Don’t miss Viva & The Reinforcements with Primo Cubano & el malo at Portland House of Music tonight

I am pretty much over this week and ready to ease on in to the freakin’ weekend. If you’re looking to blow off some steam, kick up your heels, and have a ton of fun this evening, here are some spots to check out this Thirsty Thursday, including Northwood at Blue, Alex Smith and The Mountain Sound at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Marc Broussard with Jamie McLean Band & Grant Stinnett at Port City Music Hall, Tribute 2 Rage Against The Machine & Public Enemy at Empire, and more!


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.


Local rock n’ roller, Josh Robbins will be joined by his band of merry misfits, The Sump Pumps, for some good tunes and good times at The Liberal Cup this evening. Tonight’s free gig gets underway right around 7 o’clock.

Serenades with Sa Rah continue at Easy Street Lounge tonight so be sure to grab a cozy seat, enjoy a delicious cocktail, and get ready to hear some lovely acoustic tunes courtesy of this local songstress as this free show starts at 9:30.


Local alternative folk act Northwood is back at Blue this evening for some foot-stomping good times. Northwood starts making some noise right around 7 o’clock so make some plans to check ‘em out.

Don’t miss Viva &The Reinforcements perform for the last time before Viva’s East Coast Tour 2017. Tonight’s triple bill not only includes the vivacious jazz vocals that has made Viva such a beloved part of the Maine music scene, but it will also featuring local Latin rhythm all-stars Primo Cubano and the bad boys of Portland salsacore act, el malo. Say ‘Hasta La Vista (for now), Viva’ as things start up right around 7 o’clock at Portland House of Music and Events tonight.

Alex Smith and The Mountain Sound bring some country blues to the stage of Andy’s Old Port Pub this Tuesday evening. Join the band for some great tunes as this all-ages and free show starts up around 7pm.

Second-generation New Orleans musician Marc Broussard will be at Port City Music Hall tonight. Broussard sings and writes soulful R&B with a funk twist and pop hooks that are guaranteed to get you grooving this Thursday. Roots rock act the Jamie McLean Band and singer-songwriter Grant Stinnett will open tonight’s show as this 18+ event gets underway at 8pm.

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. Tonight they’ll be joined by the Falmouth High School Jazz Ensemble as music starts up at 8pm.

Kilcollins will be pop-rockin’ all night long at RiRa on Commercial Street this thirsty Thursday. Starting at 9 o’clock these fellas will be busting out all sorts of tunes that you know and love alongside some catchy original numbers. Tonight’s show is free so be sure to check it out if you’re downtown this evening.

If you’re downtown tonight make plans to swing through Blue to check out a show filled with contemporary Middle Eastern music as Zapion performs beginning at 9pm.

The night before the inauguration seems like the most appropriate time for tonight’s Tribute 2 Rage Against The Machine and Public Enemy over at Empire in Portland. Tonight local musicians come together to pay homage to RATM’s fiery, militant rock as well as the influential hip-hop of NY rap act Public Enemy. It’s about to go down upstairs starting at 9:30pm.


Singer-songwriter Peter Albert will be performing an acoustic set at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza this evening. Check out this free and all ages show as music begins 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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