Get heavy with Apollyon, Opening Bell, Northern Curse & Nycterent at Empire tonight

All right! The week rolls on and tonight means business. Suit up in those trusty Party Pants and get ready to get down to some sweet, lively sounds courtesy of such shows as Never Been To Tennessee at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, Viva & The Reinforcements at Frontier, The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music, Hello Clarice at Crooners & Cocktails, and much more this Wednesday night!


Take in some roots rock tunes during a free show at Champions tonight. Starting at 9:30 local musician Travis James Humphrey will be playing a solo set of songs.


Singer Viva will be bringing her vivacious vocals back to Frontier alongside her talented band The Reinforcements for an evening of jazz standards, funk, soul, and Latin tunes. This free and fun show starts up at 7:30pm.


Folk-rock duo Rippleton Cross will be back at Cole Farms this Wednesday to host another free open mic event. The pair will be performing some songs as well as encouraging other musicians to get up on the mic and have some fun. This all-ages gathering will get underway at 7pm.


Make some plans tonight to check out the down-home, acoustic roots sounds of David Beam & Friends at Andy’s Old Port Pub. This lively bunch will be playing some great music for your midweek wind-down so swing through and enjoy this free and all-ages show starting at 7pm.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series rolls on this Wednesday evening with a featured performance by the act Boghat. Music starts at 7:30 and will be followed by a midweek Irish Session that is open to any and all musicians looking to get up on stage and jam.

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.

Midwestern-bred, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Griffin House brings his warm, sincere folk-rock to the stage of One Longfellow Square for a show that’ll start up at 8pm this evening.

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER! STAY TUNED FOR A NEW DATE! Celebrate the release of Liz Prince’s new punk rock comic book ‘Coady and the Creepies’ with a party at Geno’s featuring music by Wedding Camp, Random Ideas, and a song by the real-life Creepies. There will also be a live reading of the first issue of the comic. The party gets underway at 9 o’clock.

Mellow your mind with some midweek tuneage over at Portland House of Music as The Maine Dead Project continues their Wednesday night residency. These talented musicians will be performing songs from the Grateful Dead and other beloved jam bands as things get underway at 9pm.

Local folk-pop act the Dapper Gents Duo return to the stage of RiRa tonight for their regular Wednesday night gig. Join these fellas for some musical revelry as this free show starts up around 9pm.

Crooners & Cocktails welcomes back local duo Hello Clarice as these pair of talented fellas bring some fun tunes to your Wednesday. Hello Clarice features the vocal stylings of Clarence “Jim” Roberts of Hello Newman and the musical mastery of pianist Mike Maurice as they play everything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Ocean. The pair prepares to perform beginning at 9:30pm.

If you’re looking for some doom, gloom, mighty metal and thunderous controlled chaos in the form of heaving hitting tuneage then look no further than Empire in Portland tonight as they welcome Apollyon, Opening Bell, Northern Curse and Nycterent to the stage for a show that is guaranteed to be both loud and awesome and might even melt your face off a little bit. Things get crankin’ upstairs right around 9:30pm.


Local country act Never Been To Tennessee will be singing some songs at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza tonight. Starting at 7 Scott Girouard and Kevin Ward will be serving up classic country covers from such artists as Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and a whole lot more during this free, all ages show.

Maine-based adult-contemporary folk rock artist Don Campbell returns to The Frog and Turtle tonight for a free, all-ages show that will 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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