All right, mothahuggas, I’m pretty sure you don’t need me to tell you what day it is, but just know that it is time to bust out your fanciest Party Pants and get on down this evening. There’s a plethora of badass things to check out, so join me in doing it to it this fine Friday evening at such stellar shows as Overdrive at the Penobscot Pour House, Seth Warner at The Coast Bar + Bistro, Riot Act at Skip’s Lounge, Scolded Dogs at The Rack, Nick Racioppi at Gritty’s in Freeport, Rippleton Cross at the School Street Pub, Samuel James & D. Gross at Blue, The Infamous Stringdusters & David Wax Museum at Port City Music Hall, Pete Witham’s Birthday Bash at Bayside Bowl, Jerks of Grass at Salvage BBQ, Sparks The Rescue at Moose Alley, The Nikki Hunt Band at Mixers, Jordan Kaulback at the Old Mill Pub, Blue Prairie at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and much more. Here we go!
If you’re Fridaying in Auburn tonight, check out a free rock n’ roll show at Gritty’s with local rockers Tilden Katz. These fellas will be getting the party started right around 8 o’clock.
Tons of good vibes will be happening up at Fire House Grill tonight as they welcome 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.
The Tyler Healy Band will be rockin’ Hollywood Casino tonight with a mix of top 40 country covers as well as catchy, boot-stomping originals as this free show starts shakin’ right around 8 o’clock.
If you’re in Central Maine and looking to get festive then don’t miss the party happening at the Penobscot Pour House with local rock and roll act Overdrive as things get underway at 9.
The Allison Ames Band will be bringing some irresistible dance tunes to Sea Dog Brewing Company tonight as they serve up classic rock covers during a free event that gets underway right around 9:30.
Portland funk/rock duo, Quad, a pair consisting of drums and cello, will be back 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.
Welcome the weekend with some Southern rock, blues and Americana sounds courtesy of The Ian Black Band as they play a free show at the Brewer Eagles Club beginning at 8pm tonight.
The Daniel Inn Coast Bar + Bistro welcomes local instrumentalist and vocalist Seth Warner to the stage for a free performance filled with blues, country, folk, re-imagined jazz and songbook standards. Don’t miss out on the fun as things get underway at 7 o’clock.
Rippin’ rock n’ roll band Riot Act will be supplying some party tunes for your finally Friday with a show at the Skip’s Lounge. Things will get crankin’ right around 9 o’clock.
The Scolded Dogs bring the party to The Rack tonight as they bring some fun tunes to the stage starting at 9 o’clock. You can expect to hear some awesome originals as well as covers of such acts as Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more.
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.
Folk-rock cover act Rippleton Cross will be performing an acoustic set at School Street Pub. This free 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 8pm.
Moticon brings some rock, pop, alternative, and 80’s rock covers to Tailgate Bar & Grill tonight for a free party that’ll get underway right around 8:30pm this finally Friday.
Local act Alter Igor returns to rock out at The Kennebec Wharf tonight with their party-starting classic rock tunes. The band will be playing everything from Nick Lowe to The Who and many, many more iconic rock n’ rollers as they get things underway at 9.
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Check out local musician Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at JJ’s Eatery in OOB tonight. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 6:30 with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and more.
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.
Take in some roots rock tunes this finally Friday as local musician Travis James Humphrey plays a free Happy Hour set over at The Dogfish Bar & Grille. Let the good times roll as things get swinging right around 5 o’clock.
Blues-infused, country and folk artist Shanna Underwood will be hosting another Songwriters in the Round event at Blue this evening. Beginning at 6 Shanna will be joined by two other local singer-songwriters to play some original tunes, share stories about their songs, and improvise with one another on stage. This show is guaranteed to be a great way to kick-start your weekend so be sure to check it out.
Contemporary, acoustic progressive act Valley Haze will be performing at Andy’s Old Port Pub this evening. Join these fellas for some Friday fun as this free and all-ages show starts at 7 o’clock.
Celebrate 15 years of Portland’s punkabilly rebels, The Outsiders, and Celtic punks, The Pubcrawlers as they bring the party to Portland House of Music and Events tonight. Let the good times roll as things get crankin’ right around 8 with an opening set from local ska, punk and rock n’ roll band, El Grande.
Contemporary bluegrass act The Gibson Brothers will be bringing their songs to life on stage at One Longfellow Square tonight. Join the band for a night of excellent bluegrass music as things get underway at 8.
Local blues dudes Samuel James and D. Gross team up tonight to bring you another performance filled with acoustic songs over at Blue. Beginning at 8 this talented pair of troubadours will be singing some songs, plucking some strings, and sharing some stories to help you thoroughly enjoy your launch into the weekend.
Tonight you can check out Nashville’s Infamous Stringdusters, who have created their own unique sound by combining virtuosic chops on five traditional instruments while pushing the genre of bluegrass music forward with their improvised stylings, superb musicianship and experimental performance and songwriting. Check ‘em out over at Port City Music Hall where they’ll be joined by opening act David Wax Museum, who’ll kick things off at 8 o’clock.
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.
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 enjoy some great tunes and tasty vino as things get started up around 8.
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.
Tonight help local twisted Americana and rockabilly royalty, Pete Witham celebrate his birthday as well as his past, present, and future musical collaborations with a big ol’ bash happening at Bayside Bowl. This special gig will feature several guest spots and sincere renditions of the music Pete loves — old country, blues, rockabilly, and full-tilt chicken plucking stomp and he’d love for you to be part of it all! Get ready to celebrate as things get swinging during this free and all ages show right around 9 o’clock.
Kilcollins bring their rock and roll party upstairs to Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port for a fun show on this finally Friday. Starting at 9:30 the boys will be playing covers of songs that everyone knows, loves, and can shake a tail feather to, as well as some catchy original jams. There’s never ever a cover charge so get your freak on if you’re downtown tonight.
Cover band Sweep The Leg brings the party back to the stage of RiRa tonight. Starting at 10 get ready to bust a move to some super fun rock, blues, ska and funk jams.
Armory Raymond Jazz Apparatus brings some groovy jazz improvisation to the stage of Blue this finally Friday. Beginning at 10,make plans to swing in and checkout Maine guitarist, Amory Raymond, alongside local tenor saxophonist, Kevin Lynch.
Channeling modern rock influences into anthemic choruses and themes of lust, loss and embracing your inner demons, Sparks The Rescue returns to Moose Alley tonight. The party starts up right around 9 o’clock.
Local pop-rock cover act The Nikki Hunt Band will be bringing the party to Mixers tonight. 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 a colorful hula hoop act so be sure to check it out starting at 8:30pm.
Singer-songwriter Jordan Kaulback will be guitar slingin’, piano playin’ and singin’ at the Old Mill Pub in Skowhegan tonight. Things get underway right around 9 during this free show.
Get your good times rolling over at RJ’s Pub in South Portland with Captain Ray and the Castaways as this local act keeps your moving and shaking all night long with some free Friday night rock and roll. Tonight’s dance party gets underway right around 8:30.
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 Sea Dog Brewing Company in South Portland this finally Friday evening. Andi will be offering up some awesome tuneage at this free event as things get underway right around 9pm.
Blue Prairie brings some country and western tunes to Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza this evening. Enjoy some toe-tapping sounds as things start up at 7pm.
Jeezum Crow brings some Americana, rock, country, alternative, folk, and rockabilly back to The Frog and Turtle tonight. Join them as this free show starts at 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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