Check out Covered in Bees, The Murder Weapon & Spidermilk at Empire tonight


Well by the way tonight is shaping up it looks as though the weekend has arrived a day early, and you know what? I’m pretty okay with that. So let’s hike up those Party Pants and do it to it this Thursday at shows such as A Band Beyond Description at Gritty’s, Fog Ave at The Run of the Mill, El Malo at Geno’s, Keller Williams & Cabinet at Port City Music Hall, Clara Junken at Sonny’s, Parmalee & Drew Baldridge at Asylum, Pitch Black Ribbons at The Rack and more!


If you’re in the Lewiston/Auburn area tonight be sure to stop by the Fire House Grille for some acoustic tunes courtesy of local artist Matt Fournier. Matt will be providing the soundtrack to your Thursday evening with a free, unplugged set of songs starting right around 7:30.

Gritty’s welcomes back local musician Michael Krapovicky for a night of acoustic pop-rock originals and covers. Michael will get the good times rollin’ right around 8 during this free and fun set.


The Coast Bar & Bistro welcomes local musician Thomas Morin to the stage for a night of country, classic rock and pop. Beginning at 6, you can expect to hear Thomas’ renditions of classic cover songs from Tom Petty, The Eagles, Keith Urban and many more.


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


If you’re hitting the slopes this weekend and find yourself up at Sugarloaf, be sure to check out local country-rock duo Pitch Black Ribbons at The Rack tonight. The brothers will be bringing their toe-tapping tunes to the stage starting right around 7 o’clock.


Steve Jones and his band The Broken Hearts 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.

Locally based songstress, Sa rah brings her evening of serenades back to Easy Street Lounge this Thursday. Get cozy, grab yourself a delicious cocktail, and enjoy some fine tunes as things get started up around 9:30.


Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jenny Van West will be joined by fellow local musician Jon Cooper for an evening of music at Blue on Congress Street this Thursday. Check out some songs and stories from this talented pair as things get underway right around 5.

Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in the Old Port welcomes local Americana duo Double Entendre to the stage this Tuesday evening. Starting at 6pm stop by and check out this free, all-ages acoustic performance from this pair of Maine musicians.

Welcome Thursday night with some stellar sounds from local artist Kafari over at Portland House of Music and Events this evening. Check out the super eclectic jazz and funk sounds Kafari creates via his keyboard as this free show gets underway at 6.

The Jason Spooner Duo will be filling the Top of the East with tons of terrific roots rock and Americana sounds as they play a free show in the beautiful bar beginning at 7 o’clock.

Musician Francesca Blanchard brings her love of folk, rock, jazz, French chanson, soul, world music and pop to life tonight at Blue during a set that’ll get underway at 7pm.

North Carolina country rock act Parmalee will be performing live at the Asylum tonight. Pop-country singer-songwriter Drew Baldridge will open the night as music starts right around 8.

The Portland Jazz Orchestra will be hosting the 2nd Annual Jazz Orchestra-High School Jazz Ensemble Outreach Program tonight at One Longfellow Square. Under the direction of Craig Skeffington, this month’s featured band will be the South Portland High School Jazz Ensemble.  Join the PJO and the SPHS Jazz Ensemble for an evening of big band jazz as things get underway at 8pm.

Clara Junken, one of my most favorite rock n’ roll sirens, will be holding it down tonight with her band in the lounge over at Sonny’s in the Old Port. Things get underway at 8:30 during this free event and will showcase Clara’s blues-influenced RnR tunes. It was also Clara’s birthday on Tuesday so make sure you wish her well and maybe even buy her a fancy drink as she serenades you through the evening hours.

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Keller Williams has been known for quite some time as a literal one-man jam band. Tonight he steps out on stage with a whole crew of talented musicians as they perform live on at Port City Music Hall in Portland. Starting at 9 check out Keller’s latest project, The Keller Williams Kwartho, that will be helping him bring many of his songs to life with a touch of musical flair. Bluegrass and Americana act Cabinet will open tonight’s show.

If you’re looking for some salsa tunes with a bit of punk influence then make your way over to Geno’s tonight for another show with local salsacore act El Malo as they bring the fun to the stage starting right around 9 o‘clock.

Talented, local troubadours, Samuel James and Dana Gross, team up once again this Thursday to bring you an evening full of terrific blues-based folk tunes at Blue on Congress Street. Starting at 9 this dynamic duo will be singing some songs, plucking some guitar strings, and sharing some stories to enhance your evening so be sure to stop in and check things out if you’re kicking around the downtown area tonight.

Local pop-rockers, Kilcollins are back on the stage of RiRa as they get the party started around 9 o’clock with their party mix of original jams and awesome cover tunes. Tonight’s show is absolutely free so swing through if you’re Thursdaying in the Old Port!

Bloody Thirsty Thursday will be taking over Empire tonight with sets from Portland death-punkers Covered in Bees alongside psychobilly extraordinaires The Murder Weapon and heavy-hitting rock and rollers Spidermilk. The musical massacre will commence upstairs right around 9 o’clock.

Gretchen & The Pickpockets will be bringing some jazz, soul and rock and roll to the stage of Brian Boru this Thirsty Thursday. Join the band for a free, fun show as things get underway upstairs right around 9:30.

Mellow your mind with some stellar jams at Gritty’s in the Old Port during another fun night with the one and only A Band Beyond Description. Far more than just your typical Grateful Dead cover band, these fellas jam out on everything from Phish, the Allman Brothers, The Band and more. Anticipate good times, good tunes and good people starting right around 9:30.


Acoustic trio Fog Ave will be bringing the good times and good tunes to the Run of the Mill tonight. Beginning at 8 join these talented fellas for some unplugged covers of Paul Simon, U2, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who, The Monkees and many, many more.

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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