I’m not entirely certain what my deal is, but I’ve been struggling to keep on keeping on this week. The fact that it’s Wednesday has got me pretty pumped and if you’re as ecstatic about greeting the half-way point the weekend as I am, then I’ve got some party places for you to check out this evening. Here we go!
Brooklyn trio Tumbling Bones will be rattling up some good times aboard the Frances this evening as the Americana act sets sail out onto Casco Bay right around 5:30 this Wednesday evening. Good times, good tunes, good people and libations will be cruising the Bay tonight, so get to the Maine State Pier early to claim your spot.
7-piece funk, rock and reggae collective, The Shakes will be working it out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street this Wednesday. This one a kind act hailing from Hallowell features some of the scene’s most ferociously funky players. Tonight’s all ages, midweek party gets cranking right around 6 o’clock.
If you find yourself in the Ellsworth area this Wednesday evening be sure to check out a great show happening at 430 Bayside. Tonight’s event will feature performances from local folk artist Chris Ross as well as Nashville’s new country singer-songwriter Danika Portz. Music starts at 7pm.
Local artist Brian Patricks and fellow musician Martin Swinger will be coming together for a free songwriters in the round event at The Olde Post Office Café in Mount Vernon this evening. The duo will be trading songs and stories starting at 7:30.
Guitarist, singer, songwriter and all around nice guy, Dave Jacquet of local duo Uke n’ Smile will be back at it again tonight as he hosts another free open mic at Cole Farms in Gray. Starting at 7:30 all musicians are welcome to join in on the fun with Dave and a few of his friends as they share songs and stories all Wednesday evening long.
If you’re looking for some acoustic roots tunes to wind down to this Wednesday, make your way over to Andy’s Old Port Pub in the Old Port as local act David Beam and The Custom House Gang serve up some fun and free tunes starting right around 8 o’clock.
Local organ-based trio Micromasse will be playing a show live in the lounge of Frontier in Brunswick this evening as part of the venue’s free Wednesday night music series. Check out the melodic and mesmerizing sounds of Chris Sweet, Max Cantlin and Pete Dugas as the trio combines guitar, drums and organ to pump out some superior instrumental jams starting at 8 o’clock.
Some more open mic action will be happening at the Frog and Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook tonight where local rockabilly legend, Pete Witham will be hosting this free event. Starting at 8 you can sign up to play some tunes as well as check out Pete and his pals as they perform throughout the evening.
Brooklyn-transplant Elijah Ocean returns to Portland tonight to celebrate the release of his brand new record titled, Bring It All In with a release show at One Longfellow Square. Ocean, who spent many years in the local rock circuit as a part of the band Loverless, has grown into a new sound that directly reflects his musical inspirations and influences such as Willie Nelson, Neil Young, The Band and Gram Parsons. He and his band is on are ready to serve up some soaring Americana, folk, roots and rock soundscapes off the new record alongside local psych-folk rocker Dominic Lavoie, who’ll open up the evening as music gets started at 8 o’clock.
Get the party started tonight at Bull Feeney’s on Fore Street in the Old Port as local duo the Squid Jiggers play their own brand of folk-infused drinking tunes. The fellas get the things started right around 8 and there’s never, ever a cover charge and plenty of delicious drinks, so check it out!
The Oak and The Ax still has a handful of terrific shows to take in before they close their doors in October. One of those shows happens tonight with Ed Askew, Family Planning, Greg Jamie and Greg Hartunian. Music gets underway at 8 o’clock.
Kilcollins will be pop-rocking out on the Oasis patio in the Old Port tonight to help you blow off some mid-week steam. Starting at 9 you can do all kinds of rockin’ and rollin’ with these cool dudes as they play all of the tunes you know and love as well as some catchy originals. It’s free, fun and I guarantee a good time, so check it out you’re kickin’ around Wharf Street tonight!
Hump Day also means it’s time to get down to The Asylum in Portland for another installment of Rap Night. This week Rap Night hosts Ill by Instinct and El Shupacabra welcome Seth on Gray Street (formerly known as MC Nobody Cares) to the stage to celebrate the release of his new album Paisley Everywhere. He’ll be joined by Height With Friends and a few other special guests to showcase tracks off his new record. DJ Myth, who holds down the decks of Rap Night Manchester, will also be on hand this evening so swing through and check out some dope hip-hop from our friends south of the border as things get underway at 9 o’clock tonight.
Tonight the battle of the American indie rock bands will be happening upstairs at Empire in Portland as the Clash of the Titans pits Spoon against Guided by Voices. This should be a pretty great night of music featuring a ton of local talent. Tonight’s event also comes on the heels of Spoon’s recently released record and Guided by Voices announcement to call it quits. Things get underway right around 9:30pm this Wednesday.