This week seemed exceptionally long and treacherous for no real apparent reason so it’s should comes as no surprise that I am truly overjoyed by the fact that it is finally Friday. Per usual there’s a ton of awesome stuff going down all around our little seaside state, so hike up those Party Pants and crank the fun-o-meters up to eleven because things are going to get awesome tonight!
A cover act weekend kicks off up in Howland tonight at the Seboeis Stream Outdoor Event Center where beginning at noon you can check out a ton of bands as they take on the tunes of legendary rock n’ roll acts that everyone knows and love. Check out sets from Guts No Glory, Render, Swallow This (a tribute to Poison), Maiden New England (tribute to Iron Maiden), American Zeppelin, and Draw The Line (Aerosmith cover act).
If you’re going out on the town early this Friday, be sure to make a stop into Blue on Congress Street in Portland to check out the fiery, foot-stomping blues-folk of local act Muddy Ruckus who’ll be performing a free show starting at 6 o’clock.
Local musician Scott Lank will be playing out at the Porthole on Commercial Street in the Old Port this evening. Starting at 6, stop in and enjoy this free, all ages show featuring Lank’s performances of familiar classic rock and country tunes from the 60s and 70s, as well a little bit of bluegrass, a few ballads and some uptempo rockers.
Take in some good times and good tunes out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street as local cover act Vinyl Tap rocks and rolls through your Friday starting at 6. The fellas play fun covers of everything from Elton John to The Beatles, Charlie Daniels, Huey Lewis, The Band and more.
Kick up your heels and have some fun with Blasted Knoll String Band as the fellas play a free event showcasing their blend of original, acoustic bluegrass and Americana tunes at Andy’s Old Port Pub in the Old Port beginning at 7 o’clock.
Local folk musician Max Garcia Conover celebrates the release of his second full length album titled Ellery with a show at Mayo Street Arts in Portland this evening. Named after the town where Conover grew up, Ellery is a collection of songs about the idea of home, about the places and people and ideas and endeavors that we belong to. Composer Ben Cosgrove produced the album, pairing Conover’s lyrical songwriting with gorgeous, grand arrangements. Ben Cosgrove will open the show with an instrumental performance starting at 7:30pm.
Boston roots-rockers, Adam Ezra Group returns to Portland for a happening show at One Longfellow Square this Friday. Get ready to have some fun with these talented fellas as things get underway at 8 o’clock.
Starting at 8 o’clock this Friday evening you can treat yourself to some delicious gastro pub fare while taking in some awesome live music at The Frog & Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook. Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies will be taking to the stage for a free show filled with their own theatrical brand of twisted Americana and rockabilly tunes.
Sly-Chi will be bringing the party Slab’s outdoor patio in Portland tonight with their unique blend of jazz and funk that’s certain to make you shake a tail feather or two. Enjoy some mighty fine ‘za while taking in some tasty tunes courtesy of this fantastic local act as things get underway at 8 o’clock tonight.
9-time Grammy Award winners and kings of Western Swing, Asleep at the Wheel will be stirring things up on stage at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield this evening. Tonight’s shindig gets swinging right around 8 o’clock.
The newly forged Portland musical braintrust of BRZOWSKI and God.Damn.Chan have partnered with SPACE Gallery for a series of events showcasing the live-PA producer culture from Maine and beyond in the series 1UP: A Night of Beat/Culture. Tonight’s inaugural event will feature performances from young upstart Turquoise Crown, the maiden beat forays of established Portland DJ Don Damiani, the post-rave visuals of The Psychologist, and the heady digital-dirt button-mashings of Altered Gee. Special guest guest headliner Milo (Los Angeles,CA by way of Saco) makes his debut Portland appearance. The party starts at 8:30 tonight.
Tonight electro-pop rocker Dean Ford, you know, that super talented dude who wears guyliner and sorta resembles Prince, will join forces with Boston’s Miss Fairchild to take the audience of The Asylum in Portland on an electrified pop, rock and dance music journey with tons of soul, sing-a-long hooks, snappy drums, fuzzy synths and horns to boot. Things get underway at tonight’s 18+ show at 9 o’clock with an opening set from power-pop singer-songwriter Justin Levinson.
Carbon Mirage, a jazz/alt-rock band that sounds something like Miles Davis meets Jimi Hendrix, will be making a stop in Portland this evening for a show at Geno’s on Congress Street. Local act Feral Academy will kick things off with a set of tunes as things get underway at 9 o’clock tonight.
Flask Lounge on Spring Street in Portland hosts another free dance party for this month’s round of Foundation Friday. Every second Friday of the month you can join Mr. Dereloid and special guests for an entire evening of the finest underground dance music around. For this edition, special guest Richard Sin will be teaming up with Mr. Dereloid for a funky, fresh Friday night par-tay that gets underway right around 9 o’clock.
Put a dip in your hip and pep in your step this Friday at little glide in your stride this Friday at Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor as Mama’s Boomshack will be funking things up with a free show starting right around 9.
Brian Boru in the Old Port is the place to be for a free Friday night dance party as they welcome back Boston’s Lovewhip to the stage for some electro-pop disco goodness. If you’re looking to bust a move or two tonight be sure to head out to Boru’s right around 9:30.
Finnish-Canadian singer-songwriter, Afie Jurvanen aka Bahamas will be performing live at Empire in Portland this Friday. Bahamas has previously collaborated with such artists as Feist and Jack Johnson and is currently touring a new record, Bahamas Is Afie, which is filled with melodic pop hooks, tons of toned out guitar and gorgeous vocal harmonies. Things get started at 9:30 this evening with an opening set from Toronto folk act, The Weather Station.