We did it, my beautiful babies! We made it all the way to Friday! It’s time to throw all caution to the wind and party like there’s no tomorrow – except there is, and tomorrow is Saturday, so keep yourselves together, please and thank you. Anyway, there’s a boat load of awesome stuff to do and see tonight including The Bill Barnes Trio at Nocturnem Draft Haus, Paper Lions at the Next Generation Theatre, Girls Just Want To Have Fun at Thatcher’s, Brian Patricks at Narrows Tavern, Radio Revival at The Kerrymen Pub, Zealous Bellus at the Kennebec Wharf, Tickle at Skip’s Lounge, Ben Kilcollins at Federal Jacks, The Scolded Dogs at Easy Street Lounge, The Substitutes at The Porthole, Okbari at Blue, Jeff Beam in Congress Square Park, The Jason Spooner Band at Portland Lobster Company, The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music, The The Band Band at One Longfellow Square, and much, much more!
If you’re south of Portland tonight do not miss a must-see show happening at the Vinegar Hill Music Theatre in Arundel. Tonight a trifecta of talented acts will grace the stage of this beautiful theatre with sounds full of Americana, roots, folk-rock and bluesy goodness. Beginning at 6 this all ages show will feature stories and songs from Shanna Underwood and Wanderlost, Samuel James and Eric Bettencourt.
Turkey Hollow, which is comprised of local artists Dave Rowe and Denny Breau, plays a uniquely kind of acoustic country-folk music that combines bluegrass, folk and country with dashes of blues, Cajun and Celtic. Tonight they reunite on the stage of Concerts for a Cause in Auburn for a special all ages performance that’ll get underway at 7:30pm.
If you’re Fridaying in Auburn tonight, check out a free rock n’ roll show at Gritty’s with local rockers Tilden Katz. These fellas will be getting the party started right around 8 o’clock.
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.
Full throttle into the freakin’ weekend with a free show up at Hollywood Casino with The Dapper Gents. These fellas will be getting things rollin’ right around 8 with their blend of folk, pop and rock that’s guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun so swing through if you’re in the area this evening.
A fun night of progressive, alternative and modern rock will be taking over the Penobscot Pour House up in Bangor tonight as the Trendy Robots get ready to party with an electrifying set of songs that’ll start up at 8 o’clock.
The Kevin Midgley Players make their way to Elements on Main Street in Biddeford tonight for some Americana and Delta blues tunes. Join them for some good times, good tunes, and good brews as this free, all ages show starts up at 8.
Indie rock outfit Paper Lions will be performing at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer this Friday evening. This all ages show will start up at 7pm.
The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro welcomes Sarah Libby, a local, soulful, and superb interpreter of songs encompassing many musical genres, to their stage tonight. Sarah will be taking familiar tunes we all know and love and making them her own as this free all ages event begins at 7pm.
Dance it out down at Skip’s Lounge as dance/pop cover act Tickle gets ready to bring the house down with some of the best of today’s music mixed in with a little bit of retro funk. The party starts at 9 tonight.
Get ready for some rollicking rockabilly courtesy of Ragged Jack as the band plays a free show Tailgate Bar & Grill this evening. This fun show starts up at 8:30pm.
Get the party started at the Kennebec Wharf tonight with local alt-rock act Zealous Bellus. Let the good times roll as this free shindig starts shaking at 9 o’clock.
The Scolded Dogs are back to make some noise at 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.
Ben Kilcollins will be hanging out at Federal Jacks this finally Friday for some sweet, acoustic singer-songwriter action. You know Ben from his time spent pop-rockin’ with his band Kilcollins, but this evening he goes solo and acoustic with some guitar-based cover tunes and originals starting right around 9 o’clock.
Toby McAllister of local pop-rock act Sparks The Rescue will be going solo and acoustic tonight for a fun show at Pedro O’Hara’s tonight. Join Toby for this free show as things get underway right around 8pm.
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Local act Unfinished Business brings the party to GFB Scottish Pub in OOB tonight with their mix of classic rock and new country covers. Get ready to bust a move out on the dance floor as this free shindig starts shakin’ right around 8pm.
Seacoast band Red Sky Mary will be bringing some high-energy rock and roll to the stage of Last Call 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 o’clock.
Tonight electro-pop rock act Dean Ford and The Keepsakes will be rockin’ The Brunswick. This show is free and is guaranteed to be chock full of pulsating beats, infections hooks, screaming synths, shredding guitar, and soaring singalongs as things get jumping at 8:30.
A free and fun First Friday show happens over at the Dogfish Bar & Grille this evening as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns for an all ages Happy Hour set that’ll start up right around 5 o’clock.
It’s going to be a gorgeous evening to party out on the deck of the Porthole as The Substitutes return to the outdoor stage to bring you the best in old school pop and rock with covers from such legendary bands as The Beatles, The Who, The Monkees and more. Even better, this evening’s show is absolutely free and family friendly, so if you’re looking to wind down your working week with some good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll swing on by and check ‘em out beginning at 5:30.
Psychedelic rock and/or roller Jeff Beam and his band will be bringing some original tunes to the outdoor stage in Congress Square Park tonight. Enjoy another beautiful evening downtown while taking in some terrific live music as this all ages and free show starts up at 6pm.
Blue welcomes back local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey this First Friday. Starting at 6 stop on by and check out the pair’s delightful blend of vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitars that make some truly unique bluegrass, old timey, and folk sounds.
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 6:30.
Andy’s Old Port Pub 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 7pm.
If you’re downtown this evening doing the First Friday thing, be sure to take in tonight’s performance by Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble at Blue on Congress Street. Starting at 8 the act will be performing music from the Middle East and Turkey on such unique and beautiful instruments as oud (fretless Middle Eastern lute), qanun (72-stringed Middle Eastern micro-tonal zither), nay (ancient Middle Eastern reed flute), and Middle Eastern percussion.
Tonight One Longfellow Square hosts a Tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band featuring The The Band Band. This group of veteran musicians showcases the breadth and depth of The Band’s distinctively original Americana music with classics such as Up on Cripple Creek, The Weight and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, as well as some deeper cuts from The Band’s catalog. For tonight’s show, they’ll also be performing some Dylan classics as things start up at 8.
MJ’s Wine Bar welcomes back Portland piano man Mike Maurice to their lounge for another Friday filled with funk, soul and jazz selections. Join Mike and imbibe in some delicious vino as things get underway at 8pm.
Beginning at 8:30 tonight you can treat yourself to some tasty eats and equally tasty tunes at Salvage BBQ as Pete Witham and The Cozmik Zombies return to take the joint over with their own brand of twisted Americana/rockabilly sounds.
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.
The Maine Dead Project will be commemorating the end of their twenty week (!) residency at Portland House of Music and Events tonight with a special three set bash dedicated to the Dead. They’ll be performing one of the classic 1980 Radio City Music Hall concerts in its entirety, with help on the opening acoustic set from their pals in The Working Dead. The party starts at 9 o’clock.
Port City Musc Hall has a pretty awesome show happening tonight as they welcome NY indie electro-rock act Jimkata to the stage alongside Burlington electro duo Argonaut & Wasp. Things are bound to get eclectic, weird and wonderful starting right around 9 o’clock, so check it out.
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.
If you’re looking to get down to some fun tunes then make some moves over to RiRa in the Old Port where Doubting Gravity will be getting the party started right around 10 with their upbeat, original pop rock.
Moose Alley will be filled with great music all weekend long as the Rangeley Americana Fest kicks off tonight with performances by The Mallett Brothers Band, The Ghost of Paul Revere and more as one ticket price of $10, gets you in to experience it all, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Tonight’s kick-off starts up at 7 o’clock.
Local party band The GE3ks are bringing some of the best 80’s pop, dance, New Wave, hard rock, rap and one hit wonder tunes around to the stage of Mixers tonight. Shake your groove thing out on the dance floor as this free show gets swinging at 8:30.
Radio Revival returns to The Kerrymen Pub tonight with tons of songs for you to groove to including covers of Queen, Billy Squier, Bowie, Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, The Strokes, Thin Lizzy, Weezer and more. This free show gets rockin’ and rollin’ at 7pm.
Locally based party band Girls Just Want To Have Fun bring another night filled with ‘80s pop, dance, New Wave, hard rock, rap and one hit wonder tunes to the stage of Thatcher’s. Shake your groove thing out on the dance floor as the party starts at 7:30.
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.
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.
The Groove Kings return to the Frog and Turtle tonight to for some soul, funk and rhythm & blues. Let these talented gents treat you to some serious fun as this free finally Friday show starts up at 8:30pm.
Local acoustic folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross returns to Gilbert’s Chowder House in Windham this evening. Beginning at 6pm the duo will be performing songs from such artists as Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Cat Stevens and many more.
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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