Don’t miss Shemekia Copeland at Portland House of Music and Events tonight


I’m not entirely certain what my deal is, but I’ve been struggling to keep on keeping on this week. The fact that it’s Thursday has got me pretty pumped and if you’re as ecstatic about almost greeting the weekend as I am, then I’ve got some party places for you to check out this evening including shows like Jim Gallant at Lenny’s, Matt Meyer and The Gumption Junction at Blue, Mike Maurice at Salvage BBQ, The Joint Chiefs at Portland Lobster Company, A Band Beyond Description at Gritty’s, Riot Act at The Run of the Mill and more. Here we go!


You can join local act Phil N’ The Blanks at Gritty’s in Auburn tonight for a free show featuring some groovy cover tunes. Things get underway right around 8 o’clock tonight.


Acoustic act Uke n’ Smile returns to the Local Buzz for another Open Mic this Thursday evening. All artists of different skills and genres are welcome as this free, creative gathering gets underway at 7:30.


Sparks The Rescue front man Alex Roy goes solo and acoustic for an evening performance at Bueno Loco in Falmouth tonight. Beginning at 6pm you can stop through and check out some of Roy’s pop-rock jams, and enjoy some tasty Mexican fare, as Alex plays a free set of songs this evening.


Get yourself over to the Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell tonight for an evening of fun acoustic jams as Sa Rah’s Serenades continue. Let this lovely local songstress sing you some sweet songs as things get started up at this free show right around 9 o’clock.


Kick up your heels at Blue this Thursday evening as Matt Meyer and The Gumption Junction return for a show that gets underway at 6pm. The band will be serving up some rootsy, old time, mountain music for you to stomp your feet to, so be sure to stop  by and give ‘em a listen if you’re in the downtown area tonight.

Local musician Mike Maurice returns to 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 improvisational music. Check out this free, all ages shindig and enjoy some tasty BBQ as things start up around 6.

It’s the first full week of September so you better make sure you get in as much outdoor deck and patio time as humanly possible and one such place to do exactly that is at the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street in the Old Port. Beginning at 6 o’clock local rockers and rollers The Joint Chiefs will be performing a set of high-energy, big fun songs during tonight’s free all ages show.

The Porthole on Commercial Street welcomes back talented local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett for a set of songs that will showcase his distinctive blend of acoustic pop and funk. Things get underway right around 6 at this free, fun event.

Blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland, who has shared the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and other blues dignitaries, will be performing on stage at Portland House of Music and Events this evening. Things get underway right around 7 this evening.

Blue welcomes back Portland-based contemporary bluegrass band Cumberland Crossing for an early evening of bustling bluegrass music. Tonight’s free show gets kickin’ around 7.

Vivacious jazz singer Viva is back at Sonny’s this Thursday evening. Check out a free show filled with funk, jazz standards, soul songs and Latin tunes that are done by Viva and her talented band, The Reinforcements, with a fun and modern twist. This evening’s performance gets underway right around 8pm.

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

Kilcollins will be rocking the night away at RiRa on Commercial Street starting at 9 o’clock. The fellas will get your booty shaking out on the dance floor with all kinds of songs that you know and love as well as some catchy original jams that are sure to keep you moving. Tonight’s show is free and guaranteed to be a fun way to spend a Thirsty Thursday, so check it out.

Mellow your mind with some stellar jams at Gritty’s during another fun night with the one and only A Band Beyond Description. Far more than just your typical Grateful Dead cover band, these fellas jam out on everything from Phish, the Allman Brothers, The Band and more. Anticipate good times, good tunes and good people starting right around 9.

Check out some fun pop-rock tunes courtesy of local act The Grumps as they play a free show out on the patio of Amigos this evening. These talented fellas will get the good times rollin’ right around 9:30.

Work it out tonight to some of the best tunes from 90’s from bands like Sublime, Blink 182, the GinBlossoms, Everclear, No Doubt and even Chumbawumba (yes, I just said Chumbawumba) at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port as crowd favorites Hello Newman get the party started right around 9:30.

If you’re getting your Thursday on in the Old Port be sure to funk things up with Shira and the Supraphonics as they play a free show upstairs at Brian Boru beginning at 9:30pm.


Local four-piece rock n’ roll act Riot Act will go quiet tonight for an acoustic set at The Run of the Mill. Tonight’s free show gets started right around 8.


Check out a mix of Americana, blues, folk, bluegrass and rockabilly from local guitarist Jim Gallant as he plays a free all ages show at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza beginning at 7pm.


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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