In the words of The 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!
The Maine Freedom Project invites one and all to their 3rd Annual Freedom Gala at Ocean Gateway in Portland to raise money for the non-profit organization, Love146, which works to abolish the exploitation and sex trafficking of children through prevention and aftercare. Tonight’s event gets underway at 7 and features live music from Portland’s own funk band Mama’s Boomshack.
Four solo acts from two different cities join forces for an evening of acoustic-based tunes down at The Oak and The Ax on Main Street in Biddeford. Beginning at 8 o’clock, drop by and check out sets from New York singer-songwriters, Mara Connor and Katie Von Schleicher as well as Portland’s own Jeff Beam and Evan Parker.
The Crown Vics are ready to throw down a two-hour, non-stop rockabilly dance party up at the Black Anchor Village Pub in Blue Hill this finally Friday. If you’re looking to bust a move and have some fun check out tonight’s show as things get underway at 8:30.
The Frog and Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook welcomes The Portland Rhumba Project to their stage this Friday evening for some live music. Starting at 8:30, these fellas will be performing classic radio hits from Zimbabwe and beyond. It’s free, fun and there’s plenty of delicious food and drinks to be had, so be sure to check it out.
Travis James Humphrey and the Retro Rockets will be packing ‘em in down at Gingko Blue on Fore Street in Portland tonight. Starting at 9, Travis Humphrey leads this blues and swing 3-pack through classics and originals.
Milled Pavement Records has one helluva show lined up for you over at Geno’s on Congress Street in Portland. Tonight they hope you’ll welcome their Australian friends, Thorts & Kadyelle, to Portland, Maine alongside Moshe, David Ramos & Tommy V, Mike Clouds, Seth on Gray Street, Adhesiveslipper, and 32french. Tonight’s electronic/hip-hop show gets underway right around 9 o’clock.
Tonight’s show at The Big Easy in Portland promises to be a doozie as local indie-rockers Rural Ghosts celebrate the release of their debut full-length album City of Elms alongside special guests Johnny Cremains and Aquanauts. You won’t want to miss a single note of tonight’s show so get there early (9 o’clock) and stay late, you can thank me later!
The Empire on Congress Street in Portland is geared up for Kino Proby’s one-night-only Russian rock-a-thon. Kino Proby is devoted to celebrating the music of Viktor Tsyo, who is regarded as one of the pioneers of Russian rock. The fellas in Kino Proby put on one helluva high-energy Russian rock show, so if you’re looking to get sweaty and hear some kick ass Russian RnR I suggest getting to The Empire right around 9 o’clock tonight.
Slainte Wine Bar & Lounge on Preble Street in Portland will be rockin’ all night long as four promising Portland acts take the stage for a full night of indie rocking and rolling. Beginning at 9 o’clock you can stop by and check out sets from Gimme Goldar, ForMorning, 28 degrees Taurus and Friend of a Friend.
Fridays are generally a great time to shake what your mama gave ya, so you might as well do just that tonight by getting down to Flask Lounge on Spring Street in Portland where DJ Jamie O’Sullivan will be hosting his monthly LOVE event. LOVE will feature O’Sullivan and special guests ATOMIK and Mechanism bringing you the best house, techno and disco to shake your can to. You can check out this free event starting right around 9.
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.
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 upstairs starting at 9:30. Downstairs be sure to check out some acoustic pop gems from Jacob McCurdy who also starts playing songs right around 9:30. There’s no cover charge for either of these awesome events, so stop by and check things out!
Seven piece, Portland based, indie rock ensemble Forget, Forget joins Bangor’s own Temperature of the Sun for a full evening of rocking fun up at the Bear Brew Pub in Orono. The good times start rolling right around 9:30 this evening.
KGFREEZE frontman, Kyle Gervais will be donning his DJ hat this evening as his spins tunes over at Sonny’s in the Old Port. Starting at 10 o’clock pair a tasty beverage with some tasty tunes as KG plays stuff you love and stuff you didn’t know you loved.