Greg Brown will perform Friday evening in Rockport
Greg Brown will perform Friday evening in Rockport
Jonathan Levitt for The Boston Globe

This is our pick of the best of the burbs. For more information, go to www.boston.com and search music, restaurants, arts and crafts, and other goings-on throughout Greater Boston.

EVENTS

Portsmouth: Given the ups and downs and surprises of this past election year, the Capitol Steps new show promises to be better than ever. Saturday, 5 and 8 p.m. The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, N.H. $35, $45. 603-436-2400, www.themusichall.org

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Rockport: Becoming well known nationally as a regular performer on “A Prairie Home Companion” in the 1980s, with his sandpaper-coarse but sensitive baritone, Greg Brown offers keen insights into the realities and foibles of modern life tinged with a hefty dose of humor. Friday, 8 p.m. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St. $25/$35/$45. 978-546-7391, http://rockportmusic.org

Wakefield: Locally born but nationally known, Mark Erelli has gained fame as a multi-instrumentalist sideman, accompanying artists such as Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter from Nashville to London. accompanying, accompanying artists such as Lori McKenna & Josh Ritter from Nashville to London Erelli has 11 recordings. His latest solo CD is “Little Vigils.” Erelli has 11 recordings. His latest solo CD is “Little Vigils.” Zack Hickman will join him on upright bass and pump organ. Saturday, 8 p.m. Linden Tree Coffeehouse, 326 Main St. $16. 781-246-2836, www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org