Go Big For Hunger at Portland House of Music and Events tonight

Happy First 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 Pants and let’s do it to it! Check out such show as Yonatan Gat with Friend Roulette and Diva Cup at SPACE Gallery, David Mallett at the First Universalist Church, Alter Igor at Hollywood Casino, Pretty Girls Sing Soprano at Chocolate Church Arts Center, The Milk & Honey Rebellion at Chummies, Jenny Jumpstart and The Cap Guns at Guthries, Darlin’ Corey at Blue, Northwood at Andy’s Old Port Pub, A Celebration of Townes Van Zandt at St. Lawrence Arts, The THE BAND Band at One Longfellow Square, Crunk Witch at Salty Sally’s, Ragged Jack at Mixers, and much, much more.


Legendary Maine folk singer-songwriter David Mallett and his band will be performing as part of the First Universalist Church’s Concert for a Cause music series. A portion of tonight’s proceeds will benefit New Beginnings Outreach/Drop-In in Lewiston. Music will begin at the Church right around 7:30pm.

Don Hebert of The Veggies goes solo for a show at Fire House Grill 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 8.


Local act Alter Igor heads up to Bangor to rock out at the Hollywood Casino 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 8.

Catch some classic and modern rock covers from the Jim Brown Band as the band kicks off their two-night stint at the Penobscot Pour House right around 8 o’clock.

If you find yourself Fridaying up in the Central Maine area get on over to The Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor as they present another fine evening of jazz tunes and musical merriment with local act The Bill Barnes Trio. This free 21+ shindig gets swingin’ at 8 o’clock.

Waterville based pop-rock act Dance Yourself Clean will be performing upbeat, dance-oriented tunes from the 60’s through today at Sea Dog Brewing Company in Bangor. This free dance party gets going right around 9.


Tonight the Chocolate Church Arts Center welcomes local act Pretty Girls Sing Soprano to fill the space with some beautiful sounds. Since their inception Pretty Girls Sing Soprano have quickly turned heads with their tight, clever and original harmonies. You can check them out starting at 7:30 this evening.


Tonight Stone Mountain Arts Center will be filled with the vintage country sounds of the Sweetback Sisters as well as the solid country rock tunes of Girls, Guns and Glory. Tonight’s shindig gets swingin’ at 8pm.


The Tyler Healy Band will be rockin’ Ramona’s tonight with a mix of top 40 country covers as well as catchy, boot-stomping originals as this free show starts shakin’ right around 8 9:30.


The Inflatables bring their instant party mix of tunes from yesterday to today to the stage of Skip’s Lounge tonight. These talented dudes will be getting you to bust some moves as things get underway right around 9.


Modern country and rockabilly cover act the Whiskey Sour Band will get you boot-scootin’ out on the dance floor of the Bears Den tonight as they play a free show starting up at 9pm.


Chummies hosts The Milk & Honey Rebellion tonight. The band will be bringing some originals and danceable alt-country, folk, rock and R&B jams to your Friday as this free show starts at 9 o’clock.


Nick Racioppi of local rock-reggae act A Mighty Lion goes solo tonight for a free show happening at the Gritty’s in Freeport. Join Nick as the music starts right around 8.


Folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be performing an acoustic stet at the School Street Pub this evening. Beginning at 8:30 the duo will be performing songs from such artists as Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Cat Stevens and many more.


Local act the Scolded Dogs return to Easy Street Lounge tonight with some tried and true party-rockin’ tunes. Beginning at 9 you can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as covers of such acts as Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and many, many more.


Trains Tavern in Lebanon welcomes The Pat Foley Band tonight for some catchy country-rock. If you’re in the area tonight make some plans to drop by as the music starts up at 8.


Pedro O’Hara’s welcomes Michael Krapovicky and Eric Bauer this Friday evening for some fun acoustic pop-rock originals and cover tunes. The pair will get the good times rollin’ right around 8 during this free and all-ages event.

Portland-based, alt-Americana act Jenny Jumpstart and The Cap Guns play a free show at Guthries tonight. This all-ages shindig gets swinging at 8 o’clock.


Central Maine band Skosh brings their badass blend of funk, rock and ska up to Shooters Pub in Mechanic Falls tonight for a party that’s guaranteed to please. Join the fellas for this free show that’ll get cranking right around 8 o’clock.

Channeling modern rock influences into anthemic choruses and themes of lust, loss and embracing your inner demons, Sparks The Rescue will be bringing a rock n’ roll party to Mechanic Falls tonight for a free show at The Crooked Hook Tavern. Things get underway tonight right around 8 o’clock.


Maine-based alt-rock act Now is Now will be playing a free show up at Sunday River. Tonight these fellas will be bringing the fun for a performance that’ll start up at 9 o’clock at the Matterhorn Ski Bar.


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 touch of retro funk. The party starts at 8:30 tonight.


Roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns to the Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight for another free solo set that’ll start up right around 5 o’clock this First Friday. If you’re Art Walking this evening, make some plans to stop on through.

Local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey returns to the stage of Blue this First Friday. Beginning at 6pm you can stop in and check out the pair’s delightful blend of vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitars that are used to make up some truly unique bluegrass, old timey and folk sounds. This show is all ages and guaranteed to be a highlight of your weekend so head on down to Blue to check it out.

Local alternative folk act Northwood is back at Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening for some foot-stomping good times. Northwood starts making some noise right around 7 o’clock so make some plans to check ‘em out.

Tonight at St. Lawrence Arts you can check out A Celebration of Townes Van Zandt with Seth Warner and Mike Derosier on guitar, Duane Edwards on bass, and Marty Joyce on percussion and vocals as this group of talented, artists celebrate the songs of the late, great Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Tonight’s performance begins at 7pm.

They might have an exceptionally funny and/or slightly confusing name, but The THE BAND Band is ready to bring some terrific classic tunes back to the stage of One Longfellow Square in Portland tonight as they present the music of The Band and Bob Dylan. Enjoy all of the classic songs you know and love as they bring to life the sounds of these seminal artists in a manner true to their original style and form beginning at 8pm tonight.

Don’t miss tonight’s party for Go Big For Hunger at Portland House of Music and Events. Go Big For Hunger was created to raise money to support the network of frontline organizations feeding hungry Maine kids all while inspiring self-reliance. This celebration and fundraising event will be one of epic proportions as Armies, members of Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, and The Working Dead and some other fun friends take to the stage all evening long for this great cause. Tons of tunes, special guests, and great vibes – don’t miss out as things get rolling along right around 8pm.

If you’re downtown this evening doing the First Friday thing, check out tonight’s performance by Okbari at Blue. Beginning at 8 the act will be performing music from the Middle East and Turkey on such unique and beautiful instruments as oud (fretless Middle Eastern lute), qanun (72-stringed Middle Eastern micro-tonal zither), nay (ancient Middle Eastern reed flute), and Middle Eastern percussion.

Portland’s own twisted rockabilly rock and rollers Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies are back at Salvage BBQ tonight. Check out this high-energy show as the fun fires up right around 8:30.

Tonight SPACE Gallery welcomes Yonatan Gat, one of the founders of high-energy Israeli trio Monotonix, a band known for their wild live shows and psych-heavy hard rock. Yonatan and his band will be joined by Brooklyn pop quintet Friend Roulette and Portland’s own freak-flag-waving fuzz band Diva Cup​ as things start up at 8:30 tonight.

Bass heavy, bit-pop duo from Presque Isle, Crunk Witch, comes to town tonight for a performance at Salty Sally’s on Congress Street. Check this pair out as tonight’s show starts up at 9 o’clock.

It’s First Friday in Portland which means it’s time to bust a move down at Flask Lounge during DJ Jamie O’Sullivan’s monthly LOVE dance party. This month’s installment of LOVE features some of the best house, techno and disco music around. Properly shake your can at tonight’s free shindig as things get grooving right around 9.

The Evan King Group will be laying down some smooth jazz and funky soul this First Friday at Blue on Congress Street in Portland. Grab some friends and have some fun as the band gets started at 10 o’clock.

Scott Girouard and Mike Maurice will be bringing some fine funk and soul to your Friday night as the pair prepares to play a free show starting up at RiRa right around 10pm.


Turn up the fun this Friday with some rollicking rockabilly courtesy of Ragged Jack as the band plays a free show at Mixers beginning at 8:30pm.


Tonight The Kerrymen Pub welcomes local act The Wayouts to the stage for a free party that’ll feature all of the best classic rock hits from the 60’s through today. Tonight’s shindig gets starts at 7:30pm.


Stonewall Chrome will be bringing some 90’s tunes, classic rock covers and original songs to Mainely Brews tonight. Some of the artists featured in their set include Sublime, Matchbox 20, Tom Petty, CCR, Oasis, Counting Crows, Alanis Morrisette, and more. Join the party as the music starts up at 9pm.


The Groove Kings are back at the Frog and Turtle tonight to for some soul, funk and rhythm & blues tunes. Let these talented gents treat you to some serious fun as this free finally Friday show starts up at 8:30pm.


Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at Gilbert’s Chowder House in Windham tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 6 o’clock with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many more.

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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