Oh hey there, rockers and rollers, I am so ready and rearing to get this weekend party started! Just one last push and then it’s here, babies! Things kick off with a mighty big bang this weekend so make sure you’ve done your stretches, taken your vitamins, and pressed those Party Pants because it’s high time that we do it to it this evening! Let’s roll! Don’t snooze on such shows as Sparks The Rescue at Bentley’s, The Bill Barnes Trio at the Nocturnem Draft Haus, Andi Fawcett at Mine Oyster, Matt and The Barnburners at Shooters Pub, The Reggie Sullivan Band at Portland Lobster Company, Billy Currington & Wildee at the Maine State Pier, El Malo & Clara Junken at Geno’s, Steady On at One Longfellow Square, The Youngerbloods at Slab, Kafari & Henry Redman at Blue, Ziggy Marley & Gorilla Finger Dub at Aura, El Grande at Amigos, Fighting Fiction at Brian Boru, The Depths at Mixers, Pistol Shot Gypsy at Live at 212, and so much more!
With a sound that channels modern rock influences as well as incorporates anthemic choruses with themes of lust, loss and embracing inner demons, Sparks The Rescue brings all that and more to a free rock and roll party down at Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel tonight. Things get crankin’ this finally Friday right around 8 o’clock.
Gritty’s in Auburn will be swinging once again as The Juke Joint Devils return to kick out some old time, hard driving blues tunes. Tonight’s free show gets jumping right around 8.
Alt-rock acts Nickelback, Shaman’s Harvest and Daughtry will be rockin’ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion tonight. This all-ages, outdoor concert kicks off at 6pm.
The Juke Rockets are bringing back their high-energy Chicago and delta style blues back to the stage of Hollywood Casino tonight. Join these talented Midcoast musicians as they bring some end-of-the-week merriment to your evening with a free show that’ll start up at 8 o’clock.
If you find yourself welcoming the weekend up in the Central Maine area this evening then make some plans to head on over to The Nocturnem Draft Haus as they present another fine evening of jazz tunes and musical merriment with local act The Bill Barnes Trio. This free shindig gets swinging at 8pm.
The Mainely Country Band brings some—you guessed it—classic and modern country covers to Country Rose Lounge in Belfast tonight. Join in some boot-stomping good times as this free show starts at 9 o’clock.
Check out some banjo-based bluegrass tunes at Elements on Main Street tonight as they welcome back local act Banjo Read for a Friday night full of pickin’ and pluckin’. This free all-ages show will get started up at 8 o’clock.
Doubting Gravity singer, guitarist and all-around fantastic front woman, Andi Fawcett will be going solo and acoustic tonight as she prepares to play a set of songs at Mine Oyster this finally Friday evening. Andi will be offering up some awesome tuneage at this free event as things get underway right around 6:30pm.
The Mine Oyster welcomes Boston-based rock act Richard James & The Name Changers to the stage tonight. The piano-driven band specifies their genre as “whiskey-infused roots rock and roll.” They’ll be getting after it starting at 9:30 tonight, so check it out if you’re feeling funky this Friday.
American Ride will be helping you kick off the weekend with some fun modern country covers for you to boogie down to this evening. These fellas will be playing a free show at Skip’s Lounge starting at 9 o’clock.
A free show filled with some great, local alternative tunes will be happening at The Local Buzz as The Faulkingham Project comes together for a performance that’ll get underway at 7.
Chummies welcomes The Calypso Soldiers for a night filled with modern and classic rock, funk, country, and blues. Starting at 9 they’ll be covering a wide variety of artists and styles as well as performing some of their own original material during this free and fun show.
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 good times and good tunes get underway right around 8.
Central Maine band Skosh brings their badass blend of funk, rock and ska to the Gardiner waterfront tonight as part of the Johnson Hall Free Waterfront Concert Series. This free, fun and family-friendly party will get underway at 6pm.
The School Street Pub and Grill welcomes back Maine-based, acoustic alternative artist John Hasnip this evening. Starting around 8:30 John will be playing some fun tunes for you to bust a move or two to this Friday.
The Scolded Dogs return to Easy Street Lounge to do a little partying during another free show tonight. Starting at 9 you can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as cover tunes from such acts as Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg, and many more.
Check out a fun night of funk jams at Rolling Fatties in Kingfield as Andrew Bailie performs during a free show that’ll start up at 5 tonight.
If you’re in the L/A area this evening make some plans to check out a free and all-ages event happening at Guthries as they welcome The Early Mornings to the stage for some rock-blues tunes. Things get swinging at 8 o’clock.
Matt and The Barnburners bring some foot stompin’ and hip shakin’ to Shooters Pub in Mechanic Falls this evening as this local blues band helps you ease into the freakin’ weekend with a night full of fun starting at 8pm.
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Dance/pop cover act Tickle will be bringing the house down once again with some of the best tunes of today mixed in with a little bit of retro funk as they play another free show out at The Brunswick in OOB. This finally Friday party starts at 8:30.
Check out another free and fun First Friday show happening at The Dogfish Bar & Grille as Americana/roots rocker Travis James Humphrey returns for some Happy Hour tuneage. Travis’ all-ages performance begins at 5 o’clock.
Local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey returns to Blue this First Friday. Starting 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.
Rock and soul act The Reggie Sullivan Band will be helping you usher in the weekend with a free and fun show out on the Portland Lobster Company deck. Let the good times roll with this talented band as this all-ages event gets underway at 6:30pm.
The ProfTones will be playing some great R&B, blues, jazz and rock n’ roll tunes at Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in the Old Port this evening. The joint starts jumpin’ as tonight’s free show gets underway at 7 o’clock.
Country singer-songwriter Billy Currington is at the Maine State Pier tonight. This evening’s all-ages performance will begin at 7 with an opening set by special guest, Wildee.
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 b.good in the Old Port this evening. Jenny’s songs are reminiscent of such artists as Alison Krauss and Emmy Lou Harris. Check out this terrific evening of music as things get underway at 7 o’clock.
Vinyl Tap will be partying down tonight out on The Porthole patio with all of your favorite dance jams. Vinyl Tap is known for making people bust a move to their wide array of danceable cover tunes that span between everything from everything The Beatles to Huey Lewis, Cee Lo Green, Stevie Wonder, The Dead and many, many more. There’s never a cover charge so check it out starting at 7 tonight.
It seems hard to believe that it’s been twenty years since the groundbreaking Lilith Fair festival, helmed by Sarah McLachlan and featuring such top performers as Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, Fiona Apple, Emmylou Harris, Paula Cole, Joan Osborne and Sheryl Crow. A talented quartet of female singer-songwriters from here in Maine will carry the torch sparked by that tour as they join forces on tunes penned by Lilith Fair luminaries, as well as presenting original songs inspired by those artists. Don’t miss Steady On featuring Ronda Dale, Sharon Goldman, Lara Herscovitch, and Lisa Redfern tonight at One Longfellow Square starting at 8pm.
Electronic artist, pianist, and rhythm bones player Kafari will be performing with Henry Redman on tenor sax and drums at Blue this evening. Kafari gathers sounds from the world using a pocket-sized recorder, warping them and weaving them together to create a blend of jazz, ambient, and experimental music that feels like a warm day blooming in the middle of winter. Check out tonight’s show as things get underway at 8pm.
Check out some soul, R&B and blues tunes from The Youngerbloods as the local act plays a free show as part of Slab’s Summer Music Series out on the patio. This family-friendly event gets underway at 8 o’clock.
Portland’s own twisted rockabilly band, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies will be rockin’ Salvage BBQ this evening. Join these fellas for some high-energy fun as this free and all-ages shindig gets fired up at 8:30.
Ziggy Marley, the son of one of reggae’s most famous melody-makers, Bob Marley, will be bringing his own reggae songs to the stage of Aura tonight. This 18+ party full of good tunes and good vibes will get underway at 9 o’clock with an opening set by local act Gorilla Finger Dub.
Yo, Portland, it has definitely been a minute since you’ve busted a move with Model Airplane, but no need to worry as you can get your full dose of funk and soul in two different dosages tonight as the funk, soul and R&B act presents a Friday night rager at Portland House of Music and Events alongside special guest the Nat Osborn Band. Tonight prepare yourself for some funkin’ good times by strapping on your boogie shoes, hiking up your Party Pants and getting ready to have some serious fun with Lyle Divinsky and company as the good times start rollin’ right around 9 o’clock.
If you’re looking for some sultry salsa tunes with a bit of a punk edge paired with some seriously stellar soulful rock tunes then look no further than Geno’s as El Malo and Clara Junken join forces for some fun this evening. This guaranteed-fun shindig gets swinging at 9 o’clock.
The Amigos patio is the place to be for a full night of funky reggae, ska and good old rock and roll with El Grande. El Grande will be bringing their funky grooves full of upbeat horns and danceable reggae and ska as the free party gets started right around 9:30 tonight.
Another First Friday in Portland means that local act The Evan King Group will be back at Blue with some smooth jazz and funky soul sounds. Things get started around 10.
The Midnight Ramblers will be bringing some acoustic alt-country, roots, and blues tunes to Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery in Rockland this evening. Join these fun fellas as this free show starts up at 8 o’clock.
Local cover act The Depths will be bringing the party to Mixers. The band will be playing all kinds of songs from all kinds of genres during this free show, which starts up at 8:30.
Local singer-songwriter Lauren Crosby will be bringing her blues-infused folk tunes to life on stage at Eureka in Stockholm this Friday evening with some help from her friends in the Strings of Calamity. Don’t miss this free, all-ages event as the music begins at 6:30.
Pianist and vocalist Josh Hatfield will be performing at the Jasmine Mobile Café in Turner tonight. Beginning at 6 Hatfield will be playing classics from Billy Joel to the Zac Brown Band and many more; there is sure to be something that everyone will enjoy during this free all-ages shindig.
If you’re spending your Friday evening in Waterville, check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show up at the Silver Street 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.
Providence hard-rock and metal act Pistol Shot Gypsy returns to Maine tonight for a free show at Live at 212. Get ready for some Friday night thunder as this show starts up at 8 o’clock.
Start your Friday evening off right with some soul courtesy of The ToneKings. Papa Phil Divinsky shows us all where offspring Lyle got all that talent by fronting this stellar act on stage tonight over at The Frog & Turtle in downtown Westbrook. The fun starts right around 8:30.
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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