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Band spans decades of sounds

From Greenwich Village coffeehouses in the ’60s to gigs with Bob Dylan, the Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, and Carly Simon, David Bromberg has been making music since he was a kid in Tarrytown, N.Y. The multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter brings his David Bromberg Big Band and its folk, blues, bluegrass, ragtime, country, and ethnic sound to town. April 24 at 7:30 p.m. $35-$55. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

WEDNESDAY

A toast to technology The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation invites you to eat, sip, rub elbows with local celebs (Miss Massachusetts, among others), and listen to music at the Waltham Food & Wine Festival. You’ll help the museum continue its mission to educate folks about our industrial past and encourage future innovation. 6-8:30 p.m. $50. The Westin Waltham Hotel, 70 3d Ave., Waltham. 781-893-5410. www.walthamfoodandwine.com

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Mournful moments Living composers and diverse venues are the trademarks of the Semiosis Quartet that presents three pieces at “Le Mort.” United with a mournful theme are Henryk Gorecki’s String Quartet No. 2, John Zorn’s “The Dead Man,” and Stefanie Lubkowski’s “This is the light of autumn . . .” 8 p.m. $10. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. www.equilibriumconcertseries.org

Under cover In the Jewish religion, a couple ties the knot under a chuppah that represents the home they’ll create together. For “Under Color” presented by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the Women’s Studies Research Center, Jeanne Williamson combines the canopy’s symbolism with disposable plastic fencing. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-
5 p.m. through May 22 (April 23 reception 5-7 p.m.). Free. Women’s Studies Research Center, 515 South St., Waltham. 781-736-8100. go.brandeis.edu/wsrc

THURSDAY

Reducing From the folks who bring you everything in reduced form including “The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged),” “The Complete World of Sports (abridged),” and “All The Great Books (abridged)” comes “The Complete History of Comedy (abridged).” April 24 at 7:30 p.m. (through May 18). $20-$60, 10 percent senior discount, $15 students, $5 April 24 (cash at box office from 4:30-
7:30 p.m., two-ticket limit). The Nancy L. Donahue Theatre,
50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-654-4678. www.mrt.org

Thanks, Lenny In 1952, composer and Brandeis faculty member Leonard Bernstein created the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts. Four days of music, dance, theater, film, and artwork by Brandeis students and alums include Thursday’s symposium about collaboration (12:30 p.m.) and “How to Make Movies at Home” (6:30 p.m.). April 24 at 12:30 p.m. (through April 27). Free ($5 suggested donation for 7:30 A Cappella Fest; free tickets required for April 25 Livingston Taylor concert). Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham. 781-736-5008. www.brandeis.edu/arts/festival

Splendor in the Gangstagrass Who woulda thunk that hip-hop and bluegrass could cohabitate, but they do in the hands of Gangstagrass, the Emmy-nominated band of the “Justified” theme song “Long Hard Times to Come.” A grade-school passion for Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash records and break dancing fueled the concept for founder Rench. April 24 at 8:30 p.m. $10. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.
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