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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: November 6, 2014

Check out Sara Hallie Richardson, The Kenya Hall Band & Jaw Gems at Empire tonight

Written by: Holly Nunan

It’s been one helluva week and I’m so ready to hoist up my Party Pants and welcome the weekend in style. If you’re picking up what I’m laying down, here are some seriously fun haps to hang out at tonight!

The Rhythm Future Quartet will be live at Acoustic Artisans on Congress Street in Portland this evening. The band was established after four young jazz virtuosos decided to join musical forces to perform dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards as well as their own original compositions. Check these fellas out as they take to the stage right around 7 o’clock tonight.


Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street welcomes back local act Pretty Girls Sing Soprano to fill the space with beautiful sounds and songs this Thursday. Pretty Girls Sing Soprano are certain to turn heads with their tight, clever and original harmonies that you can take in starting right around 7 during this free, all-ages event.


Maine musician Barry Arvin Young will be playing a variety of easy listening classics up at the Silver Street Tavern in Waterville tonight. This free show gets underway at 7, so swing through if you’re hanging around the Waterville area this Thursday.


If you’re going out on the town early this Thursday, be sure to make a stop into Blue on Congress Street in Portland to check out the fiery, foot-stomping, bluesy Americana sounds of local act Muddy Ruckus. The band just released a brand new, self-titled record so anticipate hearing a lot of inspired jams from that as they kick things off right around 7 o’clock tonight.


Electric blues and R&B players The Colwell Brothers will be performing a special acoustic roots set at Hoxter’s in Hallowell tonight. This free show will get grooving right around 7:30pm.


SPACE Gallery in Portland continues with its Fall Music Film Series this Thursday with Biophilia, a live concert film by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland that captures the human element of Björk’s multi-disciplinary multimedia project of the same name. Recorded live at Björk’s show in 2014 at London’s Alexandra Palace, the film features Björk and her band performing every song on ‘Biophilia’ and more using a broad variety of instruments including some digital, some traditional and some that are just completely unclassifiable. Tonight’s viewing gets underway at 7:30pm.

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Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Keller Williams has been known for quite some time as a literal one-man jam band. Tonight he steps out on stage with a whole crew of talented musicians as they perform live on at Port City Music Hall in Portland. Starting at 8 check out Keller’s latest project that features 6-piece funk band More Than A Little helping him bring many of his songs to life with a touch of funky flair.


Taylor Momsen brings her alt-rock act, Pretty Reckless to the stage of the Asylum in Portland this Thursday for a night of raucous rock and roll. Vegas’ Adelitas Way and Boston rockers Crash Midnight round out this evening’s bill as things get cranking right around 8 o’clock.


Local musicians Dave Good and Jeff Williams join forces to deliver some unique covers and catchy originals as they play their monthly gig over at The Frog and Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook this Thursday. The duo doles up some good tunes and good times during tonight’s free performance beginning at 8pm.


Local act Duquette will be bringing their mix of jazz, rock and various other grooves to The Run of the Mill in downtown Saco tonight. Enjoy some great live jams as things get started during this free show right around 8 o’clock.


Kilcollins will be back to bring their lively pop-rock tunes to the stage of RiRa in the Old Port this Thursday. This troupe of talented dudes get things rocking and rolling with original jams and crafty cover tunes right around 9 o’clock.


Sonny’s in the Old Port hosts another ultra-swanky night of tunes as they welcome back local duo Humperdinck Humperdink and Glass Joe (aka Corey Gagne and Pete Dugas) for some old school musical revelry. I keep missing this event as my 8 o’clock bedtime doesn’t allow for too much fun, but I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this terrific twosome who blend a bit of Bowie and a bit of Radiohead together with just the right amount of theatrics for a Thursday night you soon won’t forget. Things get weird and wild at tonight’s free show starting at 9.


New York City based indie folk artist Cariad Harmon will be celebrating the release of her sophomore album with a show at Blue tonight as she brings her fall tour to Portland. Cariad’s irresistible melodies paired with an authentically pure approach to songwriting prove to be an appealing combination. Influenced as much by contemporary artists like Father John Misty and Ray Lamontagne as well as legends such as The Band and Carole King, Harmon’s most obvious talent lies in her ability to tell stories.  Tonight she’ll be doing just that alongside special guest, local folk singer Caroline Cotter. This special performance will get underway starting at 9 o’clock.


I wish I didn’t have to go to bed at dusk this Thursday evening because I’d love to be at Empire in Portland to catch up on some super vibes with some super people making some super music. A trio of talented Portland acts will be bumpin’ up on the stage tonight to raise some money and show their support for Michael Swartz, a true lover of the Maine music community who was taken too soon, and his family as they cope with not only his untimely loss, but also his surmounting medical bills. Music will get started at 9:30 with songstress Sara Hallie Richardson and her band. I expect SHR to drop a bunch of new music bombs on you guys as she’s been hard at work in the studio as of late. After Ms. Richardson, The Kenya Hall Band will be lighting it up with some funk and soul for your funk and soul holes, and finally the inimitable, experimental jazz act known as Jaw Gems will close things out. I implore you to throw on your finest pair of Thursday night Party Pants and get down on it this evening.


The Bramhall on Congress Street in Portland is gearing up for yet another Thirsty Thursday filled with some of the best bluegrass around with local act Jerks of Grass. The Jerks will be providing some toe-tapping tunes during this free shindig so swing through and have some fun as things get kickin’ around 9:30.

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Throw your Thursday night straight into fun mode with some seriously good times courtesy of local folk-pop-rock act The Dapper Gents as they play a free show at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port. Starting at 9:30 these fellas will be playing some original material as well as some well-known cover tunes.


Vinyl Tap is back at it tonight to play a plethora of songs that are certain to get your Thursday night rocking and rolling. Check out covers of everything from Stevie Wonder to The Beatles, Huey Lewis, Elton John, Charlie Daniels, and many more. The party starts at 10 over at Gritty’s on Fore Street in the Old Port.


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