Gil Rose (above) leads the first local performance of a new opera by Donald Crockett, set in Venice Beach. With the Firebird Ensemble and a cast that includes Daniel Norman, Thomas Meglioranza, Janna Baty, and Jane Sheldon.
8 p.m., Aug 31, Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St.
Pop & Rock
OBERHOFER On its new debut, “Time Capsules II,” this Brooklyn indie-rock band paints in broad, exuberant strokes. This free show is the inaugural +1 Series presented by RadioBDC, Boston.com’s new online streaming radio station. It’s a 21-plus event. Aug. 30, 8 p.m. Free. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, www.brightonmusichall.com
ANNE HEATON Before uprooting to the Chicago area in 2010, Heaton was among Boston’s most beloved singer-songwriters, a fixture around town at places like Club Passim. For this homecoming show, Heaton will be celebrating the release of “Honeycomb,” the latest addition to her catalog of sophisticated folk-pop. The album is officially out in October, but Heaton is already selling it at her concerts. Aug. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Club Passim. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org
As part of the Summer Hip-Hop Festival, presented by Leedz Edutainment, this respected local MC leads a strong lineup of rising rappers. Also on the bill are Dutch ReBelle, J the S, Blacastan, and many more. Aug. 31,
7 p.m. Tickets: $15, $13 in advance. Middle East Downstairs. 617-864-3278, www.ticketweb.com
You likely know him first and foremost as the protagonist on the TV show “House,” but Laurie is also an accomplished pianist and singer. He’s touring behind last year’s “Let Them Talk,” a fine valentine to New Orleans that featured some of the city’s most pivotal musicians (Irma Thomas, Dr. John, and Allen Toussaint). Sept. 5, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$59. Wilbur Theatre.
Folk, World & Country
WILLIE COLON The legendary New York salsa pioneer was originally scheduled to headline Boston’s fifth annual “Caliente: A Celebration of Latin Music” in July, but that date ran into what were termed “scheduling conflicts.” The city was able to work out a new date with Colon, and moved the whole shebang to Thursday. Expect a crowd, as befits a legend (and a free show on a late-summer night).
Aug. 30, 6-9 p.m. Free. City Hall Plaza, Boston. 617-635-3911, www.cityof
IRIS DEMENT Since she came on the scene 20 years ago with her debut, “Infamous Angel,” no one’s singing voice has sounded as country, or of such rough-hewn beauty, as DeMent’s. It’s too bad we haven’t had more to listen to from her — she’s only released four albums — but she has a new one coming, and judging from available samples, it sounds spectacular. Aug. 31, 7 p.m. Tickets: $8-$10 donation suggested; reserved tables/blankets available. Prescott Park, Portsmouth, N.H. 603-436-2848, www.prescottpark.org
RHYTHM & ROOTS FESTIVAL True to its title, this Labor Day festival always offers equal measures of zydeco dance music and various roots flavors. This year’s schedule includes the Pine Leaf Boys (who will serve as hosts), Steve Riley, Geno Delafose, Planet Zydeco, Hugh Laurie, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and plenty more. Aug. 31, 5 p.m., Sept.1 and 2, noon. Tickets: $145 weekend pass, single-day passes available. Ninigret Park, Charlestown, R.I. 888-855-6940, www.rhythm androots.com
CAMPFIRE Another Labor Day tradition a little closer to home, Campfire returns for its usual four-day stint, with a vast assemblage of artists, some familiar, others up-and-coming, doing rapid-fire solo sets or in-the-round hookups. Don’t miss this year’s four (blues, jug band, honky tonk, and Celtic) ensembles. Aug. 31,
6 p.m., Sept. 1-3, noon. Tickets: $10 single day, $30 weekend pass. Club Passim. 617-492-7679, www.clubpassim.org
Jazz, Blues & Cabaret
LUCKY PETERSON The acclaimed guitarist and vocalist was discovered by blues legend Willie Dixon at the age of 3 and literally grew up on the Chicago blues scene. A master multi-instrumentalist, among his axes are piano, organ, and acoustic, resonator, and electric guitars. With vocalist Tamara Peterson. Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Regattabar.
TOM HALL’S JAZZ TIME MACHINE The saxophonist, educator, and founding anchorman of Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet travels from the birth of jazz to today with vocalist April Hall as a guide. Beginning in New Orleans, the journey progresses through blues, swing, bebop, modern jazz, and R&B, ending with audience participation in the improvisatory realm. Aug. 31,
12:30 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library Main Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400, www.bpl.org
POPA CHUBBY The Bronx-born urban bluesman is a fierce electric guitarist and gravel-voiced singer who brings rock ’n’ roll ’tude and a touch of hip-hop swagger to his Hendrixesque string-slinging. Aug. 31, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or 877-536-7190, www.bullrunrestaurant.com
CYRILLE AIMÉE The captivating, smoky-voiced singer was born in France of a French father and Dominican mother. Early exposure to the Gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and his descendants set her heart on the jazz path. Her music is a mélange of international influences and she is as adept with a torch song as with acrobatic scat-singing. Dynamic Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo accompanies. Sept. 5, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullers
SOUTH MOUNTAIN CONCERTS The BSO has returned home but this venerable chamber music series extends the Berkshires summer classical offerings into October. First up is the veteran Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, presenting music by Beethoven, Previn, and Brahms. 3 p.m., Sept. 2. South Mountain Concert Hall, Pittsfield. 413-442-2106, www.southmountainconcerts.org
A FAR CRY The dynamic chamber orchestra kicks off the Gardner Museum’s Sunday series with an intriguingly eclectic program devoted to works by Hildegard von Bingen, Osvaldo Golijov, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, and Beethoven. With guest clarinetist David Krakauer.
1:30 p.m., Sept. 9. 617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum.org