Mwaaahahahaaa. Finally the most mischievous evening of the year is upon us! I’m feeling pretty prepared for tonight’s eventual mayhem as I woke up this morning with a bloody nose — metal. Anyway, tons and tons of Halloween haunts to check out this evening so go on and get your creep on, ghosts and ghouls!
Get your All Hallow’s Eve rolling along with some acoustic tunes courtesy of singer-songwriter Bill Howard. Starting at 5 Bill will be playing some Happy Hour music during a free show up at Rooster’s in Augusta.
If you haven’t checked out Portland’s hip new hang, The Bearded Lady’s Jewel Box on Congress Street in Portland, tonight is the perfect time to do so as they celebrate Halloween with a sideshow themed party. Dress up as your favorite circus act and join their freak show as local DJ Gabe FM starts spinning spooky party jams starting at 5 o’clock.
Local musician Barry Arvin Young will be playing a variety of easy listening classics from the 70s up through today during tonight’s free show at the Monstweag Roadhouse in Woolwich. Swing through if you’re in the area tonight as things get swinging right around 6 o’clock.
Forget School of Rock, this Halloween the Maine Academy of Modern Music is shaking things up with their Ghoul of Rock at Bayside Bowl in Portland. MAMM’s rock bands will be melting faces at the creepiest all-ages costume party in town. Get your ghoul on and rock out with these wicked kids as the terror begins at 6 featuring performances by such demented creatures as Metal Sideburns, Yard Sail, Guilty Bystander, Grey Visual, and more.
Open Sky Farm in Sumner will be celebrating the end of prohibition with Bootlegger’s Ball this Halloween. The party starts at 7 with your host Johnny Crashed and the Rednecks and will include performances by Skosh, Lazzlo Family Band, The Grateful Head, Mother Mary Jan and the Green Light District, and more.
Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in the Old Port will be jumping with the terrific sounds of The ProfTones this Halloween. Starting at 7 check out the act’s great blues, R&B, and rock tunes with a side of jazz at tonight’s free, all-ages show.
Join Blue on Congress Street in Portland this Halloween for their epic Monsta-Bash featuring an entire night filled with all kinds of devilishly good times. Starting at 7 check out some stand-up comedy with members of Portland Comedy Co-op, followed by guilty pleasure cover songs performed by such local artists as Vince Nez, Chris Beth, Matthew Meyer, Colleen Clark, Clara Junken and more, then Last Sip will close out the evening with a set of monster songs. Come in costume and get ready to party til you die! Mwahahaahaa.
If you’re up in Lewiston this freaky Friday head down to Sea 40 for an All Hallow’s Eve Bash with local acts Michael Kravpovicky and the Dum Bum Band who’ll keep the partying hopping all night long. Things get rolling right around 7 o’clock.
Local Sprouts on Congress Street in Portland hosts another free Friday of music with local artists Pip Walter and Jenny Van West as the pair join musical forces to perform as The Bloomers. The duo will be playing acoustic songs filled with harmonies, guitars, and fiddles starting at 7.
If you’re south of Portland and looking for some wickedly good times this Halloween head out to Feile Restaurant and Pub in Wells as the Lower Village People will be haunting the stage with their classic rock, R&B, funk and more. Anticipate tons of high voltage rocking and rolling as tonight’s spooky bash gets underway right around 8 o’clock.
Guthrie’s in Lewiston will be jumping as they welcome the appropriately named Juke Joint Devils back to the stage this Hallow’s Eve to kick out some old time, hard driving blues. Tonight’s show gets swinging around 8 and is absolutely free.
Freak out this Halloween with a show brimming with some of the best ska, punk, and rockabilly around as NYC ska legends The Toasters are joined by special guests El Grande and The Outsiders for a monster-sized bash at Sonny’s in Dover, NH. Heads will roll as the party starts right around 9.
If you’re up in Bangor tonight, prepare to shake your can all around the dance floor of Hollywood Casino as disco/funk powerhouse Motor Booty Affair brings some sinfully good times to the stage this Friday night starting right around 8 o’clock.
This is the first time since I moved to Portland nearly ten years ago that I am able to actually participate in some of the freaky festivities associated with Halloween. Needless to say I’m pretty pumped to join in on some ghastly good times as SPACE Gallery turns back the dial to the time of day-glo, paisley, and psychedelics with this year’s All Hallow’s Eve party. Get weird with Jeff Beam and friends (these pals include players from such local acts as ShaShaSha, Murcielago, Micromasse and more) as Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd, The Blood Capsules return to pay tribute to Roky Erickson and local act Lovers of Fiction crank out the music of The Kinks. Electronic music producer Zachary Wilson will be spinning jams throughout the evening. Things get wild, weird and maybe even slightly creepy beginning at 9.
Down the street a tick at Port City Music Hall you can catch tonight’s Monster Mashup brought to you by The Clash of the Titans as pop takes on rock. Sean Slaughter and his team of rock and rollers will be serving up some classics from AC/DC, Queen and more while Kris Rodgers and his pop band bring the best dance jams from Queen Bey to Tommy Tutone (867-530 niiii-eee-iiine). This party that’s certain to raise the dead gets cranking around 9 and will feature a photo booth courtesy of local photographer Tom Couture.
And it should be absolutely no surprise that things are going to get rowdy at Geno’s Rock Club in Portland tonight as The Pubcrawlers, Never Nudes and Riverton Diesel join forces for some Halloween debauchery. Lots of hellacious, high-energy rocking and rolling with get underway right around 9 o’clock.
Lots of stringed things will be plucked over at The Asylum in Portland tonight as Massachusetts-based progressive string band Hot Day At The Zoo joins Portland’s own Tricky Britches for a night of old timey, roots music this Halloween. Gear up for some ghoulish good times decked out in your finest Halloween duds as tonight’s show will feature a costume contest that could land you between 50 and 250 bones! Check it out as the party starts right around 9.
A wickedly good time filled with the otherworldly sounds of Coke Weed, Foam Castles, Jaw Gems and Starship Luther will be happening out at Bunker Brewing Company in Portland this evening. The brewery transforms into a haunted house for a full evening of Halloween thrills and chills as tonight’s show gets started at 9 o’clock.
Two of Portland’s most beloved cover bands, Kilcollins and Hello Newman, join forces for a Halloween party at Binga’s that should be lively enough to raise the dead! Join the fellas as they celebrate Pumpkin Bash with some of the best jams from the 90s and beyond. Brought to you by Shipyard and Binga’s, tonight’s party will feature $4 shipyard beers as well as a costume contest boasting a $1000 cash prize. Let your freak flag fly as things get shaking right around 9.
7-piece funk, rock and reggae collective, The Shakes will be getting their own monster mash on at the Kennebec Wharf in Hallowell this Halloween. This one a kind act features some of the Maine music scene’s most ferociously funky players. Rattle your bones out on the dance floor as things get underway right around 9 o’clock this Friday.
If you’re down south this evening the place to be is Dover Rock City as The Dover Brickhouse gears up for their Annual Halloween Bash with rockers Paranoid Social Club. Things get wild with special guests Unrest in Transit and Kraken’s Beard right around 9.
Time to dust off those rad jean jackets, neon leg warmers, sweet Scrunchies, and get perked up with an ice cold Tab as DJ Matty T brings his 80s themed Halloween dance party to Three Tides & Marshall Wharf Brewing Company in Belfast tonight. There are a lot of moves to be busted as Matty transports you through an entire decade of tunes starting at 9 o’clock.
Shake your ghoul thing at tonight’s special Halloween edition of Trvp Night at Flask Lounge in Portland. Starting at 9, Don Damiani, Che Ros and DJ Mom are ready to rattle your bones at this free dance party.
Grab your finest flannel or channel your favorite boy band as Stesha Cano and friends come together as The Wicked Friggen Jerks for a 90’s themed Halloween party that is sure to be all that and a bag of chips. Things get started at 9 at the Big Easy Lounge in Bangor and will feature a full line up of essential 90’s tunes from Nirvana to Ace of Base.
Get your ghoul on tonight at Empire in Portland as The Box Tiger celebrates the spookiest night of year alongside their friends Slingshot Dakota and Off & On for a Halloween haunt filled with some electrifying rock and roll. Get out and rattle them bones as things get underway right around 9:30pm.
And even more Halloween happenings tonight up at Mainely Brews in Waterville as prog-rock trio The 220s bring the party starting at 10 o’clock. In years past the fellas have performed as Black Sabbath, Nirvana, and even went all out rasta for a reggae-themed Halloween show. To find out what’s in store for this year you’ll just have to show up to tonight’s free shindig.