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This week I feel like we are all solid, shining examples of doing it to it as we found ourselves successfully hurdling the hump known as Wednesday to land on our feet right into Thursday. That endeavor deserves a pat on the back, so consider this my virtual pat, pat, pat. Anyway, lots and lots and great stuff happening all around town tonight to help us ease into the freakin’ weekend, so get out there and get some, my babies! Let’s do it to it, it’s Thursday!
The return of Portland Downtown District’s Alive at 5 concert series happens this evening with two phenomenal acts taking over the stage in Monument Square for a free all ages show. Starting at 5 check out the high-energy blues and soul infused rock n’ roll sounds of Brooklyn band The London Souls alongside Portland’s own funk and soul act The Kenya Hall Band. This should be one helluva party, so get out there this evening and have some fun!
Rolling Rock Concert Series presents a night of local rock that is guaranteed to blow the doors off The Skybox Bar and Grill in Westbrook tonight. Starting at 5 o’clock and for only 5 bucks you can check out some high-energy, rock n’ roll sets from BELT, Heart Shaped Rock, Doubting Gravity, Society Inc, Mercury Landing, Builder of the House and Ukulelien.
Local psychedelic folk-rocker Dominic Lavoie and a few of his friends will be playing some tunes out on the Portland Lobster Company deck this Thursday evening starting right around 6. Enjoy some cocktails and delicious eats as you take in this free show from Dom and the fellas that’ll most likely include both cover tunes and original material.
Rocking and or rolling seems to be the theme of this Thursday as two legendary classic rock acts join forces on stage tonight up at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor. Check out some electrifying rock n’ roll from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company tonight as things get underway right around 6 with opening sets from the Dead Daisies, which features members of INXS, Guns N’ Roses, Billy Idol, Ozzy and more, as well as blues rocker Steve Rodgers (son of Bad Co. frontman Paul Rodgers). It should be a fun night out on the waterfront so don’t miss out if you’re in Central Maine this evening!
Andy’s Old Port Pub in Portland welcomes back local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett for a set of songs that will showcase his unique blend of acoustic pop and funk. Things get underway right around 7 o’clock tonight, so stop on by and check it out if you’re looking for something fun and free to do this Thursday!
Rising singer/songwriter Lauren Crosby will be bringing her blues infused folk tunes to The Daniel in Brunswick this Thursday evening. If you’re in the area and looking to check out some free, live music, make a stop in as things get underway right around 6 tonight.
I’m pretty certain I don’t need to clue you guys in on who Snoop Dogg is and what he’s all about because it’s a pretty well known fact that he is, without a doubt, The Doggfather, even despite his recent name change to Snoop Lion. All I know is that if my mum had actually heard some of his records that I was listening to in middle school (and beyond) they probably would’ve been confiscated pretty quickly. All that aside, Snoop returns to Portland for a live show at The Expo tonight alongside local emcees Cam Groves and B. Aull. Sip on some gin and juice and get laid back as things get underway right around 6:30 this Thursday evening.
Pretty Girls Sing Soprano will be taking the stage of Local Sprouts on Congress Street in Portland once again as they fill the venue/eatery with some beautiful sounds with a set that gets underway right around 7 this evening. If you’re hanging around downtown stop by and enjoy some of the Girls’ tight, clever and original harmonies during this free, all ages show.
Local jazz act Standard Issue celebrates three years as a band together with a big ol’ bang as they play their first live performance at Westbrook’s Frog and Turtle this Thursday evening. Starting at 7 enjoy some classic tunes from the Great American Songbook all while enjoying some delicious food and beverages at this free, all ages show.
Don’t miss out on tonight’s open mic event happening at the newly relocated Meg Perry Center on Market Street in Portland. The venue welcomes any and all musicians to the stage to play during their Turnstyle Thursday event, which is totally free and gets underway right around 7. Stop in, check things out, and maybe even show off your musical skills in front of an audience if you feel so inclined this evening.
Do some good ol’ boot scootin’ down in Old Orchard Beach tonight as American Ride busts out all of your favorite country jams with a free show that gets crankin’ at Mr. Goodbars right around 7 o’clock tonight.
If you’re getting your Thursday night festivities going north of Portland then check out Sam Shain & The Scolded Dogs live at The Liberal Cup in Hallowell. These guys are ready to funk it up with some well-known covers and awesome originals as the party gets started right around 8 o’clock.
Portland’s own Rebecca Kingsley returns to town tonight for a show infused with a rich mix of jazz, R&B and Latin-Caribbean rhythms at One Longfellow Square. Join Rebecca Kingsley and some of Portland’s best musicians for an evening of live music and a sultry dose of rhythm and soul as things get underway right around 8 o’clock this Thursday evening.
The Kennebunk River Band will be swarming The Hive in Kennebunk this evening with their rich blend of acoustic folk rock. If you’re south of Portland this Thursday night be sure to check ‘em out as things get into gear right around 8 o’clock.
If you’re up in Rockland tonight, head over to The Speakeasy where local prog-rock act The 220s will be playing some songs for ya. The 220s take their influences from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Rush and more to create a sound that is truly all their own and certainly pleasing to any discerning ear. Check ‘em out starting at 8 tonight.
If you’re a fan of The Beatles then you’ll probably wanna get yourself over to The Run of The Mill in Saco this evening to check out The Beatleitos, which features such talented musicians as Scott King, Jeff King, Erik Glockler, Mark Matzell, and Bob Colwell, playing some super familiar British rock. All things fab get started right around 8 o’clock.
Throw your Thursday straight into fun mode with some serious good times this evening courtesy of folk-pop act The Dapper Gents as they play a free show at The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach. Starting at 8pm these guys will be playing some original material as well as some well-known cover tunes, so check ‘em out if you’re hanging in the OOB this evening!
Local duo Tombstone PD will be holding it down at the Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street in Portland this Thursday evening with their mix of old and new rock, cover tunes, and original jams. Tonight’s free show gets started right around 8.
South of the border this evening you can check out a fun show featuring Portland’s own Jeff Beam as he and his band pump out some psychedelic rock n’ roll alongside funky, soulful keyboardist Kafari, rockers Tommy & the Rats and singer-songwriter Jon Lessard down at The Red Door in Portsmouth, NH. Things get underway right around 9 o’clock.
Locally grown pop-punkers Sparks The Rescue will be rockin’ it out on the Pier Patio Pub in the Old Orchard Beach tonight as they perform a plethora of cover tunes and original jams for another free Thursday night party. Let the good times roll with this talented group of dudes as things get going right around 9 tonight.
Steve Jones and friends will be playing some terrific tunes as part of your Thursday night soundtrack up at The Kennebec Wharf in Hallowell. Jones seamlessly blends everything from rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll and more to create some well-crafted tunes that’ll be sure to make your feet tap and your ears happy. If you’re in the area tonight make sure to stop in as tonight’s free show gets underway at 9 o’clock.
Holy Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus, there’s gonna be so much loud, bad ass rock n’ roll happening at Port City Music Hall on Congress Street in Portland tonight that my head and heart may explode from sheer unadulterated, musical bliss! I’m going to need to do some stretches, take some vitamins, and properly hydrate before making my way down to catch this epic rock and roll double header featuring local acts Whale Oil and Murcielago. Starting at 8 get your hair blown back and your earholes properly pulverized with some of the heaviest stoner rock around courtesy of Murcielago as well as checking out some high-energy garage rockers from Whale Oil. Lots of fun to be had at this 18+ show that boasts only a $5 cover, so get there early and rock out late this Thursday evening.
Local rock n’ roll act Lord Earth is combining forces with impressively awesome DJ/producer Don Damiani and 3D visual projections artist VJ Psychologist for a party this is certain to blow the roof of Flask Lounge in Portland tonight. Things get rolling right around 9 o’clock and if you bring your ticket stub for the Murcielago/Whale Oil show at Port City Music Hall, you’ll get in fo’ free!
Things are going to get very, very loud and very, very awesome as Dinosaur Jr returns to Portland to throttle the stage of The Asylum tonight. These bombastic alternative rockers are ready to blow minds alongside local openers Ogre as things get underway right around 9 tonight.
Local pop-rockers Kilcollins will be doing their thing on stage at RiRa on Commercial Street in Portland tonight as they get the rock n’ roll party started right around 9 with a mix of original material and cover tunes. It’s a free show, so check it out if you’re downtown tonight.
Roots, Rhythm & Dub return to the Oasis patio in the Old Port for their Thursday night residency with some high-energy reggae and dub that is certain to super charge your Thursday. Tonight’s free show starts right around 9:30.
Get down on it with some of the best alt-rock tunes the 90s ever gave us with Hello Newman who’ll be throwing a party upstairs at Bull Feeney’s tonight. Grab some pals, drink some beers, and enjoy tunes from such bands as Sublime, Blink 182, the GinBlossoms, Everclear, No Doubt and even Chumbawumba (yes, I just said Chumbawumba) as the (free) party starts right around 9:30. cover band Hello Newman will be getting the party started down at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port right around 9:30 tonight.
Right across the street at Gritty’s you can check out the fellas in Vinyl Tap as they throw their own dance party covering everything from Huey Lewis, Elton John, The Beatles, Charlie Daniels and many, many more. There’s never, ever a cover charge and plenty of beer, so there’s really no excuse to not check this one out as things get started right around 10.