• The Novel Jazz Septet Celebrates Martin Luther King Day, 7:30 p.m. in UUCB Concerts for a Cause series at Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle St. The septet plays the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, and tells a few stories about the musicians who were civil rights activities and friends of Martin Luther King, Jr. Tix are $15 in advance; $18 at door; $8 students & kids:, 729-8515, Gulf of Maine Books. Benefits local charities and church programming.


  • Harbor Square Gallery Kicks Off Sixth Season of Music, 2 p.m. The gallery at 374 Main Street in Rockland opens this year’s series with a show featuring The Ale House String Band and singer-songwriters John and Rachel Nicholas. $12 at the door. Save your seat: 594-8700.
  • The Midcoast Community Chorus Performs “Safe Harbor” Concert, 4 p.m., Camden Hills Regional High School’s Strom Auditorium, Route 90, Rockport. With gospel, jazz, folk and more by the 160-member chorus. $30 tix for center reserved; $25 side reserved; $15 general admission:; Clean Bee Laundry, Camden; The Grasshopper Shop, Rockland; The Green Store, Belfast.


  • Solera String Quartet with Spanish Pianist Josu de Solaun in Rockland, noon, at Farnsworth Art Museum, in Bay Chamber Concerts Music@Noon series. The quartet that has played at Carnegie Hall and guest pianist de Solaun play Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Minor, Opus 95 and George Enescu’s Piano Quintet in A Minor, Opus 29. $30 adults; $10 under 25:


  • Trio Gardenia at Rockland Public Library, 6:30 p.m. The local trio of Cindy Millar, Shaun Bolduc and Dick White play original arrangements of music from the Golden Age of Song in America in the library’s Reading Room.
  • Sheepscot Valley Chorus Welcomes Public at Rehearsal, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church of Wiscasset, 28 High St. The non-auditioned community chorus invites all singers to its first rehearsal for May 5 & 6 performances of Handel’s “Israel in Egypt.” Every few years, the chorus joins the auditioned St. Cecilia Chamber Choir to present large choral works. FMI:, 380-2768.


  • VoXX: Voice of Twenty Presents “Music of Mercy and Forgiveness,” the a cappella vocal ensemble performs a program that includes early works by Byrd, Josquin, Lassus and Palestrina and contemporary pieces, at four venues: Crosby Center, Belfast, at 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 20; Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, 122 Ash St., Lewiston, at 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 21; Union Hall, Rockport, at 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 27; and Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane, Phippsburg, at 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 28. Tix, $15 cash or check, at the door. FMI:
  • Lincoln Academy String Orchestra to Play at Schooner Cove, Thurs., Jan. 25, 10:30-11 a.m. The orchestra in its inaugural year plays at the retirement community on LincolnHealth’s Miles campus in Damariscotta. The short performance is free and open to all. FMI: 563-5523.
  • Boneheads & Holy Mackerels at Boothbay Harbor’s Opera House, Sat., Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. Some of the region’s favorite musicians take to the stage for a midwinter talent showdown. $10 advance tix: 633-5159.
  • Vance Gilbert at Rockland’s Strand Theatre, Fri., Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. performing his “catchy, pop-friendly melodies [that] support keenly crafted, hard-hitting lyrics.” $15 tix: $18 door.


  • Tuesday Jams in Thomaston, 8 Hyler St., 7 p.m. Folk, country, gospel and blues. Players and listeners welcome. FMI: 273-2914.
  • Thursday Jams in Warren, St. George River Café, 310 Main St., 6 p.m. Players and listeners welcome.