Holy Hot Pockets… We’re almost there, ALMOST. This week – even though it has felt like it’s been about eighteen months long – has actually been all killer and no filler, so I will try not to moan too much. That being said, I am overjoyed that the light at the end of the tunnel a.k.a. Friday is well within reach. Celebrate this momentous fact by checking out some happening shows this Thursday evening!
Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in Portland welcomes local singer-songwriter, Isaiah Bennett to the stage this evening with a set that will showcase his unique blend of acoustic pop and funk. Things get underway right around 7 tonight, so stop on by and check it out if you’re in the area and looking for something fun and free to do!
A pretty neat open mic night will be happening at the Meg Perry Center on Congress Street in Portland as they invite any and all musicians to come in and play during their Turnstyle Thursdays. This event is open to one and all, so show off your skills starting at 7.
Jazz and folk singer Julie Thompson joins forces with her ensembler troupe High Standards for an evening of tasty tunes down at Gingko Blue on Fore Street in the Old Port. Starting at 8 o’clock you can check out this jazzy act as they play, for free, right on through to the 11 o’clock hour.
One Longfellow Square in Portland presents a triple bill of original musicians who come together to celebrate the release of Rachel Ries’ new album, Ghost of a Gardener. Rachel, who uses and electric guitar and clear voice to deliver songs of redemption and reason, will be joined by Cuddle Magic and Jacob Augustine. Cuddle Magic are known for their waves of vocal harmony, contrapuntal brass and woodwinds, and rhythmic cycles. Jacob, who hails from northern Maine, is widely revered for his emotional, experimental, and unparalleled tunes. Tonight’s event gets underway at 8pm.
If you’re Thursdaying down in southern Maine, be sure to check out a free rock n’ roll show at The Run of the Mill in Saco. Things get underway right around 8 o’clock, featuring local rockers Tilden Katz. It’s a free show and certain to be a ton of fun, so swing by and scope out the scene this Thursday.
Indie reggae rock act Iration makes a stop in Portland at Port City Music Hall in Portland this Thursday. The group promises to get you moving tonight alongside opening acts The Movement and Natural Vibrations. The party starts at 8 o’clock.
February is Vinyl Lover’s month at Sonny’s in the Old Port. Every Thursday night they’ll be featuring different music lovers’ vinyl collection as the showcased record aficionado takes listeners through a journey of all of their favorite albums. Things get start at 9 this evening with Bull Moose’s Chris Brown who promises to deliver lots of prog rock, British folk, and things that Beatles fans will more than likely enjoy.
Local blues brothers and talented troubadours Samuel James and Dana Gross team up to bring you a night of tunes over at Blue on Congress Street in Portland. Starting at 9 these talented dudes will be singing some tunes and plucking some guitar strings to help you thoroughly enjoy your Thursday evening, so check it out.
Local pop-rock act Kilcollins will be partying down at RiRa in Portland this evening. Starting at 9:30, these fellas will get your Thursday crankin’ with all sorts of tunes that you know and love as well as a handful of catchy original jams that’ll get you moving out on the dance floor. It’s free, and I would say, guaranteed to be a good time, so check it out if you’re downtown this evening.
Hello Newman will be pumping out the jams upstairs at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port tonight. Starting right around 9:30, you can check out these dudes as they play all of your favorite 90s alternative rock jams. There’s never a cover charge so check it out if you’re looking to stroll down a musical memory lane this evening.
Thursday night means that Vinyl Tap are ready to bring the thunder to Gritty’s on Fore Street in the Old Port beginning right around 9:30. These guys are known for making people bust a move or two to their awesome covers of everything from Huey Lewis to Cee Lo Green, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Charlie Daniels and everything in between. There’s never a cover charge and plenty of beer, so check it out.