And now it’s time for your Finally Friday Edition of Newz by The Nunz! It’s a pretty magical thing after such a wild and crazy week. Not only is it the last day of the working week, but it’s also First Friday here in Portland so there are lots and lots of fun things to check out. Get your Party Pants pressed and get yourself out to any (or all!) of these fine local shows this evening. Here we go!
Cayden’s Call will be rockin’ it at Gilbert’s Chowder House in Windham tonight as they fill the joint with some rock, blues and pop sounds starting right around 6pm. These talented fellas will be playing loads of cover tunes by artists such at Bruno Mars, Eagles, Tom Petty, Sugar Ray, Fastball, Clapton, JJ Cale, John Hiatt, Tal Bachman, Santana and more during this free, all-ages event.
If you’re in the Old Port area early this First Friday be sure to head out to Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial street to take in the authentic acoustic folk sounds of local act, Bold Riley who’ll be kickin’ out some toe-tapping jams beginning at 7pm.
Art Alexakis, frontman for alt-rock band Everclear, brings his solo tour to the stage of The Asylum in Portland this evening. Check out tonight’s special intimate performance of the band’s modern rock radio hits like Santa Monica, Father Of Mine, Wonderful and more as things get underway right around 8 o’clock.
It’s the first Friday of the month, which means that Black Cat Road will be back at the Frog and Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook. Check out the band’s funky, soulful, and rootsy blues tunes as things get shaking right around 8 o’clock during this free, all-ages shindig.
Another First Friday staple is tonight’s performance by Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble at of Blue on Congress Street in Portland. This evening of music from the Middle East and Turkey starts at 8 as the act performs on such unique and beautiful instruments as oud (fretless Middle Eastern lute), qanun (72-stringed Middle Eastern micro-tonal zither), nay (ancient Middle Eastern reed flute), and Middle Eastern percussion.
Local acoustic singer/songwriter, Jon Assam, will perform his own original material alongside a group of friends for an evening of songs and stories at Guthries in Lewiston this Friday. Take in some terrific sounds as things get underway at 8pm.
It’s the First Friday in December, which means it’s time for one of my absolute favorite musical events of the year! That’s right, it’s Big Band Syndrome time at The State Theatre in Portland, baby! The Fogcutters, Portland’s own talent-laden, 19-piece big band, is back for Volume 4 and this year is going to be packing one helluva punch as they inject their horns, rockin’ rhythm section, and crazy good vocalists into a rollicking live show featuring some of the Maine music scene’s most talented acts. This year the Fogcutters will be putting their big band spin on original songs from The Ghost of Paul Revere, Frank Hopkins, Emiliah Dahlin, Eric Bettencourt, Lady Essence, Sorcha Cribben-Merrill and Tony McNaboe. This is a serious must-see event so be sure to grab some tickets and make your way down to the State as this fun, all-ages local music party gets underway at 8pm.
Get the weekend started with some party tunes over at RJ’s in South Portland as Captain Ray and the Castaways keep you dancing all night long with some classic rock and roll. This free Friday night shindig gets swinging at 8pm.
Join Bayside Bowl for some free jazz this First Friday as they welcome Old Bones to the stage to perform everything from swing music, instrumental improvisational jazz and Dixieland jams. Starting at 8 stop by and have some fun during this all-ages event.
Prolific singer-songwriter Tom Rush will be performing at One Longfellow Square in Portland this First Friday. Rush helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, inspiring artists across generations. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences,” and country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush as one of his top five musical influences. Check out this intimate evening of song and story starting at 8pm.
Over at The Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street in Portland The Waiters will be serving up some quality tunes to ease you into the freakin’ weekend. The band starts dishing out all of your favorite cover songs starting at 8pm.
Sam Shain and The Scolded Dogs return to Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell with their great blend of original jams as well as classic covers spanning a wide variety of artists such as Johnny Cash, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and more. Get the good times rolling during tonight’s free show, which starts at 9 o’clock.
Things get funky at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port with local act Shut Down Brown who promise to keep you dancing the night away with their blends of progressive-rock, funk, and soul upstairs beginning at 9:30. Downstairsyou can check out some acoustic pop gems from Jacob McCurdy who also starts playing right around 9:30. There’s no cover charge for either of these awesome events, so stop by and rock it out this First Friday!
Fridays are generally a great time to shake what your mama gave ya, so you might as well do just that tonight at Flask Lounge in Portland where DJ Jamie O’Sullivan will be hosting his monthly LOVE event. LOVE will feature O’Sullivan and special guests Mr. Dereloid, Mike Said, and A Dude Named Ray throwing down some of the very best house, techno and disco to shake your can to. This month’s party also marks a celebration of Jamie’s birthday, so make sure you stop by and wish him well as this free dance party gets shaking right around 9 o’clock.
Up in Bangor you can check out The Blast Addicts as they do their thing on the stage of Tantrum with a non-stop rock and roll dance party. Shake it out as the fellas get things going during tonight’s free show starting at 9pm.
Party on with local alt-rock act Zealous Bellus as they play a free show up at Tailgate Bar & Grill in Gray tonight. Tonight’s free party is certain to be a good time as things get cranking at 9 o’clock.
Blues, rock, soul, and R&B band, Slygo Road will be cranking out an eclectic mix of originals and classic covers up at The Rack in Sugarloaf. Don’t miss these fun fellas as they hit the stage starting at 9 o’clock.
Michael Dion formerly of Hot Day at the Zoo will be bringing his new progressive blues, rock and jam band, Daemon Chili upstairs to Brian Boru in the Old Port tonight. Check out this free shindig as music starts playing right around 9 o’clock.
If you’re hanging in the Seacoast area this Friday evening don’t miss a killer night of music at The Press Room in Portsmouth as three stellar indie rock acts join forces for a night of fun and musical merriment. Starting at 9 check out sets from Tan Vampires, The Penny Arcade and Old Abram Brown.
The Evan King Group will be laying down some smooth jazz and funky soul this First Friday at Blue on Congress Street in Portland. Grab a drink and have some fun as the band gets started at 10 o’clock.