Check out Builder of the House, Sea Level & Will Bradford at Empire tonight


We are getting closer and closer to the freakin’ weekend and thankfully this Thursday is priming itself as the kick-off to another event-filled few days. I hope your Party Pants are ready for some serious action because there’s lots to check out including Open Mic Night with Toby McAllister at the Hayloft Pub, Scolded Dogs at The Liberal Cup, Tickle at The Brunswick, Nick Racioppi at Fire House Grill, A Band Beyond Description at Gritty’s, Gang of Thieves at Portland House of Music, The Band Perry, Raquel Cole & Joe Gallant at the Maine State Pier, Matt Meyer & The Gumption Junction at Blue, William Joseph Jiordan and DYADO & The Ghosts of Johnson City at Mayo Street Arts, Slavic Soul Party! at SPACE Gallery, Doubting Gravity at RiRa and tons more, here we go!


Nick Racioppi of local rock-reggae act A Mighty Lion goes solo tonight for a free show happening at the Fire House Grill in Auburn. Join Nick as music starts during this all ages show right around 8.


Local acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be hosting an open bluegrass jam at The Gin Mill in Augusta this evening. Join in on the musical revelry as things get underway at 7:30pm.


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


Big Fat Cadillac will be playing tonight as part of the Winslow Park Summer Concert Series in Freeport this evening. Join the band for some swingin’, honky tonkin’, boogie woogie, Tex Mex, and roadhouse Americana as things get swinging right around 6 during this all-ages affair.


The Scolded Dogs are back to make some noise at The Liberal Cup tonight as they bring some more party-rockin’ tunes to the stage for another free show. Starting at 8 you can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as covers of such acts as Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more.

Get yourself over to the Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell tonight for an evening of fun acoustic jams as Sa Rah’s Serenades continue. Let this lovely local songstress sing you some sweet songs as things get started up at this free show right around 9 o’clock.


Toby McAllister of local pop- and pop-rock act Sparks The Rescue will be hosting an acoustic Open Mic night at the Hayloft Pub in Mechanic Falls this Thursday evening. Join Toby for some free fun as things get swinging right around 6pm.


American Ride will be busting out a bunch of modern country covers for you boogie down to tonight during a free show that starts up at 7 over at Mr. Goodbar in Old Orchard Beach.

Pop-rock and roller Alex Roy will be performing a set of original tunes and cover songs at Jimmy The Greek’s. Tonight’s event is free and sure to be fun so swing through if you’re in the area this Thursday as the music starts up at 8 o’clock.

Dance it out down at The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach as dance/pop cover act Tickle gets ready to bring the house down with some of the best of today’s music mixed in with a little bit of retro funk. The party starts at 8 tonight.

Radio Revival returns to The Pier Patio Pub tonight with tons of songs for you to groove to including covers of Queen, ELO, Bowie, Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, The Strokes, Thin Lizzy, Weezer and more. This free show gets rockin’ and rollin’ at 9pm.


Local chanteuse Renee Coolbrith and Portland piano man Kris Rodgers come together once again for another Happy Hour performance out on the patio of Portland House of Music and Events. This talented pair will be playing a plethora of tunes as this free all-ages gathering gets underway at 4pm.

Sibling pop-country act The Band Perry will be in Portland tonight to perform live on the Maine State Pier. Starting off this all-ages concert will be fellow country artists Raquel Cole and Portland’s own Joe Gallant. Music starts up at 6 o’clock.

Get in some fun pop-rock tunes courtesy of The Grumps as they play a free show out on the Porthole deck this Thursday evening.  These talented fellas will get the good times rollin’ during this all-ages event starting at 6 o’clock.

Enjoy some locally grown music at Blue this Thursday evening as Matt Meyer and The Gumption Junction return for a show that gets underway at 6pm. The band will be serving up some rootsy, old time, mountain music for you to stomp your feet to, so be sure to stop by and give ‘em a listen if you’re in the downtown area tonight.

Local musician Mike Maurice returns to Salvage BBQ tonight for some honky tonk piano. Mike will be serving up a classic variety of twangy hits as well as some ragtime tunes and improv. Check out this free, all ages shindig and enjoy some tasty BBQ as things start up right around 6pm.

Check out some summer fun happening at Portland Lobster Company as local rock n’ rollers The Joint Chiefs return for a free all-ages show this evening.  Starting at 6:30 these fellas will get the good times and good tunes rollin’ with a set of high-energy and big fun songs.

Local duo Meraki will be serving up some soul tonight as they perform a free all-ages show out on the Slab patio. This pair will be bringing you smooth sounds from Motown to the Londontown so be sure to swing through this evening as the music starts a t 7o’clock.

Check out a mix of Americana, blues, folk, bluegrass and rockabilly from local guitarist Jim Gallant as he returns to Andy’s for another free all ages show starting at 7pm.

William Joseph Jiordan and DYADO bring their poetic ballads and orchestral style folk to the stage of Mayo Street Arts this evening. Portland act The Ghosts of Johnson City will start off the night with a set of  old mountain music, Civil War songs, coal-mining melodies, tunes of love and loss, and haunting murder ballads from the American South starting at 8.

Local jazz artist Viva will be bringing her vivacious vocals back to the Sonny’s lounge this evening. Check out this Thursday night 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. Show Thursday what you’ve got as this free show gets underway at 8pm.

Check out the pop-infused Americana and folk sounds of local act Welterweight as they return to the stage of Blue once again tonight for a show that’ll include not only their own original stuff, but some classic country, indie rock, new wave and rock and roll covers.  Tonight’s performance will get underway at 8 o’clock.

New York City’s premiere Balkan brass party band, Slavic Soul Party! will be bringing some funky grooves to SPACE Gallery tonight. Ready your dancing shoes as the band creates an acoustic mash-up of Balkan and Gypsy sounds with North American music, weaving the gospel, techno, funk, dub, jazz, and Latin influences of New York’s neighborhoods seamlessly into a Balkan brass setting starting at 8:30pm.

Anticipate lots of high-energy, good times to be rollin’ through Portland House of Music tonight as they welcome Vermont funk rockers Gang of Thieves to the stage. Get a solid dose of good vibes this Thursday as things get underway right around 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.

Indie pop duo Builder of the House will be joined by artist Dan Capaldi on electric guitar for a night of tunes upstairs at Empire in Portland. Capaldi plays double-duty as he also will be performing a set of songs under his moniker Sea Level and Will Bradford of local act SeepeopleS will start off the night with a set that’ll begin right around 9.

Bust out some sweet dance moves and your favorite hula hoop and get ready to mellow your mind at Gritty’s in the Old Port with the one and only Band Beyond Description. Far more than just your typical Grateful Dead cover band, these fellas will jam out accordingly on everything from the Allman Brothers, Phish, The Band and much more. Anticipate good times, good tunes, and good peeps starting at 9.

Andi Fawcett and the fellas of Doubting Gravity will be bringing you some of the best original pop rock around as they play a free show RiRa in the Old Port tonight. Starting at 9 fill your Thirsty Thursday party with some good times and good tunes at this free, 21+ dance party! 

Full throttle into your Thursday night with a free show at Brian Boru with The Dapper Gents. These fellas will be getting things rollin’ right around 9:30 with their blend of folk, pop and rock that’s guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun so swing through if you’re downtown this evening.

Local rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues and soul back to the Amigos patio in the Old Port tonight. Join this energetic act for a night of awesome tunes as things start up right at 9:30.


The Desperate Avikadoz offer up some funky jams down at The Run of the Mill tonight. The fellas will be bringing the party to life starting right around 8 o’clock, so if you’re in the area swing through and check ‘em out.



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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