Maybe I blacked out some where along the way, but it definitely seems like this week flew right by and you know what I say? Good riddance, because that means we’re one day closer to the freakin’ weekend and me not having to do 8,000 things in the span of 24 hours. Yes, I like to bitch, deal with it. I think this Thursday might be experiencing a slight identity crisis because with all the great stuff going on tonight it sure is acting a lot like Friday. Let’s check it out, eh?
If you’re hanging in Westbrook this evening swing by The Frog & Turtlewhere local musician David Jacquet does his acoustic duo thing this evening. Beginning at 6 o’clock, David will be playing some acoustic jams alongside his Uke n’ Smile bandmate, Keith Kitchin. It’s a free gig , there’s terrific food, and boozy drinks, so check it out if you’re in the area this evening.
Tonight you can check out Nashville’s Infamous Stringdusters, who have created their own unique sound by combining virtuosic chops on five traditional instruments while pushing the genre of bluegrass music forward with their improvised stylings, superb musicianship and experimental performance and songwriting. Check ‘em out over at Port City Music Hall starting at 8 o’clock.
Sometimes all you really need is a good laugh and tonight at The Asylumyou’ll be able to get exactly what you need thanks to this week’s edition ofLocal Laughs. Beginning at 8 o’clock you can check out comedy sets from local laugh-makers B-Rad, Connor McGrath, Bill Gray and John Scribner. There’ll even be an improv portion of the evening from the one and only Trend Centers and all for the admission price of FREE. So check it out and get your laugh on!
So here’s the exceptionally awkward portion of today’s Newz where I have to talk about a band I’m in without sounding like a total douche. Here goes nothing… The Desires are celebrating the 21st birthday of our buddy JT with a whole night of your favorite dances tunes from then and now spun on vinyl by Kurt Baker and friends as well as a live set of tunes from Portland’s garage pop rock sensations, The Desires. We promise to bring the Thursday thunder and only for a measly three bucks! If you come and don’t throw things at my person I might just buy you a cheap beer. The party starts at 9 upstairs at Empire Dine and Dance.
The Big Easy‘s regular, chilled out Thursday crowd will be shuffling in right around 9:30 for this week’s Band Beyond Description show. What to expect: hula hoops, hippies, and good times for all with Portland’s favorite Grateful Dead cover band, who actually cover way more than just The Dead. So if you’re into mellowing your mind, get your can over to The Big Easy.
North of Nashville will be rocking it tonight over at Brian Boru right around 9:30pm and won’t stop the party until last call. Jay and Andrew infuse their love of pop music with a little bit of bluegrass for a sound that is truly American. This is a free show and always a lot of fun, so check it out.
If you want to do some rocking and/or rolling tonight to everything from The Grateful Dead to Stevie Wonder, Charlie Daniels, The Beatles and everything in between, then you should probably scoot your pooch over to Gritty’s on Fore Street in Portland for another Thursday night with Velourosaurus. It’s always free and always a helluva time so check ‘em out starting right around 9:30.
Feature Image of The Nunz courtesy of Arlyn Vaughan Photography.