Check out Empire’s 3 For Three with S.S. Cretins, El Malo & Bong Wish


Happy Thursday and congratulations on making it this far, my babies! I haven’t any time to get cheeky with you guys as Thursday is packing a one-two punch, so let’s get right to it! Tons of tunes to take in all around tonight including Colin Hay at Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Zeme Libre at Brian Boru, A Band Beyond Description at Gritty’s, Sorcha Cribben-Merrill & Heather Styka at Blue, We Came As Romans, Miss May I, Sworn In & Wilson at Port City Music Hall, The Sump Pumps at The Liberal Cup, Char Porter at Fire House Bar & Grille, Bill Howard at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro and more!


Join the Chad Porter for some serious fun as he gets your Thursday evening started up with a free show at the Fire House Grille in Auburn.  This evening you might hear some covers of Ray Lamontagne, Ceelo Green, Blake Shelton and more as well as some catchy originals as things get underway at 7:30.


Take in some live, acoustic tunes from local singer-songwriter Bill Howard as he returns to the stage of The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro this Thursday. Bill will be playing some songs during this free, all-ages show which gets started up at 6.


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


Local rock n’ roller, Josh Robbins will be joined by his band of merry misfits, The Sump Pumps, for some good times and good tunes at the Liberal Cup in Hallowell. Tonight’s free show gets underway right around 7pm.

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.


Welcome Thursday with some stellar sounds courtesy of local artist Kafari at Portland House of Music and Events. Check out the multifarious jazz and funk sounds Kafari creates on his keyboard as this free Happy Hour event starts up at 5pm.

Tucson, AZ duo Ryanhood will be bringing their folk-rock to the stage of Blue this Thursday evening. This acoustic act has performed more than 800 shows in 42 U.S. states and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, Lifehouse, and more. See them live as music begins right around 7.

If you mix a little Americana, blues, folk, bluegrass and rockabilly together with some great original sounds then you’ll find yourself with Maine musician Jim Gallant. The singer, songwriter and guitarist will be performing a free all-ages set at Andy’s tonight beginning at 7pm.

Detroit-based screamo band We Came As Romans will be playing an all-ages show at Port City Music Hall tonight. Thrash metal band Miss May I, hardcore act Sworn In and Wilson round out tonight’s bill as things get underway right around 7:30.

Los Angeles-based chanteuse, singer, and songwriter Jessica Fichot has a show at One Longfellow Square tonight. Backed by a fiery band (clarinet and sax, upright bass and guitar), and armed with her accordion, toy piano, and multilingual vocals, she’ll be bringing her swing-era jazz sounds inspired by 1940s Shanghai to the stage tonight. Check out this evening’s set as music begins at 8pm.

Take on this Thursday evening with some intoxicating Latin fusion sounds courtesy of local act Viva & The Reinforcements as they bring their sexy set of songs back to Sonny’s Lounge tonight. Enjoy some tasty tropical grooves as this free shindig gets swinging at 8 o’clock.

Local pop-rockers Kilcollins will be doing their thing on stage at RiRa tonight as they get the rock n’ roll party started right around 9 with a mix of original material and cover tunes. It’s a free show, so check it out if you’re downtown tonight. 

Sorcha Cribben-Merrill and Heather Styka join musical forces tonight for an evening of stirring folk, blues, and soul tunes at Blue  on Congress Street. Don’t miss your chance to take in some terrific tunes from these two talented songstresses as things get underway right around 9pm.

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.

Zeme Libre will be bringing the good times upstairs to Brian Boru tonight with their high-energy set filled with Afro-fusion, hard-tinged reggae, and ska sounds. Tonight’s free show gets start up right around 9:30pm.

Don’t miss tonight’s 3 For Three event happening upstairs at the Empire. Starting at 9:30 you can check out 3 bands for $3 with $3 beer specials! This Thirsty Thursday party will feature tunes from psychedelic, garage rockers S.S. Cretins, salsacore band El Malo, and mystic folk-rock act Bong Wish.


Singer, guitarist, and main songwriter of Australia’s Men at Work, Colin Hay is responsible for penning several of the quirkiest pop hits of the early ’80s. Tonight you can spend an evening with Hay and his music as he performs live at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center. This evening’s show will get underway at 8pm.

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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