Holy mother of Pearl, I think I might have thrown in the towel if it were not for the fact that today is finally Friday. I really try to cram so much stuff into so little time during the week that I think it may be catching up to me…but probably not! I’ve – no, wait, – WE’VE got this thing on lock down so get out there and do it to this evening as the official start of the freakin’ weekend is finally here! Tons of tunes to take in too including Eric Bettencourt at One Longfellow Square, Jason Spooner Band at Gritty’s in Auburn, Stay On mars, Words of Phrase, Peace Out Pat & more at Live at 212, Whiskey Militia & Skosh at Mixers, Madaila, Record High, Jeff Beam & Foam Castles at SPACE Gallery, Buddusky, Mr. Neet, The Empty & Phallus Uber Alles at Hella Good Tacos, Crushed Out, Starcrossed Losers & The Up and Ups at Bayside Bowl, The Shakes at Portland Lobster Company, Riot Act at Mr. Goodbar, Ellen Tipper & Ed DesJardins at Cumston Hall, Nikki Hunt Band at Easy Street Lounge, The Juke Rockets at Hollywood Casino and so much more!
Pop-rock/Americana act the Jason Spooner Band will be helping you ease into the freakin’ weekend with a free show at Gritty’s in Auburn. This shindig starts up at 8pm.
The Juke Rockets bring their high-energy Chicago and delta blues back to the Hollywood Casino tonight. Join these talented Midcoast musicians as they take the stage for this free show right around 8pm.
Folk-rock act Rachel McCartney and the Crown Point Royals will be funning things up at Elements tonight during a free all ages show that’ll get swinging at 8pm.
If you’re Fridaying in Boothbay Harbor tonight, check out a free rock n’ roll show at Mine Oyster with local RnR act Tilden Katz. These fellas will be getting the party started right around 9 o’clock.
The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro welcomes back Maine-based, acoustic alternative artist John Hasnip to the stage this evening. Starting around 7 John will be playing some fun tunes for you to bust a move or two to this Friday.
The Rack BBQ 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.
Local artist Rob Duquette will be bringing a mix of jazz, rock and various other grooves to Gritty’s Freeport location tonight. Enjoy some great live jams as things get started around 8:30.
Local blues and R&B act The Colwell Brothers will be rocking and rolling up in Hallowell this finally Friday as they play a free show at the Kennebec Wharf tonight. Check these fellas out if you’re hanging around town tonight as their show gets underway right around 9.
Local pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band will be bringing the party to Easy Street Lounge. Covering artists such as Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen, Sublime, No Doubt, The Doors, U2 and many more there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. Tonight’s performance will also include a colorful hula hoop act so be sure to check it out starting at 9pm.
Guthries gets jumping once again tonight as they welcome back The Juke Joint Devils to kick out some old time, hard-driving blues. Tonight’s free all-ages performance gets swinging around 8.
Award winning Maine songwriters Ellen Tipper and Ed DesJardins bring their amazing voices and piano prowess to one of the most beautiful rooms in Maine on tonight. Heartfelt songwriting, beautiful harmonies, and inspired, spontaneous piano jams make this duo a must see as things get underay at 7 o’clock over at the Cumston Hall in Monmouth.
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Locally based rock n’ roll band Riot Act will be supplying some party tunes for your finally Friday with a free show at Mr. Goodbar in Old Orchard Beach. Things will get crankin’ right around 7 o’clock.
The Brunswick in OOB is geared up for another fun Friday featuring dance-pop cover act Tickle. Things get shaking at 8:30 with a super party mix of some of the best music from today as well as some classic retro funk that’s guaranteed to get you out on the dance floor.
Fall may be in full swing, but that doesn’t mean the party stops at The Porthole. In fact, just the opposite will be happening this evening as they welcome electro-pop rock act Dean Ford and the Keepsakes to rock their outdoor stage. This show is free and is guaranteed to be chock full of pulsating beats, infections hooks, screaming synths, shredding guitar, and soaring singalongs as things get jumping at 5.
Russell Kaback will be bringing his funky island beats and sweet, soulful grooves of rootsy reggae and heartfelt folk reminiscent of James Taylor or Marvin Gaye to the stage of Blue this evening. Join him as this intimate performance begins at 6pm.
7-piece funk, rock and reggae collective from Hallowell, The Shakes, which features some of the scene’s most fun and funky players, will be performing out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company tonight. This free all ages show starts up right around 6pm.
Boston singer-songwriter Sean Von Clauss will be performing a set of pop-rock originals and covers songs at Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening. This free, all ages show will start up around 7.
Merrill Auditorium plays host to an evening with singers, songwriters and country western style storytellers Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett. This pair of second generation maverick country artists will be taking the stage right around 7 tonight.
Portland singer-songwriter Sorcha Cribben-Merrill will release her third album of original music, Quiet, with a celebration tonight at Portland House of Music and Events. Cribben-Merrill is a staple of the Maine music scene with stirring folk-blues-soul compositions that she sings in a sultry, jazzy voice of unexpected power. This record release party is not to be missed as fellow musical powerhouses Katherine Matzell Frederick and Monique Barrett round out this evening’s bill. I anticipate lots of musical memories to be made as things get underway right around 8 o’clock.
Portland piano man Mike Maurice will be back at MJ’s Wine Bar tonight for a free show featuring some funk, soul and jazz sounds. Enjoy some tunes and a glass of vino as this evening’s performance gets underway at 8pm.
All summer-long Austin-by-way-of-Maine musician Eric Bettencourt has been singing his ass off and picking some guitar strings like it ain’t nobody’s business at shows around town, but tonight marks one of Betts’ last performances in Portland before he heads back south to keep Austin weird. Tonight Eric will make a triumphant return to the stage of One Longfellow Square with a ton of new tunes from an album he recently recorded here in his home state. Eric will be joined by a backing band comprised of some of Portland’s most talented players as they perform a plethora of these new songs tonight. This awesome and intimate performance is slated to get underway at 8 so don’t miss your opportunity to check out this talented fella while he’s still around!
Don’t snooze on a free show brimming with some truly awesome and eclectic indie rock and/or roll as Hella Good Tacos welcomes Buddusky, Mr. Neet, The Empty and Phallus Uber Alles for an all ages event that’ll get crankin’ at 8.
Waking Windows music festival descends on Congress Street tomorrow with 60+ bands, writers, and comedians in 8 different venues and tonight the festivities kick-off with an all ages show at SPACE Gallery featuring sets from Madaila, Record High, Jeff Beam, and Foam Castles with in between set beats and vibes by Disco Phantom. Shake out some action as things get going right around 8:30pm.
Check out a free show down at Gritty’s in the Old Port tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey and his band play a bunch of barn burners for ya beginning at 9.
Brooklyn-based electrified honky-tonk surf duo, Crushed Out bring their rock n’ roll dance party to Bayside Bowl tonight where they’ll be joined by local acts Starcrossed Losers and The Up and Ups for a unique night of music that gets underway right around 9pm.
JD Gilbert & The Night Train will be bringing some country tunes to the Oasis patio this finally Friday for a free party that’ll get rockin’ and rollin’ right around 9pm.
A pretty sweet show full of rock n’ roll will be happening at Geno’s tonight. Join Portland act Gwynne & The Tonics for their debut show alongside Ossalot, Jonee Earthquake Band and Computer at Sea as the good times and good tunes start up around 9 o’clock.
Local rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their brand of blues and soul back to Brian Boru in the Old Port tonight. Join this energetic act for a night of awesome tunes as things start up upstairs right at 9:30.
Local cover act the Middle School Grads will be playing all your favorite alt-rock classics and epic deep cuts upstairs at Bull Feeney’s starting at 9:30 tonight.
Another chance check out the smart, pop-infused Americana and folk sounds of local act Welterweight happens again over Blue this evening. The band will be coming together on stage in this unique and intimate venue right around 10pm so make some plans to stop in and check them out.
Check out some modern country covers from Whiskey Militia and some badass funk, rock, and ska sounds courtesy of Skosh as the two acts team up to bring the party to Mixers in Sabattus tonight. These Central Maine acts will be rocking you as this free show gets shaking right around 8:30pm.
Live at 212 is the spot to be for some live, local hip-hop as tonight’s Movement of the Minds event features showcases from Stay On Mars, Words of Phrase, Peace Out Pat, Gvtz, Kid Kai and more with early and late night open mic cyphers. Things get underway at this free show right around 8pm with your hosts Words of Phrase and James Grant.