Rabbit, rabbit! Happy First Friday, y’all! It’s time to step up and step out as Friday offers up a whole slew of terrifically awesome sights and sounds. Slip into your favorite pair of Party Jorts and let’s do it to it!
Get your First Friday evening off to a great start with some musical merriment over at the Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street in Portland as local singer-songwriter Isaiah Bennett returns to perform a set of his unique blend of acoustic pop, soul and funk. The party starts at 5 o’clock at this free, all ages shindig.
Another rad rock n’ roll show will be taking over Mathew’s on Free Street this Friday as a handful of bands rock out both upstairs on the deck and downstairs in the venue’s back room as Mathew’s Fest makes a triumphant return tonight. Starting at 5 check out some spirited sets from such acts as Khleb, Swampwater, Mouth Washington, GYM SHORTS, Angelpain, Allele and Wildcat!
Stesha Cano and her talented band mates will be performing live at 4Points BBQ & Blues House in Winterport this Friday. Starting at 6 you can check out this free, all ages show that’ll feature Stesha’s original blues and jazz jams.
Phish cover act Pardon Me, Doug is ready to climb aboard the Harbor Princess in Boothbay Harbor tonight for a wicked fun music cruise that sets sail right around 6 o’clock. The band will be funking it up with their renditions of Phish classics for three hours out on beautiful Boothbay Harbor.
Ellsworth’s Waterfront Concert Series continues tonight with a free, all ages show out at Union River Harbor Park with rockabilly act The Crown Vics. The fellas get the good times going right around 6:30 this Friday.
Summer is in full swing so soak it up while you still can by jamming out with A Band Beyond Description out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street. If this sounds like your Dead Head dream come true, then mosey on over to the spot right around 6 o’clock.
The Cayden’s Call Trio will be rockin’ it at Gilbert’s Chowder House in Windham tonight as they fill the joint with some rock, blues and pop sounds. This trifecta of talented fellas play loads of cover tunes by artists such at Bruno Mars, Eagles, Tom Petty, Sugar Ray, Fast Ball, Clapton, JJ Cale, John Hiatt, Tal Bachman, Santana and more starting. This free event gets underway at 7 o’clock.
If you’re up in the Lewiston area this evening you can check out singer-songwriter Ron Bergeron as he performs a free show up at Pedro O’Hara’s. Ron will be getting your Friday evening kicked into gear with tons of tunes including covers of The Beatles, Stones, Queen, Elvis, The Boss, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and maybe even a little Lady Gaga starting at 7 o’clock.
If you’re getting your Friday night pre-game going on at home, be sure to tune into this week’s edition of Local Motives on WMPG on 90.9/104.1 FM or even stream it online at wmpg.org right around 7:30 as the fellas of Caro Khan bring their smart, alternative hip-hop sounds to the airwaves. This local act will lay down some rhymes and talk a bit of musical shop with host Josh Lovejoy, so tune in and turn it up if you’re kickin’ it near a radio or a computer this evening.
Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble will be entertaining the patrons of Blue on Congress Street in Portland with an evening of music from the Middle East and Turkey starting right around 8 o’clock. This local 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. This show is free and guaranteed to expand your musical horizon, so be sure to check it out if you’re downtown this First Friday evening.
Skilled guitarist Seth Warner will be bringing his trio to Guthries in Lewiston this Friday. Check out this impresario’s impressive sounds as things get underway right around 8 at this free, all ages blues show.
The Dogfish Bar & Grille in downtown Portland welcomes back vivacious cover act The Waiters to the stage to serve up some quality sounds for your finally Friday soundtrack. The band will be dishing out all of your favorite cover songs at this free gig that gets started around 8 o’clock.
Black Cat Road will be back the Frog and Turtle on Main Street in Westbrook this Friday evening as they bring their funky, soulful, rootsy blues to life starting right around 8 o’clock. Enjoy some good times, good tunes and good food this free, all ages event.
The State Theatre in Portland welcomes indie-pop artist Ingrid Michaelson and her band to the stage tonight. Anticipate lots of good times and good tunes during tonight’s performance, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Mainer Billy Libby playing some guitar for Michaelson as he’s been a regular member of her backing band. Things get underway with an opening set from modern folk act Neulore right around 8 o’clock.
Slaid Cleaves returns home to Maine for a performance at Portland’s One Longfellow Square this Friday evening. Cleaves is well-known for spinning stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart throughout his original Americana and folk songs. Don’t miss this special evening of music which gets underway around 8 o’clock.
The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach is geared up for another eventful Friday featuring dance pop cover act Tickle. Things get shaking around 8:30 with a super dance party mix of the best music of today as well as some classic retro funk. There’s never a cover charge, so shake your groove thing out on the dance floor if you’re getting your weekend started down in OOB tonight.
Tonight seems to be a Grateful Dead fan’s dream come true as there are a couple of chances to get your noodle on this Friday evening. We already discussed BBD at the Porthole, which will probably end just in time for you to scoot your pooch down to Port City Music Hall on Congress Street as Dead Sessions bring their authentic but unique renditions of Grateful Dead classics to life starting right around 9 o’clock.
Sly-Chi will be partying upstairs at Brian Boru in the Old Port this Friday evening as they prepare to bring the funk all night long with their energetic blend of jazz and funk as tonight’s free dance party gets jumpin’ right around 9 o’clock.
If you’re in Central Maine tonight, get out to the Downunder Club in Bangor to check out a free show from Rock Revelation. Rock Revelation is a 6-piece act that features rock hits from the 80s as well as some modern tunes for an electrifying live show that’s guaranteed to rock your socks off. Party down as things get crankin’ at 9pm.
It’s First Friday here in Portland which means it’s time to bust a move down at Flask Lounge at DJ Jamie O’Sullivan’s monthly LOVE dance party. This month’s installment of LOVE features O’Sullivan and special guest Rick Laplante bringing you some of the best house, techno and disco music around. Properly shake your can at tonight’s free shindig as things get grooving right around 9 o’clock.
Alt-rock trio Walkenhorse will be doing it to it at The Pier Patio Pub in Old Orchard this finally Friday evening. If you’re looking to have a whole lot of fun out on the pier then make some plans to join these cool cats as things get started around 9 o’clock at this free show.
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been able to check out a Paranoid Social Club show around town so I’m excited to make my way down to Empire on Congress Street this evening to check out this veteran act’s inimitable and energetic set of original rock jams. Things get underway at 9:30 with an opening set of psychedelic original rockers courtesy of Portland’s own Jeff Beam.
Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies will be taking over Mainely Brews up in Waterville tonight with their own brand of twisted Americana and rockabilly tunes. These fellas always know how to have a good time so stop in and enjoy the show as things get cranking right around 9:30 tonight.
If you’re lucky enough to be spending this beautiful weekend up n Bar Harbor, you should definitely make your way down to The Thirsty Whale and check out Maine’s premier rockabilly band, The Crown Vics, who will be getting the joint jumping right around 9:30.
The Evan King Group will be laying down some smooth jazz and funky soul at Blue on Congress Street in Portland this First Friday. Grab a drink and have some fun as the band hits right around 10 o’clock.