We did it! Not only is it Friday but it’s also officially summer! Remember all of those frigid February nights and all of that Polar Vortex junk as you get ready to bust out your finest pair Party Jorts and thoroughly get your Friday on this evening. TONS of tunes to take in including Sleep and Windhand at the State Theatre, Jimmy Do Right & The Pop Go Boom with Woodpainting at SPACE Gallery, Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon & Tesla at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Nikki Hunt Band at Easy Street Lounge, Crimewave at Amigos, The Veggies at Pedro O’Hara’s, Kilcollins at The Brunswick, Vinyl Tap at the Porthole, Skosh at Oasis, Churchburn & Clan of Dyad at Geno’s, Random Order at Mixers, Pathogenic, Destination Void, Chaos Machine, In The Key Of Suffering, Ripfence and Stillborn Condition at Live at 212 and much, much more. Here we go!
Get your Friday evening rocking and/or rolling with a great set of acoustic songs courtesy of local artist Ed Tierney as he returns to the Fire House Grill in Auburn for another free all-ages show that’ll start up at 7:30pm tonight.
A big night of classic hits happening up in Bangor tonight as Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, and Tesla join forces on stage of Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion. This night of classic rock and roll kicks off at 7 o’clock.
Check out tonight’s show at Champions as singer-songwriter Sarah Libby will be playing some tunes starting at 9:30pm.
The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro welcomes back local Americana act Double Entendre to the stage this evening. Starting at 7 you can stop on by and check out this free performance from this pair of talented Maine musicians as they play you a plethora of acoustic pop-rock and Americana covers.
Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers will be bringing their fun and danceable Delta Blues style tunes to Sugarloaf Mountain’s Free Outdoor Concert Series this Friday. Bust a move and have a blast as this show gets shaking at 7pm.
Welcome the weekend with some fine Southern rock, blues and Americana sounds courtesy of Brewer act The Ian Black Band as they play a free show up at The Moosehead Trail Lodge in Dexter beginning at 7pm tonight.
Chummies in Ellsworth welcomes old time country and rock n’ roll outfit Eastbound to their stage tonight for a free show that starts up at 9:30pm.
If you’re spending your Friday evening in Gray, check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at Cole Farms. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 7:30 with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and more.
Local pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band will be bringing the party to the Easy Street Lounge 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 9pm.
Local band The Scolded Dogs will be making some noise at the Kennebec Wharf as they return with some party-rockin’ tunes. Beginning at 9 you can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as covers of such acts as Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH
Maybe you’re getting your weekend started early this afternoon, if that’s the case, I am very, very jealous and I also recommend that you kick things into high gear with some free music out on The Brunswick patio in Old Orchard Beach with the fellas of Kilcollins. These guys will be coming together as trio right around 1 this afternoon to play some pop-rock originals as well as some cover jams so swing through if you’re kicking it in the OOB sunshine this finally Friday!
Mr. Goodbar welcomes back classic and southern rock and roll band Rosie to the stage for a free show that’ll get swinging around 7.
Tonight electro-pop rock act Dean Ford & The Keepsakes will be rockin’ The Brunswick in OOB. This show is free and is guaranteed to be chock full of pulsating beats, infections hooks, screaming synths, shredding guitar, and soaring singalongs as things get jumping at 8:30.
The Mainely Country Band, a four-piece country and country rock band with over 60 years of experience in the musical entertainment business, will be getting their twang on at The Boomhouse tonight. Join these fellas for some serious boot scootin’ as things start up around 9.
The Woodshed Mystics will be performing live at Blue on Congress Street this evening. Beginning at 6 you can check out the band’s upbeat roots and acoustic tunes that span such genres as folk, soft rock and adult alternative. Anticipate lots of harmonies, a hint of reggae, some calypso and maybe even a bit of bluegrass during this fun shindig.
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and 2015 Maine Songwriters’ Association songwriting contest winner, Jenny Van West will be bringing her roots, country, blues and gospel tunes to Local Sprouts tonight. Beginning at 7 make some finally Friday plans to enjoy songs from Van West during this free all ages show.
Rochester act Dancing Madly Backwards will be playing a show in Portland tonight as they bring their energetic southern blues and country tunes to Andy’s Old Port Pub. Tonight’s free all ages shindig gets swinging right around 7 o’clock.
Over at The Porthole on Commercial Street you can make some plans to join Vinyl Tap as the fellas party down on the deck with all of your favorite cover tunes. Vinyl Tap is known for making people dance with their wide array of danceable tunes that span everything from Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, The Beatles, Billy Preston, Billy Joel and many, many more. This free show will get started outside right around 7 o’clock.
Eric Bettencourt and The Loud Funs Band bring the party back to the deck of the Portland Lobster Company tonight. Get ready for some rollicking rock, pop, Americana and roots jams as this free and fun gathering gets going around 7pm.
Locally based and exceptionally skilled (as well as fun) piano man Mike Maurice returns to MJ’s Wine Bar to tickle the ivories during a free show featuring his funk, soul and jazz sounds. Treat yourself to some tasty tunes as well as a stellar vino selection as get started around 8pm tonight.
Miss Tess & The Talkbacks bring a swingin’ dose of blues, country, and good time rock n’ roll to the stage of One Longfellow Square tonight as they celebrate the release of their latest record, Baby, We All Know. Check out this fine and fun roots act as they begin the night right around 8 o’clock.
Local electro-pop act Armies are bringing their duet style anthems that harken back to the French pop tunes of the sixties will to Portland House of Music and Events tonight. Also on this evening’s bill is one of my all-time favorite dudes, Zach Jones, who’s back from LA for a hot minute this summer. Tonight Zach and his band comprised of some of Portland’s finest musicians will take to the stage to bring his sweet, sweet songs to life. Imagine one of your favorite Motown singers fronting all of your favorite 60s pop acts such as The Beach Boys, The Zombies, The Kinks, and The Beatles, and there you’ll find Mr. Zach Jones. Lovely and exceptionally talented local songstress Katherine Matzell Frederick and her band will begin the evening as the music starts right around 8pm.
I need a solid rock and roll reset after a crazy, busy week of working and therefore I am pumped to get my face melted by Northern California pioneers of stoner rock and doom metal, Sleep, as they play their only New England date tonight at the State Theatre. Doom-tinged metal band Windhand will kick off this all ages show starting at 8 o’clock.
I feel like I’ll be doing a lot of running around tonight as there’s another epic show up the street from Sleep happening over at SPACE Gallery on Congress Street. Portland piano-man Jimmy Dority has reassembled his 21-piece orchestra known as Jimmy Do Right & The Pop Go Boom to perform songs from their long-anticipated self-titled debut albuml. The songs themselves recall the ”wall-of-sound” recordings of 60’s giants such as Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, and Serge Gainsbourg, with orchestrations that are reminiscent of Motown-inspired R&B and French chanson. Opening the night will be Woodpainting who bring their ‘infectious pop drama’ and ‘narrative-based bubblegum soap-opera’ sounds to the stage starting at 8:30.
Central Maine band Skosh brings their badass blend of funk, rock and ska up to the Oasis patio tonight for a party that’s guaranteed to please. Join the fellas for this free show that’ll get cranking right around 9 o’clock.
Steve Jones & The All Night Rascals return to bring some dub-style reggae-rock to Brian Boru tonight. Get down to some seriously raging tunes as this free 21+ party gets crankin’ at 9:30pm.
RiRa is geared up for an eventful Friday featuring dance-pop cover act Tickle. Things get shaking at 10pm with a super party mix of some of the best music from today as well as some classic retro funk that’s guaranteed to get you out on the dance floor.
More in the way of face-melting doom, metal and stoner rock revelry will be happening at Geno’s as a Sleep After Party featuring the thunderous sounds of Churchburn and Clan of Dyad (which features members of Sylvia and Eastern Spell) starts up at 10.
The Work Trucks will be making some noise The Speakeasy in Rockland tonight. With a blend of rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, and roots rock, the act is guaranteed to please as they get the party started right around 8.
Veteran Blues performers Poor Howard and Mike “Bullfrog” Rogers will be playing the bottleneck steel guitar and harmonica at the Vienna Union Hall tonight. Poor Howard and Bullfrog will be playing the blues with passion and flair as things get underway right around 7pm.
Midcoast 90’s al-rock cover band Living Room Circus will be waxing nostalgic on stage at Mainely Brews this Friday evening. Join them for a night of fun times and tunes as this free 21+ show gets crankin’ right around 9:30.
Get heavy at tonight’s show at Live at 212 as Pathogenic, Destination Void, Chaos Machine, In The Key Of Suffering, Ripfence and Stillborn Condition join forces for a show that’s guaranteed to melt you face off. Things get crushing right around 7:30pm.
Papa Phil Divinsky and his Americana-tinged rhythm & blues band are back at The Frog & Turtle in Westbrook tonight. You can enjoy some soulful sounds starting right at 8:30 at this fabulous gastro pub located in downtown Westbrook.