Oh man, I am so ready to wreck this Wednesday! I mean that in the nicest way possible, really. I just have a little too much energy for the middle of the week (How? I have no idea.) and I figure I might as well put some of it out there tonight by taking in some music. Lots of great stuff to see and do, so let’s get this party started, babies! Get your mid-week rocking and rolling at shows such as John Mellencamp with Carlene Carter at Merrill Auditorium, Rap Night presents Old Self and the Karama Kids, Farout & eyenine at Asylum, Tribute 2 Bob Marley at Empire, The Working Dead at Portland House of Music and Events and more!
Check out a free show down at Champions in Biddeford where roots rocker Travis James Humphrey will be playing a solo set of tunes tonight. Humphrey will be doing his thing from 10 to midnight this Wednesday.
Local outfit The Tom Luther Quintet will be performing some vibrant jazz tunes Live in the Lounge of the Frontier tonight. The act’s sound draws equally from the worlds of jazz, European classical, and ambient music. You can see them for free tonight as music gets started up around 7:30 tonight.
Guitarist and singer-songwriter Dave Jacquet returns to his post as host with the most for another free Open Mic at Cole Farms in Gray this Wednesday evening. Starting at 7, all musicians are welcome to join in on the fun and make some music up on stage with Dave and a few of his friends as they share songs and stories all night long.
I’m not even going to make the easiest 4/20 joke here, but instead I would like to call attention to all Dead Heads and lovers of jams — don’t miss another free show as the Working Dead play a Happy Hour set of tunes at Portland House of Music and Events this evening. Starting at 4:30 this band will be busting out all of your favorite Grateful Dead songs as well as some tunes from other notable jam bands, so be sure to stop on by and groove it on out.
Get your freak on at a fun psychedelic rock and roll show happening at Bunker Brewing Company tonight as they welcome Soft Eyes, Jeff Beam, Carinae and Dominic & The Lucid to the stage. Get weird (in a good way) with a bunch of good people and good vibes as music starts up at 6 o’clock.
Check out yet another installment of Blue’s Irish Concert Series tonight with a featured performance by Maine-based act Ladies of the Lake. Ladies of the Lake specialize in traditional Celtic instrumental music and ballad singing. They have performed for many years as a group and as individuals in their home state of Maine and beyond. They will be making music beginning at 7:30. Directly following their set will be an Irish Jam Session that’s open to any and all musicians looking to get up on stage and have some fun.
One of America’s most successful mainstream rock and roll singers, John Mellencamp, will be bringing his blend of Stonesy rock and folk to the stage of Merrill Auditorium tonight. This evening of classic hits and new tunes will get underway with an opening set from country artist Carlene Carter, who’s set to begin performing right around 7:30pm.
If you’re looking for some down-home, acoustic roots tunes to take in this Wednesday evening, look no further than Andy’s Old Port Pub as local act David Beam and The Custom House Gang come together once again for a free show that starts up at 8.
Down at Bull Feeney’s you can check out the Squid Jiggers as they play some quality folk tuneage that always pairs perfectly with an ice cold pint. The duo will be getting things going right around 8, so swing through and check ‘em out if you’re hanging in the Old Port tonight.
The fellas of the Dapper Gents Duo will be helping you properly folk-pop this Wednesday as they play another free show at RiRa on Commercial Street tonight. Join this pair of talented Gents as they start playing some fun songs right around 9.
Empire’s latest installment of their wildly popular music series Tribute 2 happens tonight and will feature the music of the one and only Bob Marley as performed by Michael Taylor of Royal Hammer and his band of talented musical merrymakers, Kyle Friday on keys, Jason Ingalls on drums, Jon Blake on bass, and Kenya Hall and Kristina Kentigian on backing vocals. Good tunes, good tunes and good vibes will get going right around 9 upstairs at the Empire.
Silent Force, which is a band comprised of musicians from such local acts as ShaShaSha, Micromasse, The Fogcutters, Model Airplane and more, will be bringing the funkiest sounds from Africa to the stage of Portland House of Music tonight for this week’s installment of Afrobeat Wednesday. Get down to this terrific midweek dance party as the music starts up around 9 o’clock.
Rap Night keeps rollin’ at Asylum in Portland tonight as they welcome showcases from Old Self and the Karma Kids (NYC), Farout (St. Louis, MO), and local favorite eyenine (NH). As usual the night will start and finish with an open mic cypher and will feature hosts Ill By Instinct and El Shupacabra. The party starts at 9 o’clock, and ladies, you get in free!
The Jimmy Macisso Band returns to The Frog and Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook tonight for a set of classic covers that embody a jazz feel. This free show will get started up right around 7:30.
Maine musician Michael Taylor will be performing a dinnertime set of reggae tunes at Gather in Yarmouth this Wednesday evening. Join Michael as he brings some summery sounds to your midweek wind-down during this free show that’ll get started up right around 6:30pm.