Don’t miss When Particles Collide, Jargon Party, Rigor Samsa & Aloud at Portland House of Music tonight


Sweet, wonderful Friday! I am so overjoyed to see your triumphant return that if I could, I would buy you a fancy drink and kiss you on the mouth, but I guess that’s unnecessary…and also very weird so therefore let’s move on… Lots and lots of terrific tunes to take in this evening to help usher in the freakin’ weekend, so get out there and get some, my babies! Do it to it by checking out shows such as Great North at Amigos, The Gamma Goochies, Pink Sock, The English Muffins & Ray’s Occult at Geno’s, Roots, Rhythm & Dub at Slab, The Blues Prophets & Some Guy’s Band at St. Lawrence Arts, Darlin’ Corey at Blue, The Substitutes at The Porthole, Scolded Dogs at Easy Street Lounge, Bill Barnes Trio at Nocturnem Draft Haus, Bald Hill at Guthries and much, much more.


Gritty’s in Auburn gets jumping once again tonight as they welcome back The Juke Joint Devils to kick out some old time, hard-driving blues. Tonight’s show gets swinging around 8 and is absolutely free so be sure to check it out.


The Juke Rockets bring their high-energy Chicago and delta blues sounds back to the stage of Hollywood Casino in Bangor tonight. Join these talented Midcoast musicians as they take the stage for this free show right around 8pm.

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


Paul Gibbons and Mike McCormack team up tonight for some acoustic covers, requests and general musical merriment over at Champions. This free show starts up at 6:30pm.

Joel Cage will be playing a free all ages show at Elements on Main Street in Biddeford this evening. Check out some fun acoustic rock tunes as this event gets underway at 8.


Check out some rock and country tunes from past to present including covers from The Eagles, Johnny Cash, Doobie Brothers, Steve Miller Band, Eddie Money, Stevie Wonder, and more as Little Rodeo returns to Ramona’s in Bucksport tonight. The band gets things rockin’ and rollin’ starting right around 7:30pm.


Nick Racioppi of local rock-reggae act A Mighty Lion goes solo once again tonight for a free show at Gritty’s in Freeport. Join Nick as he gets the good times rollin’ with some originals and cover jams starting right around 8 o’ clock.  the good times start rollin’ right around 8.


The Kennebec Wharf is the place to be for a Friday night full of rock and alternative covers as well as some super catchy original jams from local band Zealous Bellus. The fellas are ready to party on down as this free show starts up at 9 o’clock.

Local band The Scolded Dogs will be making some noise at the Easy Street Lounge as they return with some party-rockin’ tunes. Beginning at 9:30 you can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as covers of such acts as Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more.


Local acoustic duo October Road will be live at The Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport this evening. The pair will be performing a set of Americana and folk-rock tunes during tonight’s free, all-ages show starting at 5.


Train’s Tavern in Lebanon welcomes back classic and southern rock and roll band Rosie to the stage for a free show that’ll get swinging around 8.


Local bluegrass pickers, Bald Hill are back at Guthries tonight. Beginning at 8 check out their fun tunes that draw influences from Jimi Hendrix to Led Zeppelin, Hank Williams, The Dead and more.

The Veggies are back to rock it on out during a free all ages show at Pedro O’Hara’s in Lewiston tonight. This local band will be bringing a show chock full of fun and danceable cover tunes to the stage as things get underway at 8.


Cover act Stolen Mojo will be playing some pop, rock, Motown, R&B, funk, disco and country jams from the last five decades at The Brunswick tonight. Join in on the free dance party as the music gets swinging right around 8:30.


It’s Friday which means it’s time to check out some Happy Hour tunes with local roots rocker Travis James Humphrey over at Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street. Starting at 5, Travis will be plucking some strings and singing some things that are certain to get your weekend off to a great start during this free event.

Take in some Happy Hour tunes from a talented group of local musicians as the Sweet Maxwell Sullivan Trio take over the patio of Portland House of Music tonight starting at 5pm.

Party out on the deck of The Porthole tonight as The Substitutes bring you the best in old school pop and rock with tunes from such legendary bands asThe Beatles, The Who, The Monkees and more. Even better, this evening’s show is absolutely free, so if you’re looking to wind down your work week with some good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll, swing on by and check ‘em out beginning at 5:30.

Blue welcomes back local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey to the stage on this First Friday. Beginning at 6 stop on by and check out the pair’s delightful blend of vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitars that make some truly unique bluegrass, old timey, and folk sounds.

Get ready to mellow your mind at the Portland Lobster Company this finally Friday with the one and only, A Band Beyond Description. Far more than just your typical Grateful Dead cover band, these fellas will jam out accordingly on everything from the Allman Brothers, Phish, The Band and much more. Anticipate good times, good tunes, and good peeps starting at 6:30 during this free all ages show.

The Blues Prophets will be playing a set of blazing tunes this evening at St. Lawrence Arts in Portland. These fellas have been playing on stages since 1976 and have even performed with the likes of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Johnson and more. So if you’re looking to welcome the weekend with some great tunes then might I suggest making your way up Munjoy Hill to check out this show, which gets starts at 7 with an opening set from the Some Guy’s Band.

Beginning at 7pm you can check out the country blues tunes created by musician Tom Savage as he plays a free all ages set tonight over at Andy’s Old Port Pub.

Blue welcomes local act Zapion to the stage alongside special guest and belly dancer Sabrina Lichtenwalner. Tonight’s show starts at 8pm and will feature folk, classical and art music from the Turkish and Arab traditions, as well as Greek and Armenian dance music.

Roots, Rhythm & Dub will be out on the deck stage of Slab for a Friday night par-tay featuring some high-energy reggae and dub. Tonight’s gig gets underway at 8, there’s never ever a cover charge and always guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun so swing through and check it out if you’re downtown this evening.

Roy Davis presents The Snaggletooth String Band’s album release show for “The Awakening” at One Longfellow Square tonight. This concert is sure to be a captivating evening of lyrical poetry and storytelling that meets old-time, bluegrass, and folk music. A special opening set by Roy’s favorite songwriters, Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Soucy kicks things off at 8pm.

Portland piano man Mike Maurice will be back at tonight over at MJ’s Wine Bar as he performs a free set of funk, soul and jazz tunes that get started up around 8.

Starting at 8:30 you can check out some tasty eats and equally tasty tunes at Salvage BBQ as Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies take over the joint with their own brand of twisted Americana/rockabilly.

There’s going to be one helluva party as four awesome rock n’ roll bands join forces for some Friday night thunder Portland House of Music and Events. Starting at 9, check out electrifying sets from When Particles Collide, Aloud, Jargon Party and Rigor Samsa. It’s actually the release party for When Particles Collide’s brand spankin’ new record so swing through enjoy some tunes, rock it out and pick up the new album!

Local four-piece cover act Fighting Fiction will be partying out on the patio of the Oasis tonight with a wide variety of material from all kinds of genres including modern pop, rock, alternative, country, classic rock and more. The band will be doing it to it with a free show that starts at 9 o’clock.

It’s common knowledge that Fridays are a perfect time to shake your moneymaker so you might as well do just that by getting down to Flask Lounge in Portland where DJ Jamie O’Sullivan will be hosting his monthly LOVE event. LOVE features O’Sullivan bringing you the best house, techno and disco to shake your can to. You can check out this free dance party starting right around 9.

If you’re downtown tonight and looking to rock it on out, be sure to check out tonight’s Doctor Who Themed Party at Geno’s Rock Club featuring the cool tunes and intergalactic badassery of The Gamma Goochies, Pink Sock, The English Muffins, and Ray’s Occult. This finally Friday shindig is guaranteed to properly propel you into the weekend beginning at 9.

Local act Great North will be serving up some tasty jams out on the Amigos patio in Portland tonight. Starting at 9:30 groove to all kinds of great tunes from such bands as The Dead, The Allman Brothers, Phish, Pink Floyd and more.

It’s probably been a second since you’ve seen singer, songwriter and guitarist, Eric Bettencourt around town playing his guit-fiddle and singing his head off as he’s been spending the majority of his time getting weird in Austin, Texas. Tonight he returns to to Brian Boru in the Old Port with a few friends to play some fun tunes during a free show that’ll get shakin’ right around 9:30.

First Friday at Blue means that local band The Evan King Group will be laying down some smooth jazz and funky soul. Grab a drink and get cozy as things get started around 10 o’clock.


Get your boot scootin’ boogie on tonight with some modern country covers courtesy of Cold Blue Steel as the fellas bring the hootenanny to the stage of Mixers in Sabattus tonight starting at 8:30pm.


Head out to The Kerrymen Pub in Saco where Andi Fawcett will be getting the party started right around 6 o’clock this finally Friday. Andi will be bringing you the best original pop-rock tunes around, so grab some pals, a beverage, and a spot to enjoy some live, local music for free this evening.


Get your good times rolling over at The Titled Kilt in South Portland with Captain Ray and the Castaways as this local act keeps your moving and shaking all night long with some free Friday night rock and roll. Tonight’s dance party gets underway right around 8.


Organ-based trio Micromasse will be playing a show at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in Unity tonight. Check out the melodic and mesmerizing sounds of musicians Chris Sweet, Max Cantlin and Pete Dugas as the three combine guitar, drums and organ to pump out some superior instrumental jams starting at 7pm.


Check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show up at the Silver Street Tavern tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 8 with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and more.

Sharon Hood & Dixon Road will be heating things up at Mainely Brews tonight with some old school country, modern country and classic rock tunes. Tonight’s free show starts up around 9:30.


The Groove Kings are back at the Frog and Turtle in downtown Westbrook tonight to bring some soul, funk and rhythm & blues to your finally Friday. Join the fellas for some free, all-ages fun as the music starts up at 8:30pm.

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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