Empire welcomes Old Salt Union and Mile Twelve tonight

Sweet flippin’ Thursday! We’re making some serious strides towards the freakin’ weekend and although it’s been an uphill battle most of the week, I have absolutely no doubt that today is going to be an exceptional day! There are a ton of awesome shows going on all around Portland and beyond, so take a quick gander and then get yourself out there and throw down this Thursday! BOOM! Check out tunes at such shows as Phil N’ The Blanks at Gritty’s in Auburn, The Gawler Sisters at the Camden Public Library, Kris Kristofferson at the State Theatre, Ice Cold Zima at Brian Boru, Jerks of Grass at the Bramhall Pub, Don Campbell at The Kerrymen Pub, and more!


You can join local duo Phil N’ The Blanks at Gritty’s in Auburn tonight for a free show featuring some blues, classic rock, country, R&B and modern pop cover tunes as things get started up at 8 o’clock tonight.


Edith, Molly, and Elsie Gawler bring an eclectic assortment of old and new sounds from many folk traditions to the Camden Public Library tonight. They accompany their warm interweaving family harmonies with fiddles, banjo, cello, guitar, ukulele and piano as well as a few surprises. See them perform live as tonight’s show gets underway at 7pm.


Uke n’ Smile returns to the Local Buzz this evening for another open mic.  All musicians of different skills and genres are welcome as this free, creative gathering gets underway at 7:30.


Don Hebert of The Veggies goes solo for a show at Rails in Lewiston tonight. Don will be bringing a show chock full of fun and danceable cover tunes to the stage as this free all ages shindig gets swinging at 5.

Maine based singer-songwriter Jordan Kaulback will be guitar slingin’, piano playin’ and soulfully singin’ at Sea40 in Lewiston tonight. Things get underway at 7pm during this free show.


Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes singer-songwriter Timothy Gurshin tonight. Gurshin’s sound blends elements of Americana with expressive vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica, and songs with solid musical construction and evocative lyrics. This free and all-ages show starts up at 7pm.

Singer, songwriter, actor, and key figure in the New Nashville country movement of the early ‘70s, Kris Kristofferson, will be taking to the stage of the State Theatre for an all ages performance starting at 8pm.

Boston reggae rock funkateers Spiritual Rez will be bringing the party to Port City Music Hall tonight for a show that’ll also feature the fun jams of Harsh Armadillo and TreeHouse. This 18+ show gets swinging at 8pm.

Tonight Aura presents Joe Lynn Turner. In a career that spans nearly 40 years and includes over 60 album credits, Joe Lynn Turner remains one of rock and roll’s most distinctive, soulful and expressive vocalists. From his work as frontman of Fandango to vocalist of Rainbow as well as collaborations with Deep Purple, Turner remains one of rock and rolls most prolific vocalists. Check him out as things get underway at 9pm.

Ben Kilcollins & The Vargas Twins will be hanging out at RiRa again for some sweet, acoustic action. You know Ben from his time spent pop-rockin’ as the frontman of the band Kilcollins, but this evening he teams up with the talented Vargas Twins for some fun cover tunes and originals starting right around 9.

Empire welcomes Old Salt Union to the stage tonight. Old Salt Union is known for their sonic exploration of the jazz and blues roots of bluegrass along with in-depth musical compositions, catchy hooks, and high-energy string music performances. Boston bluegrass band, Mile Twelve will get the party started upstairs with an opening set slates to begin at 9pm tonight.

Mellow your mind with some stellar jams at Gritty’s during another fun night with the one and only A Band Beyond Description. Far more than just your typical Grateful Dead cover band, these fellas jam out on everything from Phish, the Allman Brothers, The Band and more. Anticipate good times, good tunes and good people starting right around 9.

90’s cover band Ice Cold Zima will be rockin’ the night away at Brian Boru. Travel back to a time of JNCO jeans, bucket hats, and bowl cuts with some cover tunes of No Doubt, Fiona Apple, The Cardigans, 4 Non Blondes, Green Day, Lauryn Hill, Bonnie Raitt, Stone Temple Pilots, Alanis Morissette, and more as things get jumpin’ right around 9:30.

The Bramhall Pub on Congress Street welcomes back the Jerks of Grass for another fun evening filled with tons of toe-tapping bluegrass tunes. This free shindig gets swinging around 9:30.


Adult-contemporary folk artist Don Campbell returns to the Kerrymen Pub this evening. Check out Campbell’s solo set as the music starts during this free show at 6pm.

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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