Live music lineup: pair of singer-songwriters and lots of soul and rock
8 p.m. Friday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com
Singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky will release her ninth album, “Last Days of Summer,” just as she plays in Portland, so expect plenty of new material, including the poignant title track about leaving her daughter for college. She also covers Jackson Browne’s “These Days” and longtime fan favorite “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” Kaplansky has been a mainstay on the folk music scene since the mid-90s and has received consistent praise for his songwriting.
7 p.m. Sunday. Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., $20 in advance, $25 day of show. standbayoperahouse.com
Singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton, who counts Nina Simone and Randy Newman among her main influences, has been releasing music for two decades. His latest two singles, “In the Middle of It” and “Fishin’ With You,” are both terrific, with the former fresh and fresh and the latter a thoughtful tribute to John Prine and Tom Petty. She takes the stage at Boothbay Harbor for the first time Sunday night.
Fitz and the Tantrums and St. Paul and the Broken Bones
6 p.m. WednesdayJune 8. Thompson’s Point, Portland, $45 in advance, $50 day of show. statetheatreportland.com
It will be a night of soul and rock tunes outdoors in Portland with co-headliners Fitz and The Tantrums and St. Paul & The Broken Bones, plus an opening set from The Seratones. “Head Up High,” released last year, is Fitz’s latest album, and St. Paul released “The Alien Coast” in January. Expect a full-throttle, groove-a-licious evening of dance-inducing jams with just-right vocals from all three acts.
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