I don’t think I need to overstate the fact that I am utterly overjoyed that I somehow hammered my way to Friday, but for real, I am a very, very happy Nunz. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in my joy so let’s go ahead and throw this motha into high gear and slam it on into Friday night! TONS of things to do this evening including The Shins with Tennis at Thompson’s Point, Xander Nelson with Ben Kilcollins and The Vargas Twins at Empire, The Great North Band at Amigo’s, Smoked Salmon at Easy Street Lounge, Muddy Ruckus at Guthries, Toby McAllister at Pedro O’Hara’s, Country Roads at The Bull and Brew, Samuel James and D. Gross at Blue, Diva Cup, Friend Roulette, Spirits Having Fun & Bright Boy at Oxbow, Start Making Sense at Port City Music Hall, The Pubcrawlers at Brian Boru, Double Entendre at The Narrows Tavern, The Midnight Ramblers Duo at The Brick House Restaurant, and so very much more. Here we go!
The Andover Summer Concert Series continues tonight with musician Davy Sturtevant performing in the bandstand beginning at 6pm. Davy will delight you with a varied mix of music and stories. His expressive voice accompanied by guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin will provide you an early evening filled with folk, jazz, blues, swing, old-time, and maybe a few surprises as well.
Check out some modern country covers and original tunes tonight as the Hollywood Casino welcomes back Joan Kennedy and a few of her musically inclined friends to the stage for another free show that’ll get swinging at 8.
Champions in Biddeford welcomes acoustic folk rock artist Ric Roy for a free show that’s slated to get underway right around 6:30 tonight.
The Cobblestones will bringing some acoustic country-rock and Americana to Elements tonight for a free and family-friendly Friday night show that’ll get swinging right around 8pm.
The Suitcase Junket, Vermont artist Matt Lorenz’s nationally touring, throat-singing, slide guitar playing, one-man-band, will be live on the stage of Stone Mountain Arts Center tonight. Things get underway at 8.
Outlaw country-rock band, Eastbound will be bringing their driving rhythm section, three-piece harmonies and signature country style to Chummies in Ellsworth tonight. Boot-stompin’ and scootin’ starts 9 o’clock.
The Kevin Midgley Players are back at Gritty’s in Freeport tonight. These local musicians will be performing some Americana and Delta blues tunes as this free show starts up at 8 o’clock.
Singer-songwriter Freddy Dame Jr. will be performing at the School Street Pub and Grill in Gorham this evening. Join Dame as this free show starts up at 8pm.
Get the weekend started with the musical antics of local 4-piece act Smoked Salmon as they bring their eclectic range of sounds to Easy Street Lounge tonight. There’ll be lots of tunes in the vein of Phish, The Dead, The Band, Dylan, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Bowie and many more as things get started up at 9.
Local act Alter Igor returns to rock out at The Kennebec Wharf tonight with their party-starting classic rock tunes. The band will be playing everything from Nick Lowe to The Who and many, many more iconic rock n’ rollers as they get things underway inside at 9.
Acoustic trio Fog Ave will be bringing the good times and good tunes The Pilot House in Kennebunk this evening. Starting at 6:30 this troupe of talented fellas will be playing some unplugged covers of such artists as Paul Simon, U2, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who, The Monkees and many, many more.
Local musician Phil Fortier will be filling Apple Valley Golf Course in Lewiston will some acoustic sounds during another free and all-ages Friday night performance that’ll get underway at 7pm.
Muddy Ruckus will be easing you into the weekend with a free show at Guthries tonight. This gypsy blues-folk act will kick things off right around 8pm.
Toby McAllister, of local pop-rock band Sparks The Rescue, goes solo tonight for an acoustic performance at Pedro O’Hara’s. Beginning at 8 o’clock Toby will be performing some of his favorite STR originals as well as some covers of popular tunes from the past 20 plus years.
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 8:30 at The Crooked Hook Tavern in Mechanic Falls.
Blue Steel Express brings their blend of blues, from full-blown electric house-rockin’ to low-down acoustic simmer, to Bray’s Brew Pub tonight. The good times get rollin’ during this free show at 8.
The Olde Bristol Days fundraising committee is hosting its third annual Rock the Harbor at The Contented Sole in New Harbor tonight. Portland reggae band, Stream Reggae will headline this evening alongside local classic rock cover act, Diamond in the Rough who’ll get things going right around 5pm. All proceeds from this shindig will go directly to the wonderful week of entertainment for the whole family known as the Olde Bristol Days, which happen in August.
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Griffin House brings his warm, sincere folk-rock at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit this evening. Recording and performing for over a decade, House has toured with Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney, and The Cranberries. You can see him perform live beginning at 8 o’clock tonight.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH
Guitar, bass and violin trio, Treble G bring their rock and pop instrumentals, which cover decades from the 80’s through today, to Jimmy The Greek’s in Old Orchard Beach this finally Friday. This free performance will begin at 5:30pm.
Dance it out The Brunswick tonight as dance/pop cover act Tickle gets ready 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.
Local band Radio Revival is back at The 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 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.
Organ-based trio Micromasse kicks off their summer residency at Bissell Brothers Brewing Company this afternoon. This free show will showcase the melodic and mesmerizing sounds of musicians Chris Sweet, Max Cantlin and Pete Dugas as the three combine guitar, drums and organ to create some superior instrumental jams starting right around 3pm.
Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to The Dogfish Bar & Grille this afternoon for another free, solo set that’ll start up right around Happy Hour at 5 o’clock.
Portland’s own all-female power-pop, rock and roll outfit, Tiger Bomb brings the party to the park this Friday evening. Join this energetic and awesome band for some serious fun as this family-friendly and free event gets swinging in Congress Square Park at 6pm.
Wendy Jo Girven brings her mix of sparse lo-fi folk, country and blues to the stage of Blue this evening for a performance that will get underway at 6pm.
The Shakes, Hallowell-based 7-piece funk, rock and reggae collective, The Shakes will be getting things fun and funky out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company tonight. Lots of good times to be had at this free and all-ages show that’ll start up at 6:30pm.
One of indie pop’s most acclaimed and beloved acts, The Shins will be at Thompson’s Point tonight. Wife-and-husband indie pop duo, Tennis, opens the show at 7 o’clock.
Maine singer-songwriter Lynn Deeves and soul sisters Trina Hamlin and Colleen Sexton will be offering up their own brand of joyful noise at the St. Lawrence Arts Center tonight. Prepare yourself to be immersed in blues, folk, gospel and rock grooves with guitars, piano, harmonica, percussion and soulful, 3-part harmonies with good humor, chemistry and loads of positive vibes as things get underway at 7pm.
Turn up the fun this Friday with some rollicking rockabilly courtesy of Ragged Jack as the band plays a free show at The Porthole beginning at 7pm tonight.
Boston singer-songwriter Sean Von Clauss will be performing a set of pop-rock originals and covers songs at Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. This free show will start up around 7.
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.
Locally based, talented blues dudes, Samuel James and D. Gross team up once again to bring you a night of acoustic tunes over at Blue on Congress Street. Beginning at 8 this dynamic duo will be singing some songs, plucking some strings, and sharing some stories to help you thoroughly enjoy your finally Friday evening.
Jazz up your finally Friday happenings with LQH at the Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight. These talented cats will be bringing their melting pot of sound — everything from soul, jazz, funk, and rock — to this free show that’ll get underway at 8.
Highly acclaimed and versatile guitarist, best known as a founding member of Roomful Of Blues, Duke Robillard will be at One Longfellow Square this evening. This guitarist, bandleader, songwriter, singer, and producer will be taking to the stage at 8pm.
Vibe out with some great sounds over at Oxbow tonight as they welcome performances by Diva Cup, Friend Roulette, Spirits Having Fun and Bright Boy beginning at 8.
Rock and roll into another week with an awesome show happening at Mathew’s as killer line up of acts come together to play some high-energy punk, rock and roll! Starting at 8 enjoy some stellar sounds courtesy of The F.U.s, Point Blank, Zombii, Whoopi Sticks, Cryptid, Eyeball, Gant and The Labor Pains.
Salvage BBQ welcomes back local, contemporary bluegrass band Cumberland Crossing for an evening of bustling bluegrass music. Tonight’s free, all-ages show gets kickin’ at 8:30.
SPACE Gallery welcomes Weedeater, a trio that fuses southern-rock swagger with thick drones, pummeling doom, tons o’ thrash, and unadulterated sludge. Tonight they’ll be joined by Canadian heavy metal band, Black Wizard, Seattle sludge lovers, Serial Hawk, and Maine metal stalwarts, Sylvia as things get underway at 8:30pm.
Time to whip out those oversized sport coats and bust a move tonight as Port City Music Hall welcomes back Talking Heads tribute band, Start Making Sense to the stage this evening. Get ready to burn down the house as the party gets started right around 9pm.
Another really fun show will be happening upstairs at the Empire in Portland tonight as Xander Nelson and his band return to the stage alongside special guests Ben Kilcollins and The Vargas Twins. Xander’s tunes are a must for fans of pop-tinged garage rock and fiery, old school rock and roll. Tonight’s finally Friday par-tay will get underway with an opening set by pop-rock act, Ben Kilcollins and The Vargas Twins as music begins right around 9pm.
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 Great North Band, the product of four jam heads living and playing in Portland, will be bringing some grooves to Amigo’s tonight. Influenced by the Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, Phish, The Stones, and more, they’ll be sure to bring some funky psychedelic improvisational rock to your Friday as tonight’s gig gets going at 9:30pm.
The Inflatables bring their instant party mix of tunes from yesterday right on through today to the stage of RiRa tonight. These talented dudes will be getting you to bust some moves as things get underway right around 10pm.
Joe and Matt of Americana/folk/bluegrass act The Four Legged Faithful bring their multi-instrumental magic and tight harmonies to the stage of Blue tonight with their project, The Library Band. Tonight’s performance starts up at 10pm.
Get your boot scootin’ boogie on tonight with some modern country covers courtesy of Cold Blue Steel as the fellas bring the hootenanny to the stage of Mixers in Sabattus tonight starting at 8:30pm.
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.
Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be bring some musical revelry to The Narrows Tavern in Waldoboro tonight. Things get underway right around 9 o’clock.
Maine-based folk musician Dave Rowe is back at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as this free and all-ages show begins at 7pm.
Jeezum Crow returns to The Frog and Turtle tonight with some Americana, rock, country, alternative, folk, and rockabilly sounds for your finally Friday. This evening’s free and all-ages show starts up at 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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