Rap Night presents Essence, Shane Reis & Renee Coolbrith at the Asylum tonight


We’ve made it this far, so just keep pushing! Two days down, two to go and then it’s on to the freakin’ weekend, babies! Luckily this Wednesday is giving us a variety of places to go in order to hurdle the hump on a high note. Bust out your Mid-Week Party Pants and get ready break it on down tonight all over the dang place including, but not limited to, shows such as Dos Canosos y el Joven at Frontier, Happy Folk at Flask Lounge, The Squid Jiggers at Bull Feeney’s, The Dapper Gents Duo at RiRa, Ryan Halliburton at the Frog and Turtle and more!


If you’re south of Portland tonight and looking to take in some tasty roots rock jams this Tuesday then make your way down to Champions Sports Bar in Biddeford where Travis James Humphrey will be playing a solo set of tunes. Humphrey will be doing his thing from 10 to midnight. It’s a free event with plenty of beer on hand so no excuses; check it out!


Dos Canosos y el Joven will be bringing some Latin music to Frontier tonight as part of the venue’s Live in the Lounge music series. Tonight’s event is free and all-ages and will get underway at 7:30pm. Joining Dos Canosos will be Rafael Freyre on bass and vocals.


If you’re hanging around the Gray area tonight, stop on by Cole Farms for this week’s Open Mic event with local musician Dave Jacquet. It’s a free event, there’s tasty food, and boozy drinks, so check it out as things get started up at 7.


The Working Dead are back at Portland House of Music and Events this Wednesday evening. This group  of talented musicians will be serving up some Happy Hour music during a free show that starts up at 4:30pm. Check out the act’s fun covers of Grateful Dead and other jam band tunes.

Blue’s Irish Concert Series continues tonight with a featured performance by musician Kevin McElroy. Directly following McElroy’s session there will be an Irish Jam that is open to any and all musicians looking to participate in some musical merriment.

Over at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port you can check out the Squid Jiggers who are back once again for their weekly gig that’s chock full of some quality folk music for your earholes. The duo will be getting things going beginning at 8.

David Beam and the Custom House Gang will be serving up some down-home, acoustic roots tunes to wind down your Wednesday with at Andy’s Old Port Pub in Portland. The local act will get the good times and good tunes rolling around 8.

Happy Folk, a rotating bandwagon of friends and family that brings infectious joy to any event that they are a part of, will be playing some tunes during a free show at Flask Lounge tonight. Built around the music and philosophy of Nik Hasenfus and Aria Zarnoski, the two songwriters attempt to dissolve the boundaries created by the performing arts, combining their ambitions of authentic relationships as well as similarly natural genres of music. Check out this evening of tunes as things get underway at 9 o’clock.

Rap Night at The Asylum is going to be slammin’ this Wednesday and all for a good cause as Essence, Shane Reis and Renee Coolbrith join forces for a night to help raise money for Sam Corbett and family. Corbett and his family were victims to a home invasion and robbery and tonight these talented, local hip-hop heavies will be doing their part to help this family out. In addition to showcases from Essence, Reis and Coolbrith, there will also be early and late open mic cyphers with El Shupacabra on the decks and ladies get in free! Dudes, it’s only $3 for you to get in on this quality happening, so show up and enjoy some talented cats as they do their thing for a good cause beginning at 9 o’clock.

Check out another Afrobeat Wednesday at Portland House of Music and Events. Tonight members of Model Airplane, ShaShaSha, Micromasse, The Fogcutters, and more will be joining forces on stage to create the funkiest sounds that’ll keep you dancing into the night. Get down and have some fun as this show gets started right around 9pm.

Get your folk-pop on this Wednesday as the Dapper Gents Duo returns to the stage of RiRa for some fun during a free, 21+ show that’ll get started up at 9pm.


Ryan Halliburton returns to the Frog and Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook tonight for a free show featuring his original pop-rock compositions. Join Ryan for an evening of good times and good tunes as this all-ages performance begins at 7:30pm.

Holly Nunan

Holly “The Nunz” Nunan is a musician from Portland, Maine with an unabashed love for the city as well as its thriving Maine music scene. This is her scene report.

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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