for an acoustic set out on the deck of The Porthole. Enjoy some fun party tunes as things get crankin’ during this free shindig starting at 6 o’clock.

Singer Viva will be bringing her vivacious vocals to Fort Allen Park on the Eastern Prom alongside her talented band, The Reinforcements, as they present an evening of jazz standards, funk, soul, and Latin tunes. This free, family-friendly and fun show starts up at 6:30pm in the gazebo.

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

Soul, funk, rock, Afrobeat, Latin, and hip-hop influenced band, Akela Moon will be partying out on the patio of Slab as part the restaurant’s summer music series. Enjoy some delicious pizza as you take in some summertime tunes as this free and all-ages show starts at 7pm.

Get your Thursday 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.

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.

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.

Post-grunge hard rock band Shaman’s Harvest will be partying it up at Port City Music Hall tonight. Heavy-hitting, local rock n’ roll acts Fifth Freedom and Sygnal To Noise will get things cranking right around 8 with opening sets that’ll fire off this all ages show.

Acoustic duo Stealing North, which features Neal Jandreau and Tom Doucette, will be playing all kinds of fun covers out on the Oasis patio tonight. Join these fellas from some music as things get underway at 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.

Check out the funkadelic sounds of Hambone as the band brings the party to Portland House of Music and Events. Lots of rock and funk jams will be happening as well as some reggae, blues and hip-hop courtesy of opening act, Wild Root. Things get underway right around 9 o’clock tonight.

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.

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.

SACO

Adult-contemporary folk artist Don Campbell returns to the Kerrymen Pub this evening. Check out Campbell’s solo set as the music starts during this free show at 6:30pm.

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 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 Scarborough Summer Concerts in the Park Series at Memorial Park. This free and family-friendly concert starts up at 6:30pm.

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

SOUTH PORTLAND 

Pete Witham returns to Easy Day in South Portland this evening with some more fun Americana and rockabilly music this Thursday. Pete will most likely be joined by a rotating cast of characters as they bring the good times and tunes to this free show, that’ll start up at 6pm.

 

 

 

Check out Chris Ross and The North as they perform as part of the Mill Creek Park Summer Concert Series

Hopefully y’all aren’t too hung over or patriotically partied out from yesterday’s festivities and are ready to do it to it this Wednesday evening. There are a ton of awesome shows happening here, there, and everywhere tonight, so if you’ve got some more party in ya, here’s where to take it this evening! Check out shows such as In This Moment, Motionless in White, Vimic & Little Miss Nasty at the State Theatre, Captain Ray and The Castaways at Portland Lobster Company, The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music and Events, Ron Bergeron at Pedro O’Hara’s, David Beam & Friends at Andy’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 o’clock this evening.

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.

LEWISTON

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

PORTLAND

Slab’s Summer Music Series continues tonight with a fun and free performance by local synth-pop act Forget Forget. This all-ages shindig gets swinging out on the patio starting right around 6 o’clock.

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.

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.

Goth-rock group with metalcore roots, In This Moment will be coming to town tonight alongside Motionless in White, Vimic and Little Miss Nasty. This all-ages show starts up at the State Theatre at 7pm.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series rolls on this Wednesday evening with a featured performance by Ryan McKasson and Eric McDonald. 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.

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.

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 as they play everything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Ocean. The pair prepares to perform beginning at 9:30pm.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Soulful roots-rock act, Chris Ross and The North will be performing as part of the Mill Creek Park Summer Concert Series in South Portland. 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 free and all-ages show starts up in the gazebo at 6:30pm.

WESTBROOK

Bess Berg and Company brings 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.

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

Weee! We’re making our way through Monday and tomorrow is a holiday so bust out your most patriotic jorts and get to it this evening at such fun shindigs as The Delta Knights at Portland Lobster Company, Faith Francis at Andy’s, Hambone at Easy Street Lounge, 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

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

Take on this Monday by taking in some tunes out on the Portland Lobster Company deck as local act The Delta Knights bring some R&B, blues, soul, funk, swing, rock, jazz and more to this all ages shindig that’ll start up at 6:30pm.

Singer-songwriter Faith Francis makes her Andy’s debut this evening. Check out a free, all-ages acoustic performance by Faith as things get underway 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 tonight’s free show at Bayside Bowl with Rick Rude, KGFREEZE, Bully Mammoth & Footings

Nunz here wishing you all lots of success in your party endeavors this long, holiday weekend. There’s a ton of awesome stuff happening all over all weekend long, so take a power nap if you must, and get ready to get wild as this one’s gonna be a doozey. Don’t snooze on such sweet shows as Eric Ott at Blue, The Mallett Brothers Band with These Wild Plains at Port City Music Hall, EMO Night at Portland House of Music and Events, El Malo & Slygo Road at The Porthole, Rustic Overtones with MYRO at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, Rippleton Cross at Fire House Grill, Fighting Fiction at Gritty’s in Auburn, Marshall Nelson Trio at Riverside Bar & Grille, The Youngerbloods at Dirigo Brewing Company, Pardon Me, Doug at Mine Oyster, The Pubcrawlers at Brian Boru, Tattooed Lies at Mixers, and so very much more!

ARUNDEL 

Portland-based funk-rock act Rustic Overtones will be performing at the beautiful Vinegar Hill Music Theatre in Arundel this evening. The band’s beloved blend of soul music, garage punk, jazz and psychedelic sounds will come to life with accompaniment by the extremely talented group of young musicians known as the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra. This must-see show starts up at 8 o’clock.

AUBURN

Local artist Dave Perlman will be playing at 84 Court Pizza & Restaurant this evening. Join Dave for a wide array of covers and originals from many different genres during this free, all-ages acoustic show that’ll get underway at 6pm.

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

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 8 at Gritty’s in Auburn.

BANGOR

If you’re in Central Maine this evening check out an evening of country and bluegrass courtesy of Jack Lawless and Rebecca Mae as the pair perform during a free show at Hollywood Casino. This evening’s event begins at 8pm.

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

BATH

Local act the Marshall Nelson Trio will be bringing their fun, live show filled with funky covers of such acts as the Spin Doctors, Sublime, Lorde, Police, Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson, George Michael, The Beatles, and more mixed in with some original tunes to the Riverside Bar & Grille tonight. Join these talented gents for a Friday full of fun as this free 21+ show starts up around 9pm.

BIDDEFORD

Check out some soul, R&B and blues tunes from The Youngerbloods as the local act plays a free show at Dirigo Brewing Company in Biddeford beginning at 7:30pm.

Elements welcomes folk/blues trio Bellatrix this finally Friday. This evening’s free and all-ages event will get underway at 8 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 Champions beginning at 9pm.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

Phish cover act Pardon Me, Doug is ready to bring some musical merriment to Mine Oyster tonight as they play their renditions of Phish tunes beginning at 9.

BREWER

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

BROWNFIELD

Folk singer-songwriter Ellis Paul will be performing at the Stone Mountain Arts Center this evening. Paul will be playing his well-known brand of folk-pop style songs beginning at 8pm on stage at this beautiful venue.

BUCKSPORT

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

ELLSWORTH

Get your weekend underway with one heck of a party at Chummies in Ellsworth as epic jam band Singepole Mountain Band brings some musical merriment to your evening. Starting at 9, swing through with a your crew and check out some soulful, energetic jams during this sure-to-be-fun show.

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.

GORHAM

Acoustic singer-songwriter Krystian Beal will be playing a free show over at the School Street Pub in Gorham this finally Friday. Check out Beal’s solo set as tunes get started up at 8:30pm.

HALLOWELL

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

Local pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band returns to Easy Street Lounge 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 9pm.

KENNEBUNK

Portland rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues-infused, soulful rock and/or roll to Federal Jack’s tonight  for some sweet jams. Join this energetic bunch for some awesome tunes and times as things start up right around 9:30pm.

KENNEBUNKPORT

Guitar, bass and violin trio, Treble G bring their rock and pop instrumentals, which cover decades from the 80’s through today, to The Lodge on The Cove in Kennebunkport this Friday.  This free and all-ages performance will begin at 6 o’clock.

LEBANON

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

LEWISTON

Don Hebert, of locally-based classic rock cover act The Veggies, goes solo and acoustic for a show at the Apple Valley Golf Course in Lewiston tonight. Don will be bringing a set full of fun, danceable cover tunes to this free, all ages shindig starting at 7pm.

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.

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.

Radio Revival is back at The 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 9pm.

Southern Maine cover band Country Roads will be bringing the boot-scootin’ boogie 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.

PORTLAND

Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to The Dogfish Bar & Grille for another free, solo set that’ll start up right around Happy Hour. This all-ages shindig gets swinging at 5 o’clock.

Americana/roots singer-songwriter Eric Ott returns to the stage of Blue this evening to share some of his original compositions and the stories behind them. Don’t miss your chance to see this talented musician perform in a beautifully intimate room located right on Congress Street in downtown Portland. This evening’s all-ages performance will get underway at 6pm.

If you’re looking for some sultry salsa tunes with a bit of a punk edge paired with 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 El Malo and Slygo Road join forces for some fun out on the deck this evening. This free and guaranteed-fun shindig gets swinging at 7 o’clock.

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 7 these fellas will get the good times and good tunes rollin’ with a set of high-energy and big fun songs.

Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a 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 musician Jeff Cusack returns to Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight for a free set showcasing his acoustic, light rock tunes. This free and family-friendly event begins at 7pm.

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.

Take in some toe-tapping Americana tunes from Hilton Park tonight as the band plays a free, all-ages show at The Dogfish Bar & Grille starting up at 8pm.

Blue welcomes Bob Warren to the stage this evening.  A songwriter of many styles of music, Bob’s songs have been recorded by blues guitarist and singer Joan Crane, pop singer Mallory O’Donnell, and reggae/R&B singer Minna Lee. See him tonight as things get underway around 8pm.

Tonight get wild and weird with some rock, pop, R&B, electro, and punk inspired sounds as Rick Rude, KGFREEZE, Bully Mammoth and Footings come together for what is guaranteed to be a bombastic bash at Bayside Bowl. With such an expansive scope of entertaining sounds for your earholes you won’t want to miss tonight’s free and all-ages show that’ll start up right around 8pm.

Local alt-country rockers, The Mallett Brothers Band are geared up for a show up at the Port City Music Hall tonight. Boot stompin’, whiskey drinkin’, and guitar slingin’ gets underway right around 8 with an opening set by Boston roots-rockers, These Wild Plains. Pretty sure this one will sell out so scoot your pooch to PCMH early so you don’t miss out.

Hilariously foul-mouthed rap artist from Decatur, Georgia, Jarren Benton, will be bringing his Mink Coat Killa Tour to Portland tonight for a party at Empire. This full-on hip-hop throw-down will also feature performances by Northern Lights Nation, QP, HVZE & Dilyrium, Yoey D, Adiktid Lyfestyle and many more. Your host for tonight’s shindig will be Wisdom who’ll get things shakin’ right around 8:30pm.

Tonight Aura welcomes Blackberry Smoke back to town. Blackberry Smoke builds on the Southern rock template, with a dose of outlaw country and a little bit of bluegrass, gospel, and R&B mixed in. Check ‘em out for yourself as they light up the stage starting at 9 o’clock.

If you’re looking to have some secret and not-so-secret cries to some of the songs you might’ve enjoyed as a high schooler than make some moves to reminisce about all things white belt, side-bangs and clove cigarette oriented as EMO Night returns to Portland House of Music and Events. This emotional event will feature all the tunes of your youth as things get started up right around 9 o’clock.

Channeling modern rock influences into anthemic choruses and themes of lust, loss and embracing your inner demons, Sparks The Rescue will be bringing all that an more to a free rock and roll party at RiRa tonight. Things get crankin’ right around 9pm.

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.

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.

The Matt Estabrook Quartet will be bringing some jazz and contemporary music to Blue tonight for a show that’ll get swinging at 10pm.

RANGELEY

Local cover act 95 North will be rocking and rolling at Moose Alley up in Rangeley with some time-tested tunes that everyone knows and loves. Check out this super-fun show as things get swinging right around 8:30.

SABATTUS

Female fronted, 4-piece cover act, Tattooed Lies, will be bringing their fun renditions of 70’s and 80’s classic hits to the stage of Mixers tonight. Join in on the party as things get underway at 8:30pm.

SACO

The Kerrymen Pub welcomes acoustic Americana act Double Entendre this evening. This talented duo will start making some sweet sounds starting right around 6pm.

SEARSPORT

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

TRENTON

Former American Idol contestant Elise Testone will be performing with some of her friends at The Ballroom at The Antique Books and Wine Bar in Trenton. Testone draws musical influences from several styles including smooth jazz and hard rock. Testone competed in the 11th season of American Idol, putting her spin on tunes by Janis Joplin, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Al Green and more, eventually placing sixth. This evening’s show will begin at 7 o’clock.

WELLS

Singer-songwriter Freddy Dame Jr. will be performing an acoustic set at the Seaberry Coffee House and Bakery in Wells this evening. Join Freddy for some fun as this free show starts up at 7pm.

 

 

 

 

Check out Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch & Nycterent at SPACE Gallery tonight

My excuse for not being able to get out and enjoy the plethora of local shows that happen on Thursday evenings is simple and true: I have to wake up at the butt crack of dawn on Friday mornings to make intelligible things come out of my mouth on live television. However, I do not believe that any of you guys should have any excuses as to why you should miss out on all of the incredible happenings of this Thursday evening, so hike up those Party Jorts and get down to it tonight! Lots to see and do including shows such as Daedelus with Jaw Gems at Blue, Rigor Samsa, Crushed By Amps & The Very Reverend at Geno’s, Reel Big Fish with The Expendables, The Queers & Tunnel Vision at Aura, Muddy Ruckus with SnugHouse & Molly Gibbs at Empire, Bob Charest Band at Scarborough Memorial Park, Trisha Mason Band at the American Legion Hall in Southwest Harbor, The Grassholes at Bissell Brothers, American Ride at The Brunswick, Keanu Keanu at Standard Gastropub, and so much more!

AUBURN

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

BANGOR

If you’re rockin’ it in Bangor tonight be sure to get over to Pickering Square for some danceable funk, rock and soul covers courtesy of Souled Out. This fun, local act will be playing outside during a free and all-ages show that’ll begin 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.

BRIDGTON

Portland psychedelic folk-rocker Dominic Lavoie and a couple of his friends come together this evening to play some tunes as Keanu Keanu as part of Standard Gastropub’s Summer Music Series. Check out a set of both original jams and cover tunes as this free shindig gets swinging around 5 o’clock.

BRUNSWICK

Veteran singer-songwriter Katie Daggett will be bringing some of her beloved adult contemporary compositions to The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro for a free and family-friendly show that’ll start up 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.

HALLOWELL

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

LEWISTON

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

NAPLES

Toby & Nate of Sparks The Rescue will be playing all of your favorite pop-rock tunes at Captain Jack’s in Naples tonight. Join these fun and talented fellas as this free show starts at 7 o’clock.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Portland trio, Bread & Circus will be bringing some soul and blues classics to Old Vines Wine Bar in Kennebunk. Join these three talented musical merrymakers as things get underway at 6.

Pop-rock musician Alex Roy will be going solo and acoustic tonight for a show at Jimmy The Greek’s this Thursday evening. Beginning at 7 you can stop through and check out some of Roy’s originals as well as some fun cover tunes as he plays a free set of songs 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 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

Check out The Grassholes as they play some feel-good bluegrass tunes at Bissell Brothers tonight. Starting at 6pm kick back, enjoy some delicious food, and mighty fine tunes during this free shindig.

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.

Former American Idol contestant Elise Testone will be performing with some of her friends out on the deck of Portland Lobster Company this evening. Testone draws musical influences from several styles including smooth jazz and hard rock. Testone competed in the 11th season of American Idol, putting her spin on tunes by Janis Joplin, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Al Green and more, eventually placing sixth. This free and all-ages shindig gets shaking at 6:30pm.

L.A. beat scene veteran, Daedelus, will be exploring the boundaries of rave, hip-hop, found sound, and strange samples, while creating his own unique sound of electronic music on stage at Blue tonight. This special ticketed show starts at 7pm with an opening set by self-proclaimed “drip hop”, “ratchet jazz”, and beat-based electro act Jaw Gems; definitely not a show to be missed so scoop up your tickets now! 

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

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.

It’ll be a night of ska, craft beer and good times at Aura tonight as Reel Big Fish brings their Beer Run Tour to Portland with special guests The Expendables, The Queers and Tunnel VisionDon’t miss out on the rampaging, good-time ska and punk as things get swinging right around 7 o’clock.

The Work Trucks will be making some noise up on Munjoy tonight as they perform at the St. Lawrence Arts Center. 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 7.

If you’re looking for some doom, gloom, mighty metal and thunderous controlled chaos in the form of heaving hitting tunes then look no further than SPACE Gallery in Portland tonight as they welcome Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch and Nycterent to the stage for a show that is guaranteed to be both loud and awesome and might even melt your face off a little bit. Things get crankin’ right around 7:30pm.

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.

Darkly atmospheric electronic duo Missio will be performing an all-ages show at Port City Music Hall. Things start off with high-energy Los Angeles-based funk and post-punk-influenced indie outfit, Irontom taking the stage around 8:30pm. 

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.

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.

Another terrific show to stop into tonight will be happening at Empire in downtown Portland as fiery, foot-stomping blues-folk act Muddy Ruckus returns to the stage alongside folk acts SnugHouse and Molly Gibbs. Expect lots of great music as the party gets hopping upstairs around 9pm.

There’s going to be one helluva party at Geno’s tonight as Are You Kidding Me? Tapes presents another local music throw down with three awesome rock n’ roll bands joining forces for some Thursday night thunder. Starting at 9, check out electrifying sets from Rigor Samsa, The Very Reverend and Crushed By Amps.

SCARBOROUGH

The party-polished Bob Charest Band will be entertaining one and all at Scarborough Memorial Park this evening.  This versatile and fun cover band will be rockin’ a free, family-friendly party starting at 6:30pm.

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

If you’re up in Southwest Harbor tonight be sure to check out the Trisha Mason Band as they serve up some crowd-pleasing covers as well as catchy original tunes starting right around 7 at the American Legion Hall.

WESTBROOK

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

Wednesday Night Punk Rock Show at Flask Lounge with The Digs, Ray’s Occult, Gant & NOT30

Doing it to it slowly but surely this week as we make our way into Wednesday! There’s a bunch of awesome things to check out tonight to help you hurdle the hump so don’t snooze on such shows as Jonee Earthquake Band at the Bangor Public Library, The Mallett Brothers Band at Mine Oyster, Downeast Soul Coalition at Portland Lobster Company, Blue’s Irish Concert Series with Allison DeGroot & Jack Devereux, Happy Folk at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Rap Night at Aura, Neal Jandreau’s Album Release at Empire and much more. Here we go!

BANGOR

Tonight the Bangor Public Library hosts NH act, Jonee Earthquake Band. The band plays a wide variety of mostly original music ranging from 60’s style surf instrumentals, to alternate country rock, to 50’s style rockabilly, and to their own brand of garage/punk. Check ‘em out as this free and all-ages show starts up at 7 o’clock.

BIDDEFORD

Local roots-rocker Travis James Humphrey will be serving up some traditional Irish tunes along with his usual repertoire of fun tunes over at Champions in Biddeford beginning at 6pm.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

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.

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.

NORTH MONMOUTH

Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be playing a Happy Hour set at TJ’s Pizzeriain North Monmouth this evening. This talented duo will start making some savory sounds starting right around 5:30pm.

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 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.

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.

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.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series continues this evening with a musical performance by banjo player, Allison DeGroot and fiddler, Jack Devereux. The pair will be bringing some old-time Irish tunes paired with a bit of Appalachian roots sounds to the stage starting at 7:30pm.

If you’re looking for some midweek punk rock then be sure to check out tonight’s show at Flask Lounge featuring the cool tunes The Digs, Ray’s Occult, Gant and Not30. This free shindig is guaranteed to be a party as things start up 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.

Fort Kent native Neal Jandreau will be celebrating the release of his debut record ‘In Retrospect’ with a party upstairs at Empire that’ll feature some of his County brethren as a backing band, some of those players include Dominic Lavoie, Chuck Gagne, Tim Beaulieu, CJ Theriault, Jack Murray and Colin Winsor. See Jandreau’s original pop-rock songs come to life as music begins at 8 o’clock tonight.

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

This week at Rap Night at Aura you can catch Cesar Comanche along with Eternal as part of their Building Bridges Tour. Opening the show will be Jacobsen and Just For Kicks. 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.

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.

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

WESTBROOK

Local musician 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.

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.

Ben Kilcollins plays a free show at Easy Day tonight

So Monday was actually surprisingly less painful than I had anticipated and I hope it was the same for all you cats as well. Luckily it looks like Tuesday’s shaping up to be pretty decent too. I know it’s still fairly early in the week, but there’s always a party going on somewhere so get it together and get out there to see such shows as Jesus Cactus at Blue, Alex Roy at Champions, Haze & Dacey at Andy’s Old Port Pub, another open mic with Uke n’ Smile at Sea Dog Brewing Company 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-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 6 tonight.

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.

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.

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.

Virginia-based act Haze & Dacey bring some sweet sounds to the stage of Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. The duo skips nimbly from folk-pop to alt-country to roots-rock, creating a homegrown organic sound with upright bass, acoustic guitar, piano, shaker, tambourine, and mouth-horn. Things get underway at this free and all-ages show starting at 7 o’clock.

Globe-trotting, Maine-bred drummer RJ Miller leads Jesus Cactus, an electronic, psych, and jazz-infused trio with Portland multi-instrumentalists Dave Noyes and Pat Corrigan, at Blue on Congress Street tonight. This Tuesday evening performance begins at 8pm.

Another open mic night specifically designed for DJs happens down at Flask Lounge on Spring Street in Portland this Tuesday. The event allows up-and-coming DJs and producers to take a chance and get up on the tables alongside local veterans. All you need to bring are records, CDs and a controller. All formats of music are welcome as the fun gets started at 9.

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

SOUTH PORTLAND

Ben Kilcollins is back at Easy Day tonight for some sweet, 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.

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

 

Check out Connor Garvey & Friends at Portland Lobster Company tonight

Here we go! It’s another Monday after a beautiful summer weekend, and even though I slightly look like a rock lobster (hello, glowing orb in the sky, nice to have you meet my translucent skin once again) I am absolutely ready to show this Monday what’s up! If you are too, here are some places to strut your stuff including Gina & The Red Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events, The Oshima Brothers at Slates, Verses vs. Verses at Blue, Monday of the Minds at Flask Lounge, Pat Foley at The Porthole, and more. Boom!

HALLOWELL

The Oshima Brothers, a duo consisting of brothers Sean and Jamie, bring heir powerful vocal harmony, joyous interaction, and skilled musicianship to the stage of Slates this evening. Jamie is recognized for his virtuosic guitar playing, is also likely to add mandolin and foot percussion, while Sean is known for his warm vocals, percussion and smooth songwriting. Things get underway this evening at 8pm.

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

PORTLAND

Tonight you can check out a Blue’s monthly happy hour series called Verses vs. Verses. The event is hosted by Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights and features guest songwriters and word-writers (poems, essays, stories, manifestos, tweets) facing off to find what interesting kinks and connections arise while approaching the same theme from opposite angles. June’s theme is “The Greatest” and this evening’s featured guests will be poets Lee Sharkey and Glenn Morazzini and folk singer-songwriter Putnam Smith. Things get underway at 5:30.

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.

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

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. This free event is hosted by Stay on Mars and Smokeye. Tonight they welcome Notoriety, Vintagé Kodeine, PINK NAVEL, Odd Gaston, Mr. Ridiculous, High Grade, Riga Tony and John Harris to showcase some of their beats, bangers and bars. Things get underway right around 9 o’clock tonight during this free and fun show.

Check out Chris Ross and The North with Armies at Portland House of Music and Events tonight

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 FINALLY arrive. This week felt like a kick to the head and I’m ready to let my freak flag fly and take in some live tuneage over the next couple of days. Let’s start with tonight as this Friday is gearing up to be one helluva party. Don’t miss out on shows such as Spose with Cam Groves, God.Damn.Chan and Shane Reis at Port City Music Hall, The Ge3Ks at Mine Oyster, Stesha Cano at Easy Street Lounge, Max Garcia Conover at Guthries, Andy Pratt at Flask Lounge, Clara Junken at Blue, Vinyl Tap at Portland Lobster Company, Hudson Falcons and The Pubcrawlers at Mathew’s, King Memphis at Slab, J.E. Sunde with Caroline Cotter & Starcrossed Losers at SPACE Gallery, Studio Two at Mixers, Roosevelt Dime, Jenna Lotti & Harry Jay & The Bling at Threshers Brewing Company, Richard Thompson at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, and much, much more. Here we go!

BANGOR

The Mainely Country Band brings some—you guessed it—classic and modern country covers to the stage of the Hollywood Casino tonight. Join in some boot-stomping good times as this free show starts at 8 o’clock.

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

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.

BIDDEFORD

Guitar, bass and violin trio, Treble G bring their rock and pop instrumentals, which cover decades from the 80’s through today, to the Cow Bell Burger Bar in Biddeford . This free performance will begin at 7pm.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

Local party band The GE3ks will be bringing the good times to Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor 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.

CAPE ELIZABETH

The Anthony Branca Trio will be throwing down an incredible evening of jazz over at the Local Buzz this evening. With a repertoire of originals, standards, and jazz improvisation, you’ll find something for all of your jazz listening needs beginning at 6pm.

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.

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.

LEBANON

Modern country and rockabilly cover act the Whiskey Sour Band will get you boot-scootin’ out on the dance floor of Trains Tavern in Lebanon tonight as they play a free show starting up at 8pm.

LEWISTON

Local folk troubadour Max Garcia Conover will be up at Guthries this Friday evening. Join MGC for some sweet acoustic sounds as things start up at 8 during this free and all ages event.

MECHANIC FALLS

Local pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band will be bringing the party to The Crooked Hook Tavern in Mechanic Falls 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 9pm.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

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

Radio Revival is back at The 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 9pm.

Southern Maine cover band Country Roads will be bringing the boot-scootin’ boogie 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.

PORTLAND

Singer-songwriter and jazz man Andy Pratt will be jazzing up your Happy Hour this Friday as he and his band mates, Matt Holt on Bass and Brian Friedland on keys, bring some of Pratt’s tunes to Flask Lounge this evening. Check out a mix of jazz, beat poetry and rock and roll as this free show starts at 6pm.

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

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes back Maine-based, acoustic alternative artist John Hasnip this evening. Starting around 7 John will be playing some fun tunes for you to bust a move or two to this Friday.

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 7 tonight.

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.

Tonight Blue welcomes Brooklyn band, Everything Turned to Color. Everything Turned to Color is the musical merry work of veteran songwriters Bryan and Kyle Weber and Neha Jiwrajka. Awash in melody and whimsically reminiscent of the folk and jazz songsmiths of yesteryear, the group delivers heartfelt compositions echoing the nostalgia of generations past. See them tonight as they take the stage at 8pm.

Jersey rock and rollers the Hudson Falcons are joining forces with Portland’s own Celtic punk-rockers The Pubcrawlers for a roof top show at Mathew’s tonight. The party starts at 8 o’clock.

Vermont-based folk-Americana act The DuPont Brothers return to Portland tonight to fill One Longfellow Square with all kinds of lovely sounds as they perform alongside opening act Her Crooked Heart. Things get started up right around 8 o’clock.

An awesome, all-ages and FREE outdoor show will be happening at Slab tonight as part of their Summer Music Series as local rockabilly legends, King Memphis will be rockin’ and rollin’ you right into the weekend. Don’t miss out as things get swinging at 8 o’clock tonight.

Wife-and-husband soul/folk/pop duo Johnnyswim will be at the State Theatre tonight. This all ages show starts up at 9 o’clock.

Five-piece blues band the Tumbledown Saints will be bringing some smooth sounds to Salvage BBQ 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 8:30pm.

J.E. Sunde, the velvet-voiced former frontman of Wisconsin chamber-pop trio The Daredevil Christopher Wright, will be making some music on stage at SPACE Gallery this Friday evening.  Sunde will be joined by Portland’s own folk troubadour Caroline Cotter as well as local folk-rock outfit Starcrossed Losers, who will open the evening with a stripped down set starting at 8:30pm.

Soulful roots-rock act, Chris Ross and The North will be celebrating the release of their new record, Over Lonesome, with a show at Portland House of Music and Events this evening. 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 they’re joined by Portland electro-pop-rock outfit, Armies for an all-ages show that’ll start at 9pm.

Local hip-hop heavy, The King of Maine himself, Spose returns to the stage of Port City Music Hall tonight for what will most likely be a PDank extravaganza of epic proportions. Spizzy will be joining his crew of Cam Groves, God.Damn.Chan and Shane Reis for an all ages event that’ll get swinging right around 9 o’clock.

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

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

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.

SABATTUS

Boston-based Beatles tribute band, Studio Two, will be taking you back to the early 60’s, a time when The Fab Four were truly taking the world by storm, as these talented lads return to the stage of Mixers. Join these fab fellas for some serious nostalgia as the music starts at 8:30pm.

SEARSPORT

Brooklyn steamboat soul/roots revival act Roosevelt Dime is returning to Waldo County alongside Jenna Lotti (a sweet soul singer-songwriter from Boston) and Harry Jay & The Bling (spirited neo-soul-funk from DC) for a party at Threshers Brewing Company in Searsport. The fun starts right around 6 this finally Friday.

WESTBROOK

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

Called “the finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix” by the Los Angeles Times and named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters and tonight you can see him perform live at Westbrook Performing Arts Center. This all-ages show will get underway at 8pm.

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 Samuel James & Friends tonight at Portland House of Music and Events

This week has been completely nutso. In the best way possible, of course, and honestly, what would I be if I weren’t a little nuts right? Let’s face it, I would be far less entertaining if I weren’t completely bananas. Anyway, it’s Thursday night, one of my absolute favorite evenings of the entire week and there’s a whole bunch of cool stuff going on, so get out there and do it to it! Don’t snooze on such shows as AFI with Nothing & Souvenirs at Aura, The Crown Vics at Bar Harbor Beer Works, Evan Haines & Kenya Hall at the Standard Gastropub, The Ge3ks at the Pier Patio Pub, Native Isles at Slab, Driftwood Soldier at Blue, Ryan Halliburton & The Still at RiRa, Isaiah Bennett at Easy Day, Pat Foley at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and much more.

AUBURN

Don Hebert of local classic cover act The Veggies goes solo for a show at 84 Court Pizza & Restaurante in Auburn tonight. Don will be bringing a show chock full of fun and danceable cover tunes to this free, all ages shindig starting at 6pm.

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.

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.

BRIDGTON

Evan Haines and Kenya Hall join forces tonight for some musical merriment up at Standard Gastropub in Bridgton. Haines will accompany Hall’s soulful vocals with equally soulful guitar as this free event gets 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.

HALLOWELL

Check out some funkadelic sounds courtesy of Hambone as the band bring the party to The Liberal Cup tonight. Lots of rock and funk jams will be happening starting at 7 o’clock during this free event.

NAPLES

If you’re spending your Thursday 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 7 with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and more.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

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

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.

Portland psychedelic folk-rocker Dominic Lavoie and a couple of his friends (ahem, Jeff Beam and Dan Capaldi) come together tonight to play some tunes as Keanu Keanu out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company. It should be a perfect evening to check out some free jams, both originals and covers, as this all ages, outdoor shindig gets swinging right around 6:30.

Native Isles, which features a veritable who’s who of local talent, will be bringing the party to Slab’s Summer Music Series tonight.  With Emma Stanley on vocals and trumpet/flugelhorn, Tyler Stanley on keys and vocals, Pete Morse on guitar and vocals, and Andy Robbins on drums, this patio show is guaranteed to be an awesome time as the music starts up 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.

Alt-pop singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Valerie Orth will be at Blue this evening. Music Existence writes, Valerie is “more than just a pretty voice. She is a force to be reckoned with.” Integrating live instruments with electronic sounds, her Brooklyn-by-way-of-San Francisco-influenced music is unique and authentic. You can see her tonight as things get underway 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.

Tonight Aura in Portland will be helping me make something up to my seventeen-year-old self; something that haunts me literally every time that prom season rolls around… Tonight instead of being forced to attend my senior prom, I will be seeing my beloved Davey Havok perform alongside his band mates, Jade, Hunter and Adam of AFI. You have no idea how happy wee, little, lip-ringed, side-banged, overly-emotional, studded-belt-wearing Nunz would be if I were able to go back fifteen years and tell her to not side-eye her mother for making her go to prom instead of letting her go see her favorite band live in concert. Tonight I let little Nunz feel the feels she was denied in 2003 when she was forced to attend her only prom instead of being able to openly weep during A Fire Inside show. Annnyway, the Northern California punk band whose hardcore origins evolved to include alternative rock, post-punk, and new wave flair are bringing their The Blood Tour with special guests Nothing and Souvenirs to Portland tonight for an all ages show that’ll get underway at 8pm. I’ll be the mid-30’s creep cry-screaming to ‘Days of the Phoenix’ over by the bar…see you there!

Dan Mills, the folk singer-songwriter who portrayed country-guitar legend Carl Perkins in the Broadway cast of Million Dollar Quarter, will be performing live at One Longfellow Square this evening. Of note is that Mills’ song “Best I Could” earned him a nomination for Sirius XM Coffeehouse’s “Singer/Songwriter” Discovery of 2013. Also on this evening’s bill is contemporary jazz violinist and mandolin player, Jason Anick who will perform with his trio as music begins at 8pm.

Guitar genius and roots and blues man, Samuel James, returns to the stage of Portland House of Music and Events tonight for a show that will feature both Samuel solo as well as backed by a full band featuring the local talents of Viva, D. Gross, Clara Junken, Megan Banner, and special guest Max Garcia Conover. An evening of music not to be missed so be sure to make your way over to PHOME as things get underway at 8:30pm.

West Philadelphia based mandolin-bass gutter-folk duo, Driftwood Soldier, will be appearing at Blue this evening. Join this fun pair for some fun tunes as things start up around 9 o’clock.

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

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.

SOUTHPORT

The Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport welcomes acoustic Americana act Double Entendre this evening. This talented duo will start making some sweet sounds starting right around 7pm.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Easy Day in South Portland welcomes 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 Pat Foley for some acoustic country-rock. If you’re in the area tonight make some plans to drop by as the music starts up at 7.

Check out Slab’s Summer Music Series with Micromasse tonight

Doing it to it slowly but surely this week as we make our way into Wednesday. There are a bunch of awesome things to check out tonight to help you hurdle the hump such as String Tide at Frontier, Karen McDine at Andy’s Old Port Pub, The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music and Events,Sparxsea at Rising Tide Brewing Company, and more. Here we go!

BIDDEFORD

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

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.

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.

PORTLAND

Indie pop singer-songwriter Sparxsea will be performing an early evening set at Rising Tide Brewing Company. Enjoy some local brews and local tunes as this free show starts up at 4 o’clock.

Organ-based trio Micromasse returns to Slab’s patio as part of Slab’s Summer Music Series. This free show will showcase the melodic and mesmerizing sounds of musicians Chris Sweet, Max Cantlin and Pete Dugas as the three combine guitar, drums and organ to create some superior instrumental jams starting right around 6pm.

The Porthole on Commercial Street welcomes back talented local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett for a set of songs that showcase his distinctive blend of acoustic pop and funk. Things get underway right around 6 at this free and fun event.

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 singer-songwriter Karen McDine tonight for an all ages, acoustic performance that will get underway at 7pm.

Blue’s Irish Music Series continues with Croga. Forged in Acadia, Croga consists of unique characters from as far away as New Zealand and as close as the still untamed shores of southwestern Mount Desert Island. Tonight they bring their passion irrepressible love for traditional Celtic music to the stage of Blue beginning at 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 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.

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

WESTBROOK

Local 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.

Thompson’s Point welcomes Michael Franti & Spearhead tonight

It’s time to take this thing to limit as we take on another Tuesday! Once again, there are a bunch of happening shows to check out so get out there and make some noise and have some fun this evening at such shindigs as Keelan Donovan at St. Lawrence Arts Center, Alex Roy at Champions, Hambone at Rock on the River in Hallowell, Kate Schrock & Glen DaCosta at Blue, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies on the roof at Bayside Bowl, and much 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.

HALLOWELL

Check out some funkadelic sounds courtesy of Hambone as the band joins the Rock on the River music series tonight out at the Hallowell Bandstand. Lots of rock and funk jams will be happening starting at 7 o’clock during this free and family-friendly event.

PORTLAND

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.

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.

Portland’s own twisted rockabilly band, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies will be rockin’ the roof of Bayside Bowl this evening. Join these fellas for some high-energy fun as this free and all-ages shindig gets fired up at 6pm this evening.

Local roots-rockers the Jason Spooner Band will be providing the soundtrack to your Tuesday 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 6:30pm.

Tonight One Longfellow Square and New England Celtic Arts present Dublin-based band The Jeremiahs. With a repertoire consisting of old and new folk songs from Ireland, Scotland and England, The Jeremiahs combine original and traditional material to create a performance that’s not to be missed. See them live at OLS as things get underway at 7pm.

Local folk-rock musician Brian Patricks returns to Andy’s Old Port Pub 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.

Michael Franti & Spearhead return to Portland tonight for an evening of high-energy, funky reggae rock out at Thompson’s Point. The band’s Love Out Loud Tour will be bringing some good vibes to your Tuesday night as things get underway at 7pm with an opening set by St. Paul & The Broken Bones at Thompson’s Point 7pm

St. Lawrence Arts Center welcomes Nashville-by-way-of-Portland artist Keelan Donovan to the stage tonight as Donovan celebrates the release of a new self-titled EP. Donovan’s Americana and alt-folk sound has been described as ‘Wilco meets The Avett Brothers’. You can see him while he’s back in town tonight as things begin right 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.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Maine-based adult-contemporary folk rock musician Don Campbell will be back at Easy Day this evening for another free and all ages show that begin right around 6 o’clock.

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

 

Check out OC and The Offbeats at Portland Lobster Company 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 awesome things to check out tonight so show Monday what’s the what by breaking it down proper this evening. Here we go! Check out such shindigs as Gina & The Red Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music, The Portland Piano Trio at One Longfellow Square, The Two Tones at The Porthole, Lynn Deeves with Trina Hamlin & Colleen Sexton at Slates, and more!

HALLOWELL

Maine singer-songwriter Lynn Deeves and soul sisters Trina Hamlin and Colleen Sexton will be offering up their own brand of joyful noise at Slates tonight. Prepare yourself to be immersed in blues, folk, gospel and rock grooves with guitars, piano, harmonica, percussion and soulful, 3-part harmonies with good humor, chemistry and loads of positive vibes as things get underway at 8pm.

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

LEWISTON

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

PORTLAND

Portland rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues-infused, soulful rock and/or roll to Portland Lobster Company’s 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.

Mike and Paul from local cover act The Cover Tones team up as a duo this evening to bring you some rock, pop, dance, blues, country and all else in between out on the deck of The Porthole. Join The Two Tones for this free and fun shindig as things get shaking right around 6pm.

Tonight The Portland Piano Trio invites you to a free concert at One Longfellow Square that will feature the compositions of Mosart, Mendelssohn and Boyd performed by the PPT alongside special guest viola player, Bryan Brash. This free and all-ages event will begin at 6pm.

Tonight beginning at 7pm Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes singer-songwriter Jim Pryor to the stage for a free and all-ages show.

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 Weedeater with Black Wizard, Serial Hawk & Sylvia at SPACE Gallery tonight

I don’t think I need to overstate the fact that I am utterly overjoyed that I somehow hammered my way to Friday, but for real, I am a very, very happy Nunz. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in my joy so let’s go ahead and throw this motha into high gear and slam it on into Friday night! TONS of things to do this evening including The Shins with Tennis at Thompson’s Point, Xander Nelson with Ben Kilcollins and The Vargas Twins at Empire, The Great North Band at Amigo’s, Smoked Salmon at Easy Street Lounge, Muddy Ruckus at Guthries, Toby McAllister at Pedro O’Hara’s, Country Roads at The Bull and Brew, Samuel James and D. Gross at Blue, Diva Cup, Friend Roulette, Spirits Having Fun & Bright Boy at Oxbow, Start Making Sense at Port City Music Hall, The Pubcrawlers at Brian Boru, Double Entendre at The Narrows Tavern, The Midnight Ramblers Duo at The Brick House Restaurant, and so very much more. Here we go!

ANDOVER

The Andover Summer Concert Series continues tonight with musician Davy Sturtevant performing in the bandstand beginning at 6pm. Davy will delight you with a varied mix of music and stories. His expressive voice accompanied by guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin will provide you an early evening filled with folk, jazz, blues, swing, old-time, and maybe a few surprises as well.

BANGOR

Check out some modern country covers and original tunes tonight as the Hollywood Casino welcomes back Joan Kennedy and a few of her musically inclined friends to the stage for another free show that’ll get swinging at 8.

BIDDEFORD

Champions in Biddeford welcomes acoustic folk rock artist Ric Roy for a free show that’s slated to get underway right around 6:30 tonight.

The Cobblestones will bringing some acoustic country-rock and Americana to Elements tonight for a free and family-friendly Friday night show that’ll get swinging right around 8pm.

BROWNFIELD

The Suitcase Junket, Vermont artist Matt Lorenz’s nationally touring, throat-singing, slide guitar playing, one-man-band, will be live on the stage of Stone Mountain Arts Center tonight. Things get underway at 8.

ELLSWORTH

Outlaw country-rock band, Eastbound will be bringing their driving rhythm section, three-piece harmonies and signature country style to Chummies in Ellsworth tonight. Boot-stompin’ and scootin’ starts 9 o’clock.

FREEPORT

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

GORHAM

Singer-songwriter Freddy Dame Jr. will be performing at the School Street Pub and Grill in Gorham this evening. Join Dame as this free show starts up at 8pm.

HALLOWELL

Get the weekend started with the musical antics of local 4-piece act Smoked Salmon as they bring their eclectic range of sounds to Easy Street Lounge tonight. There’ll be lots of tunes in the vein of Phish, The Dead, The Band, Dylan, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Bowie and many more as things get started up at 9.

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.

KENNEBUNK

Acoustic trio Fog Ave will be bringing the good times and good tunes The Pilot House in Kennebunk this evening. Starting at 6:30 this troupe of talented fellas will be playing some unplugged covers of such artists as Paul Simon, U2, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who, The Monkees and many, many more.

LEWISTON 

Local musician Phil Fortier will be filling Apple Valley Golf Course in Lewiston will some acoustic sounds during another free and all-ages Friday night performance that’ll get underway at 7pm.

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

Toby McAllister, of local pop-rock band Sparks The Rescue, goes solo tonight for an acoustic performance at Pedro O’Hara’s. Beginning at 8 o’clock Toby will be performing some of his favorite STR originals as well as some covers of popular tunes from the past 20 plus years.

MECHANIC FALLS

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 8:30 at The Crooked Hook Tavern in Mechanic Falls.

NAPLES

Blue Steel Express brings their blend of blues, from full-blown electric house-rockin’ to low-down acoustic simmer, to Bray’s Brew Pub tonight. The good times get rollin’ during this free show at 8.

NEW HARBOR

The Olde Bristol Days fundraising committee is hosting its third annual Rock the Harbor at The Contented Sole in New Harbor tonight. Portland reggae band, Stream Reggae will headline this evening alongside local classic rock cover act, Diamond in the Rough who’ll get things going right around 5pm. All proceeds from this shindig will go directly to the wonderful week of entertainment for the whole family known as the Olde Bristol Days, which happen in August.

OGUNQUIT

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Griffin House brings his warm, sincere folk-rock at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit this evening. Recording and performing for over a decade, House has toured with Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney, and The Cranberries. You can see him perform live beginning at 8 o’clock tonight.

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 in Old Orchard Beach this finally Friday.  This free performance will begin at 5:30pm.

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

Local band Radio Revival is back at The 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 9pm.

Southern Maine cover band Country Roads will be bringing the boot-scootin’ boogie 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.

PORTLAND

Organ-based trio Micromasse kicks off their summer residency at Bissell Brothers Brewing Company this afternoon. This free show will showcase the melodic and mesmerizing sounds of musicians Chris Sweet, Max Cantlin and Pete Dugas as the three combine guitar, drums and organ to create some superior instrumental jams starting right around 3pm.

Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to The Dogfish Bar & Grille this afternoon for another free, solo set that’ll start up right around Happy Hour at 5 o’clock.

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.

Wendy Jo Girven brings her mix of sparse lo-fi folk, country and blues to the stage of Blue this evening for a performance that will get underway at 6pm.

The Shakes, Hallowell-based 7-piece funk, rock and reggae collective, The Shakes will be getting things fun and funky out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company tonight. Lots of good times to be had at this free and all-ages show that’ll start up at 6:30pm.

One of indie pop’s most acclaimed and beloved acts, The Shins will be at Thompson’s Point tonight. Wife-and-husband indie pop duo, Tennis, opens the show at 7 o’clock. 

Maine singer-songwriter Lynn Deeves and soul sisters Trina Hamlin and Colleen Sexton will be offering up their own brand of joyful noise at the St. Lawrence Arts Center tonight. Prepare yourself to be immersed in blues, folk, gospel and rock grooves with guitars, piano, harmonica, percussion and soulful, 3-part harmonies with good humor, chemistry and loads of positive vibes as things get underway at 7pm. 

Turn up the fun this Friday with some rollicking rockabilly courtesy of Ragged Jack as the band plays a free show at The Porthole beginning at 7pm tonight.

Boston singer-songwriter Sean Von Clauss will be performing a set of pop-rock originals and covers songs at Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. This free show will start up around 7.

Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a 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.

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 — everything from soul, jazz, funk, and rock — to this free show that’ll get underway at 8.

Highly acclaimed and versatile guitarist, best known as a founding member of Roomful Of Blues, Duke Robillard will be at One Longfellow Square this evening. This guitarist, bandleader, songwriter, singer, and producer will be taking to the stage at 8pm.

Vibe out with some great sounds over at Oxbow tonight as they welcome performances by Diva Cup, Friend Roulette, Spirits Having Fun and Bright Boy beginning at 8.

Rock and roll into another week with an awesome show happening at Mathew’s as killer line up of acts come together to play some high-energy punk, rock and roll! Starting at 8 enjoy some stellar sounds courtesy of The F.U.s, Point Blank, Zombii, Whoopi Sticks, Cryptid, Eyeball, Gant and The Labor Pains.

Salvage BBQ welcomes back local, contemporary bluegrass band Cumberland Crossing for an evening of bustling bluegrass music. Tonight’s free, all-ages show gets kickin’ at 8:30.

SPACE Gallery welcomes Weedeater, a trio that fuses southern-rock swagger with thick drones, pummeling doom, tons o’ thrash, and unadulterated sludge. Tonight they’ll be joined by Canadian heavy metal band, Black Wizard, Seattle sludge lovers, Serial Hawk, and Maine metal stalwarts, Sylvia as things get underway at 8:30pm. 

Time to whip out those oversized sport coats and bust a move tonight as Port City Music Hall welcomes back Talking Heads tribute band, Start Making Sense to the stage this evening. Get ready to burn down the house as the party gets started right around 9pm.

Another really fun show will be happening upstairs at the Empire in Portland tonight as Xander Nelson and his band return to the stage alongside special guests Ben Kilcollins and The Vargas Twins. Xander’s tunes are a must for fans of pop-tinged garage rock and fiery, old school rock and roll. Tonight’s finally Friday par-tay will get underway with an opening set by pop-rock act, Ben Kilcollins and The Vargas Twins as music begins right around 9pm.

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.

The Great North Band, the product of four jam heads living and playing in Portland, will be bringing some grooves to Amigo’s tonight. Influenced by the Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, Phish, The Stones, and more, they’ll be sure to bring some funky psychedelic improvisational rock to your Friday as tonight’s gig gets going at 9:30pm.

The Inflatables bring their instant party mix of tunes from yesterday right on through today to the stage of RiRa tonight. These talented dudes will be getting you to bust some moves as things get underway right around 10pm.

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.

SABATTUS

Get your boot scootin’ boogie on tonight with some modern country covers courtesy of Cold Blue Steel as the fellas bring the hootenanny to the stage of Mixers in Sabattus tonight starting at 8:30pm.

SEARSPORT

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

WALDOBORO

Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be bring some musical revelry to The Narrows Tavern in Waldoboro tonight. Things get underway right around 9 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.

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

Seth Warner presents ‘Running on Empty’ Tribute Show at St. Lawrence Arts Center

A Happy Thursday to each and every one of you, I’m cutting straight to the chase today, so let’s do it to it! Here’s what’s the what for this thirsty Thursday evening including Ossalot, All Night & Giant Knife at Geno’s, Ratt with The Cringe & Red Sky Mary at Aura, Mousa at Blue, River Whyless at Jonathan’s, Nick Perry’s Brass Tax at The Liberal Cup, Micromasse at Standard Gastropub and much more!

BRIDGTON

Organ-based trio Micromasse will be performing at the Standard Gastropub in Bridgton tonight as part of the pub’s summer music series. This free 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 5 o’clock.

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.

HALLOWELL

Nick Perry’s Brass Tax will rocking and/or rolling at The Liberal Cup in Hallowell 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 7pm.

OGUNQUIT

Asheville, North Carolina folk quartet, River Whyless brings a dose of folk-rock to the stage of Jonathan’s in Ogunquit tonight. Check out the act’s artful approach to songwriting and arrangements as their show begins at 8 o’clock.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Sparks The Rescue front man Alex Roy goes solo and acoustic tonight for a show at Jimmy The Greek’s. Beginning at 7 you can stop through and check out some of Roy’s pop-rock jams as he plays a free set of songs this evening.

PORTLAND

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.

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.

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.

Blending honest poetry and humor Mousa (aka Aleric ‘Vince’ Nez) blazes trails for the post emo-core genre. Performing stunningly bold yet simple songs that remind us of the epic beauty in non-epic things. See him at Blue tonight as he hits the stage starting 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.

Portland based musician Seth Warner will lead an all-star band in a complete, live performance of Jackson Browne’s 1977 record, Running on Empty at St. Lawrence Arts Center this evening. Warner’s performances have been described as “ethereal” by the Portland Press Herald and he has appeared on stages as diverse as The Boston Early Music Festival, WGBH radio, a cruise on the Rhine river in Germany, and at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Most recently Seth has been touring his Highway Kind: A celebration of the songs of Townes Van Zandt, the late, great Texas songwriter. Tonight he is joined by guitarist Mike Derosier, bassist Paul Thibeault, drummer Chris Marro and singer, Susanne Gerry to bring the songs of JB’s seminal album to life starting at 7:30pm.

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.

Aura presents American heavy metal band, RATT with special guests The Cringe and Red Sky Mary. Best known for hit singles such as “Round and Round” and “Lay It Down”, tracks that ranked on Billboard’s top 40, RATT has been recognized as instrumental in the formation of the early 1980s glam metal scene. See ’em live as things get underway at 8 o’clock.

There’s going to be one helluva heavy party at Geno’s tonight with three awesome bands joining forces for some Thursday night thunder. Starting at 9, check out some original songs by rock acts, Ossalot, All Night, and Giant Knife. Swing through, enjoy some tunes, and rock it out tonight.

Get your noodle on and jam out this Thirsty Thursday with A Band Beyond Description as they return to Gritty’s in the Old Port tonight for a free show featuring all of your favorite Grateful Dead tunes. Tonight’s party gets underway at 9 o’clock.

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.

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 Sahar, a dancer from New England’s thriving belly dance community, as things get underway at 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.

WESTBROOK

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

 

Check out Rap Night at Aura

I don’t know what my deal is, but I’m struggling to keep on keeping on this week. If you’re as ecstatic about it being Wednesday as I am then I’ve got some party places for you to check out this evening including shows like Choro Louco at Frontier, Micromasse at Slab, King Day’s New Imperials at Congress Square Park, Captain Ray and The Castaways at Portland Lobster Company, Holy F**ck and Ossalot at Port City Music Hall, Truth About Daisies 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 o’clock.

BRUNSWICK

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

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 in the area this Wednesday evening.

Organ-based trio Micromasse returns to Slab’s patio as part of Slab’s Summer Music Series. This free show will showcase the melodic and mesmerizing sounds of musicians Chris Sweet, Max Cantlin and Pete Dugas as the three combine guitar, drums and organ to create some superior instrumental jams starting right around 6pm.

Playing a sizzling combination of jumpy blues, west side soul and early rock n’ roll, King Day’s New Imperials will have you on your feet tonight as they play a free and family-friendly show out in Congress Square Park. Things get swingin’ around 6 o’clock.

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.

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.

Irish Night at Blue continues with a featured performance by local act the Don Roy Ensemble. At the forefront of the fiddling community in the Greater Portland area, one finds the musical duo of Don and Cindy Roy who have long entertained audiences in the Southern Maine area and beyond. Add bassist Jay Young and you have the Don Roy Ensemble, which you can check out for yourself as the music starts up tonight at 7:30 tonight.

Toronto-based electro-rock ensemble Holy F**ck will be headlining an all-ages show at Port City Music Hall tonight. The act uses vintage synthesizers and unconventional instruments during their performance, which you can see for yourself as things get underway at 8pm with an opening set by local rock and rollers, Ossalot.

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

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.

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.

Rap Night keeps rollin’ in its new spot downstairs at Aura as they welcome showcases from Mike Wing, Wheelock, and Kid Calvin. As usual the night will start and finish with an open mic cipher. Ill by Instinct will be your hip-hop host with the most and El Shupacabra will be holding it down on the turntables all night long. Things get underway at 9 o’clock tonight.

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

SACO

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

WESTBROOK

Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza will host local act, Truth About Daisies this evening. The band features the songwriting core of Sheila McKinley and Doug Swift, with original music inspired by a mix of folk, rock, reggae, blues, and singer-songwriter genres. See them live as things get underway at 7pm.

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.

Get heavy at Geno’s tonight with Child Abuse, Golden Oriole, Clan of Dyad & Cuse Me

Oh yeah, time to take it to the limit once again this Tuesday. High fives for surviving another Monday! If you’re looking to let loose this evening check out shows such as The Heated at Bayside Bowl, Don Campbell at Easy Day, Blue Steel Express at Portland Lobster Company, Frank Fotusky at Blue, an open mic with Uke n’ Smile at Sea Dog Brewing Company and more!

LEWISTON

Local singer-songwriter Lindsey Montana will be playing a set of piano-driven tunes at Fast Breaks in Lewiston this evening. Enjoy some food, drinks, and fun as Lindsey begins right around 7pm.

PORTLAND

Catch The Heated at Bayside Bowl as they bring some R&B, soul, hip-hop and everything in between to your Tuesday evening. Rock out for a bit and then do some bowling as this free and all ages show starts up at 6 o’clock.

The Porthole welcomes Dan Merrill to the deck this evening as he performs a variety of acoustic rock, pop and folk covers and originals during a free show that’ll start up at 6pm.

Blue Steel Express brings their unique brand of blues, from full-bore electric house-rockin’ to low-down acoustic simmer, to the Portland Lobster Company deck tonight. The good times get rollin’ during this free and all-ages show at 6:30.

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.

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.

It’s going to get hot and heavy at Geno’s tonight with some face-melting doom, metal, and stoner rock revelry. Starting at 9 check out the thunderous sounds of Child Abuse, Golden Oriole, Clan of Dyad and Cuse Me.

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

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

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.

 

 

Check out Monday of the Minds: A Community Hip Hop Showcase at Flask Lounge tonight

Oh man, the day after Old Port Festival is always a rough one. I hope you guys are hanging tough and making it through this Monday. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it offers up good times, good people, and good tunes, so keep pushing because we’re gonna make it after all! Check out tunes tonight such as Gina & The Red Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events, Delta Knights at Portland Lobster Company, David Wilcox at Slates, Arrested Development at Port City Music Hall and more!

HALLOWELL

Singer-songwriter David Wilcox brings his unique guitar style that blends soft jazz and folk together, along with his warm, baritone vocal tone and poetic lyricism to Slates in Hallowell this evening. Tonight’s performance gets underway at 8pm.

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

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

Take on this Monday by taking in some tunes out on the Portland Lobster Company deck as local act the Delta Knights bring some R&B, blues, soul, funk, swing, rock, jazz and more to this all ages shindig that’ll start up at 6:30pm.

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.

Afrocentric rap troupe Arrested Development bring their community-conscious jams to the stage of Port City Music Hall for an all ages show that’ll start up at 8pm.

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

Monday of the Minds, a showcase of some of the scene’s biggest and brightest hip hop artists, continues tonight at Flask Lounge. This free event is hosted by Stay on Mars and Smokeye. Tonight they welcome Height Keech, Brzowski, Human Speakers and Sam Jacobsen to showcase some of their beats, bangers and bars. Things get underway right around 9 o’clock tonight during this free and fun show.

Check out Harsh Armadillo & smalltalker at Portland House of Music and Events tonight

I am quite certain that I’ve had my sights set on Friday since, no joke, Sunday night, so I am quite enjoying this finally Friday feeling I’ve got going on. If you guys are all as ready as I am to make the most out of this freakin’ weekend, then here are some awesome events to kick things off this evening. Check out shows such as Foster The People with Miya Folick at the State Theatre, Vinyl Tap at the Porthole, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies at The Frog and Turtle, Jason Spooner Band at Portland Lobster Company, The Cyborg Trio at Empire, Zealous Bellus at Fire House Grill, When Particles Collide at Three Tides & Marshall Wharf, Zeme Libre at Mine Oyster, Hambone at Easy Street Lounge, Diane Cluck with Snaex & Plains at SPACE Gallery, Vyntyge Skynyrd at Mixers and so very much more!

AUBURN

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

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 9.

BANGOR

Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be playing a set at Hollywood Casino in Bangor this evening. This talented duo will start making some savory sounds starting right around 8pm.

Prepare to party at the Penobscot Pour House tonight as they welcome back Shyboy to perform a wide variety of rock hits from the 60’s through today. The music starts up at 9 o’clock.

BELFAST

There’s going to be one helluva party happening at Three Tides & Marshall Wharf tonight as excellent and electrifying rock and roll band, When Particles Collide bring some Friday night thunder to the venue. Swing through and enjoy some high-energy RnR as this evening’s show gets shaking at 9pm.

BIDDEFORD

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

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

Zeme Libre will be bringing the good times up to Boothbay Harbor tonight with a high-energy set filled with Afro-fusion, hard-tinged reggae, and ska sounds. Tonight’s free show happens at Mine Oyster gets start up right around 9:30pm.

BUCKSPORT

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

GORHAM

Sparks The Rescue front man Alex Roy goes solo and acoustic tonight for a show at the School Street Pub and Grill in Gorham. Beginning at 7 you can stop through and check out some of Roy’s pop-rock jams as he plays a free set of songs this evening.

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.

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

LEWISTON

Pedro O’Hara’s welcomes back Maine-based, acoustic alternative artist John Hasnip this evening. Starting around 8 John will be playing some fun tunes for you to bust a move or two to this Friday.

MECHANIC FALLS

Tons of good vibes will be happening up at The Crooked Hook in Mechanic Falls tonight 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 7:30.

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.

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

PORTLAND

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

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.

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.

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 tonight. Join these fun fellas for some fine Americana sounds as things get swinging at 6:30pm.

Pop singer-songwriter Lew Phillips will be bringing his retro songs to Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. Phillips draws inspiration from the pop sounds and sensibilities of the early 60’s for a throwback feel that is guaranteed to please this Friday evening. This free and all-ages event gets started at 7pm.

Singer-songwriter David Wilcox brings his unique guitar style that blends soft jazz and folk together, along with his warm, baritone vocal tone and poetic lyricism to One Longfellow Square this evening. Tonight’s performance gets underway at 8pm.

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

Indie rock act, Foster The People will be bringing their brand of dance pop to the stage of the State Theatre tonight for an all ages show that’ll start up at 8 with opener Miya Folick.

Check out some stellar sounds courtesy of local artist Kafari as he plays a fun show at Blue tonight. Check out the multifarious jazz and funk sounds Kafari creates on his keyboard as this event starts up at 8pm.

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

Intuitive folk-based singer-songwriter Diane Cluck will be at SPACE Gallery this evening. Her vocal style has been described as “an unlikely mix of Aaron Neville, the Baka people, and Joni Mitchell…unaffected yet unusual.”Rounding out this evening’s bill are local left-field folk acts Snaex and Plains. This all ages performance begins at 8:30 tonight.

Andi Fawcett and the fellas of Doubting Gravity will be bringing you some original pop rock as they play a free show at Brian Boru tonight. Starting at 9 fill your finally Friday with some good times and good tunes at this free, 21+ dance party!

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.

Don’t snooze on a super fun show happening upstairs at Empire tonight with electro-rock act, The Cyborg Trio. Get weird and wild as things get underway right around 9.

Portsmouth’s funk-hop outfit Harsh Armadillo will be bringing the party to the stage of Portland House of Music and Events 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 out on the dance floor as things start up at 9 with an opening set chock full of soul from smalltalker.

The Jameson Four will be rockin’ RiRa tonight. This local act will be bringing you all kinds of fun covers spanning a few decades starting at 10pm.

Shake it to some sultry salsa tunes with a bit of a punk edge as Blue welcomes back local salsacore act El Malo to the stage starting at 10 tonight.

SABATTUS

Mixers in Sabattus presents cover band Vyntyge Skynyrd tonight. This classic rock experience will transport concertgoers back to the 1970’s with classic anthems from Lynyrd Skynyrd starting at 8:30pm.

SANFORD

Local pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band will be bringing the party to the Wolves Club in Sanford 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 8pm.

WESTBROOK

Mike Preston & The Buckstop Band will be joined by special guest Kim Curry for some fun country & western tunes at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza. Join in on the fun as this free, all ages show will get swinging at 7 tonight.

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

WINDHAM

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

Aura welcomes Everclear with special guests Vertical Horizon & Fastball tonight

Even though it may seem like the week has been dragging, we are actually making some serious strides towards the freakin’ weekend. There are a bunch of great shows going on so get out there and throw down this Thursday night! Check out some sweet shows such as Zion I with Shane Reis at Port City Music Hall, Ice Cold Zima at Amigo’s, Sidewalk Chalk and Little Stranger at Empire, Pete Witham at Easy Day, The Nth Power with Skosh & Andrew Bailie at Portland House of Music and Events, Ben Cosgrove at Blue, Double Entendre at The Gin Mill, and more!

AUBURN

Don Hebert of local classic cover act The Veggies goes solo for a show at 84 Court Pizza & Restaurante in Auburn tonight. Don will be bringing a show chock full of fun and danceable cover tunes to this free, all ages shindig starting at 7pm.

Gritty’s in Auburn welcomes back Michael Krapovicky for an evening of acoustic pop-rock originals and covers. Be sure to join Michael right around 7 as he gets the good times and tunes rollin’ along during this free and fun event.

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.
BRUNSWICK

Check out acoustic tunes from local singer-songwriter Bill Howard as he returns to The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro this evening. Bill will be playing some songs during this free, all-ages show which gets started up at 6.

CAPE ELIZABETH 

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

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 

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

PORTLAND

Local four-piece rock n’ roll act Riot Act will go quiet tonight for an acoustic set at The Porthole. Tonight’s free show gets started right around 6.
Multi-instrumentalist Ben Cosgrove will be celebrating the release of his new record titled ‘Salt’. Cosgrove’s compositions have been called both “compelling and powerful” and “delicately romantic;” join Ben as he performs selections from his new album during an intimate show at Blue that is set to start at 6pm tonight.
Acoustic singer-songwriter Krystian Beal will be playing a free show over at Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening. This all ages event will get underway at 7 o’clock.

Aura presents Everclear: So Much For The Afterglow 20th Anniversary Tour with Vertical Horizon and Fastball tonight. It’s been 20 years since Everclear released their 1997 multi-platinum smash, So Much For The Afterglow, yet the album remains a beloved fan favorite, and continues to inspire new generations of musicians and fans today.Don’t miss your chance to see Everclear perform the beloved record in its entirety as well as see performances by alternative rock acts, Vertical Horizon and Fastball tonight beginning 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.
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.

Get down on it this Thursday with some explosive, high-energy funk, jazz, soul and R&B at Portland House of Music and Events as The Nth Power returns to Portland for a night of serious soulful fun. Things get bumping right around 8 with opening sets by the funky, fun and fabulous Skosh and Andrew Bailie.

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.

Tonight get wild and weird with three awesome and unique rock n’ roll bands at Geno’s. Starting at 9, check out electrifying sets from Lousy, Cushing and Bully Mammoth. Swing through, enjoy some tunes, and rock it out tonight.

Check out an awesome show happening at Port City Music Hall tonight as they welcome Zion I to the stage. This duo of genre-bender pride has made a name for itself by successfully mixing spiritualism and hip-hop. MC Zumbi and DJ/producer Amp Live blend hip-hop and trip-hop beats with lyrics focused on a message of unity, hope, and spiritual awareness. Portland’s own driven hip-hop heavy Shane Reis will open the show with a set that’ll start up at 9 o’clock.

8-piece of Mid-Western funk act, Sidewalk Chalk will be bringing the party upstairs at Empire tonight. Alternative hip-hop duo, Little Stranger will kick things off with a set that’ll start up around 9 o’clock.

90’s cover band Ice Cold Zima will be rockin’ the night away at Amigo’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 9:30.

SOUTH PORTLAND 

Pete Witham returns to Easy Day in South Portland this evening with some more fun Americana and rockabilly music this Thursday. Pete will most likely be joined by a rotating cast of characters as they bring the good times and tunes to this free show, that’ll start up at 6pm.

WESTBROOK

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

Check out Slaughter To Prevail with Widowmaker, Ruin & The Waking Life at Port City Music Hall tonight


I am sending out some virtual high fives to each of you as we hurdle the hump and take on another Wednesday. If you’re looking to treat yourself to some live, local music this evening, here are some fine establishments to do just that! Check out such shows as Cocek! Brass Band in Congress Square Park, David Beam & Friends at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Ron Bergeron at Pedro O’Hara’s, Dapper Gents Duo at RiRa, Alternate Endings at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, 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

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.

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.

PORTLAND

Congress Square Park will host a performance by Cocek! Brass Band this evening. The band performs original music based on the sounds of Eastern European brass bands. They are a 5-piece group consisting of 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba and bass drum, that feature members come from internationally touring ensembles like John Brown’s Body and Itzhak Perlman and bring a blend of dance music with stellar improvisation and melodies that are guaranteed to get you moving as this free and all ages event gets underway at 6pm.

Portland psychedelic folk-rocker Dominic Lavoie and a couple of his friends come together this evening to play some tunes out on the deck of Portland Lobster Company. Check out a set of both original jams and cover tunes as this free, all ages shindig gets swinging around 6:30.

Get heavy this Hump Day with an all-ages metal show happening at Port City Music Hall featuring sets by Slaughter To Prevail, Widowmaker, Ruin, and The Waking Life. Things get loud and awesome with starting at 7pm.

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

Blue’s Irish Concert Series
continues this evening with a musical performance by fiddler, Willie Kelly and uilleann pipes player, David Prowler.  The pair is embarking on a selective tour in the Northeastern United States, launching their album, Apples in Winter and will be playing tonight beginning at 7:30pm..

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 as they play everything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Ocean. The pair prepares to perform beginning at 9:30pm.

SACO

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

WESTBROOK

Bridgton-based Americana act, Alternate Endings will be bringing their original songs and eclectic covers to Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza this evening. Tonight’s free and all ages performance will get started up at 7 o’clock.

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

Port City Music Hall welcomes Bahamas and special guest Dominic Lavoie tonight

I must say, I’m feeling pretty good about this Tuesday evening as things are shaping up with tons of great tunes all around town and beyond. If you’re ready to get weird and wild tonight, here’s some stuff to check out including City and Colour with Noah Gundersen at State Theatre, Rippleton Cross at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Ackerman Music, Genevieve Beaudoin & Tom Hamill at Empire, an open mic with Uke n’ Smile at Sea Dog Brewing Company, and more!

PORTLAND

Check out another free and all ages show at Portland Lobster Company as Ryan Halliburton and The Still bring some pop-rock tunes to the deck. The good times get underway right around 6:30pm.

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

City and Colour, the folk-leaning side project of Alexisonfire’s Dallas Green, will be at the State Theatre tonight. Neo-folk singer-songwriter, Noah Gundersen will start the show with a set that begins right around 8.

Bahamas, the solo project of Toronto-based guitarist, Afie Jurvanen, returns to Portland tonight for a show at Port City Music Hall. With a carefully trained ear for melody that Jurvanen’s honed during his time playing with the likes of Feist and Howie Beck, his own solo project focuses more on stripped-down, contemplative indie folk sounds. This 18+ show will get underway with an opening set from Portland’s own psychedelic folk-rocker, Dominic Lavoie as the music begins at 8pm.

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.

Empire’s Three for 3 music series continues tonight. Beginning at 9 you can check out three artists for only $3 while enjoying a bevy of beverage deals. This week’s event will feature sets by experimental pop outfit, Ackerman Music, the tender folk-rock of Genevieve Beaudoin, and the wandering rock and roll of Tom Hamill.

SOUTH PORTLAND

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

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

Here we go! This Monday why not kick ass and take names by checking out the massive amount of awesome stuff that’s happening all around town and beyond? Give Monday the one-two punch and check out such shows as Peter Mulvey at Slates, Connor Garvey at Portland Lobster Company, Rusted Root at Port City Music Hall, and more!

HALLOWELL

Over the past 20 years, Peter Mulvey has pursued a restless, Writer and musician Peter Mulvey will be bringing his Tin Pan Alley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings to Slates tonight. He has shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls, and Greg Brown. See him this evening as music begins right around 8:15pm.

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.

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.

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.

Quasi-jam band, Rusted Root comes to Port City Music Hall tonight with their eclectic, percussion-based world music styles. This 18+ shindig gets swinging at 8 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.

Check out A Tribute to The Highway Men at One Longfellow Square tonight

All right, my babies, I’m pretty certain that I don’t need to tell you what day it is, but just know that it is time to bust our your finest Party Pants and get to it this evening! TONS of tunes to take in tonight including Spencer Albee with Starcrossed Losers & DJ Mosart212 at Port City Music Hall, The Bill Barnes Jazz Trio at Nocturnem Draft Haus, Chris Ross and The North with Armies at the Criterion Theatre, Terrapin Orchestra at Chummies, Studio Two at The Porthole, Darlin’ Corey at Blue, Worshipper, Hessian & Facepaint at Geno’s, Skyfoot, Hambone & Merther at Portland House of Music and Events, Sassquatch at Amigo’s, The Youngerbloods at Bigelow Brewing Company, and so very much more. Let’s go!

AUBURN

Tattooed Lies will be performing a variety of classic hits from the 70’s and 80’s during a free and all-ages shindig at the Fire House Grill in Auburn. Tonight’s party will get underway right around 8:30pm.

BANGOR

Prepare to shake your can all around the dance floor for a good cause tonight as disco/funk powerhouse Motor Booty Affair takes to the stage of the Downunder Club. Things get shaking around 7:30 and proceeds will support Greater Bangor Bark For Life.

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

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

Rippin’ rock n’ roll band Riot Act will be supplying some party tunes for your finally Friday with a show at the Penobscot Pour House. Things will get crankin’ right around 9 o’clock.

Maine based singer-songwriter Jordan Kaulback will be guitar slingin’, piano playin’ and soulfully singin’ at Paddy Murphy’s in Bangor tonight. Things get underway at 9:30pm during this free show.

BAR HARBOR

Soulful roots-rock act, Chris Ross and The North will be celebrating the release of their new record, Over Lonesome with a show at the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor this evening. 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 they’re joined by Portland electro-pop-rock outfit, Armies for an all-ages show that’ll start at 8pm.

BIDDEFORD

FinestKind Country Band will be serving up some traditional country music, some Texas influenced sound, and some country blues tunes during a free and fun Friday night show at Dirigo Brewing Company. Kick up your heels and get your boot-scootin’-boogie on beginning at 7:30pm.

Elements welcomes OldHat this Friday evening for a set of acoustic folk, bluegrass, and old-time tunes. OldHat features Whitney Kent on vocals and guitar and Steve Roy also on vocals, mandolin, and fiddle. There’s no cover for this all-ages event which will begin at 8 o’clock.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

Check out a fun night of funk jams at Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor as Andrew Bailie & Company take to the stage for a free show that’ll start up around 9.

BRUNSWICK

Local folk troubadour Putnam Smith will be making some music alongside fellow acoustic folk artist Ashley Storrow tonight as the pair bring some pleasant sounds to the stage of Frontier tonight. This evening’s event gets underway at 8pm.

BUCKFIELD

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

ELLSWORTH

Check out Maine’s newest Grateful Dead experience, the Terrapin Orchestra, as they play a show at Chummies in Ellsworth tonight. Mellow your mind as the music starts around 9.

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.

GRAY

Tailgates Bar and Grill in Gray hosts the Downeast Soul Coalition this Friday for a full evening of solid soul music that gets underway right around 8. This event is free and guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun.

HALLOWELL

Alt-rock act Zealous Bellus returns to The Kennebec Wharf tonight for another free and fun par-tay. Let the good times roll as this shindig gets shaking at 9.

KITTERY

The Maine Beer Cafe will be hosting a benefit for Jay and Casey Durgin, Kittery residents who recently lost their home to fire. There will be a silent auction and also a portion of the Maine Beer Cafe’s proceeds for the day will go to the family. Both The Bog Standard and Maine Man will be performing as well. The Bog goes on at 5pm. At the conclusion of their set the Best Brew Tours van will be shuffling up the road to Woodland Farms for anyone that would like a private tour of the brewery during intermission. The bust will get back in time for Maine Man‘s performance, which begins at 7:30pm. Do good and have fun all at once today over at the Maine Beer Cafe in Kittery.

LEWISTON

Local artist Phil Fortier will be filling Apple Valley Golf Course in Lewiston will some acoustic sounds during a free and all-ages performance that’ll get underway at 7pm.

Pedro O’Hara’s welcomes Michael Krapovicky and Eric Bauer for a night of acoustic pop-rock originals and covers. The good times will get rollin’ along at 8 during this free and all-ages set.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

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

Radio Revival returns to The 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 9pm.

PORTLAND

Boston-based Beatles tribute band, Studio Two, will be taking you back to the early 60’s, a time when The Fab Four were truly taking the world by storm, as these talented lads return to the outside stage of The Porthole for a free show. Join these fab fellas for some serious nostalgia as the music starts at 5:30pm.

Local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey returns to the stage of Blue this First Friday. Beginning 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 bluegrass, old timey and folk sounds. This show is all ages and guaranteed to be a highlight of your weekend so head on down to Blue to check it out.

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 6:30 out on the patio.

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

The Highwaymen, the “Mount Rushmore of Country Music,” were a country supergroup almost too grand to be believable. Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson—any one of these names could make a true country fan swoon, and seeing all of them on stage at once was a truly powerful experience. One Longfellow Square is throwing their our own celebration of this beloved group of musicians: for one night only, join them for a musical hootenanny that will be as much a party as a performance. Travis James Humphrey, will lead the evening acting as emcee and house band with his bandmates. Talented musicians from all around Maine will be joining them on stage to bring the music of the Highwaymen to life, including: Emilia Dahlin, Cumberland Crossing, Neil Collins, Kate Beever, Jeff Beam, and Kristel Hayes. This must-see event will begin at 8 tonight.

It is First Friday here in Portland so if you are Art Walking don’t miss your opportunity to take in tonight’s show from Okbari over 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.

Portland pop-rock veteran Spencer Albee celebrates the release of his newest record ‘Relentlessly Yours’ with a party at Port City Music Hall. Backed by a band that features many talented members of the Maine music scene, this evening’s performance will highlight Spencer’s new songs and sounds as well as show off work from his previous musical endeavors that have spanned the course of two decades. Also not to be missed is the dreamy alt-folk-rock of Starcrossed Losers, who’ll open tonight’s show, while DJ mosart212 will spin tunes before, between, and after each of the bands’ sets. This 18+ shindig will get shaking at 8 o’clock so don’t miss out.

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.

Worshipper returns to Portland tonight for a show at Geno’s where they’ll be laying down some badass metal. Hessian also returns to the stage with a new line-up and all new material and newcomer sleaze-rockers, Facepaint will show you the future of gettin’ wild. Get ready to throw up some horns and bust out some mighty hairnados as this get underway at 9 o’clock.

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.

Check out some funkadelic sounds courtesy of Skyfoot, Hambone and Merther as these three talented acts converge on the stage of Portland House of Music and Events to to bring the rock and funk jams to your Friday night. This guaranteed-groovy party gets underway at 9 o’clock.

Some serious getting down will be happening out on the Amigo’s patio as jazz, funk, and fusion act Sassquatch returns for some serious fun. Get into the groove as things get funky starting at 9:30.

Country singer Jodie Cunningham and her band will get you boot-scootin’ at Brian Boru tonight. Join in on the fun as this free show gets started upstairs 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.

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.

SABATTUS

Local pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band will be bringing the party to Mixers 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 8:30pm.

SACO

Check out acoustic tunes from local singer-songwriter Bill Howard as he performs at The Kerrymen Pub this evening. Bill will be playing some songs during this free show which gets started up at 6.

SKOWHEGAN

Check out some soul, R&B and blues tunes from The Youngerbloods as the local act plays a free show at Bigelow Brewing Company in Skowhegan beginning at 5 o’clock this evening.

WATERVILLE

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

Tonight the Waterville Opera House welcomes Jazz is Phish, a collective of musicians that come together to re-imagine Phish in an instrumental, jazz fusion setting. This evening’s performance will begin at 8 o’clock.

WESTBROOK

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

Mayo Street Arts welcomes Psychopomp tonight

One more day until the freakin’ weekend, babies. We’ve basically got this in the bag and it doesn’t hurt that this Thursday evening is guaranteed to be a good time. Kick things into high gear and check out all the cool stuff that’s happening all around town and beyond tonight including Dave Perlman at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro, Scott Gagne & Cassidy Daniels at the Franco Center, Kafari at Bunker Brewing Company, The Cadillac Three at Aura, Barns Courtney at Port City Music Hall, Will Bradford at Blue, Bella’s Bartok at Portland House of Music, and much more.

BRUNSWICK

Local artist Dave Perlman will be performing at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro this evening. Join Dave for a wide array of covers and originals from many different genres during this free, all-ages acoustic show that’ll get underway at 6pm.

CAMDEN

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

CAPE ELIZABETH

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

HALLOWELL

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

LEWISTON

Lewiston native Scotty Gagne returns to the Franco Center this evening alongside singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Cassidy Daniels. The duo, now based in Florida, will perform at 7:30pm. The doors and bar will open at 6 with an opening set by 15-year-old singer-songwriter, Brett Raio.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

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

PORTLAND

Check out some stellar sounds courtesy of local artist Kafari as he plays a fun show at Bunker Brewing Company tonight. Check out the multifarious jazz and funk sounds Kafari creates on his keyboard as this event starts up at 6pm.

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

Mayo Street Arts welcomes Psychopomp to the stage this Thursday. Psychopomp is the unlikely intermixture of flamenco, 1970s-era MGM/Bradley cartoon music, punk, and 20th century classical. The Psychopomp experience is a musical variety show consisting of solo works for guitar and violin as well as music for two dobros. Tonight’s performance will begin at 7 o’clock.

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.

MB Padfield brings her distinct fusion of pop, rock, blues, jazz and hip-hop 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.

One Longfellow Square welcomes Grammy-award winning guitarist, solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger, Laurence Juber. Juber’s playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. This evening’s event will get underway at 8pm.

Tonight Aura presents country act, The Cadillac Three. Raucous and energetic, The Cadillac Three fuses classic Southern rock with outlaw country sounds. Don’t miss your chance to see the Nashville trio light up the stage starting at 8 o’clock.

British singer-songwriter, Barns Courtney, who splits the difference between Ed Sheeran’s sensitivity and the big-footed stomp of early Mumford & Sons, will be bringing his moody, atmospheric jams to the stage of Port City Music Hall tonight for 18+ show that’ll get started up right around 9pm.

Vaudevillian folk punk powerhouse, Bella’s Bartok returns to the stage of Portland House of Music and Events tonight for a show that’ll start up at 9 o’clock.

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Will Bradford of local act SeepeopleS will be performing a special solo set tonight at Blue. Join Will as his set starts at 9 o’clock.

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

Check out The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music and Events

The fact that Monday was a holiday might be the reason why it seems like this week is flying by; I gotta say, no complaints over here! If you’re looking to wind down or party it up this Wednesday, there are lots of places to check out. Here are the haps for your Hump Day including Rippleton Cross at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Double Entendre at TJ’s Pizzeria, Tyler Lienhardt & Friends at Blue, Palaver Strings at One Longfellow Square, Seth Warner & Friends at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, Travis James Humphrey at Champion’s and much more.

BIDDEFORD

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

BRUNSWICK

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

LEWISTON

Don Hebert of The Veggies goes solo for a show at Pedro O’Hara’s in Lewiston tonight. Don will be bringing a show chock full of fun and danceable cover tunes to the stage as this free all ages shindig gets swinging at 7.

NORTH 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 5:30pm.

PORTLAND

Head out to Portland Lobster Company this evening to check out Captain Ray and the Castaways as they get you dancing with some fun rock and roll cover tunes during a free and all-ages party that’ll get started out on the patio right around 6:30pm.

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

Tonight One Longfellow Square welcomes Palaver Strings, a musician-led string orchestra,dedicated to the collaborative interpretation of classical masterworks. Palaver Strings is passionate about taking classical music beyond the concert hall to engage with diverse and new audiences. This evening’s show begins at 8pm.

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

Blue’s Irish Concert Series continues this evening with a musical performance by Tyler Lienhardt and friends. Tyler is one of the co-founders and members of string-band, Tricky Britches, as well as a touring member of roots act, Tumbling Bones. Check out a set of songs courtesy of he and a few of his musically-inclined pals as things get underway around 8pm tonight.

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.

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.

Crooners & Cocktails welcomes back local duo Hello Clarice as the 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 performs starting at 9:30pm.

SACO

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

WESTBROOK

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.

Port City Music Hall presents The Orwells with The Walters tonight

After a wonderful three-day weekend it’s time to get back on track and kick it into full gear for another working week. Thankfully Tuesday night seems to understand that just because it’s back to work doesn’t mean that the party’s got to be put on hold. There are a ton of cool shows happening all around tonight including Welterweight at Blue, Oh Malô with Acadia, Hours North & valleyheart at Empire, Ryan Halliburton & The Still at Portland Lobster Company, and more.

PORTLAND

Check out another free and all-ages show out on the Portland Lobster Company patio as Ryan Halliburton and The Still bring some pop-rock tunes to your Tuesday evening as the fun begins outside at 6:30pm.

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

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.

Port City Music Hall welcomes The Orwells to the stage tonight. The Chicago five-piece create rasping garage rock and infectious melodies that are guaranteed to turn things up this Tuesday. Fellow Windy City rockers, The Walters will open the show as this 18+ event gets underway at 8pm.

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

Boston band Oh Malô will be bringing their colorful soundscapes that blend vocal melodies with intertwining ambient guitars and driving drums to the stage of Empire tonight. Oh, Malô pulls influence from such bands as Bombay Bicycle Club, Radiohead, Local Natives, Daughter, and Jeff Buckley. Tonight they’ll be joined by local indie acts Acadia, Hours North and valleyheart as music starts up at 9 o’clock.

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

Local indie rock band, Million Dollar Lounge will be live at Blue tonight. MDL will be bringing some of their unique takes on covers that range from Dave Brubeck to T-Pain as well as original compositions to the stage starting at 9pm.

SOUTH PORTLAND

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

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

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

AUBURN 

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

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

AUGUSTA

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

BANGOR

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

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

BIDDEFORD

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

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

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

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

BRUNSWICK

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

BUCKSPORT

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

GRAY

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

HALLOWELL

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

LEWISTON

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

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

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

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

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

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

PORTLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RANGELEY

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

SABATTUS

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

SACO

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

WATERVILLE

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

WESTBROOK

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

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

Check out Lyle & Phil Divinsky at Blue this evening

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

AUBURN

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

BRUNSWICK

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

CAPE ELIZABETH

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

GARDINER

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

HALLOWELL

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

LEWISTON

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

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

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

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

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

PORTLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATERVILLE

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

WESTBROOK

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

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

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

BIDDEFORD

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

BRUNSWICK

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

GRAY

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

PORTLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SACO

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

WESTBROOK

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

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

Check out Maybird & Sun Parade at Empire tonight

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

PORTLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOUTH PORTLAND 

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

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

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

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

LEWISTON

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

PORTLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

BANGOR

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

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

BATH

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

BIDDEFORD

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

BOOTHBAY 

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

BRUNSWICK

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

FARMINGTON

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

GREENVILLE

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

HALLOWELL

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

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

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

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

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

PORTLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SABATTUS

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

SACO

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

WESTBROOK

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

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

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

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

BRUNSWICK

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

CAPE ELIZABETH 

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

HALLOWELL

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

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

LEWISTON

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

PORTLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATERVILLE

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

WESTBROOK

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

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

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

BIDDEFORD

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

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

BRUNSWICK

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

GRAY

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

PORTLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WESTBROOK

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

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

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

PORTLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOUTH PORTLAND

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

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

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

HALLOWELL

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

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

LEWISTON

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

PORTLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

AUBURN

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

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

BANGOR

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

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

BIDDEFORD

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

BREWER

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

BRUNSWICK

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

BUXTON

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

FREEPORT

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

GORHAM

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

HALLOWELL

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

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

LEWISTON

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

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

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

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

PORTLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RANGELEY

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

SABATTUS

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

SACO

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

SOUTH PORTLAND

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

WESTBROOK

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

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

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

 

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

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

AUGUSTA

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

CAMDEN

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

CAPE ELIZABETH

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

ELLSWORTH 

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

LEWISTON

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

PORTLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WESTBROOK

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