Finally, not only is it Friday, but I think that giant, glowing orb in the sky might hang out with us for a hot minute this weekend! There are a ton of awesome things going on all around town and beyond for your Friday, so hike up those Party Pants and shake some action this evening! Get it going tonight at such shows as Jeezum Crow at The Frog and Turtle, HoneyPot at Mixers, OC and The Offbeats at Brian Boru, Zach Deputy at Port City Music Hall, Zealous Bellus at Oasis, Leftover Crack, All Torn Up, Days N’ Daze & Mouth Washington at SPACE Gallery, Robert Ellis & Tom Brousseau at One Longfellow Square, Northern Groove at The Porthole, 95 North at Mr. Goodbar, Dave Jacquet at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro, The Depths at Champions, Eds Meds at Fire House Grille, Single Bullet Theory, Threatpoint, Ascent To Power and more at Sapphire, and much, much more!
Get throttled (in the best way possible of course!) by some massive metal music as Sapphire in Auburn welcomes Single Bullet Theory, Threatpoint, Ascent To Power and more to the stage for a kick-ass show that starts at 7pm.
Some serious getting down will be happening at Gritty’s tonight as they welcome jazz, funk and fusion act Sassquatch for some serious Friday night fun. Get into the groove as things get fun and funky beginning at 8.
Local cover act The Depths will be bringing the party to Champions 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 6 o’clock.
Local sax player, Kyle Hardy is joining forces with some other talented Portland musicians for a night of jazz at Elements: Books Coffee Beer in Biddeford tonight. Be sure to check out their free set starting right around 8 o’clock this evening.
Local musician Dave Jacquet will be bringing some acoustic Americana, roots-rock and folk tunes to the stage of The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro tonight. Join Dave beginning at 7pm for this free all ages show.
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 at 9.
Get the weekend underway with the musical antics of local 4-piece act Smoked Salmon as they bring their eclectic range of sounds to Easy Street Lounge. 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 9:30.
Portland based band Los Federales will be channeling the spirit of Americana and roots music while exploring the depths of the heartland and the fringes of the cosmos during their free show up at Guthries tonight. Join these talented fellas for a fun musical journey as things get underway around 8.
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Grab some friends and get ready to groove to the psychosurfabilly sounds of Zombie Beach as they play a free Happy Hour set down at the GFB Scottish Pub in OOB. Things get swinging right around 5 o’clock during this free and fun shindig.
95 North brings you a full night of rock and roll out by the beach as this fun band supplies the soundtrack to your Friday night party with tons of great cover tunes. The band hits the stage of Mr. Goodbar in Old Orchard beach right around 7.
Hello Newman will be pumping out the jams with a free night of music and fun at The Brunswick in OOB tonight. Head down to the beach right around 8:30 to watch these guys rock out all of your favorite 90s alternative jams. There is no over charge and it’s always a lot of fun, so no excuses for not getting your nostalgia on this finally Friday!
Rock and roll for a great cause tonight as The Blast Addicts join Relay For Life at Old Town High School in Old Town tonight to raise funds and have some fun for the Americana Cancer Society. These fellas will be playing you tons of rock n’ roll and power-pop tunes as they bring the party to this awesome all-ages event starting at 7pm.
Legendary jam band moe will be performing at Thompson’s Point in Portland tonight. It should be a stellar evening for a fun show full of great jams as things start at 5 o’clock with opening sets from The Wood Brothers and Cabinet. Tickets at $50 for this all ages outdoor shindig.
Shanna Underwood returns to Blue this evening to host another Songwriters in the Round. Starting at 6 Shanna will be joined by two other local singer-songwriters to play some original tunes, tell stories about the songs, and improvise with each other. This show is free and guaranteed to be a great way to kick-start your Friday night, so be sure to check it out.
Join the fellas of Vinyl Tap for some fun times out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company tonight as they pump out the party jams during a free show this finally Friday. With tons of covers from The Beatles to Huey Lewis, Stevie Wonder, The Dead and tons more, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone as things get swinging outside right around 6:30.
b.good in the Old Port welcomes local Americana act Double Entendre to the stage for an evening of music. Beginning at 7 you can stop in and enjoy a free acoustic performance from this pair of talented musicians.
Local act Northern Groove will be bring the party to The Porthole tonight. The band promises a little bit of something for everyone as they span genres such as blues, classic rock, contemporary, country, R&B and more. Things start up at 7.
Houston-bred singer-songwriter Robert Ellis brings his classic folk and country influenced tunes to One Longfellow Square tonight. Similarly styled singer-songwriter Tom Brousseau will open the evening as 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 a glass as things get started around 8pm tonight.
NYC punk rock outfit Leftover Crack brings their tongue-in-cheek lyrics, intense delivery, and smoldering live show to SPACE Gallery in Portland tonight. Houston folk-punks Days N’ Daze, NYC hardcore band All Torn Up, and Portland’s own post-punk act Mouth Washington join LC as things get underway during tonight’s 18+ show right around 8:30pm.
Salvage BBQ on Congress Street in Portland welcomes local songstress Clara Junken to perform a free set of tunes tonight. Clara’s soulful, blues-infused rock and roll commands audience attention and delivers enticing musical goods to all ears in close proximity, so be sure to settle in, grab some tasty BBQ, and enjoy some of Clara’s song selections as things get underway during tonight’s all-ages shindig right around 8:30.
You guys know that I try to remain as unbiased as possible with my delivery of the Newz, but I must say that I have been excited for tonight’s show at Portland House of Music and Events for quite some time. I’ve known the fellas of local psychedelic rock and roll act Dominic and The Lucid for as long as I’ve been able to call Portland home, and I’m both proud and humbled to be able to call them my friends. A band of super nice dudes who also happen to be super talented, DaTL will be celebrating the release of their latest record Ferret with a party that’ll showcase their newest musical endeavors. Joining in on the evening’s festivities will be the Ghosts of Jupiter and Is She? Get there early and stay there late to show these musical merrymakers some love as things get underway right around 9pm this Friday.
Eric Bettencourt is back in town for the summer and tonight he joins a few pals for a night of fun at Gritty’s in the Old Port. I anticipate lots of good times, good jams, and good peeps to happen at this free show starts up at 9.
Local rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their new brand of blues and soul to a super fun and super free show at Brian Boru in the Old Port tonight. Join this energetic act for a night of awesome tunes and guaranteed dancing as things start up upstairs right at 9:30.
Tonight electro-pop rock act Dean Ford & The Keepsakes will be bringing a night of electrified pop, rock and dance music over to RiRa in the Old Port. This show is free and is guaranteed to be chock full of pulsating beats, infections hooks, screaming synths, shredding guitar, and soaring vocals as things get jumping at 9:30.
All kinds of jamming will be going on tonight as Zach Deputy returns to Portland to take to the stage of Port City Music Hall for a full night of funk, soul and, of course, straight up jams as part of the official Moe After Party. Deputy will appeal to any of you cats that dig Jack Johnson and Amos Lee, so if that sounds like your style, then make your way over to Port City right around 10:30 tonight.
Heat things up and dance the night away this finally Friday at The Speakeasy in Rockland with local act Primo Cubano as they bring you some of the best classic Cuban and salsa music around starting at 8 o’clock.
Check out the debut performance from female-fronted cover band HoneyPot as they play all your favorite jams from 80s rock to modern hip-hop during a free show at Mixers in Sabattus. Bust a move and have some fun as things get cranking at 8:30pm.
The Mallett Brothers Band brings their fiery, boot stomping, country rock to the stage of the Legion Hall in Southwest Harbor tonight for a big ol’ party that’s guaranteed to be a good time. These good ol’ boys will be kicking out the jams starting right around 7:30 at this all ages shindig.
Local rock and roller Riff Johnson will be playing some party-starting songs up at Mainely Brews in Waterville tonight. If you’re looking for something fun to do up that way be sure to swing in and check out tonight’s free show as things get going right around 9:30pm.
Portland band Jeezum Crow will be bringing some Americana, rock, country, alternative, folk, and rockabilly sounds to The Frog and Turtle tonight. Join them for this free show as things get underway at 8:30.
IMAGE CREDIT: Dominic and The Lucid by Matt Cosby