Jaw Gems release their new record ‘Heatweaver’ at Portland House of Music tonight


Yo, I’m going to be straight up with you guys. My face is melted, my brain is in pain, and neck hurts from throwing around lots of hairnados all night at the Black Sabbath show last evening so my apologies if my words are a little weird this finally Friday. I done did my best to get you the Newz and as Radiohead says, the best you can is good enough. Tons of stuff to do including the Marshall Nelson Trio at Sea Dog Brewing Company, Riot Act at the Penobscot Pour House, Sparks The Rescue at The Brunswick, Sassquatch at Blue, Vinyl Tap at Portland Lobster Company, Jerks of Grass at Salvage BBQ, Fighting Fiction at Oasis, Ryan Halliburton & The Still at Amigo’s, Daemon Chili at Mainely Brews, Sonic Libido, Saturns Return, The Rupert Selection, 3 Parts Dead & DiNOLA at Live at 212, Saved and Sound at The Kerrymen Pub and more so figure out what you wanna do with your evening and get after it this finally Friday!


Lucie & The Undercover Band will be bringing some classic rock covers to Hollywood Casino in Bangor tonight for a free 21+ show that starts up at 8pm.

Four-piece rock n’ roll band Riot Act will be supplying some party tunes for your finally Friday with a show at the Penobscot Pour House. Things get cranking’ around 8pm.


Portland funk/rock duo, Quad will be making their debut at Elements this Friday. Join the pair for an evening loaded with original material plus some selected covers and maybe even a special guest too as this free all-ages show begins at 8pm.


Tonight The Midnight Riders bring some soul, funk, Americana, roots, blues, and rock n’ roll sounds to the Smokestack Grill in Camden. Join these fun fellas for some musical merriment as things get underway at 9pm.


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


If you’re in Freeport this evening make some plans to stop by Gritty’s as local artist Jeff Kilton will be taking to the stage for a show featuring the songs of such artists as Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, The Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam, The Band, Led Zep, Bob Marley and more. Tonight’s free show begins at 8pm.


Guthries gets jumping once again tonight as they welcome back The Juke Joint Devils to kick out some old time, hard-driving blues. Tonight’s free, all-ages performance gets swinging around 8.


Mr. Goodbar welcomes back classic and southern rock and roll band Rosie to the stage for a free show that’ll get swinging around 7.

Portland pop-rockers Sparks The Rescue will be partying in OOB tonight as they play a free show at The Brunswick beginning at 8:30pm.


Blue welcomes back local funk quintet Canned Bread for some innovative sounds that blend elements of jazz, reggae, hip hop, and soul music together. Music starts at 6 o’clock.

Pop-influenced Americana duo Copilot will be soaring into town for a show at Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight. Join the duo for some free tunes as this all ages event begins at 7pm.

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and 2015 Maine Songwriters’ Association songwriting contest winner, Jenny Van West will be bringing her roots, country, blues and gospel tunes back to Local Sprouts tonight. Beginning at 7 make some finally Friday plans to enjoy songs from Van West during this free all ages show.

Local electro-pop-rock act Dean Ford & The Keepsakes are back on the Porthole deck for a fun night of pop, rock and dance music. Tonight’s party is free and will feature tones of bumpin’ beats, infectious hooks, serious singalongs, screaming synths and shredding guitar so swing through as things get underway around 7 o’clock.

Over at the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street you can make some plans to join Vinyl Tap as the fellas party down on the deck with all of your favorite cover tunes. Vinyl Tap is known for making people dance with their wide array of danceable tunes that span everything from Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, The Beatles, Billy Preston, Billy Joel and many, many more. This free show will get started outside right around 7 o’clock.

Over at Slab, Gorilla Finger Dub Band will be pumping out the live roots, reggae, and dub-step jams. The act takes to the outdoor stage at 7 to provide some extremely danceable party music for anyone who loves and appreciates all things reggae and dub.

MJ’s Wine Bar welcomes back Portland piano man Mike Maurice to their swanky lounge-area for a Friday filled with funk, soul and jazz. Join Mike and imbibe in some delicious vino as things get underway at 8pm.

Lone Pine Brewing Company welcomes Ben Lyons and Eric Martel of Radio Revival to play some fun cover tunes by such artists as Queen, ELO, Bowie, Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, The Strokes, Thin Lizzy, Weezer and more. Good tunes and good beer come together beginning at 8 o’clock tonight.

Local beat-based electro act Jaw Gems bring their self-proclaimed “drip hop” and “ratchet jazz” to Portland House of Music and Events tonight to celebrate the release of their latest record ‘Heatweaver’. The members of Jaw Gems bring together the more exacting beats of artists such as the late J Dilla and Flying Lotus with influences of chilled out indie rock – basically these fellas aim to please, and do just that, so don’t miss out on this terrific night of tuneage as things start up at 8:30 and will also include tasty musical treats from Bright Boy, Blakhi Anu, Condor and Altered Gee.

Salvage BBQ on Congress Street welcomes back the Jerks of Grass for another fun Friday filled with tons of toe-tapping bluegrass tunes. This free all-ages shindig gets swinging around 8:30.

Don’t miss an awesome (punk rock show that’ll be shaking the foundation of Geno’s as they welcome Battery Steele, Suburban Samurai, The Keeper Class and Adulting to the stage for a night of debauchery and fun. Tonight’s 21+ party will get crankin’ right around 9 o’clock.

Local four-piece cover act Fighting Fiction will be partying out on the Oasis patio this evening 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 doing it to it with a free show that starts at 9 o’clock.

Get down on it with some of the best alt-rock tunes the 90s ever gave us with Hello Newman who’ll be throwing a party upstairs at Bull Feeney’s tonight. Grab some pals, drink some beers, and enjoy tunes from such bands as Sublime, Blink 182, the GinBlossoms, Everclear, No Doubt and even Chumbawumba (yes, I just said Chumbawumba) as the (free) party starts right around 9:30.

Local rock band OC and the Offbeats bring their new brand of blues and soul to a super fun and super free show at Brian Boru in the Old Port tonight. Join this energetic act for a night of awesome tunes and guaranteed dancing as things start up upstairs right at 9:30.

Check out some fun tunes over at Amigo’s as Ryan Halliburton and The Still bring some pop-rock tunes to the patio during a free, 21+ show that starts up at 9:30pm.

Blue welcomes jazz, funk and fusion act Sassquatch for some serious getting down on this finally Friday. Get into the groove as things get fun and funky during this free all ages show starting up at 10pm.


If you’re spending your Friday in Waldoboro, check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show up at Narrows Tavern. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 8 with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and more.


Soul singer-songwriter and American Idol finalist Elise Testone will be performing live at Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor tonight. Check out her set as things get underway at 9pm.


I bet that some boot scootin’, toe tappin’ and dare I say line dancin’ will be happening up at Mixers tonight as they welcome ‘90s cover act Second Wind to the stage for some fun. Hootin’ and hollerin’ gets underway right around 8:30.


Local act the Marshall Nelson Trio will be bringing their fun live show filled with funky covers of such acts as the Spin Doctors, Sublime, Lorde, Police, Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson, George Michael, The Beatles and even some original tunes to Sea Dog Brewing Company in Topsham tonight. Join these talented gents for an evening full of fun as this things start up at 9 o’clock.


Michael Dion formerly of Hot Day at the Zoo will be bringing his new progressive blues, rock and jam band, Daemon Chili to Mainely Brews tonight. Check out this free shindig as music starts playing right around 9:30.


A free, feel-good rock and roll party will be taking over Live at 212 tonight as Sonic Libido, Saturns Return, The Rupert Selection, 3 Parts Dead and DiNOLA come together for a night of fun. The party starts up at 8 o’clock.

Phil Divinsky and his Americana-tinged rhythm & blues band are back at The Frog & Turtle in Westbrook tonight. You can enjoy some soulful sounds starting right at 8:30 at this fabulous gastro pub located in downtown Westbrook.


If you’re south of Portland this Friday be sure to check out acoustic, duet-based local act Saved and Sound as they perform an early evening show at The Kerrymen Pub. This talented pair of music makers will be playing songs and having some fun starting right around 6.

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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