Ben Shorr releases a new record at Rap Night at Asylum

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Oh Cheesus Crust, I gotta say I am very happy that we’re halfway through this week. I don’t know what the what is, but I can’t seem to fully get it together and am counting down the moments until the weekend arrives. Thankfully there are a bunch of awesome things going down tonight to help me cope with own shortcomings including shows such as Blue’s 11th Birthday Celebration featuring El Malo, Michale Graves with Leaving Eden, Cryptid Slaughter & Pink Sock at Geno’s, The Ghosts of Johnson City with Dark Hollow Bottling Company & Joel Thetford at Empire, Cory Melanson at Flask Lounge, Silent Force at Portland House of Music and Events, and much more! Here’s what’s shaking this Wednesday.

GRAY

If you’re hanging around Gray on this Hump Day eve, be sure to stop through Cole Farms for this week’s Open Mic event with local musician Dave Jacquet. It’s free and all ages, there’s tasty food and boozy drinks, so check it out as things get started up at 7.

PORTLAND

The Working Dead are back at Portland House of Music and Events this Wednesday. This band of merry misfits are ready to help you make the most out of your midweek with some Happy Hour jams that’ll get kicked up right around 4:30 during this free show. Check out the band’s fun covers of Grateful Dead and other classic jam band tunes if you find yourself bebopping around downtown tonight.

Michale Graves cemented his reputation as one of the leading lights of horror-rock when he became lead vocalist for iconic punk band the Misfits after they reunited back in 1996. You can see him live tonight on stage at Geno’s Rock Club as he’s joined by local rock acts Leaving Eden, Cryptid Slaughter and Pink Sock. Doors for tonight’s rock and roll show are at 6 o’clock.

A big ol’ birthday bash will happening at Blue on Congress Street tonight as they celebrate eleven years of wonderful music and people. There will be food, cake, balloons, and music courtesy of local salsacore act El Malo! Join in on the celebrations as things get underway at 5pm.

The Ghosts of Johnson City converge upon the stage of the Empire tonight for an evening of old mountain music, Civil War songs, coal-mining melodies, tunes of love and loss, and haunting murder ballads from the American South. Also rounding out this midweek musical bill will be local Americana/roots rock favorites Dark Hollow Bottling Company and alt-country singer-songwriter Joel Thetford. Guaranteed good times and good tunes as this show starts up at 7:30.  

Flask Lounge welcomes back Portland singer-songwriter Cory Melanson for evening of acoustic songs and stories. Join Cory for a set that’ll showcase not only his own pop-rock originals, but also a ton of super fun covers. This free event will get started up at 8 o’clock.

If you’re looking to wind down with some down-home, acoustic roots tunes this Wednesday evening, make some plans to head down to Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street as local act David Beam and The Custom House Gang will be serving up some good times and good tunes during tonight’s free, all-ages event starting right around 8pm.

Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port welcomes back the Squid Jiggers for some finely crafted folk tunes that are guaranteed to drum up some good times. Join the duo as they get tonight’s free show started at 8 o’clock.

Don’t miss another free and fun folk-pop party with the Dapper Gents Duo as they bring some tunes to the stage of RiRa tonight for another 21+ show that’ll start up right around 9 o’clock.

Rap Night at Asylum in Portland will be popping off with some local hip-hop as hosts ill by instinct and El Shupacabra bring you one helluva midweek party to help celebrate the release of local emcee Ben Shorr’s latest record titled “Live and Direct”. Join Ben and special guests Ock Cousteau, Words of Phrase and more as they bring some of the songs from his album to life on stage tonight. Things get started at 9 with early and late night open mic cyphers, and as always, ladies get in free, so stop through and check it out!

Afrobeat Wednesday with local act Silent Force is happening again down at Portland House of Music and Events. Featuring members of Model Airplane, Sha Sha Sha, Micromasse, The Fogcutters, and more, Silent Force will keep you dancing all night long as they pay tribute to the funkiest sounds from Africa. Get your hips a-shakin’ as things get swingin’ right around 9pm.

WESTBROOK

Check out some righteous rockabilly and twisted Americana sounds from local music Pete Witham as he returns for another free, all ages show at The Frog and Turtle in Westbrook. Pete will be joined by a rotating cast of characters as they bring the good times and good tunes starting at 7:30pm.

Holly Nunan

Holly “The Nunz” Nunan is a musician from Portland, Maine with an unabashed love for the city as well as its thriving Maine music scene. This is her scene report.

Aside from here on this blog, she can be found around town taking in local shows, performing with any variety of musical acts (basically anyone who will give her a microphone and a tambourine), and talking up local music on WCSH 6 on Friday mornings around 6:20am. She is also the Promotions Director for WFNK, WTHT and WHXR in Portland as well as an On Air Personality at 107.5 Frank FM.

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