Check out Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems and Memphis Lightning at Empire tonight


Did anyone else get their ace completely handed to them this week? Holy Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus, this truly felt like the week that had no end, but that feeling is fleeting as the weekend finally arrives with Friday night packing some serious punches! Lots to do tonight including Tegan and Sara with Japanese Breakfast at the State Theatre, The 2nd Annual Soul Revue with The Youngerbloods, Hambone, Downeast Soul Coalition, Andrew Bailie & more at Portland House of Music and Events, Cuse Me, KGFREEZE, Buddusky & 4-Star China Taste at SPACE Gallery, The Restless Atlantic at Lone Pine Brewing Company, The Crown Vics at Mine Oyster, Aaron Neville at Stone Mountain Arts Center, Driving Charlie Home at Oxbow Brewing Company, Slygo Road at The Porthole, Stronghold at Mixers, The Pete Kilpatrick Band & Armies at Castonguay Park, The Northside Ramblers at Easy Street Lounge and so very much more – so get out there and do it to it!


Tonight Jay Bragg (who many of you know as half of the country duo, North of Nashville) will be joined by a few friends for a mighty fine evening of music at the Vinegar Hill Music Theatre in Arundel. String plucking, foot-stomping and soul-singing will get underway at 8pm.


The Allison Ames Band will be bringing some irresistible dance tunes back to Hollywood Casino tonight as they serve up classic rock covers all night long starting at 8pm.


Tonight The Honeycreepers bring their eclectic storytelling and sounds that range from folk to funk to Elements. This free and all-ages show starts at 8pm.


Shanna Underwood will be bringing some fine Americana music to Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor this evening.  Starting at 6:30 this Friday Underwood will be making some lovely acoustic sounds that should be the perfect soundtrack for the start of your weekend.

The Crown Vics prepare to throw down with a non-stop rockabilly dance party at Mine Oyster this evening. If you’re looking to bust a move and have some fun then check out this free show as things get underway at 9:30pm.


Lucie & The Undercover Band will be bringing some classic rock covers to High Tide in Brewer tonight for a free 21+ show that starts up at 8pm.


Sweet R&B singer and member of the Neville Brothers, Aaron Neville will be performing at the beautiful Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield this evening. Neville brings his distinctive near-soprano vibrato to the stage starting at 8pm.


Local folk-rock musician Brian Patricks returns to The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro this evening. 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 this free all ages show as things begin at 7 o’clock.


Skip’s Lounge welcomes back classic and southern rock and roll band Rosie to the stage for a free show that’ll get cranking at 9pm.


Local musician Ron Bergeron will be playing a free show at Gritty’s in Freeport tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 8 o’clock with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.


Local blues and R&B act The Colwell Brothers will be performing at The Kennebec Wharf this evening. Join the band as things get swinging at 9pm.

Bethel-based band The Northside Ramblers bring their jammy medley of styles including rock, blues, folk, funk, and jazz to Easy Street Lounge tonight for a free show that’ll get swinging at 9.


Lots of heavy-hitting hard rock will be thundering through Lewiston tonight as an 18+ show takes over the Friends Lodge. Beginning at 5pm you can check out bombastic sets by Cover One Eye, Letting Go, The Waking Life and more.

Pedro O’Hara’s welcomes acoustic Americana act Double Entendre this evening. This talented duo will start making some sweet sounds starting right around 8pm.

Local musicians Tommy O’Connell and Eric Green join forces as The OG’s tonight as they bring some blues tunes to the stage of Guthries for a free and all ages show that’ll start up at 8 o’clock.


Check out some free music happening at Oxbow Brewing Company in Newcastle tonight as local artists Caleb Jones and Olivia Delisle come together as Driving Charlie Home to play some tunes for you this finally Friday evening. The duo plays a variety of songs from originals to covers incorporating soaring harmonies, acoustic guitar, fiddle and even a little bit of harmonica action. The Burgers and Freys food truck will also be on site selling delicious food and Oxbow will be releasing a new brew so swing through if you’re in the area tonight as things get underway at 5pm.


Dance it out down at The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach 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 8:30 tonight.


Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to the Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight for another free solo set that’ll start up right around 5 o’clock.

Blue welcomes back local act, The Ghosts of Johnson City for an evening of tunes devoted to love and loss, old mountain music, Civil War songs, coal-mining melodies, and haunting murder ballads from the American South. This must-see music event will begin at 6 o’clock.

Spice things up tonight with a free, outdoor performance from Primo Cubano as they bring some Salsa to the Park. Beginning at 6pm you can dance the night away in Congress Square Park to some of the best classic Cuban music around.

If you’re looking an eclectic mix of originals and classic covers that range in variety from blues, rock, soul and R&B then look no further than The Porthole as Slygo Road returns for some fun out on the deck this evening. This free and guaranteed-fun shindig gets swinging at 7 o’clock.

Contemporary, acoustic progressive act Valley Haze will be performing at Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening. Join these fellas for some Friday fun as this free and all-ages show starts at 7 o’clock.

South Florida singer/songwriter Micah Scott returns to the stage of Blue tonight. Anticipate lots of blues-tinged folk-y Americana tunes as things get underway at 8pm.

Award-winning Canadian indie pop duo, Tegan and Sara will be at the State Theatre tonight. Philly-based indie act Japanese Breakfast opens this night as this all-ages show starts at 8 o’clock.

Aura in presents Eaglemania tonight. Eaglemania is a nationally touring tribute to The Eagles, performing to sold out audiences everywhere they go. Eaglemania performs all of the hits of the Eagles, as well as Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh’s solo albums. Their attention to detail and their ability to reproduce the Eagles exactly leaves their fans with an experience that they do not soon forget. Tonight’s show starts at 8.

The 2nd annual Maine Soul Revue will be happening at Portland House of Music and Events tonight. This party will feature a terrific line-up of soul revival bands from around the state. Not only will the tunes be excellent, but the event itself is for a excellent cause. This groovy shindig will benefit two Portland charities, Go Big For Hunger and Full Plates Full Potential. Things get swinging at 8pm and will feature the talents of Rodney Mashia, Papa Tim & The Desperate Blues Man’s Explosion, Downeast Soul Coaltion, Hambone, The Youngerbloods ft. The Soul Sensations Choir, and Andrew Bailie & The Return of The Mothership.

Portland rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues-infused, soulful rock and/or roll to Slab’s patio this evening. Join this energetic bunch for some awesome tunes and times as things start up right around 8pm during this free and fun show.

SPACE Gallery will be hosting a stellar local show tonight. This evening’s bill features Cuse Me, which consists of members of Mouth Washington, An Anderson, $300, and other local acts; the group describes their sonic identity with this quote: “A wire figures the conscience behind the converter. His embedded intelligence references the sympathy. The cupboard trips the retiring idiot inside the crack. The tiny song ducks. Cuse Me staggers the fairy against the wrong skin.” Also on the bill is the garage rock and punk rock assault known as KGFREEZE as well as the twang-punk of Buddusky and the newest Portland duo 4-Star China Taste which consists of genre-defying songstress Sigrid Harmon (The Asthmatic) and burgeoning punk whiz kidThomas Shadis (The Doug Quaids). Tonight’s all ages show starts at 8:30pm.

Treat yourself to some sultry salsa tunes  with a bit of a punk edge over at The Porthole tonight as salsacore act El Malo hits the deck starting at 8:30.

What better way to ease into the freakin’ weekend than with some wild rock and roll? If you’re picking up what I’m putting down then make your way over to Bayside Bowl in Portland for tonight’s party featuring all-girl rockers, Tiger Bomb, rock n’ revelers, Watts and melodic hard-rock act, Sygnal To Noise. With no cover charge and lots of guaranteed fun, you can’t go wrong as things get shaking right around 8:30.

Local four-piece cover act, Fighting Fiction will be providing the perfect soundtrack for your Friday night with a wide variety of material from all kinds of genres including modern pop, rock, alternative, country, classic rock and more. The band will be doing it to it with a free show starting at 9 out on the Oasis patio.

Five-piece post-hardcore act The Restless Atlantic will be saying farewell with a show at Lone Pine Brewing Company this evening. Formed in 2014, the band has been best known for their prominent guitars and powerful vocals. Show these fellas off in fine form as this goodbye party gets underway at 9pm.

Muster up your mightiest hairnado, lock up those devil horns, and prepare to bring the thunder as Hessian, Heavy Necker and Barishi teams up for one helluva rock and roll party at Geno’s. Beginning at 9:30 get ready to have your face melted off and to be properly propelled into heavy metal and RnR stratospheres during this finally Friday throw down.

Country-rock act Dalton & The Sheriffs will be playing a free show at Brian Boru tonight. Get upstairs and get your boot-scootin’ on as things get crankin’ right around 9:30pm.

Local piano-driven rock n’ roll act Kris Rodgers and The Dirty Gems will be dropping their latest release titled ‘Losing Frequency’ at Empire in Portland. Known as “rock n’ roll’s secret weapon”, Kris ‘Fingers’ Rodgers has been a recording and touring sideman in such garage rock and power pop acts sd The Connection, Scott Sorry, The New Trocaderos, Bullet Proof Lovers, and Kurt Baker Band for years. Tonight he’s once again showcasing his own ability to write some extremely catchy songs that he absolutely sings the hell out of alongside his talented band. Also celebrating the release of a new record is local act Memphis Lightning who’ll be bringing their old school, entertaining, energetic and down and dirty blues to the stage to kick things off at 9:30pm. Make sure to grab a copy of both Fingers’ ‘Losing Frequency’ and ML’s ‘Trouble’ at this guaranteed swinging shindig tonight.


Local hard rock and heavy metal cover band, Stronghold will be at Mixers tonight. The act performs songs by such artists as Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Tool, Godsmack, Black Sabbath, Shinedown and more. Check ‘em out as this free show starts up at 8:30pm.


The first show of the summer concert series known as Waterville Rocks! will happen this evening in Castonguay Park. Beginning at 5:30 you can check out sets by pop-rock act The Pete Kilpatrick Band as well as electro-pop outfit Armies. This event is all ages and should be a lot of fun so check it out if you’re in the area this Friday evening.


Phil Divinsky and his Americana-tinged rhythm & blues band return to The Frog & Turtle in Westbrook tonight. You can enjoy some soulful sounds starting at 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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