We did it, my babies! We made it all the way to Friday! It’s time to throw all caution to the wind and party like there’s no tomorrow – except there is, and tomorrow is Saturday, so keep yourselves together, please and thank you. Anyway, there’s a boat load of awesome stuff to do and see tonight including Puscifer at Merrill Auditorium, Riot Act at the Penobscot Pour House, The GE3ks at Riverside Bar & Grille, Zealous Bellus at The Cage, Rebecca Kingsley, Canned Bread & Sparxsea at One Longfellow Square, Sylvain’s Acadian Aces at Salvage BBQ, The Awesome at Portland House of Music and Events, A Tribute 2 Whitney Houston at Empire, El Malo at Blue, Weapons At Hand, Past The Pits & Skrye at Live at 212 and much, much more, so let’s jump right in!
The Gin Mill in Augusta welcomes back talented sisters, The Veayo Twins for a free, all-ages show this Friday. Beginning at 7:30 stop on by and check out the girls’ unique take on their own original tunes, which span genres such as country, pop, rock, jazz and more.
The Allison Ames Band will be bringing some irresistible dance tunes to the stage of the Hollywood Casino tonight as they serve up classic rock covers starting at 8pm.
Party band The GE3ks will be bringing the good times to the Riverside Bar & Grille in Bath this evening. Beginning at 9 get ready to bust a move to some of the best 80’s pop, dance, New Wave, hard rock, rap and one hit wonder tunes around.
Enjoy some guitar-based jazz tunes at Elements tonight as they welcome the skilled Ken Labrecque for a night of music that begins at 8 o’clock.
Tonight the Stone Mountain Arts Center welcomes Humming House to the stage. A band that you might not’ve heard of just yet, but you probably will in the near future, they show influences from such acts as Mumford and Sons, Fun, and Of Monsters and Men, and put on a live show that is exceptionally fun and full of sound. Join them for some musical merriment as things get underway at 8.
Singer-songwriter Lee Sykes brings his rich, soulful voice to The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro tonight for some acoustic tunes played on his trusty guitar. Enjoy both originals and covers as this free show starts up at 7.
Local singer-songwriter Justin Walton will be performing some acoustic tunes during a free show at Gritty’s in Freeport this finally Friday. Enjoy some great music, local brews and delicious food as things get started up at 8 o’clock.
Welcome the weekend with The Boneheads at The Kennebec Wharf in Hallowell tonight. This celebrated local act, which has become famous for their unpredictable, impressively musical shows, which often feature band members switching instruments, powerfully dynamic arrangements, and occasionally even hilarious polka versions of tunes, will take to the stage right around 9, so swing through and groove if you’re in the area tonight.
Andi Fawcett and the fellas of Doubting Gravity will be bringing you some of the best original pop-rock around as they play a free show Bray’s Brew Pub tonight. Starting at 9 fill your Friday with some good times and good tunes at this free, 21+ dance party!
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Contemporary flamenco dancer, choreographer, teacher, creative writer, director of Bourassa Dance Studio and founder of Olas, Lindsey Bourassa will be joining forces with flamenco guitarist Gregoíre Pearce for an evening of music and dance at Blue tonight. This evening’s performance gets underway at 6.
Wrong Is Right brings their blend of mandolin, fiddle and upright bass to the stage of Acoustic Artisans tonight. This act consisting of three vibrant players and tune-writers met through a love of roots music at Berklee College of Music. With driving groove and elegant melodic interpretation, they explore the converging aspects of bluegrass, jazz and other roots music beginning at 7pm tonight.
Local jazz artist Viva will be bringing her vivacious vocals to Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street in Portland for a very funky Friday filled with funk, jazz standards, soul songs and Latin tunes that are done by Viva and her talented band with a fun and modern twist. Show the weekend what you’ve got as things get underway right around 8 o’clock.
Portland’s premiere string quartet, Amarantos Quartet plays a special show this evening at Mayo Street Arts in Portland. Classically trained, each member of the quartet has also performed extensively with musicians from a wide variety of styles such as rock, pop, folk, world, and more. This group of supremely talented string players will begin playing right around 8pm tonight.
Native to Brooklyn, NY, Everything Turned to Color is the musical stepchild of veteran songwriters Bryan and Kyle Weber and Neha Jiwrajka. The group will be performing their folk-jazz originals at Blue this evening as this show starts up at 8.
Portland’s nonprofit jazz and soul radio station, WJZP 107.9FM, celebrates 10 years on the air and the ever-growing artistic landscape of Portland by showcasing some of the city’s incredible talent with a concert at One Longfellow Square this evening. WJZP’s own, Portland-born soulstress, Rebecca Kingsley and her band will be performing alongside local jazz/funk quintet Canned Bread and special guest, local songstress Sparxsea. Tonight’s celebration gets underway at 8pm.
Puscifer, the eclectic solo project of Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, comes to Portland tonight for a performance at Merrill Auditorium. Things get underway at 8 with an opening performance from Luchador wrestling act, Luchafer.
SPACE Gallery on Congress Street in Portland gets dark and heavy as Maine black metal act, Falls of Rauros return to the stage tonight alongside Fort Worth multi-instrumentalist David Sikora’s black metal/post-rock project Krigsgrav. Rounding out tonight’s bill will be the doom-colored folk of Butcher Boy and the crushing prog-metal of Giant of the Mountain. Prepare your skull for inevitable crushing as things get underway at 8:30 tonight.
Local act Sylvain’s Acadian Aces are back at Salvage BBQ on Congress Street in Portland this Friday. Starting at 8:30, these fellas will be serving up some authentic Cajun tunes for you to dance around to.
It’s the second Friday of the month, which means it’s time for another free dance party at Flask Lounge with Mr. Dereloid. This month’s installment of some of the finest underground dance music around will feature special guests teaming up Hjort & St. Pierre with Mr. Dereloid for this funky, booty-shaking shindig that starts at 9 o’clock.
Bust out your brightest neon accessories, dust off your legwarmers and get ready to party like it’s 1985 as The Awesome performs all of your favorite 80s jams at Portland House of Music and Events tonight. You’ll definitely bust a move as this cover acts plays songs from Hall and Oates, T’pau, Wang Chung, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran, INXS, Mr. Mister, Nu Shooz, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Human League, Wham, Tears for Fears, Whitney Houston and more. The party starts right around 9 o’clock tonight.
Vocalist Amanda Tubbs and her band of merry music-makers come together to recreate the songs of the one and only Whitney Houston during the Empire’s Tribute 2 Whitney Houston. This evening’s set will feature a plethora of local players paying tribute to the tunes that made Houston – and her incomparable voice – a household name. This evening’s 21+ event begins upstairs right around 9:30pm.
Local four-piece cover act, Fighting Fiction will be providing the perfect soundtrack for your Friday night party with a wide variety of material from all kinds of genres including modern pop, rock, alternative, country, classic rock and more. The band will be funnin’ things up with a free show starting at 9:30 at the Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port.
Usher in the start of the freakin’ weekend with some fun tunes and times down at RiRa on Commercial Street in Portland where local rockers Duke will be playing classic and current power pop, pop rock and alternative rock hits starting at 10.
Pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band brings the party up to Mixers in Sabattus this finally Friday. 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 8:30pm.
Singer-songwriter Jordan Kaulback will be guitar slingin’, piano playin’ and singin’ at Crazy 8’s this evening. Things get underway right around 9 o’clock so be sure to check him out if you’re in the area this Friday.
Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies take over the stage of the Frog & Turtle this evening with their own brand of twisted Americana/rockabilly. These fellas always know how to have a good times be sure to check ‘em out as the party starts right around 8:30 tonight.
Make some moves right around 9 o’clock to check out some heavy-hitting rock and metal during a free show at Live at 212 as they welcome Weapons At Hand, Past The Pits and Skrye to the stage for some Friday night fun.
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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