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Personally I feel like I’m limping into this finally Friday and if it weren’t for the fact that the freakin’ weekend is finally in sight, I might dissolve into a pile of tears. Thankfully there are lots and lots of awesome things to check out this evening, so get out there and get some!
If you’re anywhere near the Gray area tonight be sure to stop by Cole’s Farm for some acoustic tunes courtesy of local artist Matt Fournier. Matt will be providing the soundtrack to your finally Friday with a free, unplugged set of songs starting right around 7 o’clock.
Portland back porch bluegrass band, Tricky Britches will be teaming up with midwestern Americana folk duo, Red Tail Ring for an early evening show at Acoustic Artisans on Congress Street in Portland. The two acts will be singing songs and plucking stringed things starting right around 7 o’clock.
A thoroughly awesome evening of progressive rock n’ roll will be taking place down at Bayside Bowl in Portland this Friday evening. Starting at 8 check out imaginative tunes from local act Dreadnaught as they tear things up, blow your mind and melt you face off all night long.
Join Paranoid Social Club, Boom Lava, Planeside, eyenine and Cursed on Earth for an night of entertainment down at the Dover Brickhouse in Dover, New Hampshire that will help to benefit 12 year old, Behaylu Barry, who was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disease. Local comedian Ryan Chani will host this event that will also include raffles and other prizes to help raise funds for Behaylu to complete a bone marrow transplant. Things get started right around 8 o’clock.
The Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street in Portland welcomes back The Waiters to serve up some quality tunes for your finally Friday. The Waiters will be dishing out all of your favorite cover songs at this free gig that gets started at 8.
Join Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble for an evening of music from the Middle East and Turkey at Blue on Congress Street in Portland this evening. Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble performs on oud (fretless Middle Eastern lute), qanun (72-stringed Middle Eastern micro-tonal zither), nay (ancient Middle Eastern reed flute), vocals and Middle Eastern percussion. Tonight’s free show gets underway at 8 o’clock.
And if you’re all the way up in Unity this Friday, kick up your heels and take in some fine bluegrass and roots tunes courtesy of The Coloradas at the Unity College Center for Performing Arts. Burlington alt-country rocker Kelly Ravin will also be on hand to kick out some down home jams at things get underway right around 8 tonight.
WHSN presents the 11th Annual Acoustic Showcase for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at the Gracie Theatre in Bangor this Friday evening. Starting at 8 you can help to support this great cause while also taking in some great music from Air Traffic Controller, The Ghost of Paul Revere, James Gilmore, and One Shot Nothing. $10 at the door gets you into this incredible night of talent and music with all proceeds going directly to the Greater New England Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. So if you’re in the area tonight, be sure to check it out!
Local indie rocker Darien Brahms will be causing the best kind of ruckus down at Ruski’s in Portland this Friday for a free show featuring a couple of her musically-inclined friends. Join Darien and company for some rockin’, rollin’ and, of course, fun as things get underway right around 8 o’clock.
If you’re down in Southern Maine this evening be sure to check out the Beautiful Ones, a tribute to both Prince and Madonna at The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach. Things heat up starting right around 8:30.
Mathew’s on Free Street in Portland is ready to get rocked with a true blue sonic rippah tonight, bub. Starting at 9 check out some loud and heavy sets of rock courtesy of pulverizing Portland acts Eastern Spell, Greywinds, Holy Filth and The Young Lungs.
Slainte Wine Bar & Lounge on Preble Street in Portland welcomes some local indie progressive rock sounds to their stage this evening as sets from Caleb Orion, First in Maths, and Probably Dog get underway around 9 o’clock this Friday evening.
Gingko Blue on Fore Street in Portland is ready to help you get your weekend started off right with local act Poke Chop & The Other White Meats. This free blues show gets underway right around 9 tonight.
Local Americana pop-rockers The Toughcats return to Maine after a month long tour to kick things up at notch at the Fog Bar and Cafe in Rockland tonight. Starting at 9 prepare to kick up your heels with this talented trio of fellas for a full evening of good times and good music.
Sure this show is happening on a snowy mountain where people will be participating in “winter activities”, but any time local reggae act Royal Hammer is playing you know it’s a sure fire sign of warmer weather ahead. The Hammer will be raging out this Friday with a free show up at Sunday River starting around 9 o’clock.
Cambridge folk-rockers The Ballroom Thieves return to Portland for a show upstairs at the Empire on Congress Street this First Friday. Experimental indie rockers, The Soil & The Sun as well as Portland’s own Starlight Cicada will also be on hand to deliver pleasing sounds to your ear holes all evening long starting at 9 o’clock.
Brooklyn rockers The Hold Steady will be making noise at The Asylum in Portland this evening. These fellas have been straight up rockin’ and rollin’ for the better part of tens years and are celebrating the release of their 6th studio album, “Teeth Dreams” with a stop into our little seaside city tonight. Portland’s own rock n’ roll duo Worried Well will kick things into gear with an opening set that gets underway around 9.
It is most common knowledge that Fridays are a perfect time to shake your moneymaker, so you might as well do just that tonight by getting down to Flask Lounge in Portland where DJ Jamie O’Sullivan will be hosting his monthly LOVE event. LOVE features O’Sullivan and special guests Party Bison, Caseroc and John Arnold bringing you some of the best house, techno and disco music around for you to properly shake your can to. Check out this totally free dance party as things get crankin’ right around 9 o’clock.
Things get funky 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 and cellist Danny Rand as they start playing right around 9:30 as well. There’s no cover charge for either of these awesome events, so stop by and check things out!
Central Maine pop-rock act, Tomorrow Morning will be doing it to it on stage at Mainely Brews in Waterville tonight. Check out these fellas as they play a variety of cover tunes and originals starting at 9:30.
Sam Shain and The Scolded Dogs will be bringing the party upstairs to Brian Boru in Portland tonight with their original songs as well as a ton of covers that include everything from Snoop Dogg, Johnny Cash, Parliament and more. The good times start rollin’ around 9:30.