Check out a free show at Bayside Bowl featuring Weakened Friends, Old Etc, Vaughn & Dollys


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 a couple of y’all are with me so let’s throw this motha into high gear and slam it on into Friday night! Lots to do such as Death Rattle, Stillborn Condition, Spidermilk, 13 High & Ascent To Power at Sapphire, Vinyl Tap at The Rack, Boogie Mob at Easy Street Lounge, Perpetual Mood Swing at The Cage, Hathorne Heights, The Ataris, Mest, Handguns & London Falling at the Asylum, Popa Chubby at One Longfellow Square, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and Armies at Port City Music Hall, By + By at Blue, OC and the Offbeats at Gritty’s, Shut Down Brown at Portland House of Music, The Mallett Brothers Band at Moose Alley, Schooner Fare at The Strand, 95 North at The Kerrymen Pub and so VERY much more.  Here we go!


If you’re up in Auburn this evening and looking to have your skull rattled a bit then check out some live, local, and loud metal at Sapphire tonight. Starting at 7:30 you can check out sets from Death Rattle, Stillborn Condition, Spidermilk, 13 High, and Ascent To Power. It’s also Rick of ATP’s birthday so swing through give him a high five and have some fun!

If you’re up in Auburn this evening and doing some skiing or snowboarding at Lost Valley, then be sure to check out a free show featuring local act Shady Lady who’ll be playing a variety of rock, pop, blues and funk starting right around 8 o’clock.


Tonight at The Gin Mill you can check out some music from local singer-songwriters Ronda Dale and Rob Babson. Ronda and Rob will be playing some original tunes and covers as well as sharing stories about their songs. This show is free and guaranteed to be a great way to kick-start your Friday, so be sure to check it out as things get underway at 7:30.


Get down to some classic rock cover tunes starting at 8 o’clock tonight at Hollywood Casino in Bangor as they welcome back Status Quohog to the stage for some serious fun.


Jam-based acoustic rock act the Greg Brown Duo will be bringing some sounds to the stage of Elements tonight. Join the pair for a Friday evening of fun as this free all-ages shindig gets shaking at 8pm.


Tonight the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield welcomes legendary musician Duke Levine and his band to the stage. Guitarist Duke Levine is a masterful side man playing for the likes of Peter Wolf and J. Geils Band, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aimee Mann, Shawn Colvin, and countless singer songwriters like John Gorka, Ellis Paul, Slaid Cleaves and Catie Curtis. The list could go on and on, but his solo projects are where you’ll really find the genius and soul of this amazing guitarist and artist. Tonight he’ll be joined by roots rocker Dennis Brennan who will open the evening with a set beginning at 8. 


Vinyl Tap will be partying down this finally Friday up at The Rack. Vinyl Tap is known for making people bust a move to their awesomely danceable cover tunes that vary from everything such as The Beatles, Huey Lewis, Cee Lo Green, Stevie Wonder, The Dead and many, many more. There’s never a cover charge and plenty of beer, so bust out those Party Pants and check it out starting at 9 tonight.


Chris Ross & The North bring their terrifically entertaining brand of folk, roots and Americana music to the stage of Chummies in Ellsworth tonight. Join these fellas for a free and very fun show that’ll get started at 9:30 tonight.


Nick Racioppi of local rock-reggae act A Mighty Lion will be going solo tonight for a free show out at Gritty’s in Freeport. Join Nick as the good times start rollin’ right around 8.


Central Maine soul, funk and jazz act Boogie Mob will be doing it to it up at Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell this Friday evening. Join in on the free fun as tonight’s 21+ dance party gets shaking at 9 o’clock.

Welcome the weekend with The Boneheads up at The Kennebec Wharf in Hallowell this Friday. The local act, which has become famous for their unpredictable, impressively musical shows, which often feature band members switching instruments, powerfully dynamic arrangements, and occasionally even hilarious polka versions of tunes, will take to the stage right around 9, so swing through and groove out if you’re in the area tonight.


Starting at 8 o’clock up at Train’s Tavern in Lebanon, check out some classic rock covers with a little bit of southern rock thrown in as NH band Rosie takes to the stage.


If you’re up in the Lewiston area this evening check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he performs a free show at Pedro O’Hara’s. Ron will be getting your weekend kicked off with tons of great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, The Boss and more. The good times get rollin’ at 7 tonight.

Concert artist and teacher Duncan Cumming joins violinist Hilary Walther Cumming and cellist Şölen Dickener tonight as their Capital Trio returns to the Gendron Franco Center to present the fourth recital of the Center’s 10th Piano Series season.  The all-Beethoven program will begin at 7 o’clock.

Portland folk-rock act Sea for Miles will be bringing their songs to the stage of Guthries tonight. The musical collaboration between Matt and Michael McInnis will be performing a free show starting at 8pm.

Get down to the party that’ll be happening at The Cage tonight as they welcome Perpetual Mood Swing to the stage for a night chock full of music that encompasses all genres of popular songs from the 60’s through today. This free show will get swinging at 8 o’clock. 


Portland pop-rock act The Still returns to Portland House of Music and Events tonight for another free Happy Hour set of songs that get underway at 4 o’clock.  Swing through after work on this finally Friday ro enjoy some good tunes, good times and good drink specials at this fun musical gathering.

Oh man, if you’re looking to relive your emo/pop-punk days of yore, then I suggest you make some plans to check out tonight’s all-ages show at the Asylum. Starting at 6 you can take in tunes from Hawthorne Heights, The Ataris (Dudes, I was obsessed with this band when I was 16…), Mest, Handguns and London Falling. All the side-swept bangs, teen anthems and tight pants your little heart could ever desire, so check it out.

Folk singer-songwriter Calen Perkins is back from a month-long tour through the south, and will be joined by his favorite musicians for a homecoming show at Blue. His 5-piece band includes drums, bass, fiddle, keyboard and vocal harmonies. Things get started up at 6 and will also feature a set from Hannah Daman and the Martelles.

Take in some toe-tapping Americana tunes from Hilton Park tonight as the band plays a free, all-ages show at Andy’s starting up at 7pm.

This year, Popa Chubby, who was born Ted Horowitz, marks twenty five years of rocking the blues. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his soulful playing has never been more powerful. Check him out for yourself as he plays an all-ages show at One Longfellow Square beginning at 8pm tonight.

If you mix a little Americana, blues, folk, bluegrass and rockabilly together with some great original music then you’ll find yourself with Maine musician Jim Gallant. The singer, songwriter and guitarist will be performing live at Acoustic Artisans tonight beginning at 7 o’clock.

Portland piano man Mike Maurice will be back in the lounge of MJ’s Wine Bar tonight for a free set of funk, soul and jazz sounds that gets underway at 8 o’clock.

Local jazz performer Viva will be bringing her vivacious vocals to Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street in Portland for a very funky Friday filled with funk, jazz standards, soul songs and Latin tunes that are done by Viva and her talented band with a fun and modern twist. Show the weekend what you’ve got as things get underway right around 8 o’clock.

Get yourself to SPACE Gallery for an evening of traditional music and dance from the Middle East. Jamileh, one of Maine’s most celebrated belly dancers, will be collaborating with dancers Josephina, Dorothea, Sahar, and Nasreen, as well as the special sextet version of the Zapion Middle Eastern Ensemble. Audiences have described Jamileh’s shows as “elegant”, “breathtaking” and “authentically Arabic.” You can see for yourself as things get underway at 8 o’clock.

Boston roots act By + By will be performing at Blue this Friday evening. With elements of jazz and improvisation, there’s is a contemporary, groove-oriented take on American folk that you can see in a wonderfully intimate setting beginning at 8pm tonight.

A truly epic night of indie rock and roll will be taking over Bayside Bowl in Portland tonight as Weakened Friends, Old Etc, Dollys and Vaughn team up for a free all-ages show that’ll get rippin’ at 8:30pm.

Musical merrymakers, Sylvain’s Acadian Aces are back at Salvage BBQ on Congress Street in Portland this Friday evening. Starting at 8:30, these fellas will be serving up some authentic Cajun tunes for you to dance to.

Portland based rock band OC and the Offbeats brings a new brand of blues and soul to the table tonight as they play a super fun and super free show at Gritty’s in the Old Port. Join this energetic act for a night of awesome tunes as things start up around 9. 

Nationally touring funk act Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds bring some fresh, hard-hitting soul to the stage of Port City Music Hall tonight. These guys are a whole lotta fun and definitely should be checked out and this evening they’ll be joined by electro-pop duo Armies (featuring Dave Gutter and Anna Lombard), who’ll get the party started with a set beginning at 9 o’clock. 

It’s the second Friday of the month, which means it’s time for another free dance party at Flask Lounge with Mr. Dereloid. This month’s installment of some of the finest underground dance music around will feature special guests teaming up with Mr. Dereloid for this funky booty shaking shindig starting at 9 o’clock.

Things are gonna get funky at Portland House of Music and Events tonight as Shut Down Brown keeps you dancing all night long with their blends of progressive-rock, funk, and soul. Things pop off at tonight’s dance party starting at 9.

Party on down at Brian Boru tonight with funk and soul act Shira and The Supraphonics as the band plays a free show upstairs starting at 9:30.

Three great pop bands will converge at Empire for a Friday night filled with RnR-styled musical mayhem. Starting at 9:30 check out some straight up and outrageously awesome rock and roll from Tiger Bomb, The Forz and Nemes.

If you’re looking for some salsa tunes with a bit of punk influence then make your way over to Blue tonight for another show with local salsacore act El Malo as they bring the fun to the stage starting right around 10 o‘clock.

Instant-dance-party band Stolen Mojo will be having some fun at RiRa tonight. Join them for a free 21+ par-tay as things get underway at 10.


Local alt-country rockers The Mallett Brothers Band kick off a weekend up in Rangeley with a show at the one and only Moose Alley tonight. Boot stompin’, whiskey drinkin’, and guitar slingin’ gets underway right around 9.


Critically acclaimed act Schooner Fare will be performing live on stage at The Strand in Rockland this evening. Brothers Chuck and Steve Romanoff begin their 40th year as Schooner Fare with some beloved folk and acoustic sounds that will get underway at 7pm.


Central Maine band, Skosh., that blends funk, rock and ska together for a sound that’s definitely a whole lotta fun and all their own will be bringing the party to Sabattus tonight for an 8:30 show at Mixers.


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


Southside Blues Band will be laying it down at Mainely Brews in Waterville this finally Friday. Check out some great blues tunes as this free show kicks into gear around 9:30pm.


Starting at 8:30 tonight you can check out some tasty eats and equally tasty tunes down at The Frog & Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook where Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies will be taking over with their own brand of twisted Americana/rockabilly.

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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