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Summer Arts Preview 2012

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Event Description Genre Location Dates Contact
Galvanized Truth — A Tribute to George Nick An expansive survey of works by this lively and intimate realist painter. May 20-Sept. 9. Art Complex Museum, Duxbury. (Sebastian Smee) Art Duxbury May 20-Sept. 9 www.artcomplex.org, 781-934-2886
Gary Webb: Mr. Jeans Sculptures that play fast and loose both with modernism and consumer culture by this compelling young British artist. May 26-Aug. 12. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. (Sebastian Smee) Art Lincoln May 26-Aug. 12 www.decordova.org, 781-259-8355
Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers Combining bluegrass and comedy, this three-night stand at Symphony Hall will feature Martin, who's also a fine banjo player, and the Steep Canyon Rangers with the Boston Pops. Note: The performances on May 29-30 are sold out, but tickets are available for the Presidents at Pops fund-raising gala the next night (which also includes John Williams). May 31. Symphony Hall, Boston. (James Reed) Folk & country Boston May 29-31 www.bso.org, 888-266-1200
Tanglewood: Boston Symphony Orchestra The BSO's season at Tanglewood celebrates the festival's 75th anniversary with several world premieres, concerts based on programs from its inaugural season, and new media initiatives. Christoph von Dohnanyi leads off on July 6 with an all-Beethoven program based on the first BSO performance on Tanglewood grounds in 1937. An anniversary gala program is slated for July 14; Andris Nelsons leads the BSO July 15; Christoph Eschenbach returns July 20; Asher Fisch has an all-Wagner program July 21; Charles Dutoit leads Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust" on July 28; Tanglewood on Parade takes place Aug. 7; and the Boston Pops performs an 80th-birthday tribute to John Williams on Aug. 18. BSO premieres include new works by Edgar Meyer (July 7), Michael Gandolfi (Aug. 5), Andre Previn (Aug. 11), and John Harbison (Aug. 26). Lenox. (Jeremy Eichler) Classical Lenox Various dates, June-August www.bso.org , 617-266-1200
Tanglewood: Ozawa Hall and the Tanglewood Music Center Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble returns to Ozawa Hall this summer (June 22 and 24), as does Mark Morris Dance Group (June 28-29). Also slated for recital appearances will be the Emerson Quartet (July 5), violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter (July 11), Benjamin Bagby's medieval music ensemble Sequentia (July 12), pianist Gerhard Oppitz in a Brahms survey (July 18-19 and July 25-26), and the Ebene Quartet (Aug. 16). The annual Festival of Contemporary Music (Aug. 9-13) will be codirected this year by John Harbison and Oliver Knussen. And the TMC orchestra will premiere a new work by Gunther Schuller on July 8. Lenox. (Jeremy Eichler) Classical Lenox Various dates, June-August www.bso.org, 617-266-1200
Across the Ages Dance Project Mixing dancers in their prime with young whippersnappers and aging movers can produce a particularly rich kinetic and emotional experience. For this concert of intergenerational dances, producers Eliza Mallouk and Marcie Mitler invited five acclaimed local choreographers (Lorraine Chapman, Brian Crabtree, Kelley Donovan, Gabrielle Orcha, and Margot Parsons) to work their magic. June 1-3, $15-$20. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. (Karen Campbell) Dance Cambridge June 1-3 www.greenstreetstudios.org, 617-864-3191
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Ken Field's New Orleans-inspired, funky, improvisational brass band kicks off the Boston Public Library's free summer music series "Concerts in the Courtyard." June 1. BPL Main Library, Boston. (Kevin Lowenthal) Jazz Boston June 1 www.bpl.org, 617-536-5400
Transcending Nature: Paintings by Eric Aho The first American museum survey of this gifted New Hampshire-born painter, inspired both by nature and painterly abstraction. June 2-Sept. 9. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H. (Sebastian Smee) Art Manchester, N.H. June 2-Sept. 9 www.currier.org, 603-669-6144
Jamn 94.5 Presents Summer Jam 2012 It's the mainstream hip-hop party of the summer starring Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, B.O.B, Tyga, Wale, Big Sean, and more. Think of it as a big barbecue with banging beats. June 2. Comcast Center, Mansfield. (Sarah Rodman) Pop & rock Mansfield June 2 www.livenation.com, 800-745-3000
Brad Paisley Still riding high from last year's "This Is Country Music," Paisley kicks off country music's summer concert season with rising stars the Band Perry and Easton Corbin in tow. June 3. Comcast Center, Mansfield. (James Reed) Folk & country Mansfield June 3 www.livenation.com, 800-745-3000
Omar Souleyman and Dengue Fever Souleyman's high-intensity Syrian synth-debke plus Dengue Fever's Los Angeles Cambodian surf-rock adds up to a highly entertaining, and slightly gonzo, double bill. June 3, Paradise. (Siddhartha Mitter) World music Boston June 3 www.thedise.com , 617-562-8800
The Yard This summer marks the 40th anniversary of this intrepid little Martha's Vineyard festival. Traditionally a hotbed of contemporary dance, it's highlighted this year by the return of Doug Elkins and Friends' riotous "Fraülein Maria" (July 25-26, Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center, Oak Bluffs) and "Tap the Yard: A Vineyard Festival of Rhythm and Beats" curated by Michelle Dorrance and David Parker (July 12-14, Patricia N. Nanon Theater, Chilmark). June 4-Sept. 13. Martha's Vineyard. (Karen Campbell) Dance Martha's Vineyard June 4-Sept. 13 www.dancetheyard.org, 508-645-9662
Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr This inspired pairing finds country singer-songwriter Crowell teaming up with Karr, a noted poet and author ("Lit: A Memoir"). Consider it a preview of "KIN," their upcoming album that features contributions from Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Kris Kristofferson, among others. June 6. Cafe 939, Boston. (James Reed) Folk & country Boston June 6 ww.cafe939.com, 617-747-2261
Rockport Chamber Music Festival This year's festival, with 21 concerts from June 7 to July 16, kicks off with a solo recital by pianist Leon Fleisher. The opening weekend also features a performance by gambist Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI, and an evening honoring the centennials of Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire" and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. (Jeremy Eichler) Classical Rockport June 7-July 16 www.rockportmusic.org, 978-546-7391
Aston Magna Music Festival It's also a big anniversary summer for Aston Magna, which celebrates 40 seasons with a gala concert on June 9 in Ozawa Hall reprising musical highlights past. (The same program will be previewed on June 8 in Slosberg Auditorium at Brandeis University, Waltham.) Artistic director Daniel Stepner will lead a baroque orchestra, joined by vocal soloists Kristen Watson, Roberta Anderson, Deborah Rentz-Moore, Lynn Torgove, Frank Kelley, William Hite, and David Ripley. The Aston Magna season runs through July 7. Lenox. (Jeremy Eichler) Classical Lenox June 8-July 7 www.astonmagna.org, 800-875-7156
Kinky Friedman He's been many things — musician, author, humorist, Texas gubernatorial candidate — but Friedman boils down to a single label: hell-raiser. For his latest outing, he'll be performing songs, telling stories, and signing copies of his new book about (and co-written with) Billy Bob Thornton. June 8. Johnny D's, Somerville. (James Reed) Folk & country Somerville June 8 www.johnnyds.com, 617-776-2004
Boston Landmarks Orchestra The Boston Children's Chorus joins the orchestra for a gala concert in Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, on June 9, and its popular series of free Wednesday night concerts at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston starts up July 11 with a program devoted to the music of Aaron Copland. (Jeremy Eichler) Classical Cambridge June 9, July 11-Aug. 29 www.landmarksorchestra.org, 617-987-2000
Hoop Suite Anna Myer and Dancers are billing this ambitious new project as a rap opera. A collaboration involving company performers, live musicians, and young people from Boston public housing developments, it combines modern dance and hip-hop with contemporary classical music, spoken word, rap, percussion and — wait for it — basketball. The real adventure is where this plays out — on b-ball courts at public housing sites around Boston — before a performance in a more formal setting Oct. 12-14, presented by World Music/CRASHarts at the Institute of Contemporary Art. June 9 (Harambee Park, Franklin Field, Boston), June 23 (Boston Housing Authority Corey Street Basketball Court, Charlestown), July 7 (Bromley-Heath). Free. (Karen Campbell) Dance Boston June 9, June 23, July 7 www.annamyeranddancers.org, 617-513-9314
Dance for World Community Festival This free annual festival sponsored by José Mateo Ballet Theatre gathers more than 50 diverse dance troupes from around New England for performances and classes, ending with a "Dancing in the Street" block party with live music. June 9, noon-10 p.m., Free. Harvard Square, Cambridge (in and around the Old Cambridge Baptist Church). (Karen Campbell) Dance Cambridge June 9 www.BalletTheatre.org, 617-354-7467
Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge Famous and lesser-known photographs of water in all its various forms by the celebrated American photographer. June 9-Oct. 8. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. (Sebastian Smee) Art Salem June 9-Oct. 8 www.pem.org, 866-745-1876
Simone Felice A dusky haze hangs over the new self-titled solo album from this former member of the Felice Brothers. It's soul, it's Americana, it's heartbreaking. June 9. Great Scott, Boston. (James Reed) Folk & country Boston June 9 www.ticketweb.com, 617-566-9014
Boston International Ballet Competition The second edition of this international contest promises a cast of super talented dancers ages 13-25 performing solos and pas de deux from the classical ballet repertoire. As the rounds eliminate competitors, expect the excitement to ratchet up. Professional contracts, scholarships, and a lot of money are at stake. June 13-17, $25-$100. Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston. (Karen Campbell) Dance Boston June 13-17 www.bostonibc.org , 617-824-8000
Msafiri Zawose No global fusion here, but straight-up roots music from central Tanzania's Gogo people, played by a young singer and master of multiple traditional instruments. June 13, Johnny D's, Somerville. (Siddhartha Mitter) World music Somerville June 13 www.johnnyds.com, 617-776-2004
The Draw of the Normandy Coast (1860-1960) Forty works spanning a century of responses by French and American artists to the coast of Normandy, France. June 14-Sept. 3. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. (Sebastian Smee) Art Portland, Maine June 14-Sept. 3 www.portlandmuseum.org, 207-775-6148
The Cookers Jazz veterans Billy Harper (saxophone), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), George Cables (piano), Cecil McBee (bass), and Billy Hart (drums) join forces for a thorough exploration of the post-bop verities. June 14. Scullers, Boston. (Kevin Lowenthal) Jazz Boston June 14 www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111
Summer Institute For Contemporary Performance Practice Stephen Drury's new-music boot camp, this year celebrating the Cage centennial, offers a week of free performances at New England Conservatory. Christian Wolff will be composer-in-residence. June 15-23, New EnglandConservatory, Boston. (Jeremy Eichler) Classical Boston June 15-23 www.sicpp.org,
Laura Marling At 22, this highly literate British singer-songwriter has been hailed as her generation's Joni Mitchell. Her latest album, "A Creature I Don't Know," supports that claim. June 15. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. (James Reed) Folk & country Boston June 15 www.berkleebpc.com, 617-747-2261
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival The granddaddy of them all turns 80 this summer, and virtually any weekend of this historic festival is worth the trip to the Berkshires. Programming ranges from familiar to cutting-edge, ballet to modern dance from around the world. The hands-down "don't miss" weekend is July 11-15. "The Men Dancers: From the Horse's Mouth," an homage to Pillow founder and dance pioneer Ted Shawn, assembles a rotating cast of nearly two dozen dancers and choreographers to perform solos and share personal stories. The list is a who's who, from Arthur Mitchell and Lar Lubovitch to tap superstar Jason Samuel Smith and Indian master Hari Krishnan. And if you missed Tero Saarinen's "Borrowed Light" the first go-round, don't make that mistake this time. It's one of the most striking works of the past decade. June 16-Aug. 26. Becket. (Karen Campbell) Dance Becket June 16-Aug. 26 www.jacobspillow.org, 413-243-0745
Dr. Ruth, All the Way Debra Jo Rupp, who played Kitty on "That '70s Show,'' stars as the quirky sex therapist in this world premiere of a play by Mark St. Germain ("The Best of Enemies,'' "Freud's Last Session''), which will be performed on the stage recently named for him. Directed by Julianne Boyd. June 19-July 15. Barrington Stage Company, St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. (Don Aucoin) Theater Pittsfield June 19-July 15 www.barringtonstageco.org, 413-236-8888
Josiah Mcelheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite Cosmic questions addressed by this talented and internationally acclaimed Boston-born artist. June 22-Oct. 14. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. (Sebastian Smee) Art Boston June 22-Oct. 14 www.icaboston.com, 617-478-3100
Passion Pit With its highly anticipated sophomore release, "Gossamer," coming out in July, the electro-pop pride and joy of Boston graduates to the big leagues with this outdoor amphitheater show. "Take a Walk," the new album's first single, suggests the band's sound is bigger than ever. June 22. Bank of America Pavilion, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) Pop & rock Boston June 22 www.livenation.com, 800-745-3000
Experiment America Audience members will receive text messages alerting them to performances of 15-minute plays, written by dozens of different playwrights and scattered throughout the Institute of Contemporary Art — some related to the museum's artwork, some not. Directed by Mikhael Tara Garver ("Fornicated From the Beatles''), the one-night-only event is part of the Emerging America Festival, a collaboration of the ICA, the Huntington Theatre Company, and the American Repertory Theater. June 22. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. (Don Aucoin) Theater Boston June 22 www.emergingamericafestival.com, 617-478-3100
Massachusetts Dance Festival This year's festival assembles an impressive group of companies for two different performances, with styles ranging from ballet and tap to Indian and modern dance. The June 23 concert includes BoSoma Dance Company, Contrapose Dance, Kairos Dance Theater, Legacy Dance Company, and Navarasa Dance Theater. Emerging companies are featured the next night. June 23, $20-$25. June 24, $15-$20. Boston University Dance Theater, Boston. (Karen Campbell) Dance Boston June 23-24 www.massdancefestival.org, 508-429-7577
Diana Krall The Canadian singer and pianist (and wife of Elvis Costello) brings her super-cool jazz stylings to the Berkshires bailiwick of the BSO. June 23. Tanglewood Shed, Lenox. (Kevin Lowenthal) Jazz Lenox June 23 www.bso.org, 888-266-1200
Portland Performing Arts Festival The highlight of this fledgling four-day festival (June 28-July 1) is expected to be the world premiere of a new work by Alison Chase, a cofounder of the groundbreaking dance troupe Pilobolus. Her "The Handsomest," inspired by a Gabriel Garcia Marquez short story of magic realism, combines live and filmed dance and is set to an original score by Grammy-winning composer Paul Sullivan. June 30, 7 p.m., $32-$52. Merrill Auditorium, Portland, Maine. (Karen Campbell) Dance Portland, Maine June 28-July 1 www.portlandfestival.org , 207-370-7806
Céu Since her Starbucks-championed debut in 2005, São Paulo's Céu has been making modern Brazilian pop that's both beautiful and gently experimental; her latest brims with electronica and reggae. June 28, Brighton Music Hall, Allston. (Siddhartha Mitter) World music Boston June 28 www.worldmusic.org , 617-876-4275
Kat Edmondson The up-and-coming, jazz-rooted singer-songwriter from Texas possesses a beguiling voice that evokes both Blossom Dearie and Billie Holiday. Her new CD, "Way Down Low," has been ecstatically received by critics and fans. June 28. Scullers, Boston. (Kevin Lowenthal) Jazz Boston June 28 www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111
Maine Sublime: Frederic Edwin Church's Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin Twenty-three small oil sketches of Maine's two most majestic mountains by this key Hudson River School painter. June 30-Sept. 30. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. (Sebastian Smee) Art Portland, Maine June 30-Sept. 30 www.portlandmuseum.org, 207-775-6148
Fiona Apple The captivating chanteuse has returned after a seven-year recording hiatus to unleash her latest album with an unwieldy title — called "The Idler Wheel" for short since it's 23 words long — and a tour that is getting good notices. June 30. Citi Wang Theatre, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) Pop & rock Boston June 30 www.telecharge.com , 800-432-7250
Roger Waters The former Pink Floyd bassist returns to stage his theatrically grandiose, eye-popping, emotion-riling, eardrum-bending spectacle roadshow version of that band's classic 1980 album, "The Wall," at the Green Monster. July 1. Fenway Park, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) Pop & rock Boston July 1 www.etix.com ,
Bates Dance Festival The festival celebrates an impressive 30 years this summer with a dynamite season of contemporary dance. Groundbreaking hip-hop troupe Rennie Harris Puremovement celebrates its 20th-anniversary season with a program bringing back company veterans for classic works and showcasing current dancers in recent creations (July 13-14). Other highlights include Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion (July 19-20) and Keigwin + Company (Aug. 2-4). July 2-Aug. 11. Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. (Karen Campbell) Dance Lewiston, Maine July 2-Aug. 11 www.batesdancefestival.org, 207-786-6381
Carnival Eric C. Engel directs a production of this seldom-performed 1961 musical, based on the 1953 film "Lili,'' about a dauntless young woman who finds complications, and eventually love, in a carnival. Music and lyrics by Bob Merrill ("Funny Girl''), book by Michael Stewart. July 5-22. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. (Don Aucoin) Theater Gloucester July 5-22 www.gloucesterstage.com, 978-281-4433
Greater New Bedford Summerfest Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Peter Yarrow, and Melissa Ferrick are just a few of the folk luminaries who will be part of this year's edition. July 6-8. Downtown New Bedford. (James Reed) Folk & country New Bedford July 6-8 www.newbedfordsummerfest.com, 508-642-2103
Monadnock Music Festival After a tumultuous off-season, Monadnock has appointed Gil Rose as its new artistic director, and his inaugural season will include an evening of works commissioned by Martha Graham, a double bill of Dominick Argento's chamber operas, Sanford Sylvan performing Schubert's "Winterreise," and a focus on the chamber works of Virgil Thomson. July 6-Aug. 11, Peterborough, N.H. (Jeremy Eichler) Classical Peterborough, N.H. July 6-Aug. 11 www.monadnockmusic.org, 800-868-9613
Jeremy Pelt Quintet The musician voted "Rising Star on the Trumpet" five years in a row by DownBeat magazine inaugurates the 28th season of the invaluable Marblehead Summer Jazz,concert series. July 7. Unitarian-Universalist Church, Marblehead. (Kevin Lowenthal) Jazz Marblehead July 7 www.marbleheadazz.org, 781-631-1528 or 781-631-6366
Church The acclaimed experimental playwright Young Jean Lee examines faith in the form of a Christian service, complete with sermons. A New England premiere, directed by Brenda Withers ("The Ding Dongs," "Matt & Ben"), in the first season of Wellfleet's fledgling professional theater. July 11-Aug. 11. Harbor Stage Company, Wellfleet. (Don Aucoin) Theater Wellfleet July 11-Aug. 11 www.harborstage.org, 508-514-1763
Debo Band and Grupo Fantasma To celebrate its debut album, Boston's Ethiopian funk ensemble Debo Band invites Austin, Texas, Latin-funk burners Grupo Fantasma to share the bill. July 11, Brighton Music Hall. (Siddhartha Mitter) World music Boston July 11 www.worldmusic.org, 617-876-4275
Bang on a Can The new music collective returns to MASS MoCA with its annual summer music festival (July 12-31), featuring a slew of student programs in galleries and a pair of more ambitious concerts: the "Field Recordings" project on July 21 and the Bang on a Can Marathon on July 28, with Steve Reich as special guest. North Adams. (Jeremy Eichler) Classical North Adams July 12-31 www.massmoca.org, 413-662-2111
Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy Celebrating its 15th-anniversary season, the festival also honors the spirit of the great iconoclast John Cage in what would have been his 100th year. Season highlights, presented with the Institute of Contemporary Art, include Rashaun Mitchell's reconstruction of Merce Cunningham's "How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run," performed with stories by Cage (July 26-27), and the Jack Ferver/Marc Swanson dance/sculpture collaboration "Two Alike" (July 12), which explores the dark humor and pathos of coming of age and coming out. July 12-28. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. (Karen Campbell) Dance Boston July 12-18 www.summerstagesdance.org, 978-402-2339
Diblo Dibala and Sarazino A double bill of swirling Congolese guitar (Dibala) and sunny multilingual pop (Sarazino) promises to keep hips swaying at the annual Bastille Day street party. July 13, Marlborough St.. (Siddhartha Mitter) World music Boston July 13 www.frenchculturalcenter.org, 617-912-0400
Marlboro Music Pianists Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida return as artistic directors of this storied chamber music retreat. William Bolcom and Lera Auerbach are this summer's composers-in-residence. Weekly concert programs are not announced with much lead-time but it's safe to just choose a weekend and go – one rarely leaves Marlboro disappointed. July 14-Aug. 12, Marlboro, Vt. (Jeremy Eichler) Classical Marlboro, Vt. July 14-Aug. 12 www.marlboromusic.org , 802-254-2394
Elizabeth Cook In a perfect world, this spunky singer and songwriter would be as commercially viable as sister feisty country gals such as Miranda Lambert. July 16. Club Passim, Cambridge. (James Reed) Folk & country Cambridge July 16 www.clubpassim.com, 617-492-7679
Annie The eternally optimistic orphan, ever convinced that the sun will come out tomorrow, sings her way through the trials and tribulations of the Great Depression. Featuring Lauren Weintraub of Sudbury as Annie and Lynnfield native Jacqueline Piro Donovan as the child-hating Miss Hannigan. July 17-29. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. (Don Aucoin) Theater Beverly July 17-29 www.nsmt.org, 978-232-7200
Best Coast The critically acclaimed indie pop duo hit town to support their just-released sophomore album, "The Only Place." Rollicking Tennessee country-garage rockers Those Darlins will no doubt open the show with a bang. July 18. Royale, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) Pop & rock Boston July 18 www.ticketmaster.com , 800-745-3000
Robert Motherwell: Beside the Sea Rare work produced in the Abstract Expressionist's Provincetown studio between 1962 and his death in 1991. July 20-Sept. 30. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown. (Sebastian Smee) Art Provincetown July 20-Sept. 30 www.paam.org, 508-487-1750
Steel Pulse Thirty-four years after "Handsworth Revolution," the fundamental crew from Birmingham, England, remains not just an important custodian of reggae history, but one of the music's most vital performing acts. July 20, Paradise, Boston. (Siddhartha Mitter) World music Boston July 20 www.thedise.com, 617-562-8800
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou and SMOD A key African act of the 1970s, Bénin's Poly-Rythmo is enjoying a deserved return to the spotlight. Mali's engaging rappers SMOD open. July 20, Brighton Music Hall. (Siddhartha Mitter) World music Boston July 20 www.worldmusic.org, 617-876-4275
Billy Elliot: The Musical The Tony Award-winning tale of a young boy from a British coal-mining family who pursues his dream of becoming a ballet dancer. July 24-Aug. 19. Presented by Broadway in Boston. At Boston Opera House, Boston. (Don Aucoin) Theater Boston July 24-Aug. 19 www.broadwayinboston.com, 800-982-2787
Jennifer Lopez & Enrique Iglesias Expect a lot of thumping beats as the "American Idol" judge and Latin pop crossover star team up for a night of bilingual dancefloor jams. The popular Latin urban duo Wisin y Yandel get the party started. July 25. TD Garden, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) Pop & rock Boston July 25 www.ticketmaster.com , 800-745-3000
Lowell Folk Festival For the second consecutive year, this venerable community celebration happens the same weekend as the Newport Folk Festival, which is already sold out. Lowell's fest, which is free, is revered for covering a broad swath of roots music, and this year's lineup runs from Chicago blues (Magic Slim & the Teardrops) to Dominican bachata (Joan Soriano). July 27-29. Downtown Lowell. (James Reed) Folk & country Lowell July 27-19 www.lowellfolkfestival.org, 978-970-5000
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity The world of televised professional wrestling is the setting for Kristoffer Diaz's Obie Award-winning comedy, directed by Shawn LaCount. July 27-Aug. 25. Presented by Company One. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston. (Don Aucoin) Theater Boston July 27-Aug. 25 www.companyone.org, 617-933-8600
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival This multi-venue festival across Cape Cod has expanded its season and will feature performances by the Tokyo, Jupiter, and Borromeo String Quartets among many others. July 30-Aug. 24. (Jeremy Eichler) Classical Cape Cod July 30-Aug. 24 www.capecodchambermusic.org, 508-247-9400
Amadou and Mariam The blind husband-and-wife team from Mali has grown into one of world music's landmark acts, with an ever more cosmopolitan sound and consistently sweet lyrical themes. Great guitar, too. Aug. 1, Paradise, Boston. (Siddhartha Mitter) World music Boston Aug. 1 www.thedise.com, 617-562-8800
Newport Jazz Festival The venerable jazzfest's 2012 edition presents headliners Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Dianne Reeves, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Kurt Ellling, Joe Lovano, and many others. Aug. 3-5. Fort Adams State Park, Newport, R.I. (Kevin Lowenthal) Jazz Newport, R.I. Aug. 3-5 www.newportjazzfest.net, 800-745-3000
Robert Adams: The Place We Live, a Retrospective Selection of Photographs Four decades worth of photographs by this plainspoken but brilliantly subtle and heartfelt photographer. Aug. 3-Oct. 28. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. (Sebastian Smee) Art New Haven, Conn. Aug. 3-Oct. 28 artgallery.yale.edu, 203-432-0600
Martha's Vineyard Jazz Festival The second vintage of the Vineyard's own jazzfest features Jason Moran and Bandwagon, Terri Lyne Carrington, Nasheet Waits, Drew Davidsen, Elan Trotman, and Gerald Veasley, and more. Aug. 4-11. Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard. (Kevin Lowenthal) Jazz Martha's Vineyard Aug. 4-11 www.mvjazzfest.com, 410-205-6585
Whaddabloodclot!!! World premiere of a satire by Katori Hall ("The Mountaintop'') about an affluent New Yorker whose life changes when she is struck with "Foreign Accent Syndrome,'' causing her to speak with a Jamaican lilt. Directed by May Adrales. Aug. 8-19. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage, Williamstown. (Don Aucoin) Theater Williamstown Aug. 8-19 www.wtfestival.org, 413-597-3400 (beginning June 5)
Kevin Mahogany and Dave Stryker Group Perhaps the finest male jazz singer of his generation — with a deep, burnished voice worthy of his surname — joins forces with a true guitar original. Aug. 8. Scullers. (Kevin Lowenthal) Jazz Boston Aug. 8 www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111
We Are Women: A Bernstein Cabaret To the tune of classic Leonard Bernstein songs from "West Side Story,'' "Candide,'' and "On the Town,'' a mother and a daughter make their way through the complicated territory of romance. Conceived by Michael Barrett and Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the composer. Narrated by Jamie Bernstein, with music direction by Barrett. Aug. 9-12. Berkshire Theatre Group. At Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. (Don Aucoin) Theater Pittsfield Aug. 9-12 www.berkshiretheatregroup.org, 413-997-4444
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The New Jersey rocker is feeling sporty this summer as he touches down here at the home of the Patriots just a week after rocking his (red) socks off at Fenway Park on Aug. 14. Aug. 18. Gillette Stadium, Foxborough. (Sarah Rodman) Pop & rock Foxborough Aug. 14, Aug. 18 www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000
Freshlyground Cape Town's Freshlyground presents a peppy multi-ethnic picture of South Africa; but its glistening pop, infused by local folk sounds, often delivers cutting social critiques. Aug. 15, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Siddhartha Mitter) World music Boston Aug. 15 www.mfa.org, 800-440-6975
Rockport Jazz Festival Featuring Boston's own legendary drummer Roy Haynes, three-time Grammy nominee vocalist Tierney Sutton, Brookline's alto saxophone prodigy Grace Kelly, New Orleans jazz patriarch and pianist Ellis Marsalis, and vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway's tribute "To Ella With Love." Aug. 15-19. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. (Kevin Lowenthal) Jazz Rockport Aug. 15-19 www.rcmf.org, 978-546-7391
The Inner House A stage adaptation of Edith Wharton's autobiography, "A Backward Glance,'' starring Tod Randolph as Wharton. Aug. 15-26. Presented by the Wharton Salon. At Stables Auditorium, the Mount, Lenox. Tickets go on sale May 24. (Don Aucoin) Theater Lenox Aug. 15-26 www.whartonsalon.org., 800-838-3006
Def Leppard Pour some sugar on your summer and let your inner '80s pop-metal fiend resurface as the boys from Sheffield bring their hard rock candy to Mansfield. Bleach-blonde buddies Poison and Lita Ford get the rock started. Aug. 18. Comcast Center, Mansfield. (Sarah Rodman) Pop & rock Mansfield Aug. 18 www.livenation.com, 800-745-3000
Kenny Chesney, Tim Mcgraw, Grace Potter Collectively billed as the New England Country Music Festival, these two nights bring together a pair of the genre's biggest stars. Also on the bill is Vermont's Potter, who's been touring regularly with Chesney since they had a hit last year with "You and Tequila." Aug. 24-25. Gillette Stadium, Foxborough. (James Reed) Folk & country Foxborough Aug. 24-25 www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000
Kelly Clarkson & the Fray Clarkson gave a dynamic and fun performance this past winter at the more intimate Citi Wang Theatre but we trust that the power-voiced pop star will have no trouble working the bigger stage in Mansfield as she co-headlines with the radio-friendly pop-rockers. Aug. 25. Comcast Center, Mansfield. (Sarah Rodman) Pop & rock Mansfield Aug. 25 www.livenation.com, 800-745-3000
Chick Corea & Gary Burton Hot House Tour The piano and vibraphone masters perform material from their new album, "Hot House," exploring standards from Kurt Weill, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Thelonious Monk, and Lennon & McCartney. With the Harlem String Quartet. Aug. 26. Tanglewood, Ozawa Hall, Lenox. (Kevin Lowenthal) Jazz Lenox Aug. 26 www.bso.org, 888-266-1200
Ori Gersht: History Repeating Twenty-five works, including large-scale photographs and films, by the Israeli artist. They explore historical trauma, landscape, and the history of art. Aug. 28-Jan. 6, 2013. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Sebastian Smee) Art Boston Aug. 28-Jan. 6 www.mfa.org, 617-267-9300
Red Baraat The world didn't know it needed a bhangra-meets-New Orleans marching band with political hip-hop leanings until Red Baraat was invented in Brooklyn, N.Y.; now it's essential, and a fantastic party. Aug. 29, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Siddhartha Mitter) World music Boston Aug. 29 www.mfa.org, 800-440-6975
Carrie Underwood The pop country superstar hits town in support of her new album "Blown Away," which debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart, no doubt thanks in part to its hot single "Good Girl." Sept. 19. DCU Center, Worcester. (Sarah Rodman) Pop & rock Worcester Sept. 19 www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000

Andy Boyle/Globe Staff

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