meklit_spaceThursday, January 16 

Likened to an East African Joni Mitchell, Meklit Hadero sings and composes sophisticated and soulful songs that meld, and ultimately defy, genres. Portland’s similarly inspired world-folk group, The Reverie Machine, opens the show at SPACE Gallery (538 Congress St., Portland) at 8:30 p.m. Tix: $15-$18 (all ages). 828-5600. space538.org.