St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Thursday is a truly marvelous thing because you can basically begin the weekend now if you want. Hopefully Irish eyes will smile upon you should you choose to call out of work tomorrow, ha! Anyway if you’re looking to celebrate today by downing some green beer and checking out some tunes, here are the happenings for your St. Paddy’s Day. Many, many places to take in some traditional and non-traditional music including Enter The Haggis and The Pubcrawlers at Port City Music Hall, Scolded Dogs at The Liberal Cup, Welterweight at Blue, Jason Spooner Band at Brian Boru, Kilcollins at RiRa, The Squid Jiggers at Mayo Street Arts, Hollowbody Electric at Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery, The Work Trucks at The Run of the Mill and so much more. Sláinte!
If you’ve got the Luck of the Irish, and happen to have this afternoon off, then make some plans to have some fun with the fellas in the Dum Bums as they play a free show up at the Fire House Grille beginning at 1 o’clock. There’ll be lots of classic tunes to do a jig to, so check it out if you’re in the area today.
Later on at the Fire House Grille you can join the Chad Porter Band for some serious fun as they continue the St. Paddy’s Day celebrations with a free show that’ll get started up at 6. This evening you might hear some covers of Ray Lamontagne, Ceelo Green, Blake Shelton and more as well as some catchy original compositions.
The Daniel Inn Coast Bar & Bistro welcomes back local musician Peter Carriveau for an evening of tunes this Thursday. Peter has numerous influences in his music from folk to Americana to rock. During this free, all-ages show that starts up at 6 o’clock, you’re likely to hear songs by artists like Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Gram Parsons, Steve Goodman, Van Morrison, The Beatles, Steve Earl, Ray Lamontagne, and many more, so be sure to stop by if you’re in Brunswick tonight.
Maine-based singer-songwriter Mike Rodrigue returns to The Rack tonight for some acoustic fun. This free Thursday night show will get underway at 7pm.
If you’re in Ellsworth this evening be sure to check out a free show at Chummies with local songstress Trisha Mason. Trisha and her band will be serving up some classic covers as well as catchy originals as this free show gets shaking right around 9.
The Scolded Dogs will be making some noise at the Liberal Cup in Hallowell tonight with their excellent blend of original songs as well as classic covers. Starting at 8 you can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as covers of such acts like Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more.
Locally based songstress, Sa rah brings her evening of serenades back to Easy Street Lounge this Thursday. Get cozy, grab yourself a delicious cocktail, and enjoy some fine tunes as things get started up around 9:30.
Brian Boru in Portland is always the place to be on such a holiday and today they’ve got music all day long with Rum Riot (providing some traditional Irish music), the Irish Drummers, The Pubcrawlers and The Jason Spooner Band. Things get started at 7:30am, yes, 7:30am. The Pubcrawlers will be causing a ruckus started at 1pm followed by Jason Spooner Band at 5pm.
Happy Hour with Hassan aka Kafari continues this evening at Portland House of Music and Events where beginning at 5 you can check out a free set of jazz and funk tunes as Hassan enthralls one and all with his immense talents on the keys. This is a guaranteed fun way to start off (or I guess end?) your Thirsty Thursday so be sure to check it out.
David Beam & The Leprechauns will be bringing some St. Paddy’s Day folly to Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight as they perform some folk tunes with an Irish twist during an all-ages show that’ll get started up at 7 o’clock.
The Squid Jiggers return to Mayo Street Arts this evening for another rollicking night of musical shenanigans on the one day of the year when everyone is Irish. Dave Rowe and Troy R. Bennett, The Squid Jiggers, are Maine natives but they both grew up steeped in folk traditions of sea chanteys, songs from across the ocean and singalongs. They’ll bring those singalongs to life with a bit of Irish flair as tonight’s event gets underway at 7pm.
If I were out celebrating my heritage this evening rather than going to bed at dusk to get up at the asscrack of dawn to do The TV, then I’d probably head on over to Blue to check out local folk-rock outfit Welterweight‘s tribute set to the inimitable Thin Lizzy. Starting at 7 o’clock they’ll be conjuring up the tunes of Ireland’s favorite sons.
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.
Local musician Michael Taylor of Rustic Overtones, Royal Hammer, The Awesome, and many more musical acts from around town, returns to Sonny’s lounge tonight for a set of songs. Join Taylor for some good times and good tunes as things start up during tonight’s free show at 8:30pm.
RiRa will also be celebrating all things Irish today and that celebration continues on through the night with a free set from local pop-rockers Kilcollins. These talented gents will take the stage around 9 o’clock during this free show that’ll feature a mix of original tunes and danceable cover jams. Tonight’s free show gets cranking at 9 o’clock.
Canadian Celtic rock band Enter The Haggis will be bringing you a St. Patrick’s Day party at Port City Music Hall tonight. Tonight’s 18+ shindig will get shakin’ with an opening set from Portland’s own punk-tinged Celtic rock act The Pubcrawlers starting at 9 o’clock.
Boston-based hardcore rapper Slaine will be participating in tonight’s St. Paddy’s Day Massacre at Empire tonight. Joining Slaine will be Jaysaun and DJ Deadeye as well as special guests local hip-hop troupe Northern Lights Nation and Portland’s own heavy-hitting emcee Wisdom. Be a part of the shenanigans as things get underway at 9 o’clock.
Chamber folk sextet Cuddle Magic will be performing live at Blue tonight. This is the perfect space to check out this terrific act so make sure you don’t miss a beat as the music starts right around 9.
John Hasnip will be bringing some musical merriment to the Old Goat in Richmond tonight. Beginning at 7 o’clock John will be playing some fun tunes for you to bust a jig or two to this St. Paddy’s Day evening.
Hollowbody Electric will be bringing their brand of original classic and indie rock to the appropriately named Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery in Rockland this Thursday evening. Join the gang for some musical revelry as this free show starts up at 8:30pm.
The Work Trucks will be making some noise and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a free show at The Run of the Mill tonight. With a blend of rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, and roots rock, the act is guaranteed to please as they get the St. Paddy’s party started right around 8.
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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