Check out Cape Cannons, The Very Reverend and dollys at Geno’s tonight


Nothing makes me smile wider than knowing that we’ve made it all the way to Thursday. Of course Thursday isn’t as grand as say, Friday, but it’s still pretty frickin’ decent, bub, and therefore it calls for a bit of celebration. There are plenty of places to congregate during said celebration so check out this list of to-dos for this evening and get to it, my babies! Check out some swinging shindigs such as Chris Ross and The North at Brian Boru, Sassquatch & Junco at Portland House of Music, Gunther Brown, GoldenOak & Town Meeting at Empire, Rachael Yamagata & Pressing Strings at Port City Music Hall, Brian Patricks at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Clara Junken at TIQA, Steve Jones at The Liberal Cup and much more!


Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at Gritty’s in Auburn tonight. 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.


Uke n’ Smile is hosting another Open Mic at the Local Buzz this Thursday. Starting at 7:30 any and all musicians are welcome to play some tunes, or if you can’t actually play an instrument, you can sing with the fellas in Uke n’ Smile as they play the music for you. It’s free, fun, and yummy drinks and food are available as well so if you’re in the area tonight be sure to stop by and check things out.


Steve Jones and his band will be making some noise up at The Liberal Cup in Hallowell this Thursday evening. Jones and friends blend everything from rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, roots and more to create some mighty fine jams that are guaranteed to help you get the good times rolling. If you’re in the area tonight be sure to stop through and have some fun as things get underway right around 7 o’clock.

Maine-based musician Sa Rah brings an evening of serenades back to the Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell tonight. Make some plans to get cozy and enjoy her acoustic set of songs as this free show begins at 9pm.


TIQA welcomes local songstress Clara Junken to perform a set of tunes tonight as part of their Thursday night Cocktail Club. 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 5 o’clock.

Local rockers and rollers The Joint Chiefs will be performing live this Thursday evening out on the Portland Lobster Company deck. Starting at 6 these fellas will get the good times and good tunes rollin’ with a set of high-energy and big fun songs for this free, all ages show.

Mike Maurice is back at 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.

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes back local folk-rocker Brian Patricks. 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 Patricks’ solo set as this free show begins at 7.

Port City Music Hall welcomes back melodic, alt-pop singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata. Tonight’s 18+ show starts off at 8 with an opening set from soulful rock trio Pressing Strings.

Check out The Beat Brigade at Sonny’s tonight. The Beat Brigade features incomparable trumpet player and vocalist, Emma Stanley, freaky funkmaster Colin Winsor on bass, the awesomely awesome Kyle Friday on guitar and babyface bad boy James Finison on drums. Party your heart out with Portland’s best and boldest as this free show starts up at 8 o’clock.

The Patio, a local organization committed to helping promote and book new talented artists from around town and beyond, presents an outstanding evening of roots, folk, and Americana tunes upstairs at Empire tonight. Beginning at 8 take in terrific sets of original songs from local acts GoldenOak and Gunther Brown alongside Massachusetts-based band Town Meeting – who’ll actually be joined by local cellist and founder of the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, Kevin Oates, for a few songs. This is guaranteed to be a great time so don’t miss out!

Some serious getting down will be happening at Portland House of Music and Events as they welcome jazz, funk and fusion act Sassquatch for some serious Thursday thunder. Get into the groove as things get fun and funky with an opening set from local folk-rock act Junco starting at 8:30.

Bundle up and check out local electro-pop rock act Dean Ford & The Keepsakes as they return to the Oasis patio with a night of electrified pop, rock and dance tunes. Bust a move and have some fun as this free show starts up at 9.

The dudes in Kilcollins will be doing it to it over at RiRa on Commercial Street this thirsty Thursday. Starting at 9 Kilcollins plans on rockin’ you with all sorts of tunes that you know in love with a handful of catchy original jams for good measure. It’s free, fun and guaranteed to be a good time, so check it out if you’re downtown this evening.

Local folk songstress Caroline Cotter will be performing a fun and intimate acoustic set of tunes down at Blue this evening. Beginning at 9 o’clock you can check out a delightful set of songs courtesy of Caroline.

Lots of energetic, awesome, and heavy-hitting indie rock and roll will be taking Geno’s by storm tonight as Portland bands Cape Cannons and The Very Reverend team up with NJ act dollys for a show that is guaranteed to make you move. This shindig gets shaking at 9pm.
Soulful roots-rock act Chris Ross and The North are back from a run of East Coast shows and are ready to party in Portland with a free show at Brian Boru in the Old Port. These super talented fellas will be turning up your Thursday night with some solid rock-infused Americana sounds as things get swinging upstairs at Boru right around 9:30.

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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