Even though I usually have to go to bed at dusk on Thursdays, I still think that they’re the best.They’re an awesome prequel to the weekend filled with fun times, good tunes, and great people. If you’re looking to celebrate Thursday in all of its glory, here are some places to check out tonight!
Blue on Congress Street in Portland welcomes back contemporary bluegrass act Cumberland Crossing for an evening of bustling bluegrass sounds as things get underway at 7 o’clock. Directly following the band’s set, all musicians are then welcome to participate in a bluegrass jam session that is slated to being right around 8:30pm.
Portland psychedelic folk-rocker Dominic Lavoie and a few of his friends come together tonight to play some tunes as Keanu Keanu up at The Liberal Cup in Hallowell this Thursday. Starting at 7 check out this free show that’ll include both cover songs and original jams.
Check out local act The Grassholes as they serve up some feel-good bluegrass tunes at The Thirsty Pig in the Old Port this Thursday evening. Kick back, enjoy some beer and delicious food as things get underway during tonight’s free event right around 7 o’clock.
Join the lovely and talented Monique Barrett as she plays during the Old Port’s Merry Madness event tonight over at b.good Portland. Monique will be playing a mix of her own soulful originals as well as some 80’s and 90’s covers, along with a seasonal appropriate smattering of jolly holidays tunes. She’ll also have an extra mic set up if anyone would like to come by and hop on stage for a song or two. Things get underway at 7pm with $1 off all local beers and glasses of wine, so get out and celebrate the season with some terrific local music and tasty local food.
When you live in Maine, where the weather in winter ranges from numbingly chill to so cold you can’t control your chattering mouth enough to even complain about it being so cold, a warm coat can make a world of a difference for someone. Join Mama’s Boomshack, Mehuman Trio and host Michelle Arcand at One Longfellow Square for a night of soulful, warming music that will help Preble Street in Portland keep those in need warm this winter. The night starts at 8pm with singer-songwriter Mehuman Jonson’s trio and then Mama’s Boomshack will bring the night home with a sleigh full of funky soul! Don’t miss this great event filled with great, local music for an even greater local cause!
“This Graveyard Is Not Deserted” is a film by WALKER Film Production about the future of GRIME Studios and the creative community of Portland, Maine. Join those involved in the effort to keep GRIME Studios alive as they present a live screening of the film as well as musical performances by The Difference, Jeff Beam, and Mome at the Community Television Network studios located on Congress Street in downtown Portland. GRIME Studios is a place brought to life by 20 years of music, art, poetry, and emotions. It currently gives 30 bands a place to practice regularly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. GRIME will be torn down within the next year to clear space for a new development, which the manager of GRIME, Justin Curtsinger, has spent the past year working to relocate. On the 7th building in his search, Justin took a leap of faith and put his financial future on the line and signed a 10 year lease. Well over $100,000 is still needed to cover the build-out. When completed and opened, the new facility will have twice the capacity of the current building. Please show your support for this very important part of the local music community by attending this event, which begins at 8 pm with $7 cover. All proceeds from the show will go to help fund the new GRIME Studios location.
If you’re getting the party started down in Saco tonight, check out a free rock n’ roll show at The Run of the Mill with local act Tilden Katz as the fellas take to the stage right around 8 o’clock for some good times and good tunes.
Vermont artist Matt Lorenz’s nationally touring, throat-singing, slide guitar playing one-man-band, known as The Suitcase Junket will be returning to the stage of Blue in downtown Portland tonight for a free show that gets started at 9pm.
Kilcollins will be bringing the pop and/or rock to the stage of RiRa on Commercial Street in the Old Port all night long this Thirsty Thursday. Beginning at 9 these fellas will be busting out all sorts of tunes that you know and love as well as some of their own catch y originals, so swing through and have some fun if you’re downtown this evening.
You can check out some roots rock upstairs at Brian Boru in the Old Port as Travis James Humphrey and his band gear up for some good times during tonight’s free show, which gets swinging right around 9:30pm.
The Bramhall on Congress Street in Portland is ready for yet another Thursday night filled some of the best local bluegrass around as Jerks of Grass return for their weekly live show. The Jerks kick out some toe-tapping tunes starting at 9:30 for this free, 21+ show.
Portland folk-pop-rock act The Dapper Gents will be playing another free show upstairs at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight. Starting at 9:30 get ready to have some as the dudes play a party mix of both covers and original tunes.
Lots and lots of great indie pop-rock will be happening up on the stage of Empire in Portland this Thursday evening as The Restless Atlantic celebrates the release of their brand new record, Chasm alongside their pals GinLab and Dustin Saucier and The Sad Bastards. The party starts at 9:30pm.
Vinyl Tap is ready to get down this evening over at Gritty’s in the Old Port with their danceable cover tunes that range from Stevie Wonder, Elton John, The Beatles, The Band more. There’s never a cover charge and plenty of beer, so check it out starting at 10pm.
Pop-rock n’ rollers Sparks The Rescue will be rockin’ upstairs at Oasis in the Old Port. The dudes will be kickin’ out a mix of originals and fun covers for your Thirsty Thursday as tonight’s free show gets underway right around 10 o’clock.