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Doing battle

Patriots Day is really a weeklong celebration — and isn’t the founding of our country worth it? Patriots Day Week kicks off with “Battle Road” activities of musket and cannon firing, battle and Colonial life demonstrations, and family acitivities. Here’s a mini history lesson: On April 19th, 1775, Colonists clashed with British Regulars, and after brief battles at Lexington Green and Concord’s North Bridge, the fighting escalated along the road from Concord to Boston Harbor. April 13 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (events through April 20). Free (April 20 “Battle Road Heroes” is $5, $10 family). Battle Road is at Hartwell Tavern Historical Area, 100 North Great Road, Lincoln. 978-369-6993.


Taylor made With his gentle manner, gentle humor, gentle ballads, and upbeat storytelling, this Berklee professor’s music covers a playing field of folk, pop, gospel, and jazz. Livingston Taylor performs in Rockport, where we hope he’ll sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” April 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. $28-$46. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport.

A whole lotta love The 10-year-old Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the Led Out’s mission is: “To re-create on stage the complete sound of [the band’s] recordings with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed live. Oh, and without the wigs.” 8 p.m. $25-$35. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


An octave plus one You have eight chances to catch pianists Aaron Jackson and Frank Glazer perform at the Spring Concert Series at the Boston Athenaeum. Friday’s program at the stunning venue includes Hans Otte’s “The Book of Sounds” and Jackson’s “Horologion.” Programs feature compositions by John Cage, Hans Otte, Haydn, Vinteuil, Beethoven, Chopin, and Schumann. 6 p.m. Free (reservations recommended; through June 22). Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., Boston. 617-720-7629.

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Fromm 1952 to now Paul Fromm (1906-87) was a patron of contemporary art music in the United States. The Nazi Germany emigrant was a champion of women composers who were infrequent recipients of major commissions. The Fromm Players’ “Celebrating 60 Years of the Fromm Foundation (1952-2012)” performs works from these commissions including pieces by Liza Lim, Gunther Schuller, Barbara White, Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, and Leon Kirchner. April 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. Free. Harvard’s Paine Hall, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-2791.


The grass is always bluer Seven plus seven is the total talent count for the two-day Down Home Up Here Bluegrass Festival. The local string scene is well represented by students, alum, and faculty from Berklee College of Music, and Juno winner Old Man Luedecke makes a rare Boston-area appearance Saturday at 10 p.m. April 13 and 14 from 4-11 p.m. $15 per day, $10 students. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679.


Man of 1,000 voices When this four-octave vocalist is in the house, anything can happen from classical to jazz, improvisation to straight-up, and an array of voices. “Don’t Worry Be Happy” Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin has collaborated with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock, and is in town for “spirityouall.” April 14 at 3 p.m. $30 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661.