Take in some tunes from Fellow Celebrants, The Restless Atlantic & Pretty Sad at Portland House of Music tonight


One more day until the freakin’ weekend, babies. We’ve basically got this in the bag and it doesn’t hurt that this Thursday evening is guaranteed to be a good time. Kick things into high gear and check out all the cool stuff that’s happening all around town and beyond tonight including Happy Hour with Renee Coolbrith & Kris Rodgers at Portland House of Music, The Shakes at Portland Lobster Company, Mark Erelli at St. Lawrence Arts, Possessed by Paul James & Max Garcia Conover at One Longfellow Square, Crimewave at Bull Feeney’s, Eric Bettencourt & Giraffe Attack at Amigos, port City Saints, Saturns Return, Some Kind of Nightmare & Last One Alive at Live at 212 and much more!


If you’re out and about Auburn tonight swing on over to Gritty’s where Mitch Alden will be performing. Mitch Aldren is the creative force behind alternative rock band, Now is Now, so stop by and check out his solo set, which starts right around 8pm.

Join local musician Chad Porter for some fun times and tunes as he gets your Thursday evening started up with a free show at the Fire House Grill. Expect to hear some great covers of Ray Lamontagne, Ceelo Green, Blake Shelton and more, as well as some of Porter’s catchy originals as he begins playing right around 8.


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.


Take in some free, early afternoon music over at the Portland Lobster Company as Ryan Halliburton and The Still, with special guest Dan Boyden on drums, return to the deck this afternoon with some pop-rock sounds that are guaranteed to please as this all ages event gets started up at 12:30pm.

Local chanteuse Renee Coolbrith joins forces with local piano man Kris “Fingers” Rodgers for a free happy hour set at Portland House of Music and Events this afternoon. Join this talented pair as they help you wind down another work day with some terrific tunes as things get underway right around 4pm.

The Shakes, a 7-piece funk, rock and reggae collective from Hallowell that features some of the scene’s most fun and funky players, will be performing live out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company tonight. This free all ages show starts up right around 6:30pm.

St. Lawrence Arts on Munjoy Hill hosts Americana singer-songwriter Mark Erelli this evening. Check out this critically acclaimed musician in one of the most lovely spots in Portland as things start up around 7pm.

Salvage BBQ welcomes back Portland piano man Mike Maurice to their lounge-area for a Thursday evening of funk, soul and jazz jams. Join Mike and imbibe in some delicious BBQ as things get underway at 7.

Maine’s own professional Klezmer band, The Casco Bay Tummlers are back at Blue tonight for some Traditional Eastern European Jewish music. Things get started at 7 o’clock.

Check out a mix of Americana, blues, folk, bluegrass and rockabilly from Maine musician Jim Gallant as he returns to Andy’s for another free all ages show starting at 7 tonight.

Portland House of Music is the place to be for some seriously awesome local alt-rock and indie tunes tonight. Beginning at 9pm take in some stellar sets from Fellow Celebrants, The Restless Atlantic and Pretty Sad.

Possessed by Paul James brings his one-man folk, punk and Americana inspired show to the stage of One Longfellow Square tonight. Things start up at 8 with an opening set from local folk troubadour Max Garcia Conover.

EDIT: Unfortunately I just heard from the venue that this show has been CANCELED. Sting’s daughter Eliot Sumner comes to town tonight for a show at Port City Music Hall. Don’t be fooled by her obvious ties to a super famous father, Sumner crafts her own unique electro-pop and synth-rock that is both at once danceable and brooding. Check her out for yourself as tonight’s 18+ show starts off with an opening set from indie rock band Cheerleader.

Local pop-rock and rollers of the ass kicking cover band (yes, I used the phrase ‘ass kicking cover band’ and meant it), Kilcollins will be doing their thing tonight over at RiRa in Portland.  Rocking and/or rolling gets going right around 9 tonight.

Local indie rock act Waco Sparkler celebrates the release of a new EP title Birdhouse tonight with a show upstairs at Empire. Things get underway at 9 and will feature sets not only from WS, but also Bent Knee, Cool Tara and Moonrocks, so be sure to swing through and check it out.

Alternative folk band Northwood are back at Blue on Congress Street for a night of foot-stomping music that will begin at 9pm.

Full throttle into your Thursday night with a free show out on the Oasis patio with The Dapper Gents. These fellas will be getting things rollin’ right around 9 with their fun blend of folk, pop and rock. Tonight’s gig is guaranteed to be a good time, so grab some pals and have some fun this Thursday evening.

Bust out some sweet dance moves and your favorite hula hoop and get ready to mellow your mind at Gritty’s in the Old Port with the one and only Band Beyond Description. Far more than just your typical Grateful Dead cover band, these fellas will jam out accordingly on everything from the Allman Brothers, Phish, The Band and much more. Anticipate good times, good tunes, and good peeps starting at 9.

If you’re looking to get down to some awesome alternative hip-hop tonight then head out to Bull Feeney’s where Crimewave will be throwing down some Thursday night thunder starting at 9:30.

Eric Bettencourt is back in town for the summer and tonight he joins his bandmates of Giraffe Attack for a night of fun out of the patio of Amigos. I anticipate lots of good times and good jams as this free show starts up at 9:30pm.


The Run of the Mill welcomes local musician Pat Foley for some acoustic country-rock. If you’re in the area this evening be sure to stop into this all-ages, free show as the music starts at 8.


Don’t miss a loud, awesome, and high-energy rock and metal show happening at Live at 212 in Westbrook as they welcome Port City Saints, Saturns Return, Some Kind of Nightmare and Last Ones Alive to the stage for a free show that gets thundering around 8pm.

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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