Trombone Shorty. Photo by Justen Williams

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
8 p.m. Thursday. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $39.50 in advance, $45 day of show.
“Lifted” is the latest album from New Orleans trombone and trumpet player Trombone Shorty. Born Troy Andrews, he’s from the city’s Tremé neighborhood. Andrews played with Bo Diddley at age 4 and formed a brass band when he was 6. Over the past two decades, Trombone Shorty has released several successful albums and has worked with the likes of Bruno Mars, Pharrell and Foo Fighters while gracing stages at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and countless other festivals. Here’s a chance to see an artist who has achieved legend status while still in his 30s.

Michael Cleveland (center) & Flamekeeper. Photo courtesy of the artist

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
7:30 p.m. Friday. Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., $25 in advance, $30 day of show.
Fiddle player Michael Cleveland has been playing since age 4. When he was 9, he was invited to join bluegrass star Bill Monroe at a festival. Cleveland learned the Suzuki method of violin while attending the Kentucky School for the Blind, and in 2006, he formed his band. Two years ago, the “Tall Fiddler” album earned him a Grammy Award for best bluegrass album. The band is sensational, and Cleveland’s playing will blow your mind while thrilling your ears.

Joan Ellison will sing the songs of Judy Garland with Portland Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Beth Segal

Get Happy! A Judy Garland Celebration
7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $12 to $91.
Happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, but you only need to go as far as Merrill Auditorium to hear Judy Garland songs. Portland Symphony Orchestra welcomes conductor Michael Berkowitz and up-to-the-challenge vocalist Joan Ellison for a night of music that showcases the significance of Garland, as well as the music that made her famous. Berkowitz will lead the PSO through songs like “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” “The Trolley Song,” “Get Happy,” “That’s Entertainment” and the most iconic Garland song of them all, “Over the Rainbow.” Now, go buy a ticket before someone drops a house on you.

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