It’s here! FRIDAY! We are heading into a looong holiday weekend and I am so very ready to do it to it, so hike up those Party Pants, shine up those dancing shoes and get ready to break it on down this evening. There are seriously tons upon tons (crap-tons even) of tunes to take in tonight including shows such as Skosh at Gritty’s in Auburn, Terrapin Orchestra at the Union Street Brick Church, Right Amount of Wrong at Riverside Bar & Grille, Jonathan Edwards at the Stone Mountain Arts Center, The Blast Addicts at Ramona’s, Riot Act & 95 North at Mr. Goodbar, Video Nasties, Fenimore, Kenny Loggin, Vernon & Falsegrails at Mathew’s, Dominic Lavoie & Friends (Keanu Keanu? You’ll have to show up to find out) at Portland Lobster Company, Rhys Chatham at SPACE Gallery, Mya at Empire, Canned Bread at Blue, The Awesome at Portland House of Music, Sugarbush at The Speakeasy, Ty Openshaw at Coda Restaurant, and much, much more!
If you’re out and about in the L/A area this evening be sure to pop by the Great Falls Festival Plaza where local musician Michael Krapovicky will be performing a set of acoustic pop-rock originals and covers. Michael will get this free all ages show started at 6.
Five-piece funk, rock and blues band Skosh brings the thunder to Gritty’s in Auburn tonight. The band will be performing 2 sets this finally Friday, one will be a mix of covers and originals, and the second will be entirely filled with Prince tunes as they celebrate the life and music of The Purple One. This free 21+ party gets underway at 8.
Make some plans to have some fun with the fellas of local act the Dum Bums as they play a free show at the Fire House Grille starting at 8:30 tonight. There’ll be lots of classic tunes to groove to so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area this evening.
Lucie & The Undercover Band will be bringing some classic rock covers to Hollywood Casino in Bangor tonight for a free 21+ show that starts up at 8pm.
Check out Maine’s newest Grateful Dead experience, the Terrapin Orchestra, as they play three sets of Dead song during a show at the Union Street Brick Church in Bangor. Mellow your mind this Memorial Day Weekend as music starts around 8.
Central Gallery in Bangor is the place to be for some hard-hitting alt-rock tunes tonight. Beginning at 8pm take in some thunderous sets from At the Heart of It with Dear Father, Cheers to Verona, and The Restless Atlantic. This all-ages show is only $5 to check out.
Central Maine rock cover band Dakota will be bringing the thunder to the stage of Bowen’s in Belfast as they play songs from such acts as Bon Jovi, Shinedown, Bush, Aerosmith, Journey, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, and more beginning at 9pm.
Check out some fine banjo-based bluegrass tunes at Elements on Main Street tonight as they welcome back local act Banjo Read McNamara for a Friday night full of pickin’ and pluckin’. This free all-ages show will get started up at 8 o’clock.
Legendary singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards will be live on the stage of Stone Mountain Arts Center this finally Friday evening. Starting at 8 o’clock Edwards will be playing his beloved blend of country and folk-rock. Anticipate some singalong moments during his songs “Sunshine” and “Shanty”.
15-year-old singer-songwriter and midcoast native Meghan Clark will be playing a free all ages show at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro tonight. Meghan currently performs as a solo acoustic act and loves to play her own original songs as well as covers from many different genres of music like Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, 1975, The Weeknd, and One Direction. Tonight’s show starts at 7.
The Blast Addicts kick off a two-night stint at Ramona’s in Bucksport tonight. Starting at 9 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!
Steve Jones & The All Night Rascals return to bring some dub-style reggae-rock up to The Kennebec Wharf in Hallowell tonight. Get down to some seriously raging tunes as this free 21+ party gets crankin’ right around 9.
Smokin’ Blues Grille in Hollis Center celebrates a year of business with a free party featuring the tunes of Poke Chop and the Other White Meats. Join the fellas for all the soulful blues you’ll need as this all ages shindig gets swinging at 6:30pm.
If you’re in Lebanon tonight and in need of some high-energy rock n’ roll then make your way over to Train’s Tavern as Seacoast rock act Red Sky Mary will be blasting off into the rock n’ roll stratosphere right 8 o’clock this Friday evening.
Guthrie’s in Lewiston will be jumping once again tonight as they welcome back The Juke Joint Devils to play some tunes tonight. Starting at 8, check out some old time, hard driving and swinging blues as the band kicks out the jams all night long during this free all ages show.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH
Maybe you’re getting your weekend started early this afternoon, if that’s the case kick things into high gear with some free music out on The Brunswick patio in Old Orchard Beach with the fellas of Kilcollins. These guys will be forming as trio right around 1 o’clock this afternoon to play some super fun pop-rock originals as well as some cover jams so swing through if you’re kicking it in the OOB sunshine this Friday!
Riot Act and 95 North join forces for a full night of rock and roll out by the beach. These two super fun bands will be supplying the soundtrack for your Friday night party as they hit the stage of Mr. Goodbar in Old Orchard beach right around 7.
Local cover act Black Rose are back at GFB Scottish Pub tonight playing your favorite classics and songs of today starting at 8pm.
Local cover band Stolen Mojo will be playing some pop, rock, Motown, R&B, funk, disco and country jams from the last five decades during a free show at The Brunswick tonight. Join in on the dance party as the music gets grooving right around 8:30.
If you’re rockin’ it in Old Orchard Beach tonight be sure to get out to the Pier Patio Pub for the Souled Out Show Band. Starting at 9 this great band will be filling your evening with tons of danceable funk, rock and soul covers.
Between Dead Stations will be doing it up at a free show at The Boomhouse in Old Town tonight. Starting at 9 check out this modern blues duo featuring the songwriting, gritty vocals and searing guitars of Jake Irish, paired with the popping back beat of Mike E. Styx on drums and percussion.
Local pop-rock outfit Ryan Halliburton & The Still is back at Portland House of Music and Events for another Happy Hour set that’ll get started up around 4. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy some good tunes and great drink specials with some talented musicians during this fun and free event.
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. Starting at 5, Travis will be plucking some strings and singing some things that are guaranteed to get your weekend off to a great start.
Aw yes, it’s finally patio season which also equates to outdoor shows which also means rooftop ragers at Mathew’s! Check out tonight’s show featuring the sounds of Video Nasties, Fenimore, Kenny Loggin, Vernon and Falsegrails as things get underway at 6.
Blue welcomes back members of local act The Ghosts of Johnson City this Friday. These musicians will present an evening of old mountain music, Civil War songs, coal-mining melodies, tunes of love and loss, and haunting murder ballads from the American South starting up at 6.
Portland psychedelic folk-rocker Dominic Lavoie and a couple of his friends come together tonight to play some tunes out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company. Check out some free jams, both originals and covers, as this all ages, outdoor shindig gets shaking right around 6:30.
Get your weekend underway with lots of stringed things, foot stomping, and all-around good times and good tunes as Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes back Mountain Emergency for an evening filled with bluegrass music. This free event is all ages and gets underway right around 7 o’clock.
Local, beloved back-porch bluegrass band Tricky Britches are set to release a new record at One Longfellow Square this evening. Celebrate some new tunes from these talented gents as things get underway at 8 with an opening set from folk artist Putnam Smith.
Paris-based, Manhattan-born composer, guitarist, and trumpet player, Rhys Chatham comes to Portland tonight. Known internationally for his seminal contributions to no-wave, post-punk, noise, contemporary composition, and avant-garde music of all varieties, Chatham makes his Maine debut at SPACE Gallery this Friday with an all ages performance that gets underway at 8:30pm.
Shake your can at tonight’s edition of Trvp Night at Flask Lounge in Portland. Starting at 9, Don Damiani, Jams Frrever and Laura Vanilla are ready to make you sweat out on the dance floor as this free party gets poppin’ right around 9.
Bust out your brightest neon accessories, dust off your legwarmers and get ready to party like it’s 1985 as The Awesome performs all of your favorite 80s jams at Portland House of Music and Events tonight. You’ll definitely bust a move as this cover acts plays songs from Hall and Oates, T’pau, Wang Chung, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran, INXS, Mr. Mister, Nu Shooz, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Human League, Wham, Tears for Fears, Whitney Houston and more. The party starts right around 9 o’clock tonight.
Fire up your Friday night with some wicked awesome indie rock and roll at Geno’s Rock Club tonight as Tsula and the Sad Boys, The Up and Ups and Is She? get together for some solid sounds. This trifecta of terrific local tune makers will take the stage starting at 9.
Don’t miss a stellar show filled with some local Americana and folk sounds out at The Speakeasy in Rockland tonight as they welcome trio Sugarbush to the stage. Will Neils and Emmett Lalor open the night with some acoustic tunes as things get underway at 8.
Locally based party bands The GE3ks and Girls Just Want To Have Fun join forces for a night featuring some of the best 80’s pop, dance, New Wave, hard rock, rap and one hit wonder tunes around. Shake your groove thing out on the dance floor at Mixers in Sabattus as things get underway at 8:30.
Radio Revival will be playing you a plethora of songs that you know and love including tunes from Queen, ELO, Bowie, Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, The Strokes, Thin Lizzy, Weezer and more at the Kerrymen Pub tonight as this free show gets rockin’ and rollin’ right around 7pm.
Fore Seasons Restaurant welcomes local singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron for a full night of music. Ron will be serving up tons of great songs starting at 6:30 including covers of The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and maybe even a little Lady Gaga. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by and check out some good times and good tunes during this free show.
Narrows Tavern in Waldoboro welcomes back local folk-rocker Brian Patricks for an evening of music. 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 Patricks’ solo set as this free show begins at 8:30.
The Work Trucks will be making some noise during a free show at Mainely Brews tonight. With a blend of rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, and roots rock, the act is guaranteed to please as they get the party started right around 9:30.
Phil Divinsky and his Americana-tinged rhythm & blues band return to The Frog & Turtle in Westbrook tonight. You can enjoy some soulful sounds starting right around 8:30 at this fabulous gastro pub located in downtown Westbrook.
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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