8 p.m. Thursday. State Theater, 609 Congress St., Portland, $35 in advance, $40 day of show. statetheatreportland.com
Released last year, “Churches” is the LP singer-songwriter’s latest and sixth album. Her recording career began in 2001 with “Heart-Shaped Scar”, and she performed a few times at small clubs in Portland in those early days. This time around, she’s taking center stage at the state with an in-depth discography of tracks to choose from. The title track of 2017’s “Lost on You” has racked up over 529 million plays on Spotify. Singer-songwriter Nick Leng opens the show.
Amandou & Mariam and the Blind Boys of Alabama
7 p.m. Friday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $22 to $67. porttix.com
The show is called From Bamako to Birmingham, and you’ll be treated to performances by two incredible artists. Amandou & Mariam is the Grammy-nominated Malian duo consisting of singer/guitarist Amadou Bagayoko and singer Mariam Doumbia. They have been making music that fuses rock with the traditional sounds of their homeland for four decades. Gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama have won five Grammy Awards, including Lifetime Achievement. Their long discography dates back to the 1940s and the latest album is 2020’s “Almost Home”.
8 p.m. Saturday. State Theater, 609 Congress St., Portland, $30 in advance, $35 day of show. statetheatreportland.com
Indie-pop actor Lucius is back in full force with ‘Second Nature’, his first studio album in six years. Singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe spent a few years touring with Roger Waters and recorded tracks with Harry Styles, Nathaniel Rateliff, Brandi Carlile, Lukas Nelson and the War on Drugs, among others. “Second Nature,” produced by Carlile and Dave Cobb, takes the band’s sound into disco and funk territory while slaying with huge ballads like “24” and “The Man I’ll Never Find.” The live show promises to be an epic dance party as fans welcome the band back into their own spotlight. Indie rocker Charlie Hickey opens.
After decades of painting in private, the Bowdoinham artist is preparing his first exhibition