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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: July 18, 2013

Amy Allen & Old Soul team up for tunes in Monument Square for tonight's Alive at 5

Here we go, one more time, everybody’s feelin’ fine, here we go nooow!  Oh heck yes you better believe that I just quoted N’Sync to start off today’s blog. You loved it and you know it.  Okay, maybe you didn’t, but it still happened, so deal. Ah, might as well start off by apologizing because my brain is still a little melty from all of this week’s awesome events, so yeah, sorry and stuff. Now let’s get down to it, eh?

The party continues in downtown Portland this Thursday evening with another installment of Alive at 5 right in Monument Square. Starting at 5 o’clock you can check out sets of tunes from local experimental folk act Old Soul as well as pop/country sweetheart Amy Allen. It’s free, fun and all ages, so you might as well swing through on your way home from work and check it out.

The fellas of North of Nashville will be rocking down at Brian Boru in the Old Port starting right around 5 and they won’t stop the party until last call – seriously. That’s a lot of pickin’! Jay and Andrew bring their love all of all things twang to life this evening with a free show upstairs that’s always a ton of fun, so swing through and check it out at some point this evening.

If I didn’t literally have to go to bed at 7pm this evening, I would most definitely be enjoying a couple of frosty beverages out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company where the fellas of Hotel Cocktails, which are actually just members of Dominic and The Lucid, will be doing their thing. The boys will be playing tunes that you know and love as well as some of their own psychedelic rockers starting right around 6 o’clock.

If you’re kicking it in Westbrook this Thursday evening swing by The Frog & Turtle where local acoustic duo Uke n’ Smile will be doing their thing starting right around 7 o’clock. David and Keith will be playing some acoustic jams to get your night started out on the right foot. It’s a free gig, there’s terrific food, and delicious drinks, so check it out if you’re in the area this evening.

If you’re in the York County area tonight, get things going with folk-rocker Brian Patricks down at The Pilot House in Kennebunk. Beginning at 7, Brian will be playing a handful of original tunes paired with classic cover songs that everyone knows and loves.

A pretty neat open mic night will be happening at the Meg Perry Center on Congress Street in Portland as they invite any and all musicians to come in and play during their Turnstyle Thursdays. This event is open to one and all, so show off your skills starting at 7.

A night dedicated to the wonderful songwriters and performers of the local scene happens at Blue on Congress Street in Portland where the first ever Cover Your Friends event will be taking place. This series is focused on local performers covering other local musicians’ tunes. Things begin at 8 and will feature rounds from Connor Garvey, Geoff Zimmerman, Caroline Cotter, Shanna Underwood and many, many more. Then stick around for more music as these artists play their own original tunes to close out the evening.

If you’re looking for some straight up rock n’ roll right outta the pages of Bruce Springsteen’s own play book, then check out NJ’s Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes as they take to the stage of The Asylum in Portland tonight. Local artist John Clavette will kick things off with a set of tunes right around 8 o’clock.

The Dapper Gents will be rocking out their own brand of acoustic folk-pop tonight over at The Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street in Portland. Anticipate some good times and good tunes with these fellas beginning at 8 o’clock.

If cool jazz and fancy drinks are more your style this Thursday, then might I suggest taking a trip down to Gingko Blue on Fore Street in Portland where the Tony Boffa Quartet will be laying down some smooth sounds for ya starting right around 8 o’clock.

If you’re looking for some delicious pizza, cold beer and old timey, roots and bluegrass music, then head over to Otto on Congress Street in Portland where the Tricky Britches will be playing a set of fun tunes this evening. They’ll be serving up their own style of back porch jams starting right around 8.

Beginning at 8 o’clock down at The Hive in Kennebunk you can take in some great acoustic tunes courtesy of some great singer-songwriters such as Paul Chase Jr., Abbe Anderson, and Scott Girouard.

DJ Jazzy Chas and the Del Rossi Posse will be bringing the party up to Hallowell this evening for a show at The Liberal Cup. Tonight beginning at 8 o’clock you can enjoy some funky soul, jazz, hip hop and pop covers from this group of party people all for no cover charge.  So if you’re around the York County area this evening, swing on by and check ‘em out.

Brooklyn trio, Tumbling Bones rattles up on to the stage of Billy’s Tavern in Thomaston this evening with their own unique brand of Americana tunes. Check these fine fellas out as they play a free, all ages show, which gets underway right around 9 o’clock.

It’s time again to gear yourself up for some stellar thirsty Thursday jams down at The Big Easy on Market Street in Portland where Band Beyond Description will be doing their thing all night long. Far more than just your typical Dead Head band, these dudes jam out on everything from The Band, Phish, The Allman Brothers and many more. Tonight except a healthy heaping of good tunes, good times, good people and maybe even a hula hoop or two. The party starts right around 9, so go on and get your noodle on.

Take in some new local alternative rock at RiRa on Commercial Street where the dudes of The Band Apollo will be breaking things down starting right around 9 o’clock tonight.

Get down to Gritty’s in Portland to check out the fellas in Vinyl Tap as they cover everything from Huey Lewis, Elton John, The Beatles and many, many more. If you’re looking for a non-stop dance party, then swing through as they start playing at 9 and there’s never, ever a cover charge.

Celebrate the start of Old Hallowell Days with The OverEZ Band at the Easy Street Lounge as these four rocking females team up to bring you some of the best blues, jazz, rock, pop, country and folk around. The party starts right around 9, so check it out if you’re hanging in Hallowell this evening.

Work it out this evening to some of the best tunes the 90s had to offer from such bands as Sublime, Blink 182, the GinBlossoms, Everclear, No Doubt and even Chumbawumba (yes, I just said Chumbawumba) down at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port where 90s cover band Hello Newman will be getting the party started right around 9:30 tonight.

If you find yourself getting buck wild in the Seacoast area tonight be sure to head out to The Stone Church in Newmarket, NH right around 9:30 where experimental, borderline-pysch-folk act B.A. Canning will be bringing the good times to the stage this evening.

And of course you can always shake your groove thing at DJ Silverchild’s Hang The DJ dance party featuring the best 80s and 90s alternative dance jams. Starting at 10 o’clock, get ready to bust out some bad ass moves on the Slainte dance floor.

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