Don’t miss Kimmy’s 7th Annual Psychedelic Odd Ball at Portland House of Music and Events tonight


Yes! It’s your Finally Friday Edition of The Newz! It’s a magical thing and after such a wild and crazy week, I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say bring on the weekend! So much to see and do tonight so let’s dive right in! Check out some sweet sounds at shows such as The Crown Vics at Hollywood Casino, Starcrossed Losers & Hollow Horse at Waterfall Arts, Whiskey Sour Band at Crystal Falls, Zealous Bellus at The Kennebec Wharf, Double Entendre at Rails, Darlin’ Corey at Blue, Chris Young, Cassadee Pope & Dustin Lynch at the Cross Insurance Arena, Big World at Mayo Street Arts, David Scott Norton at Andy’s, Psychic Wounds, Gnaw, Suffer On Acid & Clan of Dyad at Geno’s, Ron Bergeron at the Silver Street Tavern, Worshipper, Summoner, Hessian & Drivetrain at Live at 212, and much more!


Check out some fun pop-rock tunes courtesy of local act The Grumps as they play a free show at Gritty’s Auburn location tonight. These talented fellas will get the good times rollin’ right around 8.


The Crown Vics prepare to throw down with another non-stop rockabilly dance party at the Hollywood Casino in Bangor tonight. If you’re looking to bust a move and have some fun then check out tonight’s free show as things get underway at 8pm.

The Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor presents an evening of holiday jazz with the Bill Barnes Trio. Stop by and have a ton of fun as this free show filled with tons of seasonal tunes gets swinging at 8 o’clock.

No Warning will be serving up all of your favorite party tunes tonight as they kick off a two night stint at the Penobscot Pour House at 9 o’clock.


Grammy award winner Paul Sullivan‘s piano, along with cello, flute and percussion, expresses the heart and soul of the Christmas season with fresh new arrangements of favorite old carols as well as original compositions inspired by the season. Tonight he brings this festive performance to the stage of the Chocolate Church in Bath for a show that’ll start up at 7:30pm.


Local act Starcrossed Losers will be performing at Waterfall Arts in Belfast tonight alongside fellow Maine based musical act Hollow Horse as part of the Free Range Music Series. Starcrossed Losers is the music of Kyle Morgan, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist working with a rotating cast of bandmates from Maine to Pennsylvania. Tonight’s performance will range in style from stripped-down acoustic balladry to old-school rock n’ roll, gritty gypsy-blues and distorted proto-punk. This show starts up at 7:30pm.


Check out a free, all-ages show tonight at Elements in Biddeford as they feature the emotionally expressive and finely crafted Americana, folk and blues tunes of local act Hilton Park. Head out for a night of Maine-made music as things start up at 8 o’clock.


The Giant Kings featuring Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, and Chris Cote will be bringing some R&B, soul, and country soul reminiscent of the fifties and sixties to the stage of the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield tonight. This evening’s show gets started up at 8pm.


Modern country and rockabilly cover act the Whiskey Sour Band will get you boot-scootin’ out on the dance floor of Crystal Falls in Chelsea tonight as they play a free show starting up at 9pm.


Central Maine pop-rockers Tomorrow Morning will be playing up at Chummies in Ellsworth tonight. Things get started at 9 and will feature the band’s funky mix of cover tunes and original material.


Alt-rock act Zealous Bellus returns to The Kennebec Wharf tonight for another free and fun par-tay. Let the good times roll as this shindig gets shaking at 9.

The Scolded Dogs return to the Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell to do a little partying during another free show. Beginning at 9 you can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as cover tunes from such acts as Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg, and many more.


Acoustic Americana act Double Entendre will be playing a set at Rails in Lewiston this evening. This talented pair will start making some noise as this free and all ages event begins at 5pm.

Pedro O’Hara’s will be featuring Maine-based, acoustic alternative artist John Hasnip tonight. Starting around 8 John will be playing some fun tunes for you to bust a move or two to this Friday.


Local band JD Gilbert & The Night Train will be bringing some toe-tappin’ country tunes to The Brunswick this finally Friday. This free party gets rockin’ and rollin’ right around 8:30pm.


A free and fun First Friday show happens over at the Dogfish Bar & Grille this evening as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns for an all ages Happy Hour set that’ll start up right around 5 o’clock.

Blue welcomes back local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey as the pair celebrates the release of the first record titled ‘When Evening Falls’.  Tonight’s celebration begins at 6pm and will feature the duo’s delightful blend of vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitars alongside special guest, bassist Kris Day.

Reality show contest winner turned Nashville hit maker Chris Young will be in Portland tonight as he performs at the Cross Insurance Arena. Cassadee Pope and Dustin Lynch kick off tonight’s show with sets starting at 7:30.

Big World, a new band from Portland which focuses on taking compositions from jazz and other musical genres to explore the musical form through improvisation, will be playing a show this evening at Mayo Street Arts. Beginning at 7:30 the act will be performing both original compositions as well as their interpretations of songs by such artists as Sonny Sharrock, James Brown, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and more.

David Scott Norton will be back at Andy’s tonight with the Honky-Tonkin’ Acadia Band.  David and company will be performing some old-time, honky-tonk, country music and singing songs from the likes of Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, Marty Robbins, and more. This free show starts up at 8pm.

Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble will be entertaining the patrons of Blue with an evening of music from the Middle East and Turkey starting right around 8 o’clock. This local act performs on such unique and beautiful instruments as oud (fretless Middle Eastern lute), qanun (72-stringed Middle Eastern micro-tonal zither), nay (ancient Middle Eastern reed flute), and Middle Eastern percussion. This show is guaranteed to expand your musical horizon so be sure to check it out if you’re downtown this First Friday evening.

Lovely local lady and lover of all things music Kimmy Welch Wilson will be holding her 7th Annual Psychedelic Odd Ball tonight over at the Portland House of Music. This terrific party serves as a fundraiser for Music and Magic Maine, a local organization dedicated to providing musical instruments and creative opportunities to the children of Maine. Things get swinging at 8 with performances from A Band Beyond Description doing a special Jerry set, Great North bringing some fun jams as well as Eddy Dyer, Singepole Mountain Band, Rijah Newell and many more. There’ll also be prizes, raffles and a photobooth so be sure to swing by and do good while having a whole lot of fun for a great cause!

Portland’s own twisted rockabilly rock and rollers Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies are back at Salvage BBQ tonight. Check out this high-energy show as the fun fires up right around 8:30.

Seminal New Hampshire jam band Percy Hill returns to Portland tonight for a show at Port City Music Hall. This 18+ event begins at 9.

If you’re in need of some thunderous rock and roll that is guaranteed to melt your face and elicit a couple of hairnados then make some moves to Geno’s tonight. Starting at 9 you can check out the heavy-hitting cosmic rock of Psychic Wounds, Gnaw’s noise-metal meanderings, the hardcore punk sounds of Suffer On Acid, and the pulverizing doom-rock of Clan of Dyad.

Bust a move and celebrate LOVE tonight as DJ Jamie O’Sullivan hosts another of his First Friday dance party over at Flask Lounge. This month’s installment of LOVE features some of the best house, techno and disco music around. Properly shake your can at tonight’s free shindig as things get grooving right around 9.

The Evan King Group will be laying down some smooth jazz and funky soul this First Friday at Blue on Congress Street in Portland. Grab some friends and have some fun as the band gets started at 10 o’clock.

Cover band Sweep The Leg brings the party back to the stage of RiRa tonight. Starting at 10 get ready to bust a move to some super fun rock, blues, ska and funk jams.


Tons of good vibes will be happening up at the Four Seasons in Turner tonight as they welcome local jam band Continental Shakedown for a night of country, blues, jazz, improve, reggae, and rock and roll. This free show gets started at 8.


If you’re up in Unity this evening be sure to take in tonight’s fantastic show at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts as the Sandy River Ramblers will be delivering up their exciting blend of bluegrass, Americana, country, folk, and a bit of comedy. These Mainers are truly proud of their state and even released an album called Cry Of The Loon, which features original songs all about Maine. Check ‘em out starting at 7 o’clock this evening.


The Silver Street Tavern in Waterville will host local musician Ron Bergeron tonight. 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.

Fules Gold, a local jam band that mixes a blend of prog-rock and reggae together for a funky sound that’ll get you grooving, will be live at Mainely Brews tonight. Join in on the dance party as things get underway at 9.


The time has come once again for you to muster up your mightiest hairnado, lock up those devil horns, and prepare to bring the thunder as Worshipper, Summoner, Hessian and Drivetrain play at Live at 212 tonight. Get ready to have your face melted off and to be properly propelled into heavy metal and RnR stratospheres during this finally Friday throw down as thing get heavy at 8pm.

The Groove Kings return to the Frog and Turtle tonight to for some soul, funk and rhythm & blues. Let these talented gents treat you to some serious fun as this free finally Friday show starts up at 8:30pm.


Gilbert’s Chowder House in Windham welcomes back local folk-rock musician Brian Patricks. Patricks intertwines finger-style, rhythmic guitar with a hint of harmonica into his sets of originals and covers that span the folk, blues, roots and rock genres. Check out Patricks’ solo set as this free all-ages show starts at 6.

Holly Nunan

Holly “The Nunz” Nunan is a musician from Portland, Maine with an unabashed love for the city as well as its thriving Maine music scene. This is her scene report.

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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