Check out Joel Thetford live at Blue tonight


Sweet flippin’ Thursday! We’re making some serious strides towards the freakin’ weekend and although it’s been an uphill battle most of the week, I have absolutely no doubt that today is going to be an exceptional day! There are a ton of awesome shows going on all around Portland and beyond such as Bryan Adams at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, OC and the Offbeats at the Freeport Library, Joe Walsh at The Maine State Pier, Monarck Lisa at Slab, Leaving Eden at The Pier Patio Pub, Renee Coolbrith & Kris Rodgers at Portland House of Music, The Shakes at Portland Lobster Company, Viva at Sonny’s, Hiss Golden Messenger at One Longfellow Square, Don Campbell at Memorial Park and much more, so take a quick gander and then get yourself out there and throw down this Thursday! BOOM!


Everyone knows the songs: Heaven, Summer of ’69, Run To You, Cuts Like A Knife. They’re classic hits that have been the soundtrack to everyone’s life. Tonight those tunes come to life on stage at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion as Bryan Adams performs during an all ages show that starts up at 8 o’clock.


Uke n’ Smile is hosting another Open Mic at the Local Buzz this Thursday. Starting at 7 any and all musicians are welcome to play some tunes, or if you can’t actually play an instrument, you can sing with the fellas in Uke n’ Smile as they play the music for you. It’s free, fun, and yummy drinks and food are available as well so if you’re in the area tonight be sure to stop by and check things out.


Local rock act OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues and soul to a super fun and super free show at the Freeport Library tonight as part of their Outdoor Summer Concert Series. Join this energetic band of merry music-makers for an early evening of awesome tunes outside as things start up right around 6 o’clock.


Steve Jones and his band will be making some noise up at The Liberal Cup in Hallowell this Thursday evening. Jones and friends blend everything from rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, roots and more to create some mighty fine jams 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 o’clock.

Maine-based musician Sa Rah brings an evening of serenades back to the Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell tonight. Make some plans to get cozy and enjoy her acoustic set of songs as this free show begins at 9pm.


American Ride will be busting out a bunch of modern country covers for you boogie down to tonight during a free show that starts up at 7 over at Mr. Goodbar in Old Orchard Beach.

Sparks The Rescue front man Alex Roy goes solo and acoustic tonight for another show at Jimmy The Greeks in Old Orchard Beach. Starting at 8 check out some of Alex’s pop-rock originals as well as some fun cover tunes during this free show.

Full throttle into your Thursday with a free show over at The Brunswick in OOB with The Dapper Gents. These fellas will be getting things rollin’ right around 8 with their fun blend of folk, pop and rock. Tonight’s gig is guaranteed to be a good time, so grab some pals and have some fun.

Alternative rock act Leaving Eden will be bringing the party to The Pier Patio Pub in Old Orchard tonight. Join this high-energy band for some good tunes and good times as the music starts at 9 o’clock.


Get ready for some rollicking rockabilly courtesy of Ragged Jack as the band plays a free show outside show as part of Pittsfield’s Summer Concert Series in Hathorn Park. This fun, family-friendly show starts up at 7pm.


Local chanteuse Renee Coolbrith and piano man Kris Rodgers come together for another live performance out on the patio of Portland House of Music this afternoon. This dynamic and talented duo will be teaming up for a free Happy Hour set of songs statring at 4 o’clock.

Singer-songwriter Micah Scott will be bringing his Americana, folk and blues tunes to the stage of Blue this Thursday for a unique and intimate performance that’ll begin right around 5pm. Wind down your workday will some stellar musical sounds.

One of rock’s most colorful figures, and a member of both the James Gang and The Eagles, Joe Walsh will be bringing his bluesy guitar chops and classic rock hits to the stage of the Maine State Pier tonight. Rock and rollers JD & The Straight Shot will get things going with an opening set that starts up at 6 o’clock.

Have some fun with the fellas of local act the Dum Bums as they play a free show out on the deck of The Porthole starting at 6pm tonight. There’ll be lots of classic tunes to groove to so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area this evening.

Mike Maurice is back at Salvage BBQ tonight for some honky tonk piano. Mike will be serving up a classic variety of twangy hits as well as some ragtime tunes and improv. Check out this free, all ages shindig and enjoy some tasty BBQ as things start up right around 6pm.

7-piece reggae, rock and funk collective The Shakes are back to perform live on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company tonight. This free all ages show starts up at 6:30pm.

My motto is to always treat yourself, especially on Thursday when it means that you’ve almost made your way into the freakin’ weekend. So go on ahead and treat yo’self by indulging in some delicious Sicilian style street food (mmm, pizzaaa…) out on the Slab patio while watching awesome local act Monarck Lisa. Monarck Lisa is a raging band that features horns, keys, a full rhythm section and some super talented ladies on vocals. The party starts at 7, so if you’re hungry and looking for something free and awesome to do, check this out!

Texas transplant Joel Thetford returns to Blue tonight with his original country and Americana compositions. Since relocating to Portland, Joel has become a fixture in the songwriting community and has shared the stage with such acts as The Mallett Brothers Band, North of Nashville, Jake Hill & Deep Creek, Joe Gallant & the Transit, Diesel Doug and the Long Haul Truckers to name a few. You can see him in this intimate setting as music starts at 7 o’clock.

Indie rock n’ roller and singer-songwriter Kristen Ford returns to Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight for another free all-ages show that’ll get underway at 7pm.

The State Theatre presents North Carolina’s Hiss Golden Messenger at One Longfellow Square tonight. The act plays wide-angle folk-pop and neo-psychedelic country that is certain to enthrall as the music starts up right around 8 o’clock.

Soulful local jazz artist Viva will be bringing her vivacious vocals back to Sonny’s for a Thursday night filled with funk, jazz, Latin, and soul songs that are done alongside her talented band, The Reinforcements, with a fun and modern twist. Show the this Thirsty Thursday what you’ve got as things get underway right around 8 o’clock.

Kilcollins will be rocking the night away at RiRa on Commercial Street starting at 9 o’clock. The fellas will get your booty shaking out on the dance floor with all kinds of songs that you know and love as well as some catchy original jams that are sure to keep you moving. Tonight’s show is free and guaranteed to be a fun way to spend a Thirsty Thursday, so check it out.

Local bluesmen Samuel James and D. Gross team up to bring you a night of acoustic music over at Blue on Congress Street. Starting at 9 this talented duo will be singing some songs, plucking some strings, and sharing some stories to help you thoroughly enjoy your Thursday evening.

Check out some fun tunes over at Amigo’s as Ryan Halliburton and The Still bring some pop-rock tunes to the patio during a free, 21+ show that starts up at 9:30pm.

Get down on it with some of the best alt-rock tunes the 90s ever gave us with Hello Newman who’ll be throwing a party upstairs at Bull Feeney’s tonight. Grab some pals, drink some beers, 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.

Tonight electro-pop rock act Dean Ford & The Keepsakes will be rockin’ the Oasis patio. This show is free and is guaranteed to be filled with tons of pulsating beats, infections hooks, screaming synths, shredding guitar, and soaring singalongs as things get rockin’ and rollin’ at 9:30.

Hello Newman will be pumping out the jams with a free night of music and fun at Bull Feeney’s tonight. Head down to the Old Port right around 9:30 to watch these guys rock out all of your favorite 90s alternative jams. There is no cover charge and it’s always a lot of fun, so no excuses for not getting your nostalgia on this Thursday!


Portland psychedelic folk-rocker Dominic Lavoie and a couple of his friends — the ultra-talented Jeff Beam and Dan Capaldi — come together tonight to play some tunes as Keanu Keanu at The Run of the Mill in Saco. Check out some free jams of both originals and covers  as this all ages (and FREE!) shindig gets swinging right around 8.


Adult-contemporary folk rocker Don Campbell and his band will be performing live in Memorial Park in Scarborough as part of the Concerts in the Park series. Campbell and crew invite you to enjoy some outdoor tunes during this free all-ages show starting at 6:30pm.


Peppers Garden & Grill in Winthrop welcomes local singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron for a full night of music. Ron will be serving up tons of great songs starting at 6 including covers of The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and maybe even a little Lady Gaga. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by and check out some good times and good tunes during this free show.


IMAGE CREDIT: Joel Thetford courtesy of Peter Jensen Bissell 

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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