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Holly Nunan

More commonly known as "The Nunz," Holly Nunan is a musician from Portland with an unabashed love for the city and its thriving music scene. She can be found around town at local shows, performing with any variety of local acts or talking about local shows on WCSH6 on Friday mornings at 6:20 am. She's also hosts Music from 207, which airs on 98.9 WCLZ on Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 7-8 pm. Holly loves a good taco, George Harrison, and stupid cat videos. Reach her at On Facebook: NewzByTheNunz Follow her: @hollynunan

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Posted: September 12, 2013

Whale Oil plays a special acoustic show at Sonny's tonight

Nothing makes me smile wider than knowing that we’ve made it all the way to Thursday. Of course, Thursday isn’t as grand as say, Friday, but it’s still pretty frickin’ delightful in its own right, and so therefore dredges up plenty of reasons to celebrate. There are also plenty of places to congregate during said celebration, so check out this list of to-dos for this evening and get to it, my babies!

Eric Bettencourt and friends will be getting your Thursday evening off to a great start with some tunes at Brian Boru in Portland. Check out Eric’s unique vocal and guitar styling’s as he plays a free set starting at 5 o’clock.

Local act, The Barn Swallows will be bringing their blend of old time Celtic and Americana tunes to the stage of Blue on Congress Street in Portland tonight. Check out tonight’s free show, as it gets underway right around 7 o’clock.

Across the street at Local Sprouts Cooperative local ladies, Pretty Girls Sing Soprano will be filling the space with beautiful sounds and songs. Since their inception Pretty Girls Sing Soprano have quickly turned heads with their tight, clever and original harmonies. You can check them out starting at 7 o’clock.

Let the Tony Boffa Band transport you back in time with some old school jazz at the Frog and Turtle in Westbrook this evening. Starting at 7 o’clock, enjoy some tasty food and beverage as this 5-piece local act gets things swinging.

A great night of music will be happening at One Longfellow Square in Portland tonight as a triple bill of acoustic folk acts take to the stage starting right around 7:30. Tonight you can check out avant-folk duo Aborea alongside Boston’s folk act, Tall Heights and Nashville singer-songwriter, Peter Bradley Adams.

Get a little jazzy this Thursday evening down at Gingko Blue on Fore Street in Portland where Hot Club Du Monde will be bringing their stringed gypsy-jazz to life right around 8 o’clock. Tonight’s show is free and sure to be swinging, so check it out if you’re hanging around the Old Port tonight.

Empire Dine and Dance in Portland is back in business with another show this Thursday evening. Tonight they welcome two contemporary electronic music acts to the newly refurbished stage. Starting at 9 you can check out instrumental sets from El Ten Eleven and Eliot Lipp.

Jacksonville’s soulful Southern rock band JJ Grey & Mofro make a stop into Portland tonight for a show at Port City Music Hall. Tonight these funky blues rockers join forces with New Orleans’ act Revivalists for a night of good times and good tunes. Things get crankin’ right around 8 o’clock this Thursday evening.

If you’re in the Bangor area tonight, head over to Tantrum where prog-rock act, The 220s will be playing. This trio of talented dudes take their influences from The Beatles to Pink Floyd to Radiohead and create something that is truly all their own, check ‘em out starting at 8 tonight.

If you’re south of Portland tonight, in the Seacoast area, and in dire need of some high-energy rock n’ roll then luck no further than the Thirsty Moose Tap House in Portsmouth where local act Red Sky Mary will be blasting off into the RnR stratosphere right around 9 o’clock.

The Big Easy in Portland’s regular Thursday crowd will be shuffling in right around 9 o’clock for this week’s Band Beyond Description show. What to expect: hula hoops, hippies, and good times for all with Portland’s favorite Grateful Dead cover band, who actually cover way more than just The Dead. So if you’re into mellowing your mind, get your can over to The Big Easy.

Portland garage rockers Whale Oil will be providing the sounds to your Thursday night soundtrack down at Sonny’s in the Old Port this evening. Tonight the fellas will perform their self-titled debut album in its entirety alongside some other fan favorites starting right around 9 o’clock.

You really can’t go wrong if you fine yourself down at Gritty’s in Portland tonight as you’ll be in the right place to check out the fellas in Vinyl Tap as they cover everything from Huey Lewis, Elton John, The Beatles and many, many more. It’s a free, non-stop dance party that gets underway right around 9, so swing through if you’re in the Old Port this evening.

Right across the street at Bull Feeney’s, the dudes of Hello Newman are ready to pump out the jams with another free night of nostalgia-filled tunes. Starting at 9:30, these guys will be rockin’ all of your favorite 90s tunes for you to bust a move or two to.

The fun fellas in Kilcollins will be doing it to it down at RiRa on Commercial Street this Thursday evening. Beginning at 9:30 Kilcollins plans on rockin’ you with all sorts of tunes that you know in love alongside a handful of catchy original tunes that should become certain favorites. It’s free, fun and I would say guaranteed to be a good time, so check it out if you’re downtown this evening.

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