LEWISTON – Friday, Jan. 30, the alt-country band Gunther Brown of Portland will perform at She Doesn’t Like Guthries.

According to musician Travis James Humphrey, “Gunther Brown feels like a good punk band that discovered Hank Williams and comfortably evolved into an alt-country band.” Making up the group are John V. Boyle, Pete Dubuc, Ethan Gamage and Derek Mills. They share a love for alt-country music as well as an appreciation for ’80s alternative, in particular, bands like New Order and the Smiths.

Saturday, Jan. 31, The Toughcats will return to play at the restaurant/cafe at 115 Middle St. Joe Nelson sings and plays his National guitar. Colin Gulley plays the banjo and the mandolin. Jake Greenlaw is the drummer whose kit includes a suitcase and a rumpled piece of copper. He sings sweet harmonies and breaks 14 brushes per show.

The Toughcats, voted Best Roots Act in 2008 by the Portland Phoenix, are from the island of North Haven. “Piñata,” the band’s first official album, was recorded in Waterman’s Community Center on the island in January 2006.

The Toughcats tour New England regularly. They have also made multiple national tours, playing at film festivals and theaters, and in bars, boats and fields.

Both shows begin at 9 p.m.; there is no cover. For more information, call 376-3344 or visit myspace.com/guthriesplace.

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