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Holly Nunan

More commonly known as "The Nunz," Holly Nunan is a musician from Portland with an unabashed love for the city and its thriving music scene. She can be found around town at local shows, performing with any variety of local acts or talking about local shows on WCSH6 on Friday mornings at 6:20 am. She's also hosts Music from 207, which airs on 98.9 WCLZ on Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 7-8 pm. Holly loves a good taco, George Harrison, and stupid cat videos. Reach her at On Facebook: NewzByTheNunz Follow her: @hollynunan

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Posted: September 18, 2014

Wild Adriatic & Whale Oil light up the stage of Empire in Portland tonight

Written by: Holly Nunan

Time to hike up your Party Pants and really get after it this evening as there are only four full days left of summer and we gotta squeeze as much juice outta this season as we possibly can. If you’re looking to do it to it, here’s where the haps are tonight!

It should be a nice evening to soak up the last little bits of summer out on the Portland Lobster Company deck alongside local musician and all around good dude, Dominic Lavoie as he and a few of his friends plays some tunes starting right around 6 o’clock this Thursday. This free, all ages gig will likely feature tons of fun covers as well as catchy originals, so don’t miss out on this early evning party.


Self-proclaimed Sasquatch of Soul, Lyle Divinsky will be doing his thing outside on the deck of the Porthole on Commercial Street in Portland this Thursday evening. Starting at 6, Lyle and a few friends will be laying down some seriously smooth funk, soul and R&B during tonight’s free show.
Some more awesome outdoor activities to investigate this Thursday will be happening over at Slab on Preble Street in Portland as this tasty Sicilian-styled pizzeria and eatery welcomes back their resident, raging house band, Monarck Lisa for a set of songs as they get the good times and good tunes underway right around 7 o’clock.

Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street welcomes back local act Pretty Girls Sing Soprano to the stage to fill their space with beautiful sounds and songs. Pretty Girls Sing Soprano are certain to turn heads with their tight, clever and original harmonies. You can check them out starting at 7 o’clock this Thursday evening.

Local rockers and rollers The Joint Chiefs will be performing live this Thursday evening at The Run of the Mill in Saco. Starting at 8 these fellas will get the good times and good tunes rollin’ with a set of high-energy and big fun songs for this free, all ages show.

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Throw your Thursday night straight into fun mode with some seriously good times alongside folk-pop-rock act The Dapper Gents as they play a free show at the Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street in Portland. Beginning at 8 these fellas will be playing some original material as well as some well-known cover tunes.


Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord turns the energy of a Saturday night kitchen party into an eventful evening of music as they bring their driving, progressive folk tunes to the stage of One Longfellow Square in Portland this evening. Check out this energetic act as they get things going right around 8 o’clock tonight.



Grime Studios on Thompson’s Point in Portland is currently home to over 25 bands in the Greater Portland area and is the only large-scale music rehearsal and artist studio north of Boston that offers affordable, 24/7 access. With new development going into the Thompson’s Point area, Grime now needs to relocate in order to remain in operation. This relocation will take time as well as money and without it, the loss of Grime would leave a huge void in the Portland music scene and creative community as a whole. There’s currently an indiegogo campaign circulating throughout the interwebs, but tonight some terrific acts come together to raise awareness and money for the studios relocation with a big ol’ benefit party at Geno’s Rock Club in Portland. Beginning at 9 show your support, throw up some horns and bang your head alongside Sylvia, Superorder, Capture The Sun and Dour.

Blue on Congress Street in Portland welcomes alt-folk act Northwood to the stage for a performance that gets underway right around 9 o’clock tonight.

Crowd favorites, Kilcollins will be doing their pop-rock thing over at RiRa in the Old Port this Thursday evening. This troupe of talented fellas will get things rocking and rolling with their own original songs as well as anthemic cover tunes as tonight’s free party starts up right around 9 o’clock.


San Fran indie folk rock act Sun Kil Moon will be performing tonight at Port City Music Hall in Portland. This 18+ event gets underway at 9 o’clock.

Sonny’s in the Old Port hosts another ultra-swanky night of tuneage as the welcome back musical duo Humperdinck Humperdink and Glass Joe (aka Corey Gagne and Pete Dugas) to the lounge for for some old school musical revelry. I keep missing the event as my 8 o’clock bedtime doesn’t allow for much fun, but I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this twosome who blend a bit of Bowie and a bit of Radiohead together with a bit of theatrics for a Thursday night you soon won’t forget. Things get weird and wild at tonight’s free show starting at 9 o’clock.

Gorilla Finger Dub Band will be pumping out the roots, reggae, and dub-step jams all night long over at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port as part of their Thursday night residency. These dudes take to the stage at 9:30 to kick out some extremely danceable party jams for anyone who loves all things reggae and dub.

Native Isles, which features a veritable who’s who of local musicians, will be funking things up at Brian Boru in the Old Port tonight with a free show that gets underway right around 9:30. With Emma Stanley on vocals and trumpet/flugelhorn, Tyler Stanley on keys and vocals, Pete Morse on guitar and vocals, and Andy Robbins on drums, tonight’s performance is guaranteed to be an epically good time.


If you’re looking to get some solid rocking and rolling done this Thursday look no further than Empire on Congress Street in Portland as two talented acts join forces to create some must-see musical mayhem tonight. Portland’s own Whale Oil will be burning up the stage with their high-energy, straight up rock and roll alongside NYC’s soulful, blues rockin’ rollers, Wild Adriatic. Seriously, these two trio-based acts make some serious noise that shouldn’t be missed, so get out and have some fun with these wildly talented fellas as things get underway right around 9:30pm.


Vinyl Tap brings the Thursday night thunder to Gritty’s in the Old Port tonight as they bust out party tunes from such artists as Huey Lewis, Cee Lo, The Beatles, Charlie Daniels, Elton John and more with their no-cover dance party that gets underway right around 10 o’clock.

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