We are officially half way there and next week will fly with all the merriment and holiday stuff and Festivus activities, so let’s get out there and celebrate tonight at some of these truly stellar local shows!
The Top of the East in downtown Portland is celebrating its first birthday this evening with a swanky party featuring the silky smooth soul sounds of Lyle Divinsky as well as some delicious Peak Organic Brewing beers as well as some exclusive cocktails designed especially for the occasion. Join in on the fun if you’re hanging around downtown tonight!
Local bluegrass duo Darlin’ Corey will be serving up some good times and good tunes at Blue on Congress Street in Portland this Wednesday. Starting at 7:30 check out the pair’s delightful blend of vocal harmonies accompanied by fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitars as they create a unique version of bluegrass, old time, folk and original songs.
Guitarist and singer-songwriter Dave Jacquet returns to his post as host with the most for another free open mic at Cole Farms in Gray this Wednesday evening. Starting at 7:30, all musicians are welcome to join in on the fun and make some music up on stage with Dave and a few of his friends as they share songs and stories all night long.
Take in some down home, acoustic roots tunes courtesy of David Beam and the Custom House Gang this Wednesday evening as the fellas play a free show at Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street. Things get underway right around 8 o’clock.
Local blues man Ron Gill returns to the Frog and Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook for another blues-based open mic night. Local musicians Ryan Halliburton and Eric Lawson join Ron as the trio performs during this free event that is open to any and all musicians who are looking to showcase their material live on stage. Things get underway at this free, all-ages show right around 8 o’clock.
Organ-based trio Micromasse returns to Frontier in Brunswick this evening to perform as part of the venue’s free Wednesday night music series, Live in the Lounge. If you’re in the area be sure to swing through and check out the melodic, mesmerizing sounds that Chris Sweet, Max Cantlin and Pete Dugas create through a combination of guitar, drums and organ. The superior instrumental jams get underway right around 8pm.
Get your midweek party started at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port with the help of local duo, The Squid Jiggers as the fellas bust out their own brand of folk-infused drinking tunes during tonight’s free show, which gets underway right around 8.
Contemporary rock-rapper Matisyahu returns to Portland to take over the stage of the State Theatre this Wednesday. Matisyahu is known for his unique style of hip-hop that features traditional vocal disciplines of jazz scatting as well as Judaism’s hazzan style of songful prayer all rolled into a reggae-rap feel. Music starts at 8pm with Sony Music recording artist Judith Hill’s powerhouse vocal stylings. Hill has backed such acts as Stevie Wonder, Elton John and the late Michael Jackson. So get there early and hang out late at this high-energy, midweek party.
Wednesday night means it’s time again for Rap Night at The Asylum in Portland where you can check out some of terrific hip-hop from some of the best and brightest emcees and producers around. Starting at 9, check out this week’s party featuring showcases from Ottawa, Canada’s Flight Distance, Maine’s own Indigenous Immigrants and more. There’ll also be early and late night open mic cyphers hosted by ill by instinct with El Shupacabra on so be sure to get there early and hang out late!
Geno’s on Congress Street in Portland welcomes Norton Records artist Bloodshot Bill to the stage as he brings his wild one-man band influenced in rockabilly, surf trash, and Appalachian sounds to life alongside lots of local supporting talent including The Outsiders, El Grande, Thee Icepicks and DJPJ spinning some classic 45s. The party starts right around 9 o’clock this Thirsty Thursday!