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.