• HOT TICKET

Austin guy in Portland city limits

AUSTIN, TEXAS-BASED singer-songwriter Bob Schneider brings his funny/sharp-witted/tragic songs to Port City Music Hall on Friday. Although he’s from Austin, his music has traces of funk as well as rock, country and folk.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $15 to $25

INFO: 899-4990; www.portcitymusichall.com

• CHEAP THRILL

Sing and then be sung to at the North Star

THE MAINE SONGWRITER’S ASSOCIATION hosts a member showcase and open mic at North Star Music Cafe on the first and third Thursday of each month. The open mic is from 7 to 8 p.m., with members performing afterwards.

WHEN: 7 tonight

WHERE: North Star Music Cafe, 225 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free; donations welcome

INFO: 699-2994; www.northstarmusiccafe.com