Check out Gina Alibrio with the Nat Osborn Band at Portland House of Music tonight


I think this Thursday might be experiencing a slight identity crisis because with all the great stuff going on tonight it sure is acting a lot like a Friday. Tons and tons of terrific tunes to take in including Viva & The Reinforcements at Sonny’s, Michael Krapovicky at Gritty’s, Brian Patricks at Bueno Loco, Mountain Emergency at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Street Sity Surf, Naked Naps, Phallus Uber Alles, and the Gualla Boys at Hella Good Tacos, Dustin Lavasseur at Dogfish Bar & Grille, Royal Hammer at Brian Boru, Northwood at Blue, After Funk, Harsh Armadillo and Happy Folk at Empire, and much more. Let’s check it out, eh?


Singer-songwriter Jeff Kilton will be playing a free solo, acoustic show at the Fire House Grille this Thursday. If you’re looking to wind down with some fun times and good tunes join Jeff as things get underway at 7:30.

Gritty’s welcomes back Michael Krapovicky for a night of acoustic pop-rock originals and covers. Michael will get the good times and tunes rollin’ along at 8 during this free set.


Acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, alternative tunings, mandolins, slide, resonator and effects are all what you can expect from James Goodeye and the Lost Wilderness Campground at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro tonight. Enjoy covers from such artists as Lucinda Williams, Emmy Lou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Buddy & Julie Miller, Gram Parsons, Tom Petty and more as this acoustic set starts at 6 o’clock.


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


Folk-rocker, Brian Patricks will be playing some original tunes and classic covers at Bueno Loco in Falmouth tonight. Patricks begins his set right around 6 and will rock you on in to the 9 o’clock hour so be sure to stop through if you’re out that way tonight.


If you’re looking for some jammy tunes to get down to this Thursday evening check out Sam Whitman and Cam King as they pair up for a night of folk, blues, Dead covers, reggae, and more at The Quarry Tap Room in Hallowell. This free shindig gets shaking right around 8.


Happy Hour with Hassan (aka Kafari) continues this evening at Portland House of Music and Events where beginning at 5 you can check out a free set of jazz and funk tunes as Hassan enthralls one and all with his immense talents on the keys. This is a guaranteed fun way to start off your Thirsty Thursday so be sure to check it out.

Blue welcomes Amanda Rogers to the stage for an early evening of songs. Rogers has been described as the “female hybrid of Elliott Smith, John Lennon, and Neil Young”, basically an old soul singing from a sincere and untamed place in her heart. See her for yourself as this evening’s show starts up at 5 o’clock.

Get things going this Thursday with lots of stringed things, foot stomping and overall good times as Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes Mountain Emergency to their stage for a night filled with bluegrass music. This free event is all ages and gets underway right around 7 o’clock.

Locally based professional Klezmer band, The Casco Bay Tummlers are back at Blue tonight for some Traditional Eastern European Jewish music. Things get started at 7 o’clock.

Take on this Thursday with some taco shop rock as a few bands descend upon Hella Good Tacos for some awesome, post-pop punk, hard rock, and straight up rock and roll this evening. Beginning at 8 enjoy some tasty tacos and tunes courtesy of Street Sity Surf, Naked Naps, Phallus Über Alles, and the Gualla Boys.

Dustin Lavasseur returns to Portland for a show tonight at the Dogfish Bar & Grille. This Brooklyn transplant will be joined by local music makers Tyler Stanley, Daniel MacLeod and Ed Dickhaut for an evening of tunes. Join these fellas for some serious fun as this free show starts up at 8.

It’s been a weird, wild week weather wise with chilly temps and even snow (what the actual what), so why not warm up with some sexy Latin Fusion tunes courtesy of Viva & The Reinforcements as they bring their spice of distant islands to the hippest lounge around. Check out this evening’s tropical grooves during a free show at Sonny’s that gets underway right around 8:30pm.

Bust out some sweet dance moves and get ready to mellow your mind at Gritty’s in the Old Port with the one and only Band Beyond Description. Far more than just your typical Grateful Dead cover band, these fellas will jam out accordingly on everything from the Allman Brothers, Phish, The Band and much more. Anticipate good times, good tunes, and good peeps starting at 9.

Check out a night of soulful, funky grooves at Portland House of Music tonight as they welcome Gina Alibrio to the stage alongside special guests the Nat Osborn Band. Gina is a NH native who has been a a lead and back-up vocalist in several collectives including The Amorphous Band, The Jackleg Preachers, Richard James & the Namechangers, and John Powhida & the International Airport. Tonight she’ll be backed by members of Portland’s own model Airplane. Nat’s band will be bringing some solid grooves to the stage as well as things get started up right around 9 o’clock this evening.

Blue welcomes back local alt-folk act Northwood for a night of foot-stomping tunes that’ll get started up at 9.

Local pop-rock and rollers of the ass kicking cover band (yes, I used the phrase ‘ass kicking cover band’ and meant it), Kilcollins will be doing their thing tonight over at RiRa in Portland.  Rocking and/or rolling gets going right around 9 tonight.

Royal Hammer will be raging some reggae for your Thirsty Thursday upstairs at Brian Boru in the Old Port. Starting at 9:30 the Hammer will be throwing down and making some summery sounds during tonight’s free rager.

Toronto based power-funk group After Funk has been causing a ruckus on the North American music scene with their unique sound and infectiously fun shows since their inception in 2011. Tonight they bring the party to the stage of the Empire alongside Portsmouth’s funk-hop outfit Harsh Armadillo and Portland’s own feel-good collective Happy Folk as things get underway upstairs right around 9:30.


If you’re in the Rockland area head out to Eclipse for a great night of food and music as they welcome Carl Root for a free early evening show this Thursday. Beginning at 6 you can enjoy some laid back grooves from the catalogs of Ray Charles, Steely Dan, Leon Russell, Sly, Al Green, Mose Allison, Robben Ford and a host of others.


Dave Good and Jeff Willis return for their monthly gig at The Frog and Turtle this Thursday evening. These two talented performers deliver an amazing show full of unique covers and heartwarming originals. A staple at the pub, you can see them for free beginning at 7 tonight.

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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