8 p.m. Thursday. State Theater, 609 Congress St., Portland, $18, $25 reserved seats, $5 students. palaverstrings.org/events
Palaver Strings is a musician-led string ensemble whose mission is to empower and inspire community through music. The Welcome Home – Music and Stories of Welcome in Maine show tours eight locations in Maine, and with the Portland date, you can catch it Friday in Farmington and Saturday in Lewiston. The multidisciplinary show celebrates cultural diversity, resilience and state stewardship and features guest artists of Congolese, Puerto Rican and Wabanaki descent, with narration led by Sherri Mitchell and co-presented by the Abbe Museum, the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center and Indigo Arts Alliance.
7:30 p.m. Friday. Strand Theater, 345 Main Street, Rockland, $25. rocklandstrand.com
Canadian blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Matt Anderson has two shows in Maine this weekend in Rockland and Brownfield. Anderson’s new album is called “House to House,” and it showcases his soulful vocals on songs like “Other Side of Goodbye” and “Time for the Wicked to Rest.” Anderson’s musical career stretches back two decades, and in 2010 he won top honors at the International Blues Challenge. A prolific artist, Anderson’s discography includes three live albums and a dozen studio albums. The Brownfield show is Saturday at the Stone Mountain Arts Center. Showtime is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $30. Rocker Roots Terra Lightfoot opens both performances.
7:30 p.m. Sunday. Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, $55-$95. crossarenaportland.com
The iconic Chicago rock band takes the stage in Portland on Sunday and will play their long list of hit songs. The heavy-horned band dates back to the late 60s and still includes original members Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane and James Pankow. Chicago will keep you smiling all night long with songs like “Saturday in the Park” and “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day.” You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to hold your lighter (or your phone’s flashlight) on ballads like “You’re the Inspiration,” “Hard Habit to Break,” “Look Away,” and “If You Leave Me. Now”. Does anyone really know what time it is? Although this question will never really be answered, the Chicago show does start at 7:30 p.m.