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A vamping violinist

“People are only used to hearing violin in European classical music or country music, and so we get stuck in this idea that this is what a violin is supposed to do,” says Regina Carter. Using the back of the bow to “hit on the string” and using the violin “in more of a rhythmic way, using vamp rhythms or a lot of syncopated rhythms, approaching it more like a horn player does” is what you can expect. Dec. 28 and 29 at 8 and 10 p.m. $38, $78 dinner and show. Scullers Jazz Club at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston.
617-562-4111. www.scullersjazz.com

FRIDAY

The road to laughter

LA comic Jo Koy credits his Filipino mother for his acting and laugh-getting talents. Using family-inspired humor and zany impersonations, Koy shares his thoughts on road rage and his experiences on the road. 7:30 and 10 p.m. $27. The Wilbur
Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

The mijo mix

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With a blend of poetry and acoustic sounds, the Puerto Rican fusion group Mijo de la Palma offers a mixed-media “Socratic circle” known as Fusión Jíbara. Presented by the Center Without Walls and featuring surprise guests. 8 p.m. $10 suggested donation. The Democracy Center in Harvard Square, 45 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge. www.centerwithoutwalls.org

SATURDAY

Boston’s pride and joy

Listen to a few tracks from Cassandre McKinley’s “Til Tomorrow: Remembering Marvin Gaye” and you’ll get a sense of what you’re in for when the jazz singer performs with bassist and vocalist Michael Payette at the Acton Jazz Cafe. Check out the track “Pride and Joy.” Dec. 29 at 9 p.m. $10, $12.50 (day of show). Acton Jazz Cafe, 103 Nagog Park, Acton. 978-263-6161. www.actonjazzcafe.com

From nothing to everything

According to its website, the IBIS Chamber Music Society is “as interested in the audience member who protests that he ‘knows nothing about music’ as the more experienced concert-goer.” So, whichever category you fit in, enjoy an evening of music by Vivaldi, Grieg, Britten, Vaughan Williams, and others. Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m. $20, $35. Wellfleet Preservation Hall,
335 Main St., Wellfleet. 508-349-1800. www.wellfleetpreservation
hall.org

No mixed message

Rhode Island’s Mixed Magic Theatre performs “A Kwanzaa Song,” the story of a young African spirit faced with a tough choice: serve the African people or go to the New World with Africa’s “stolen children.” The celebration of family, friendship, courage, hope, faith, and redemption is told through storytelling, dance, movement, and original songs. Dec. 29-31 at 3 p.m. $15, $5 kids, $30 per family (maximum of 5). Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Boston. 617-849-6322. www.hibernianhall.org

SUNDAY

Smooth

At her annual New Year’s weekend concert, Suede delivers blues, jazz, and pop tunes with help from pianist Freddie Boyle and bassist Rich Hill. The Cape Cod chanteuse has been described as “Natalie Cole meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler, with a dash of Chris Botti tossed in.” Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. $25, $50. Paramount Lounge, 247 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-1430.
www.onlyatthecrown.com

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