Wednesday April 16th 2014

Newz by The Nunz

Empire Dine & Dance declares ‘Let there be rock!’ with shows both upstairs and down tonight

By: Holly Nunan

Ah yes, Thursday, the day of the week where you know you’ve almost completely made it.  It’s a beautiful thing really and I’ve found in my time of being able to go out and enjoy adult beverages paired with live music that Thursdays generally never disappoint.  So throw all caution to the wind and get down on it this evening.

Lets start with an eclectic evening of music up in Augusta at the University of Maine at Augusta (of course) where the 2nd Annual SONIC UMA! will be taking place. Tonight UMA’s Contemporary Sounds ensemble, directed by the super talented Sean Morin, will be presenting a night of exhilarating twists and turns featuring the sounds of Pavement, Wilco, Radiohead, The Beatles, Duke Ellington, Terry Riley and more. These cats have worked really hard to bring this event to life so check it out around 7 o’clock at the Jewett Hall Auditorium if you’re in the area tonight.

If you’re hanging a bit further south and looking to take in some funk, soul, and R&B to ease you into the freakin’ weekend then make your way down to The Frog & Turtle in Westbrook where Adam and The Waxmen will be delivering smooth sounds to your earholes starting at 7pm.

Twisted rockabilly heroes Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies set up shop at Empire Dine and Dance in Portland this evening where they kick off their new Thursday night residency. Starting each Thirstday eve at around 7:30 the fellas will be doing their thing with the occasional special guest. It’s free, fun, and an awesome way to spend your early evening, so check it out.

Upstairs at The Empire, Boston’s Dear Leader teams up with The Chums as the two acts take the stage for an epic rock show that gets underway right around 9.

More in the way of rocking and rolling this evening over at Mathew’s on Free Street in Portland where things are bound to get loud during tonight’s show. Beginning at 8, you can check out sets from Acid Smoke, Conjjjecture, Mr. Neet, Smoke Eye, Jacob3 and Restless Shades.

If you’re looking for some old timey, roots/bluegrass music, then check out Tricky Britches who will be playing a set right down the street at The Dogfish Bar & Grille in Portland.  They’ll be serving up their own style of back porch jam session bluegrass starting right around 8 o’clock.

The Big Easy in Portland’s regular, chilled out Thursday night crowd will be shuffling in right around 9:30 for this week’s Band Beyond Description show. What to expect: hula hoops, hippies, and good times for all with Portland’s favorite Grateful Dead cover band, who actually cover way more than just The Dead. So if you’re into mellowing your mind, get your can over to The Big Easy.

If you’re looking to bust a move to tunes from bands such as Sublime, Blink 182, and say maybe even, Chumbawumba, then you can always head on down to Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port where 90s cover band Hello Newman will be getting the party started right around 9:30.

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