Did anyone else get their ace completely handed to them this week? Jeepers, this truly felt like the week that had no end, but that feeling is fleeting as the weekend finally arrives with Friday night packing a serious punch. If you’re ready to let loose might I suggest such shows as Dakota at the Penobscot Pour House, Rippleton Cross at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro, Stesha Cano at Easy Street Lounge, Duquette at Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Company, Celebration of Life for Ron Perreault at Jimmy The Greek’s, Cuse Me, Hopeless Losers, Exclave & Black Mica at Geno’s, Samuel James & Max Garcia Conover at Blue, Mipso & 10 String Symphony at One Longfellow Square, Dirty Bourbon River Show at Empire, Matt and The Barnburners at Mixers, The Middle Men at The Kerrymen Pub, Port City Saints EP Release at Live at 212 and so very much more!
Cover act Stolen Mojo will be playing some pop, rock, Motown, R&B, funk, disco and country jams from the last five decades during a free show at Bentley’s. Join in on the dance party as things get grooving right around 8.
Alt-rock act Zealous Bellus returns to Gritty’s in Auburn tonight for another free and fun par-tay. Let the good times roll as this shindig gets shaking at 8.
Local cover act The Depths will be performing at the Fire House Grill this evening. Beginning at 8:30 they’ll be playing all kinds of danceable tunes from a variety of different genres during this free and all-ages show.
Get your boot scootin’ on with country act the Kayla Wass Trio as they return to the stage of the Hollywood Casino in Bangor tonight for a free show that’ll get kickin’ right around 8 o’clock.
Central Maine rock cover band Dakota will be bringing the thunder to the stage of the Penobscot Pour House as they play songs from such acts as Bon Jovi, Shinedown, Bush, Aerosmith, Journey, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, and more beginning at 9pm.
Tonight Chocolate Church Arts Center hosts Songs Beyond Borders. This songwriter’s circle brings together acclaimed artists from Maine and Maritime Canada. The event gets underway at 7:30pm and will featured performers Denny Breau, Heather Pierson, Ian Sherwood and Ashley Condon.
The Kevin Midgley Players return to Elements tonight. These local musicians will be serving up some Americana and Delta blues tunes during a free and all-ages show that starts at 8.
Local acoustic folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro this evening. Beginning at 7 the duo will be performing renditions of songs by such artists as Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Cat Stevens and many, many more. This event is free and all-ages so make some plans to check it out if you’re in the area this Friday.
Local cover act 95 North will be rocking and rolling at Skip’s Lounge with some time-tested songs that everyone knows and loves. Check out this free show as things get swinging right around 9.
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.
Local musician Jeff Cusack will be at the School Street Pub & Grill in Gorham tonight for a free set showcasing his acoustic, light rock tunes. This free and family-friendly event begins at 8:30pm.
Alter Igor brings some fun to your Friday night with a free show at The Kennebec Wharf. Beginning at 9 these fellas will be bringing their party-starting classic rock cover tunes to the stage. They’ll be playing renditions of such artists at Nick Lowe, The Who and tones more so check it out if you’re in the area this evening.
Stesha Cano and her talented band mates will be performing Easy Street Lounge this Friday. Starting at 9 you can check out this free show that’ll feature Stesha’s original blues and jazz jams.
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.
Bluegrass act Back Woods Road returns to Guthries this Friday with an energetic set of acoustic tunes featuring the band’s tight harmonies, driving lead solos, and crowd-pleasing compositions. This free and all ages event begins at 8pm.
Pedro O’Hara’s welcomes Ron Bergeron for a night of tunes. Ron will be serving up tons of great songs starting at 8pm including covers of The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and maybe even a little Lady Gaga. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by and check out some good food and good tunes during this free and fun show.
Local artist Rob Duquette and his band will be bringing a mix of jazz, rock and various other grooves to the Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Company in Lyman this finally Friday. Enjoy some great live jams as this free shindig gets swinging right around 5 o’clock.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH
Recently the music community lost a dear,dear friend and incomparably talented player as Ron Perreault passed on. Tonight friends, family, bandmates and fans will come together during a Celebration of Life for Ron at Jimmy the Greek’s in Old Orchard Beach. Tonight’s gathering to recognize the life, music and memory of Ron will feature performances by the Lower East Side Band, Jupiter Blues, The Wakefield Brothers, The Hooglers, Touch N’ Go!, Ken Goodman Jam and many more. There will be lots of love and music to be shared starting at 7pm.
Vermont-based folk duo Cricket Blue will be bringing their close-knit harmonies and songs about myth, confusion, love, and the ends of things to the stage of Blue this evening. Join this talented pair for some stories and songs as things get underway at 6pm.
High-energy bluegrass band Seagrass returns to Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street for some good times and good tunes. Get your finally Friday started with this talented act as the music starts at 7 o’clock.
Tonight at Geno’s Rock Club you can get a solid dose of noise-rock as well as check out a screening of David Cronenberg’s new film, VIDEODROME. This evening’s film screening starts at 7:30 followed by Portland noise-mongers, Cuse Me (featuring members of An Anderson, Mouth Washington and Gimme Goldar), punk rock band, Hopeless Losers, thrash punk act, Exclave, and the minimalist synthwave outfit, Black Mica taking to the stage for some sounds starting at 9:45pm.
Local bluesmen Samuel James and Max Garcia Conover team up to bring you a night of acoustic tunes over at Blue on Congress Street. Starting at 8 o’clock this talented pair of local musicians will be singing some songs, plucking some strings, and sharing some stories to help you thoroughly enjoy your finally Friday evening.
Jazz up your finally Friday happenings with LQH at the Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight. These talented cats will be bringing their melting pot of sound — everything from soul, jazz, funk, and rock — to this free show that’ll get underway at 8.
Tonight you can catch Chapel Hill, North Carolina based string band Mipso at One Longfellow Square as the act brings their folky Americana tunes to life during a headlining set. Things will kick off at 8 o’clock with Nashville-based progressive folk fiddle duo, 10 String Symphony.
Tonight’s show at Portland House of Music and Events is a must for any Paul Simon fans as Kate Beever and friends, who happen to include Andrew Hodgkins, Dustin Levasseur, Adam Frederick, Will Field, Kyle Morgan, and Pete Dugas, as well as a TON of talented guest vocalists – are Going to Graceland. Beginning at 8pm Kate and company invite you to an evening of Paul Simon music, including the entirety of the album ‘Graceland’, followed by an African dance party spun by local DJ mosart212. Bust out your finest pair of diamond-soled shoes and get ready to dance the night away during this stellar sonic event.
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.
If you’re looking to get down this Friday then do not miss tonight’s show with high-energy psychedelic funk act Pigeons Playing Ping Pong who will be tearing it up onstage at Port City Music Hall alongside special guests and groove rockers Aqueous. Plan on a party and lots of tushy shaking as things get cranking right around 9 o’clock.
I’m guessing that a party is bound to break out upstairs at Empire tonight as they welcome the Dirty Bourbon River Show to the stage. The New Orleans-based act will be bringing their brand of big brass circus rock to life as the good times get rollin’ along right around 9:30pm.
Shanna Underwood and Wanderlost will be bringing some Americana music to the stage of Blue this evening. Starting at 10 Underwood joins forces with Devon Colella on cello, Drew Wyman on bass, and Greg Bjork on mandolin for some stellar musical sounds this finally Friday.
Channeling modern rock influences into anthemic choruses and themes of lust, loss and embracing your inner demons, Sparks The Rescue will be bringing all that an more to a free rock and roll party at RiRa tonight. Things get crankin’ right around 10pm.
Matt and The Barnburners bring some foot stompin’ and hip shakin’ to the stage of Mixers this evening as this local blues band helps you ease into the freakin’ weekend with a night full of fun starting at 8:30.
The Middle Men, a local group of multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters with influences in pop, folk, reggae and hip-hop, bring their own original tunes as well as cover songs to the stage of the Kerrymen Pub in Saco tonight for a free show that’ll start up right around 7:30pm.
Check out Maine’s newest Grateful Dead experience, the Terrapin Orchestra, as they play a show at Mainely Brews in Waterville tonight alongside special guest Eric Dudevoir. Mellow your mind as music starts around 9:30pm.
Port City Saints celebrate the release of their EP with a straight up punk rock party at Live at 212 tonight. Join the fellas as they release some new tunes tonight alongside special guests Marianne Toilet and The Runs, The Damn Garrison, The Black Cheers, Ray’s Occult and Seasonal Disorders as this free party gets swingin’ right around 6 o’clock.
Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza is the place to be for some honky-tonkin’ this finally Friday as they welcome Mike Preston & The Buckstop Band for some country tunes tonight. This free and all ages show gets started up right around 7.
Jeezum Crow returns to The Frog and Turtle tonight with some Americana, rock, country, alternative, folk, and rockabilly sounds for your finally Friday. This evening’s free and all-ages show starts up at 8:30.
Don Hebert of The Veggies goes solo for a show at Rustic Grill and Tavern in West Paris tonight. Don will be bringing a show chock full of fun and danceable cover tunes to the stage as this free, all-ages show starts up at 7.
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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