Check out Crystal Canyon, Tall Horse, North Atlantic, The Great Depression & Rita Fishbone at Urban Farm Fermentory tonight

Heck yes! Just one final push and we’re on to the freakin’ weekend, babies, and I don’t know about you, but I’m about to have me some fun! Things kick off with a mighty big bang this Friday evening so make sure you’ve properly stretched, taken your vitamins, and pressed those Party Pants because it’s high time that we let the good times roll. Here we go! Check out tunes such as Skosh & Andrew Bailie at Portland House of Music and Events, KGFREEZE, Fellow Celebrants, Mirth & Mill Fire at Banded Horn Brewing Company, Hello Newman at Skip’s Lounge, Richard James and the Name Changers at The Shipyard Brew Haus at Sugarloaf, Boogie Mob at Easy Street Lounge, Ragged Jack at Shooters Pub, Kilcollins at The Brunswick, Joe Gallant at The Rink at Thompson’s Point, Sylvain’s Acadian Aces at Salvage BBQ, The Flipsides, Jonee Earthquake Band & Gwynne & The Tonics at Bayside Bowl, Fighting Fiction at Bull Feeney’s, El Malo at Blue, The Easy Money Band at The Kerrymen Pub, Dave Rowe at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, The Keeper Class, The Spillers, Port City Saints, Gant & more at Live at 212, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies at The Frog and Turtle, and more!

BANGOR

Take in some modern country tonight as the Hollywood Casino in Bangor welcomes Joan Kennedy and her band to the stage for a free show that’ll get swinging right around 8.

Get ready to work it out on the dance floor of the Penobscot Pour House tonight as they welcome back Shyboy to perform a wide variety of rock hits from the 60’s through today. The party starts up at 9 o’clock.

BIDDEFORD

If you’re south of Portland be sure to check out an all-ages, free show filled with some contemporary Middle Eastern music as Zapion performs at Elements in Biddeford beginning at 8pm.

Tonight get wild and weird with some righteous rock, pop, R&B, electro, and punk inspired sounds as KGFREEZE, Fellow Celebrants, Mirth and Mill Fire come together for what is guaranteed to be an awesome time over at Banded Horn Brewing Company in Biddeford.  With such an expansive scope of entertaining sounds for your earholes don’t miss tonight’s must-see, free show as things get started at 8.

BUXTON 

Get down on it with some of the best alt-rock tunes the 90s ever gave us with Hello Newman who’ll be throwing a party at Skip’s Lounge tonight. Grab some pals, drink some beers, 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.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY 

The Widowmaker Lounge at Sugarloaf welcomes back Boston-based rock act Richard James & The Name Changers to the stage tonight. The piano-driven band specifies their genre as “whiskey-infused roots rock and roll.” They’ll be getting after it starting at 9 tonight, so check it out if you’re feeling funky this Friday.

Robbie Coffin & Friends will be warming things up at The Rack tonight as they play a bunch of awesome Americana and roots rocks tunes for ya starting up at 9pm.

FREEPORT

The Kevin Midgley Players return to Gritty’s Freeport location tonight. These local musicians will be serving up some Americana and Delta blues tunes during a free and all ages show that starts at 8.

HALLOWELL

Central Maine soul, funk and jazz act Boogie Mob will be doing it to it up at Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell this Friday evening. Join in on the free fun as tonight’s 21+ dance party gets shaking at 9 o’clock.

If you’re in Hallowell tonight check out a fun show at The Kennebec Wharf as The Boneheads return to the stage. The local act, which has become famous for their unpredictable and equally as impressive lives shows that often feature band members switching instruments as well as some dynamic arrangements of beloved tunes and even the occasional hilarious polka take on certain songs, will start things up right around 9.

LEWISTON

Pedro O’Hara’s welcomes back local singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron. Ron will be serving up tons of tunes starting at 8 including covers of The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many, many more. If you’re hanging in the area tonight make some plans to swing through and have some fun at this free show.

MECHANIC FALLS

Get ready for some rollicking rockabilly courtesy of Ragged Jack as the band plays a free show at Shooters Pub in Mechanic Falls this evening. This fun show starts up at 8pm.

NAPLES

Local pop-rockers Sparks The Rescue will be partying at Bray’s Brew Pub tonight. The fellas will be will be rockin’ it out on stage with a night of free tunes that include the band’s original material as well as a plethora of super fun covers as things get started right around 9:30.

NORTH YARMOUTH

Award-winning folk artist Anni Clark will be playing some songs at the Toddy Brook Golf Club in North Yarmouth this evening. Clark will be bringing her acoustic 12-string up to the stage for some original tunes starting at 6.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 

The dudes in Kilcollins will be doing it to it at The Brunswick tonight. Starting at 8:30 the band 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 in the area this evening.

PHIPPSBURG

The Phippsburg Congregational Church welcomes the Hadacol Bouncers to the stage this Friday evening. Featuring songs from such musical legends as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and James P. Johnson, the ensemble will play a program of New Orleans jazz, Chicago-style jazz, novelty songs, and other classics from the Great American Songbook as things get underway at 7:30pm.

PORTLAND

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

Miners Creek bluegrass band will be playing tonight at BlueMiners Creek is at its core is a family band, consisting of song writing, mother/daughter duo Resa and Emily Randolph and husband/dad/banjo player Whitney Randolph. Jesse McWilliams joins in on mandolin; Peter Proeller on claw hammer banjo; and Jenny Karod on viola/violi as the music starts up at 6 o’clock.

Local musician Jeff Cusack returns to Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street tonight for a free set showcasing his acoustic, light rock tunes. This free and family-friendly event begins at 7pm.

It should be a beautiful evening to do a little skating so make some plans to head out to The Rink at Thompson’s Point to enjoy some winter fun and musical sounds courtesy of local alt-country rocker Joe Gallant who’ll be serenading you from 7 to 9 tonight.

There will be tons of great tunes to take in tonight over at Urban Farm Fermentory’s new tasting room as they welcome the pop-injected shoegaze sounds of Crystal Canyon alongside indie rock trio, Tall Horse, atmospheric indie rock outfit, North Atlantic, NJ rockers, The Great Depression, and experimental rock band out of NJ too, Rita Fishbone. The good times and tunes are slated to begin right around 7:30 tonight.

Gadadu, a trio consisting of vocals, trumpet, viola, synth, percussion, and keyboard, comes to Blue tonight to bring their refreshing jazz sounds to life on stage starting at 8 o’clock.

Local musician Rexy Dinosaur returns with saxophone in claws to the Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight. Rexy will be joined by Tom Douglas on guitar and Geoff Williams on percussion as the trio bring you a mix of blues, hip hop and jazz beginning at 8 o’clock.

Portland piano man Mike Maurice will be back at MJ’s Wine Bar tonight for a free show featuring some funk, soul and jazz sounds. Enjoy some tunes and a glass of wine as this evening’s performance gets underway at 8pm.

Local fellas Sylvain’s Acadian Aces are back at Salvage BBQ on Congress Street this finally Friday. Beginning at 8:30 these talented gents will be serving up some authentic Cajun tunes for you to dance around to.

Central Maine band Skosh brings their badass blend of funk, rock and ska back to the stage of Portland House of Music and Events tonight for a party that’s guaranteed to please. Things get swinging right around 9 with an opening set from local funkmaster Andrew Bailie.

There’s gonna be a whole lotta shakin’ going on over Bayside Bowl tonight as a trio of awesome acts take to the stage for some high energy rock n’ roll. Starting right around 9 o’clock you can check out sets from The Flipsides, Jonee Earthquake Band and Gwynne & The Tonics.

Local four-piece cover act, Fighting Fiction will be providing the perfect soundtrack for your Friday night with a wide variety of material from all kinds of genres including modern pop, rock, alternative, country, classic rock and more. The band has a free show at Bull Feeney’s starting up at 9:30 tonight.

Check out a free show at RiRa as Ryan Halliburton and The Still bring some pop-rock tunes to the stage during a free show that starts up at 10pm.

If you’re looking for some sultry salsa tunes with a bit of a punk edge then look no further than Blue on Congress Street as they welcome back local salsacore act El Malo to their stage starting at 10.

RANGELEY

Andi Fawcett and the fellas of Doubting Gravity will be bringing you some original pop rock as they play a free show up at Moose Alley tonight. Starting at 8:30 fill your finally Friday with some good times and good tunes at this free, 21+ dance party!

READFIELD

Award winning Maine songwriter Ed DesJardins brings his amazing voice and musical prowess to the Readfield Emporium tonight. Heartfelt songwriting and inspired, spontaneous jams make this a must see as things get underway at 7pm.

SACO

The Easy Money Band will be performing some songs at The Kerrymen Pub tonight. Beginning at 7:30 this talented act will get you grooving with their fun blend of rock, country, soul and blues.

SEARSMONT

After almost 10 years apart, Synesthesia will be together again for one epic show tonight at Threshers Brewing Company in Searsmont. Covering several genres such as Tool, Black Sabbath, and The Allman Brothers, they can offer something up for everyone as the tunes commence right around 7 o’clock.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Thatcher’s in South Portland welcomes back classic and southern rock and roll band Rosie to the stage for a free show that’ll get

WESTBROOK

Local folk artist Dave Rowe will be performing at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Join Rowe for some rollicking good times as this free show gets underway at 7pm.

A free show filled with some great, local rock and roll will be happening at Live at 212 tonight as The Keeper Class, The Spillers, Port City Saints, Gant, and more come together for a performance that’ll get underway at 7 o’clock.

And don’t forget that starting at 8:30 you can check out some tasty eats and equally tasty tunes at The Frog & Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook where Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies return to take over the joint with their own brand of unique and entertaining Americana and rockabilly.

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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