TANGLEWOOD The BSO’s final weekend at Tanglewood begins Friday night with Keith Lockhart leading a Pops program devoted to “Gershwin and friends”; on Saturday Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos leads a concert performance of Falla’s opera
“La Vida Breve”; and Sunday, Frühbeck de Burgos leads the premiere of John Harbison’s “Koussevitzky Said:”
followed by the traditional season-closing performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Lenox. 617-266-1200,
Pop & Rock
Soft and soulful, “Blackberry Light,” the new album from this Southern-bred singer-songwriter, plays like the soundtrack to a late-night seduction. It comes with all the fixin’s, too: sex, redemption, heartache.
Aug. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Club Passim. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org
KELLY CLARKSON & THE FRAY
Talk about the odd couple. In this corner we have Clarkson, the powerhouse pop star and first “American Idol” winner who has given us the best fist-pumping anthems of the past few years. (All together now: “since you been gone!”) And joining her will be the Fray, the piano-pounding rockers who at least share Clarkson’s penchant for big, catchy choruses. Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Tickets: $32.50-$88.50. Comcast Center.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL
A good chunk of modern hard rock’s marquee acts are out on the road together. Shinedown and Godsmack lead a long lineup that includes Staind, Papa Roach, Adelitas Way, P.O.D., and more. Aug. 26, 1 p.m. Tickets: $36.75-$66.75. Comcast Center.
What started quietly as the solo project of musician Zach Condon has become one of indie rock’s most polyrhythmic bands heavily influenced by global sounds. Beirut is touring behind last year’s triumphant “The Rip Tide.” Aug. 27, 7 p.m. Tickets: $27.50-$40. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,
Folk, World & Country
DASH RIP ROCK One of the original ’80s cowpunk bands, Dash Rip Rock (or more accurately, ringleader Bill Davis and a revolving cast of characters) has been at it for closing on 30 years now, long enough to have produced a hillbilly opera version of Dante’s “Inferno” and to have been induced into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com
THE ROYS Born in Fitchburg, raised in the Canadian Maritimes, and now based in Music City, Tennessee, this brother-sister duo have their feet (and voices) firmly planted in bluegrass, but they branch out to folk and acoustic country, too. Sunday they'll be celebrating the release of a new CD along with their band. Aug. 26, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. The Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536- 7190, www.bullrunrestaurant.com
THE QUEBE SISTERS BAND
Three sisters, each of them a wiz on the fiddle, a dynamic singer, and a jaw-dropping harmonizer, the Quebes are doing their part to keep genuine Western swing music alive. They reach into the genre’s past (lots of Bob Wills, naturally, but plenty more, too) and add complementary jazz standards, cowboy songs, and vintage country. Aug. 28, 10 p.m. No cover; donations suggested. The Cantab Lounge. 617-354-2685, www.cantab
RED BARAAT What do you get when you cross propulsive, brassy funk with Indian Bhangra music? You get the lone practitioners of a sui generis cross-pollination, Red Baraat. You get a party band of enormous proportions as well.
Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 800-440-6975, www.mfa.org
Jazz, Blues & Cabaret
KENDRICK OLIVER AND THE NEW LIFE ORCHESTRA The conductor, arranger, and tubist’s elegantly stomping 19-piece big band is best known for seasoning the classic swing recipes of Count Basie and Duke Ellington with pinches of gospel music. This Scullers gig will feature special guest appearances by vocalist Rachael Price and vibraphonist Warren Wolf. Aug. 24, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30. Scullers. 617-562-4111,
TARBONE Trombonist/bandleader Dan Fox, of Made in the Shade fame, joins forces with guitarist/vocalist Mike Duke to serve up a gumbo of jazz, funk, soul, and New Orleans grooves. With saxophonist Bill Vint, keyboardist Steve Heck, bassist Jesse Williams, and drummer Barry Lit. Aug. 24, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Ryles, 212 Hampshire Street, Cambridge. 617-876-9330, www.ryles jazz.com
GINA SICILIA The young Philadelphian singer-songwriter has been hailed as one of today’s strongest up-and-coming female blues voices. Her earthy, voluptuous vocals and strong songs amply make her case. Aug. 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-$18. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org
PAUL BROADNAX QUARTET The marvelous Boston-born jazz vocalist and pianist’s robust voice is reminiscent of Joe Williams, while his sterling self-accompaniment reflects the abiding influence of his idol Nat “King’’ Cole. With saxophonist Fred Haas, bassist Peter Kontrimas, and drummer Les Harris, Jr.
Aug. 26, 2 p.m. Tickets: $10. Maudslay Arts Center, 74 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. 978-499-0050, www.maud slay
CAPE COD CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The festival concludes Friday in Wellfleet with codirectors Jon Manasse (clarinet) and Jon Nakamatsu (piano). 508-247-9400, www.capecodchamber mu
BOSTON CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY Harumi Rhodes (violin), Ronald Thomas (cello), Mihae Lee (piano), and Benjamin Hochman (piano) perform works by Ravel and Debussy. Aug. 25. Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-349-0086, www.boston chambermusic.org