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Holly Nunan

More commonly known as "The Nunz," Holly Nunan is a musician from Portland with an unabashed love for the city and its thriving music scene. She can be found around town at local shows, performing with any variety of local acts or talking about local shows on WCSH6 on Friday mornings at 6:20 am. She's also hosts Music from 207, which airs on 98.9 WCLZ on Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 7-8 pm. Holly loves a good taco, George Harrison, and stupid cat videos. Reach her at On Facebook: NewzByTheNunz Follow her: @hollynunan

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Posted: August 21, 2013

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals return to The State Theatre tonight

I know that I’ve been a wee bit dramatic this week, but I seriously feel as if I could weep uncontrollably at the fact that I’ve made it to Wednesday.  I don’t know what my deal is, but I’m struggling to keep on keeping on this week and if you’re as ecstatic about it being Wednesday as I am, I’ve got some party places for you to check out this evening. Let’s hike ‘em up and do it to it! We got this, Wednesday.

If you’re looking to enjoy a cold one out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street, tonight is just the night to do so as they welcome Eric Bettencourt and a couple of his talented pals to the stage for some quality songs and stories tonight. Starting at 6, you can check out Betts as he teams up with Seth Kearns and Adam Frederick for some good times overlooking the Atlantic this evening. Tonight’s gig is free, fun and all ages, so swing through and check it out this Wednesday.

I’ve got even more in the way of outdoor music for you to enjoy down at El Rayo in Portland where classic Cuban music makers, Primo Cubano, will be playing their weekly gig out on the patio starting right around 7 o’clock. Tonight’s show is guaranteed to be a good time to enjoy some delicious Mexican fare paired with some lively Cuban music, so stop by on your way out and about tonight.

Gingko Blue on Fore Street in the Old Port welcomes award-winning musician Jennifer Porter to the stage along with her musical counterpart Sonny Barbato for an evening of standards from the ‘20s through the ‘40s as well as some old school blues tunes. The duo gets things underway at this free event starting right around 7.

If you’re up in Bangor this evening be sure to check out a fun event taking place at the Nocturnem Draft Haus as some local artists display their art alongside the lively soundtrack of rockabilly rockers The Crown Vics. Tonight’s free gallery showing/rock n’ roll show gets underway right around 7 o’clock, so check it out!

Local acoustic duo, Uke n’ Smile, will be hosting an open mic night at the Frog & Turtle in Westbrook this evening. Beginning at 8 o’clock all reasonably capable musicians are more than welcome to play some tunes or you can come and sing and the fellas in Uke n’ Smile will play the music for you. It’s free, fun and yummy drinks and food are available as well, so if you’re in the area tonight, be sure to stop by and check it out.

Down at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port you can check out the Squid Jiggers who are back once again with some quality folk tuneage to pair perfectly with an ice cold beer. The duo will be getting things going starting right around 8, so swing through and check ‘em out if you’re hanging around downtown tonight.

Starting at 8 o’clock over at The State Theatre on Congress Street in Portland, Burlington, VT natives Grace Potter and the Nocturnals get their rock and roll on with tunes that are heavily inspired by the music of the late 60s and early 70s (i.e. The Nunz’ jams) as they return to The State’s stage tonight.  Opening this evening’s show will be soulful rockers The Royal Southern Brotherhood. It should be one helluva show, so check it out if you’re into throwback, soulful goodness.

If you’re looking for some open mic action for your mid-week party plans, then head on down to Slainte Wine Bar & Lounge on Preble Street in Portland where you can check out local musicians do their thing acoustically or even sign up to play some tunes of your own. Every Wednesday starting right around 8, local singer-songwriter Dustin Saucier hosts this free and fun event. Tonight’s open mic will be followed by a featured performance from Dover, NH folk-singer/songwriter Andrea Szirbik.

Yo, Hump Day means it’s time to get down to The Big Easy in Portland where another Rap Night will be highlighting some local hip-hop emcees all night long. Every Wednesday the dangerously awesome duo of Ill By Instinct and El Shupacabra team up to host their weekly party that features some of the dopest local rappers and DJs around. Blast off with the crew starting at 9 tonight.

Kilcollins will be doing their super fun pop-rock thing out on the Oasis patio in the Old Port tonight. 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 that are certain to get your hips shaking. It’s free, fun and I guarantee a good time, so get to it if you’re kickin’ around Wharf Street tonight check it out!

Boston five-piece instrumental, post-rock act Pray for Sound makes a stop into Portland tonight for a free show at Flask Lounge. An entire evening devoted to instrumental and ambient sounds begins at 9 o’clock with opening sets from Vessel and Nathaniel Noton-Freeman. If you’re looking to mellow your mind and check out something a little different, be sure to get down to Flask this Wednesday evening.

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