8 p.m. Thursday. Brick South Beer Garden at Thompson’s Point, Resurgam Place, Portland, $34. porttix.com
Roots and blues musician Samuel James celebrates the release of his latest album “Already Home Recordings Volume 2.” His performance is being presented by Portland Ovations, the arts organization that commissioned the new work. The songs and their arrangements veer outside the lines of traditional American roots music, and James based the title of the record on his life growing up in a biracial family full of musicians. The show will be a multimedia one, as James plays against a backdrop of projections while he blends banjo, guitar and piano.
8 p.m. Friday. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $28.50 in advance, $30 day of show, $99 meet and greet. statetheatreportland.com
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