Sweet frickin’ Friday, you beautiful, elusive beast! I am so glad to make your acquaintance once again. Yesterday I felt like the week was flying by, but today seems to be dragging some serious ace — this might have something to do with the fact I woke up at 4:30am. Regardless, I am so ready to get down this evening and there are so many shows that are worth checking out, so get ready to shake a tail feather and welcome the freakin’ weekend in the most righteous of ways! Happy Weekend!
Portland musician Amos Libby is wildly known for his work in the Middle Eastern ensemble Okbari, but tonight he presents the debut of a deeply personal musical endeavor at Blue on Congress Street in Portland. A little back story into tonight’s performance: when Amos was young he spent several summers with his biological father in Jonesboro, Tennessee. His father was a folk musician whose songs came from many genres of Americana; folk, Appalachian mountain music, blues and original music. As Amos grew he spent less and less time with his father and when Amos was 25, his dad passed away. With this new project, The Ghosts of Johnson City, Amos joins Douglas Porter, Erik Neilson and Erik Winter to bring to life their own simple and soulful versions of old mountain music, Civil War songs, coal-mining melodies, tunes of love and loss and haunting murder ballads from the American South. The group makes its entrance on stage for the first time starting at 6 o’clock.
Friends of Lost Valley, which is a group of dedicated community stakeholders actively working to find both short and long term solutions to keep Lost Valley ski area in Auburn alive, have put together a great party to help raise some funds for their cause. Tonight join them as they welcome local act Farm House Project for a night of music, dancing and fun starting at 6:30pm.
If you’re south of Portland this Friday be sure to check out acoustic, duet-based local act Saved and Sound as they perform an early evening show down at JJ’s Eatery in Old Orchard Beach. This talented pair of music makers will be playing songs and having some fun starting right around 6:30.
Sam Shain and The Scolded Dogs will be bringing the noise to Rooster’s in Augusta for a free show featuring their instant party mixture of original jams as well as classic covers spanning all kinds of genres and artists the likes of Parliament, Johnny Cash, Snoop Dog (Snoop Lion?) and more. The good times get underway right around 8 tonight.
If you’re going out of town this Friday, be sure to make a stop into Elements on Main Street in Biddeford to check out the fiery, foot-stomping blues-folk of Muddy Ruckus. This talented local act will be performing a free, all ages show beginning at 8 o’clock.
Country and folk act Oble Varnum will be live at Guthries in Lewiston this Friday. The band will be playing a mix of originals and classic country-western standards starting at 8 o’clock during tonight’s free show.
Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies take over the Frog and Turtle in Westbrook once again this finally Friday with their own unique brand of twisted Americana and rockabilly. These fellas always know how to have a good time, so be sure to check ‘em out as this evening’s free, all ages event gets shaking right around 8 o’clock.
Tonight Port City Music Hall on Congress Street welcomes Nashville’s The Wild Feathers to the stage. The band brings their love of American rock and roll to life with their fusion of rock, country and blues that establishes a sound that’s sort between The Black Crowes, The Black Keys, Tom Petty (Nunz is already sold) and The Band. Check them out alongside openers Apache Relay and Desert Noises as things get underway right around 8 at tonight’s 18+ show.
Check out some acoustic blues and roots tunes courtesy of local duo Beam & Fink as they perform a free, all ages show at Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street starting at 8 this Friday.
Prepare to have your earholes pulverized at SPACE Gallery in Portland tonight as they welcome a tremendous line up of local heavies to the stage. Purse, which features members of FUMARE, Verla, Haru Bangs and AWAAS, has put together this evening of skull crushing sounds that features not only performances from them, but also Battery Steele, Kefka and Bully Mammoth. The music hits hard starting at 8:30.
What better way to ease into the freakin’ weekend than with some wild rock and roll? If you’re picking up what I’m putting down then make your way over to Bayside Bowl in Portland for tonight’s party featuring all-girl rockers, Tiger Bomb, punk rock revelers, The Seasonal Disorders and Arizona’s own The Love Me Nots. With drink specials and no cover charge you can’t go wrong as things get shaking right around 8:30.
In the past week or so it has been incredibly touching to witness the support and strength shown by the local music community to those whose lives have been forever changed by the devastating events at Noyes Street in Portland. Tonight that beautiful trend of compassion and caring continues as many Maine acts team up for the Remember Noyes Rock n’ Roll Fundraiser at A Space For Grace. Beginning at 9pm you can check out this all ages show featuring performances from Dustin Saucier, Dean Ford, The Dead Elect, Old etc., The Narps and more. All proceeds raised with go to the families of the victims of the Noyes Street fire.
Up in Bucksport The Blast Addicts return to Ramona’s in Bucksport this Friday for a non-stop rock and roll dance party. Shake it out as the fellas get things going during tonight’s free show right around 9 o’clock.
It’s the second Friday of the month, which means it’s time for another free dance party at Flask Lounge with Mr. Dereloid. This month’s installment of some of the finest underground dance music around will feature special guests Pat Fontes and The Psychologist as them team up with Mr. Dereloid for this funky booty shaking shindig starting at 9 o’clock.
Local musician Kris Hutchins of rock acts BreakThrough and Left On The Outside returns to the Front Street Public House in Bath to entertain with a set of awesome solo, acoustic songs. Starting at 9 Kris will be churning out some rock and alternative covers as well as some of his own original material during tonight’s free, 21+ show.
Burlington act Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band promise to better your Friday with some soulful tuneage upstairs at Empire on Congress Street tonight. The Indomitable Soul Band’s roots draw heavily from all American music to forge a sound that is all their own. Blending Memphis soul and new school R&B with a level of improvisation that more than a few Vermont based bands have been known for, this 7 piece accompaniment is the perfect compliment to Kat’s captivating, genuine vibe and voice. Things get shaking right around 9:30 this Friday.