Check out tonight’s free show at Bayside Bowl with Rick Rude, KGFREEZE, Bully Mammoth & Footings

Nunz here wishing you all lots of success in your party endeavors this long, holiday weekend. There’s a ton of awesome stuff happening all over all weekend long, so take a power nap if you must, and get ready to get wild as this one’s gonna be a doozey. Don’t snooze on such sweet shows as Eric Ott at Blue, The Mallett Brothers Band with These Wild Plains at Port City Music Hall, EMO Night at Portland House of Music and Events, El Malo & Slygo Road at The Porthole, Rustic Overtones with MYRO at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, Rippleton Cross at Fire House Grill, Fighting Fiction at Gritty’s in Auburn, Marshall Nelson Trio at Riverside Bar & Grille, The Youngerbloods at Dirigo Brewing Company, Pardon Me, Doug at Mine Oyster, The Pubcrawlers at Brian Boru, Tattooed Lies at Mixers, and so very much more!


Portland-based funk-rock act Rustic Overtones will be performing at the beautiful Vinegar Hill Music Theatre in Arundel this evening. The band’s beloved blend of soul music, garage punk, jazz and psychedelic sounds will come to life with accompaniment by the extremely talented group of young musicians known as the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra. This must-see show starts up at 8 o’clock.


Local artist Dave Perlman will be playing at 84 Court Pizza & Restaurant this evening. Join Dave for a wide array of covers and originals from many different genres during this free, all-ages acoustic show that’ll get underway at 6pm.

Local folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be at the Fire House Grill in Auburn this evening. Beginning at 8 the duo will be performing acoustic renditions of songs by such artists as Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Cat Stevens and many, many more. This event is free and all-ages so make some plans to check it out if you’re in the area this Friday.

Local four-piece cover act, Fighting Fiction will be providing the perfect soundtrack for your Friday night with a wide variety of material from all kinds of genres including modern pop, rock, alternative, country, classic rock and more. The band will be doing it to it with a free show starting at 8 at Gritty’s in Auburn.


If you’re in Central Maine this evening check out an evening of country and bluegrass courtesy of Jack Lawless and Rebecca Mae as the pair perform during a free show at Hollywood Casino. This evening’s event begins at 8pm.

Central Maine rock cover band Dakota will be bringing the thunder to the stage of the Penobscot Pour House tonight as they play songs from such acts as Bon Jovi, Shinedown, Bush, Aerosmith, Journey, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, and more beginning at 9pm.


Local act the Marshall Nelson Trio will be bringing their fun, live show filled with funky covers of such acts as the Spin Doctors, Sublime, Lorde, Police, Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson, George Michael, The Beatles, and more mixed in with some original tunes to the Riverside Bar & Grille tonight. Join these talented gents for a Friday full of fun as this free 21+ show starts up around 9pm.


Check out some soul, R&B and blues tunes from The Youngerbloods as the local act plays a free show at Dirigo Brewing Company in Biddeford beginning at 7:30pm.

Elements welcomes folk/blues trio Bellatrix this finally Friday. This evening’s free and all-ages event will get underway at 8 o’clock.

American Ride will be busting out a bunch of modern country covers for you to boogie down to this evening as they play a free show at Champions beginning at 9pm.


Phish cover act Pardon Me, Doug is ready to bring some musical merriment to Mine Oyster tonight as they play their renditions of Phish tunes beginning at 9.


The Allison Ames Band will be bringing some irresistible dance tunes back to the Brewer Eagles Club tonight as they serve up classic rock covers all night long starting at 8pm.


Folk singer-songwriter Ellis Paul will be performing at the Stone Mountain Arts Center this evening. Paul will be playing his well-known brand of folk-pop style songs beginning at 8pm on stage at this beautiful venue.


The Blast Addicts will be helping you kick off the freakin’ weekend with a free show at Ramona’s in Bucksport tonight. Starting at 9:30 join these cool cats for a non-stop rock and roll dance party that’s guaranteed to get you moving out on the dance floor!


Get your weekend underway with one heck of a party at Chummies in Ellsworth as epic jam band Singepole Mountain Band brings some musical merriment to your evening. Starting at 9, swing through with a your crew and check out some soulful, energetic jams during this sure-to-be-fun show.


Nick Racioppi of local rock-reggae act A Mighty Lion goes solo tonight for a free show happening at the Gritty’s in Freeport. Join Nick as the good times and good tunes get underway right around 8.


Acoustic singer-songwriter Krystian Beal will be playing a free show over at the School Street Pub in Gorham this finally Friday. Check out Beal’s solo set as tunes get started up at 8:30pm.


Steve Jones & The All Night Rascals to bring some dub-style reggae-rock to The Kennebec Wharf tonight. Get down to some seriously raging tunes as this free 21+ party gets crankin’ right around 9pm.

Local pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band returns to Easy Street Lounge tonight. Covering artists such as Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen, Sublime, No Doubt, The Doors, U2 and many more there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. Tonight’s performance will also include a colorful hula hoop act so be sure to check it out starting at 9pm.


Portland rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues-infused, soulful rock and/or roll to Federal Jack’s tonight  for some sweet jams. Join this energetic bunch for some awesome tunes and times as things start up right around 9:30pm.


Guitar, bass and violin trio, Treble G bring their rock and pop instrumentals, which cover decades from the 80’s through today, to The Lodge on The Cove in Kennebunkport this Friday.  This free and all-ages performance will begin at 6 o’clock.


Train’s Tavern in Lebanon welcomes back classic and southern rock and roll band Rosie to the stage for a free show that’ll get cranking at 8pm.


Don Hebert, of locally-based classic rock cover act The Veggies, goes solo and acoustic for a show at the Apple Valley Golf Course in Lewiston tonight. Don will be bringing a set full of fun, danceable cover tunes to this free, all ages shindig starting at 7pm.

Join local musician Chad Porter for some fun times and tunes as he gets your weekend started up with a free show at Pedro O’Hara’s. Expect to hear some great covers of Ray Lamontagne, Ceelo Green, Blake Shelton and more, as well as some of Porter’s catchy originals as he begins playing right around 8.


Dance it out The Brunswick 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 8:30.

Radio Revival is back at The Pier Patio 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 9pm.

Southern Maine cover band Country Roads will be bringing the boot-scootin’ boogie to The Bull and Brew in OOB tonight as they play tunes from such acts as Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Jason Aldrean, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn and much, much more during a fun Friday night show that’ll get fired up at 9.


Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to The Dogfish Bar & Grille for another free, solo set that’ll start up right around Happy Hour. This all-ages shindig gets swinging at 5 o’clock.

Americana/roots singer-songwriter Eric Ott returns to the stage of Blue this evening to share some of his original compositions and the stories behind them. Don’t miss your chance to see this talented musician perform in a beautifully intimate room located right on Congress Street in downtown Portland. This evening’s all-ages performance will get underway at 6pm.

If you’re looking for some sultry salsa tunes with a bit of a punk edge paired with an eclectic mix of originals and classic covers that range in variety from blues, rock, soul and R&B then look no further than The Porthole as El Malo and Slygo Road join forces for some fun out on the deck this evening. This free and guaranteed-fun shindig gets swinging at 7 o’clock.

Check out some outdoor, summer fun happening at the Portland Lobster Company as local rockers and rollers The Joint Chiefs return for a free all ages show this evening.  Starting at 7 these fellas will get the good times and good tunes rollin’ with a set of high-energy and big fun songs.

Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at the Old Port Tavern tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 7 o’clock with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

Local musician Jeff Cusack returns to Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight for a free set showcasing his acoustic, light rock tunes. This free and family-friendly event begins at 7pm.

Zeme Libre will be bringing the good times to Slab as part of their Summer Music Series. Check out the act’s high-energy set filled with Afro-fusion, hard-tinged reggae, and ska sounds as this free and all-ages show gets underway out on the patio beginning at 7pm.

Take in some toe-tapping Americana tunes from Hilton Park tonight as the band plays a free, all-ages show at The Dogfish Bar & Grille starting up at 8pm.

Blue welcomes Bob Warren to the stage this evening.  A songwriter of many styles of music, Bob’s songs have been recorded by blues guitarist and singer Joan Crane, pop singer Mallory O’Donnell, and reggae/R&B singer Minna Lee. See him tonight as things get underway around 8pm.

Tonight get wild and weird with some rock, pop, R&B, electro, and punk inspired sounds as Rick Rude, KGFREEZE, Bully Mammoth and Footings come together for what is guaranteed to be a bombastic bash at Bayside Bowl. With such an expansive scope of entertaining sounds for your earholes you won’t want to miss tonight’s free and all-ages show that’ll start up right around 8pm.

Local alt-country rockers, The Mallett Brothers Band are geared up for a show up at the Port City Music Hall tonight. Boot stompin’, whiskey drinkin’, and guitar slingin’ gets underway right around 8 with an opening set by Boston roots-rockers, These Wild Plains. Pretty sure this one will sell out so scoot your pooch to PCMH early so you don’t miss out.

Hilariously foul-mouthed rap artist from Decatur, Georgia, Jarren Benton, will be bringing his Mink Coat Killa Tour to Portland tonight for a party at Empire. This full-on hip-hop throw-down will also feature performances by Northern Lights Nation, QP, HVZE & Dilyrium, Yoey D, Adiktid Lyfestyle and many more. Your host for tonight’s shindig will be Wisdom who’ll get things shakin’ right around 8:30pm.

Tonight Aura welcomes Blackberry Smoke back to town. Blackberry Smoke builds on the Southern rock template, with a dose of outlaw country and a little bit of bluegrass, gospel, and R&B mixed in. Check ‘em out for yourself as they light up the stage starting at 9 o’clock.

If you’re looking to have some secret and not-so-secret cries to some of the songs you might’ve enjoyed as a high schooler than make some moves to reminisce about all things white belt, side-bangs and clove cigarette oriented as EMO Night returns to Portland House of Music and Events. This emotional event will feature all the tunes of your youth as things get started up right around 9 o’clock.

Channeling modern rock influences into anthemic choruses and themes of lust, loss and embracing your inner demons, Sparks The Rescue will be bringing all that an more to a free rock and roll party at RiRa tonight. Things get crankin’ right around 9pm.

The Scolded Dogs will be bringing the party to the Amigos patio tonight. These fellas will be making some noise playing some original tunes as well as covers of Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more as things get swinging at 9:30.

Portland’s own Celtic punk-rockers, The Pubcrawlers will be bringing the party to Brian Boru tonight. This lively crew will help you blast off into the weekend with a free show that’ll get swinging upstairs at 9:30pm.

The Matt Estabrook Quartet will be bringing some jazz and contemporary music to Blue tonight for a show that’ll get swinging at 10pm.


Local cover act 95 North will be rocking and rolling at Moose Alley up in Rangeley with some time-tested tunes that everyone knows and loves. Check out this super-fun show as things get swinging right around 8:30.


Female fronted, 4-piece cover act, Tattooed Lies, will be bringing their fun renditions of 70’s and 80’s classic hits to the stage of Mixers tonight. Join in on the party as things get underway at 8:30pm.


The Kerrymen Pub welcomes acoustic Americana act Double Entendre this evening. This talented duo will start making some sweet sounds starting right around 6pm.


The Midnight Ramblers Duo will be bringing some acoustic alt-country, roots, and blues tunes to The Brick House Restaurant and Bar in Searsport this evening. Join Will Neils and Emmett Lalor as this free and fun show starts up at 7 o’clock.


Former American Idol contestant Elise Testone will be performing with some of her friends at The Ballroom at The Antique Books and Wine Bar in Trenton. Testone draws musical influences from several styles including smooth jazz and hard rock. Testone competed in the 11th season of American Idol, putting her spin on tunes by Janis Joplin, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Al Green and more, eventually placing sixth. This evening’s show will begin at 7 o’clock.


Singer-songwriter Freddy Dame Jr. will be performing an acoustic set at the Seaberry Coffee House and Bakery in Wells this evening. Join Freddy for some fun as this free show starts up at 7pm.





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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