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Eric Bibb and Habib Koité
Eric Bibb and Habib Koité


Guitar fusion

Guitarist Habib Koité’s musical training involved paying attention. From his website:
“ ‘Nobody really taught me to sing or to play the guitar,’ explains Habib, ‘I watched my parents, and it washed off on me’.” With a vocalist father, a jazz pianist for an uncle, and Paul Robeson for a godfather, we imagine a few things washed off on American blues artist Eric Bibb (above right, with Koité), too. The pair bonded years ago when they recorded “Mali to Memphis,” and continue their collaboration with the 2012 release “Brothers in Bamako.” Eric Bibb and Habib Koité come to town to share their cross-cultural, musical mix rooted in African music and the blues. March 3, 7 p.m. $28. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-876-4275,


Modern music If you’ve seen the cartoons “Thundercats” or “Silverhawks,” or watched “The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,” you may have heard the music of Bernard Hoffer. In “Ancient Sources, New Sounds,” the New England Philharmonic presents the premiere of Hoffer’s Violin Concerto, a premiere by Michael Gilbertson, and pieces by Peter Child and Ralph Vaughan Williams. March 2, 8 p.m. $25, $5 students. Tsai Performance Center, 685 Comm. Ave., Boston.

Movement in the mansion There are some fabulous houses in Newport. Visit one this weekend and see a performance of repertory works by Island Moving Co. All-ages afternoon shows feature tales from Mother Goose. Saturday night the company presents a new ballet by Mark Harootian, and Sunday night the junior company appears in “Make (Me) Believe.” March 2, 3 and 7 p.m. March 3, 3 and 6 p.m. $15-$80. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. 401-847-4470,


Joyful noise Uplifting will be the word of the day when the 250 voices of the Mystic Chorale present their annual gospel concert. Jonathan Singleton directs music rooted in the African-American gospel tradition, including works by Sandra Crouch, Kirk Franklin, and James Taylor, and a jazz setting of Edwin Hawkins’s “Oh Happy Day.” March 2, 8 p.m. March 3, 3:30 p.m. $18, $15 students/seniors. Tremont Temple, Converse Hall, 88 Tremont St., Boston. 781-316-2500,

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Sweet day If you read this early enough, you might make it for pancakes. If not, get there for Maple Magic, a day featuring maple sugaring tours, demos of Native American and Colonial sugaring, and more. March 2, 8-11 a.m. pancake breakfast, $5-$10. Festival,
9 a.m.-3 p.m. $6, $5 with breakfast admission. Natick Community Organic Farm, 117 Eliot St., Natick.


Music for Joan When the lost silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” was rediscovered in the 1980’s, composer Richard Einhorn set to work on an oratorio to accompany it. The event “Voices of Light” features Einhorn’s work, set to Joan’s letters and ancient mystical writings, performed by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, and a screening of the movie. March 3, 3:30 p.m. (pre-concert lecture at 2:40 p.m.). $25, $20 students/seniors. St. Mark’s School, Route 85, Southborough. 978-562-9838,

Mary, Mary Before she started earning praise from the likes of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier ran a restaurant in the Back Bay. Its name was Dixie Kitchen, which is also the title of her first recording. The folk/country artist is back in town for a performance of her powerful, probing tunes. March 3, 8 p.m. $30. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Boston. 617-492-7679,