Holy Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus! We really did it, you guys! If you’re into doing like it’s never been done before, here are some awesome shows to check out all around town and beyond. Let the Fridaying begin!
If you are lucky enough to have this Friday off you should definitely consider starting your weekend early this afternoon with some free, live music out on the patio of The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach with the fellas of Kilcollins. These talented dudes will be teaming up around 1 o’clock to play some of their own pop-rock originals as well as some super danceable cover jams.
The First Annual Belfast Bay Music Festival will be happening all day up at the Steamboat Landing on the beautiful Belfast Waterfront. The event is a fundraiser for the local Habitat For Humanity Chapter and will feature a little bit of something for everyone with musical performances from Riff Johnson, Trisha Mason Band, The Resistance, Eric Green Party, Fools Rule, Ock Cousteau and a ton more. This all ages event kicks off at 2pm this afternoon and continues on into the 10 o’clock hour, so check it out if you’re in the area this Friday.
A little later on in the day you can enjoy your finally Friday Happy Hour with some tunes courtesy of local roots rocker Travis James Humphrey at Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street in Portland. Starting at 5, Travis will be plucking some strings and singing some things to get your weekend started off on the right note during this free and fun event.
Two-time Grammy Award winning blues legend Taj Mahal will be making a return to Prescott Park in Portsmouth this Friday. Considered to be one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music, Taj Mahal will be performing a set of inspired tunes out in the park starting right around 7 o’clock tonight.
North of Nashville will be rocking your Friday night out on the patio of Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street in the Old Port. Starting at 7 Jay and Andrew will be bringing 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.
Join local singer-songwriter Pete Miller and his bandmates for an acoustic set of tunes abroad the Frances this Friday evening. The fellas will be performing on the beautiful sailboat Frances for an early evening cruise around Casco Bay, which departs promptly at 5:30pm. If you haven’t been on a seafaring craft yet this summer, here’s your chance to make some high seas musical magic happen! putting on a sunset cruise around Casco Bay that sets sail promptly at 6pm.
Get rowdy with some rollicking rockabilly tunes courtesy of local act Ragged Jack as they bring the fun times to the American Legion Hall in Sanford this Friday. The party starts right around 6 o’clock tonight.
Prepare to whip around your mightiest hairnado into a frenzy at tonight’s badass rock n’ roll show out at Hella Good Tacos’ location on Washington Ave in Portland as Hessian and El Malo join forces to propel your Friday into heavy metal stratospheres the which your face may not fully be prepared to handle without completely melting off. Come for the tunes and stay for the awesome tacos as tonight’s party gets started right around 7 o’clock.
Internationally renowned folk singer, Tom Rush will return to his New England roots with a live show at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit this Friday evening. Check out Rush’s performance as things get underway at 8pm.
Celebrated guitarist Roberto Morbioli will be laying down some great grooves tonight as he takes the stage of One Longfellow Square in Portland this Friday. Roberto’s voice has also earned him comparisons to the likes of Sam Cook, O.V. Wright, Little Milton, Otis Redding, Robert Cray, and Donny Hathaway. If this sounds like your jam, then make some moves over to OLS for 8 o’clock this evening.
Local rockers Welterweight will be bringing their smart, pop-infused Americana and folk to the stage of Blue on Congress Street in Portland this Friday as the act gears up for a free show starting at 8 o’clock.
Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in downtown Portland welcomes Maryland acoustic blues rock duo, Mama’s Black Sheep to the stage for a free show this Friday. The pair will be making some noise starting right around 7 o’clock tonight.
Soulful folk and blues singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster will be performing at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield tonight. Starting at 8, take this Grammy nominated artist’s show in a unique and beautiful setting.
The ToneKings, a local Americana rock act, will be mixing their unique blend of roots and soul together for some musical goodness down at The Frog and Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook this Friday evening. Starting at 8, enjoy some great food, great drinks, and great tunes at this free, all ages show.
Zoot Coffee in Camden presents an event featuring original electronic ambience from Quantam and Clint Hartzell as the duo perform a free, all ages show starting right around 7:30 tonight.
Get your final, fast-acting dose of funk, soul and R&B from beloved local act Model Airplane as they rage out at Port City Music Hall in Portland for the last installment of their Wet Hot Funky Summer concert series. Strap on your boogie shoes, hike up your Party Pants, and get ready to have some fun with Lyle Divinsky and company as they welcome special guest the Nat Osborn Band to the stage for an ever-entertaining night of incredible music and stellar vibes. Things pop off right around 8 o’clock, with a midnight birthday celebration for the man himself, Mr. Lyle Divinsky, so get on down with your bad self this Friday evenin’!
Portland’s 19-piece big band big, the Fogcutters, will be taking their electrifying and always-entertaining live show to the stage of Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor tonight. Catch these talented cats work it out starting right around 8 o’clock this Friday evening.
Wil Whalen aka dangerWILrobinson will be hosting a big ol’ ’80s Party tonight over at the Spring Point Tavern in South Portland. Wil’s got over 1000+ ’80s songs at his disposal to spin all night long. There will be drink specials as well as a cash prize for the most authentic 80s get up. Tonight’s totally tubular events get started right around 8:30, so bust out some sweat bands, scrunchies and acid wash party pants and get your weekend off on in a very fun way.
If you’re up in Rockland tonight, head over to The Speakeasy where local prog-rock act The 220s will be playing some songs for ya. The 220s take their influences from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Rush and more to create a sound that is truly all their own and certainly pleasing to any discerning ear. Check ‘em out starting at 9 tonight.
If you find yourself feeling a little Phishy this Friday head down to Empire in Portland to check out Phish tribute act, Pardon Me, Doug as they play all of your favorite Phish jams to keep you noodling all Friday night long. Featuring members of Heavy Dime, The Project, Giraffe Attack and more, these guys are ready to make you lose your head starting right around 9:30 tonight.
Go buck wild down at Flask Lounge on Spring Street in Portland as another jackin’ party happens with a funky evening filled with all flavors and style of house music. Special guest Dan DeSumthn will be on deck alongside local talents DJ Nocturnal, Moses and DJ Silverchild as tonight’s free dance party kicks off at 9 o’clock. present Jack to the Future. Tonight’s free dance party kicks off around 9 with sets from Mike D, DJ Silverchild and Moses.
If you’re up in Ellsworth tonight be sure to check out Trisha Mason at Chummies where she and her band will be serving up some crowd-pleasing covers as well as catchy originals starting right around 9 o’clock.
Local musician Rob Duquette and his band will be performing up at McSeagulls in Boothbay Harbor this evening starting at 9. The group features Rob on lead vocals, drums, percussion, guitar and xylophone; Travis James Humphrey on guitars, back up vocals and slide; Nate Therrien on bass; Mike Effenberger on Fender Rhodes; Gary Gemmitti on drums and percussion; Andrea Wollstadt on back up vocals; and Tim O’Dell on saxes — basically a ton of fun for free on your Friday night, so check it out.
The Four Legged Faithful, a quartet of talented musicians who aim to perform folk and bluegrass music that’ll make your heart happy, are playing a free show starting at 10 o’clock tonight down at Blue on Congress Street in Portland.