Saturday April 19th 2014

Newz by The Nunz

Making the most of out Monday

By: Holly Nunan

It’s Monday and I’ve already got Friday on my mind so I truly think it’s best if we just choose to disregard the fact that it is and has been Monday and just move on into a more fun, upbeat direction known as Monday night.  Tonight has plenty of fun things to do to help you blow those Monday blues away, so suck it up and get ‘er doing this evening.

There’ll be some free bluegrass downstairs 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.

Upstairs, Empire Dine and Dance welcomes the Biggest Tour Ever, which is a comedy show sponsored by The Parlor Live Comedy Club featuring 50 shows in 50 states, all in 50 days.  Morgan Preston, Andrew Ouellette and Kristine Levine have been working towards the World Record of the biggest tour in the shortest amount of time and tonight they bring the funny to the stage of The Empire.  These laugh masters have worked on everything from Portlandia to Funny or Die, so anticipate some bellyaches from laughing too much tonight.  Things get started right around 8 o’clock.

Mondays mean another weekly jam session known as The Players Ball over at The Big Easy in Portland.  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.

If you’re looking for some classic Cuban music to boogie down to this Monday evening then get your can up to Slates in Hallowell to dance the night away as Primo Cubano celebrates the release of their first album Bajo Oriente.  Primo Cubano is ready to bring their tunes to life and make you dance your Monday blues away starting at 8 o’clock.

 

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