Happy Hump Day! We’re inching our way slowly but surely to another wild weekend, so let’s take some time to celebrate this milestone by getting out there and raging this Wednesday. Here’s the haps are all around town tonight and beyond. No excuses: do it to it.
I know I keep mentioning this, but truly fall doesn’t commence until this Saturday so we should savor the opportunities to take in some outdoor music while we still can. Start tonight out on the deck of the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street where local folk-rocker Eric Bettencourt and a couple of his talented pals will be doing their thing starting right around 6. Join Bettencourt and his buds Seth Kearns and Adam Frederick for some good times overlooking the Atlantic at this free and fun gig.
Another way to take in some later summer fun and enjoy some late summer songs is out on the El Rayo patio in Portland where classic Cuban music makers Primo Cubano get ready to play their weekly gig outside starting right around 7.
Although I’ve been pretty gung-ho about it still being summer, it is in fact fair season and tonight you can even take in some tunes if you’re up in Farmington enjoying the fair as the Mad Mulligans perform all-original alternative rock music at Gazebo Park starting at 7pm. The event is free to fair-goers, so if you’re up that way checking things out, be sure to take in some tunes at the gazebo.
90s alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket will be playing a show in Portland tonight at Port City Music Hall on Congress Street. You probably remember these dudes and that song “All I Want” from the early 90s. Tonight they team up with opener singer-songwriter Ryan Montbleau for a night of music, which gets underway right around 8.
Down at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port is ready for another fun evening of folk tunes courtesy of local duo the Squid Jiggers. These fellas will be creating sounds that perfectly pair with an ice-cold pint, so swing on by and check them out if you’re in the downtown area tonight.
The dudes of Hello Newman will be playing an earlier show this Wednesday down at Binga’s on Free Street in Portland. Beginning at 8 the fellas will be ready to pump out the jams with a night chock full of nostalgia-filled 90s tunes.
If you’re seeking out some open mic action for your mid-week party, then head on down to Slainte Wine Bar & Lounge on Preble Street in Portland where you can check out local musicians do their thing acoustically or even sign up to play some tunes of your own. Every Wednesday starting right around 8, local singer-songwriter Dustin Saucier hosts this free and fun event. Tonight’s open mic will be followed by a featured performance from singer-songwriter John Finison.
Local acoustic duo, Uke n’ Smile, will be hosting their monthly open mic night over at the Frog & Turtle in Westbrook this evening. Beginning at 8 o’clock all reasonably capable musicians are more than welcome to play some tunes or you can come and sing and the fellas in Uke n’ Smile will play the music for you. It’s free, fun and yummy drinks and food are available as well, so if you’re in the area tonight, be sure to stop by and check it out.
Hump Day also means it’s time to get down to The Big Easy in Portland where another Rap Night will be taking place highlighting some of the best local hip-hop emcees all night long. Every Wednesday the awesome duo of Ill By Instinct and El Shupacabra team up to host their weekly party that features some of the dopest local rappers and DJs around. Things get cranking right around 9 tonight.
Kilcollins will be pop-rocking out on the Oasis patio in the Old Port tonight to help you blow off some mid-week steam. Starting at 9 you can do all kinds of rockin’ and rollin’ with these cool dudes as they play all of the tunes you know and love as well as some catchy originals that are certain to get you moving on the dance floor. It’s free, fun and I guarantee a good time, so check it out you’re kickin’ around Wharf Street tonight!
The second battle of this season of the Clash of the Titans happens tonight at the newly renovated Empire on Congress Street in Portland as French four-piece, Phoenix takes on NYC rockers, The Strokes for this week’s battle of the cover bands. A plethora of local musicians will come together to represent each of the teams and go song-for-song to see who is truly the titan of this Wednesday’s match up. Things get started upstairs at Empire right around 9 o’clock.