Yeah, yeah, I know. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I have never, ever been happier to see Friday arrive. This week felt like a kick to the head and I’m ready to let my freak flag fly and take in some live tuneage over the next couple of days. Let’s start with tonight as this Friday is gearing up to be one helluva party. Here we go!
The Big Easy in Portland is gearing up for a full afternoon, evening, and night of the best ska around as they welcome the Mash It Up Ska Fest to the stage for two back-to-back shows this Friday. Both shows will feature performances by Bim Skala Bim, The Beat Horizon, El Grande, Pecan Sandies, The Skastitutes and Sonic Libido as well as DJ Jr. Jive spinning tunes between sets. This afternoon’s all ages show gets underway at 3pm, followed by a 21+ party at 9.
A truly terrific evening of the best Americana, folk, rock, and indie jams around will be taking over Three Tides in Belfast this evening for their Harborfest Launch Party. Starting at 5 o’clock, you can check out this all ages event that’ll feature the pleasing sounds of The Toughcats, The Ghost of Paul Revere, When Particles Collide, and Whale Oil.
Another Nashville-style Songwriters in the Round event will be taking place at the wonderful Blue on Congress Street in Portland this finally Friday evening. Tonight they welcome three terrific songwriters to the circle for a set of tunes and tales that’ll get underway right around 6. Anticipate great songs from great writers such as Shanna Underwood, Scott Link, formerly of Diesel Doug and the Long Haul Truckers, and one of the hardest working rockabilly frontmen around, Sean Mencher.
If you’re up in Auburn this evening and looking to have your skull rattled a bit then check out some live, local, and loud metal at Club Texas tonight. Starting at 7 you can check out sets from Project1313, Forward Momentum Prophecy, Flothru, Seize the Vatican, Ascent to Power and Candy Striper Death Orgy.
If you’re looking for something a little less metal and more on the rock n’ roll side of things this evening then head down to Bayside Bowl in Portland where a handful of acts will be doing it to it this evening. Beginning at 7 o’clock you can check out tunes from local acts Where’s My Friend, Death Rattle, An Anderson, and Family Planning as well as Boston’s New England Patriots (nope, not what you think, just a really clever band name).
Spend this summer evening jamming out with Band Beyond Description out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street. If this sounds like your Dead Head dream come true, then mosey on over to the spot right around 7 o’clock.
98.9 WCLZ and Baxter Brewing present Anna Lombard’s album release party for her debut solo album, Head Full of Bells at Port City Music Hall in Portland tonight. Anna is no stranger to the Portland music scene having spent time with Gypsy Tailwind and most recently anna & the diggs, but for the first time she ventures forth on her own with powerful performances full of intense, emotive lyrics as well as soaring, full-range vocals. Anna’s band for the evening features a talented cast of local musicians such as Jon Roods, Trent Gay, Sean Morin, Eric Bettencourt and Sara Hallie Richardson. Local soul singer Lyle Divinsky opens the show with a set of tunes starting at 8 o’clock.
Check out some soulful R&B classics and originals from local act The Bridgewalkers down at Seasons Grille in Portland this finally Friday. This talented group will be providing the soundtrack to keep your night swinging starting right around 8 o’clock.
If you’re looking for some good times and good laughs this Friday, then go ahead and bust a gut with some of Portland’s most comical people at Local Laughs over at The Asylum in Portland. Tonight get your funny bone tickled by Tim Hoffman, Mark Turcotte, Luke Hanbury, Mike Johnson, and Rachel Gendron, as things get started (for free!) right around 8.
Female Performer of the Year in the New England Music Awards, Sarah Blacker, returns to Portland tonight with a show at One Longfellow Square to commemorate the release of her latest album, Precious Little Things. Hailed for innovative songwriting and inviting vocals, Sarah is definitely a unique songstress to keep on your radar. Local siren Emilia Dahlin and the soulful Connor Garvey will kick things off with opening sets that get underway right around 8 this evening.
The Hive in Kennebunk’s Bluegrass Series continues this week with a performance from Erica Brown. Erica’s talent for combining the precisions of classical music with the spontaneity of country and bluegrass fiddle has made her a crowd favorite. Check her out as she gets things going starting at 8 o’clock.
The Oak and The Ax on Main Street in Biddeford welcomes the phenomenal one-man band known as Lonesome Leash to their stage this evening. Walt of Lonesome Leash combines accordion, trumpet and drums to create fun and unique songs that are sure to intrigue and please your earholes. Hersey State will start things off with a set of songs starting at 8 o’clock.
Seth Gooby, my pal with crazy talent and an uncanny pop sensibility, will playing a solo show down at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, NH this evening. If you’re in the seacoast area be sure to check him out starting at 8.
43 North of ready to rock your Friday night with some modern country tunes tinged with just a little bit of classic rock down at Zackery’s on Riverside Street in Portland. This free show gets underway right around 8:30 this evening.
Seasoned pop-rockers the Pete Kilpatrick Band will be bringing their live act to the Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor tonight. The show starts at 9, so if you’re in the area, swing through, hang out and let Pete and the fellas serenade you with some sweet sounds for a bit.
The fellas of North of Nashville head up to Rangeley this evening for gig over at Moose Alley. Starting at 9 o’clock the duo will be providing catchy originals as well as toe-tapping covers of all of the best country twang your little heart could desire.
If you’re south of the border tonight and in the market for some straight up rock n’ roll then might I suggest Kraken’s Beard, Murcielago and Planeside down at the Dover Brickhouse in Dover, NH. These fellas are going to be bringing the Friday night thunder starting at 9 o’clock.
Y’all are gonna hate me for continuously saying this, but our summer evenings to be spend out on a deck drinking cold beers and enjoying some tunes are numbered. Hang on to these moments down at The Pier Patio Pub in Old Orchard with some live, hip-hop courtesy of JB5. These cats will be bringing the Friday night thunder to the pier starting at 9 o’clock.
If you’re looking to get down to 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 is absolutely free of charge, so check it out.
Travis James Humphrey and the Retro Rockets will be packing ‘em in down at Gingko Blue on Fore Street in Portland tonight. Starting at 9, Travis Humphrey leads this blues and swing 3-pack through classics and originals.
Get ready to shake it on down over at Slainte Wine Bar & Lounge on Preble Street in Portland where DJs Marieke Vi and Tremendous Cream will be spinning all the best soul, garage, and pop jams for you to bust a move to. Tonight’s dance party is absolutely free and gets underway right around 9 o’clock.
Double doses of fun at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port this evening where downstairs you can take in some acoustic pop gems from Jacob McCurdy and upstairs you can get electric with the pop-rockers of Kilcollins. Both acts will start doing their things, cover-free, beginning at 9:30.
Feature Image of The Nunz courtesy of Justin Levesque