• CONCERTS

THURSDAY

Dark Star Orchestra, Grateful Dead tribute band, State Theatre, Portland. $30; general admission. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m.

Dopapod, experimental funk-rock, 18-plus; Port City Music Hall, Portland. $10, $20. portcitymusichall.com. 9 p.m.

“Sonic UMA!”, contemporary rock, jazz and new classical, Jewett Auditorium, Augusta. Free. 621-3214. 7 p.m.

Chris Stout and Catriona McKay, Shetland fiddle and Scottish harp, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts. $15. unity.edu/uccpa. 7:30 p.m.

USM Jazz Ensemble, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. $5 to $15. usm.maine.edu/music. 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

Tom Rush, folk, One Longfellow Square, Portland. Sold out. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m.

Fogcutters Present Big Band Syndrome, original arrangements of eight local musicians’ songs with a big band, State Theatre, Portland. $15; $10 for students; general admission. statetheatreportland.com. 7 p.m.

Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Sing-Along, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $12. rocklandstrand.com. 7:30 p.m.

“Hey Ho the Holly,” holiday folk music by the Newell Family and Castlebay; benefits Heifer International; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Newcastle. $7; $5 for students and seniors. 563-8440. 7:30 p.m.

Ronda Dale, folk, The Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth. Free/donation. capelocalbuzz.com. 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

Band of Horses, rock, with Jason Lytle, State Theatre, Portland. $25 in advance; $30 day of show; general admission. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m.

Robby Krieger’s Jazz Kitchen, jazz, 18-plus; Port City Music Hall, Portland. $20 in advance; $25 day of show; $40 VIP. portcitymusichall.com. 9 p.m.

J. Geils and Jeff Pitchell, blues-rock, with Gerry Beaudoin & Texas Flood and The Jeffettes, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath. $30 in advance; $33 day of show. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m.

The Makem and Spain Brothers, Irish music, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. $20 in advance; $25 day of show; $10 in advance for those under 18. boothbayoperahouse.com. 7:30 p.m.

Darlingside, The Ghost of Paul Revere and Heather Maloney, atmospheric rock, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. $8. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. 8 p.m.

Elizabeth Mitchell, children’s songs, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $14; $8 for ages 3 to 17; free for children under 3. onelongfellowsquare.com. 11 a.m. (sold out) and 2 p.m.

Lucy Kaplansky, singer-songwriter, CD-release show, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $20 in advance; $23 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m.

The Coloradas, bluegrass, benefit for Superstorm Sandy victims, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts. $10. 948-7469. 7 p.m.

Tom Porter & Friends, jazz, The Frontier, Brunswick. $10 in advance; $12 day of show. explorefrontier.com. 8 p.m.

Roger Hinchliffe, Swedish singer, Simply Scandinavian Foods, Portland. Free. 874-6759. 1 to 3 p.m.

Doug Kolmar, acoustic jazz, The Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth. Free/donation. capelocalbuzz.com. 8 p.m.

Carolyn Currie, ethereal music combined with celestial images, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $8; for $6 children. 780-4249. 7 p.m.

SUNDAY

Sister Hazel, alt-rock, with Pete Kilpatrick, 21-plus; Asylum, Portland. $18. portlandasylum.com. 9 p.m.

Rock My Soul Rockin’ Holiday Concert, gospelized Christmas carols and doo-wop versions of holiday favorites, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $15 in advance; $18 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com. 4 p.m.

John Linscott and The Mainestream Jazzmasters, jazz jam, The Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth. Free/donation. capelocalbuzz.com. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Patrick Watson, Canadian singer-songwriter, with Arborea, all ages; Space Gallery, Portland. $12 in advance; $15 day of show. space538.org. 8:30 p.m.

Southern Maine Monthly Bluegrass Jam, Roost Function Hall, Buxton, $7. 232-1528. Noon to 5 p.m.

Sera Cahoone, Seattle singer-songwriter, with Chris Pureka, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. $8. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. 8 p.m.

MONDAY

Downeasters Men’s Chorus and Quartets, holiday concert, Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, Cumberland. $5; free for ages 11 and under. 829-3766. 7 p.m.

TUESDAY

“Christmas Winds,” holiday music by the Pine Tree Coastal Winds, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport. Free; bring non-perishable food donation for community food pantries. 865-4747. 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Sing-Along, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $15. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m.

Winthrop Area Handbell Ringers, Lithgow Public Library, Augusta. Free. www.lithgow.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m.

Lina Boudreau Trio, Christmas show in French and English, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts. $15. unity.edu/uccpa. 7:30 p.m.

DEC. 13

Winterbloom, featuring singer-songwriters Antje Duvekot, Anne Heaton, Meg Hutchinson and Natalia Zukerman, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $20 in advance; $25 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m.

Novel Jazz Septet, Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. $13; $10 for seniors; $5 for ages 12 to 18; free for children under 12 with parent. skidompha.org. 7 p.m.

• COMEDY

Open Mic Comedy Night, 21-plus; Slainte, Portland. slaintewinebar.com. 8 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 13.

Punk Hunks of Comedy, with Ian Stuart, Nick Lavalle, Paul Hunt, Conor Mcgrath, Travis Curran and Will Green, 21-plus; Club Texas, Auburn. $5. clubtexas.info. 8 p.m. Friday.

Kelly MacFarland and Friends Comedy Show, followed by DJ and dancing, Avant Dance & Event Center, Westbrook. $15. avantmaine.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

• BARS/CLUBS

THURSDAY

Dear Leader and The Chums, rock, 21-plus; Empire Dine and Dance, Portland. $6. portlandempire.com. 9 p.m.

Hot Club Du Monde, gypsy jazz and swing, Gingko Blue, Portland. gingkoblue.com. 8 p.m.

Shanna Underwood, singer-songwriter, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. thedogfishcompany.com. 8 p.m.

Jennie Backstrom, pianist/mandolin player, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 8 p.m.

Brian Dolzani, singer-songwriter, Blue, Portland. portcityblue.com. Donation. 8 p.m.

Nate Abbott, singer-songwriter, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 6 p.m.

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

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

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

Kilcollins Band, pop and rock covers, RiRa, Portland. rira.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.

Velourosaurus, pop and rock, Gritty McDuff’s, Portland. grittys.com. 8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

Fogcutters Big Band Syndrome After Party, big-band jazz, Big Easy, Portland. bigeasyportland.com. 10 p.m.

Tess Collins, soul/R&B, Big Easy, Portland. bigeasyportland.com. 8 p.m.

MAMM JAMM First Friday Rock N Bowl Concert Series, hosted by the Maine Academy of Music, all ages; Bayside Bowl, Portland. $5. maineacademyofmodernmusic.org. 6 to 9 p.m.

The Complaints, acoustic alt-rock, RiRa, Portland. rira.com. 10 p.m.

Blind Albert, blues and rock, Gingko Blue, Portland. gingkoblue.com. 9 p.m.

The Bernie Bouthot and Ali Stauble Project, jazz, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. thedogfishcompany.com. 8 p.m.

Audrey Ryan, multi-instrumentalist, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 8 p.m.

Okbari, Middle Eastern music with bellydancers, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 10 p.m.

Miss Fairchild, Lost in Stockholm and One Hand Free, rock, R&B and soul, Empire’s five-year anniversary party, 21-plus; Empire Dine and Dance, Portland. portlandempire.com. 9 p.m.

Matt Brown’s Soul Dance Party, 21-plus; Slainte, Portland. slaintewinebar.com. 11 p.m.

Potato Pickers, bluegrass, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 8:30 p.m.

First Friday Rock Walk, with if and it and An Evening With, Geno’s Rock Club, Portland. 221-2382. 9 p.m.

Kevin Midgley, blues, Gritty McDuff’s, Freeport. grittys.com. 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

This Way’s Honky Tonkin’ Holiday Show, rock, country and swing, with special guests, 21-plus; Empire Dine and Dance, Portland. portlandempire.com. 9 p.m.

Motor Creeps, rock, with The Pubcrawlers, Jimmy Jacked, I Barbarian and Nuclear Boots, Flask Lounge, 21-plus; Portland. flasklounge.com. Doors at 5 p.m.

Sean Mencher and His Rhythm Kings, rockabilly and blues, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. thedogfishcompany.com. 8 p.m.

Electroshock, rock, 21-plus; Slainte, Portland. slaintewinebar.com. 9 p.m.

Kennebunk River Band, rock, Run of the Mill Brewpub, Saco. therunofthemill.net. 8 p.m.

Shanna Underwood Trio, blues-infused country-folk, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 8:30 p.m.

Ben Cosgrove, pianist, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 6 p.m.

Andrea Szribik, folk-rock, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 8 p.m.

Jessy Dorsett, pianist, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 10 p.m.

December Dance Party, with Never Quiet Entertainment, Geno’s Rock Club, Portland. 221-2382. 9 p.m.

Post Provost, acoustic band, Big Easy, Portland. bigeasyportland.com. 8 p.m.

Cold Blue Steel, country, 21-plus; Club Texas, Auburn. $2. 784-7785. 8 p.m.

Dave Gagne Sr., acoustic, Gritty McDuff’s, Portland. grittys.com. 8:30 p.m.

Nick Racioppi, singer-songwriter, Gritty McDuff’s, Freeport. grittys.com. 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

Brunch with Sly Chi, R&B, RiRa, Portland. rira.com. 9 a.m.

Stephanie Davis, keyboards and vocals, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY

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

Trivia Night, Run of the Mill Brewpub, Saco. therunofthemill.net. 7 p.m.

Kevin Attra, jazz, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 6 p.m.

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

Open Mic Night, RiRa, Portland. rira.com. 8 p.m.

TUESDAY

Yacht Blooded, ’70s AM radio party, 21-plus; Empire Dine and Dance, Portland. portlandempire.com. 8 p.m.

Musicians’ Potluck 2 Holiday Fiesta, Big Easy, Portland. No cover; bring food to share. bigeasyportland.com. 8 p.m.

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

Karaoke Night with DJ Ponyfarm, 21-plus; Slainte, Portland. $3, $5. slaintewinebar.com. 9 p.m.

Scott Lank, singer-songwriter, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Clash of the Titans, battle of the cover bands, 21-plus; Empire Dine and Dance, Portland. $6. portlandempire.com. Outkast vs. Kanye West, 9 p.m.

Peter Miles, acoustic, RiRa, Portland. rira.com. 8:30 p.m.

Open Mic, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. thedogfishcompany.com. 7 p.m.

Lorraine Bohland with Terry Foster, jazz, blues and R&B, Gingko Blue, Portland. gingkoblue.com. 7 p.m.

Open Mic Night, 21-plus; Slainte, Portland. 553-2350. 8 p.m.

David Beam and The Custom House Gang, bluegrass and Americana, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 8 p.m.

Erica Brown & Matt Shipman, bluegrass and folk, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 7 p.m.

Tricky Britches, string band, Blue, Portland. portcityblue.com. 9 p.m.

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

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

DEC. 13

Pineries, alt-pop, with Little War Twins and Greg Mckillop & His Full Band, Geno’s Rock Club, Portland. 221-2382. 9 p.m.

Southbound Outlaws, acoustic blues-rock, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. thedogfishcompany.com. 8 p.m.

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

Conor Mulroy, string player, 21-plus; Slainte, Portland. slaintewinebar.com. 10 p.m.

Muddy Marsh Ramblers, bluegrass, Run of the Mill Brewpub, Saco. therunofthemill.net. 8 p.m.

Dan Tonini, acoustic rock and country, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 7 p.m.

Amory Raymond Trio, rock and jazz, Blue, Portland. Donation. portcityblue.com. 9 p.m.

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

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

Kilcollins Band, pop and rock covers, RiRa, Portland. rira.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.