Dweezil Zappa returns to the State Theatre tonight


This week seemed exceptionally long so it should come as no surprise that I’m infinitely overjoyed with the fact that it is finally Friday. Per usual there’s a ton of awesome stuff going down all around our little seaside state so hike up those Party Pants and crank the fun-o-meters up to eleven because things are going to get awesome tonight! Lots of stuff to do including Gunther Brown at Blue, The Veggies at Mixers, The Hooglers at Kerrymen Pub, The Substitutes at Thatcher’s, Stiles, Mile 22 & The Faulkingham Project at Live at 212, Pardon Me, Doug at Portland House of Music, These Wild Plains, Hayley Thompson, Hannah Daman & The Martelle Sisters & Clara Junken at Empire, Travis James Humphrey at Salvage BBQ, The David Mallett Band at One Longfellow Square, Copilot at Andy’s, Dream Theater at Merrill Auditorium, Smoked Salmon at Easy Street Lounge, Dave Jacquet at The Daniel Inn Coast Bar + Bistro, Tomorrow Morning Band at Chummies, Jesse Dee at Stone Mountain Arts Center, Skosh at Gritty’s, Buddusky, Big Fred & Idle Pilot at Central Gallery, 16th Annual Hallobash at Champions, and more!


Cover act Stolen Mojo will be playing some pop, rock, Motown, R&B, funk, disco and country jams from the last five decades during a free show at Bentley’s. Join in on the dance party as things get grooving right around 8.


Central Maine band Skosh brings their badass blend of funk, rock and ska up to Gritty’s in Auburn tonight for a party that’s guaranteed to please. Join the fellas for this free show that’ll get cranking right around 8 o’clock.


Central Maine rock cover band Dakota will be bringing the thunder to the stage of the Penobscot Pour House as they play songs from such acts as Bon Jovi, Shinedown, Bush, Aerosmith, Journey, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, and more beginning at 8pm.

Kick off the freakin’ weekend by busting a move to some classic rock covers as Amber Jack returns to the Hollywood Casino for a free show that’ll get rockin’ and rollin’ right around 8pm.

Local punk-tinged indie rock duo Buddusky joins forces with New York indie rockers Big Fred and Massachusetts based rock band Idle Pilot for an awesome show at Central Gallery in Bangor. This all ages shindig gets swinging at 8.


13 Black brings a blend of 90’s alternative rock, classic rock, and modern rock up to the Riverside Bar & Grille in Bath tonight for a free Friday night party that’ll get cranking at 9.


Champions presents their 16th Annual Hallobash event this weekend. This spooktacular All Hallows Eve Party is a 2 day shindig that gets swinging tonight with fiery rock and roll performances from local acts Fifth Freedom, Cross The Divide, Devils Nite Out, Blindesign and Break The Skin. Get ready to rattle them bones all night long as this 21+ party gets rolling right around 6 o’clock.

Local duo BillyBilly will be bringing some acoustic Americana and roots tunes to Elements tonight.Join this pair of musical merrymakers for some Friday night fun as this free, all-ages show begins at 8pm.


Boston’s Jesse Dee is a singing, songwriting, guitar playing soul man who’ll be bringing some barn burning tunes to the stage of the Stone Mountain Arts Center this evening. Join Jesse as his show begins right around 8pm tonight.


Local singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Jacquet will be bringing some acoustic Americana, roots-rock and folk tunes to The Daniel Inn Coast Bar + Bistro this finally Friday. Join Dave beginning at 7pm for this free, fun, and all ages show.


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.


Check out some funk, jam, blues and Southern rock sounds for the Soulshiners as they bring the party to Gritty’s Freeport location tonight with a free show that’ll start up around 8.


Local acoustic folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be performing at the School Street Pub this evening. Beginning at 8:30 the duo will be performing songs from such artists as Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Cat Stevens and many more.


Northern Charm brings a melting pot of musical sounds to Trains Tavern in Lebanon tonight as they play some rock, country, R&B, soul, and funk covers starting up at 8pm during this free and fun show.


Adult-contemporary folk rocker Don Campbell and his band will be performing at the Agora Grand Event Center in Lewiston this evening as they pay tribute to one of America’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Dan Fogelberg. A full evening dedicated to Fogelberg’s music by way of Campbell and company begins at 8 o’clock.

Maine-based bluegrass band Back Woods Road returns to Guthries in Lewiston this Friday with an energetic set of acoustic tunes. Check out Back Woods Road’s tight harmonies, hard driving lead solos, and crowd-pleasing tunes as things get underway at 8pm during tonight’s free show.


The Doug Morgan Band will be bringing some live and local music to the Quarry Tap Room in Hallowell tonight. Join this fun act for some equally fun tunes as things get underway right around 8.

Local act Alter Igor returns to rock out at The Kennebec Wharf tonight with their party-starting classic rock tunes. The band will be playing everything from Nick Lowe to The Who and many, many more iconic rock n’ rollers as they get things underway at 9.

Get the weekend started with the musical meanderings of local 4-piece act Smoked Salmon as they bring their eclectic range of sounds to Easy Street Lounge. There’ll be lots of tunes in the vein of Phish, The Dead, The Band, Dylan, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Bowie and many more as things get started up at 9.


Andi Fawcett and the fellas of Doubting Gravity will be bringing you some original pop rock as they play a free show Bray’s Brew Pub in Naples tonight. Starting at 9:30 fill your finally Friday with some good times and good tunes at this free, 21+ dance party!


Dance it out down at The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach as dance/pop cover act Tickle gets ready to bring the house down with some of the best of today’s music mixed in with a little bit of retro funk. The party starts at 8:30 tonight.


Improv rock and jam band Fish Jug will be making some noise at The Boomhouse tonight. Join these fellas for some serious Friday night fun as things get underway during tonight’s free show right around 9.


Blues-infused country and folk artist Shanna Underwood will be hosting another Songwriters in the Round event tonight at Blue. Starting at 6 Shanna will be joined by two other local singer-songwriters to play some original tunes, tell stories about the songs they’re playing, and improvise with each other on one another’s tunes. This show is guaranteed to be a great way to kick-start your Friday so be sure to check it out.

Dream Theater brings their dynamic prog-rock sound to the stage of the Merrill Auditorium tonight as they perform their newest record, The Astonishing, from front to back during an all-ages show that is slated to get underway at 7pm.

Pop-tinged Americana duo Copilot will be soaring into town for another show over at Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. Join the pair for some fun tunes during this free, all-ages show as the music starts at 7 o’clock.

Locally based and exceptionally skilled (as well as fun) piano man Mike Maurice returns to MJ’s Wine Bar to tickle the ivories during a free show featuring his funk, soul and jazz sounds. Treat yourself to some tasty tunes as well as a stellar vino selection as get started around 8pm tonight.

Legendary Maine folk singer-songwriter David Mallett and his band will be returning to the stage of One Longfellow Square for an evening of story and song. Don’t miss this intimate performance as things start up right around 8pm.

Jazz things up this finally Friday with LQH as they return to the Dogfish Bar & Grille. This immensely talented trio comprised of local musicians Chas Lester, Tyler Quist, and Evan Haines will be bringing their melting pot of sound — everything from soul, jazz, funk, and rock — to life during this free and all ages show that’ll get underway at 8.

Hotly hyped UK singer-songwriter Jack Garratt brings his blend of electro-blues to Port City Music Hall tonight. This all-ages show will start up at 8 with an open ing set from brass-driven funk n’ soul New York duo, Brasstracks.

Guitar virtuoso Dweezil Zappa is back in Portland tonight and he’ll be playing whatever the f*ck he wants during his Cease & Desist Tour. Of course Dweezil is Frank’s oldest son and has maintained a progressive metal solo career since 1986. He’s back on the stage of the historic State Theatre tonight for an all-ages show that’ll get crankin’ at 8.

Check out a free show down at Salvage BBQ on Congress Street tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey and his band play a bunch of barn burners for ya beginning at 8:30.

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.

Empire presents a Friday brimming with tons of great tunes and talent as four terrific acts take to the stage. These Wild Plains returns to Portland with their mix of outlaw country and rock and roll. They’ll be joined by fellow Beantown country crooner Hayley Thompson and Portland’s own Hannah Daman & The Martelle Sisters and Clara Junken. The party starts upstairs at 9 o’clock.

Phish cover act Pardon Me, Doug is ready to bring some musical merriment back to the Portland House of Music this evening as they perform a show featuring their renditions of Phish classics starting up at 9pm.

The time has come once again for your to muster up your mightiest hairnado, lock up those devil horns, and prepare to bring the thunder as Septic Lizard presents a Heavy Metal Catastrophe with Hessian, Saex, Holy Filth and Lady Beast at Geno’s. Beginning at 9 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.

The dudes in Kilcollins will be doing it to it over at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight. Starting at 9:30 the band plans on rockin’ you with all sorts of tunes that you know in love with a handful of catchy original jams for good measure. It’s free, fun and guaranteed to be a good time, so check it out if you’re downtown this evening.

A full-fledged Friday night of awesome Americana and folk with just a dash of pop-rock will be blasting through Blue on Congress Street as Gunther Brown takes the stage for some songs and stories starting at 10 o’clock.

Local band Sugarbox will be bringing some of your favorite hip hop and dance tunes to RiRa tonight for a free 21+ party that’ll get jumping at 10pm.


The Veggies will be rocking Mixers tonight with a free, fun show chock full of danceable cover tunes as the music starts up right around 8:30.


The Hooglers return to The Kerrymen Pub tonight for some roots, rhythm and blues tunes. This evening of live, local fun will begin right around 7:30pm.


If you’re in South Paris this evening make some plans to stop by Crazy 8’s as local artist Jeff Kilton will be taking to the stage for a show featuring the songs of such artists as Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, The Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam, The Band, Led Zep, Bob Marley and more. Tonight’s free show begins at 8pm.


Party at Thatcher’s tonight as The Substitutes bring you the best in old school pop and rock with tunes from such legendary bands as The 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 starting at 7:30.


The American Legion Post 202 in Topsham will be rocking and rolling with the heavy-hitting sounds of acts 13 High, Lethal Creed, Two Forty Gordy and Not Yet Lost. This rager gets rockin’ right around 8pm and rolls on all night long.


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.


A free show filled with some great, local alternative tunes will be happening at Live at 212 tonight as Stiles, Mile 22 and The Faulkingham Project come together for a performance that’ll get underway at 8.

Portland band Jeezum Crow will be bringing some Americana, rock, country, alternative, folk, and rockabilly sounds back to The Frog and Turtle tonight. Join them for this free show as things get underway at 8:30.







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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