Sweet flippin’ Thursday! We’re making some serious strides towards the freakin’ weekend and although it’s been an uphill battle most of the week, I have absolutely no doubt that today is going to be an exceptional day! There are a ton of awesome shows going on all around Portland and beyond, so take a quick gander and then get yourself out there and throw down this Thursday! BOOM!
Attention, my Party Pants wearing people! This show has been moved to Port City Music Hall on Congress Street in Portland due to Mother Nature being a bit temperamental! Same time, still free, still ages, and still bound to be a whole lot of fun! Portland Downtown District’s Alive at 5 free summer concert series continues this Thursday in Monument Square in Portland as two great roots acts take to the stage for a free show at, you guessed it, 5 o’clock this evening! Check out awesome performances from NYC’s Spirit Family Reunion as they bring their Americana-roots sound to the Square to play some homegrown tunes to stomp, clap, shake and holler to alongside Portland’s own hollerfolk favorites, The Ghost of Paul Revere who’ll be serving up their own sweet, soaring harmonies paired with some stringed things and harmonica for a free, all ages outdoor show that should not be missed. Not only that, but I’ll be hosting the event in conjunction with WCLZ, so it’ll be your chance to yell awkward things at me while I try not to act completely socially inept! Hooray, good times! But in all seriousness, I hope to see some familiar faces this evening enjoying some free, live music in lovely downtown Portland.
One of my all-time favorite dudes, Lyle Divinsky, is still kicking around Portland for another month before he heads back to Brooklyn for the fall, so don’t miss out on your chance to catch him the next few Thursday evenings down at The Porthole on Commercial Street. Starting at 6 you can catch Lyle, and possibly a couple of his pals, laying down some funk, soul and R&B covers as well as some of Lyle’s own original material. There’s never a cover charge and I promise your earholes will thank you if you check out tonight’s soulful shindig.
We’re already into the first full week of August so make sure that you get in as much outdoor deck and patio partying as possible. One such place to do exactly that is down at the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street in Portland. Starting at 6, local rockers and rollers The Joint Chiefs will be performing live with a set of high-energy and big fun songs, so be sure to check it out.
Portland electro-rock act KGFREEZE will be playing a free show at the Lithgow Library in Augusta this Thursday evening as part of the library’s summer concert series. Things get underway at 6:30 out on the lawn of Lithgow, but will be moved into the library itself if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.
Treat yourself this Thursday to some delicious pizza paired with the live musical stylings of Monarck Lisa, Slab’s resident full-tilt rage house band that features horns, keys, a full rhythm section and the talented Clara Junken on lead vocals, during tonight’s free show, which gets underway right around 7 o’clock.
Again, getting out there and enjoying some live music on a beautiful August evening is going to make the long, cold winter much more bearable, so make sure you’re making the most of this exceptional weather while there’s still time by checking out this week’s Friends of Eastern Prom Summer Concert Series event at Fort Sumner Park in Portland featuring local bluegrass act, Jerks of Grass. Starting at 7, take in some toe tapping tunes at this free, all ages event.
Another free open mic night takes place tonight at the Meg Perry Center on Market Street in the Old Port as the venue invites all musicians of all ages to come in and play during their Turnstyle Thursday event. Things get underway at 7 o’clock so pop on by and display your musical abilities at this free and fun event.
There are a couple of great shows to check out at Blue on Congress Street in Portland this Thursday, the first being a live performance from vocal group Voxilla at 7 o’clock. The group features three-party harmony rooted in the vocal stylings of old-school country, R&B, rock and roll, folk, blues and gospel.
Local musician Mark Tipton and his musical ensemble known as Les Sorciers Perdus presents the world premier of Tipton’s new score to the 1919 German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari tonight at SPACE Gallery in Portland. Commonly referred to as the first true horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari revolutionized set design, introduced the ‘twist ending’ and has influenced generations of filmmakers from Stanley Kubrick to Tim Burton. Tipton’s 74-minute score is written for an amplified sextet including trumpet with harmonizer, amplified cello with effects, synthesizer, electric guitar, bass, and drums. These talented musicians will be bringing this film to life in all of its sinister glory starting at 7:30.
The Opera House in Boothbay Harbor welcomes Ben Taylor to the stage tonight right around 7:30. Ben, who is the son of James Taylor, not only bears a striking resemblance to his pops, but also sounds a whole lot like him as well.
LQH will be bringing their melting pot of sound that covers ground in genres from soul and jazz to funk and rock to The Liberal Cup in Hallowell this Thursday for a free show that gets crankin’ right around 8 o’clock.
Multi-instrumentalist and one-woman-band, Audrey Ryan will be playing a show at The Oak and The Ax on Main Street in Biddeford tonight alongside Mike O’Heir of psych-folk act Old Soul and the band known as And the Kids. Check out these acts’ unique musical meanderings as things get underway at 8 o’clock.
Portland’s own twisted rockabilly heroes, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies will be bringing their theatrical rock n’ roll show down to The Run of the Mill in Saco this Thursday evening. If you’re south of Portland tonight and looking for some free, all ages entertainment then get down to the Run of the Mill right around 8 o’clock.
Boston singer-songwriter Patrick Coman will be live at Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in Portland. Beginning at 8 check out Patrick’s unique blend of Americana, folk and indie rock at this free, all ages show.
Sparks The Rescue will be rockin’ it out on the pier in Old Orchard Beach once again this Thursday as they hit the stage of the Pier Patio Pub for a night of free music. Starting at 9, grab some pals and check out some of the band’s original material as well as an assortment of super fun pop-rock covers as these local fellas pump out the jams all night long.
Local pop-rock act Kilcollins hits the stage of RiRa on Commercial Street in Portland right around 9 tonight to help bring the thunder to your Thursday night party with a mix of original songs and awesome covers that are guaranteed to get you moving out on the dance floor.
A handful of talented local singer-songwriters from Portland will be teaming up to swap songs and stories on the stage of Blue on Congress Street this Thursday. Starting at 9 stop by this awesome venue to take in performances from Max Garcia Conover, Joel Thetford, Calen Perkins and more as they go back and forth, song for song during this free acoustic event.
Empire on Congress Street in Portland welcomes a trio of talented acts for a fun night of music. Starting at 9, make your way upstairs to take in local acts, Tall Horse and Dixon Pendejo Trash, who’ll be serving up some indie folk-rock and psychedelic gutter blues, respectively, alongside special guests from Rhode Island, Torn Shorts.
If you’re south of the border tonight, and hanging out in the Dover, NH area, be sure to check out a show going down at the Dover Brickhouse featuring hip-hop heavy hitters Adeem, Radiant Flow, Seth on Gray Street, MC22 and more. Things get popping off right around 9 o’clock.
Greg Klein and Jesse Pilgrim will be bringing the boot stomping good times to the Amigos patio in the Old Port this Thursday evening as the pair swap songs and stories at this free, and guaranteed to be fun, show. Check out the duo’s mix of Americana, roots and rock as this patio party gets started right around 9 o’clock.
Another patio party to check out happens over at Oasis on Wharf Street where Roots, Rhythm & Dub return for some high-energy reggae and dub tunes. Tonight’s gig gets underway at 9:30 and as always there’s never ever a cover charge.
Hello Newman will be pumping out the jams with a free night of fun upstairs at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port. Head out around 9:30 to check these guys out as they rock all of your favorite 90s alternative jams. There’s never a cover charge, so there’s absolutely no excuse for you not to get your nostalgia on!
Right across the street at Gritty’s you can check out Vinyl Tap as these talented fellas cover everything from Huey Lewis, Elton John, The Beatles, Charlie Daniels, Cee Lo Green, Michael Jackson and more. Non-stop rockin’ and rollin’ gets underway at 10 and as always, there’s never a cover to get in.