Don’t miss Ben Bazi’s Birthday Bash at Empire featuring Eldemur Krimm, The Worst, Mosart212, JJ King & Ben Shorr and Fenimore

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We are truly almost there, my babies! We are drawing in on the freakin’ weekend and thankfully this Thursday seems to be the true kick-off to another event-filled few days. Hopefully your party pants are pressed because this Thursday is bringing some serious thunder to your nightlife with such shows as Michael Krapovicky at Gritty’s, Steven Jones at The Liberal Cup, Radio Revival at the Pier Patio Pub, The Shakes at Portland Lobster Company, Viva at Sonny’s, Dopapod & Gater at Port City Music Hall, Kilcollins at RiRa and more! Check it out.

AUBURN

Gritty’s in Auburn welcomes back Michael Krapovicky for a night of acoustic pop-rock originals and covers. Michael will get the good times and tunes rollin’ along at 7 during this free event.

AUGUSTA

Local acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be hosting an open bluegrass jam at The Gin Mill in Augusta this evening. Join in on the musical revelry as things get underway at 7:30pm.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Local acoustic act Uke n’ Smile is back at the Local Buzz tonight for another free and all ages Open Mic event. All artists, genres, musical capabilities and ages are welcome to join in on the creative fun as this gathering gets started at 7 o’clock.

FREEPORT

Tonight Greybeard will be performing as part of the Winslow Park Summer Concert Series in Freeport. Join talented brothers Mike and Matt Rancourt as they bring an eclectic mix to another level with their band, including Robby Coffin, to the stage starting at 6 during this all-ages event.

HALLOWELL

Steve Jones and his band will be making some noise up at The Liberal Cup in Hallowell this Thursday evening. Jones and friends blend everything from rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, roots and more to create some mighty fine jams that are guaranteed to help you get the good times rolling. If you’re in the area tonight be sure to stop through and have some fun as things get underway right around 8 o’clock.

Local songstress Sa Rah brings her evening of serenades back to the Easy Street Lounge tonight, so make some plans to get cozy and enjoy her acoustic set of songs as things start up at 9:30.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Get down to the beach tonight to party with local band American Ride as they bust out a ton of modern country covers at Mr. Goodbar. Boot scootin’, toe tappin’ and yeehawin’ will begin during this free show right around 7 o’clock.

Pop-rock artist Alex Roy will be performing a set of originals and covers at Jimmy The Greek’s this evening. Tonight’s event is free and sure to be fun so swing through if you’re in the area as the music starts up at 8pm.

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 Pier Patio Pub tonight as this free show gets rockin’ and rollin’ right around 9pm.

PORTLAND

Portland chanteuse Renee Coolbrith joins forces with local piano man Kris Rodgers for another free happy hour set out on the patio of Portland House of Music and Events. Join this dynamic duo as they help you get your Thursday on with some terrific tunes right around 4 o’clock.

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 out on The Porthole deck tonight. Join in on the dance party as the music gets grooving right around 6.

Mike Maurice is back at Salvage BBQ tonight for some honky tonk piano. Mike will be serving up a classic variety of twangy hits as well as some ragtime tunes and improv. Check out this free, all ages shindig and enjoy some tasty BBQ as things start up right around 6pm.

The Shakes, a 7-piece funk, rock and reggae collective from Hallowell that features some of the scene’s most fun and funky players, will be performing live out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company tonight. This free all ages show starts up right around 6:30pm.

Dustin Lavasseur and his band Eastern Landing are back out on the patio of Slab tonight. This Brooklyn transplant will be joined by local music makers Tyler Stanley, Daniel MacLeod and Ed Dickhaut for an evening of tunes starting at 7pm.

Singer-songwriter Mary Bee will be playing some acoustic folk-pop tunes at Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. This free all-ages show starts up at 7.

Jazz artist Viva will be bringing her vivacious vocals back to Sonny’s for another Thursday 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 Thirsty Thursday what you’ve got as things get underway right around 8 o’clock.

Portland’s own feel-good collective Happy Folk will be bringing some jazz-rock jams to The Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight. Join this band of musical merrymakers for an evening of feel-good fun as this free, all ages show starts at 8.

The Portland Jazz Orchestra returns to One Longfellow Square tonight. This 18-piece jazz ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary big band literature. The PJO plays works written by members such as Craig Skeffington, Willie Johnson, Chris Humphrey and Terry White in addition to literature composed by a variety of jazz artists including Tom Kubis, Matt Harris, Bob Mintzer, Bill Holman and Maria Schneider. You can check them out as things begin right around 8pm.

The dudes in Kilcollins will be doing it to it over at RiRa on Commercial Street this thirsty Thursday. Starting at 9 Kilcollins plans on 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 downtown this evening.

Beers, beats and straight ahead rock and roll is exactly how local drummer, bad ass, and all around good dude Ben Bazi will be celebrating his 35th birthday tonight. Don’t miss Ben’s big ol’ bash upstairs at Empire as Eldemur Krimm, Ben’s new band, The Worst, Mosart212, JJ King & Ben Shorr and Fenimore take to the stage to celebrate his hatch day in style. Things get swinging right around 9.

Tonight electro-pop rock act Dean Ford & The Keepsakes will be treating the Oasis patio to a night of electrifying pop, rock and dance tunes. Bust a move and have some fun as this free show starts up at 9.

Dopapod stops through Portland for a show at Port City Music Hall tonight. Dopapod is best described as a electronic band without computers that hold no regard towards musical and gentrifying boundaries and create a sound that is interestingly diverse. Tonight they’ll be joined by local electro-jazz-funk act Gater who’ll kick things off around 9. 

Join super-fun cover band Vinyl Tap as they party down out on the Amigos patio tonight with all of your favorite dance jams. Vinyl Tap is known for making people bust a move to their wide array of danceable cover tunes that span between everything from everything The Beatles to Huey Lewis, Cee Lo Green, Stevie Wonder, The Dead and many, many more. There’s never a cover charge so check it out starting at 9:30 tonight.