What up, Wednesday? You’ve really gotta bring it tonight because even though we’re half way through the week, I still feel like I’m not gonna make it to Friday. Thankfully it does look like you’re packing some heat, so I’ll give it me best shot tonight and take in some tune age. It’s time to hurdle the hump so let’s do this thing, shall we?
Some very talented kids will be playing some very awesome tunes tonight for the New Roots Benefit Concert for the Maine Acoustic Festival. Tonight’s performance will feature some of Maine’s most talented young acoustic musicians from across the state. Beginning at 7 you can check out performances from Flight 317, The Honey Badgers, The Franklin County Fiddlers, and The Johnny Beasts at the First Parish Congregational Church in Yarmouth. The Maine Acoustic Festival is a student music festival promoting the traditional music styles that have helped shape Maine’s culture.
Gingko Blue on Fore Street in the Old Port welcomes award-winning musician Jennifer Porter to the stage along with her musical counterpart Sonny Barbato for an evening of standards from the ‘20s through the ‘40s as well as some old school blues tunes. The duo gets things going at this free event starting right around 7.
Down the street at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port the Squid Jiggers return to the stage with their own brand of folk music that’s perfect to pair with a tall pint of tasty beer. Tonight the duo gets the good times rollin’ at 8 o’clock.
The Little Tap House on Spring Street in Portland continues its acoustic music series with some songs courtesy of local songstress Andi Fawcett. Usually you can check out Andi as she sings with Sly-Chi and Doubting Gravity, but tonight she goes solo with a set that gets started at 8.
If you’re looking for some open mic action in Portland tonight, then head over to Slainte Wine Bar & Lounge on Preble Street where you can check out local artists as they do their thing or you can even sign up to play some songs of your own. Every Wednesday starting at 8, local singer-songwriter Nick Poulin of Tall Horse hosts this free and fun event.
Founding Grateful Dead member, Bob Weir will be performing live alongside his band RatDog at The State Theatre in Portland this evening. Expect lots of Grateful Dead tunes as well as songs from Weir’s solo repertoire. Things get groovy starting at 8 o’clock.
Rap Night is bringing the thunder to The Asylum in Portland this Wednesday as they welcome showcases from Dray Jr., Haze, and The Yeti. Get ready for some good times, good vibes and good people as things get underway right around 9 tonight. There’ll also be early and late night open mic ciphers, so be sure to check it out if you’re looking for some high-energy hip-hop this evening!
The Clash of the Titans gets wonderfully weird this week as two great experimental rock bands go head-to-head and song-for-song at this week’s battle hosted at the Empire in Portland. Starting at 9:30 check out musicians from such local acts as Builder of the House, Dustin Saucier & The Sad Bastards, Yes We Kin, Jaw Gems, Doubting Gravity and more take on the tunes of The Mars Volta and Primus.