Check out BARISHI with Sunrunner, Holy Filth & Megog at SPACE Gallery tonight

It’s here! FRIDAY! We are heading into the weekend and I am so very ready to do it to it, so hike up those Party Pants, shine up those dancing shoes, and get ready to break it on down this evening. Here we go! Lots of tunes to take in at such shows as Ellis Paul at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, The Depths at Champions, The Whitefields at Easy Street Lounge, Red Sky Mary at Trains Tavern, Builder of the House at Blue, Pierre Bensusan at One Longfellow Square, Kung Fu and West End Blend at Port City Music Hall, Richard James Band and Barika at Portland House of Music and Events, Rockbottom at Mixers, Oh The Humanity, Crowfeeder, Time Out Timmy, Not 30, Zukie Fury, Gant, The Keeper Class, Wussy and Spillers at Live at 212 and so much more.


Central Maine band Skosh brings their badass blend of funk, rock and ska up to Gritty’s in Auburn 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.


Kick off the freakin’ weekend by busting a move to some classic rock covers as Amber Jack returns to the Hollywood Casino for a free show that’ll get rockin’ and rollin’ right around 8pm.


Singer-songwriter and folk musician Ellis Paul will be performing at the Chocolate Church Arts Center this evening. Paul will be playing his well-known brand of folk-pop style songs beginning at 7:30.


Local cover act The Depths will be bringing the party to Champions this evening. The band will be playing all kinds of songs from all kinds of genres during this free show, which starts up at 6:30.

Local band Relish brings their alternative and new wave sounds to Banded Horn Brewing Company tonight. Enjoy some Maine made brews and tunes as this free show starts up at 7 o’clock.

Drummer Chris Sweet and guitarist Evan Haines team up tonight for a night of smooth instrumental sounds at Elements. This free and all-ages show will get swinging at 8pm.


Local folk-rock musician Brian Patricks returns to The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro this evening. Patricks intertwines finger-style, rhythmic guitar with a hint of harmonica into his sets of originals and covers that span the folk, blues, roots and rock genres. Check out this free all ages show as things begin at 7 o’clock.


Skip’s Lounge welcomes 13 Black tonight as the cover band performs popular 70’s classics, 80’s pop and hair metal, 90’s alternative, and today’s radio hits during a free show that’ll get swinging at 9 o’clock.


Step into the zone, The Metal Zone (I couldn’t help myself…) at White’s Cue Connection tonight. Starting at 7 o’clock Juboybe, Angel Slayer, The Argon Red, Years Go By and Dirty Rotten Winter are teaming up to melt some faces with some heavy hitting metal music. Check it out if you’re in the area tonight.

Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at the Cole Farms in Gray tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 7:30 with tons great cover tunes by such artists as The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.


Local blues and R&B act The Colwell Brothers will be performing at The Kennebec Wharf this evening. Join the band as things get swinging at 9pm.

If you find yourself up in the Hallowell area this evening be sure to stop by 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.


If you’re in Lebanon tonight and in dire need of some high-energy rock n’ roll then make your way to Trains Tavern where Seacoast rock act Red Sky Mary will be blasting off into the rock n’ roll stratosphere right 8 o’clock this Friday evening.


Guthries will be swinging tonight as The Juke Joint Devils take to the stage this Friday to kick out some old time, hard driving blues tunes. Tonight’s free show gets jumping right around 8.


Central Maine rock cover band Dakota will be bringing the thunder to the stage of The Brunswick tonight as they play songs from such acts as Bon Jovi, Shinedown, Bush, Aerosmith, Journey, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, and more beginning at 8:30pm.


A free, fun, and all ages show happens over at the Dogfish Bar & Grille this evening as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns for a Happy Hour set that’ll start up right around 5 o’clock.

Indie pop duo Builder of the House will be joined by Chris Gilman on electric guitar for an early evening performance at Blue tonight.  Don’t miss your chance to check out this unique and talented act in a beautifully intimate setting as the music starts up at 6pm.

The Potato Pickers return to Andy’s Old Port Pub with some fun bluegrass sounds during a free and all-ages show that starts at 7 o’clock.

Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album “Encore” and “Best World Music Guitar Player ” by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (USA, 2008), Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time. Tonight you can see him perform live in a beautiful and intimate setting as he takes to the stage of One Longfellow Square starting at 8 o’clock.

Over at The Dogfish Bar & Grille local act The Waiters will be serving up some quality tunes for you to enjoy this finally Friday. The Waiters will be playing all of your favorite cover tunes from a variety of different genres and decades beginning at 8 o’clock.

Connecticut-based funk act Kung Fu will be kicking the weekend into high gear down at Port City Music Hall with a set of originals and a set of Steely Dan covers! Things get underway at 8 during this 18+ show with an opening set from soul/funk band, West End Blend.

Local drummer Chicky Stoltz will be drumming up some action with a free show at Salvage BBQ tonight. Chicky’s music is both dark and charming and shifts between bar blues and Americana, so be sure to check him out tonight as things get underway right around 8:30pm.

BARISHI bring their gritty progressive metal to the stage of SPACE Gallery tonight. Having shared the stage with undeniable extreme music staples Mastodon, Author & Punisher, Today Is The Day, and Weedeater, BARISHI provide the listener with earth-shattering grooves and brutal vocals born in the mountains of Vermont. Portland prog-rockers, Sunrunner, Bangor’s metal act, Holy Filth, and newcomers to the local dark metal scene, Megog round out tonight’s 18+ bill. Music begins at 8:30pm.

Don’t miss what’s sure to be a party upstairs at Empire tonight as they welcome the roots-rock, Americana, country, and folk-infused tunes of Town Meeting, These Wild Plains and Jesse Ahern to the stage starting at 9 o’clock.

Portland House of Music and Events welcomes Boston-based rock act the Richard James Band to the stage tonight. The piano-driven band specifies their genre as “whiskey-infused roots rock and roll.” They’ll be getting after it following an opening set by 6 piece funky, dubbed out, psychedelic West African flavored band from, Barika, who’ll be starting the party at 9 tonight, so check it out if you’re feeling funky this Friday.

Aura in Portland welcomes two of the biggest hair metal bands of the ’80s, Warrant and Dokken, to the stage for a night of hard-hitting rock and roll. Both groups emerged from Los Angeles’ thriving hard rock scene and have gone on to sell millions of albums worldwide. These rockers can’t wait to play not only all the hits fans know and love, but some new tunes as well as. Experience the hard-hitting, high-energy rock n’ roll of Warrant & Dokken alongside special guests Beyond The Fall as things get underway at 9.

Get down on it with some of the best alt-rock tunes the 90s ever gave us with Hello Newman as they throw a party upstairs at Bull Feeney’s tonight. Grab some pals, drink some drinks, and enjoy 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 9:30.

Blue welcomes jazz, funk and fusion act Sassquatch for some serious getting down on this finally Friday. Get into the groove as things get fun and funky during this free all ages show starting up at 10pm.

Alt-rock act Now is Now will be rockin’ RiRa tonight. Join these talented dudes for some serious fun as this free Friday night show starts up at 10.


Rockbottom will be bringing some classic rock hits to the stage of Mixers tonight. Dance the night away to cover tunes from such bands as ZZ Top, The Stones, Jimi Hendrix, CCR, Skynyrd and more as this free show gets shakin’ right around 8:30.


Get ready to have your face melted off and your ears blown out by Oh The Humanity, Crowfeeder, Time Out Timmy, Not 30, Zukie Fury, Gant, The Keeper Class, Wussy and Spillers tonight as things get really loud and really awesome during this free rock show over at Live at 212. Music starts at 7.

Guitarist Denny Breau will be playing a set of songs over at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza this finally Friday. Breau’s parents, Hal Lone Pine and Betty Cody, were Maine-based country stars in the 1940s and 50s. Check out his performance of acoustic-based tunes as this free and all-ages event gets underway at 7pm.

Phil Divinsky and his Americana-tinged rhythm & blues band return to The Frog & Turtle in Westbrook tonight. You can enjoy some soulful sounds starting at 8:30 at this fabulous gastro pub located in downtown Westbrook.

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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