Check out Leverett, Crystal Canyon & Valuables at Empire tonight

I guess if I were going to hand out any advice on this finally Friday, I would say go hard or go home because there’s a whole helluva lot happening tonight and it’s looking like tomorrow will definitely be more of the same. Lots of tunes to take in including shows such as The Veggies at Fire House Grill, The Uncrowned Kings at the Penobscot Pour House, OC and the Offbeats at Elements, Smoked Salmon at Easy Street Lounge, Viva & The Reinforcements & Sassquatch at the Kittery Dance Hall, John Hasnip at Andy’s Old Port Pub, In The Round with Shanna Underwood, Jenny Van West & Scott Girouard at Blue, Shut Down Brown & Skosh at Portland House of Music and Events, Scolded Dogs at Brian Boru, Taylor Road at Mixers, Max Garcia Conover at Eureka, Dave Rowe at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, Buzzard Canyon, Thunderhawk, Drivetrain, The Keeper Class & Wargraves at Live at 212 and much more!


The Veggies will be rocking the Fire House Grill in Auburn tonight with a free, fun show chock full of danceable cover tunes as the music starts up right around 8 o’clock.


Welcome the weekend with some pop-rock tunes up at the Hollywood Casino in Bangor as the Timothy Paul Band takes the stage for a free show starting at 8 o’clock.

Central Maine act The Uncrowned Kings bring their solid mix of classic rock, outlaw country and modern rock hits to the Penobscot Pour House for a party that’ll get started up at 9 o’clock tonight. 

Start your weekend with Grateful Dead jam band August West and Friends as they bring the good vibes to Paddy Murphy’s tonight. This free party will begin at 9:30pm.


Local rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their new brand of blues and soul to a super fun and super free show at Elements tonight. Join this band of musical merrymakers for a night of awesome tunes and guaranteed dancing as things start up right at 8.


Skip’s Lounge in Buxton will be rocking and rolling once with the heavy-hitting sounds of 13 High. This rager gets rockin’ right around 9pm and rolls on all night long.


Steve Jones & The All Night Rascals to bring some dub-style reggae-rock to The Rack tonight. Get down to some seriously raging tunes as this free 21+ party gets crankin’ right around 9pm.


Local rock and roller Riff Johnson will be bringing the party to the stage of Chummies tonight for a free show that’ll get crankin’ right around 9:30 tonight.


Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at Tuck’s Ale House in Farmington tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 7 o’clock with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.


Nick Racioppi of local rock-reggae act A Mighty Lion goes solo tonight for a free show happening at the Gritty’s in Freeport. Join Nick as the music starts right around 8.


Get your weekend underway with the musical antics of local 4-piece act Smoked Salmon as they bring their eclectic range of sounds to Easy Street Lounge. There’ll be lots of tunes in the vein of Phish, The Dead, The Band, Dylan, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Bowie and many more as things get started up at 9.


Portland siren Viva brings her vivacious vocals to the Kittery Dance Hall for an evening filled with funk, jazz standards, soul songs and Latin tunes that are done alongside her talented band, The Reinforcements, with a fun and modern twist. Also performing tonight will be jazz, funk and fusion act Sassquatch who’ll get this evening’s shindig swinging starting at 8 o’clock.


Bluegrass act Back Woods Road returns to Guthries this Friday with an energetic set of acoustic tunes featuring the band’s tight harmonies, driving lead solos, and crowd-pleasing compositions. This free and all ages event begins at 8pm.


Rock it out with 4Play as this local band turns things up a notch with their lively brand of rock and roll during a free show at the Crooked Hook Tavern in Mechanic Falls. This finally Friday party gets underway at 8 o’clock.


The Northside Ramblers bring their jammy medley of styles including rock, blues, folk, funk, and jazz to the Matterhorn Ski Bar tonight for a free show that’ll get swinging at 6:30.


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.

Blues-infused country and folk artist Shanna Underwood will be hosting another Songwriters in the Round event tonight at Blue. Starting at 6 Shanna will be joined by Jenny Van West and Scott Girouard to play some original tunes, tell stories about the songs they’re playing, and improvise with each other on one another’s tunes. This show is guaranteed to be a great way to kick-start your Friday so be sure to check it out.

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes back Maine-based, acoustic alternative artist John Hasnip to the stage this evening. Starting around 7 John will be playing some fun tunes for you to bust a move or two to this Friday.

The East Pointers, a trio of talented young fellas, bring their penchant for traditional Celtic tunes to the stage of One Longfellow Square this evening. Join these award-winning musicians as they begin making some beautiful noises right around 8 o’clock.  

Local blues brothers Samuel James and D. Gross team up to bring you another performance filled with acoustic songs over at Blue. Beginning at 8 this talented pair of troubadours will be singing some songs, plucking some strings, and sharing some stories to help you thoroughly enjoy your launch into the weekend.

Jazz up your finally Friday happenings with LQH at the Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight. These talented cats will be bringing their melting pot of sound — everything from soul, jazz, funk, and rock — to this free show that’ll get underway at 8.

Salvage BBQ will be heating up with some summery sounds as Raging Brass Reggae performs classic 60’s Jamaican ska, rocksteady and roots reggae instrumentals during this free, all ages party. The fun starts at 8:30.

Hello Jerry – Hello Newman’s acoustic alter ego will be playing all of your favorite alternative songs from the ‘90s over at Salty Sally’s in Portland tonight. This free and all-ages trip down memory lane begins at 8:30pm.

From fun original jams to some fresh takes on some fun cover songs, The Howligans promise to rock your proverbial socks off tonight as they play a free show down at RiRa on Commercial Street starting up at 9pm.

Seven-piece band Shut Down Brown brings some raunchy grooves to make you move out on the floor of Portland House of Music and Events tonight. Shut Down Brown will be providing a ton of slick mash ups of funk, rock and soul all night long. They’ll be joined by Central Maine act Skosh, who’ll get the party started with their badass blend of funk, rock and ska, starting right around 9 o’clock.

The dudes in Kilcollins will be doing it to it over at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight. Starting at 9:30 the band 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 guaranteed to be a good time, so check it out if you’re downtown this evening.

An awesome night of indie alt-, pop- and psychedelic-rock will be taking over Empire in Portland this finally Friday. Beginning at 9:30 you can swing through and check out some seriously awesome sets of sounds from local acts Leverett, Crystal Canyon and Valuables. Again, lots of terrific original tunes happening upstairs at Empire so make sure you make some plans to hit this one up.

The Scolded Dogs return to Brian Boru to do a little partying during another free show tonight. Starting at 9:30 you can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as cover tunes from such acts as Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg, and many more.

The Four Legged Faithful, a quartet of talented musicians who aim to perform folk and bluegrass music that’ll make your heart happy, are playing a free show starting at 10 o’clock tonight down at Blue on Congress Street in Portland.


Matt and The Barnburners bring some foot stompin’ and hip shakin’ to the stage of Moose Alley this evening as this local blues band helps you ease into the freakin’ weekend with a night full of fun starting at 8 o’clock.


Get down to some rockin’ country tunes at Mixers tonight as they welcome local act Taylor Road for a finally Friday full of boot-scootin’ boogies beginning at 8:30.


Local four-piece rock n’ roll act Riot Act will go quiet tonight for an acoustic set at The Kerrymen Pub. Tonight’s free show gets started right around 8.


Thatcher’s in South Portland welcomes back classic and southern rock and roll band Rosie to the stage for a free show that’ll get cranking at 7:30pm.


Local folk troubadour Max Garcia Conover will kick off a two night stint at Eureka in Stockholm this Friday evening. Join MGC for some sweet acoustic sounds as things start up at 7:30 during this free and all ages event.


Are you so lonesome you could cry? Are you just another boy on the lost highway? Have you seen the light? Well then make some plans to head down to Mainely Brews to celebrate the music of Hank Williams with Long Gone Daddy. There’ll be some dancing, some cowboy hats, maybe a little fiddle and some pedal steel starting at 9:30pm.


Local folk artist Dave Rowe will be performing at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Join Rowe for some rollicking good times as this free show gets underway at 7pm.

The time has come once again for you to muster up your mightiest hairnado, lock up those devil horns, and prepare to bring the thunder as Buzzard Canyon, Thunderhawk, Drivetrain, The Keeper Class and Wargraves play at Live at 212 tonight. 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 as things get heavy at 7pm.

Jeezum Crow brings some Americana, rock, country, alternative, folk, and rockabilly back to The Frog and Turtle tonight. Join them as this free show starts at 8:30.


Check out some soul, R&B and blues tunes from The Youngerbloods as the local act plays a free show at Rustic Grill and Tavern in West Paris beginning at 7 o’clock.

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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