Welcome to 2018, local music fans! Let's put the crud-tastic horror show that was 2017 behind us with the best thing on earth - live shows! Here's what you need to know about everything from Portland to Bangor. As always, if you're excited about a show we didn't mention, please leave the info in the comments to help spread the word!

THURSDAY:
Hot Trash Portland Presents: Music Video Portland Awards
One Longfellow Square (Portland)
7:00pm Start
$7 Cover
All Ages
-Maine, as you already know, is the home of a LOT of great, original local music. Well, to help celebrate that fact, Hot Trash Portland is putting on a Music Video awards ceremony! Head over to OLS to check out the whacky creations, both sonic and visual, that musicians from all over Maine have to offer.

FRIDAY:
The Early Mornings Farewell Show w/ The Johnny Clay Shanks Band & Snughouse
Empire (Portland)
9:00pm Doors - 10:00pm Start
$7 Cover
21+
     -Farewell shows are always bittersweet, but command your attendance a little more forcefully than normal. Such is the case with The Early Mornings, a sadly short-lived blues rock band from the Portland area. Joined by rocker Johnny Clay Shanks and folk outfit Snughouse, TEM's last show is looking like a doozy.

SATURDAY:
Wait w/ They Called Me Legion & Earthwyrm 
Bangor Arts Exchange (Bangor)
7:30pm Doors - 8:00pm Start
$5 Advance / $7 Day of Show
All Ages
-This one is a must for rock fans in the Bangor area. Wait has a great harder indie rock sound, and They Called Me Legions and Earthwyrm round out the bill quite nicely. This show is ALL AGES, which means the kids can come check it out as well! Recommended, as I was an all-ages show junkie when I was in my youth.

Local Laughs Presents: Winter Wonderlaughs
Aura (Portland)
8:00pm Doors - 8:30pm Start
Free Show
21+
-The brainchild of CYY’s own Brett Groh, this night puts together a slew of both local and touring comedians for a free evenings of laughs. Continuing onwards from the Asylum days, Aura now plays host to a great night of  of both comedy and community.

SUNDAY:
Karl Blau w/ Heatwarmer & Wildflower
The Apohadion Theater (Portland)
8:00pm Start
$8 Cover
-This Washington based performer mixes his classic singer-songwriter style with tons of different elements from other genres, everything from R&B to Grunge to Hip Hop, making his act truly unique. Plus, he's taking over one of Portland's coolest new venues. This is the cherry on top of an already good lineup!