Check out Sophistafunk with Jay Caron, DJ Rew & New Noise at Portland House of Music and Events tonight

Sweet fluffy, baby bunnies! It is finally Friday! Yes, I know that I make the same exclamation each and every week, but seriously, it just feels so exceptionally awesome to once again make it to the freakin’ weekend. I don’t care if it’s 6 degrees out, I am going to bust out some Friday worthy Party Pants and get after it tonight. Let the Fridaying begin! Check out good times and good tunes such as Tigerman WOAH & Livid Orange at Central Gallery, Scott Macmillan & Colin Grant at Chocolate Church, Ragged Jack at Skip’s Lounge, The Northside Ramblers at Chummies, Hambone at Easy Street Lounge, The GE3Ks at Train’s Tavern, Max Garcia Conover at Guthries, The Youngerbloods at Pedro O’Hara’s, Sparks The Rescue at The Brunswick, Darlin’ Corey at Blue, Potato Pickers at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Midwestern Medicine, Yes We Kin & dollys at Hella Good Tacos, Radio Revival at The Kerrymen Pub, Dance Yourself Clean at Mixers, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies at The Frog and Turtle and much more!

AUBURN 

Get heavy tonight at Sapphire in Auburn as they present a Friday night Metal Bash featuring the hard-rock n’ roll sounds of Corn Borer, Enlightened Strangelink, Dirty Rotten Winter, Angel Slayer and Project 246. Beginning at 8 these bands join forces to bring the thunder, rattle some bones, and melt some faces during this free show.

Portland siren Viva brings her vivacious vocals to LAVA Fondue Restaurant & Show Lounge in Auburn tonight for a performance of jazz standards alongside her talented band The Reinforcements. This shindig gets swinging at 8 o’clock.

If you’re Fridaying in Auburn tonight, check out a free rock n’ roll show at Gritty’s with local rockers Tilden Katz. These fellas will be getting the party started right around 8 o’clock.

BANGOR

Take in some modern country covers tonight as Hollywood Casino in Bangor welcomes back Joan Kennedy and her band to the stage for a free show that’ll get swinging right around 8.

Massachusetts-based act Tigerman WOAH! takes to the stage on Central Gallery tonight with their gritty, punk-tinged rootsy bluegrass tunes alongside local psychedelic rock and roll duo Livid Orange. Music starts at 8 o’clock.

BATH

The Chocolate Church presents award-winning composers and multi-instrumentalists Scott Macmillan and Colin Grant as part of the venue’s Maine Celtic 2017 Music Series tonight. The evening will showcase acoustic instrumental medleys, including a number of Macmillan’s and Grant’s original compositions arranged with traditional and contemporary tunes from Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland, and beyond. Music begins at 7:30 tonight.

BIDDEFORD

Ian Ryan will be playing an acoustic set at Champions this evening. Join this talented, local singer-songwriter as things get underway at 6:30pm.

The Kevin Midgley Players are back at Elements this Friday evening. These local musicians will be serving up some Americana and Delta blues tunes during a free and all-ages show that starts at 8.

BROWNFIELD

Pop singer-songwriter, Paula Cole, who is well known for such songs as “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want To Wait” will be performing live at The Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield this evening. Tonight’s show gets underway at 8 o’clock.

BUXTON

Turn up the fun this Friday with some rollicking rockabilly courtesy of Ragged Jack as the band plays a free at Skip’s Lounge starting at 9 o’clock.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY 

Central Maine band Skosh brings their badass blend of funk, rock and ska up to The Rack tonight for a party that’s guaranteed to please. Join the fellas for this free show that’ll get cranking right around 9 o’clock.

ELLSWORTH

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

GARDINER

Local alt-country act, The Mallett Brothers Band is geared up for a show at Johnson Hall in Gardiner tonight. Boot stompin’ and guitar slingin’ will get started up on stage right around 7:30 tonight.

GORHAM

Portland’s own feel-good collective Happy Folk will be bringing some jazz-rock jams to the School Street Pub & Grill tonight. Join this band of musical merrymakers for an evening of feel-good fun as things get started right around 7.

HALLOWELL

Get the week started with with one heck of a party at Easy Street Lounge as epic jam band Hambone brings some musical merriment to your Monday with an open jam welcome to all. Starting at 9:30 you can check out Hambone’s soulful, energetic jams and even sit and play some of your own.

LEBANON

Local party band The GE3ks are bringing some of the best 80’s pop, dance, New Wave, hard rock, rap and one hit wonder tunes to the stage of Train’s Tavern tonight. Shake your groove thing out on the dance floor as this free show gets swinging at 9.

LEWISTON

Check out some Friday night soul, R&B and blues tunes as The Youngerbloods play a free show at Pedro O’Hara’s beginning at 8 o’clock.

Local folk troubadour Max Garcia Conover will be playing a free and all-ages show up at Guthries this evening. Join MGC for some sweet acoustic sounds as things start up at 8pm.

NEWRY

Local rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues and soul back to the Foggy Goggle today for some afternoon jams. Join this energetic act for some awesome tunes as things start up right around 3pm.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays another free show at JJ’s Eatery tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 6:30 with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and more.

Channeling modern rock influences into anthemic choruses and themes of lust, loss and embracing your inner demons, Sparks The Rescue will be bringing the party to OOB tonight for a free show at The Brunswick, which will begin at 8:30 tonight.

PORTLAND

A free, fun, and all ages show happens over at the Dogfish Bar & Grille this evening as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns for a Happy Hour set that’ll start up right around 5 o’clock.

Blue welcomes back local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey this evening for a show featuring the pair’s delightful blend of vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitars that make for some truly unique bluegrass, old timey, and folk sounds. Check ’em out as the music starts up around 6 o’clock.

Blow off some steam and kick up your heels this finally Friday as the Potato Pickers return to Andy’s Old Port Pub with some fun bluegrass sounds during a free and all-ages show that starts at 7 o’clock.

One Longfellow Square welcomes string band Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards to the stage this Friday evening. The band’s sound is bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. Check ‘em out as they take the stage right around 8pm.

Local musician Rexy Dinosaur returns with saxophone in claws to the Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight. Rexy will be joined by Tom Douglas on guitar and Geoff Williams on percussion as the trio bring you a mix of blues, hip hop and jazz beginning at 8 o’clock.

Canadian Celtic rock band Enter The Haggis return to the stage of Port City Music Hall tonight. Tonight’s 18+ shindig will get shakin’ with an opening set from local rocker Tim Mercer and his band starting at 8 o’clock.

The Library Band is at Blue this evening. Joe and Matt (of The Four Legged Faithful) have been playing and writing music together for a long time, and as The Library Band they combine stellar harmonies and multi-instrumental magic to ensure a pleasant experience for all starting at 8pm.

Local fellas Sylvain’s Acadian Aces are back at Salvage BBQ on Congress Street this finally Friday. Beginning at 8:30 these talented gents will be serving up some authentic Cajun tunes for you to dance around to.

Winter doldrums getting ya down? Well get on up to some funking fun happening at Portland House of Music and Events tonight as they welcome back funk and hip-hop hybrid band Sophistafunk as the band celebrates their album release alongside Jay Caron, DJ Rew and New Noise. The party starts right around 9 o’clock.

Flask Lounge will be host to another installment of Foundation Friday that teams DJ Mr. Dereloid and special guests up for a free dance party featuring the finest underground dance music around. Don’t miss a fresh night of dance tunes as things get crankin’ right around 9.

Seriously what’s better than tacos and rock and roll on a Friday night? Not too much if you ask me, so if you’re looking to get your good time on then be sure to check out this evening’s free show happening at Hella Good Tacos as eclectic, local, three-piece indie rock and rollers Midwestern Medicine join forces with folk-rock outfit Yes We Kin and NJ’s pop-trio dollys for a guaranteed night of fun. Things get underway during this all ages show right around 9 o’clock.

Local band Sugarbox will be bringing some of your favorite hip hop and dance tunes to RiRa tonight for a free 21+ party that’ll get jumping at 10pm.

Treat yourself to some sultry salsa tunes  with a bit of a punk edge over at Blue tonight as salsacore act El Malo hits the stage starting at 10.

SABATTUS

Waterville based pop-rock act Dance Yourself Clean will be performing upbeat, dance-oriented tunes from the 60’s through today on stage at Mixers in Sabattus. This free dance party gets going right around 8:30pm.

SACO

Radio Revival returns to The Kerrymen Pub tonight with tons of songs for you to groove to including covers of Queen, Billy Squier, Bowie, Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, The Strokes, Thin Lizzy, Weezer and more. This free show gets rockin’ and rollin’ at 7:30pm.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Maine based singer-songwriter Jordan Kaulback will be guitar slingin’, piano playin’ and singin’ at Thatcher’s tonight. Things get underway at 7 during this free show.

WALDOBORO

Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be playing a set at Narrows Pub this evening. This talented duo will start making some beautiful noise right around 8 during this free show.

WATERVILLE

Silver Street Tavern is the place to be for some acoustic alt-country and Americana sounds as Michael Morrison and Jeff King come together for a free show that starts at 8 o’clock tonight.

Sharon Hood & Dixon Road will be heating things up at Mainely Brews tonight with some old school country, modern country and classic rock tunes. Tonight’s free show starts up around 9:30.

WESTBROOK

Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza is the place to be for some honky-tonkin’ this finally Friday as they welcome Mike Preston & The Buckstop Band for some country tunes tonight. This free and all ages show gets started up right around 7.

Portland’s own twisted rockabilly rock and rollers Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies are back at The Frog and Turtle tonight. Check out this high-energy show as the fun fires up right around 8:30.

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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