Sweet frickin’ Friday, you beautiful, elusive beast, I am so glad to make your acquaintance once again. This week has drop kicked me in the head and I’m more than ready to let loose, listen to some tunes, and let the good times roll! Here we go!
Maine College of Art on Congress Street in Portland celebrates the fact that over the years they’ve not only produced some stellar artists, but also some locally renowned musicians with a Spring Music Festival that gets underway at 6 o’clock. This special event will include groups that seek to engage not only your earholes, but your eyes, hands and brains as well during each of their performances. A suggested donation of $10 is suggested in order to attend because it’s nice to remember that a little compensation goes a long way as thanks and recognition for these hard-working artists and musicians. Tonight’s 1st Annual Spring Music Festival features live performances from Contrapposto, Superorder, born under a bad sign, Waco Sparkler, Machete, The Bumbling Woohas, and Betweenya Thighs. Many of these musical sets will feature projections by Niki Taylor of Fond Clair.
Shanna Underwood will be bringing some fine Americana music to the stage of Blue on Congress Street in Portland. Starting at 8 this Friday evening Underwood joins forces with Devon Colella on cello for some lovely acoustic sounds that should be the perfect soundtrack for the start of your weekend.
If you’re hanging at home or even getting ready to hit up some action and find yourself near a radio at 7, be sure to tune into WMPG where local hip-hop head JJ King will be debuting some new joints from his upcoming album “I Ain’t Got Time to Bleed” live on the air. Tune in at 90.9 or 104.1 to here JJ spit some ridiculous rhymes.
Shenna Bellows for US Senate is hosting a campaign event at SPACE Gallery on Congress Street in Portland tonight starting at 7. Stop by and talk to Shenna as well as enjoy live music from Old Soul and Jose Ayerve of A Severe Joy, drinks, snacks, a photobooth, and more! This event is free, with a suggested donation for those who can contribute.
Mayo Street Arts in Portland invites you in for a night of underground punk rock as Video Nasties, Margy Pepper, Parasol and Fur take to the stage to make some catchy sounds with pulsating beats, thumping grooves and sing-along style pop punk. The fun starts at 7 o’clock.
If you find yourself up in Union tonight, be sure to head out to the Thompson Community Center right around 7:30 as two local heavy-hitters, Rustic Overtones and Spose, join forces to raise money for the Laken Harrington Memorial Fund, which helps kids in need to cover the expenses associated with participating in organized sports.
Over in South Portland you can check out a good time at RJ’s Pub where Captain Ray and the Castaways will keep you dancing all night long with some rock and roll during their free Friday night party, which gets started at 8 o’clock.
Acoustic roots rocker Travis Cyr continues the celebration of his brand new release “Eureka” with a show at the Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor this Friday evening. Enjoy some finely brewed beer paired with some finely crafted tunes as this free show gets underway at 8 o’clock.
Guthrie’s in Lewiston will be jumping this Friday evening as they welcome Tommy O’Connell & The Juke Joint Devils to play some tunes tonight. Starting at 8, check out some old time, hard driving and swinging blues as the band kicks out the jams all night long.
Iron Tails Saloon in Acton welcomes back KISS tribute, Hotter Than Hell for a night of full make up, fire breathing, smoking guitars and all of your favorite KISS songs. Things get started at 8 with opening act, Heartbreaker, which is a tribute to the great Pat Benatar.
High-grade reggae fusion and a little bit o’ rock n’ roll will be crushing it live at Fury’s Publick House in Dover, New Hampshire where starting at 8:30 Roots, Rhythm & Dub will be teaming up with Jamsterdam for a night that is certain to make you move.
Two great Boston acts will be taking to the stage of Port City Music Hall in Portland to liven up your Friday night with some satisfying sounds. Tonight Mexo-Americana act The David Wax Museum will be joined by gypsy-folk rockers Kingsley Flood for an evening of music that gets underway right around 9 o’clock.
It’s no secret that WCYY’s Mark Curdo has a great appreciation for American rock duo Hall & Oates and has long been a big proponent for those guys to get recognized for their many musical contributions by being rightfully inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Well, 2014 has finally seen Daryl Hall and John Oates getting the props they deserve so Curdo has assembled an incredible night of music to pay homage to these dudes with I Can Go For That! Portland’s Hall & Oates Tribute night at The Asylum featuring a house band consisting of various local players with special guest singers such as John Nels, Walter Craven, Anna Lombard, Kyle Gervais, Kris Rodgers, Kenya Hall, Loretta Allen, Phil Divinsky, and Dominic Lavoie. Make all of your Hall & Oates dreams come true as things get underway at 9 o’clock.
Mid-coast prog-rock band, The 220s will be doing some good this evening as they rock out to raise funds to benefit the Autism Society of Maine at the Water Dog Tavern in Thomaston tonight. Check out this trio of tremendously talented dudes as they hit the stage right around 9 o’clock tonight.
There’s only one more week to take in tunes at Slainte Wine Bar & Lounge on Preble Street in Portland, so you’d better get down there while you can. This special spot that has been such a wonderful host to many Maine-made acts will be closing its doors for good after next Saturday. Get some quality revelry in as alternative acoustic acts Joel Carpenter and The Effects, Sam Ellis and Wesley Moseman begin performing at tonight’s free show right around 9.
Up at Johnny’s Restaurant in Old Town, The Blast Addicts will be partying with some straight up rock n’ roll tunes for your Friday evening. Starting at 9, bust out some of your best moves to this super fun local act.
Get down to some Drum & Bass action over to Flask Lounge on Spring Street in Portland where The Digital Mercenaries will be delivering sounds that are sure to make you shake your hips all night long. Tonight’s event starts at 9 o’clock and will feature MC22, DJ Nocturnal, Nicotine, and Jonekat. It’s also absolutely free, so check it out!
Things get funky upstairs at Empire on Congress Street in Portland tonight with Chaos Sauce and Shut Down Brown. Both of these acts promise to keep you dancing the night away with their blends of progressive-rock, funk, and soul as the party gets started at 9:30 tonight.
Kilcollins brings their rock and roll party upstairs to Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port this finally Friday. Starting at 9:30 the boys will be playing covers of songs that everyone knows, loves, and can shake a tail feather to, as well as some catchy original jams. There’s never ever a cover charge so check ‘em out if you’re downtown tonight.
If you’re up in Waterville this evening and looking for some old timey, roots and bluegrass music, then head over to Mainely Brews where local act the Tricky Britches will be playing. They’ll be serving up their own style of back porch jams starting right around 9:30.
Kick start your weekend with an evening chock full of finely crafted Americana and folk songs at Blue in Portland where Gunther Brown will be taking to the stage to make some quality sounds starting at 10.
Feature Image of The Nunz courtesy of Matthew Robbins Photography