I am feeling all kinds of awesome about this Thursday evening! This week has been dragging on for what seems to be an eternity so therefore I am super ready to throw all caution to the wind and kick start the freakin’ weekend a day early. There’s a surplus of awesome things happening tonight so go ahead and get your Thursday on, my babies — here we go!
The Portland Museum of Art presents another installment of their #ThirdThursPMA series, an event which happens each third Thursday of the month with the PMA hosting live music as well as partnering with some of the region’s best breweries for a unique museum experience. This evening they present acclaimed indie-folk duo Arborea, who are set to perform at 5:30pm.
Portland musician Sorcha will be performing a set of songs at Blue on Congress Street in Portland this Thursday. Treat your ears to Sorcha’s inspiring and eclectic blend of soul, rock, country, folk and everything in between as this free show starts up right around 7pm.
Check out The Grassholes as they play some feel-good bluegrass tunes at The Thirsty Pig in the Old Port tonight. Starting at 7, kick back, enjoy some beer and delicious food during this free, all-ages shindig.
Funk rocker Sam Shain goes solo tonight for an acoustic gig at the Silver Street Tavern in Waterville. Starting at 7, Sam will be playing a fun mix of both originals and covers during this free event.
The Tim Sullivan Trio will be holding it down at The Liberal Cup in Hallowell this Thursday evening. Tim is one talented dude who knows how to have a good time by playing a bunch of songs that are sure to get you moving, so if you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and things gets started up right around 7pm.
Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street will be hosting local act The Gather Rounders for a free, all-age show this Thursday. Starting at 7, check out this string band that blends traditional and progressive bluegrass and folk into a lush mix of clean harmonies, inventive pickin’ and solid grooves.
The Whitfield Family Band featuring Mark Whitfield and Portland’s own Rebecca Kingsley will be performing live at One Longfellow Square in Portland tonight. Whitfield, considered one of the world’s greatest jazz guitarists, will be joined by soul-singing Kingsley for her hometown debut of the duo’s original work. Starting at 8 o’clock check out the pair’s new material mixed in with some of their favorite jazz, blues and R&B covers.
Starting at 9:30, the mighty Royal Hammer will be raging some reggae for your Thirsty Thursday upstairs at Brian Boru. Take in the sounds of summer on this chilly January night during this free, 21+ show.
Central Maine hip-hop act The Shizzle bring their themed dance party to the stage of Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight. Things get started around 9:30 at this free, fun show that’ll feature jams from such notable acts as Vanilla Ice, The Roots, Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Biz Markie and more.
Bramhall on Congress Street in Portland is ready for some more great local bluegrass as they welcome back the Jerks of Grass for the band’s weekly Thursday night gig. The Jerks will be kicking out some toe-tapping tunes starting right around 9:30pm.
It’s definitely been a hot minute since local artists Dominic and The Lucid and Jeff Beam have shared a stage, trading off sets of psychedelic rock and roll jams, but tonight that all changes as they play a gig upstairs at Empire in Portland alongside New York psychedelic indie pop-rockers, Monogold. Tonight’s show also serves as a birthday celebration for local actor and musician Corey Gagne, so swing through, enjoy some stellar tunes, buy Corey a fancy drink, and have some fun as the music starts right around 9:30pm.
EDIT ALL Y’ALL! Jeff Beam announced this afternoon that he has had to bow out of this evening’s performance due to illness and that Portland’s own talented rock and/or roller John Nels will be providing musical joy/weirdness in his stead. This’ll be a nice prequel to Nels’ upcoming Live & Local performance at One Longfellow Square at the beginning of February, so this is a good trade-off of talent indeed. That being said, sending Jeff lots of healing vibes as he rests up and rids himself of the sick-kid crud.
The fellas of local cover act Vinyl Tap will be back at it tonight as they play a plethora of songs that are certain to get you shaking your can out on the dance floor. Expect everything from Huey Lewis, Elton John, The Beatles and more during tonight’s free show at Gritty’s in the Old Port. The party starts at 10 o’clock this Thirsty Thursday.