Getting Down With The Sickness

Note: I don’t actually look like this. Today I am covered in snot and shame.

I have succumbed to the plague and therefore today’s post won’t be as intensive as I’d like it to be.  I’m heavily drugged and need to go back to bed. Le boo, le hoo.

Here you go! Go do something, ya dummy!

 

Johnny Venom, Mike Taylor & friends at Portland Lobster Company in Portland, 6pm

 

Saving Abel with Maine’s own Fifth Freedom at The Asylum in Portland, 9pm

 

The Mallett Brothers Band at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport for the 16th Annual Harvest Dance, 7pm

 

The Duke Robillard Band at The Big Easy in Portland, 7pm

 

The Oak and The Ax Fest featuring Big Blood, Jeffrey Lewis, Tom K, Video Nasties, The Coalsack in Crux, Hyena, Butcher Boy, Billy Carr and Drab Pony at The Oak and The Ax in Biddeford, Maine, 7pm

 

Hip Hop Night with A Frame, Ghost, Lady Blaze and Frontline at Crazy 8s in South Paris, Maine, 9pm

 

The 220s at Myrtle Street in Rockland, Maine, 9pm

 

Sunrunner, Dementive Five, Vanishing Act and Hemlok at Geno’s in Portland, 9pm

 

The Five Finger Discounts at Empire Dine and Dance in Portland, 9pm

 

Stereocom at Mainely Brews in Waterville, Maine, 9pm

 

Funk with Shutdown Brown at Bull Feeney’s in Portland, 9:30pm

 

Dark Hollow Bottling Company at Amigos in Portland, 9:30pm

 

Kilcollins at RiRa in Portland, 10pm

 

Mosart212 at Sonny’s in Portland, 10pm

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HOLY FLIP, IT’S FRIDAY.

Holy Mother of Pearl, I think I might’ve just quit life if today wasn’t Friday. I don’t know what my problem is, but this week has beaten me down into a crevasse. Yes, a crevasse. Say it a couple of times, it makes you feel sophisticated…or like Jack Black or even Jack Donaghy (again, my week has consisted of nothing but bowling, trying not to get sick and copious amounts of 30 Rock).  Anyway it is finally effing Friday and I am ready to throw all caution to the wind and have some goddamn FUN! I have earned the vodka sodas that I will be consuming this evening, so if you’re out and about tonight, and we cross paths, let’s high five like we’ve never high fived before! BOOM!

There’s a ton of stuff happening early in the evening tonight starting with the first installment of Frugal Fridays over at Empire Dine and Dance in Portland.  Beginning at 5 o’clock Portland’s own The Substitutes will be bringing you the best in old school pop and rock with everything from The Beatles to The Who to The Monkees and more, even better this evening’s early show is absolutely free.  So if you’re looking to wind down your workweek with some good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll, swing on by The Empire and check ‘em out.

If you’re looking for some good tunes to check out for free this evening then mosey on down to Seasons Bar & Grille where Doubting Gravity will be getting the party started at 7. Andi Fawcett and fellas bring you the best original pop rock tunes around, so grab a beer and shake your can this evening.

 

Over at Mayo Street Arts in Portland a full pop album will be performed and recorded over two takes this Friday and Saturday with Jimmy Do Right & the Pop Go Boom.  This is going to be an epic performance of some great tunes featuring some of Portland’s biggest players, check it out starting at 7.

The Oak and The Ax Fest kicks off this evening at 7pm and runs through Sunday evening to help raise funds for the DIY venue so that they can renew their licenses and usher in a whole new exciting phase of show-going at their venue.  Tonight they welcome brown bird, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons and The Milkman’s Union to the stage for a night of wonderfully folky songs and sounds.

 

If you’re looking to kick up your heels and maybe even do a little bowling then head over to Bayside Bowl right around 8 o’clock where mosart212 will be spinning records all night long.

 

Local Americana rockers This Way celebrate the release of their latest record The Story of Simon Pure with a release show over at Empire Dine and Dance in Portland tonight.  This Way has been hard at work over the last year to get this Story together and tonight they’re holding a musical party of epic proportions with plenty of special guests as well as opening act the Adam Ezra Group from Boston.  Shimmy on upstairs and get ready to tie one on starting at 9 o’clock.

Portland’s own Primo Cubano will be hosting a Havana Club Dance Party at SPACE Gallery in honor of the release of their first CD Bajo Oriente.  Starting at 8 o’clock you can check out some classic Cuban music and salsa dancing.

Phil Divinsky shows us all where offspring Lyle got all his soul from the evening as he and his Americana rhythm & blues outfit The ToneKings return to The Frog & Turtle in Westrbook tonight.  You can enjoy the smooth, delightful sounds of The ToneKings starting right around 8:30 at this fabulous gastro pub located right in downtown Westbrook.

It almost seems as if the Kill the Karaoke dudes are on a southern Maine tour.  All summer they held it down in OOB and tonight you can find them out in The Boonies at The Buxton Tavern in Buxton, Maine doing their live karaoke thing.  The fellas will be bringing their live band karaoke to the country alongside their host and local comedian Connor McGrath.  It’s the only karaoke that truly lets your inner rock star shine through and it all gets started right around 8:30 tonight.

Local singer/songwriter Dustin Saucier unveils his highly anticipated solo album, I Wrote a Letter over at Slainte Wine Bar & Lounge tonight.  Check out Dustin alongside opening acts Come Back Pluto and Taillons.  This evening’s show gets started up right around 9 o’clock.

If you’re looking to shake it like a salt shaker tonight, then make your way over to Flask Lounge in Portland where some of the dopest house music mixologists will be doing their thing. Starting at 9 you can check out DJ sets from bilLa, Kid Ray, Mr. Dereloid, The Psychologist and Richard Sin.

The Big Easy is the place to be tonight for one hell of an eclectic party this evening in celebration of 207 Brand’s official launch.  207 Brand was created by and for Maine artists. Found Glen Halliday’s designs and products have been seen nationally and tonight he celebrates the official launch of the brand with a musical elixir comprised of Spose, Whitcomb and Dark Hollow Bottling Company.  There’ll be a little something for everyone starting at 9 o’clock tonight.

 

If you’re looking to get and bust a move to some funky rock and roll jams that you know and love then head down to the patio at Amigos where you can check out Velourosaurus.  Starting at 9:30 these fellas will be tearing it up with selections from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Charlie Daniels, Cee Lo Green, and many, many more. It’s one of the last patio parties of the season, so get some!

High-grade reggae fusion will be cruising up to Bangor tonight as Roots, Rhythm & Dub play the Big Easy Lounge. Starting at 9 these fellas will be taking the stage to make you dance and it’s absolutely free of charge, so check it out if you’re hanging around the area this evening.

Thursday Night Throw Down!

I feel like I’ve been sitting in an incubator of sick this week, as everyone around me seems to be contracting the plague. I refuse to get down with the sickness and therefore have been taking it fairly easy, but we’ve only got one more day to until the freakin’ weekend arrives and there’s a

Holy shit, world’s are colliding two days in row!  Seriously! Last night there was a ridic rock show down in Dover, NH and tonight that rock beast makes its way north to Portland tonight where Powerman 5000 will be taking the stage of The Asylum alongside Prospect Hill, Ascent to Power, Death Rattle, Lawton and Parson’s Point. Ears start ringing at 7.

I’m hoping to hold it down as long as I can tonight so I might be able to head over to The State Theatre in Portland to catch the Tedeschi Trucks Band as they roll into town with their 11-piece ensemble of epically talented musicians who bring high-energy and uplifting tunes to the stage tonight.  Things will get cranking right around 7 with urban and country blues from opening act Scrapomatic.

The Ghost of Paul Revere will be getting things rollin’ over at Dogfish Bar & Grille right around 8.  If you’re into awesome stringed tunes, soaring voices, and foot stomping melodies, make your way to Dogfish for tonight’s free show.

Mathew’s on Free Street in Portland gets straight up rocked tonight as a few local bands take the stage to basically blow shit up through the power of their rock.  Starting at 8 you can check out sets from The Rattlesnakes, Metal Feathers, Bath Salts, The Nasty, Blacknorse, Big Mess, Ode and Fat Creeps.

If you’re looking for evening full of some old timey, roots/bluegrass music, then head over to One Longfellow in Portland where the Tricky Britches will be opening a show for Boston’s Darlingside starting at 8 o’clock.

Geno’s has a full throttle Thursday night of rock and roll for ya.  Starting at 9 you can check out sets from CT’s Folk Y’all alongside Portland’s own Danger I Reckon, Rural Ghosts, Apocryphonic and Oliver Waterman.  Anticipate hearing everything from progressive folk metal to spooky indie folk, psych/prog-rock and everything in between.

If you’re looking to shake what your momma gave ya all night long tonight then look no further than Flask Lounge on Spring Street in Portland where the Blaqdada Dance Party commences right around 9 o’clock.  Hosted by Bary Jucy and Che Ros tonight’s event will feature special guests ATOMIK, so swing on by if you’re looking to get down and shake those hips this Thirstday evening.

If you’re looking for some good tunes to check out for free this evening then mosey on down to Brian Boru in Portland where Doubting Gravity will be getting the party started at 9:30.  Andi Fawcett and fellas bring you the best original pop rock tunes around, so grab a beer and shake your can this evening.

The Big Easy‘s regular, chilled out Thursday crowd will be shuffling in right around 9 o’clock for this week’s Band Beyond Description show. What to expect: hula hoops, hippies, and good times for all with Portland’s favorite Grateful Dead cover band, who actually cover way more than just The Dead. So if you’re into mellowing your mind, get your can over to The Big Easy.

If you’re looking to do some rocking and/or rolling tonight with a side of everything from The Grateful Dead to Stevie Wonder, Charlie Daniels, The Beatles and everything in between, then you should probably scoot your pooch over to Gritty’s on Fore Street in Portland for another Thursday night with Velourosaurus.  It’s always free and always a helluva time so check ‘em out starting right around 9:30.

If you’re looking to grab a nice cocktail and take in some experimental jazz that mosey on over to Sonny’s in the Old Port this evening where the Jaw Gems will be doing their thing from 10 o’clock until closing time.  I’d definitely suggest making it down to this intimate, laid-back event.

Feature Image of The Nunz courtesy of John A. Macy Photography.

Wigging Out On Wednesday

Sweet, wonderful Wednesday, I have missed you.  I almost said I missed your scent, Wednesday, but then that would’ve taken way too long to explain and things would have gotten super awkward, but goddamn it, Wednesday, I missed your scent, your essence, I missed YOU.  All right, now that I got that out of my system, let’s rejoice in the fact that we’re one day closer to the freakin’ weekend by getting on out there and having some fun.

It might be getting a bit nippy out there, but this is sweater weather (aka sweather) so grab something long-sleeved and make your way down to Portland Lobster Company where Eric Bettencourt and company will keep you warm with some sunshiny tunes starting at 6 o’clock this evening out on the deck.  You better get in as much quality Bettencourt time as you can as this talented cat is packing his bags and heading down south to Austin, TX in November, so let’s show Eric some love before we send him off to get wicked weird down in the Lone Star State.

Local pop-rocker and front man for the ass kicking cover band (yes, I used the phrase ‘ass kicking cover band’ and meant it), Kilcollins, Ben Kilcollins will be doing his solo, acoustic thing over at RiRa in Portland tonight.  Ben will be doing it to it beginning at 8:30 so swing on by and check him out.

Wednesday nights always are guaranteed to be poppin’ off over at The Big Easy in Portland for another edition of Rap Night and tonight is certainly no exception as hosts Ill By Instinct and El Shupacabra welcome showcases from local hip-hop heavies Altered Gee and God.Damn. Chan.  Per usual there’ll be an open mic cipher to close out the evening and tonight ladies get in free – fellas it’s only 3 bones to check out some of Maine’s up and coming rap artists.  So if you’re looking for some greasy to do this Hump Day, get your ass down to The Big Easy starting at 9.

Stereocom will be bringing the funk to Flask Lounge in P-Land this evening as they play a free set starting at 9.  Stereocom will be providing the soul and funk grooves all night long to ensure your Saturday night will be full of dancing and fun.

Sooo…this is what it’s like when world’s collide.  HA!  Anyway, if you just automatically starting singing that song in your head then you’re probably aware of tonight’s bohemith rock show down in Dover Rock City, NH.  That’s right Powerman 5000 will be throwing it back to the 90s as they play a rock and roll show alongside NH’s own Supermachine and Boston’s Gozu.  Things get cranking right around 9 tonight at The Dover Brickhouse.

Rollin’ On Into Tuesday Night

I would like to state for the record that companies should never ever schedule company outings on Monday evenings.  I love all the people I work with and for dearly, but holy Hannah, a Monday night bowling adventure has had me hurting all the way into Tuesday evening.  Regardless, it was a blast and Bayside Bowl looks great after all the renovations they had done recently, but I think tonight I gotta lay this shit looow, so here’s what you all should check out for me tonight in my lame-o absence.

If you’re looking to check out some roots rock for free this evening you can head over to Champions Sports Bar in Biddeford where Travis James Humphrey will be playing a solo set tonight.  Humphrey has opened for such acts as B.B King, Ricky Scaggs and Bill Chinnock.  He’ll be doing his thing from 9 to midnight tonight.

Over at Slainte Wine Bar & LoungeDJ Ponyfarm presents another entertainment-filled evening of free karaoke.  That’s right, if you’re looking to belt it out and be your own rockstar, you can do just that starting at 9 o’clock tonight and with absolutely no cover charge.

If you’re looking to take some time out this Tuesday night and chill out to some experimental jazz that mosey on over to Local 188 on Congress Street this evening where the Jaw Gems will be doing their thing from 10 o’clock until closing time.

The Milk Carton Kids return to Portland tonight with a show over at Empire Dine and Dance.  This harmonizing, minimalist duo is back in action after having opened up the sold out Old Crow Medicine show at The State Theatre a few weeks back.  You can expect lots of acoustic guitar sounds paired with two voices harmonizing together to create a combination of back-porch Americana and classic folk.  Getting things in motion this evening will be actor-turned-singer/songwriter The Brendan Hines.  I’m not entirely sure what the The is all about, but hey, roll with it, he’s a creative type.  Things get started upstairs at The Empire right around 9 this evening.

Making It Through Another Monday

How the hell does this always happen?!  One minute it’s Friday and I am the happiest girl on the planet and the next thing I know I get smacked in the face by Monday!  Unimpressed.  Anyway, it was quite a weekend so I suppose I shouldn’t bitch about the fact that it’s time to act like a high functioning adult and get some shit done.  That does not mean, however, that there isn’t some fun stuff to check out tonight once the whole being-productive-and-getting-stuff-done portion of the day is done.  Here’s what this Monday has to offer.

There’ll be some free bluegrass over at Empire Dine and Dance in Portland where you can take in some fine, traditional bluegrass courtesy of Portland’s own bluegrass supergroup, The Stowaways, as well as participate in an open bluegrass jam session that starts downstairs right around 6.  So bring something to pick and/or pluck and get ready to jam out, The Stowaways will keep your toes tapping with a set of tunes that’ll start after the open jam right around 8pm.

The Big Easy invites one and all to their weekly jam session known as The Players Ball.  This event is for musicians and music lovers alike as you can bring your instrument and come play with other cats from around town or simply come watch some of your favorite artists do their thing on stage.  If you come to play you get in for free and if you’re just coming by to take in the spectacle of it all its only three bucks.  The Players Ball will feature a house band of Adam Frederick, Warren McPhearson, Max Cantlin, Reed Chambers as well as a slew of special guests.  Things get fun and funky beginning at 9 o’clock this evening.

 

 Free Monday action over at RiRa on Commercial Street in Portland where yet another installment of Evan Walsh aka EvGuy’s open mic series takes place.  Each and every Monday evening EvGuy hosts his own version of an adult talent show starting right around 8 o’clock.  Instruments are provided and if you can’t actually play one, EvGuy will be more than happy to bang out a manageable version of a song for you to sing along to.

 

If you’re down in the Portsmouth area this Monday evening, be sure to check out tonight’s show at The Red Door as three talented dudes take to the stage with their soulful songs.  Beginning at 8 o’clock you can check out sets from Portland’s own Eric Bettencourt and Zach Jones as well as Philly’s Kwesi Kankam.  Expect to hear everything from throwback soul to folky pop, R&B, Americana and everything in between from this talented trio of performers.

Supremely Saturday

Even though I am very excited to be participating in a top-secret, super mission to bring joy and entertainment to the masses today, I will admit that I am quite bummed to not be in Portland today as there is a crap ton of awesome shows taking place all day long in celebration of the Playing For Change ~ Playing For Maine foundation.  Today all across the globe, fans and musicians come together to create peace through music and bring attention to music education for young people. Tonight Portland becomes a supernova of awesome with shows lined up all around town thanks in part to the Maine Academy of Modern Music.

Things kick off at The Asylum in Portland where the debut of the video for “Be In Love” will take place at 5 o’clock.  Musicians from all around Maine as well as a staff of super talented filmmakers from across the state came together to perform Dominic and The Lucid’s iconic song in the same vein that Playing For Change is known for.  Following the video debut, Katy Gaga will take the stage for the first of two performances this evening.  Also on deck to sing some songs and make your earholes happy are Dominic and The Lucid, The Veayo Twins, Beware of Pedestrians and Emergency Sirens.

Portland’s favorite Grateful Dead cover band, Band Beyond Description, who actually cover way more than just The Dead, gets in on the Playing For Change action this evening. So if you’re into mellowing your mind, get your can over to Portland Lobster Company right around 6 o’clock tonight.

Indie Americana band The Toughcats joins forces with the unique prog-rock act known as The 220s over at the Rockport Lobster House in Rockport for an awesome dance party to benefit the Teen Center in Camden.  Things get cranking at 7pm for this great cause.

I want to cry 99 tears at the fact that I’m missing a few of my most favorite acts this evening including a bill made in soul heaven featuring the Kenya Hall Band and Zach Jones at The Big Easy.  If you have any sense about you, you will get your ass down to The Big Easy promptly at 9pm and let these cats soothe your soulholes like they ain’t never been soothed before. I mean it, GO.

Another show I am thoroughly pissed off about not seeing (sorry, I have a lot of rage about missing good music) is taking place upstairs at Empire Dine and Dance in Portland this evening. Tonight Portland rockers Holy Boys Danger Club returns to the stage after a year plus absence.  The fellas are bringing along their equally rocking counterparts The Class Machine and Murcielago. Eat your Wheaties, do your stretches and get your ass to The Empire to have your face melted off beginning at 9 o’clock.

Some heartfelt singing and guitar slinging will be going down at Slainte Wine Bar & Lounge in Portland tonight for Playing For Change as well. This evening local indie folk rockers Builder of the House and Yes We Kin team up for a show that is sure to please. Things get started right around 9.

If you’re looking to get thrashed tonight then get over to Geno’s for a night of heavy hitting hardcore featuring Cruel Hand, Rude Awakening, DNA and String Along.  The roof gets blown off starting at 9.

If you’re looking to kick back with a beverage and take in the scenes of the Old Port on a Saturday night then head over to Sonny’s right around 10 o’clock where mosart212 will be spinning records all night long.

Velourosaurus will be bringing the party all the way up to Rangeley, Maine this evening as they play at Moose Alley. Moose Alley is a one-of-a-kind venue up in Rangeley that not only features a bowling alley and live music, but there’s an indoor fire pit as well; it’s pretty badass. Velourosaurus will be providing the soundtrack for a party this evening with their rock/funk/jam explosion starting at 8.

Holy Mother Of Pearl! It’s FINALLY Friday!

I don’t know if it’s the change in temperature or the fact that daylight seems to be escaping me everyday, or what the hell it is, but somehow Fall is making these weeks seem so much longer.  I mentioned Monday that I knew I was in trouble as I was already daydreaming about the weekend and that definitely didn’t help my case, but alas, the weekend is neigh and I intend on making the most out of every single minute. Granted I will be out of town on a top-secret mission to bring entertainment to the masses, but I will still be taking it all in and I suggest you all do the same.  There’s a lot of great music headed our way so do your earholes a favorable service and get the eff out there!

If you’re Bangor this evening make sure to make a pit stop at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University where local radio station WHSN presents the 2012 Acoustic Showcase to Benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  I know it sounds like a mouth full, but trust me it’s for a great cause as all of the proceeds for tonight’s show will go directly to the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Beginning at 7:30 you can enjoy sets by A Loss For Words, Beyond Goodbye and Worried Well.  Tickets are $10 a piece and again, help a terrific cause.

Also happening in Bangor this evening will be a little acoustic music, positive vibes, and crunchy jams over at the Nocturnem Draft Haus where Mellow Endeavor will be rockin’ things out this evening starting at 8.

 

Some very talented cats in the form of LQH (that’s Chas Lester, Tyler Quist and Evan Haines) take over Dogfish Bar and Grill on Free Street in Portland this evening.  They bring their melting pot of sound that includes everything from soul to jazz to funk to rock to the Dogfish stage beginning at 8:30 tonight.  Head on over and check ‘em out.

If you’re looking to get a little weird this evening then head over to Empire Dine and Dance in Portland where Miami’s Sounduo will be playing alongside Maine’s own Cyborg Trio. Sounduo is described as a post-dub, audio/visual live performance project that features rhythmic hip-hop grooves, old school samples, soulful vocals and live instruments paired with heavy snyth to create ambient soundscapes.  The Cyborg Trio is an innovative act from right here in Maine known for their dynamic psychedelic improvisation and carefully crafted beats. Check it out beginning upstairs at 9.

 If you’re looking to shake your can to everything from Coolio to TLC to Lit, Harvey Danger, Boyz II Men and many more then get down to the basement of The Asylum tonight where DJ Rob of WCYY will be throwing it back to the 90s all night long.  Booty shaking gets started right around 9 o’clock.

Over at The Big Easy tonight funk and soul wonders Sly Chi welcome their newest band member to the stage tonight.  This evening marks the official debut of local siren Andi Fawcett as a member of this long-standing funk/soul/R&B act.  I am absolutely certain that these guys (and lady) are planning to bring the thunder so make sure your Party Pants are firmly in place as you get on down this evening starting at 9 o’clock.

If you’re looking to check out a little Drum & Bass action this evening then mosey on down to Flask Lounge in Portland where The Digital Mercenaries will be delivering sounds that are sure to make you shake your hips all night long.  Tonight’s event starts at 9 o’clock and will feature sets from Professor Trouble, Eluside and Ikon, and as always it’s free, so check it out.

Portland garage rockers The Coalsack in Crux are dropping their first record ever at Geno’s tonight.  These guys had a brilliant idea of ordering 1GB memory drives for their fans to purchase which will allow the listens to hear not only the studio recording, but also all sorts of demos and extra tracks.  Super cool.  Fellow Portland rock legends Johnny Cremains and noise pop act Haru Bangs join The Coalsack in Crux for what is certain to be a night of music people won’t soon forget.  Things kick off around 9 tonight.

 

If you’re south of the Land of Ports  (Fancy talk for Portland. I’m so cool…) this evening and find yourself in the Dover, NH area make sure to check out another great night of tuneage at Fury’s Publick House with Roots, Rhythm & Dub.  Tonight this high-reggae fusion band ups the ante with special guests The Running Gags from Portland for a night of not only reggae, but party-faring rock and roll as well. Things get cranking right around 8:30 tonight.

Also down in Dover Rock City tonight is a triple-header of rock n’ roll at The Dover Brickhouse.  Taking the stage to shake things up will be Supermachine, Waylon Speed and Heart Shaped Rock.  If you’re looking to whip your hair back and forth to some high-energy, high-quality RnR then make your way on over to the Brickhouse right around 9 o’clock tonight.

 

Feature Image of The Nunz courtesy of Arlyn Vaughan Photography.

What up, Thursday?! Let’s Do This Thing!

Oh how I have missed you so, Thursday.  I promise not to let you down this week, as I do not have to wake up at the ass crack of dawn to deliver the Newz to the masses on Channel 6 tomorrow morning.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore hanging out with Lee Nelson and talking shop, but it definitely hinders my ability to get out and Thursday properly.  I am going to put aside the fact that I am what the French would refer to as le tired and hike up my Party Pants as there are only two days left of summer and I gotta squeeze as much juice outta this bitch as I can. Who’s with me?! Let’s do this thing!

If you’re hanging in Westbrook this evening swing by The Frog & Turtle where local musician David Jacquet does his acoustic duo thing this evening.  Beginning at 6 o’clock, David will be playing some acoustic jams alongside his Uke n’ Smile bandmate, Keith Kitchin. It’s a free gig , there’s terrific food, and boozy drinks, so check it out if you’re in the area this evening.

Pinecone + Chickadee not only have great stuff for your person and your home, but tonight they also have a great show for you as they present a terrific evening of acoustic indie rock.  Beginning at 7 you can take in a special acoustic set from Toronto-based indie rockers The Box Tiger as well as singer/songwriter Jason Anderson.  It’s a free, all ages show, so check it out if you’re bopping around early this evening.

An evening of electro-pop goodness invades the stage at Port City Music Hall tonight.  The Canadians must be in full force this evening in Portland as tonight Quebec’s melodic pop rockers Stars will share a bill with Diamond Rings. Fun and dancing gets going right around 8 o’clock.

Local indie Americana band The Toughcats just released their latest record, Woodenball, and bring their celebrations down south this evening at The Oak & The Ax in Biddeford.  Starting things off this evening will be Audrey Ryan and Great Elk.  Tonight’s show starts at 8.

Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter makes a stop in Portland tonight over at SPACE Gallery on Congress Street. Holter is known for her atmospheric pieces that pair precise arrangements alongside perfectly crafted experimental pop. Opening tonight’s show are digital folk music masters Hundred Waters.  Tonight’s show is 18+ and gets underway right around 8:30.

Portland’s resident psychedelic rocker Jeff Beam invites one an all to Empire Dine and Dance to get a little trippy with him this evening as he hold a Flaming Lips Experimental Listening Party. Back in 1997, The Flaming Lips released an experimental album called “Zaireeka” that pissed a lot of people off because it was a 4-disc album that required you to play all for discs at once.  Well Jeff and The Empire have hooked it up and bring you the full experience of the album this evening.  Opening tonight’s festivities will be Jaw Gems’ Ahmad Hassan Muhammad.  Things get weird starting at 9 o’clock.

The Big Easy‘s regular, chilled out Thursday crowd will be shuffling in right around 9 o’clock for this week’s Band Beyond Description show. What to expect: hula hoops, hippies, and good times for all with Portland’s favorite Grateful Dead cover band, who actually cover way more than just The Dead. So if you’re into mellowing your mind, get your can over to The Big Easy.

If you’re looking to do some rocking and/or rolling tonight with a side of everything from The Grateful Dead to Stevie Wonder, Charlie Daniels, The Beatles and everything in between, then you should probably scoot your pooch over to Gritty’s on Fore Street in Portland for another Thursday night with Velourosaurus.  It’s always free and always a helluva time so check ‘em out starting right around 9:30.

Feeling a little more nostalgic for bands such as Sublime, Blink 182 and even say Chumbawumba? Then head on over to Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port where 90s cover band Hello Newman will be getting the party started right around 9:30.


If you’re looking to grab a nice cocktail and take in some experimental jazz that mosey on over to Sonny’s in the Old Port this evening where the Jaw Gems will be doing their thing from 10 o’clock until closing time.  I’d definitely suggest making it down to this intimate, laid-back event.

Doin’ It To It!

Happy Hump Day!!! I hope none of you blew away during Tuesday’s tumultuously windy weather.  It was a wicked one out there last night, bub.  Anyway, we’re inching our way, slowly, but surely, to another weekend, so let’s take some time to celebrate this milestone by getting out there and raging this Wednesday evening.  Here’s what the haps are all around town tonight. Do it to it.

It might be getting a bit nippy out there, but this is sweater weather (aka sweather) so grab something long-sleeved and make your way down to Portland Lobster Company where Eric Bettencourt and company will keep you warm with some sunshiny tunes starting at 6 o’clock this evening out on the deck.

Doubting Gravity’s frontwoman, Andi Fawcett goes solo this evening with a set of tunes over at Profenno’s in Westbrook.  Andi will be playing some acoustic songs for you to bob your head to starting right around 8 o’clock.  This should be a nice warm up for Andi’s debut with the one and only Sly Chi later this week over at The Big Easy.

Rap Night brings the thunder once again to your Wednesday evening with another kick ass hip-hop show over at The Big Easy in Portland. Tonight the 2 High crew, which is Wisdom and Inspektah Keck, takes the stage alongside Northern Lights and Click North.  As always there’ll be an open mic cipher to close out the evening with your hosts Ill By Instinct and El Shupacabra.  Rap Night is free for the ladies and only three bones for the fellas, so check it out if you’re out and about and looking to get your swag on.

And if you’re lucky enough to have tickets to tonight’s show at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield this evening, then hats off to you as I would probably sell my cat to science to be able to see Steve fuckin’ Earle, but alas, something’s don’t work out and you just have to listen to Copperhead Road alone, in the dark, in your studio apartment… Anyway, Earle brings his unique brand of folk-Americana-country-rock to Brownfield tonight for what’s certain to be a helluva show.  Opening the evening is Mississippi-based singer/songwriter Charlie Mars, who also knows a thing or two about rocking with a bit of twang.  Things get rolling right around 8pm.

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