St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Friday is a truly magical thing; it’s as if Irish eyes are smilin’ on us all. If you’re looking to celebrate today by downing some green beer and checking out some tunes, here are the happenings for your St. Paddy’s Day. Check out some fun, festive folly at such shindigs as The Squid Jiggers at the First Universalist Church, Double Entendre at the Gin Mill, Zapion at Elements, The Galley Rats at The Rack, Harvard Cavemen at the School Street Pub & Grill, The Whitefields at Easy Street Lounge, OC and the Offbeats at Federal Jack’s, Northwood at Guthries, The Depths at Pedro O’Hara’s AND Fire House Grill, Tilden Katz at Bray’s Brew Pub, Kilcollins at RiRa, Pardon Me, Doug at Oxbow, Clyde Bisbee and The Wheelhouse Revelers at Salvage BBQ, Katie Matzell Quintet at Blue, Hello Newman at Bull Feeney’s, The Wiyos at The Strand, The G3Eks at Mixers, Cassidy & The Music at the Spring Point Tavern, Captain Ray & The Castaways at RJ’s Pub, The Shizzle at Mainely Brews, Beyond The Fall, Fifth Freedom, Loki, Riverbottom Nightmare & Re:vision at Live at 212, The Potato Pickers at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and much more!
It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without local act The Squid Jiggers so make some plans tonight to check out this talented folk duo as they perform as part the Universalist Church of Auburn‘s Concerts for a Cause series. A portion of the proceeds from tonight’s show will benefit the church as well as community outreach programs. Traditional Irish tunes and original songs will start up at 7:30pm.
Local cover act The Depths are doing double-duty tonight as they also perform at the Fire House Grill this St. Patrick’s Day. Beginning at 8:30 they’ll be playing all kinds of danceable tunes from a variety of different genres during this free and all-ages show.
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.
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.
Central Maine rock cover band Dakota will be bringing the thunder to the stage of the Penobscot Pour House as they play songs from such acts as Bon Jovi, Shinedown, Bush, Aerosmith, Journey, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, and more beginning at 8pm.
Get the weekend started with the musical antics of local 4-piece act Smoked Salmon as they bring their eclectic range of sounds to Bowen’s Tavern in Belfast 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 7.
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.
If you’re south of Portland be sure to check out an all-ages, free show filled with some contemporary Middle Eastern music as Zapion performs at Elements in Biddeford beginning at 8pm.
Local folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro tonight. This free, all-ages show will feature the pair performing renditions of songs by such artists as The Who, Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens and many more as things get started at 7pm.
Maine-based folk rock act The Galley Rats will be serving up some Celtic tunes alongside some of their own original jams for a fun St. Paddy’s Day evening at The Rack. Join these fellas for some festive Friday night fun as the music statrs up at 9 o’clock.
Local artist Justin Walton will be playing some acoustic tunes during a free show at Gritty’s in Freeport. Enjoy some great music, local brews, and delicious pub fare as things get underway at 8.
Local acoustic duo Harvard Cavemen will be serving up a bunch of classic cover tunes at the School Street Pub & Grill this Friday evening. Join the fellas for some free fun as tonight’s show gets underway right around 8:30.
If you’re in Gray tonight and looked to get shamROCKED (jeepers, I’m sorry), make some plans to take in some loud, awesome hard rock and roll at White’s Cue Connection where beginning at 8pm you can check out sets from The Resistance, Dark Rain, Tyler Voter and L.F.M.
Local rock and roller Riff Johnson will be bringing the party to The Quarry Tap room this afternoon for a free, acoustic show that’ll get crankin’ right around 4:30.
If you find yourself up in the Hallowell area this evening be sure to stop by the 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.
Alter Igor brings some fun to your St. Paddy’s Day festivities with a free show at The Kennebec Wharf. Beginning at 9 these fellas will be bringing their party-starting classic rock cover tunes to the stage. They’ll be playing renditions of such artists at Nick Lowe, The Who and tones more so check it out if you’re in the area this evening.
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 St. Paddy’s Day jams. Join this energetic bunch for some awesome tunes and times as things start up right around 10pm.
Local cover act The Depths will be bringing the party to Pedro O’Hara’s this afternoon. The band will be playing all kinds of songs from all kinds of genres during this free show, which starts up at 3 o’clock.
Local musician Ron Bergeron will be bringing the St. Paddy’s Day party to Pedro O’Hara’s this evening for a free, all-ages show featuring his fun covers of such acts at The Rolling Stones, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, The Beatles, and many more starting at 5 o’clock.
Local alternative folk act Northwood is back at Guthries for some foot-stomping good times. Northwood starts making some noise right around 8 o’clock so make some plans to check ‘em out if you’re in the L/A area tonight.
Central Maine band Skosh brings their badass blend of funk, rock and ska to Pedro O’Hara’s tonight for a party that’s guaranteed to please and propel you properly into the freakin’ weekend. Join the fellas for this free show that’ll get cranking right around 8 o’clock.
If you’re Fridaying in Naples tonight, check out a free rock n’ roll show at Bray’s Brew Pub with local act Tilden Katz. These fellas will be getting the party started with all kinds of fun covers beginning at 9pm.
The Northside Ramblers bring their jammy medley of styles including rock, blues, folk, funk, and jazz to the Matterhorn Ski Bar tonight for a free show that’ll get swinging at 9:30.
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.
Portland’s own Celtic punk-rockers The Pubcrawlers will be celebrating the day with a set at Brian Boru this afternoon. Party with this lively crew as they bring somer serious fun starting up at 1pm.
The dudes in Kilcollins will be pulling double-duty today over at RiRa on Commercial Street. Once at 3pm and again at 9pm, Kilcollins will be rockin’ you with all sorts of tunes that you know and love alongside a handful of catchy original jams for good measure. It’s free, fun and guaranteed to be a good time, so check it out if you’re getting your St. Paddy’s Day on.
The Dapper Gents will continue the St. Patrick’s festivities at Bull Feeney’s this evening as they bring their blend of folk, pop and rock upstairs beginning at 6pm.
Blues-infused, country and folk artist Shanna Underwood will be hosting another Songwriters in the Round event at Blue this evening. Beginning at 6 Shanna will be joined by two other local singer-songwriters to play some original tunes, share stories about their songs, and improvise with one another on stage. This show is guaranteed to be a great way to kick-start your weekend so be sure to check it out.
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 6:30pm.
Local musician Jeff Cusack returns to Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street tonight for a free set showcasing his acoustic, light rock tunes. This free and family-friendly event begins at 7pm.
Local bluesmen Samuel James and Dana 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.
Clyde Bisbee and The Wheelhouse Revelers bring some old school swing jazz, western swing and jump blues to Salvage BBQ for a free and fun show that’ll start up at 8:30 tonight.
The St. Patrick’s Day party continues upstairs at Bull Feeney’s tonight with the nostalgic sounds of Hello Newman. Get down to some of the best alt-rock tunes the 90’s ever gave us with cover 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 10.
Soulful Portland-based singer-songwriter Katie Matzell and her band featuring Adam Frederick on bass, Emmett Harrity on keys, Max Cantlin on guitar, and Chris Sweet on drums, will be performing some of Katie’s original tunes (set to be released on her debut EP come June) as well as a few jazzy instrumentals at Blue this evening. Join these talented musicians for an evening of beautiful sounds as things get underway at 10pm.
Matt and The Barnburners bring some foot stompin’ and hip shakin’ to the stage of Moose Alley this evening as this local blues band helps you ease into the freakin’ weekend with a night full of fun starting at 8 o’clock.
Tonight The Wiyos bring their original compositions of old-timey Americana and jug band music, featuring instrumentation of washboard, harmonica, kazoo, resonator guitar, banjo, upright bass and three-part harmonies to the stage of The Strand tonight. This evening’s all-ages performance gets underway at 7pm.
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.
Local rock and roll act The Hurricanes will be storming the stage of The Kerrymen Pub with some fun and festive folly for your finally Friday. Join the fellas for some party rockin’ hits as things get underway at 8.
Head out to RJ’s Pub 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 8 o’clock.
Cassidy & The Music will be bringing some good times to the Spring Point Tavern in South Portland this evening. Cassidy is the vocal force behind New York based alt-country, boot-stomping rockers, ANTIGONE RISING. Tonight’s show will get started up at 8:30pm.
Don’t miss a performance from one of the County’s finest folks as musician Travis Cyr returns to the Eureka Hall Restaurant in Stockholm tonight. You’ll want to make your way over to this awesome venue to check out the terrific folk and Americana tunes from Cyr as the music starts at 6:30.
Central Maine hip-hop act The Shizzle bring their themed dance party to the stage of Mainely Brews tonight. Things get started around 9:30 at this free, fun show that’ll feature jams from such notable acts as Vanilla Ice, The Roots, Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Biz Markie and more.
Blow off some steam and kick up your heels this finally Friday as 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.
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.
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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