Empire hosts a Halloween Massacre-ade with Holy Smoke, Diablogato & John Hughes Radio tonight


All right, you guys, the most mischievous weekend of the year is upon us. Get geared up for a full dose of seasonal mayhem this weekend as Halloween arrives with a monstrous fury! Here are all of the party places to hit up this evening, boils and ghouls, including The Scolded Dogs at The Kennebec Wharf, Smoked Salmon at The Boomhouse, Langhorne Slim & SUSTO at One Longfellow Square, Railroad Earth & The Ghost of Paul Revere at the State Theatre, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band & Armies at Port City Music Hall, Cold Blue Steel at Mixers, Lovewhip at Mainely Brews, Drivetrain, NO Hugs, Leeds Point, Arta’sin, Time Out Timmy, Sonic Libido & The Womps at Live at 212, August West and Friends at Chummies, The Nikki Hunt Band at Skip’s Lounge, Five of the Eyes, Weakened Friends, KGFREEZE, Mirth & Eldemur Krimm at Portland House of Music, and much more!


Tons of good vibes will be happening up at Gritty’s in Auburn tonight as they welcome back local jam band Continental Shakedown for a night of country, blues, jazz, improve, reggae, and rock and roll. This free show gets shakin’ at 8 o’clock.


If you’re in Central Maine and looking to get spooky then don’t miss the Penobscot Pour House‘s Halloween Bash with local rock and roll act Overdrive. All boils and ghouls 21+ are welcome to this spooky gathering as things get underway at 8.

Take in some modern country tonight as the Hollywood Casino in Bangor welcomes Joan Kennedy and her band to the stage for a free show that’ll get swinging right around 8.


Check out some fine banjo-based bluegrass tunes at Elements on Main Street tonight as they welcome back local act Banjo Read for a Friday night full of pickin’ and pluckin’. This free all-ages show will get started up at 8 o’clock.


Local musician Peter Alexander performs at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro tonight. Peter is known for his unique songwriting, soulful voice and unparalleled 12-string guitar playing. If you’re up in the area this evening, check out this free show, which gets underway right around  o’clock.


Local act Skosh brings their badass blend of funk, rock and ska up to Captain Bly’s 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.


Local pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band will be bringing the party to Skip’s 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.


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.


Start your weekend with Grateful Dead jam band August West and Friends as they bring the good vibes to Chummies in Ellsworth tonight. This free party will begin at 9:30pm.


The Scolded Dogs are back to make some noise at The Kennebec Wharf tonight as they bring some more party-rockin’ tunes to the stage for another free show. Starting at 9 you can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as covers of such acts as Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more.

Get into the spirit of the season this evening with a Halloween Masquerade Party at Easy Street Lounge as local jam band Hambone brings some musical merriment to the stage. Starting at 9, swing through and check out Hambone’s soulful, energetic jams during this free and fun show.


Check out a free show down at Federal Jack’s tonight as roots rocker Travis James Humphrey and his band play a bunch of barn burners for ya beginning at 10:30.


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.

Black Cat Road is back at The Cage in Lewiston this evening. The act will be lighting up the stage with their funky, soulful and rootsty blues tunes as tonight’s free event gets underway right around 8pm.


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.


Get the weekend started with the musical meanderings of local 4-piece act Smoked Salmon as they bring their eclectic range of sounds to The Boomhouse in Old Town. 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.


Portland’s newest R&B, soul, and jazz group Top Brahmen will be performing at Blue tonight. The band is comprised of jazz vocalist Alicia Phelps, guitarist Thomas Brown, bassist Kinnon Church, and drummer Matthew Johnston. Check ‘em out as music starts up around 6 o’clock.

Shanna Underwood will be bringing some fine Americana music to Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening. Join her for some original music-making as thing get underway during this free all ages show right around 7.

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and last year’s Maine Songwriters’ Association songwriting contest winner, Jenny Van West will be bringing her roots, country, blues and gospel tunes back to Local Sprouts tonight. Beginning at 7 make some finally Friday plans to enjoy songs from Van West during this free all ages show.

Langhorne Slim and his band bring some bluegrass-inflected, soulful folk-rock sounds to the stage of One Longfellow Square this evening. This toe-tapping good time will begin at 8 with an opening set from alt-folk and country band SUSTO.

Alt-chamber composer, vocalist, and harpist Audrey Harrer brings her eccentric blend of nostalgic vocals, cinematic imagery, and playful dissonance to the stage of Blue tonight. Check out Harrer’s performance as things get underway at 8.

Over at The Dogfish Bar & Grille local act The Waiters will be serving up some quality tunes for you to enjoy this finally Friday. The Waiters will be dishing out all of your favorite cover tunes starting right around 8 during this free all ages event.

Get your finally Friday fill of some fine roots, Americana, newgrass and hollerfolk sounds as NJ act Railroad Earth takes the stage of the State Theatre tonight alongside local opening act The Ghost of Paul Revere. Boot-stompin’ good times get underway right around 8 o’clock this evening.

Steve Jones and his band will be making some noise up at Salvage BBQ this evening. Jones and friends blend everything from rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, roots and more to create some mighty fine jams that are guaranteed to help you get the good times rolling. If you’re in the area tonight be sure to stop through and have some fun as things get underway right around 8:30.

Get over to Empire tonight for a Halloween Massacre-ade featuring two locally made horror flicks, a costume contest with some great prizes and some awesome tunes. Holy Smoke, a new Portland group kicks off the night with some fun rock and roll tunes and at the end of their set the terrifying “Tickle” by Bonfire Films will be screened. Then Boston’s Diablogato takes the stage for rocking and/or rolling followed by the first half of the critically acclaimed “Suffer the Little Children”, a Bonfire Films adaptation of a Stephen King story. John Hughes Radio will serve up some thrilling synth-dance-rock for ya as the night finishes out with the costume winners and the second half of “Suffer The Little Children”. Tons of spirited seasonal fun tonight so don’t miss out as this ghoulishly good time gets underway upstairs at 9.

Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band return to Portland tonight for an Al Green Halloween at Port City Music Hall. Kat and company will be joined by local sirens Anna Lombard and Megan Jo Wilson for this special set of soulful songs. And Anna actually plays double-duty as she and her band Armies bring some electro-pop, duet-style anthems to the stage to open the night as this 18+ show starts up at 9 o’clock.

Bundle up and check out local electro-pop rock act Dean Ford & The Keepsakes as they return to the Oasis patio with a night of electrified pop, rock and dance tunes. Bust a move and have some fun as this free show starts up at 9.

Local brewery Lone Pine Brewing and local band Five of the Eyes team up to present “HIGH FIVE!” at Portland House of Music and Events tonight. This pre-Halloween rager will featuring performances not only from Five of the Eyes but also fellow rock and rollers Weakened Friends, KGFREEZE, Mirth and Eldemur Krimm as well as the release of Lone Pine’s brand new brew the High Five Eye PA. The party starts at 8 o’clock.

Get down on it with some of the best alt-rock tunes the 90s ever gave us with Hello Newman who’ll be throwing a party upstairs at Bull Feeney’s tonight. Grab some pals, drink some beers, and enjoy tunes from such bands as Sublime, Blink 182, the GinBlossoms, Everclear, No Doubt and even Chumbawumba (yes, I just said Chumbawumba) as the (free) party starts right around 9:30.

Blue welcomes jazz, funk and fusion act Sassquatch for some serious getting down on this finally Friday. Get into the groove as things get fun and funky during this free all ages show starting up at 10pm.

MB Padfield brings her distinct fusion of pop, rock, blues, jazz and hip-hop elements to the stage of RiRa tonight. Check out Padfield’s guitar skills and smoky vocals as things get underway at 10pm.


Check out a performance from one of the County’s finest folks as musician Travis Cyr returns to Coppers Lounge in Presque Isle tonight. You’ll want to make your way over to the venue to check out the terrific folk and Americana tunes from Cyr as the music starts at 6.


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.


Local rock and roll act The Hurricanes will be storming the stage of The Kerrymen Pub with some fun and festive folly for your finally Friday. Join the fellas for some party rockin’ hits as things get underway at 8.


If you’re spending your Friday in Waldoboro make plans to check out musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show up at Narrows Tavern. 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.


Mainely Brews welcomes back Boston’s Lovewhip to the stage for a non-stop dance party this evening. Scooch your pooch on over to MB’s right around 9 to bust a move or two to the band’s excessively fun electro-disco-pop.


Get ready to have your face melted off and your ears blown out by Drivetrain, NO Hugs, Leeds Point, Arta’sin, Time Out Timmy, Sonic Libido, and The Womps tonight as things get really loud and really awesome during this free rock show over at Live at 212. Music starts at 8.

Phil Divinsky and his Americana-tinged rhythm & blues band return to The Frog & Turtle in Westbrook tonight. You can enjoy some soulful sounds starting at 8:30 at this fabulous gastro pub located in downtown Westbrook.

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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