Check out And the Kids with Vundabar & Abbie Morin at SPACE Gallery tonight

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Sweet flippin’ Thursday! It’s almost the weekend, and long one at that! There are a ton of shows going on for you to go out to and throw down at so take a quick look at what’s the what and get out there! Don’t miss fun times at such shindigs as Small Things Possible at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro, Jordan Kaulback at Captain Jack’s, Amarantos Quartet in Congress Square Park, The Shakes at Portland Lobster Company, The DuPont Brothers at One Longfellow Square, OC and the Offbeats at Slab, The Movement and Roots, Rhythm & Dub at Port City Music Hall, Clara Junken at Blue, The Aquanauts at Amigos, Merther at Brian Boru, The Bob Charest Band at Scarborough Memorial Park and much more!


Join Chad Porter for some serious fun as he gets your Thursday evening started up with a free show at the Fire House Grill. This evening you might hear some covers of Ray Lamontagne, Ceelo Green, Blake Shelton and more, as well as some catchy originals as Chad starts playing right around 8.


Maine-based duo Small Things Possible bring their eclectic blend of acoustic covers and originals to The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro tonight. Join in on the free fun as this all-ages show starts at 6:30.


Acoustic act Uke n’ Smile returns to the Local Buzz for another Open Mic this evening. All artists of different skills and genres are welcome as this free, creative gathering gets underway at 7.


Local siren Sa Rah brings her evening of serenades back to the Easy Street Lounge this Thursday. Get cozy, grab yourself a delicious cocktail, and enjoy some fine tunes as things get started up at 9:30.


Singer-songwriter Jordan Kaulback will be guitar slingin’, piano playin’ and singin’ at Captain Jack’s tonight. Things get underway right around 7 during this free all ages show.


Local act American Ride will be busting out a bunch of modern country covers tonight at Mr. Goodbar in OOB. Toe tappin’, boot scootin’ and general hootin’ will get started up at 7pm during this free show.

Locally based musician Alex Roy will be performing a set of original and cover songs at Jimmy The Greeks in Old Orchard Beach as part of the restaurant’s Local Flavah Thursday. The evening gets underway at 8 and will feature music and select Maine brews and liquors for only $4. Tonight’s event is free and sure to be fun so swing through if you’re in the area this Thursday.


Portland’s premiere string quartet the Amarantos Quartet plays a special show this evening in Congress Square Park. This group of supremely talented string players start playing right around 6 during this free, all ages outdoor event.

Full throttle into your Thursday with a free show over at the Porthole with The Dapper Gents Duo. These fellas will be getting things rollin’ right around 6 with their fun blend of folk, pop and rock. Tonight’s gig is guaranteed to be a good time, so grab some pals and have some fun.

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.

Local jazz artist Viva brings her vivacious vocals to Local Sprouts on Congress Street this Thursday evening. Check out a free party filled with funk, jazz standards, soul songs and Latin tunes that are done by Viva and her talented band, The Reinforcements, with a fun and modern twist. This show gets underway right around 7pm.

Salvage BBQ welcomes back Portland piano man Mike Maurice to their lounge-area for another Thursday evening full of funk, soul and jazz jams. Join Mike and enjoy some of his tasty tunes as well as some delicious BBQ as things get underway at 7.

CT based act Jeff Przech & The Outfit bring some alt-country and Americana sounds to the stage of Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight as they play a free show starting up at 7 o’clock.

Blue welcomes The Rites of Swing to their stage this evening. The band, which features musicians Tom Whitehead, Mike Arciero, Kris Day and Don Whitney, evoke the smooth, acoustic feeling of Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz style, with a distinctly American flavor of vocal standards from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Check ‘em out tonight as this show starts up at 7pm.

Burlington indie folk act The DuPont Brothers are back in Portland tonight for a show at One Longfellow Square. Joining them for this show is another VT duo, Cricket Blue. It’s their first time gracing the OLS stage so show ‘em some love as this show starts up at 8 o’clock.

Local rock act OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues and soul to a super fun and super free show out on the Slab patio tonight. Join this energetic band of merry music-makers for a night of awesome tunes outside as things start up right around 8 o’clock.

Western Mass’ self-proclaimed apocalyptic indie pop trio And The Kids return to Portland tonight for a show at SPACE Gallery. Recently called one of the “brightest creative lights” by Pitchfork, the band will be celebrating the release of their sophomore album with some fully-charged, unrestrained energy, hook-laden tightness, and beautiful, boisterous sounds. They’ll be joined by guitar-charged Boston power trio Vundabar and the jangling cowgirl anthems of Burlington folk artist Abbie Morin as things get underway at 8:30.

Kilcollins will be pop-rockin’ all night long at RiRa on Commercial Street this thirsty Thursday. Starting at 9 o’clock these fellas will be busting out all sorts of tunes that you know and love alongside some catchy original numbers. Tonight’s show is free so be sure to check it out if you’re downtown this evening.

Alternative reggae trio The Movement will be bringing some rock and hip-hop inspired summer sounds to the stage of Port City Music Hall tonight. Local act Roots, Rhythm & Dub will kick things off tonight with a set of their own high-energy reggae and dub as this 18+ show starts at 9 o’clock.

Local electro-pop-rock act Dean Ford & The Keepsakes are back on the Oasis patio for a fun night of pop, rock and dance music. Tonight’s party is free and will feature tones of bumpin’ beats, infectious hooks, serious singalongs, screaming synths and shredding guitar so swing through as things get underway around 9 o’clock.

Blue on Congress Street in Portland welcomes back local songstress Clara Junken to perform a set of tunes tonight. Clara’s soulful, blues-infused rock and roll commands audience attention and delivers enticing musical goods to all ears in close proximity, so be sure to settle in, grab a tasty beverage, and enjoy some of Clara’s song selections as things get underway right around 9.

Tons of fun to be had out on the Amigos patio tonight as The Aquanauts bring their surf rock sounds to life during a free show that’ll start up at 9:30pm.

Welcome the freakin’ weekend a little early with a party at Brian Boru in the Old Port as Maine jam band Merther brings some musical merriment to your Thursday evening. Starting right around 9:30 you can check out some soulful, energetic jams from this fun, local act during this free, 21+ show.


The party polished Bob Charest Band will be entertaining one and all during a free show out at Scarborough Memorial Park this Thursday evening. Bring the fam and enjoy some versatile and fun party songs that’ll get you dancing barefoot in the grass as things start up right around 6:30pm.

Locally based party band Girls Just Want To Have Fun brings a night featuring some of the best 80’s pop, dance, New Wave, hard rock, rap and one hit wonder tunes around to the stage of The Landing at Pine Point. Shake your groove thing out on the dance floor as things get underway at 8.

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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