I’m not sure if you all are aware, or even if you care, but I recently acquired a Big Girl Gig. I mean a serious nine-to-five, be important, use business cards kind of gig and although it is an exceptionally gratifying position, it does hinder the amount of hours I am able to bust out my Party Pants. So needless to say I am super pumped that it’s Thursday and that there’s a multitude of awesome things to check out this evening.
The Gypsy punk band from Lower East Side Manhattan takes over the historic State Theatre in Portland this evening. Beginning at 8 o’clock, Gogol Bordello, whose rollicking bonfire-like performances have become the stuff of legend, will take the stage for an epic night of rock n’ roll right here in our little seaside city. Tickets are still on sale, so check ‘em out if you’re trolling around Congress Street tonight.
Builder of the House will be celebrating the release of their EP I am a Tidal Wave this evening over at Empire Dine and Dance with a plethora of other exciting performers such as This Way and Lisa/Liza. Things get started upstairs right around 9 and whistling and foot stomping are highly encouraged.
Portland’s own oboe-lead, rock ensemble, Hoboe will be performing their last performance in town for the foreseeable future. The band is taking a break to focus on unfinished and ongoing recording projects. They celebrate with one final hurrah at Geno’s tonight with Indianapolis’ high-energy rock outfit Hero Jr, local heavy blues-based rockers Arcane Lore, and solo artist Collin Daniels. Things get started right around 9 tonight.
Evan Casas is throwing a dance party over at Slainte Wine Bar & Lounge this Thursday evening. Evan will be playing drums, percussion, keyboards, bass, guitar, singing and using a sampler all at once to create a one-man-dance-band-jam. It sounds like a helluva time and will commence right around 10 o’clock tonight.
And I can’t forget the typical Thursday night happenings that are going down all around town tonight. First up is the Jerks of Grass over at Bayside Bowl in Portland. Every Thursday night the Jerks come together and make some traditional, good-time bluegrass music starting at 8:30. There’s never a cover charge and the night always consists of the Three Bs: beers, bluegrass, and bowling, check it out.
Another freebie that is always happening on Thursday evenings over at Brian Boru is North of Nashville. This duo of gents get together every Thursday and fuse pop songs with a healthy dose and country and bluegrass for sounds that you’re sure to tap your foot to. Things get started right around 9:30.
If busting a move and getting a little weird to some funky rock and roll jams is what you’re looking for then head over to Gritty’s in Portland where you can check out Velourosaurus. Starting at 9:30 these fellas will be tearing it up with selections from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Charlie Daniels, Cee Lo Green, and many, many more. There’s never a cover charge and it’s always a terrific way to spend a Thirstday.
If you’re in the Westbrook area early this evening be sure to stop on by The Frog & Turtle for a soulful show featuring the one and only Lyle Divinsky. Lyle’s back in town for a week or so and we’ll be getting down starting at 7 o’clock tonight; anticipate some special guests to join him on stage and properly set a mood and/or groove.
I will be rocking at Flask Lounge tonight as three super-dee-duper bands will be getting after it this evening starting right around 9. It’s a free show featuring indie-folk from The Ghost of Paul Revere, the inimitable prog/pop/rock tunes of John Nels and the piano rock of singer-songwriter Kris Rodgers. I’ll actually be on hand singing some back-ups for Fingers Rodgers and I’m pretty pumped. So swing on by if you’re in the area, enjoy a pop and heckle me while I’m on stage.