Check out Johnny Clay Shanks’ record release party with special guest Driving Charlie Home at Empire tonight


We’re almost there, guys and gals, almost there! We’re drawing in on the freakin’ weekend and thankfully this Thursday seems to be the true kick-off to another event-filled few days. Hopefully your Party Pants are pressed and ready some action because this Thursday is bringing some serious thunder to your nightlife. Check out some fun shows such as Ian Svenoius as ESCAPE-iSM with Shelley Salant & Greef at SPACE Gallery, Viva & The Reinforcements’ Ball for The Center for Grieving Children at Portland House of Music, Mill Fire, Wayfarer, The Restless Atlantic & Savor at Lone Pine Brewing Company, an open mic with Double Entendre at The Gin Mill, Ellacappella, Bobbi Lane & Trisha Mason at 430 Bayside, Seth Warner at The Run of the Mill and more!


Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be hosting an open bluegrass jam at The Gin Mill in Augusta this evening. Join in on the musical revelry as things get underway at 7:30pm.


Tonight Coig brings their fiery Celtic style that shifts between century old tunes to original and contemporary compositions, featuring the band’s range of over a dozen instruments (vocals, fiddles, piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, viola, bouzouki, whistles, and more) to the Gracie Theatre in Bangor. This evening’s Christmas-themed show starts up at 7.

Guitar slinger/song seeker Willy Porter and vocalist/songwriter Carmen Nickerson join forces as the musical duo Porter Nickerson. Tonight the pair brings their acoustic folk, rock and blues to 58 Main in Bangor for a show that’ll get underway right around 8.


Uke n’ Smile returns to the Local Buzz this evening for another open mic.  All musicians of different skills and genres are welcome as this free, creative gathering gets underway at 7:30.


Lots of lovely ladies will be coming together at 430 Bayside in Ellsworth for some musical merriment that is guaranteed to bring lots of fun to your Thursday night. Beginning at 7pm check out sets from Ellacappella, Bobbi Lane and Trisha Mason.


Local siren Sa Rah brings her evening of serenades back to the Easy Street Lounge this Thursday. Get cozy, grab yourself a delicious cocktail, and enjoy some fine tunes as things get started up at 9:30.


The Flying Otters bring some fun to Pedro O’Hara’s tonight with their mix of original tunes and covers of such artists as Steve Earle, Webb Wilder, Townes Van Zandt, Harry Nilsson, Johnny Cash, and more. This free and all ages event starts up at 7.


Check out some Americana tunes tonight at Andy’s Old Port Pub as guitarist and singer-songwriter Jake Jacques returns for another free, all-ages show that’ll start up at 7.

Bruce Marshall and Chuck Farrell bring their duo to Blue tonight. The pair’s original music touches on blues, Americana and southern boogie. The 2 guitarists have a special chemistry that you can check out for yourself as tonight’s show starts up at 7pm.

Don’t miss a loud, awesome, and high-energy rock show happening at Lone Pine Brewing Company as they welcome Mill FireWayfarer, The Restless Atlantic, and Savor for a show that gets thundering along right around 7 o’clock.

Viva & The Reinforcements will be jazzing up your Thursday with The Ball for The Center for Grieving Children at Portland House of Music and EventsThe superlative soiree of the holiday season boasts the band at its best, a charity bash hosted by Viva & The Reinforcements and Markathon to benefit the Center for Grieving Children. Do good and have fun as the festive folly begins at 8 o’clock.

Blue welcomes back contemporary bluegrass band Cumberland Crossing for another night of bustling bluegrass. Tonight’s free show gets kickin’ around 8 and directly following the band’s set will be an all-out bluegrass jam that’s open to any and all musicians who wanna join in. Swing through and have some fun if you’re kicking around downtown this Thursday evening.

Ian Svenonius, the artist behind indie rock acts Chain & the Gang, The Make-Up, Weird War, Cupid Car Club, and Nation of Ulysses, returns to SPACE Gallery tonight as ESCAPE-iSM, the Anti-Everything Group. This punk rock maestro brings his rare solo tour to the stage alongside Shelley Salant (of Swimsuit, Tyvek, SLGTM), and far-out Portland act Greef. This all ages shindig gets swinging at 8:30.

Johnny Clay Shanks will be celebrating the release of his new album, Chasing Ghosts, with a musical celebration at Empire. Chasing Ghosts features some solid rock revival sounds mixed in with a bit of blues and folk influences. This evening Shanks will be backed by a talented band of local musicians to bring those songs to life on stage. Things get started upstairs at 9 with opening tunes courtesy of local act Driving Charlie Home.

The super fun fellas in local act Kilcollins will be doing it to it over at RiRa on Commercial Street this Thirsty Thursday. Starting at 9, the boys will be rockin’ you with all sorts of tunes that you know and love alongside a handful of catchy original jams for good measure. It’s free, fun and I would say guaranteed to be a good time, so check it out if you’re downtown this evening.

Mellow your mind with some stellar jams at Gritty’s during another fun night with the one and only A Band Beyond Description. Far more than just your typical Grateful Dead cover band, these fellas jam out on everything from Phish, the Allman Brothers, The Band and more. Anticipate good times, good tunes and good people starting right around 9.


Maine-based adult-contemporary folk rocker Don Campbell returns to the Kerrymen Pub this evening. Check out Campbell’s solo set as the music starts during this free show at 6:30pm.

Local instrumentalist Seth Warner and a few of his musically inclined pals will be returning to The Run of the Mill tonight for a free show filled with country, blues, folk, re-imagined jazz and songbook standards. This all-ages performance starts at 7.


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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