Sweet flippin’ flapjacks, it is finally Friday! (Still working on that catchphrase — I know, it’s pretty awesome.) It’s also First Friday around Portland so there’s lots to do! I’ve gotta say I’ve not been this excited for a Friday since, well, last Friday, and thankfully tonight lives up to the hype, so let’s check it out!
Local acoustic duo Harvard Cavemen will be serving up a bunch of classic cover tunes at JJ’s Eatery in Old Orchard Beach this Friday evening. Join the fellas for some free, all-ages fun as tonight’s show gets underway right around 6:30.
Get your Friday night underway with some acoustic, light rock favorites at Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street with local artist Jeff Cusack as he plays a free set of songs starting right around 7.
The Dum Bums will be rocking out at Pedro O’Hara’s in Lewiston this fine Friday evening. Swing through and let these talented dudes entertain you as tonight’s free show gets swinging right around 8.
Sublime tribute band, Badfish returns to the stage of The State Theatre in Portland tonight as they party in celebration of tonight’s viewing of Teton Gravity Research’s global ski odyssey, Almost Ablaze. Things get cranking at The State right around 7 during tonight’s all-ages event.
American singer-songwriter and folk musician Ellis Paul will be performing live at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit this Friday. Paul plays his well-known brand of folk-pop style songs starting at 7:30 tonight.
Local bluegrass band Back Woods Road will be bringing their energized acoustic set to Guthries in Lewiston. Check out the act’s tight harmonies, hard driving lead solos and crowd-pleasing tuneage as things get underway right around 8 during tonight’s free show.
The Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street welcomes back local cover act The Waiters to serve up some quality sounds for your finally Friday evening. The band will be dishing out all of your favorite cover songs at this free gig that gets started around 8.
The Blues Prophets will be playing a set of blazing tunes at One Longfellow Square in Portland. These fellas have been playing on stages since 1976, performing with the likes of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Johnson and many more. If you’re looking for some solid blues tunes to start off you weekend, make some moves to OLS at 8 o’clock tonight.
Propel your Friday night into the rock and roll stratosphere with some full throttle RnR tunes courtesy of Red Sky Mary. This dynamic troupe of dudes will be blowing doors down at the Kerrymen Pub in Saco as tonight’s free show gets shaking around 8 o’clock.
Black Cat Road is back at the Frog and Turtle in Westbrook tonight. The act will be lighting up the stage with their funky, soulful and rootsty blues tunes as tonight’s free event gets underway right around 8 o’clock.
Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble will be entertaining the patrons of Blue in Portland with an evening of music from the Middle East and Turkey starting at 8 o’clock tonight. The local act performs on such unique and beautiful instruments as oud (fretless Middle Eastern lute), qanun (72-stringed Middle Eastern micro-tonal zither), nay (ancient Middle Eastern reed flute), and Middle Eastern percussion. This show is free and guaranteed to expand your musical horizons, so be sure to check it out if you’re downtown this First Friday evening.
Local pop rock act, The Grumps will be doing their thing at Gritty’s in Auburn this finally Friday. These talented fellas will be serving up some super satisfactory tuneage at tonight’s free show starting right around 8 o’clock.
If you find yourself Fridaying up in Hallowell be sure to check the out high-energy, 4-piece, dance-your-butt-off, rock and roll band known as The Worthy Bones. These dudes are ready to get you grooving with a fun set that gets underway right around 9 at the Kennebec Wharf.
Sam Shain and The Scolded Dogs will be bringing the party to Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell with a lively show featuring their killer party mix of original jams and classic covers of such artists like Snoop Dogg, Johnny Cash, Parliament and more. The good times start rollin’ right around 9 at tonight’s free party.
Boston hard rock and rollers The Upper Crust will be properly partying at Geno’s Rock Club in Portland tonight. For those unfamiliar, members of the band adopt the personae of 18th Century aristocratic ninnies and sing songs that are themed in the very same vein. Portland death punkers Covered in Bees will kick things off as tonight’s not-to-be-missed engagement gets underway promptly at 10pm.
It’s Friday night so you better be ready to bust a move at Flask Lounge in Portland where DJ Jamie O’Sullivan will be hosting his monthly LOVE dance party event. This month marks LOVE’s 4 year anniversary and to celebrate O’Sullivan will be joined by special guest Brenden Wesley for a non-stop, free dance party featuring some of the best house, techno and disco tunes around. Shake it like a salt shaker starting at 9 o’clock.
If you’re kicking it in Bangor tonight make your way down to Paddy Murphy’s to check out Maine’s premier rockabilly band The Crown Vics as they bring their own rock and roll riot to the stage starting at 9:30pm.
North of Portland, at Chummies in Ellsworth, The Blast Addicts will be partying all night long with straight up rock n’ roll. Starting at 9:30, bust out those Party Pants and get ready to bust out some moves with this super fun rock band.
Local pop-rock act Doubting Gravity celebrates the release of their record, Evolution with a party upstairs at Empire in Portland tonight. Anticipate lots of new material from the band as they perform cuts off the album during tonight’s party, which will also feature a performance by alt-country, roots rock act, Joe Gallant and The Transit. Things get underway right around 9:30, so swing through and have some fun this Friday.