I am happy to report that I survived my time in Old Orchard Beach last evening. OOB can be a wild and tricky place if you don’t properly prepare yourself. I grew up near the area so I am certainly accustomed and familiar to the sights, sounds, and all around wonder that is associated with it, but things become even more intense when you pair them with a holiday such as Halloween. Anyway, I hope you all had a smashing Saturday evening and are ready to full throttle into yet another week by getting down this Sunday night.
Local folk-rock artist Brian Patricks will be playing a handful of original tunes coupled with classics that you know and love over at Andy’s Old Port Pub in Portland this evening. Patricks begins his set right around 7 o’clock and will rock you on in to the 9 o’clock hour.
Indie folk artist Dan Blakeslee brings his alter ego, Doctor Gasp’s Jack-o-lantern Tour to Portland this evening with a show over at Bubba’s Sulky Lounge. Doctor Gasp’s show is very much a visual stage performance as he celebrates all that is seasonally appropriate; think witches, ghouls, ghosts, pumpkins, etc. Portland’s own indie folk-rock act Old Soul joins the fun as well as Dover, NH’s experimental indie folk darlings Tan Vampires. It should be a smashingly, spooky good time, so check it out starting at 8 o’clock this evening.
Flask Lounge in Portland has put together a charity event this evening called Whip Out The Vote, which is a benefit for Mainers United (the campaign for same-sex marriage), that’ll feature tunes spun by Che Ros and Bary Juicy as well as some folks getting their go-go on. Costumes are encouraged as well as wedding attire to really celebrate the cause of the event. Tonight’s party begins at 9 with a $5 cover.
Another edition of The Couch with host John Nels is taking place downstairs at Empire Dine and Dance this evening. The Couch is definitely one of Portland’s most assorted open mic nights that not only provides a place for local musicians to play in front of an audience, but also features a showcase set from different artists each and every week. It’s always free and begins at 9 o’clock.
If you’re down in Dover Rock City this Sunday evening, you can check out a fine all ages pop-punk show over at The Dover Brickhouse as they welcome Ben Rodgers, Trey Edwald, Vessel and Maine’s very own Sparks the Rescue to the stage beginning at 7pm.