Low Lily. Photo by Zinnia Siegel

Matt Flinner & Low Lily
8 p.m. Thursday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20 in advance, $30 at the door. onelongfellowsquare.com
They’re calling it a winter solstice mini-fest, and you won’t want to miss it. Matt Flinner is a Grammy-nominated bluegrass mandolinist, and Low Lily is an award-winning American roots band comprising Liz Simmons (guitar and vocals), Flynn Cohen (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Natalie Padilla (fiddle, banjo, vocals). They’ll all be on stage, and over the course of the evening, you’ll hear mandolins, guitars, fiddle and banjo. Your ears will also be filled with the sounds of three- and four-part vocal harmonies, and Maine-based player Steve Roy will accompany the show on double bass.

Calin Peters and Martin Earley of The Ballroom Thieves. Photo by Shervin Lainez

The Ballroom Thieves
8 p.m. Friday. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show. statetheatreportland.com
Maine-based indie-folk duo The Ballroom Thieves is Calin Peters (vocals, cello, bass) and Martin Earley (vocals, guitar). Their latest album is “Clouds,” and you’ll hear a whole bunch of songs from it on Friday night in Portland, including “Worldender” and “The Lightning.” Griffin William Sherry from The Ghost of Paul Revere opens the show.

Gerald Brann as Elton John. Photo courtesy of Chocolate Church Arts Center

Yellow Brick Road
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, $20 in advance, $25 day of show. chocolatechurcharts.org
Sir Elton John recently played his farewell show in California, but thanks to tribute act Yellow Brick Road, his live performances live on. The band is fronted by Gerald Brann, who fully embodies John’s sound and signature fashion statements, including the many pairs of iconic sunglasses. Saturday night’s all right for fighting, but it’s even better for hearing the songs of Elton John. Mars might be cold as hell, but you’ll be plenty warm in Bath seeing Yellow Brick Road. Hop into your old gold Chevy and make it happen.

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