Apparently we’re due to see more of that large, glowing orb in the sky today so after you’ve Sheryl Crow-ed your afternoon away (see: Soak Up The Sun), be sure to fill your grocery hole with some sustenance in order to fuel your way through this supremely saturated Saturday night. It seems like everyone and their mother has a show going on this evening, so no excuses for not getting out there and enjoying some fine tuneage for your earholes. Let’s go!
Let’s start with an early show that’s taking place over at the beautiful St. Lawrence Arts Center up on Munjoy Hill with Portland’s own Americana band This Way. This Way hasn’t played a show at St. Lawrence since they released their last album Goodbye Forever so anticipate some new songs to make their debut on stage this evening. Things get started right around 6 o’clock, which leaves you plenty of time to check out other great happenings all around town.
Chances are you’ve seen Eric Bettencourt around town playing guitar and singing his head off with his super fun cover band Velourosaurus, but tonight you can see him in a whole different way as he celebrates the release of his latest EP Weightless Embrace with a truly intimate show over at One Longfellow Square. Bettencourt is known for his inimitable voice and enthralling guitar technique and his live shows are always something of beauty. This evening fellow singer-songwriter Monique Barrett will start the evening off with a set that will begin right around 7:30.
If you’re looking to get down on some funk and soul at a reasonable hour this Saturday night then mosey on over to The Big Easy for another installment of the Saturday Night Soul, Jazz and Blues Series, which begins right around 8 o’clock. Tonight two powerhouses come together to trade off sets of tunes all night long for your listening enjoyment. That’s right a double dose of funk and soul is coming atcha courtesy of The Kenya Hall Band and Line of Force, so check it out.
If you’re looking to bang your head and punch dance out all your rage then the Heavy Metal Extravaganza at Geno’s Rock Club is the show for you. Beginning at 9 you can get rocked by Iron Will, Seax, Faces of Bayon, Dead Languages and Hessian. That’s give of New England’s finest heavy hitters ready to destroy Geno’s and your hearing tonight.
Even more in the way of heavy hitting local rock is happening over at The Asylum in Portland where Whitcomb celebrate the release of their album The Amber Tide. The Dirty White Hats, Gozu and DJ Rew will also be on hand this evening to help Whitcomb celebrate properly. It’s bound to be a helluva time that kicks into high gear right around 8 o’clock tonight.
Three of Portland’s most entertaining punk rock bands come together for a night of fun over at Bayside Bowl tonight. Starting at 9 you can check out sets from Nuclear Boots, The Outfits and Bath Salts for the low price of five bucks.
If you’re looking for a straight up dance party then head over to Flask Lounge in Portland tonight where ATOMIK and DJ Nicotine will be throwing a rager beginning at 9. The fellas will be spinning everything from electro, indie and house to make sure your booties keep moving on the dance floor.
More dancing to do over a Bubba’s Sulky Lounge in Portland tonight where 90s Nite celebrates all that was Nickelodeon. There’ll be a best 90s Nickelodeon costume contest that could win you $50 as well as a 90s Dance Off that’ll score you Rugrats or Ren & Stimpy on used VHS (woah). Apparently Clarissa will also be on hand to explain it all, so check it out starting at 9 o’clock tonight.
One of the hardest working rockabilly heroes around, Sean Mencher, will be playing a free set over at the Dogfish Bar & Grille in Portland tonight. Sean Mencher & His Rhythm Kings will be bringing their old-world revival, foot stomping music to the Dogfish starting at 8.
Believe it or not it’s been a while since I’ve done some solid boot stomping to The Mallett Brothers Band so tonight I’ll be hopping on over to Empire Dine and Dance to watch the fellas do their thing. Tonight Boston’s Township and Providence’s Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons will also take the stage. I got to check out Fletcher and his Wrong Reasons a while back down at The Oak and Ax and let me tell you that if you miss them again while they’re in Maine, you’re going to be putting your own boot to your own ass. So saddle up and drink a few cold ones with me starting at 9 tonight.
The Hive hosts roots troubadour Samuel James this evening in downtown Kennebunk. Beginning at 8 you can check out opening sets from folk artist Anna Vogelzang and indie folk-rock act The Milkman’s Union followed by a set by the one and only Samuel James.
It feels like it’s been a while since the astoundingly beautiful Portland act known Plains has played a show, but tonight they’ll be making music over at The Oak and The Ax in Biddeford. NYC’s Zachary Cale will also take the stage as well as the one and only Wes Hartley, who is having a bit of homecoming since last week’s performance at The Moon and The Sun. It should be a great show all around so if you’re south of Portland tonight check it out beginning at 7:30.
If you’re north of P-Town tonight swing over to The Frontier Café in Brunswick where a full evening of psychedelic pop-rock will be happening with Dominic and the Lucid with special guest Jeff Beam. Things get starting at 8 o’clock this evening.
And even further north, Bangor duo When Particles Collide have teamed up with the Penobscot Theatre Company to present their very first Bangor Opera House Session featuring the sounds of Mother Leopard and The Class Machine. Things get cranked into high gear right around 7 tonight.