PICK OF THE DAY
All in the family
Hernández died in 2003, but her Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández
is still in the family under the direction of her son, Salvador López, and daughter, Amalia Viviana Hernández. For 60 years, the company has performed regional folk dances that include lasso work used by farmers to celebrate a healthy sugar crop. 8 p.m. $40-$65. Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston.
617- 876-4275. www.worldmusic.org
We can’t stop loving him
Ricky Skaggs worked with the late, great Ray Charles on the title track of his “Friendhip” album. The Grammy-winning bluegrass singer honors Charles at InspiRAYtion: A Tribute to Ray Charles with John Scofield, Raul Midón, the Raeletts, and others. 8 p.m. $15-$35. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1400. www.berklee.edu
Don’t steal their thunder The five guys of Celtic Thunder are on a “Voyage” (the name of the show) to perform Irish and Celtic music at their all-ages concert. Ensemble and solo pieces include “Isle of Hope/Isle of Tears,” “Dulaman,” and “Galway Girl.” 7:30 p.m. $48.75-$98.75. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 800-432-7780. www.citi
Filene’s Basement may be gone, but there are loads of bargains at Celebrate Downtown Boston Week. For starters, there’s a classic car exhibit at the Boston Common Parkman Bandstand. The week features lunchtime concerts, block parties, and jazz shows. Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (through Sept. 30). Free (car exhibit donations welcome). Downtown Boston.
Hymn with him
Leave it to the Revels to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox while we’re down in the dumps about losing daylight. Revels RiverSing
marks the beginning of autumn with music, poetry, and communal singing. Watch for saxophonist Stan Strickland who floats along the river performing “River Hymn.” Sept. 23 from 6-7:30 p.m. (5 p.m. family festivities at Winthrop Park in Harvard Square). Free. Along the banks of the Charles River by the Weeks Footbridge, Cambridge.
Playing in Pompeii
There probably was no live piano accompaniment when the Roman city of Pompeii was buried by the ash of Mount Vesuvius, but there is piano music at the screening of the 1926 silent film “The Last Days of Pompeii,” presented by the Harvard Film Archive. Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. Free. Harvard Film Archive,
24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700. www.hcl.
A blending Ben
Music is in the genes of Ben Powell. The jazz violinist’s mother is a violin teacher; his father is a classical cellist, but as a teen, the English lad fell head over heels for jazz. On “New Street,” you’ll hear the blend of classical and jazz from the Berklee College of Music alum. Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. $15-$28. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391. www.rcmf.org