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Yessah! Not only is it Friday, but it’s First Friday here in Portland meaning that there’s not only awesome music to check out, but great local art to peep too. There’s a slew of stuff to cover for this Finally Friday Edition of The Newz, so let’s take care of business, babies!
Project 131, which is an organizaton that provides instruments to young people who would otherwise never have the opportunity to own their own, teams up with Jason Jamora & the Northeast Carry for the event SWIRL at T&B’s Outback Tavern in Waterville tonight. Beginning at 6 a ton of local acts come together to raise money for the United Way, with only a $5 donation at the door and music from such acts as the JT Lockwood Band, Fountain Bench, Meryia and The Guys, and many, many more, you can help do some good and check out some artists all in one convenient location. If you’re in the area tonight be sure to pop in and check it out.
Local musician David Jacquet does his acoustic duo thing over at Krista’s in Cornish this evening. Beginning at 6 o’clock, David will be playing some acoustic jams alongside his Uke n’ Smile bandmate, Keith Kitchen. It’s a free gig and there’s great food to boot, so check it out if you’re in the area this evening.
The Portland Comedy Co-Op and Coffee By Design on India Street in Portland team up for some First Friday laugh action as Joe Timmons, Travis Curran, James Spizuoco and many more funny folks perform sets of stand up with music courtesy of Mother Leopard’s own Darrell Foster. Get ready to guffaw starting right around 6 o’clock.
I anticipate a truly special evening tonight at The Oak and The Ax on Main Street in Biddeford as the lyrical folk fusion act known as The Reverie Machine (fronted by the immensely talented Meghan Yates) teams up with Sara Hallie Richardson, who’s clear, crisp vocals paired with electronic soundscapes create beautiful music for your earholes, for an evening of good times and great tunes. Things get warm and fuzzy starting right around 8 o’clock tonight.
Tonight’s one of those nights where I wish I could be ten places at once as there are so many terrific First Friday shows happening, one of them being upstairs at Empire Dine and Dance on Congress Street in Portland. Starting at 9, ready yourself for some of the most pleasing psych-pop sounds your earholes could ever wish for as Jeff Beam, ShaShaSha, Tan Vampires and Old Abram Brown take the stage for a night chock full of tasty tuneage.
Friday might mean shaking what your momma gave you for some and if that’s the case for you, well then get on down to Flask Lounge on Spring Street in Portland where DJ Jamie O’Sullivan will be hosting his LOVE event. LOVE will feature O’Sullivan and guest DJs Alchera and Seratto bringing you the best house, techno and disco to shake your can to. You can check it out starting at 9pm.
Tonight Rap Night and The Big Easy are proud to present The 6th Annual Ruckus Cup. Built on the tradition of freestyle battles, The Ruckus Cup is a test of skills in which emcees are randomly paired up and go head to head with one another. There’s a $200 cash prize for the winner, not to mention the highly coveted Ruckus Cup. There will also be performances all night from Grey Sky Appeal, Ill By Instinct & El Shupacabra as well as the Flavor Bakers. DJ Shade and Ill By Instinct hold down hosting duties, things get started right around 9pm. It’s seriously one of the most fun events around town, so check it out if you wanna just spectate or are brave enough to step up to the mic!
A fine evening of noise pop, electronic creations and a touch of rock n’ roll will be taking over Geno’s in Portland tonight for a post-art walk after party featuring performances from Mr. Neet, Computer at Sea, and The Rattlesnakes. Things get underway right around 9 o’clock.
High-grade reggae fusion will be cruising down to Portsmouth, NH tonight as Roots, Rhythm & Dub play The Blue Mermaid. Starting at 9 these fellas will be taking the stage to make you dance, so check it out if you’re hanging around the area this evening.
Things get funky down at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight with Shut Down Brown who promise to keep you dancing the night away with their blends of progressive-rock, funk, and soul. There’s no cover, so check it out right around 9:30.
Over at Brian Boru in Portland you can check out a little rock and/or roll courtesy of Captain Ray and the Castaways who are geared up to keep you dancing all Friday long starting right around 9:30pm.