Tom Rush. Photo by Lawrence White

Tom Rush with Matt Nakoa
8 p.m. Thursday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $45, proof of vaccination and masks required.
Folk singer-songwriter Tom Rush has six decades worth of songs to sing and stories to tell, and he’ll be sharing several of them at One Longfellow Square. Rush plays an acoustic guitar and will be accompanied by pianist Matt Nakoa. Rush was at the center of the ’60s folk revival and is known for both his originals and takes on songs by the likes of Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne. His contribution is formidable, and at 81, he maintains his status as legend.

The Mallett Brothers Band. Photo by Dennis Welch

The Mallett Brothers Band
8 p.m. Saturday. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $25 in advance, $30 day of show.
Since forming in 2009, Maine’s Mallett Brothers Band has been slinging rock, Americana and country tunes not only here but all over the country. If you still haven’t seen them live, now’s your chance to help fill the State Theatre and cheer them on as they rip through two sets of tunes. There’s no opener, it’s all Malletts, and you won’t want to miss a moment.

Tim Harrington, left, and Paul Wright of Tall Heights. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Tall Heights & Friends present 1997 
8 p.m. Saturday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20 in advance, $30 at the door.
Tall Heights is the indie-folk duo of Tim Harrington (guitarist/singer) and Paul Wright (cellist/singer), and although they released a new album earlier this year, their Portland show is an homage to their favorite songs of 1997, including Ben Fold Five’s “Brick” and Hanson’s “MMMBop.” The possibilities are endless, as the year also birthed Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” and Sugar Ray’s “Fly.” Opener Kaiti Jones is getting in on the 1997 fun, too, and her tunes could include Sarah McLachlan’s “Building a Mystery,” “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks and maybe some Jewel. There’s one way to find out, and you don’t need a time machine, just a ticket.

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