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.

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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