Check out Weakened Friends’ “Crushed” Album Release Party with Whale Oil and DJ Sets by Spencer Albee at Bissell Brothers

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Holy Mother of Pearl, I think I might have thrown in the towel if it weren’t for the fact that today is finally Friday. It’s the official start of the freakin’ weekend and there are several fun things to check out including KGFREEZE at Lone Pine Brewing, Ryan Halliburton at Mine Oyster, The Shizzle at Easy Street Lounge, The Boneheads at The Kennebec Wharf, JB5 at The Pier Patio Pub, Sassquatch at Blue, Hunter Hayes with Jacob Davis & Jillian Cardarelli at the Maine State Pier, Vinyl Tap at Portland Lobster Company, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies at The Frog and Turtle, Slaid Cleaves at One Longfellow Square, Wait, Mirth, Cape Cannons & The Very Reverend at Bayside Bowl, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band with Katherine Matzell Frederick at Portland House of Music, Hambone & Singepole Mountain Band at Empire, The Depths at Amigos, Kung Fu & Gater at the Waterville Opera House, Port City Saints, Bitch N Dudes, Last Ones Alive & Mile 22 at Live at 212 and so much more — here we go!

AUBURN

Central Maine band Skosh brings their badass blend of funk, rock and ska up to Gritty’s in Auburn tonight for a party that’s guaranteed to please. Join the fellas for this free show that’ll get cranking right around 8 o’clock.

BANGOR

The Timothy Paul Band will be bring some pop-rock sounds to the stage of Hollywood Casino tonight for a free 21+ show that’s scheduled to start at 8 o’clock.

BIDDEFORD

Pop-rock and roller Alex Roy will be performing a set of tunes at Engine in Biddeford this evening. Tonight’s event is sure to be fun so swing through if you’re in the area as the music starts up at 6 o’clock.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

Take in some free tunes at Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor as Ryan Halliburton will be bringing some fine pop-rock sounds to the stage for a fun show that’ll get swinging right around 6pm.

BUCKSPORT

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!

CAMDEN

Beatles tribute, A Day in the Life: A Beatles Experience will be taking you back to the early 60’s when The Beatles were taking the world by storm as they play a fun show at the Camden Opera House tonight. Join these fab fellas for some fun as things start up at 7:30.

HALLOWELL

Welcome the weekend once again with The Boneheads at The Kennebec Wharf. The band, which has become famous for their unpredictable, impressively musical shows, which often feature band members switching instruments, powerfully dynamic arrangements, and occasionally even hilarious polka versions of tunes, will take to the stage right around 9, so swing through and groove out if you’re in the area tonight.

Central Maine hip-hop act The Shizzle bring their themed dance party to Easy Street Lounge tonight. Things get started around 9:30 at this free, fun show that’ll feature jams from such notable acts as Vanilla Ice, The Roots, Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Biz Markie and more.

LEWISTON

Pedro O’Hara’s welcomes back local singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron for a night of tunes. Ron will be serving up tons of great songs starting at 8pm 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 and fun show.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 

The dudes in Kilcollins will be doing it to it over at The Brunswick this finally Friday afternoon. Starting up around 1 o’clock the band will be rockin’ you with all sorts of tunes that you know in love with a handful of catchy original jams for good measure. It’s free, fun and guaranteed to be a good time, so check it out if you’re getting the weekend started early this afternoon.

Locally based rock n’ roll band Riot Act will be supplying some party tunes for your finally Friday with a free show at Mr. Goodbar in Old Orchard Beach. Things will get crankin’ right around 7 o’clock.

What better way to welcome the weekend than by sipping an ice-cold adult beverage by the beach whilst listening to some tasty tunes? Do exactly that down at The Pier Patio Pub with some live, hip-hop courtesy of JB5. These cats will be bringing the Friday night thunder to the pier starting at 9.

PORTLAND

Take in some roots rock tunes this finally Friday as local musician Travis James Humphrey plays a free Happy Hour set over at The Dogfish Bar & Grille. Let the good times roll as things get swinging right around 5 o’clock.

Blue welcomes jazz, funk and fusion act Sassquatch for some serious getting down on this finally Friday. Get into the groove as things get fun and funky during this free all ages show starting up at 6pm.

Country-pop star Hunter Hayes is back in Portland tonight as he plays at the Maine State Pier alongside special guests Jacob Davis and Jillian Cardarelli. Tonight’s outdoor shindig gets shaking at 7pm.

Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes back Maine-based acoustic alternative artist John Hasnip this evening. Starting around 7 John will be playing some fun tunes for you to bust a move or two to this Friday.

The Porthole welcomes back Downeast Soul Coalition to the deck for a Friday night party chock full of some solid funk and soul sounds. This free shindig will get shaking right around 7 o’clock.

Local singer-songwriter Dan Knudsen will be performing a free, all ages set at b.good in the Old Port this evening. Stop by for some good eats, good times, and good tunes, which will get underway right around 7 o’clock.

Over at the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street you can make some plans to join Vinyl Tap as the fellas party down on the deck with all of your favorite cover tunes. Vinyl Tap is known for making people dance with their wide array of danceable tunes that span everything from Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, The Beatles, Billy Preston, Billy Joel and many, many more. This free show will get started outside right around 7 o’clock.

Jazz artist Viva will be bringing her vivacious vocals to The Dogfish Bar & Grille for a Friday filled with funk, jazz standards, soul songs and Latin tunes that are done alongside her talented band with a fun and modern twist. Show this weekend what you’ve got as things get underway right around 8 o’clock.

Tonight get ready to shake it out with rock-pop-R&B/electro-freak out act, KGFREEZE as frontman Kyle Gervais celebrates his 31st birthday. Rock out and have some fun at Kage’s Hatch Day Party as things get underway at 8pm at Lone Pine Brewing Company.

Enjoy some soulful blues tunes as Moris and The East Coast play a show at Blue tonight. These Providence & Boston ramblers promise a good time as the music starts up at 8.

Locally based and exceptionally skilled (as well as fun) piano man Mike Maurice returns to MJ’s Wine Bar to tickle the ivories during a free show featuring his funk, soul and jazz sounds. Treat yourself to some tasty tunes as well as a stellar vino selection as get started around 8pm tonight.

Get on over to the new Bissell Brothers location on Thompson’s Point for what is bound to be an awesome summer show this finally Friday evening. The brewery will be converted into a kick ass venue for the night to feature performances by rock and roll trio Weakened Friends, who are celebrating the release of their killer new EP “Crushed”, as well as a set from another awesome local RnR trio, Whale Oil. Not only that, but Spencer Albee will be spinning some DJ sets between and before bands play — and I heard he’ll be sharing some of his upcoming record with the audience during those sets so it should be a good time for you and your earholes. Lots of delicious beer on tap too so don’t miss out as the party starts at 8 o’clock.

Slaid Cleaves returns home to Maine for a performance at Portland’s One Longfellow Square this Friday evening. Cleaves is well-known for spinning stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart throughout his original Americana and folk songs. Don’t miss this special evening of music which gets underway around 8 o’clock.

Lots of energetic, awesome, and heavy-hitting indie rock and roll will be taking Bayside Bowl by storm tonight as Wait, Mirth, Cape Cannons and The Very Reverend team up for a show that is guaranteed to make you move. This free all ages shindig gets shaking at 8pm.

Sylvain’s Acadian Aces are back at Salvage BBQ on Congress Street this finally Friday. Beginning at 8:30 these talented gents will be serving up some authentic Cajun tunes for you to go dance around to.

Get your weekend underway with one heck of a party at Empire as epic jam bands Hambone and Singepole Mountain Band bring 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.

Burlington act Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band promise to better your Friday with some soulful at Portland House of Music tonight. The Indomitable Soul Band’s roots draw heavily from all American music to forge a sound that is all their own. Blending Memphis soul and new school R&B with a level of improvisation that more than a few Vermont based bands have been known for, this 7 piece accompaniment is the perfect compliment to Kat’s captivating, genuine vibe and voice. Things get shaking right around 9 with an opening set from local talented songstress Katherine Matzell Frederick and her band.

Flask Lounge on Spring Street in Portland hosts another installment of their super fun Foundation Friday event. Each and every second Friday of the month you can join Mr. Dereloid and special guests for a free dance party featuring the finest underground dance jams around. Prepare for a funky, fresh night of dance tunes that’ll get your rump shaking starting at 9.

Local four-piece cover act Fighting Fiction will be partying upstairs at Bull Feeney’s tonight 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 that starts at 9:30.

Singer, songwriter, guit-fiddler and all around good dude, Eric Bettencourt joins some pals for some songs sat Brian Boru tonight. This free show is guaranteed to be a good time so swing through and check things out as music starts right around 9:30pm.

Fire up your Friday night with some wicked awesome indie rock and roll at Geno’s Rock Club tonight as Feral Comforts, Tsula and the Sad Boys and Apartment 3 get together for some solid sounds. This trifecta of terrific local tune makers will take the stage starting at 9:30.

Local cover act The Depths will be bringing the party to the Amigos patio this finally Friday. The band will be playing all kinds of songs from all kinds of genres during this free show, which starts up at 9:30.

Fun it up this Friday with some salsa tunes that have just a bit of punk influence by checking out local salsacore act El Malo as they bring the fun to the stage of Blue beginning at 10pm.

WATERVILLE

Local electro-jazz-funk act Gater will be opening up tonight’s show at the Waterville Opera House where NY-based funk act Kung Fu will be putting a little glide in your stride. Things get underway right around 6 o’clock, so swing through and check it out if you’re in the area tonight.

WESTBROOK

Another free rock and roll show will be happening at Live at 212 this finally Friday with performances by Port City Saints, Bitch N Dudes, Last Ones Alive, and Mile 22. Join the party as the music starts at 8 o’clock.

Don’t forget that starting at 8:30 you can check out some tasty eats and equally tasty tunes at The Frog & Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook where Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies return to take over the joint with their own brand of unique and entertaining Americana and rockabilly.