I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I’ve had Friday on my mind since Monday, so I am incredibly happy that the weekend is only mere hours away! We’re so close, so let’s go see what condition this weekend’s condition is in! (What? I don’t know, I’m on some heavy-duty meds thanks to my plague. You’re welcome and I apologize all at the same time.)
I’m sure I’m not the first person to throw compliments towards the new management (aka The State Theatre) of Port City Music Hall in Portland for making that room fun and welcoming once again. It’s such a terrific space and tonight they celebrate their re-launch with a free party of epic proportions featuring performances from local acts such as AWAAS, DJ Matty T, Foam Castles, Hutch Heelan, Billy Libby, Ian Hammond, Soule Monde, Sunset Hearts and more. And in case you missed it, I said that this shindig is absolutely FREE, so be sure to swing through and check things out as the celebrations begin promptly at 5pm.
Celebrate First Friday at Geno’s Rock Club on Congress Street in Portland with an art show presented by Erin Leon and Sarah Mallory featuring the visual artwork of Matt Enger, Adriane Gainer, Zachary Howard, Erin Leon and Liza Schiltz. Of course Geno’s isn’t Geno’s without a bit of rock and roll so Felt Tip Prick, Doomstone, Johnny Cremains and Indre Stryke will be on hand to provide the soundtrack to your First Fridaying. Things get underway right around 5:30 tonight, so be sure to stop in on your way downtown this evening.
Folk rock trio Silent Sam & The Evans will be pleasing earholes this evening as they play a free show starting at 6 o’clock at Blue on Congress Street. These guys not only super talented, but super nice as well, so be sure to stop by and check them out this evening.
If you’re in York County this finally Friday evening and find yourself in the Biddeford/Saco area, be sure to make your over to The Kerryman Pub for a free show featuring Andi Fawcett and Zach Romanoff. This talented pair will be teaming up for tunes of the acoustic persuasion starting right around 6 o’clock.
Local rockers The Grumps will be playing some tunes outside on the Portland Lobster Company deck this evening. Make your way downtown right around 7 o’clock this evening to grab a drink and check ‘em out.
The Bro Band, which consists of drums, tuba, trumpet and vibraphone, celebrates the release of their new record with a tour of Maine that kicks off this evening at the Dobra Tea Lounge in Portland. Starting at 7, you can check out this eclectic group’s original compositions in a unique, intimate setting.
Dead Language Collective presents an evening they’re dubbing as Party For A Friend that’ll feature performances from Don Damiani, Gravel, Special B, and A.C. Billion with local comedian Doug Collins holding down hosting duties. This is a free show down at Slainte Wine Bar & Lounge in Portland, so check it out as things get cranking right around 8 o’clock this evening.
Again, if you find yourself hanging out in southern Maine tonight, there’s a great show taking place at Elements: Books Coffee Beer in Biddeford as the unique, borderline-psychedelic local folk act Old Soul takes to the stage for a set of tunes starting at 8.
A little farther down south at The Hive in Kennebunk you can check out The Wetsuits as they get ready to rock on into Friday night with a set of pop-rock tunes that mixes everything from well-known covers to catchy originals. The fellas will be doing it to it starting right around 8 o’clock, so if you’re looking to bust a move or two, check ‘em out.
Awear Studios in Portland celebrates First Friday with a big ol’ party featuring the live roots, reggae, and dub-step sounds of Gorilla Finger Dub Band. Tonight’s celebration begins right around 8 o’clock. The event is entirely free so swing through Portland’s longest glass emporium if you’re out and about tonight.
Check out tonight’s show over at Seasons Grille in Portland where you can take in some Americana roots infused with a bit of rockabilly courtesy of Ragged Jack. This high-energy local act takes to the stage right around 8 o’clock for a full night of swinging and dancing.
If you’re up in Lewiston tonight, check out this Friday’s show at Guthries where you can expect to hear smart pop fused with Americana and folk a la Wilco and Old 97s as local rockers Welterweight take the stage right around 8 o’clock.
Perhaps you’re feeling a bit nostalgic and looking for a reason to bust out any and all neon gear you might’ve been hanging on to from the 80s. Well look no further than the Penobscot Pour House in Bangor where eightysomething will be rocking all the very best 80s tunes starting at 9 o’clock.
Velourosaurus will be bringing the party all the way up to Rangeley, Maine this evening as they play at Moose Alley. Moose Alley is a one-of-a-kind venue up in Rangeley that not only features a bowling alley and live music, but there’s an indoor fire pit as well; it’s pretty badass. Velourosaurus will be providing the soundtrack for a party this evening with their rock/funk/jam explosion starting at 8.
I hate to say it, but our days are becoming numbered for evenings to be spent out on a deck sipping a cold adult beverage whilst listening to some tasty tunes. Hang on to these moments down at The Pier Patio Pub in Old Orchard with some live, hip-hop courtesy of JB5. These cats will be bringing the Friday night thunder to the pier starting at 9 o’clock.
Fridays are generally a great time to shake what your mama gave ya, so you might as well do just that tonight by getting down to Flask Lounge on Spring Street in Portland where DJ Jamie O’Sullivan will be hosting his monthly LOVE event. LOVE will feature O’Sullivan and special guest VIK44 bringing you the best house, techno and disco to shake your can to. You can check out this free event starting right around 9.
Local indie/country rockers Wesley Hartley and the Traveling Trees travel up to Bar Harbor tonight for a show at the Lompoc Café. If you’re in the area tonight, I highly recommend checking out this show, which gets underway right around 9.
Bayside Bowl in Portland plays host to a fundraiser for Back Bay Connection’s music program featuring performances from local indie rock favorites Metal Feathers and The Rattlesnakes as well as I Suppose You Know Karate. Tonight’s event begins at 9 o’clock and is all ages, so bring the kiddos.
The one, the only Royal Hammer continues to celebrate warm, sunny days with some raging reggae at The Big Easy in Portland tonight. Beginning at 9 o’clock, the Hammer will be throwing down and making some smooth reggae sounds as they full throttle into a finally Friday night throw down.
Things get funky at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port with Shut Down Brown who promise to keep you dancing the night away with their blend of progressive-rock, funk, and soul. There’s no cover, so check it out right around 9:30.
Sam Shain and The Scolded Dogs will be bringing the party to the Brian Boru in Portland tonight with their original songs as well as everything from Snoop Dogg, Johnny Cash, Pariliament and more. The good times start rollin’ around 9:30.
Get ‘er doing (WHAT?) to some of the best tunes the 90s ever had to offer from such bands as Sublime, Blink 182, the GinBlossoms, Everclear, No Doubt and even Chumbawumba (yes, Chumbawumba) over at RiRa on Commercial Street where Hello Newman will be priming the party right around 10 o’clock.