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In the words of the incomparable Beach Boys: Don’t worry, baby, everything will turn out all right…because it is finally Friday! If you’re ready to hike up those Party Pants and get down on it this evening, I’ve got a ton of places to check out for some terrific live, local music. Here we go!
Local singer-songwriters Kurt Myhaver and Ben Carroll will be performing a free set of acoustic songs as they return to Sunset Ridge in Westbrook this Friday evening. Anticipate lots of good vibes, good people and good music as this cover-free event gets underway right around 5 o’clock.
Classic jazz/rock act, Steely Dan brings their Jamalot Ever After Tour up to the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor this Friday. If you’re Reelin’ In the Years or looking to Do It Again, I suggest getting your can to Central Maine for tonight’s show, which gets underway at 6 o’clock.
If you’re in Belfast this Friday evening make some plans to check out the Feedback Music Festival at Waterfall Arts Center. The eclectic festival will take place starting at 6:30 and will feature performances from Darren Decide, Quantam, Jim Dandy, Ethan Andrews and Ace Tones.
Soak up the last bits of summer out on the Portland Lobster Company deck with A Band Beyond Description as this Grateful Dead cover act gets your Friday evening jamming with a free show starting at 7pm.
Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder will be rollin’ through Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH this Friday evening. Check out this multi-instrumental mountain music in a beautiful outdoor setting as things get underway at 7 o’clock.
Local Sprouts on Congress Street in Portland hosts another free Friday night show as local artists Pip Walter and Jenny Van West join musical forces as The Bloomers to play acoustic songs filled with harmonies, guitars, and fiddles. Tonight’s all ages event gets underway at 7 o’clock.
If you’re up in the Lewiston area this evening check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he performs a free show at Pedro O’Hara’s. Ron will be getting your weekend kicked off with tons of great covers from The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, The Boss and more. The good times get rollin’ at 7 tonight.
The Portland Comedy Brew HaHa makes a triumphant return to the Portland Comedy Co-Op on Spruce Street in Portland this Friday. There will be a free pre-comedy show party starting at 6 with cornhole, as well as one of Maine’s most talked about food trucks, PB&ME, who’ll be serving all the peanut buttery goodness you can take. The Rising Tide Brewery tasting room will also be open so you can wash all that tasty goodness down with some freshly tapped brews. Belly laughs kick in right around 8 with local comedic legends and Co-Op favorites, Tim Hoffman and Connor McGrath. So if you’re looking to tickle your funny bone this Friday, get yourself down to this laughter inducing shindig.
Local blues rockers, The Renovators will be laying down some enticing tunes as they hit the stage of Dogfish Bar & Grille in Portland tonight. Check out this free show as things get underway right around 8 o’clock.
I have a feeling I might be doing a bit of show hoppin’ tonight, which actually isn’t that unusual for your girl The Nunz on a Friday night, but anyway, I’m thinking of starting the evening over at Blue on Congress Street in Portland where powerhouse performer Clara Junken and her band Elastic Light will be performing. Clara’s soulful, blues-infused rock tunes command audience attention and deliver enticing musical goods to all ears in close proximity, so make sure you’re in attendance as things get underway right around 8 o’clock tonight.
An awesome event will be happening out on the patio of Slab on Preble Street in Portland this Friday. Tonight’s show features the ever-talented Megan Jo Wilson performing some jazz as well as original material with a trio of talented musicians. Join MJW for some old stuff, new stuff, jazz standards and pizza as things heat up starting at 8 o’clock.
If you’re looking to liven up your Friday night with a pinch of punk rock then make moves to Bayside Bowl in Portland where two-piece punk act Buddusky will be joined by Nothing Master (featuring members of Huak & Mr. Neet, Hopeless Losers, and the debut performance of New Leaders. The party starts right around 8 o’clock.
One of your last chances to catch alt-rock trio, Walkenhorse out at the Pier Patio Pub in Old Orchard Beach happens this Friday. Starting at 9, these fellas will be kicking out the jams with some fun cover tunes during tonight’s free show.
Local hollerfolk favorites, The Ghost of Paul Revere will be serving up a delightful blend of sweet, soaring harmonies, acoustic stringed things and heart-pumping harp at a free show at McSeagulls in Boothbay Harbor this Friday evening. Enjoy some good times and good tunes with this whiskey drinking wolf boys as tonight’s party gets underway right around 9 o’clock.
If you find yourself getting buck wild in the Seacoast area tonight be sure to head out to Fury’s Publick House in Dover, NH around 9 as experimental, borderline-psych-folk act B.A. Canning will be bringing the good times to the stage alongside special guests Jake Davis & The Whiskey Stones this evening.
The Bombshell Betties, a social network of lovely ladies who are enthusiasts for the nostalgia of such old school interests as hot rods, Victory rolls and rock n’ roll, will be coming together to do some good tonight as they present a benefit for tattoo safety and Parkinson’s disease at the Dover Brickhouse in Dover, NH. There will be a silent auction of artwork by various tattoo artists, jewelry, clothing, accessories and much more to raise funds for the Hepatitis C Foundation as well as The National Parkinson’s Foundation. Things get underway at 9 and will feature lively performances from rockabilly acts Whiskey Kill, The Skeleton Beats and The Outsiders.
If you’re kicking it in Bucksport tonight, head out to Ramona’s and get ready to party down with The Blast Addicts as they rip through some straight up rock n’ roll for your finally Friday. Starting at 9, bust out some of your best moves to this super fun local act at this free show.
Milled Pavement Records presents Mike Clouds’ Apollo’s Stamina CD release party extravaganza at Flask Lounge in Portland this Friday. The record itself has been described as a division of two groups of songs: one series in danceable Trap-derived undulations, while the other half could almost be referred to as Downtempo or Trip-hop, were it not for the ever-present 32nd-note hi-hats and tongue-in-cheek Southern-fried vocal samples. Basically if you’re ready to bust a move to some sick grooves check out this show that’ll also feature special guests 32french and Moshe, and your host for the evening, Brzowski. The party starts at 9 o’clock.
Geno’s on Congress Street in Portland welcomes a trio of talented acts to the stage starting right around 9 for an eclectic evening of music. Check out Oliver Waterman, Dixon Pendejo Trash, and The Wicked Woods who’ll be serving up some indie folk-rock and psychedelic gutter blues, respectively, all Friday night long.
Get up to Sea Dog Brewing Company in Topsham tonight as local act Doubting Gravity will be getting the party started around 9 with their high-energy original pop rock that’s guaranteed to get your hips shaking out on the dance floor.
It’s the last Friday of the month and that means it’s time to shake it out upstairs at the Empire on Congress Street in Portland with another installment of The Penthouse Dance Party. Things get underway right around 10 and feature the very best underground house, techno and dance music around courtesy of local DJs Ed Garrison, Marcus Caine, Christopher Gauthier, and Ian Hammond. With a door person like Linda Tilapia and professional lighting by Hollie Hallet, it’s the closest you’ll come to a NYC loft party right here in Portland!