Check out Keanu Keanu at Portland Lobster Company tonight

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Hooray for Thursday! Not only are we making some serious strides towards the freakin’ weekend, but we’re also being blessed with some serious fun as tonight offers up a surplus of awesome things to do. So go ahead and get your Thursday on, babies! Check out shows such as Chad Porter at Fire House Grille, Ron Bergeron at Bueno Loco Mexican Restaurante, Mike Maurice at Salvage BBQ, Jesse Dee at Portland House of Music and Events, Cumberland Crossing at Blue, Hello Newman at Bull Feeney’s, Vinyl Tap at Gritty’s, Fog Ave at The Run of the Mill and more!

AUBURN 

Peter Finkle will be playing an acoustic set of songs at Gritty’s Auburn location this Thirsty Thursday. Join in on the musical revelry as this free show starts up at 8.

Join Chad Porter for some serious fun as he gets your Thursday evening started up with a free show at the Fire House Grille. This evening you might hear some covers of Ray Lamontagne, Ceelo Green, Blake Shelton and more, as well as some catchy originals as Chad starts playing right around 8.

BRUNSWICK

The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro welcomes local musician Jeff Kilton to the stage for some sounds that’ll include covers of such artists as Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, The Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam, The Band, Led Zep, Bob Marley and more. Tonight’s free show starts up at 6.

CAPE ELIZABETH 

Locally based acoustic act Uke n’ Smile is back at the Local Buzz tonight for another free and all ages Open Mic event. All artists, genres, musical capabilities and ages are welcome to join in on the creative fun as this gathering gets started at 7 o’clock.

FALMOUTH

If you’re spending your Thursday in the Falmouth area tonight make some plans to check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at Bueno Loco Mexican Restaurante.  Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 6 with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and more. Enjoy some tasty Mexican fare while taking in some acoustic tunes.

HALLOWELL

Maine-based songstress Sa Rah brings her evening of serenades back to the Easy Street Lounge tonight, so make some plans to get cozy and enjoy her acoustic set of songs as things start up at 9:30.

PORTLAND

It should be a great afternoon to check out another Happy Hour with Hassan on Keys at Portland House of Music. Beginning at 5 Hassan (aka Kafari) will be serving up some super stellar jazz and funk sounds out on the patio during this free event.

Check out an early evening of soulful, funky grooves at Blue as they welcome Gina Alibrio to the stage alongside special guest Joey Pierog. 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 accompanied by Pierog (of The Four Legged Faithful) to bring some solid grooves to the stage starting around 5 o’clock.

Portland psychedelic folk-rocker Dominic Lavoie and a couple of his friends (ahem, Jeff Beam and Dan Capaldi) come together tonight to play some tunes as Keanu Keanu out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company. It should be a perfect evening to check out some free jams, both originals and covers, as this all ages, outdoor shindig gets swinging right around 6 o’clock.

16 year old Quinn Mills will be performing live at Andy’s Old Port Pub. Mills has already established himself as a skilled guitarist and adept songwriter and tonight you can see him perform live in this intimate setting during a free, all-ages show that’ll get underway at 7pm.

Locally based and exceptionally skilled (as well as fun) piano man Mike Maurice returns to Salvage BBQ on Congress Street to tickle the ivories during a free all ages show featuring his funk, soul and jazz sounds. Treat yourself to some tasty tunes and BBQ as things get started around 7pm tonight.

Check out the melodic folk sounds of Hannah Daman and Friends as they bring some fun to The Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight. Lots of good times, tunes, and vibes to take in as things get started up right around 8.

The Portland Jazz Orchestra returns to the stage of One Longfellow Square tonight. This 18-piece jazz ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary big band literature. The PJO plays works written by members such as Craig Skeffington, Willie Johnson, Chris Humphrey and Terry White in addition to literature composed by a variety of jazz artists including Tom Kubis, Matt Harris, Bob Mintzer, Bill Holman and Maria Schneider. You can check them out as things begin right around 8pm.

Blue welcomes back locally based contemporary bluegrass band Cumberland Crossing for another night of bustling bluegrass. Tonight’s free show gets kickin’ around 9 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.

Boston’s Jesse Dee is a singing, songwriting, guitar-playing soul man who draws his inspiration and influence from such old school acts as Otis Redding, Etta James, and Sam Cooke. You can check out Jesse’s soulful roots and R&B jams as he plays a show at Portland House of Music and Events tonight. Things get started up right around 9 tonight.

Brooklyn-based indie outfit Yeasayer will be bringing their genre-bending sounds of psychedelia, pop, folk and electronic to the stage of Port City Music Hall tonight for an 18+ show. Dream-pop/trip-hop duo Young Magic will kick things off with a set that starts at 9 o’clock.

The super fun fellas in Kilcollins will be doing it to it over at RiRa on Commercial Street this thirsty Thursday. Starting at 9:30 Kilcollins plans on rockin’ you with all sorts of tunes that you know in love with 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.

Over at at Brian Boru in the Old Port you can join Vinyl Tap who will be partying down this thirsty Thursday will all of your favorite dance jams. Vinyl Tap is known for making people bust a move to their wide array of danceable cover tunes that span between everything from everything The Beatles to Huey Lewis, Cee Lo Green, Stevie Wonder, The Dead and many, many more. There’s never a cover charge so check it out starting at 9:30 tonight.

The fellas in Hello Newman are ready to once again pump out the jams with a free night of fun upstairs at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port. Starting at 9:30, you can check out the band as they rock all of your favorite 90s jams and also celebrate their 6th year anniversary doing just that. There’s never a cover charge, so swing through and check it out if you’re feeling a little nostalgic this evening.

ROCKPORT

Local musicians Will Neils and Emmett Lalor will be playing a couple sets of Americana, roots and blues tune this Thursday night over at the Flatbread Company in Rockport. Starting at 6, enjoy some great pizza, local brews and awesome tunes during this free all ages show.

SACO

Local acoustic trio Fog Ave will be bringing the good times and good tunes to The Run of the Mill this evening. Starting at 8 this troupe of talented fellas will be playing some unplugged covers of such artists as Paul Simon, U2, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who, The Monkees and many, many more.

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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