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Yes! It’s your Finally Friday Edition of The Newz! It’s a magical thing and after such a wild and crazy week, I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say bring on the freakin’ weekend, baby, I’m about to have some fun! Not only is it the last day of the work week, it’s also First Friday here in Portland, so lots of fun stuff to check out early in the evening before you bust a move at some local shows. Here we go!
If you’re north of Portland this evening, head over to Krista’s in Cornish, Maine where local musician David Jacquet does his acoustic duo thing tonight. Beginning at 6 o’clock, David will be playing some acoustic jams alongside his Uke n’ Smile bandmate, Keith Kitchin. It’s a free gig, there’s terrific food, and boozy drinks, so check it out if you’re in the area this evening.
Local pop-punk heroes Sparks The Rescue play their first local gig in a while over at Studio 250 on Read Street in Portland tonight. The fellas are getting festive with an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party that’s all ages and gets underway right around 6. Joining in the Friday fun will be Dustin Saucier, Derek Wilkinson and Worried Well.
If for some silly reason you missed last year’s inaugural Big Bang Syndrome at The State Theatre in Portland, which is put on by the insanely talented, 21-piece Fogcutters Big Band, then I certainly hope that you don’t make the same mistake twice. Tonight they’re back with one of the biggest nights of local music you will ever see. If you’ve not been to a Fogcutters show before anticipate one helluva ride as this big band boasting 13 horns, a rockin’ rhythm section, and vocals from Stephanie Davis, Chas Lester, and more will be presenting their own original arrangements of some of Maine’s finest musical acts. Tonight Anna Lombard, Andi Fawcett, Adam Waxman, Lady Zen, Eyenine, Dan Capaldi, Kyle Gervais and Spencer Albee will each be performing their own original songs – big band style. Again, this is going to be a night of monumental musical stylings, so do not miss it! Catch some Big Band Syndrome beginning at 8 o’clock.
The beautiful and talented Tess Collins will be breaking it down over at The Big Easy in Portland tonight. Tess will be giving you a little bit of soul, jazz, and funk to spice up your Friday evening beginning at 8pm. At 10 o’clock the Fogcutters will be rolling into The Big Easy for their Official Big Band Syndrome After Party, so basically The Big Easy is going to be party central once late night hits.
Looking to shake what your momma gave you all night long this First Friday evening? Well you can head over to Flask Lounge on Spring Street in Portland where DJ Jamie O’Sullivan is hosting his LOVE event. LOVE will feature O’Sullivan bringing you the best house, techno and disco to shake your can to. You can check it out starting at 9 o’clock.
Geno’s in Portland invites you continue celebrating all that is First Friday with a great night of indie rock n’ roll courtesy of An Evening With, If and It, and Wood Burning Cat. The artwalking after party commences right around 9 o’clock.
A very Happy 5th Anniversary to Portland’s Empire Dine and Dance this evening as they celebrate in style with funk and soul courtesy of Miss Fairchild and special guests Love in Stockholm and One Hand Free. Be sure to stop by and show some love for this venue that has brought a lot of great local and national acts to their stage every night of the week. The party starts at 9 o’clock.
The Trickle Down plays the Thirsty Pig in the Old Port tonight beginning at 10. The Trickle Down is comprised of five players with eclectic musical backgrounds ranging from jazz to rock to pop to world percussion that when brought together produce a melting pot of sound that is sure to please. Tonight it’s an evening of beers, sausages and awesome tunes, all for free, so check it out!
Feature Image of The Nunz courtesy of Justin Levesque.