Music events in Greater Boston

Rahav Segev

Sound of the future - SPOEK MATHAMBO - The Globe’s own James Reed is raving about this South African artist whom he called “the future of global hip-hop’’ after checking out Mathambo’s set at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, last week. Mathambo will be promoting his newly minted second album “Father Creeper.’’ Get in on the future! March 25, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. T.T. the Bear’s Place. 866-468-7619,

Pop & Rock

BEN KWELLER The Texas native comes to the Hub on the heels of his most recent release, the solid “Go Fly a Kite,’’ which combines his affections for power pop and Americana. Sleeper Agent and the Dig handle getting Friday night started. March 23, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise. 800-745-3000,


THE WEDDING PRESENT The idiosyncratic UK indie pop band will be playing its classic 1991 album “Seamonsters’’ in its entirety as well as tunes from its new album, “Valentina,’’ its first full-length release in four years. March 23, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $14. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,

KASABIAN Darlings of the British press, the UK rockers return behind their latest, emphatically named release, “Velociraptor!’’ They play arenas on the other side of the pond so expect a big-sounding show. March 27, 7 p.m. Tickets: $23. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

SARAH RODMAN Folk, World & Country

KARLA BONOFF She may be better known as a songwriter, having penned hits for Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, and Wynonna Judd, among others, but this Laurel Canyon folkie has also been performing (steadily) and recording (sporadically) for over three decades. March 23, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25-$30. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

6A VALLEY Here’s an area band with an alt-country spin that’s a tad different. 6A Valley calls what they do “shoegaze country,’’ and that’s exactly what the songs posted on the Providence band’s bandcamp page sound like: slow and slurry, dreamy and distant, and dry like the desert. March 23, 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $5. The Plough & Stars. 617-576-0032,

DAYNA KURTZ Eclecticism has always been a hallmark of singer-songwriter Kurtz’s work, and she’s about to confirm that with an exclamation mark by simultaneously releasing two albums, one (“American Standard’’), sinking its roots deep into American country and rock ’n’ roll, the other (“Secret Canon, Vol. 1’’) a collection of covers of vintage jazz and R&B obscurities. Her Saturday show celebrates both releases. March 24, 7 p.m. Tickets: $12. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004,

DELLA MAE Formed only a few short years ago but already a rising force in the genre, this young bluegrass outfit from the distaff side will soon be spreading the gospel of bluegrass worldwide; they’ve been selected (out of 300 bands who applied) to participate in the US State Department’s American Music Abroad program. March 25, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $17. Club Passim. 617-492-7679, STUART MUNRO

Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

DANE VANNATTER The award-winning, Boston and Manhattan cabaret favorite with the soaring voice blends cabaret’s attention to lyrics with jazz-influenced phrasing, making each song his own. March 22, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase St., New Bedford. 508-994-2900,

JAMES ARMSTRONG Born in LA to a jazz guitarist father and blues singer mother, the two-time W.C. Handy Award nominee is a fine vocalist and songwriter known for his searing slide guitar. He played with everyone from Keb’ Mo’ and Roy Brown to Chaka Khan and Rickie Lee Jones over the years before striking out on his own. March 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Chan’s, 267 Main St., Woonsocket, R.I. 401-765-1900,

THE GRACE KELLY QUINTET Brookline’s own alto saxophone prodigy, still in her teens, is also a talented composer and vocalist. She has played with and been championed by, among many others, alto sax masters Lee Konitz and Phil Woods. March 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10-$20. Highland Jazz at Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton Centre. 781-237-1917,

BERKLEE’S GLOBAL JAZZ SUMMIT SECOND ANNIVERSARY CONCERT The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is an interdisciplinary program directed by Panamanian-born jazz piano master Danilo Pérez. This concert will feature BGJI students - hailing from Israel, Puerto Rico, India, Italy, Spain, Estonia, and North America - performing with prominent Berklee faculty and guests, including Pérez, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, saxophonist Joe Lovano, and percussionist Ricaurte Villareal and the Tambores de Panama. March 26, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $8-$12. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261,




The eloquent German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann returns to the BSO as soloist in the Dvorak Violin Concerto under the baton of Slovakian conductor Juraj Valcuha. Also on the program will be Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony and Kodaly’s “Dances of Galanta.’’ March 22-24. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200 or


The Chiara offers quartets by Haydn, Brahms, and Bartok alongside “moil’’ by Anne Cleare, winner of the Blodgett Composition Competition. March 23, 8 p.m. Paine Concert Hall, Harvard University.


Soprano Elizabeth Keusch joins this adventurous chamber troupe for a program featuring John Harbison’s “Book of Hours and Seasons’’ alongside music by Korngold, Berg, Mahler, and Schumann. March 24 at First Church in Boston, March 25 at Goethe-Institut, 617-427-8200 or

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