Check out The Ballroom Thieves with Maine Youth Rock Orchestra & The DuPont Brothers at Port City Music Hall

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Honestly, babies, I have nothing more to say other than thank the powers that be that it is finally, finally, FINALLY Friday! If you’re looking to let loose and welcome the freakin’ weekend I suggest funning things up at such shows as Sassquatch at Gritty’s in Auburn, Push/Shove, Jargon Party, Dustin Saucier & Livid Orange at Central Gallery, October Road at Champions, The Maine Dead Project at The Rack, Smoked Salmon at Easy Street Lounge, Peddle Steal at Smokin’ Blues Grill, Kitty Critic’s 2nd Annual Kitty Critic Concert at SPACE Gallery, Pardon Me, Doug at Portland House of Music, Ghosts of Jupiter, These Wild Plains & Sarah Blacker at Empire, Andi Fawcett at Sea Dog Brewing Company and much, much more!

AUBURN

Some serious getting down will be happening at Gritty’s tonight as they welcome jazz, funk and fusion act Sassquatch for some serious Friday night fun. Get into the groove as things get fun and funky beginning at 8.

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 8:30. There’ll be lots of classic tunes to groove to so check it out if you’re in the area this Friday evening.

AUGUSTA

Tonight  you can check out some music from local singer-songwriters Ronda Dale and Rob Babson as the return for an evening of songs at The Gin Mill. Ronda and Rob will be playing some original tunes and covers as well as sharing stories about their songs. Check it out as things get underway at 7:30.

BANGOR

Central Gallery in Bangor will feature a live music showcase from some of the Maine music scene’s most interesting up and coming artists. This all-ages show starts at 8 and will include sets of sounds ranging from indie rock to electro pop from such local acts as Push/Shove, Jargon Party, Dustin Saucier, and Livid Orange. If you’re in Central Maine tonight be sure to check things out.

Enjoy a variety of classic covers spanning such genres as pop, rock and country as 5 Wheel Drive takes the stage of the Hollywood Casino for a free show beginning at 8 o’clock. 

BATH

High-energy 3-piece rock outfit Funnel will be bringing the fun to Riverside Bar & Grille. Join these fellas as this free musical party starts up around 9.

BIDDEFORD

Local acoustic duo October Road will be live at Champions this finally Friday. The pair will be performing a set of Americana and folk-rock tunes during tonight’s free show starting at 6pm.

Take in some toe-tapping Americana tunes from local outfit Hilton Park tonight as they play a free, all-ages show at Elements starting up at 8.

BRUNSWICK 

Join local act Phil N’ The Blanks at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro for some groovy tunes as the band plays a free set of fun songs starting up at 7.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY

The Maine Dead Project will be up at The Rack tonight to play some Grateful Dead tunes for all of you Dead Heads looking to get down this finally Friday. If you’re looking to get your noodle on make plans to be there starting at 9 o’clock.

FALMOUTH

Local singer-songwriter Connor Garvey will be bringing his soulful acoustic folk-rock blended to t Falmouth Congregational Church in Falmouth this evening. Check out Connor as he performs a set of original songs starting at 6:30pm.

FREEPORT

Singer-songwriter Jeff Kilton will be playing a free solo acoustic show at Gritty’s tonight. If you’re looking to wind down after a long week then be sure to join Jeff for some fun times and good tunes as things get underway at 8 o’clock.

GRAY

If you’re spending your Friday evening in the Gray area be sure to check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show Cole Farms tonight.  Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 8 with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many, many more.

HALLOWELL

Alter Igor will be rocking The Kennebec Wharf once again tonight with their instant-party mixture of classic rock tunes tonight. The band will be playing everything from Nick Lowe to The Who and many, many more iconic rock n’ rollers as they get things underway right around 9 o’clock.

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.

HOLLIS CENTER

Peddle Steal returns to the Smokin’ Blues Grill in Hollis Center for some old school country sounds. Join them for some serious fun as this free musical gathering gets underway at 6.

LEBANON

Get to Lebanon tonight to party with local band American Ride as they bust out a ton of modern country covers at Trains Tavern. Boot scootin’, toe tappin’ and yeehawin’ starts up at 8 during this free 21+ hoedown.

LEWISTON

The local group of bluegrass pickers known as Bald Hill will be back at Guthries tonight. Beginning at 8 check out their fun tunes that draw influences from Jimi Hendrix to Led Zeppelin, Hank Williams, The Dead and more.

NAPLES

Join the Chad Porter Band for some serious fun as they get your Friday night started up with a free show at Bray’s Brew Pub. This evening you might hear some covers of Ray Lamontagne, Ceelo Green, Blake Shelton and more as well as some catchy original compositions as things get underway around 9:30.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 

Get your Friday night rolling along with some live, acoustic tunes from local singer-songwriter Bill Howard. Starting at 6:30 Bill will be playing some songs at tonight’s free show at JJ’s Eatery.

The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach is geared up for an eventful Friday featuring dance pop cover act Tickle. Things get shaking at 8:30 with a super party mix of some of the best music from today as well as some classic retro funk that’s guaranteed to get you out on the dance floor.

PORTLAND

It’s Friday which means it’s time to check out some Happy Hour tunes with local roots rocker Travis James Humphrey at Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street in Portland. Starting at 5, Travis will be plucking some strings and singing some things that are certain to get your weekend off to a great start during this free event.

Local acoustic duo Harvard Cavemen will be serving up a bunch of classic cover tunes at Riverside Grill this evening. Join the fellas for some free, all-ages fun as tonight’s show gets underway right around 5.

Shanna Underwood returns to Blue this evening to host another Songwriters in the Round. Starting at 6 Shanna will be joined by two other local singer-songwriters to play some original tunes, tell stories about the songs, and improvise with each other. This show is free and guaranteed to be a great way to kick-start your Friday night, so be sure to check it out.

Cambridge alternative folk-rock act The Ballroom Thieves return to Port City Music Hall tonight for a special show featuring accompaniment by the one and only Maine Youth Rock Orchestra. See this dynamic trio paired with some of the state’s most talented youth as this all ages show begins at 7:30 with an opening set from Burlington indie folk act The DuPont Brothers.

Boston indie rocker Melissa Ferrick takes to the stage of One Longfellow Square in Portland this evening. Tons of folky goodness gets underway right around 8.

Portland piano man Mike Maurice will be back at tonight over at MJ’s Wine Bar as he performs a free set of funk, soul and jazz tunes that get started up around 8.

Jazz things up this finally Friday at the Dogfish Bar & Grille with LQH (Chas Lester, Tyler Quist, and Evan Haines). The band will be bringing their melting pot of sound — everything from soul, jazz, funk, and rock —to the stage starting at 8 tonight.

Don’t miss some live alternative country and folk from singer-songwriter Annalise Emerick over at Blue in Portland. Originally from Nashville, Emerick has been residing in Boston and will be making the trip to Portland to perform a free show starting at at 8 tonight.

High-energy bluegrass band Seagrass returns to Andy’s Old Port Pub for some good times and good tunes this evening. Get your weekend kicked into high gear with this talented act as music starts at 8.

Kitty Critic, the locally-based web series that features musicians performing in their fans’ homes for their fans’ cats and combines the earnest intimacy of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts with the satirical wit of The Daily Show, will be holding its 2ndAnnual Kitty Critic Concert at SPACE Gallery tonight. This evening’s event will include performances by Samuel James, Spencer Albee, Pretty Sad, Isobell and other musicians who were featured in the second season of the series. Also happening during this feline-focused Friday will be the Kitty Critic Contest Award Ceremony, the premiere of a new episode and of course some hard hitting live interviews by host Mr. Jim LeJames.  Kitty Critic Live is also a fundraiser for HART – the Homeless Animal Rescue Team. If you’re out and about tonight make some plans to purrrrruse the scene as things get started up at 8.

Feeling a little Phishy this Friday? Then head out to Portland House of Music and Events to check out Phish tribute band, Pardon Me, Doug as they play all of your favorite Phish jams that are destined to keep you noodling well into the night. Pardon Me, Doug features members of Heavy Dime, The Project, Giraffe Attack and more, these guys are ready to make you lose your head starting right around 9.

The Scolded Dogs return to Brian Boru tonight with their excellent blend of original songs as well as classic covers. Starting at 9:30 you can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as covers of such acts like Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more.

Double doses of fun at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port this evening where downstairs you can take in some acoustic folk-pop gems from Jacob McCurdy and Danny Rand, while upstairs you can get electric with the pop-rockers of Kilcollins. Both acts will start doing their things, cover-free, beginning at 9:30.

Boston-based  psychedelic/prog-rock act Ghosts of Jupiter, which features members of Assembly of Dust, J. Geils Band and the Ryan Montbleau Band, will be performing live at Empire tonight. Joining in on the Friday night fun will be Beantown rock and rollers These Wild Plains and songstress Sarah Blacker and her band. Things get rollin’ along upstairs right around 9:30.

Raging, 10-piece indie-pop band, Monarck Lisa will be bringing some good times and good tunes to the stage of Blue tonight for a late-night set that gets started up around 10.

Party on down at RiRa tonight with funk and soul act Shira and The Supraphonics as the band plays a free show upstairs starting at 9:30.

ROCKLAND

Brooklyn-based steamboat soul and roots revival act Roosevelt Dime will be helping you welcome the freakin’ weekend with a fun show up at The Speakeasy in Rockland tonight. Join them for some Friday night frivolity as things get underway right around 9 o’clock.

SABATTUS

The Tina Kelly Band plans to get you moving out on the dance floor of Mixers tonight as they bring their party time country rock tunes to the stage starting at 8:30.

SACO

Four-piece rock n’ roll act Riot Act goes quiet with an acoustic set at the Kerrymen Pub this Friday. Tonight’s show gets started right around 8 o’clock. 

SANFORD

If you’re in Sanford tonight and in need of some high-energy rock n’ roll then make your way over to the Wolves Club where Seacoast rock act Red Sky Mary will be blasting off into the rock n’ roll stratosphere right 8 o’clock this Friday evening.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Beginning at 7:30 at Thatcher’s in SoPo you can check out some classic rock covers with a little bit of southern rock thrown in as well from New Hampshire band Rosie.

Head out to Sea Dog Brewing Company where Andi Fawcett will be getting the party started right around 9. Andi Fawcett will be bringing you the best original pop rock tunes around, so grab some pals, a beer, and a spot to enjoy some live, local music for free this evening.

WATERVILLE

Mainely Brews in Waterville welcomes The Calypso Soldiers to the stage for a night filled with modern and classic rock, funk, country, and blues and tons of tunes for you to move to. Starting at 10 they’ll be covering a wide variety of artists and styles as well as performing some of their own original material during this free, 21+ show.

WESTBROOK

Portland band Jeezum Crow will be bringing some Americana, rock, country, alternative, folk, and rockabilly sounds to The Frog and Turtle tonight. Join them for this free show as things get underway at 8:30.

If you’re looking to check out some full throttle rock and roll then make your way out to Live at 212 in Westbrook as they welcome Mechanical Banshees, Halo And The Harlots, and Suge Knight Shyamalan for a free show that’ll get cranking 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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