Empire presents Beggars, Vernon Hell & RSO tonight


Happy Friday, y’all! It’s time to step up and step out as tonight offers up a whole slew of terrifically awesome sights and sounds. Slip into your favorite pair of Party Jorts and let’s do it to it! Lots of shows to check out including Ascent To Power, Brand New Day & Devils Nite Out at Sapphire, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos and North Mississippi All Stars at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, The Crown Vics at Hollywood Casino, The Regina Bonelli Blues Experience at Champions, Ragged Jack at The Porthole, Mirth at Lone Pine Brewing Company, The Substitutes at Slab, Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Port City Music Hall, Jya Marie & Friends Present Love is Stronger Than Pride at Portland House of Music and Events, The Four Legged Faithful at Blue, Eric Green Party at Myrtle Street Tavern, Andi Fawcett at The Kerrymen Pub, The Resistance at Mainely Brews, Jeezum Crow at The Frog and Turtle and much, much more!


Get throttled with a night of Maine metal as Sapphire in Auburn welcomes Ascent To Power, Brand New Day and Devils Nite Out to the stage for a kick-ass show that starts at 8pm.

If you’re up in Auburn tonight make some plans to swing on by Gritty’s as local act Doctor Fatfinger will be busting out some great cover tunes for you to shake your groove thing to starting at 8 o’clock.

The Youngerbloods will be bringing some soul, funk, blues and jazz to your finally Friday as they play a free all ages show at the Fire House Grill beginning at 8pm.


11-piece band, fronted by married guitar slingers, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Truchs, the Tedeschi Trucks Band will be bringing their righteous meld of rock, blues, gospel, and New Orleans funk up to Bangor tonight. Los Lobos and North Mississippi All Stars will start things off with some awesome tunes as this all ages show begins at 7:30pm at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion.

If you’re in Bangor tonight check out an awesome night of rock and roll courtesy of They Called Me Legion, Marathon Man, and The Very Reverend as the three bands converge upon Central Gallery for a show that’ll get crankin’ right around 8pm.

The Crown Vics are ready to throw down with another non-stop rockabilly dance party up  the Hollywood Casino in Bangor tonight. If you’re looking to bust a move and have some fun check out tonight’s free show as things get underway at 8pm.

Local rock and roller Riff Johnson will be playing some party-starting songs up at Paddy Murphy’s in Bangor. If you’re looking for something fun to do up that way be sure to swing in and checkout tonight’s free show as things get going right around 9pm.


Local party band The GE3ks are bringing a night featuring some of the best 80’s pop, dance, New Wave, hard rock, rap and one hit wonder tunes around to the stage of the Riverside Bar & Grille tonight. Shake your groove thing out on the dance floor as things get underway at 9.


Local musician Dave Jacquet will be bringing some acoustic Americana, roots-rock and folk tunes to the Cowbell Burger Bar in Biddeford tonight. Join Dave beginning at 7pm for this free all ages show.

Old-timey folk and Americana duo Hoot and Holler will be playing some traditional tunes as well as some original songs during a free all ages show at Elements tonight. Join the pair for some serious fun as things start up at 8.

Champions welcomes the Regina Bonelli Blues Experience tonight. Join Regina and her band of talented musicians as they perform original blues tunes as well as a few smokin’ R&B covers as well. Get ready to dance as things get underway right around 9 o’clock.


If you’re spending your Friday evening up at The Loaf, check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at The Rack tonight.  Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 7 with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and more.


The School Street Pub in Gorham welcomes local folk-rocker Brian Patricks. Patricks intertwines finger-style, rhythmic guitar with a hint of harmonica into his sets of originals and covers that span the folk, blues, roots and rock genres. Check out Patricks’ solo set as this free show starts at 8:30.


Join local act Phil N’ The Blanks at the Tailgate Bar & Grill in Gray tonight for a free show featuring some groovy cover tunes. Things get underway right around 9 o’clock tonight.


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 inside at 9.

Get the weekend underway with Grateful Dead jam band August West and Friends as they bring the good vibes to the deck of The Kennebec Wharf tonight. This free outdoor party will begin at 9pm.


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


Toby McAllister of local pop-rock and roll act Sparks The Rescue will be going solo and acoustic tonight for a fun show up at Pedro O’Hara’s in Lewiston. Join Toby for this free all ages show as things get underway right around 8pm.

Tonight Ben Logan & The Lo-Fi’s invite you to another evening filled with fine craft beer and some juke joint Mississippi country blues, stomp box and 3-string cigar box guitar as the act plays another free show in the tasting room of Bear Bones Beer in Lewiston. This fun shindig gets shakin’ at 8pm.


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.

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.


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

If you’re looking to blow off some steam and tap your toes to a little bluegrass then make some moves to Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in the Old Port as the Potato Pickers take to the stage for a free show beginning at 7 o’clock.

Get ready for some rollicking rockabilly courtesy of Ragged Jack as the band plays a free show outside on The Porthole patio starting at 7 o’clock this finally Friday.

Eric Bettencourt and The Loud Funs Band bring the party back to the deck of the Portland Lobster Company tonight. Get ready for some rollicking rock, pop, Americana and roots jams as this free all-ages event gets rolling along right around 7.

MJ’s Wine Bar welcomes back Portland piano man Mike Maurice to their swanky lounge-area for a Friday filled with funk, soul and jazz. Join Mike and imbibe in some delicious vino as things get underway at 8pm.

Blue welcomes the Samantha Farrell Band with very special guest Kafari to the stage tonight. Anticipate an evening of modern jazz, folk and pop sounds from Farrell and company with vocals that have been described as “prodigious and undulating, delivered with rare, swinging passion.” Tonight’s performance begins at 8pm.

Jazz up your finally Friday happenings with LQH at the Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight. The immensely talented cats of LQH (Chas Lester, Tyler Quist, and Evan Haines) will be bringing their melting pot of sound — everything from soul, jazz, funk, and rock — to this free show that’ll get underway at 8.

3-piece indie rock band Mirth will be bringing some stellar sounds to Lone Pine Brewing Company tonight. Join the fellas for some finally Friday fun as this show starts up at 8pm.

Party out on the patio of Slab 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 and all ages, 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 8.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band bring their tunes set in the ways of the classic jazz traditions of New Orleans to the stage of Port City Music Hall tonight. This all ages show will begin at 8pm.

Get down to some Drum & Bass action tonight over at Flask Lounge in Portland as The Digital Mercenaries serve up some sounds that certain to make you shake your groove thing. Tonight’s free rager gets underway at 9 o’clock.

Vocalist Jya Marie and friends present a show dedicated to Sade & Alicia Keys featuring “Sade Live 2011” and “Alicia Keys Unplugged” from start to finish during this evening’s Love is Stronger Than Pride event at Portland House of Music and Events. Join these talented local musicians as they celebrate two of the most talented and badass women in jazz and soul starting at 9 o’clock.

The Oasis patio 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.

Get a double dose of fun at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight where downstairs you can take in some acoustic folk-pop gems from Jacob McCurdy and Danny Rand, and upstairs you can get electric with the pop-rockers of Kilcollins. Both acts will start doing their things, cover-charge-free, starting at 9:30.

Empire offers up an evening of eclectic music featuring sets of everything from dream-pop to experimental electronic sounds to some straight up punk rock and roll as Beggars, Vernon Hell and RSO take to the stage for this Friday’s show, which starts right around 9:30.

The Four Legged Faithful, a quartet of talented musicians who aim to perform folk and bluegrass music that’ll make your heart happy, are playing a free show starting at 10 o’clock tonight down at Blue on Congress Street in Portland.

Cover band Sweep The Leg brings the party to the stage of RiRa tonight. Starting at 10 get ready to bust a move to some super fun rock, blues, ska and funk jams.


The Midnight Riders will be bringing some soul, funk, Americana, roots, blues, and rock n’ roll to Rockland tonight for a show up at The Speakeasy. Join these fun fellas for some musical merriment as things get underway at 7pm.

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

Swampy roots rock act the Eric Green Party will be performing at the Myrtle Street Tavern in Rockland tonight. This free Friday night party gets underway at 9.


I bet that some boot scootin’, toe tappin’ and dare I say line dancin’ will be happening up at Mixers tonight as they welcome ‘90s cover act Second Wind to the stage for some fun. Hootin’ and hollerin’ gets underway right around 8:30.


The Kerrymen Pub welcomes back local musician Andi Fawcett for a free show that’ll start up at 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 this evening.

BeBe’s Burritos welcomes Peter Carriveau for an evening of acoustic tunes. Peter has numerous influences in his music from folk to Americana to rock. During this free, all-ages show that starts up at 6:30pm, you’re likely to hear songs by artists such as Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Gram Parsons, Steve Goodman, Van Morrison, The Beatles, Steve Earl, Ray Lamontagne, and many more.


Alternative rock and blues band The Resistance will be playing a free show at Mainely Brews tonight. Rock and/or roll as things get underway at 9:30pm.


Portland band Jeezum Crow will be bringing some Americana, rock, country, alternative, folk, and rockabilly sounds 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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