8 p.m. Thursday. Aura, 121 Center St., Portland, $29.50-$59.50. auramaine.com
Soft-rock singer-songwriter Christopher Cross celebrates his 40th (and more) anniversary as an artist with a tour that includes a stop in Portland. In 1981, his song “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. That same year, he won five Grammys for his self-titled album and the song “Sailing”. Other hits include “Ride Like the Wind”, “Never Be the Same” and “Think of Laura”, and he has sold over 10 million albums. Don Campbell opens the show.
Groups behind the barn
1-8 p.m. Saturday. Hearts & Horses Therapy Riding Center, 63 Justin Merrill Road, Buxton, $10, $20 per family. eventbrite.com
All you have to do is shell out $10 to spend an entire day listening to sensational live local music while supporting a wonderful cause. Hearts & Horses Therapy Riding Center aims to make a positive impact on lives through riding and horse care. You can support his work by heading to the Bands Behind The Barn outdoor event with live performances from 2 For Jackson, Mehuman, Laurie Jones, Tim Winchester and Two Minutes Out. There will also be food and drink trucks, raffles and carnival-style games.
7:30 p.m. Sunday. Maine Savings Amphitheater, 1 Railroad St., Bangor, $47.50 to $167.50. waterfrontconcerts.com
Sting led the hit band The Police before launching a solo career in 1985 with “The Dream of the Blue Turtles.” Fourteen albums followed. Between the police and his solo work, the hits are numerous and include “Roxanne”, “Every Breath You Take”, “Fields of Gold” “Desert Rose”, “All This Time” and “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free “. “His son, Joe Sumner, gets the ball rolling.
Things to do: Lighthouse Day, a kite convention and puppets on the ball