Empire welcomes Arc Iris & Superhuman Happiness to the stage tonight


Celebrate this Wednesday by getting weird and absolutely wild at any (or all) of these live shows happening all across the state tonight. Seriously there are a ton of tunes to take in including Downeast Soul Coalition at Portland Lobster Company, David Beam and the Custom House Gang at Andy’s, Susanne Gerry & Mike Maurice at MJ’s Wine Bar, Red-Eyed Fox at Frontier, Travis James Humphrey at Champions, The Russian White, The Empty Set, Impure Reality & Protector 101 at Flask Lounge, ‘Cuse Me, Long Live The Goat, Crater Shout & Sterile Garden at Hell Good Tacos, The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music, and more. – Here we go!


Take in some roots rock tunes over at Champions tonight during a free show that starts up at 9 with local musician Travis James Humphrey.


Tyler Lienhardt and Jake Hoffman will be bringing some old-time, folk, blues and world music to Frontier as part of the venue’s Live in the Lounge music series. This duo of talented local musicians will come together as the act Red-Eyed Fox to create some delightful sounds using fiddle, banjo, and guitar as this free all-ages event begins at 7:30pm.


Local jam band Hambone will be hosting an open jam tonight at The Kennebec Wharf. Tonight they welcome any and all musicians to join them and special guest Josh Shain for some musical merriment as this free shindig gets swinging at 9 o’clock.


Portland pop-rock act the Pete Kilpatrick Band will be bringing some afternoon fun out onto the deck of Portland Lobster Company. Enjoy some fresh air, cold drinks, good food, and good tunes with the fellas as they get started up at 12:30pm.

The Working Dead are bringing some grooves out to the patio of Portland House of Music once again this Wednesday evening. This trio of talented local musicians will be serving up some Happy Hour Grateful Dead jams during a free show that starts at 4:30pm.

Head out to Portland Lobster Company later this evening as local act Downeast Soul Coalition takes to the deck for a midweek party chock full of some solid funk and soul sounds. This free and all ages shindig will get swinging right around 6 o’clock.

Join the Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street in celebrating the 11th year of their Wednesday night open mic. This evening will feature the opportunity for artists to get up on the mic and perform as well as spotlight set of songs from local singer-songwriter Griffin Sherry of beloved hollerfolk act The Ghost of Paul Revere. A fun Maine music tidbit of info: The Ghost actually got their start performing together at Dogfish’s open mic so tonight’s event brings things full circle. Don’t miss out on the fun as this free shindig gets shaking right around 7:30pm.

Unwind this Wednesday with some acoustic roots tunes with David Beam and the Custom House Gang at Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in the Old Port tonight. This talented troupe will be playing some great music starting right around 8 during this free and all ages show.

Local folk musician Dave Rowe will be playing another free show over at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight. Join Rowe for some good times and good tunes as things start up right around 8 o’clock.

MJ’s Wine Bar music series, Ladies in Red, rolls on tonight as vocalist Susanne Gerry is joined once again by Mike Maurice on keys for an evening of lounge-style tunes. Settle in and enjoy a variety of jazz, soul, pop and R&B songs as tonight’s free shindig gets started up right around 8 o’clock.

One of the best contemporary instrumentalists in the field of folk and bluegrass, Matt Flinner has played with the Trischkas, Tim and Mollie O’Brien, Sally Van Meter and the group Sugarbeat, and tonight he’ll be bringing his trio to the stage of One Longfellow Square for a fun performance alongside special guest Steve Roy. Tonight’s event will begin at 8 o’clock.

If you’re into the alternative sounds of such acts as Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter, Tame Impala, Joanna Newsom, et al then you’ll probably dig tonight’s free show happening at Flask Lounge. Starting at 8 you can check out some tunes from The Russian White, The Empty Set, Impure Reality and Protector 101.

Check out a helluva fun show happening at Hella Good Tacos tonight as they play host to a plethora of punk-tinged indie rock and roll acts including ‘Cuse Me, Long Live The GOAT, Crater Shout and Sterile Garden. The party starts at 9 o’clock.

Former Low Anthem member Jocie Adams stops by Portland this evening to perform under her new moniker Arc Iris. Adams is an eclectic composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who draws inspiration from Zeppelin to Grizzy Bear, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and everything in between. Check her out as she and her band take the stage of Empire alongside opening act, Brooklyn’s Superhuman Happiness, the project of saxophonist Stuart Bogie (who plays with Arcade Fire, is a member of Antibalas, and more), starting at 9.

Add some folk-pop to your Wednesday evening as the Dapper Gents Duo as they return to the stage of RiRa for another free show that’ll get underway at 9.

Take in some tunes at Portland House of Music and Events tonight as The Maine Dead Project returns to the stage as part of their Wednesday night residency. These talented locals will be taking on the tunes of the Grateful Dead as this groovy gathering gets underway right around 9 o’clock.


Pete Witham returns to Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza in Westbrook for some fun Americana and rockabilly music this Wednesday. Pete will be joined by a rotating cast of characters as they bring the good times and good tunes to the stage for this free show, that’ll start at 7:30pm.

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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