Yaaarrr! I’m so excited about the return of Thursday that I’ve apparently turned into a swashbuckling, seafaring pirate. Meh, whatever, worse things could happen, right? Anyway, without fail tonight is bringing us a surplus of awesome events to check out, so get out there and get your Thursday on, babies!
This Thursday evening take in some great acoustic covers and original songs from Eli Lisa and Ellie Osborn out on the deck of Doc’s Cafe in Cumberland. These two talented local musicians will be playing some live music at this free event, so enjoy some BBQ and other great food as things get underway right around 5 o’clock.
Another great way to get your Thursday night started out right is with some live Happy Hour tunes courtesy of local singer-songwriter Michael Krapovicky at Rooster’s in Augusta. Starting at 5:30 Michael will be playing some original acoustic tunes as well as some well-known covers at this free and fun event.
The 4th Annual Redneck Blank Festival kicks off this Thursday evening. The event hosts thousands of fun-loving people from all walks of life gathered together on a 210-acre farm located in Hebron, Maine to eat lots of great food, do some camping, participate in redneck Olympic-style games, and of course, enjoy tons of live music. Things get shaking this Thursday evening with performances from Dirty McCurdy, 43 North and the Adam Ezra Group. Musical merriment and redneck revelry gets underway right around 6 o’clock this evening.
Everyone’s favorite soul singing dude, Lyle Divinsky is ready once again to lay down some smooth soul, cool funk and rapturous R&B for another free show at The Porthole on Commercial Street in the Old Port tonight. Lyle will be serenading you from 6 to 9 tonight, so stop through and check him out.
Local psychedelic folk-rocker Dominic Lavoie will be joining a few of his pals for some tuneage out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company in downtown Portland this Thursday evening. Starting at 6 you can check out this free show filled with both Dom’s originals and some classic covers all while overlooking the beautiful and mighty Atlantic. There’s always delicious seafood to be consumed and beverages to sip upon, so swing by if you’re in the Old Port this Thirsty Thursday.
Indulge in some delicious Sicilian style street food (mmm, pizza) while enjoying the live musical stylings of Monarck Lisa, a full-tilt rage of a house band featuring horns, keys, rhythm section and the talented Clara Junken on lead vocals at Slab on Preble Street in downtown Portland this Thursday. The band gets grooving right around 7, so if you’re hungry and looking for something awesome and free to do, be sure to check this out!
Another free, all ages acoustic open mic night is happening over at the Meg Perry Center on Market Street in Portland as they invite any and all musicians to come in and play during their Turnstyle Thursday event. This open mic starts right around 7 and is open to all artists hoping to showcase their musical capabilities in front of an audience of peers.
If you’re looking to kick up your heels to some good tunes and have some good times this Thursday evening then make your way down to Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in downtown Portland. Starting at 7, the Blasted Knoll String Band will be doing their thing as they showcase their original blend of acoustic bluegrass and Americana during tonight’s free show.
Popular Brazilian artist Célia Vaz, who is also an internationally recognized vocalist, guitarist, arranger, songwriter and educator, will be performing at Mayo Street Arts in Portland this Thursday evening. Portland’s only Brazilian choro ensemble, Choro Louco will also be on hand for this evening’s performance, which gets underway right around 7:30.
The Friends of Eastern Prom Summer Concert Series continues this Thursday evening out at Fort Sumner Park in Portland with a live performance from Maine’s own contemporary Americana/pop act the Jason Spooner Band. This free, all ages event gets started right around 7:30 and is the perfect way to spend the final evening of July.
Blue on Congress Street in downtown Portland will have all kinds of jazz to liven up your Thursday starting with a 7 o’clock show featuring dynamic duo The Yabuno Etton Project. Ehud Etton and Horuka Yabuno come together to create mesmerizing sounds with only a piano and some bass guitar.
The Rhythm Kingz will be rockin’ The Cage in Lewiston for another Blues Night this Thursday. The party starts at 7:30 and will feature a full night of awesome blues, so be sure to swing through if you’re in the area this evening.
Check out some fun indie rock down at The Oak and The Ax in Biddeford as psychedelic garage rockers S.S. Cretins are joined by special guests Other Colors and Smoke Below for an 8 o’clock show this Thursday.
Steve Jones and his band The Holding Company will be making some noise up at The Liberal Cup in Hallowell this Thursday evening. Jones and friends blend everything from rockabilly, country, old-time rock and roll, Americana, roots and more to create some mighty fine jams that are guaranteed to help you get the good times rolling. If you’re in the area tonight be sure to stop through and have some fun as things get underway right around 8 o’clock.
One Longfellow Square in Portland welcomes two talented guitar virtuosos to their stage for an evening of inspiring sounds. Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo will be taking to the stage right around 8 o’clock this evening. Frank’s imaginative playing has made him the guitarist of choice for many musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, Mark O’Connor, Boston Pops, New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vinny Raniolo, at the age of 28, has already proved himself to be among the elite having performed and recorded with Bucky Pizzareli, Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman just to name a few. Needless to say, any of you string pluckers out there should probably check this one out.
SPACE Gallery on Congress Street in Portland welcomes back Deerhoof, the beloved punk band whose erratic style veers between pop, noise, and classic rock and roll, for a show that is most likely to sell out, so I suggest you scoop up some tickets early this afternoon! Things get underway around 8:30 with an opening set from Boston garage-rockers, Krill.
Blue on Congress Street has even more jazzy good times to offer up this evening as they welcome local organ trio Axiom to the stage for a free 9 o’clock show.
Tom Keifer, who’s best known as the singer, songwriter and guitarist for 80s glam-metal band Cinderella, will be playing songs from his debut solo record, The Way Life Goes, at The Asylum in Portland tonight. It probably wouldn’t hurt to bring along some extra Aquanet as things get underway right around 9 o’clock.
Brothers Cody and Clint Phipps of the country-rock duo Pitch Black Ribbons will be bringing their songs to life on the stage of the Dover Brickhouse in Dover, New Hampshire tonight. You can check out the fellas’ free acoustic set as things get underway around 9 tonight.
Brooklyn steamboat soul/roots revival act Roosevelt Dime will be bringing the party south of Portland tonight for a show at the Press Room in Portsmouth. This lively act will be stomping some feet and plucking some stringed things as the party gets started right around 9 o’clock.
Another party happening a little further south will be taking place down at the Thirsty Moose Taphouse in Portsmouth where Boston reggae rock funkateers Spirtual Rez will be getting the party started right around 9 o’clock.
Local fellas Sparks The Rescue will be rockin’ it out on the pier in Old Orchard Beach once again this Thirsty Thursday as they hit the stage of the Pier Patio Pub for a night of free tunes. Beginning right around 9 check out some of the band’s original material as well as plethora of super fun covers as they pump out the party jams all night long.
North of Nashville will be rocking this Thursday up at Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor. Starting at 9 Jay and Andrew will be brining their love of all things country, western and twang to life with a free show that’s certain to put a little pep in your step this evening.
Cover band crowd favorites, Kilcollins, will be doing their pop-rock thing at RiRa in the Old Port this Thursday. This troupe of talented dudes will get the good times rocking and rolling with their own original songs as well as anthemic cover tunes right around 9 at this free show. talented fellas.
After his set at PLC this evening, Dominic Lavoie of ShaShaSha and Dominic and the Lucid will be grabbing his guitar and making his way over to Sonny’s in the Old Port for a live set in the lounge starting at 9.
If you’re feeling a little nostalgic for some 90s alternative rock, then get your buns over to Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port where Hello Newman will be holding it down and getting the party started around 9:30 with a free, 21+ dance party.
Roots, Rhythm & Dub will be partying out on the Oasis patio in the Old Port tonight with some high-energy reggae and dub that is certain to super charge your Thursday. This free show starts right around 9:30, so grab some pals and work it on out to some great dub-infused reggae.
Empire on Congress Street in Portland will be getting a pure shot of rock as they welcome a trifecta of heavy hitting acts to the stage for a night of bombastic tuneage. Starting at 9:30, check out the doomy, hardcore musical meanderings of Portland’s own Purse, Eastern Spell and Dead By Now. Grab a hat and get ready to hold onto it as tonight’s show promises to blow doors down.
Portland cover act Vinyl Tap will be rockin’ a free show at Gritty’s in Portland tonight. Beginning at 10 check out these dudes’ renditions of songs from the likes of The Beatles, Sir Elton, Cee Lo, Stevie Wonder and more. It’s guaranteed to be quite the party, so let your freak flag fly with this troupe of talented fellas if you’re kicking around the Old Port this evening.