Check out Fifth Freedom with The Resistance at Empire tonight

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Holy flippin’ flip it is FINALLY Friday! It was an awesome week filled with rocking and rolling and other assorted bad ass things, but I am so ready to hike up my Party Pants and get down on it! If any of you guys wanna climb aboard this party train, here’s what’s shaking tonight including Ryan Halliburton at Champions, Mama’s Boomshack at Mine Oyster, Scolded Dogs at The Kennebec Wharf, The Substitutes at Mr. Goodbar, EMO Night at Portland House of Music, Downeast Soul Coalition at The Porthole, SHEL at One Longfellow Square, Steve Jones at Salvage BBQ, The Paper Kites and Larkin Poe at Port City Music Hall, Los Federales at Blue, Sparks The Rescue at Moose Alley, The Whiskey Militia at Mixers, and more!

AUBURN 

If you’re spending your Friday in Auburn, check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show up at Fire House Grill. 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.

BANGOR

Lead singer of chart-topping 1990s act Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker has gone country and tonight he brings his soulful, twangy sounds to the stage of Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor alongside opening acts Dan + Shay and Michael Ray. This all ages concert gets underway at 7 o’clock.

Lucie & The Undercover Band will be bringing some classic rock covers to Hollywood Casino in Bangor tonight for a free 21+ show that starts up at 8pm.

BIDDEFORD

Take in some free tunes at Champions as Ryan Halliburton will be bringing some fine pop-rock sounds to the stage for a fun show that’ll get swinging right around 6:30pm.

Check out a free, all-ages show tonight at Elements in Biddeford as they feature the emotionally expressive and finely crafted Americana, folk and blues tunes of local act Hilton Park. Head out for a night of Maine-made music as things start up at 8 o’clock.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

Mama’s Boomshack brings the funk and soul to your Friday with another fun show Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor. Check ‘em out, bust a move and get the good times rollin’ as the music starts at 9 o’clock.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY

If you’re up at Sugarloaf this evening make some plans to stop by The Rack BBQ as local artist Jeff Kilton will be taking to the stage for a show featuring the songs of such artists as Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, The Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam, The Band, Led Zep, Bob Marley and more. Tonight’s free show begins at 7pm.

FREEPORT

Local singer-songwriter Justin Walton will be performing some acoustic tunes during a free show at Gritty’s in Freeport. Enjoy some great music, local brews and delicious food as things get started up at 8 o’clock.

GORHAM 

Local musician Dave Jacquet will be bringing some acoustic Americana, roots-rock and folk tunes to the School Street Pub in Gorham this evening. Join Dave beginning at 8:30 for this free show.

HALLOWELL

The Scolded Dogs are back to make some noise at The Kennebec Wharf tonight as they bring some more party-rockin’ tunes to the stage for another free show. Starting at 9 you can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as covers of such acts as Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more.

The Tim Sullivan Trio will be holding it down at Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell this evening. Tim is one talented dude who knows how to make people feel fine through playing a bunch of tunes that are sure to get you moving this finally Friday so if you’re in the area swing on by starting at 9:30.

LEWISTON

Guthries gets jumping once again tonight as they welcome back The Juke Joint Devils to kick out some old time, hard-driving blues. Tonight’s free, all-ages performance gets swinging around 8.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Party at Mr. Goodbar tonight as The Substitutes bring you the best in old school pop and rock with tunes from such legendary bands as The Beatles, The Who, The Monkees and more. Even better, this evening’s show is absolutely free so if you’re looking to wind down your work week with some good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll, swing on by and check ‘em out starting at 7.

Alternative rock act Leaving Eden will be bringing the party to GFB Scottish Pub in OOB tonight. Join this high-energy band for some rocking and/or rolling as things get started up at 8.

Cover act Stolen Mojo will be playing some pop, rock, Motown, R&B, funk, disco and country jams from the last five decades during a free show at The Brunswick. Join in on the dance party as things gets grooving right around 8:30pm.

PORTLAND

Portland House of Music and Events offers up some Happy Hour music for you to check out this finally Friday as the talented musicians of the Sweet Maxwell Sullivan Trio take over the patio starting at 5 with some stellar instrumental jams.

Take in some tasty roots rock jams at The Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight as Travis James Humphrey returns for Happy Hour starting at 5pm. It’s a free event with plenty of beer and food on hand so no excuses; check it out!

Jazz/rock act Time Planet returns to Portland tonight for a show at Blue. Check out their set of new tunes as things get underway right around 6 o’clock.

Singer-songwriter Micah Scott will be bringing his Americana, folk and blues tunes Andy’s Old Port Pub for an all ages and free performance that’ll begin right around 7.

The Porthole welcomes local act Downeast Soul Coalition to the deck for a Friday night party chock full of some solid funk and soul sounds. This free shindig will get shaking right around 7 o’clock.

Pop-rock and Americana act the Jason Spooner Band will be helping you ease into the freakin’ weekend with a party outside on the deck at Portland Lobster Company. This free all-ages shindig starts up at 7pm.

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 vino as this evening’s performance gets underway at 8pm.

SHEL, the eclectic Colorado-based folk-pop quartet comprised of sisters Sarah, Hannah, Eva, and Liza Holbrook, will be performing at One Longfellow Square tonight. Check out this all-ages shindig as music starts up at 8 o’clock.

Check out the pop-infused Americana and folk sounds of local act Welterweight as they return to the stage of Blue once again this Friday. Tonight’s performance will get underway at 8 o’clock. .

Don’t miss another celebration of the summer season as Viva and her band The Reinforcements will be bringing some sultry Latin fusion sounds to The Dogfish Bar & Grille. Things get underway at 8pm.

Dustin Lavasseur is back in Portland for a show with his band Eastern Landing out on the patio of Slab tonight. This Brooklyn transplant will be joined by local music makers Tyler Stanley, Daniel MacLeod and Ed Dickhaut for an evening of tunes starting at 8pm.

Steve Jones and his band will be making some noise at Salvage BBQ on Congress Street this finally Friday. Jones and friends blend everything from rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, roots and more to create some mighty fine sounds 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 8:30pm during this free, all-ages event.

Fun it up this Friday with some salsa tunes that have just a bit of punk influence as well as some exciting experimental electro-folk with local acts El Malo and The Last Sip. These two talented bands will be taking the stage of Geno’s for a night of music that starts at 9 o’clock.

If you’re looking to have some secret, and not-so-secret, cries to some of the tunes you might’ve enjoyed as a high schooler than make some moves to reminisce about all things white belt, swoopy bands and clove cigarettes as EMO Night returns to Portland House of Music and Events. This emo-tastic event will feature all the tunes of your youth as things get started up right around 9 o’clock.

Maybe some high-energy, high-quality rock and roll is what you’re in need of for this finally Friday. If that’s the case be sure to head out to Empire in Portland where hard rockin’, Southern-tinged band Fifth Freedom celebrates the release of their new record, Heartbreak & Hellfire. Alt-rock act The Resistance will kick off tonight’s party with an opening set at 9pm.

Australian folk-rock group, The Paper Kites, will be bringing their lush, harmonic sound to the stage of Port City Music Hall for an 18+ show tonight. Southern roots-rock duo Larkin Poe will open the evening as music starts at 9.

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

Bull Feeney’s is the place to be for some rock, blues, R&B, and jazzy funk tunes as 13 Scotland Road returns for a free show that gets underway right around 9:30pm.

Portland based band Los Federales will be channeling the spirit of Americana and roots music while exploring the depths of the heartland and the fringes of the cosmos during another show at Blue on Congress Street tonight. Join these talented players for a fun musical journey as things get underway around 10.

RiRa is geared up for another fun-filled Friday night featuring the energetic sounds of dance-pop cover act Tickle. Things get shaking at 10 with an instant-party mix of some of the best music from today as well as some classic retro funk from yesterday.

RANGELEY

Portland pop-rockers Sparks The Rescue will be partying in Rangeley tonight as they play a free show at Moose Alley starting at 8.

ROCKPORT

Tonight The Midnight Riders bring some soul, funk, Americana, roots, blues, and rock n’ roll sounds to the Flatbread Company in Rockport. Join these fun fellas for some musical merriment as things get underway at 9pm.

SABATTUS

Check out some modern country covers from local act Whiskey Militia as they bring the party to Mixers in Sabattus tonight. This Central Maine act will be rocking you with songs from such artists as Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Josh Thompson, Jake Owen and more. This free show gets shaking right around 8:30pm.

SANFORD

The Sanford VFW welcomes local cover act Illusion to the stage for a stripped down, acoustic performance featuring rock and roll with covers from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today, with a little country mixed in. Things get started up at 8 o’clock.

UNION

Enjoy some stringed things, harmonica and sweet, sweet vocal harmonies as the talented fellas in The Ghost of Paul Revere bring their beloved hollerfolk sounds to Savage Oaks Vineyard and Winery in Union tonight for an all ages show that’ll start up right around 7:30pm.

 

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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