I’m having one of those weeks where I wish I could push the fast forward button and be done with it, but thankfully this slow crawl is inching us closer and closer to the weekend. We’re already halfway there, right? If you’re looking to take in some musical goodness to hurdle the hump, here’s what’s shakin’ this evening, including Viva & The Reinforcements Live in the Lounge at Frontier, The Wintery Mix at The Porthole, The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music, Susanne Gerry & Mike Maurice at MJ’s Wine Bar, Jeremy Loops, SonReal & GoldenOak at Port City Music Hall, The Dapper Gents Duo at RiRa and much more!
I’m pretty sure there are still tickets available to check out the Dave Matthews Band tonight as they return to the stage of Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor tonight. Head over to waterfrontconcerts.com to grab your tickets before the show starts at 7.
I reeeally, reeeally wish I could get up to Bangor tonight to see the one, the only Ringo Starr with his All-Starr Band (Hi, Todd Rundgren, I love you), but alas, sometimes you gotta adult and miss out on some stuff from time to time. I’m pretty sure tickets are still available for this show so if you want to go see a Beatle then make some plans to get yourself to the Cross Insurance Center by 7:30.
Local jazz artist Viva will be bringing her vivacious vocals to Frontier tonight for their Live in the Lounge Music Series. Check out a midweek party filled with funk, jazz standards, soul songs and Latin tunes that are done by Viva and her talented band, The Reinforcements, with a fun and modern twist. Show Wednesday what you’ve got as this free show get underway right around 7:30.
Local guitarist, singer and songwriter Dave Jacquet will be hosting another free Open Mic at Cole Farms in Gray this evening. Starting at 7 all musicians are welcome to join in on the fun and jam out on stage with Dave and a few of his friends so grab your instrument of choice and let the creative energy flow!
The Working Dead are back at Portland House of Music and Events this Wednesday afternoon. This trio of talented musicians will be serving up some Happy Hour jams during a free show that starts at 4:30pm. Check out the act’s fun covers of the Grateful Dead as well as other classic jam band tunes.
I know when you hear the term “wintery mix” you don’t usually think “fun times and good tunes at The Porthole”, but that’s about to change this evening as cover act The Wintery Mix brings some music to the joint for a free show that’ll get underway at 6.
Singer, songwriter, guit-fiddler and all around good dude, Eric Bettencourt is back in Portland for the summer and tonight he joins some pals for some songs out on the Portland Lobster Company deck. This free show is guaranteed to be a good time so swing through and check things out as music starts right around 6:30pm.
Blue’s Irish Concert Series continues tonight with a featured performance from local fiddler and Irish Session host, Elly Marshall who’ll take the stage with friends Alden Robinson, Will Woodson, and Miles Isacke beginning at 7:30pm. Directly following their set will be an Irish Session that’s open to any and all musicians looking to get up on stage and have some fun.
The Ladies in Red Wednesday night music series rolls on at MJ’s Wine Bar tonight as vocalist Susanne Gerry is joined by Mike Maurice on keys for an evening of lounge-style tunes. Settle in and enjoy a variety of jazz, soul, pop and R&B tunes as things get underway at tonight’s free shindig right around 8 o’clock.
Get in some down-home, acoustic roots tunes this Wednesday with David Beam and the Custom House Gang at Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in Portland. This lively bunch will be playing some great music for your midweek wind down so swing through and enjoy as things get started at 8 o’clock.
Hurdle the hump with one heck of a party at Flask Lounge tonight as epic jam band Hambone brings some musical merriment to your midweek. Beginning at 9 check out Hambone’s soulful, energetic jams during this free show.
The fellas of the Dapper Gents Duo will be helping you properly get your folk-pop on this Wednesday as they play another free show at RiRa. Join this pair of talented Gents as they start playing some fun songs right around 9.
Jeremy Loops brings his uplifting modern folk-pop songs that feature his guitar, ukulele, harmonica, and looping pedals to the stage of Port City Music Hall tonight. This 18+ show will also feature performances by alternative hip-hop artist SonReal and Farmington, Maine indie folk act GoldenOak. Music starts at 9.
Rap Night returns to the Asylum in Portland this Wednesday with some of the best local hip-hop around. Every week Ill By Instinct and El Shupacabra team up to host this hip-hop heavy party that features some of the dopest emcees and producers around. Things get fresh starting at 9 so grab a crew, head downtown and, check it out.
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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