PICK OF THE DAY
His and hers
They’re on tour together in support of their new albums. “Bear Creek” belongs to singer-songwriter-guitarist Brandi Carlile , and “Bringing in the Darlings” is the latest from Americana stylist Josh Ritter. They coheadline at the Pavilion. 7 p.m. $21-$36. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com
The 411 on 311 The pop/rock band 311, named after the Omaha Police Department code for indecent exposure, has hits including “Beautiful Disaster,” “Love Song,” and “Sunset in July.” The band’s latest release is “Universal Pulse.” Slightly Stoopid blends acoustic rock and blues with reggae, hip-hop, and punk (or is it punck?). The two are in town with their Unity Tour. 6:30 p.m. $20-$49.50. Comcast Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com
Take the A-Train According to Whoopi Goldberg, “Youth is not wasted on the young. Go Alek!” Alek is a 19-year-old Tufts student Alek Razdan
who plays a smouldering saxophone and will do just that with his
A-Train Orchestra. The band’s new record is “Two-Timin’,” and you’re in for an evening of “September Song,” “Cloudburst,” and other gems. 7:30 p.m. $10, $5 kids (a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rockport Art Association). Rockport Art Association, 15 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-6604. www.rockportartassn.org
Let’s be Frank What would you like to be when you grow up or if you end up as part of Saturday’s show? Frank Santos Jr.
bills himself as an R-rated hypnotist who makes audience members “fair game” and has said “. . .I make them believe that they are singers, dancers, and much, much more.” Consider yourself warned.
9:45 p.m. $20. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.therwilbur.com
Let’s Dwell on it The Berklee School of Music has probably never heard of summer vacation because they are all over the city proving that their tuition is well spent. WUMB-FM (91.9) and Berklee College of Music present the Fox Point Music Series made up of Berklee students and alum. The Dwells (Paige Califano and Matthew Bean) show off their acoustic guitar playing and vocals. Aug. 5 at 2 p.m., rain or shine (Sundays through Aug. 26). Free. Fox Point, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester. 617 266-1400. www.berklee.edu/events/summer
From editor to artist What do former Globe editors do? One of them is an artist with a solo show in North Truro titled “John Koch Landscapes/Headscapes.” The exhibit is primarily paintings from the last five years done in oil, acrylic, pencil, charcoal, and mixed media. Aug. 5 opening reception from 4-6 p.m. (Mon-Fri from
8 a.m.-4 p.m. through Aug. 30). Free. COA Gallery, Truro Community Center, 7 Standish Way, North Truro. 508-487-2462.
Hot, hot, hot Hot Like Fire scorches SurfSide5’s 8,000-square-foot oceanfront deck on Salisbury Beach with its reggae music. The band won last year’s New England Urban Music Award for best Caribbean band, so check them out at “Reggae Sundays.” Aug. 5 from 4-8 p.m., rain or shine (summer Sundays). $10 cover. SurfSide5, 25 Broadway, Salisbury Beach. 978-463-9222. www.surfside5.com