Thursday, April 23

We don’t get many Christian rappers coming through town, so it’s notable that Grammy Award–winning Gospel-hopper Lecrae is coming to the Cross Insurance Arena (45 Spring St., Portland) with guests Andy Mineo and DJ Promote at 7 p.m. Tix: $37.45. 775-3458. crossarenaportland.com. And though Ben Folds has been here before, he wasn’t accompanied by yMusic, a six-piece ensemble with classical chops and a rock attitude with which Folds recorded his latest batch of brainy pop songs (plus a concerto). The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tix: $35-$40. 800-745-3000. statetheatreportland.com.