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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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Things to do This week





Newz by The Nunz with Holly Nunan
Posted: August 13, 2014

It’s the Clash of the Soul Sisters as Etta James takes on Aretha Franklin at Empire tonight

Here’s the deal, if we can hurdle this hump, we can pretty much do anything at all! We’ve totally got this and what better way to keep things rollin’ on then by checking out some live, local tuneage? There’s a plethora of parties to choose from tonight, so get out there and do your thing this wild Wednesday!

This evening marks b.good in the Old Port’s 2nd Annual Love, People event, which is this wonderful local business’ own way of promoting a positive platform to do good amongst the community with a party to celebrate the people of Portland and beyond with some local food, beverages and music. Things get underway at 6 tonight with a free performance from the soulful Lyle Divinsky. There will also be raffle prizes from local businesses such as Bard Coffee, Envy Hair Salon, Omi’s Coffee, El Corazon Food Truck, Fetch, Find and more to be given away, so stop on by, enjoy some wonderful tunes, and do good and be good at this awesome community event!

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Local restaurant Gather in Yarmouth continues with its Acoustic Wednesdays music series as they welcome Portland-based, acoustic folk artist Caroline Cotter to perform during a free dinner-time set that gets underway at 6 o’clock. 

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Local poet and musician Dave Morrison will be performing in Congress Square Park in downtown Portland this Wednesday evening as part of The Friends of Congress Square Park and SPACE Gallery free music series. Join Dave in the Square around 6 o’clock for Poetry Rocks, which merges his life on the stage with his life on the page as he combines his poetry with guitar for a truly unique experience of music and prose during this free, all ages event.

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Will Mallett of local alt-country act The Mallett Brothers Band will be playing a special solo show out on the Portland Lobster Company deck this Wednesday evening. Beginning at 6 check out some of Will’s original material alongside some tried and true Americana, folk and country covers during this free, all ages show.  

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Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III will be performing as part of The River House Restaurant’s Summer Concert Series at Prescott Park in Portsmouth this Wednesday evening. Wainwright’s career has been long and illustrious resulting in 22 album releases, a part on the television show M*A*S*H, and many notable artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs and more have recorded many of his songs. Don’t miss your chance to check out this live outdoor concert as things get underway right around 7 o’clock tonight.  

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Genre-defying alt-rockers The Alternate Routes return to Portland once again for a show at Port City Music Hall in Portland alongside Americana rock n’ rollers Red Wanting Blue and Portland’s own Joe Gallant and The Transit. Whoop it up at this Wednesday night party starting right around 8 o’clock.

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Little Tap House on Spring Street in Portland will be host to an evening of acoustic tunes courtesy of local musician Ian Gans. Enjoy some of Ian’s original material paired with some fun covers as tonight’s free show gets underway right around 8 o’clock.

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Wednesday evening to check out local rockabilly rioter Pete Witham as he hosts another free open mic event at The Frog and Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook. Starting at 8 you can sign up to play some tunes or just kick back and watch Pete and his pals perform. There’s never a cover charge and always tons of delicious food and drink on hand, so stop on by if you’re in the area tonight.

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Get your fill of some quality acoustic roots tunes at Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in the Old Port as local act David Beam and The Custom House Gang play a free show beginning at 8 o’clock. 

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And over at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port you can check out another free evening of folk tunes with local duo the Squid Jiggers. This playful pair will be creating sounds that go exceptionally well with an ice cold pink of beer, so swing through and have some fun as things get underway at 8pm. 

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Jazz vocalist Alex Blair will be teaming up with keys player Kyle Friday for an evening of swanky jazz at MJ’s Wine Bar in downtown Portland. The duo will be serving up a dosage of sophistication with some soulful sounds as tonight’s free show gets underway right around 8 o’clock. 

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Chow down on some delicious Sicilian style pizza while enjoying some free raging reggae down at Slab on Preble Street in Portland as Royal Hammer plays a show out on the patio starting at 8 o’clock tonight. 

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Native Isles, which features a veritable who’s who of local musicians, will make their Frontier in Brunswick debut as they perform as part of the venue’s Live in the Lounge music series tonight. With Emma Stanley on vocals and trumpet/flugelhorn, Tyler Stanley on keys and vocals, Pete Morse on guitar and vocals, and Andy Robbins on drums, tonight’s free 8pm performance is guaranteed to be an epically good time, so be sure to check it out if you’re up that way this Wednesday.

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Flask Lounge on Spring Street in Portland goes folk as a handful of awesome acts take to the stage to perform some energetic sets of song that are guaranteed to entertain this Wednesday. Starting at 9, check out NYC indie folk-rocker, Erica Russo, the intriguing tunes of local roots & folk act, Builder of the House, the foot stomping Americana-influenced roots rock of Dear Creek, and the soulful sounds of folk duo Bevelers.

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Rap Night and Gold Drop Records team up to present a proper party down at The Asylum in Portland to celebrate the release of God.Damn.Chan’s latest beat tape titled, Ichiban.  Chan will be taking to stage to showcase a bunch of new material, so ready your earholes for some tasty tunes as things get underway around 9 and will also feature performances from Dom Damiani and Frank the Barber. Get there early and hang out late as Rap Night hosts Ill By Instinct and El Shupacabra team up to bring you another installment of the event’s legendary open mic cypher to kick off and end the night.

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If you’re south of the border tonight, don’t miss out on an exceptionally fun show down at The Press Room in Portsmouth where Portland’s own purveyors of multi-layered psychedelic, eclectic, funky jazz, the Jaw Gems, will be performing live this Wednesday. Get weird and have some fun as tonight’s show gets cranking right around 9:30.

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Show a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T and check out a terrifically soulful Clash of the Titans upstairs at Empire in Portland as two female powerhouses take to the stage to show you a Wednesday Kind of Love. Vocalists Kristina Kentigian and Colleen Clark will be backed by some stellar bands to bring to the life the music of Aretha Franklin and Etta James respectively at this 9:30pm show.

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