Upcoming music events around Boston

Early return

BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL Early music force of nature Jordi Savall returns to BEMF with his ensemble Hesperion XXI and a program titled “Musical Europe: The Golden Age of Consort Viol Music (1500-1700),” featuring works by Dowland, Gibbons, Cabezón, Philidor, Scheidt, Rossi, and others. 8 p.m., Nov. 2. Jordan Hall, 617-661-1812,

Jeremy Eichler

Pop & Rock

MONSTER JAM One of radio station JAM’N 94.5’s marquee annual events, this year’s Monster Jam is all over the map, from an R&B loverman (Trey Songz) to rappers (J. Cole, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Ca$h Out, French Montana) to a rising pop star (Rita Ora). Nov. 1,
7 p.m. Tickets: $35-$79.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,


ALICE SMITH On her 2006 debut, “For Lovers, Dreamers & Me,” this spirited singer based in New York displayed a deft blending of R&B, soul, country, and classic ’60s pop. She’s back on the road in anticipation of releasing new music soon. She shares the bill with fellow chameleonic singer Trixie Whitley. Nov. 2,
8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Cafe 939. 617-747-2261,

AIMEE MANN Few singer-songwriters wrap destitute lyrics in shiny pop melodies as slyly as Mann does. The proof is on her brand new-album, “Charmer.” Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-
$42.50. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261,

TAMARYN Some of the gauze that enshrouded Tamaryn’s 2010 debut, “The Waves,” is lifted on the indie-rock duo’s new sophomore release. “Tender New Signs” sounds like Julee Cruise by way of the Cocteau Twins. Nov. 5, 9 p.m. Tickets: $9. Great Scott. 617-566-9014,

James Reed

Folk, World & Country

SEAN HAYES/BIRDS OF CHICAGO A double bill that combines folk and soul in both its parts: Birds of Chicago, via constituent members JT Nero (of Chicago rock and soul band JT and the Clouds) and Allison Russell (from Vancouver folkies Po' Girl); and San Francisco singer-songwriter Sean Hayes, via the R&B thread that runs through his voice and music. Nov. 2, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15.
Lizard Lounge. 800-838-3006,

PADDY SAUL Irish expatriate Saul has been living and plying his trade in Boston (with regular dates back in the homeland) for some time now, but one of the things he hadn’t done lately is release anything new. That just changed with his collection of fervent, ebullient Irish folk-rock, “The Way the Blood Flows,” and he’ll be celebrating the fact with this show. Nov. 2, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. T.T. the Bear’s Place. 866-777-8932,

FIELD REPORT Another alumnus of DeYarmond Edison, the Wisconsin band in which Justin Vernon played before becoming Bon Iver, Chris Porterfield (who also goes under a nom de rock, his cleverly anagrammed from his last name), brings his murmuring, moody indie folk narratives to town Tuesday. Nov. 6,
9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Great Scott. 888-777-8932,

GROUNDATION The roots of this West Coast band are certainly firmly planted in reggae, and they’ve had bona fides enough to collaborate with the likes of icon Don Carlos. But what separates Groundation from being your standard-issue genre outfit is that they don't stop there, injecting ample amounts of salsa and other Latin strains, jazz, and funk into their reggae. Nov. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

Stuart Munro

Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

DIANE BLUE & ROBERTO MORBIOLI Dynamic blues stars Blue (vocals/harmonica) and Morbioli (guitar/vocals) celebrate the release of their first joint recording, with special guest singer/trumpeter Johnny Blue Horn. Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. The Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Route 2A, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or 877-536-7190,

THE DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL ALL-STARS FEATURING DORADO SCHMITT Guitarist Schmitt carries on the legacy of the leading light of joyous Gypsy string jazz. With accordionist Ludovic Beier, violinist Pierre Blanchard, bassist Xavier Nikq, and rhythm guitarist Francko Mehrstein. Nov. 2, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25-$28. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

35th ANNUAL JOHN COLTRANE MEMORIAL CONCERT This year’s JCMC features famed drummer/composer Terri Lyne Carrington performing with longtime key members of the JCMC band: reed and woodwind players Carl Atkins, Leonard Brown, Bill Pierce, and Stan Strickland, and bassists Tim Ingles and John Lockwood, among others. The all-Coltrane program will include “Moment’s Notice,” “Central Park West,” “Impressions,” and a medley of his blues compositions. Honorees include jazz DJ Steve Schwartz and Berklee Professor Emeritus Andy McGhee. Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$40. Northeastern University, Blackman Theatre, Ell Hall, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-373-4700,

LISA HILTON The pianist and composer cites Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver as influences on her evocative, post-bop compositions, but her engaging, impressionistic playing has been compared to that of more lyrical pianists such as Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau. Nov. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Red Room at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston. 617-747-6040,

Kevin Lowenthal


BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Juanjo Mena leads the BSO in the American premiere of “Circle Map” by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. Also on the program will be Dvorak’s Seventh Symphony and Britten’s Violin Concerto, with soloist Gil Shaham. Nov. 1-6. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

BOSTON LYRIC OPERA The BLO season begins with a new production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” directed by Lillian Groag and conducted by Andrew Bisantz. Yunah Lee makes her company debut as Cio-Cio San, heading a cast that also includes Dinyar Vania (Pinkerton), Kelley O’Connor (Suzuki), and Weston Hurt (Sharpless). Nov. 2-11. Shubert Theatre. 617-542-6772, boxoffice@

SYMPHONIC RELIEF FOR HAITI The Longwood Symphony Orchestra, its ranks full of doctors, nurses, and others in the healing professions, offers Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 9 in a program whose proceeds will help complete the construction of a rehabilitation clinic in Mirebalais, Haiti. 3 p.m., Nov. 4. Arlington Street Church. 617-987-0100,

CHAMBER MUSIC It’s a big weekend for chamber music by both high-profile visitors and local Boston artists. Thursday, Stephen Drury’s Callithumpian Consort continues its Cage tribute at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Saturday, Boston Baroque’s New Directions chamber series continues at Longy’s Pickman Hall, Chameleon Arts Ensemble takes to First Church in Boston, Karyn Levitt sings Eric Brentley’s Brecht-Eisler songbook at the Goethe-Institut, and the Long Duo offers a two-piano recital in Jordan Hall; Sunday, the violinist Midori performs a Celebrity Series recital in Symphony Hall, and the excellent Belcea Quartet goes all-Beethoven at the Gardner’s Calderwood Hall. www.gardner,,, www.chinese, www.celebrity

Jeremy Eichler

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