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Holly Nunan

More commonly known as "The Nunz," Holly Nunan is a musician from Portland with an unabashed love for the city and its thriving music scene. She can be found around town at local shows, performing with any variety of local acts or talking about local shows on WCSH6 on Friday mornings at 6:20 am. She's also hosts Music from 207, which airs on 98.9 WCLZ on Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 7-8 pm. Holly loves a good taco, George Harrison, and stupid cat videos. Reach her at nunan.holly@gmail.com On Facebook: NewzByTheNunz Follow her: @hollynunan

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Posted: January 16, 2015

Check out Forget, Forget, Jake McKelvie & The Countertops, Able Thought & Velvet Noise at Empire tonight

Written by: Holly Nunan

Heck yes! Just one final push and we’re on to the freakin’ weekend, babies, and I don’t know about you, but I’m about to have me some fun! Things kick off with a mighty big bang this Friday evening so make sure you’ve properly stretched, taken your vitamins, and pressed those Party Pants because it’s high time that we let the good times roll. Here we go!

Shanna Underwood hosts another Songwriters in the Round event at Blue on Congress Street in Portland this Friday. Starting at 6 she’ll be joined by a couple of local singer-songwriters to play play some original tunes, tell stories about their songs, and improvise with each other during this free, all-ages show.

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Merrill Auditorium in downtown Portland is host to this year’s Annual Music & Gospel Concert to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This family-friendly performance will feature freedom, roots, and gospel music with performances by local award-winning singer-songwriter Samuel James and the Green Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. The event will begin with an opening performance by the King Middle School choir and ensemble starting at 7pm and then evening will draw to a close with a song featuring all of the concert’s performers. This is truly a wonderful musical event not to be missed so be sure to check it out if you’re in Portland early this Friday evening.

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Another chance to check out some great local talent in Westbrook happens once again tonight over at the Skybox Bar & Grille as they present an all acoustic showcase featuring performances from Dan, Williams, Esteba Vox, Ripple effect and more.  Tonight’s event gets underway at 7 and will feature an open jam beginning at midnight.

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Cayden’s Call will be rockin’ Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street with some rock, blues and pop songs starting right around 7pm. These talented fellas will be playing loads of cover tunes by artists like Bruno Mars, Eagles, Tom Petty, Sugar Ray, Fastball, Clapton, JJ Cale, John Hiatt, Tal Bachman, Santana and more during this free, all-ages event.

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The Local Buzz in Cape Elizabeth welcomes the Ocean Sol Jazz Quintet for an evening of live jazz featuring some of the areas best players. This all ages performance begins at 7:30pm.

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LQH brings their melting pot of sounds to the stage of the Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street in Portland once again this Friday for a free show that’ll showcase some soul, jazz, funk and rock tunes starting at 8 o’clock.

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Tonight at Elements on Main Street in Biddeford, koin Michael Beling, Julia Hillman-Forbush, Gary Gemmiti, Rafael Keilt-Freyre and Kyle Hardy at for a night of music featuring Chick Corea’s 1973 album “Light as a Feather”. This free, all-ages event gets underway at 8pm.

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Local cover act, Magic Bus is ready to take you on a tour through the timeless music of The Who as they cover the hits, b-sides, and other obscurities throughout The Who’s discography during a live performance at the Gaslight Theater in Hallowell. Tonight’s rock n’ roll journey gets started at 8 o’clock.

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After you hit the slopes of Lost Valley in Auburn be sure to stick around for tonight’s show featuring local act Zombie Beach. Starting at 8 Zombie Beach will be delivering some quirky, cool surf-rock and psychobilly during a free, all ages show.

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Tonight you can catch Chapel Hill, North Carolina based string band Mipso live on the stage of One Longfellow Square as the act brings their folky Americana tunes to life during a headlining set. Things will kick off at 8 o’clock with the folk, blues, Americana and pop sounds of Brooklyn singer-songwriter Dan Mills.

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Check out some party tunes at RJ’s in South Portland with Captain Ray and the Castaways as the band keeps you dancing all night long with some classic rock and roll. This free Friday night shindig gets started up at 8 o’clock.

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If you’re in Westbrook tonight, make some moves to The Frog and Turtle on Main Street as local act Downeast Soul Coalition will be bringing the boogie with a show full of solid soul music. Things get underway at this free shindig right around 8 o’clock.

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If you’re getting your Friday on south of Portland tonight, don’t miss a fun night with local pop rockers Sparks the Rescue as they bring the party to The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach starting right around 8:30.

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Get down to some Drum & Bass at Flask Lounge in Portland tonight as The Digital Mercenaries along with DJ Goodtymez, DJ Coastal, Nocturnal and The Psychologist serve up some sounds that are guaranteed to make you shake your groove thing. This free rager gets going at 9pm.

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Geno’s Rock Club on Congress Street in Portland goes acoustic tonight for a fun show featuring some lively punk rock acts. Starting at 9 o’clock take in the Acoustic Apocalypse featuring the sounds of Scotty Saints, Patrick Simas and Kyle Carnage.

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If you’re getting after it up in Harrison tonight, swing by The Olde Mill Tavern right around 9 as local singer-songwriter Jordan Kaulback performs a free show.

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Fire up your Friday with some indie pop-rock as Empire in Portland welcomes Forget, Forget, Jake McKelvie & The Countertops, Able Thought and Velvet Noise to the stage for a night filled with terrific tuneage. Things get underway upstairs right around 9:30pm.

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There are not one, but two great live music events to check out tonight over at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port. Downstairs you can take in the folk pop-rock stylings of local singer-songwriter Jacob McCurdy and upstairs party the night away with local pop-rockers Kilcollins. Lots of good times to be had all over the place as things get started at 9:30.

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Things are gonna get funky at Brian Boru in the Old Port tonight as Shut Down Brown keeps you dancing all night long with their blends of progressive-rock, funk, and soul. Things pop off at tonight’s free dance party starting at 9:30.

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Sam Shain and The Scolded Dogs will be live at Mainely Brews in Waterville as they bring their instant party mix of original jams as well as classic covers of such acts like Parliament, Johnny Cash, Snoop Dog and more to the stage for a show that gets rollin’ right around 9:30pm.

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Make the most of your Friday night with some awesome Americana, folk and pop-rock tunes as Gunther Brown takes to the stage of Blue on Congress Street in Portland for a free show that starts up right around 10 o’clock.

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