Susto & Heyrocco perform at One Longfellow Square tonight

I’m sure your mums probably said something similar, but my mum always told me that if I didn’t have anything nice to say, then I probably shouldn’t say anything at all. So today I will abide by that rule as I talk about this week and how particularly not nice it’s been… That being said, enough of the Negative Nunz ranting and more of some Newz giving! It’s go-time so let’s do this thing and get ready to kick start the weekend! Let’s Thursday! Check out terrific tuneage such as Peter Finkle at Gritty’s in Auburn, Andrew Bailie at The Rack, The Cobblestones at Andy’s Old Port Pub, A Band Beyond Description at Gritty’s in Portland, Ice Cold Zima at Brian Boru, Highway Kind: A Celebration of Townes Van Zandt with the Seth Warner Trio at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza, and much more!


Peter Finkle will be playing an acoustic set of songs at Gritty’s Auburn location this Thirsty Thursday. Gritty’s also offering up a community pint to help raise funds for the Krapovickys, a local family who’s own Melissa is battling breast cancer. Join in on the musical revelry and do some good as this free show starts up at 8.


Acoustic act Uke n’ Smile will be hosting another open mic event over at Local Buzz. All musicians of varying skills and genres are welcome to get up on the microphone and perform as things get underway right around 7:30pm.


Check out a fun night of funk jams at The Rack as Andrew Bailie performs during a free show that’ll start up at 7 tonight.


If you’re spending your Thursday in the Falmouth area tonight make some plans to check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he plays a free show at Bueno Loco Mexican Restaurante. Ron will be getting things kicked into gear right around 6 with tons great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and more. Enjoy some tasty Mexican fare while taking in some acoustic tunes.



Steve Jones and his band will be making some noise up at The Liberal Cup in Hallowell this Thursday evening. Jones and friends blend everything from rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, roots and more to create some mighty fine jams that are guaranteed to help you get the good times rolling. If you’re in the area tonight be sure to stop through and have some fun as things get underway right around 7 o’clock.

Get yourself over to the Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell tonight for an evening of fun acoustic jams as Sa Rah’s Serenades continue. Let this lovely local songstress sing you some sweet songs as things get started up at this free show right around 9 o’clock.


Check out a little Thursday night soul, R&B and blues as The Youngerbloods play a free show at Rails in Lewiston starting at 5. 


Toby McAllister of local pop- and pop-rock act Sparks The Rescue will be hosting an acoustic open mic night at the Crooked Hook Tavern in Mechanic Falls this Thursday evening. Join Toby for some free fun as things get swinging right around 7pm.


Check out the dynamic, lyric-driven Americana of The Loblolly Boy alongside the vocally-driven songwriting of local artist Genevieve Beaudoin as they pair team up for a performance at Blue tonight that will begin at 7 o’clock.

Check out the acoustic rock, Americana and contemporary folk music of The Cobblestones tonight as they perform at Andy’s Old Port Pub. This local act offers up both originals and covers as this free and all ages show starts up at 7pm.

Bethel-based band The Northside Ramblers bring their jammy medley of styles including rock, blues, folk, funk, and jazz to the Dogfish Bar & Grille tonight for a free show that’ll get swinging at 8.

Alt-folk and country band Susto returns to the stage of One Longfellow Square tonight. The Charleston, S.C., country-rock band specializes in  songs that often employ single-note guitar licks playing the melody. The best tunes on their 2014 self-titled debut sound like versions of mid-’60s Everly Brothers records, complete with Glen Campbell-esque guitar parts. They’ll be joined by openers Heyrocco, a South Carolina-based trio that embraces the early 90’s alternative boom with a sound that contains the melodic sensibilities and hard driving guitar sounds that gave that era a refreshing burst of authenticity that made it distinctive from the proceeding decade. Tonight’s all ages show gets underway at 8pm.

Mellow your mind with some stellar jams at Gritty’s during another fun night with the one and only A Band Beyond Description. Far more than just your typical Grateful Dead cover band, these fellas jam out on everything from Phish, the Allman Brothers, The Band and more. Anticipate good times, good tunes and good people starting right around 9.

Portland’s own feel-good collective Happy Folk will be bringing some jazz-rock jams to Blue tonight. Join this band of musical merrymakers for an evening of feel-good fun as things get started right around 9.

The dudes in Kilcollins will be doing it to it over at RiRa on Commercial Street this thirsty Thursday. Starting at 9 Kilcollins plans on rockin’ you with all sorts of tunes that you know in love with a handful of catchy original jams for good measure. It’s free, fun and guaranteed to be a good time, so check it out if you’re downtown this evening.

90’s cover band Ice Cold Zima will be rockin’ the night away at Brian Boru. Travel back to a time of JNCO jeans, bucket hats, and bowl cuts with some cover tunes of No Doubt, Fiona Apple, The Cardigans, 4 Non Blondes, Green Day, Lauryn Hill, Bonnie Raitt, Stone Temple Pilots, Alanis Morissette, and more as things get jumpin’ right around 10.


If you’re in Westbrook this evening be sure to check out Highway Kind: A Celebration of Townes Van Zandt at Lenny’s at Hawkes Plaza. Starting at 7pm take in songs by the late, great Texas songwriter Townes van Zandt and his contemporaries performed by the Seth Warner Trio featuring Seth Warner, Mike Derosier and Duane Edwards.


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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