Check out Harsh Armadillo with Skosh at Portland House of Music and Events tonight

Again with the incredibly long week thing! Obviously now it doesn’t matter as I’m beside myself with joy since it’s finally Friday and there are a ton of awesome things happening tonight! Don’t miss out on awesome shows such as Ock Cousteau with Ex Pandas & Colin Tutelian at Central Gallery, Sparks The Rescue at Skip’s Lounge, Brian Patricks at The Daniel Inn Coast Bar + Bistro, The Coloradas at Guthries, Montgomery Road at Funky Bow Brewery, Red Sky Mary at The Brunswick, The Machine performs Pink Floyd at the State Theatre, Adam Ezra Group with Chris Ross and The North & Goldenoak at Port City Music Hall, I Suppose You Know Karate, Color Hex, Mary Jane Motorcade & Labor Pains at Mathew’s, Burning Time with Unconscious Disturbance & Fifth Freedom at Empire, Barefoot Fossie and The Coop at Moose Alley, Stonewall Chrome at Mixers, Jordan Kaulback at Mainely Brews, Juboybe, Culling The Herd, Exclave, The Great North & In The Key Of Suffering at Live at 212 and much more!


Alt-rock act Zealous Bellus returns to Gritty’s in Auburn tonight for another free and fun par-tay. Let the good times roll as this shindig gets shaking at 8.


The Mainely Country Band brings some—you guessed it—classic and modern country covers to the stage of the Hollywood Casino tonight. Join in some boot-stomping good times as this free show starts at 8 o’clock.

Don’t snooze on an awesome night of hip-hop Central Gallery as they welcome Ock Cousteau with Ex Pandas and Colin Tutelian to the stage for a show that’ll get swinging at 8pm.

The Blast Addicts will be helping you kick off the freakin’ weekend with a free show at Sea Dog Brewing Company in Bangor tonight. Starting at 9:30 join these cool cats for a non-stop rock and roll dance party that’s guaranteed to get you moving out on the dance floor!


Portland funk/rock duo, Quad, a pair consisting of drums and cello, will be Banded Horn Brewing Company in Biddeford this Friday. Join the pair for an evening loaded with original material plus some selected covers and maybe even a special guest too as this show begins at 7pm.

Sarah Horton will be performing some folk, rock, blues and Americana tunes during a free all-ages show at Elements tonight. Things start at 8pm.


Welcome the weekend with some Southern rock, blues and Americana sounds courtesy of The Ian Black Band as they play a free show at the Brewer Eagles Club beginning at 8pm tonight.


Stone Mountain Arts Center welcomes award-winning Canadian blues guitarist and singer/songwriter Matt Andersen to their stage tonight. Music will begin in this beautiful venue right around 8 o’clock.


The Daniel Inn Coast Bar + Bistro welcomes back local folk-rocker Brian Patricks for an early evening of music. 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 all-ages show begins at 7 o’clock.


Channeling modern rock influences into anthemic choruses and themes of lust, loss and embracing your inner demons, Sparks The Rescue will be bringing a rock n’ roll party to Buxton tonight for a free show at Skip’s Lounge. Things get underway tonight right around 9 o’clock.


Phish cover act Pardon Me, Doug is ready to bring some musical merriment back to The Rack tonight as they play two sets of their renditions of Phish classics starting up at 9pm.


Local singer-songwriter Andrew Dostie will be doing his thing acoustically tonight over at Pedro O’Hara’s. Andrew will be playing some fun covers and originals as this free and all ages shindig gets started up around 7:30pm.

Guthries kicks off another fun-filled weekend with a performance from Portland’s own original act, The Coloradas, who will be performing their folk tunes that combine traditional bluegrass elements with a bit of blues for a set the gets underway right around 8 tonight.


Montgomery Road brings some feel-good rock n’ roll tunes to Funky Bow Brewery in Lyman this evening. Have some serious Friday fun as things get kicked into gear right around 5 o’clock during this free show.


Get ready for some rollicking rockabilly courtesy of Ragged Jack as the band plays a free show at Bray’s Brew Pub tonight. This fun show starts up at 9:30pm.


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.


Get your fix of electronic improv jazz over at Blue tonight as they welcome Ear Bus to the stage to treat your earholes to some mighty fine music. Things get underway right around 6pm tonight.

Ryan Lee will be bringing some Americana sounds to Andy’s Old Port Pub this finally Friday as this free and all ages show starts up at 7pm.

Binghamton, NY band Driftwood will be performing at One Longfellow Square. The act leans alternately into folk, old-time, country, punk, and rock for a sound that is completely all their own. Tonight local folk troubadour Max Garcia Conover will start things off with a set as music begins at 8pm.

Why bust out that Dark Side of the Moon vinyl when you can actually go out and hear some Pink Floyd live courtesy of The Machine? Tonight this beloved tribute band, which has built a strong reputation for their live shows, appearing at festivals like Bonnaroo, brings their Floydian meanderings to the stage of the State Theatre for an all ages show that’ll start at 8 o’clock.

Miss Maybell & Slimpickin’s bring some old time music of the Americana, jug band, ragtime, blues, jazz and country genres to Blue tonight. Transport yourself back in time as things get swinging right around 8.

Dynamic roots/rock band based outta Boston, the Adam Ezra Group, comes back to Portland for a night high-energy musicin’ over at Port City Music Hall. This 18+ show starts up at 8 with opening sets from local soul-infused roots/rock band Chris Ross and The North as well as folk act Goldenoak.

Check out a free show down at Salvage BBQ tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey and his band play a bunch of barn burners for ya beginning at 8:30.

Brooklyn-based electrified honky-tonk surf duo, Crushed Out bring their rock n’ roll dance party to Bayside Bowl tonight where the music will get underway right around 9pm.

Mathew’s will be getting a solid dose of the rock and/or roll tonight as they welcome I Suppose You Know Karate, Color Hex, Mary Jane Motorcade (which is my new favorite band name, by the way) and Labor Pains to the stage for a full night of music. Things get crankin’ right around 9 o’clock.

Portsmouth’s funk-hop outfit Harsh Armadillo will be bringing the party to the stage of Portland House of Music and Events tonight. This Seacoast area act is ready to get on down so bust out your finest pair of Party Pants and prepare to shake what you’ve got out on the dance floor as things start up at 9 with an opening set chock full of funk, rock and ska from local band Skosh.

More in the way of high-energy, high-quality RnR (rock n’ roll!) happens at Empire tonight as three tremendous acts team up to bring the thunder this evening. Prepare to get rocked and/or rolled by Burning Time with Unconscious Disturbance and Fifth Freedom as things heat up right around 9 o’clock.

Get down on it with some of the best alt-rock tunes the 90s ever gave us with Hello Newman as they throw a party upstairs at Bull Feeney’s tonight. Grab some pals, drink some drinks, 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 9:30.

Some serious getting down will be happening at Blue as jazz, funk, and fusion act Sassquatch returns for some serious fun. Get into the groove as things get funky starting at 10.

Local pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band will be bringing the party to Brian Boru tonight. Covering artists such as Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen, Sublime, No Doubt, The Doors, U2 and many more there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. Tonight’s performance will also include a colorful hula hoop act so be sure to check it out starting at 10pm.


Barefoot Fossie and The Coop will be country rockin’ and rollin’ up at Moose Alley in Rangeley this evening. Get your boots on and do some scootin’ as tonight’s show gets swinging right around 8:30.


Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be playing a set at The Old Goat in Richmond this evening. This talented duo will start making some beautiful noise right around 9 during this free show.


Stonewall Chrome will be bringing some 90’s tunes, classic rock covers and original songs to the stage of Mixers in Sabattus tonight. Some of the bands featured in their set include Sublime, Matchbox 20, Tom Petty, CCR, Oasis, Counting Crows, Alanis Morrisette, and more. Join the party as the music starts up at 8:30 tonight.


Maine based singer-songwriter Jordan Kaulback will be guitar slingin’, piano playin’ and singin’ at Mainely Brews tonight. Things get underway at 9 during this free show.


Local musician Jim Gallant brings a mix of Americana, blues, folk, bluegrass and rockabilly to Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Join him and his band of merry music markers for a free all ages show that starts at 7 o’clock.

Get your skull rattled around a bit this Friday with some live, local, and loud metal at Live at 212. Starting at 7 you can check out sets from Juboybe, Culling The Herd, Exclave, The Great North and In The Key Of Suffering during this free 21+ show.

Phil Divinsky and his Americana-tinged rhythm & blues band return to The Frog & Turtle in Westbrook tonight. You can enjoy some soulful sounds starting right around 8:30 at this fabulous gastro pub located in downtown Westbrook.

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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