Check out The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music tonight

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Weee! We’ve already made it to Wednesday AND it’s almost the long, holiday weekend! Bust out some patriotic jorts and maybe even treat yourself to a Red, White & True (Budweiser/America) as we hurdle the hump into the freakin’ weekend! Tons of tunes to take in tonight including Dave Rowe at Bull Feeney’s, Isaiah Bennett at The Porthole, Disco Risque & Treehouse Live at Flask Lounge, Monique Barrett at Biddeford’s Music in the Park Series, Hilton Park at the Brunswick Town Mall, LQH at Frontier and more!

BIDDEFORD

The Shevenell Park in Biddeford is host to another installment of the Music in the Park Series as they welcome the lovely and talented Monique Barrett. Starting at 5:30 you can enjoy some terrific live music as Monique sets up shop with her acoustic guitar and plays her original soulful folk tunes during this all-ages, free event.

BRUNSWICK

Brunswick’s Music on the Mall concert series showcases the earthy, emotionally expressive and finely crafted Americana, folk and blues sounds of local act Hilton Park this evening. Head out to the Brunswick Town Mall right around 6 o’clock for this free and family-friendly event.

Jazz up your midweek happenings by checking out LQH Live in the Lounge at Frontier tonight. The immensely talented cats of LQH (Chas Lester, Tyler Quist, and Evan Haines) will be bringing their melting pot of sound — everything from soul, jazz, funk, and rock — to life during this free show that’ll get underway at 7:30.

GRAY

If you’re hanging in Gray tonight stop on by Cole Farms for this week’s Open Mic with local musician Dave Jacquet. It’s a free event, there’s tasty food and boozy drinks, and guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun, so check it out as things get started up at 7.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Sparks The Rescue front man, Alex Roy goes solo and acoustic for an early evening performance out on The Brunswick patio this Wednesday. Beginning at 7 check out some of Roy’s pop-rock jams as he plays a free set until 11.

PORTLAND

Hey all you Dead Heads! You’ve got two chances to get your noodle on down at Portland House of Music and Events this Wednesday. The first being Happy Hour with The Working Dead as they play a free show out on the patio. Starting at 4 this talented trio will be playing all your favorite Grateful Dead tunes as well as some various covers from other beloved jam bands so make some plans to check it out.

The Porthole on Commercial Street welcomes back local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett for a set of songs this evening. Starting at 6 check out Isaiah’s distinctive mix of acoustic pop and funk during this free and fun event.

Eric Bettencourt is back in town for the summer and tonight he joins a few pals for an early evening fun out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company. I anticipate lots of good times, good tunes, and good vibes to happen during this free all ages shindig that gets shaking right around 6:30pm.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series continues with a featured performance from local musicians Will Woodson and Tom Rota. The pair’s performance begins at 7:30pm and will be directly followed by another Wednesday evening Irish Session open jam that welcomes any and all musicians on stage to make some music.

Local folk musician Dave Rowe will be performing at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight. Join Rowe for some rollicking good times as this free show starts at up around 8.

Tap your toes to some some down-home, acoustic roots tunes at Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in downtown Portland as local act David Beam and The Custom House Gang return to play a free show starting at 8.

Your second chance to catch some great Dead tunes at Portland House of Music and Events happens right around 9 tonight as Doug Emery, Justin Maxwell, Joshua M. Robbins, Christopher Sweet, Tim Sullivan and Ryan Benoit of The Maine Dead Project continue their summer residency. These talented musicians will be bringing the sounds of the Grateful Dead and more to the stage so swing through and check ‘em out if you’re downtown this Wednesday evening.

Get your folk-pop on this Wednesday evening with the Dapper Gents Duo as they return to the stage of RiRa for some fun during a free, 21+ show that’ll get underway at 9 o’clock.

Check out tonight’s funky, rock and roll dance party from Charlottesville, VA act Disco Risque as they bring their tour to Flask Lounge tonight. Electro-funk-tronica act Treehouse Live will also be on deck for tonight’s swinging shindig so be sure to stop on by as this free show starts at 9 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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