Thursday April 17th 2014

Newz by The Nunz

The Clash of the Titans returns to the Empire as two country classics go head to head

By: Holly Nunan

All right, here we are at the half way point to the freakin’ weekend, if we can hurdle this hump we’re guaranteed to make it through this home stretch. Per usual, there’s a ton of things to keep you happy and hurdlin’ tonight, so bust out your mid-week Party Pants and get things going!

If the weather holds up, tonight could prove to be a great time to soak up some late summer sounds out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street where local folk-rocker Eric Bettencourt and a couple of his talented pals will be doing their thing starting right around 6. Join Betts and his buds Seth Kearns and Adam Frederick for some good times overlooking the Atlantic at this free and fun gig.

You can also enjoy some late summer songs out on the El Rayo patio in Portland this Wednesday evening where classic Cuban music makers Primo Cubano get ready to play their weekly gig outside starting right around 7.

Lorraine Bohland and Terry Foster team up this evening to infuse your Wednesday with some jazz, blues and R&B classics down at Gingko Blue on Fore Street in the Old Port. Check out this talented pair of musicians as they provide the soundtrack to your midweek wind down starting right around 7 o’clock.

Just a few paces down the street Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port is ready for another fun evening of folk tunes courtesy of local duo the Squid Jiggers. These fellas will be creating sounds that perfectly pair with an ice-cold pint, so swing on by and check them out if you’re in the downtown area tonight.

If you’re looking for some open mic action for your mid-week party plans, then head on down to Slainte Wine Bar & Lounge on Preble Street in Portland where you can check out local musicians do their thing acoustically or even sign up to play some tunes of your own. Every Wednesday starting right around 8, local singer-songwriter Dustin Saucier hosts this free and fun event. Tonight’s open mic will be followed by a featured performance from singer-songwriter Jason Melanson, so be sure to swing through and check it out.

Local folk-rocker, Brian Patricks will be playing a handful of original tunes paired with classic covers that pretty much everyone knows and loves down at RiRa on Commercial Street in Portland tonight. The show starts right around 8:30, so check it out if you’re hanging downtown this evening.

Work it out this Wednesday over at Flask Lounge in Portland where another installment of Unknown Pleasures will be taking place starting right around 9. Tonight’s post-punk, synth-pop, new wave, goth-industrial dance party is free and fun, so check it out if you need to shake them hips!

Hump Day also means it’s time to get down to The Big Easy in Portland where another Rap Night will be taking place highlighting some of the best local hip-hop emcees all night long. Every Wednesday the awesome duo of Ill By Instinct and El Shupacabra team up to host their weekly party that features some of the dopest local rappers and DJs around. Things get cranking right around 9 tonight.

Kilcollins will be pop-rocking out on the Oasis patio in the Old Port tonight to help you blow off some mid-week steam. Starting at 9 you can do all kinds of rockin’ and rollin’ with these cool dudes as they play all of the tunes you know and love as well as some catchy originals that are certain to get you moving on the dance floor. It’s free, fun and I guarantee a good time, so check it out you’re kickin’ around Wharf Street tonight!

I am pretty pumped to report on a show that is happening at The Empire on Congress Street in Portland tonight. That’s right, The Empire is open once again and tonight they celebrate with the kick-off of this season of the Clash of the Titans. Tonight The Clash pits Willie Nelson against Johnny Cash for an epic battle of classic country stars. Go check out the new digs and take in some toe-tapping classics as tonight’s Clash of the Titans gets underway right around 9:30.

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