• CONCERTS

THURSDAY

Joy Kills Sorrow, string band, with Fish and Bird, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $15. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m.

Steve Earle, alt-country/rock, Strand Theatre, Rockland. Sold out. rocklandstrand.com. 7:30 p.m.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, country/rock, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield. $75. stonemountainartscenter.com. 8 p.m.

Stars, indie pop, with Diamond Rings and California Waves, 18-plus; Port City Music Hall, Portland. $22 to $34. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m.

Julie Holter, singer-songwriter, with Hundred Waters, 18-plus; Space, Portland. $10. space538.org. 8:30 p.m.

Audrey Ryan, experimental folk-pop, with Toughcats and Great Elk, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. $8. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. 8 p.m.

FRIDAY

Soulive, funk jazz trio, with The Alan Evans Trio, State Theatre, Portland. $20 in advance; $25 day of show; general admission. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m.

Julian Lage, jazz guitarist, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $18 in advance; $20 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m.

Sarah Jarosz, multi-instrumentalist, with fiddler Alex Hargreaves and cellist Nathaniel Smith, Talbot Auditorium of Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland campus. $27. heptunesconcerts.com. 8 p.m.

“A Loss for Words,” acoustic benefit concert for the National MS Society with Beyond Goodbye and other bands, Husson University (Gracie Theatre), Bangor. $10. 973-1011. 7:30 p.m.

Cinder Conk, Balkan/gypsy folk dance music, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. $12. aarhusgallery.com. 7:30 p.m.

Andy Happell, violinist and composer, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. $12 in advance; $15 day of show. stlawrencearts.org. 7 p.m.

Arborea, progressive-folk duo, with Greg Jamie, The Frontier, Brunswick. $10 in advance; $12 day of show. explorefrontier.com. 8 p.m.

“Music of John Cage,” performed by pianist Paul Sullivan, Les Trois Etoiles, DirigoMiz and the UMF Experimental Arts Ensemble, Emery Community Arts Center, Farmington. Free. 778-7288. 7:30 p.m.

Session Americana, round table jamboree, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield. $20. stonemountainartscenter.com. 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, singer-songwriter, with Coke Weed, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. $10. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. 8 p.m.

Buxton, folk-rock, 18-plus; Space, Portland. $8 in advance; $10 day of show. space538.org. 8:30 p.m.

Joe Robinson, Australian singer-songwriter, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg. $20; $15 for seniors; $10 for students. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 7:30 p.m.

Beyond Reason, “The Blue Room” CD-release show with The Old Salt Band, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $5. onelongfellowsquare.com. 7 p.m.

The Fighting Jamesons, high-energy Celtic Music, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. $20 in advance; $25 day of show. boothbayoperahouse.com. 8 p.m.

“Woody’s a’ Hundred: The Life & Times of Woody Guthrie,” with Bob Webb and Dave Peloquin, Merrill Hall/Nordica Auditorium, Farmington. $10. 778-4699. 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

Ghostface Killah, rap, 21-plus; Asylum, Portland. $19 in advance; $22 day of show. portlandasylum.com. 9 p.m.

Jared Fischer, pianist, First Church, Belfast. Free/donation. 338-2282. 3 p.m.

Dada Life, Swedish electro-house duo, with 12th Planet, 16-plus; State Theatre, Portland. $26.50 in advance; $31.50 day of show; general admission. statetheatreportland.com. 9:30 p.m.

Faun Fables with Herbcraft, song-telling, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. $8. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. 8 p.m.

SEPT. 27

Tedeschi Trucks Band, rock and blues, with Scrapomatic, State Theatre, Portland. $40 to $75; reserved seating. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m.

Tricky Britches and Darlingside, bluegrass and string-rock, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $10 in advance; $12 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m.

Recession Session with Kenny White, pianist/singer-songwriter, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield. $15. stonemountainartscenter.com. 8 p.m.

Frontiers of Music #5, improvised music collective performances, The Frontier, Brunswick. Name your price. explorefrontier.com. 7 p.m.

Powerman 5000, nu metal, with Prospect Hill, Ascent to Power and Death Rattle, Asylum, Portland. $20 in advance; $25 day of show. portlandasylum.com. 7 p.m.

• COMEDY

Open Mic Comedy Night, 21-plus; Slainte, Portland. Free. slaintewinebar.com. 8 p.m. Thursday and Sept. 27.

George Hamm, benefit for Central Maine’s Meals on Wheels Program, Waterville Elks Banquet and Conference Center. $12. 873-4745. Doors at 7 p.m.; show at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Bob DiBuono, Comedy Connection, Portland. $15. 774-5554. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

• BARS/CLUBS

THURSDAY

Strangled Darlings, graveyard dance music, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 7 p.m.

Pitch Black Ribbons, bluegrass, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. thedogfishbarandgrille.com. 8 p.m.

The Flaming Lips’ “Zaireeka!”, experimental listening party, Empire Dine and Dance, Portland. $2. portlandempire.com. 9 p.m.

Clara Berry, folk-pop, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 6 p.m.

Jason Myles Goss, singer/songwriter, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 8 p.m.

Groove Ruckus, jazz/funk/fusion, Blue, Portland. portcityblue.com. 10 p.m.

Tony Boffa Quartet, cool and soft jazz, Gingko Blue, Portland. Donation. gingkoblue.com. 8 p.m.

Band Beyond Description, jam band, 21-plus; Big Easy, Portland. bigeasyportland.com. 9 p.m.

Beer Pong, Line Dancing, Karaoke and DJ B-set, 21-plus; Club Texas, Auburn. $2. 784-7785. Doors at 6 p.m.

Open Mic Night, all ages, Deer Run Tavern, Yarmouth. 846-9555. 7:30 p.m.

Joint Chiefs, acoustic, Portland Lobster Company. portlandlobstercompany.com. 6 p.m.

Beach the Whale, prog-rock, with Pecan Sandies and Hotel Radio, Geno’s Rock Club, Portland. 221-2382. 9 p.m.

FRIDAY

Cyborg Trio/Sounduo, post-dub audio/visual live performance, 21-plus; Empire Dine and Dance, Portland. $5. portlandempire.com. 9 p.m.

The Coalsack in Crux, hard rock, CD-release show with Haru Bangs and Johnny Cremains, Geno’s Rock Club, Portland. 221-2382. 9 p.m.

Sly-Chi, funk, Big Easy, Portland. $8. bigeasyportland.com. 9 p.m.

Travis James Humphrey, acoustic, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. thedogfishbarandgrille.com. 5 to 7 p.m.

Pitch Black Ribbons, bluegrass, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 8 p.m.

Matt Meyer & The Gumption JCT, new roots music, old sea chanteys and mountain songs, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 10 p.m.

Nikki Hunt, rock, RiRa, Portland. rira.com. 10 p.m.

The Lucid, pop/rock, Portland Lobster Company. portlandlobstercompany.com. 6 p.m.

David Mello, old-time blues, Gingko Blue, Portland. gingkoblue.com. 5 to 8 p.m.

Tommy O’Connell & The Juke Joint Devils, blues-rock, Gingko Blue, Portland. gingkoblue.com. 9 p.m.

Justin Walton, singer-songwriter, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 8:30 p.m.

“Move! Nevermind the 90’s,” dance music from the ’90s, 21-plus; Asylum, Portland. portlandasylum.com. 9 p.m.

ThrowDown Band, electric blues, 21-plus; Inn on the Blues, York Beach. $6. innontheblues.com. 9:30 p.m.

Michael Krapovicky, acoustic, Gritty McDuff’s, Freeport. Donation. grittys.com. 8:30 p.m.

Alan Dickson, acoustic, Deer Run Tavern, Yarmouth. 846-9555. 7:30 p.m.

The Underachievers, classic rock, Bayside Bowl, Portland. baysidebowl.com. 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

Holy Boys Danger Club, Murcielago and The Class Machine, rock, Empire Dine and Dance, Portland. $6 ($1 of which benefits Playing for Change and MAMM). portlandempire.com. 9 p.m.

Cruel Hand, hardcore, with Rude Awakening, DNA and Strung Along, Geno’s Rock Club, Portland. 221-2382. 9 p.m.

“In the Round with Shanna,” jazz series, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 6 p.m.

Potato Pickers, folk/country, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 8 p.m.

Roving Soul, traditional and modern folk songs, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 10 p.m.

Tickle, pop covers, RiRa, Portland. rira.com. 10 p.m.

Gary Richardson, solo acoustic jazz and blues, Gingko Blue, Portland. gingkoblue.com. 5 to 8 p.m.

Mama’s Boom Shack, funk, soul and blues, Gingko Blue, Portland. gingkoblue.com. 9 p.m.

Beam & Fink, acoustic blues and roots, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 8:30 p.m.

Chris Fitz Band, electric blues, 21-plus; Inn on the Blues, York Beach. $6. innontheblues.com. 9:30 p.m.

Amigos, acoustic, Portland Lobster Company. portlandlobstercompany.com. Noon.

Jill Stringham with Eric Mauriello, acoustic Irish music, all ages; Deer Run Tavern, Yarmouth. 846-9555. 6 to 9 p.m.

Moore & Moran, folk/Ameicana, Gritty McDuff’s, Freeport. Donation. grittys.com. 8:30 p.m.

Pitch Black Ribbons, bluegrass, Deer Run Tavern, Yarmouth. 846-9555. 8 p.m.

Steve Jones, blues and rock, Run of the Mill Brewpub, Saco. therunofthemill.net. 8 p.m.

Kenya Hall Band, funk, with Zach Jones, Big Easy, Portland. $8. bigeasyportland.com. 8 p.m.

The Wetsuits, surf rock, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. thedogfishbarandgrille.com. 8 p.m.

Hairy Pie, hair-metal covers, 21-plus; Club Texas, Auburn. 784-7785. Doors at 6 p.m.

Bottom of the East, rock, Bayside Bowl, Portland. baysidebowl.com. 9 p.m.

SUNDAY

Awesome Kong, rock, Run of the Mill Brewpub, Saco. therunofthemill.net. 1 p.m.

Jerks of Grass, bluegrass, Portland Lobster Company. portlandlobstercompany.com. Noon.

Mike Duffy & Friends, acoustic, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 5:30 p.m.

Brunch with Sly-Chi, R&B, RiRa, Portland. rira.com. Noon.

The Couch, open mic with host John Nels, Empire Dine and Dance, Portland. portlandempire.com. 7 p.m.

MONDAY

Smokin’ Joe Kubek with Bnois King, blues, Time Out Pub, Rockland. $15. 593-9336. 7 p.m.

N.E. Town, folk-rock, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 6:30 p.m.

Funky Mondays: The Players Ball, funk, Big Easy, Portland. $3. bigeasyportland.com. 8:30 p.m.

Bluegrass Mondays, 21-plus; Empire Dine and Dance, Portland. portlandempire.com. 8 p.m.

The Mutineers, eclectic string music, The Liberal Cup, Hallowell. theliberalcup.com. 5 p.m.

Open Mic, with Ev Guy, RiRa, Portland. rira.com. 8 p.m.

TUESDAY

Milk Carton Kids, Americana duo, with The Brendan Hines, 21-plus; Empire Dine and Dance, Portland. $6. portlandempire.com. 8 p.m.

Poor Howard, Delta blues, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 6 p.m.

Electric Open Mic, with Joint Enterprise, Run of the Mill Brewpub, Saco. therunofthemill.net. 8 p.m.

Ryan Halliburton, acoustic, Portland Lobster Company. portlandlobstercompany.com. 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Owen Marshall and Lindsay Straw, Irish music, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 7:30 p.m.

Traditional Irish Session, Irish music, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 9:30 p.m.

Ben Kilcollins, acoustic, RiRa, Portland. rira.com. 8:30 p.m.

David Beam & The Custom House Gang, bluegrass/Americana, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 7:30 p.m.

Rap Night, hosted by Shupe and Ill By Instinct, 21-plus; Big Easy, Portland. $3. bigeasyportland.com. 9 p.m.

Eric Bettencourt Trio, singer-songwriter, Portland Lobster Company. portlandlobstercompany.com. 6 p.m.

Laurence Kelly and Flash Allen, jazz classics, Gingko Blue, Portland. gingkoblue.com. 8 p.m.

Acoustic Open Mic, with Brian Laurier, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. thedogfishbarandgrille.com. 7 p.m.

Stereocom, electronica, with West End, Flask Lounge, Portland. flasklounge.com. 8 p.m.

SEPT. 27

Griffin Sherry & The Ghost of Paul Revere, roots music, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. thedogfishbarandgrille.com. 8 p.m.

Barn Swallows, bluegrass, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 6 p.m.

Steamboat Gypsy, bluegrass and old-time country, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 8 p.m.

Samuel James and D. Gross, roots and blues, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 10 p.m.

Travis James Humphrey Blue Review, roadhouse roots music, Gingko Blue, Portland. gingkoblue.com. 8 to 11 p.m.

Peter Gavett & Friends, acoustic folk-rock, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 6:30 p.m.

Dave Gagne, indie folk, rock and reggae, Run of the Mill Brewpub, Saco. therunofthemill.net. 8 p.m.

Band Beyond Description, jam band, 21-plus; Big Easy, Portland. bigeasyportland.com. 9 p.m.

Beer Pong, Line Dancing, Karaoke and DJ B-set, 21-plus; Club Texas, Auburn. $2. 784-7785. Doors at 6 p.m.

Open Mic Night, all ages, Deer Run Tavern, Yarmouth. 846-9555. 7:30 p.m.