Check out Five of the Eyes, Mirth & Black River Union at Empire tonight

I bet it comes as absolutely no surprise that I’ve had Friday on my mind since Tuesday morning (I was lucky enough to have Monday OFF) so needless to say I’m incredibly happy that we’ve finally made it. Thankfully tonight lives up to the hype so pull up your warmest pair of fleece-lined Party Pants and get ready to do it to it. Let’s (finally) Friday! Don’t miss out on shows such as Continental Shakedown at Lost Valley, The Bill Barnes Trio at Nocturnem Draft Haus, Turner Templeton at the Widowmaker Lounge, Alex Roy at the School Street Pub, Scolded Dogs at Easy Street Lounge, Red Sky Mary at The Brunswick, Darlin’ Corey at Blue, Pardon Me, Doug at Oxbow, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies at Salvage BBQ, The Dapper Gents at RiRa, Living on a Bad Name at Mixers, The Hurricanes at The Kerrymen Pub, Ron Bergeron at Silver Street Tavern, The Groove Kings at Frog and Turtle, and much, much more!

AUBURN 

Local folk group, Bold Riley performs as part of the First Universalist Church of Auburn’s Concerts for a Cause series to benefit the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society this evening. Tonight’s performance will begin at 7pm.

Central Maine band Skosh brings their badass blend of funk, rock and ska up to Gritty’s in Auburn tonight for a party that’s guaranteed to please. Join the fellas for this free show that’ll get cranking right around 8 o’clock.

Tons of good vibes will be happening up at Lost Valley tonight as they welcome local jam band Continental Shakedown for a night of country, blues, jazz, improve, reggae, and rock and roll. This free show gets started at 8.

BANGOR

If you find yourself Fridaying up in the Central Maine area get on over to The Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor as they present another fine evening of jazz tunes and musical merriment with local act The Bill Barnes Trio. This free 21+ shindig gets swingin’ at 8 o’clock.

Jake Irish brings some blues tunes to the stage of the Hollywood Casino for a free show tonight that’ll get swinging right around 8 o’clock.

Catch some classic and modern rock covers from the Jim Brown Band as the band kicks off their two-night stint at the Penobscot Pour House right around 8 o’clock.

BIDDEFORD

Sarah Horton brings an evening of folk, rock, blues and Americana songs to Elements in Biddeford this evening. This free and all ages show will start up at 8pm.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY 

North of Nashville will be rocking The Rack tonight as they kick-off a two night stint on stage tonight starting at 9. Be sure to stop by and join Jay and Andrew as they bring their love all of all things country, western and twang to life this evening with a show that’s always guaranteed to be a ton of fun.

Western Maine’s electric-Americana style duo, Turner Templeton will be turning things up right around 9 o’clock at the Widowmaker Lounge at Sugarloaf tonight.

FALMOUTH

Singer-songwriter Kate Schrock will be performing alongside artist Aban Zirikly on violin and piano, and Tubalele, a tuba and ukulele group, during a show tonight at the Falmouth Congregational Church. This evening’s all ages event will begin at 7pm.

GORHAM 

Sparks The Rescue front man Alex Roy goes solo and acoustic tonight for a show at the School Street Pub. Beginning at 8:30 you can stop through and check out some of Roy’s pop-rock jams as he plays a free set of songs this evening.

HALLOWELL

Hanging in Hallowell? Then check out the dead ahead, high-energy, 4-piece, dance-your-butt-off rock and roll band The Worthy Bones as they return to the Kennebec Wharf tonight for a free show that gets jumpin’ right around 9.

The Scolded Dogs are back to make some noise at the Easy Street Lounge tonight as they bring some more party-rockin’ tunes to the stage for another free show. Starting at 9:30 you can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as covers of such acts as Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more.

LEWISTON

Don and Ray of The Veggies will be performing as a duo tonight at Pedro O’Hara’s. The fellas will be busting out a bunch of danceable cover tunes starting right around 8 o’clock.

NEWRY

Bethel-based band The Northside Ramblers bring their jammy medley of styles including rock, blues, folk, funk, and jazz to the Matterhorn Ski Bar tonight for a free show that’ll get swinging at 9.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Seacoast band Red Sky Mary will be bringing some high-energy rock and roll to the stage of The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach this finally Friday. Get ready to have some serious fun as these fellas prepare to blast off into the rock and roll stratosphere with a bunch of fun covers and catchy originals as this free show gets crankin’ around 8:30.

PORTLAND

Check out another free and fun First Friday show happening at The Dogfish Bar & Grille as Americana/roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns for some Happy Hour tuneage. Travis’ all-ages performance begins at 5 o’clock this finally Friday.

Local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey will be performing at Blue tonight. Starting at 6 you can stop in and check out the pair’s delightful blend of vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitars that are used to make up some truly unique bluegrass, old timey and folk sounds. This show is all ages and guaranteed to highlight some great music so be sure to make some plans to check it out.

Folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be performing an acoustic set at Andy’s Old Port Pub. This free, all-ages show will feature the pair performing renditions of songs by such artists as The Who, Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens and many more as things get started right around 7pm.

It’s First Friday in Portland and tonight you can experience a super fun dance party hosted by One Longfellow Square featuring the Maine Marimba Ensemble and Collective Motion. Maine Marimba is a unique percussion band that plays, you guessed it, marimbas! The music they play is based on traditional Zimbabwean music from the Shona culture and incorporates great rhythms, and inspires foot-tapping, hip-swaying and dancing. Tonight the talented dancers of Collective Motion will be joining them to get the dance going, so there’s no excuse not to get on the dance floor as things start up at 7 o’clock.

Phish cover act Pardon Me, Doug is ready to bring some musical merriment back to Oxbow tonight as they play two sets of their renditions of Phish classics starting up at 7:30pm.

If you’re Art Walkin’ in Portland tonight make plans to swing through Blue to check out a show filled with contemporary Middle Eastern music as Zapion performs beginning at 8pm.

Locally based and exceptionally skilled (as well as fun) piano man Mike Maurice returns to MJ’s Wine Bar to tickle the ivories during a free show featuring his funk, soul and jazz sounds. Treat yourself to some tasty tunes as well as a stellar vino selection as get started around 8pm tonight.

Portland’s own twisted rockabilly rock and rollers Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies are back at Salvage BBQ tonight. Check out this high-energy show as the fun fires up right around 8:30.

Fridays ARE the time to shake what your mama gave you so make sure you’ve made plans to do just that by getting down to  Flask Lounge as DJ Jamie O’Sullivan hosts another of his monthly LOVE events. LOVE will feature O’Sullivan and some special guests DJs bringing you the best house, techno and disco to shake your can to. You can check out this free shindig starting right around 9.

Tonight rock and rollers Five of the Eyes, Mirth and Black River Union invite you to join them to stand with Standing Rock. 50% of the ticket proceeds will be directly donated to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – Dakota Access Pipeline. There will also be a donation jar at the door to directly contribute to the Standing Rock fund. The music starts upstairs at Empire at 9 o’clock tonight.

Full throttle into your Friday night with at RiRa with The Dapper Gents. These fellas will be getting things rollin’ right around 10 with their blend of folk, pop and rock that’s guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun so swing through if you’re downtown this evening.

Another First Friday at Blue means that local act The Evan King Group will be laying down some smooth jazz and funky soul. Grab a drink and get cozy as things get started around 10.

SABATTUS

Mixers welcomes Bon Jovi tribute band, Living on a Bad Name tonight. Enjoy all of your favorite Bon Jovi tunes as things get rockin’ and rollin’ right around 8:30.

SACO

Local rock and roll act The Hurricanes will be storming the stage of The Kerrymen Pub with some fun and festive folly for your finally Friday. Join the fellas for some party rockin’ hits as things get underway at 8.

SANFORD

The Cameron Drive Project
will be bringing some classic rock and roll covers to the Wolves Club in Sanford tonight. The party starts at 8 o’clock.

SOUTH PARIS

Local singer-songwriter Lindsey Montana will be providing an acoustic set of songs to highlight your Friday evening up at Crazy 8’s in South Paris. Enjoy some food, drinks, and fun as Lindsey begins performing right around 7:30 tonight.

WALDOBORO

Narrows Tavern in Waldoboro welcomes 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 9.

WATERVILLE

If you’re spending your Friday in Waterville then make some plans to check out Maine-based musician Ron Bergeron as he returns to the Silver Street Tavern for a free show 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.

Tonight The Midnight Riders bring some soul, funk, Americana, roots, blues, and rock n’ roll sounds to the Mainely Brews. Join these fun fellas for some musical merriment as things get underway at 10pm.

WESTBROOK

The Groove Kings are back at the Frog and Turtle in downtown Westbrook tonight to bring some soul, funk and rhythm & blues to your finally Friday. Join the fellas for some free, all-ages fun as the music starts up at 8:30pm.

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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