No offense to any of you wonderful humans who celebrate birthdays or other milestone occasions during the month of February, but I am absolutely ready to tell this never-ending month to pound sand. If you’re ready to send February packing by treating yourself to some stellar tuneage then be sure to check out shows like Del McCoury, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn at the Collins Center for the Arts, Open Mic with Michael Krapovicky at Pedro O’Hara’s, The Longfellows at Portland House of Music, Peter Heimlich at Andy’s Old Port Pub and more!
Some seasoned veterans of the blues get ready to bring the house down with a party at Slates Restaurant in Hallowell. That’s right, the mighty Blues Prophets will be bringing a set of blazing tunes to the stage this evening. These fellas have been playing on stages since 1976 and have even performed with the likes of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Johnson and more. So if you’re looking to blow those Monday blues away with some actual blues tunes, then I’d suggest making your way to Slates right around 8 o’clock tonight.
Local pop-rock singer-songwriter Michael Krapovicky returns to his post as host with the most for another Open Mic event at Pedro O’Hara’s. Beginning at 6:30pm all musicians are welcome to sign up and perform some tunes in front of an audience of peers and music-lovers alike.
Three bluegrass legends are joining forces tonight for a once in a lifetime Leap Day concert up at the Collins Center for the Arts. Bluegrass pioneer Del McCoury and his band join sixteen-time Grammy Award-winner Béla Fleck and critically acclaimed Abigail Washburn for an evening of high-energy, unforgettable bluegrass music that’ll get started up at 7 o’clock.
Decompression Chamber Music is an informal, entertaining introduction to small ensemble chamber music and is offered as a rush hour concert to allow people to catch an hour of music to decompress from their day. Tonight the act intends to bring to the life the music of Brahms, Haydn and Monti on stage at One Longfellow Square beginning at 6pm.
Andy’s Old Port Pub welcomes back singer-songwriter Peter Heimlich for an evening of songs and stories. Join Peter for a Monday of musical revelry as things get underway during this free, all-ages show at 7.
Make your way down to Otto’s lower Congress Street location and dispel any bad Monday vibes with some bluegrass and pizza. Local bluegrass musician Joe Walsh will be joined by a few of his friends for a Monday evening chock full of musical merriment Tap your toes and have some fun as this free show starts up at 8:30pm.
Another funky Monday makes itself known at Portland House of Music and Events tonight as The Longfellows return for some serious fun. The band, which is a collection of some of Portland’s funkiest players including members of Model Airplane, Jaw Gems, The Fogcutters, Micromasse Connor Garvey Band, and more, will be bringing the fun and funk to the stage as things get kickin’ right around 9.
Even more Open Mic action to check out tonight happens down at the Kerrymen Pub in Saco. Starting at 7:30 both solo musicians and full bands are welcome to take to the stage and do their thing in front of an audience of music lovers and peers. Tonight’s event is totally free and certain to be a lot of fun, so swing through if you’re in the southern Maine area this Monday.