Happy First Friday, y’all! It’s time to step up and step out as Friday offers up a whole slew of terrifically awesome sights and sounds. Slip into your favorite pair of Party Jorts and let’s do it to it! Don’t snooze on such stellar shows as Too Late The Hero with Roseview, Lions Lions & Acadia at Aura, The Bill Barnes Trio at Nocturnem Draft Haus, Max Ater at the Johnson Hall Free Waterfront Concert Series, Death Vessel, Micah Blue Smaldone & The Huntress and Holder of Hands at SPACE Gallery, Drivetrain, Port City Saints & Torn in Two at Live at 212, Scolded Dogs at Easy Street Lounge, Jenny Lou Drew & Scott Morgan at Guthries, The Youngerbloods at 290 Main Street, Lacuna, Crimewave, Lyokha & more at Mathew’s, Tumbledown Saints at Pedro O’Hara’s, Happy Folk at Andy’s, Band Beyond Description at Portland Lobster Company, HoneyPot at The Cage, and much, much more!
If you’re going to be in the Central Maine area this evening make some plans to get on over to The Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor as they present another fine evening of jazz tunes and musical merriment with local act The Bill Barnes Trio. This free 21+ shindig gets swingin’ at 8 o’clock.
The Juke Rockets bring their high-energy Chicago and delta blues back to the Hollywood Casino tonight. Join these talented Midcoast musicians as they take the stage for this free show right around 8pm.
If you’re in Central Maine and looking to have some serious fun then don’t miss the party happening at the Penobscot Pour House with local rock and roll act Overdrive as things get underway at 9.
Champions in Biddeford welcomes back Sarah Libby, a local, soulful, and gifted interpreter of songs that cover many musical genres this finally Friday. Sarah will be taking familiar tunes that we all know and love and making them her own as this free event begins at 6:30.
Guitar, bass and violin trio, Treble G bring their rock and pop instrumentals, which cover decades from the 80’s through today, to the Cowbell Burger Bar in Biddeford this Friday. This free and all-ages performance will begin at 7 o’clock.
Local alternative folk act Northwood will be at Elements tonight for some foot-stomping good times. Northwood starts making some noise right around 8 o’clock during this free and fun show so make some plans to check ‘em out if you’re in the area tonight.
Check out another free and fun show at McSeagulls as The Boneheads return to the stage. This local act will liven up your Friday night with fun Americana and roots sounds starting at 6 o’clock.
Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be playing at the Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor this evening. This talented duo will start making some savory sounds starting right around 6:30.
Prepare to shake your can all around the dance floor of Mine Oyster tonight as disco/funk powerhouse Motor Booty Affair returns to the stage.Things get shaking around 9:30 during this free show.
Welcome the weekend with some Southern rock, blues and Americana sounds courtesy of The Ian Black Band as they play a free show at the Bull Moose Lounge in Dexter beginning at 8pm tonight.
The Allison Ames Band will be bringing some irresistible dance tunes to Chummies tonight as they serve up classic rock covers all night long starting at 9pm.
Folk-rock musician Brian Patricks will be at Big Sky Grill in Farmington tonight. Patricks intertwines finger-style, rhythmic guitar with a hint of harmonica into his sets of originals and covers that span the folk, blues, roots and rock genres. Check out this free all ages show as things begin at 6 o’clock.
Local singer-songwriter Max Ater will be performing a free show out on the Gardiner waterfront this evening as part of the Johnson Hall Free Waterfront Concert Series. Max draws inspiration from such artists as Jamie Cullum, Norah Jones, John Mayer, and Elton John. See him tonight as this free and all ages show starts up at 6pm.
90’s cover band Ice Cold Zima will be rockin’ the night away at Federal Jack’s. Travel back to a time of JNCO jeans, bucket hats, and bowl cuts with some cover tunes of No Doubt, Fiona Apple, The Cardigans, 4 Non Blondes, Green Day, Lauryn Hill, Bonnie Raitt, Stone Temple Pilots, Alanis Morissette, and more as things get jumpin’ right around 10.
Maine-based singer-songwriter Freddy Dame Jr. will be performing an acoustic set at The Lodge on The Cove in Kennebunkport. Join Freddy for some finally Friday fun as this free show starts up at 6 o’clock.
Five-piece blues band the Tumbledown Saints will be bringing some smooth sounds to Pedro O’Hara’s tonight. With influences such as the Three Kings (Freddie, Albert, and BB) mashed together with newer sounds from the likes of G Love & Special Sauce, Keb Mo, and Gary Clark Jr., tonight’s all ages and free party ought to be a lot of fun so be sure to swing by as things start up at 8pm.
Check out female-fronted cover band HoneyPot as they play all your favorite jams from 80s rock to modern hip-hop during a free show at The Cage. Bust a move and have some fun as things get cranking at 8pm.
The Youngerbloods bring some blues, soul and R&B tunes to 290 Main Street in Norway this evening. This free and fun Friday show starts around 8:30.
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Local musician, Dave Jacquet of the band Uke n’ Smile will be going solo this afternoon for a free show at Surf 6 in Old Orchard Beach. Join Dave for some fun covers as well as catchy originals as his set starts up right around 4 o’clock.
Radio Revival returns to The OOB Pier 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 9.
Rippin’ rock n’ roll band Riot Act will be providing the soundtrack for your Friday night party with a show at The Brunswick. Things will get crankin’ at 8:30 tonight.
First Friday up on the roof at Mathew’s promises to bring the party with some high-energy sets of original jams courtesy of Lacuna, Crimewave, Lyokha and more. Things get started up right around 5 o’clock.
Local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey returns to Blue this First Friday for some super fun bluegrass jams. Starting at 6pm you can stop in and check out the pair’s delightful blend of vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitars that are used to make up some truly unique, old timey bluegrass and folk sounds. This show is all ages and guaranteed to be a highlight of your weekend so head down to Blue to check it out.
Acoustic folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be at the Old Port Tavern this evening..Beginning at 6:30 the duo will be performing renditions of songs by such artists as Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Cat Stevens and many, many more.
Portland’s own feel-good collective Happy Folk will be bringing some jazz-rock jams to Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. Join this band of musical merrymakers for an evening of feel-good fun as things get started right around 7.
A fun evening of stories and songs will be happening at b.good this evening as local artists Monique Barrett, Dustin LeVasseur, and Jeff Christmas come together for Songwriters Night. This free, family-friendly musical gathering gets underway at 7pm.
Over at The Porthole you can join Vinyl Tap out on the deck as they play all kinds of classic jams during a free show. Vinyl Tap is known for making people bust a move to their wide array of danceable cover tunes that span between everything from everything The Beatles to Huey Lewis, Cee Lo Green, Stevie Wonder, The Dead and many, many more. There’s never a cover charge so check it out starting at 6 tonight.
Jam out this evening with A Band Beyond Description at Portland Lobster Company. Get your free (and all-ages) Grateful Dead freak out on starting at 7 out on the deck.
Check out the the melodic folk music of local talent, Hannah Daman and The Martelle Sisters as well as alt-folk act, The Western Den and progressive folk outfit, Honkeysuckle. Things get underway at One Longfellow Square right around 8 o’clock.
If you’re downtown this evening doing the First Friday thing, be sure to take in tonight’s performance by Okbari at Blue on Congress Street. Starting at 8 the act will be performing music from the Middle East and Turkey on such unique and beautiful instruments as oud (fretless Middle Eastern lute), qanun (72-stringed Middle Eastern micro-tonal zither), nay (ancient Middle Eastern reed flute), and Middle Eastern percussion.
Tonight the State Theatre welcomes Mary Chapin Carpenter. The singer-songwriter brings her mix of pop country with a bit of introspective folk to the stage alongside opener Emily Barker, who’ll get things started up at 8 o’clock.
Too Late The Hero is celebrating the release of their new record, ‘Survivor’s Guilt’, at Aura in Portland tonight. The band blends rock, metal, pop-punk and post-hardcore for a sound that draws comparisons to such acts as Beloved, Brand New, and Thrice. Tons of pop-sensible choruses and infectious melodies are bound to give way to some serious singalongs tonight as the fellas are joined by Roseview, Lions Lions and Acadia to commemorate the release of their new album. This all ages show starts up at 8 o’clock.
Portsmouth’s funk-hop outfit Harsh Armadillo will be bringing the party to the patio of Slab tonight. This Seacoast area act is ready to get on down so bust out your finest pair of Party Pants and prepare to shake what you’ve got as this free and all ages event gets underway at 8pm.
Portland’s own twisted rockabilly and rollers Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies return to Salvage BBQ with another high-energy show that fires up right around 8:30.
SPACE Gallery presents a truly unique show full of inspiring and beautiful sounds. Tonight take in sets by neo-traditional folk act, Death Vessel and singer-songwriter, Micah Blue Smaldone alongside The Huntress and Holder of Hands. The Huntress and Holder of Hands is a band of six women, playing cello, upright bass, electric bass, and drums; their bass driven pieces are influenced by Eastern European, Americana and Middle Eastern music, among other genres. This evening’s all ages performance begins at 9pm.
Party out on the patio at Amigos with local act, Lazy Coyote. With influences ranging from the Dead to The Doors, James Brown, The Kinks, Modest Mouse, Funkadelic and more there’s bound to be something for everyone as things get swinging right around 9 o’clock tonight.
Portland’s punkabilly rebels, The Outsiders are celebrating the release of their new record, ‘iatrophobia’ at Portland House of Music and Events tonight. Let the good times roll as things get crankin’ right around 8 with opening sets from rockabilly/surf trio, The Teledynes and rock n’ rollers, Dressed for the Occasion.
Dance it out at RiRa tonight as dance/pop cover act Tickle returns 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 10pm.
The Midnight Riders bring some soul, funk, Americana, roots, blues, and rock n’ roll sounds to Rock Harbor Brewing Company in Rockland. Join these fun fellas for some musical merriment as things get underway at 4.
If you’re spending your Friday evening in Waterville, check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show up at the Silver Street Tavern. 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 more.
Maine-based act Memphis Lightning bring their brand of old school, entertaining, energetic, down and dirty blues to Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Join these fellas for some fun as this free and all-ages shindig gets swinging 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 Drivetrain, Port City Saints and Torn in Two plays 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 8pm.
Start your Friday evening off right with some soul courtesy of The ToneKings. Papa Phil Divinsky shows us all where offspring Lyle got all that talent by fronting this stellar act on stage tonight over at The Frog & Turtle in downtown Westbrook. The fun starts right around 8:30.
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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