Please, I ask, do not judge me as I tell you all that I have become one with my sweat pants after yesterday’s monumental feast. I think right now might be the time for me and these sweats to part ways. (No worries, I will not continue this blog pantless.) I wanted to give those of you experiencing the same sweat pants dilemma some courage to swap out the sweats for your trusty Party Pants and kick this Friday into high gear. Tonight is anything but black although you might black out from the amount of excitement that tonight brings, but I think if you lay off the turkey, hang up the sweat pants, and maybe limit yourself to only two slices of pumpkin pie rather than eight, you too can rage some Party Pants and work off some of that gobble by busting a move tonight. There are lots and lots of great things to check out, and since I spent the majority of yesterday in a pretty tripped out food coma, my brain is back to functioning at peak levels and I’m ready to bring you this evening’s Newz. Check it! Don’t miss parties such as Continental Shakedown at Gritty’s, Marshall Nelson Trio at Riverside Bar & Grille, Livingston Taylor at Camden Opera House, Nikki Hunt Band at Easy Street Lounge, The Ghosts of Johnson City at Blue, Pardon Me, Doug & The Maine Dead Project at Port City Music Hall, Hello Newman at Bull Feeney’s, Gorilla Finger Dub at Mainely Brews and more.
Tons of good vibes happening up at Gritty’s in Auburn tonight as they welcome back local jam band Continental Shakedown for a night of country, blues, jazz, improve, reggae, and rock and roll. This free show gets started at 8.
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 8pm.
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 more mixed in with some original tunes to the Riverside Bar & Grille tonight. Join these talented gents for a Friday full of fun as this free 21+ show starts up around 9pm.
Folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be performing an acoustic set at The Daniel Coast Bar + Bistro. This free, all-ages show will feature the pair performing renditions of songs by such artists as The Who, Joe Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens and many more as things get started right around 7pm.
The School Street Pub in Gorham welcomes Sarah Libby, a local, soulful, and superb interpreter of songs encompassing many musical genres, to their stage tonight. Sarah will be taking familiar tunes we all know and love and making them her own as this free event begins at 8:30.
Local pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band returns to the Easy Street Lounge for their annual Ugly Sweater Party. 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 an ugly sweater contest with some great prizes so be sure to check it out beginning at 9:30pm.
Guthrie’s in Lewiston will be jumping tonight as they welcome back The Juke Joint Devils to play some tunes. Starting at 8 you can check out some old time, hard-driving, and swinging blues as the band kicks out the jams all night long.
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JJ’s Eatery welcomes Ron Bergeron for a night of tunes. Ron will be serving up tons of great songs starting at 6:30pm 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 times and good tunes during this free and fun show.
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 bit of retro funk. The party starts at 8:30 tonight.
Blue welcomes back local act, The Ghosts of Johnson City for an evening of tunes devoted to love and loss, old mountain music, Civil War songs, coal-mining melodies, and haunting murder ballads from the American South. This must-see music event will begin at 8 o’clock.
MJ’s Wine Bar welcomes back Portland piano man Mike Maurice for another Friday night filled with some funk, jazz, and soul sounds. Enjoy some delicious vino and delightful tunes as this free show starts up at 8pm.
Feeling a little Phishy this Friday? In dire need of some Dead? Then head down to Port City Music Hall in Portland to check out Phish tribute band, Pardon Me, Doug alongside opening act and Grateful Dead cover band The Maine Dead Project as they play all of your favorite Phish and Dead jams to keep you noodling all night long on the dance floor. Featuring members of Heavy Dime, The Project, Giraffe Attack and more, these guys are ready to make you lose your head starting right around 9 o’clock tonight.
What better way to wish Lyle Divinsky well before his big move to Denver than by getting downright funky all weekend long?! The bye-for-now party starts tonight with a tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire. An all-star lineup consisting of members of The Motet, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Jaw Gems, The Fogcutters, and many more will come together alongside Lyle for a night of tunes by EWF. Get ready to get down as things start up at Portland House of Music and Events at 9.
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.
Radio Revival returns to RiRa tonight with tons of songs for you to groove to including covers of Queen, Billy Squier, Bowie, Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, The Strokes, Thin Lizzy, Weezer and more. This free show gets rockin’ and rollin’ at 10.
At Mainely Brews in Waterville Gorilla Finger Dub Band will be pumping out the live roots, reggae, and dub-step jams. The act takes to the stage at 9:30 to provide some extremely danceable party music for anyone who loves and appreciates all things reggae and dub.
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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