A grand Discovery
DISCOVERY ENSEMBLE The dynamic chamber orchestra, led by Courtney Lewis (pictured), performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, Bartok’s “Divertimento,” and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Five Images after Sappho,” with soprano Karin Wolverton. 3 p.m., Dec. 2. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. 617-800-7588, www.discoveryensemble.com
Pop & Rock
GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS
Capping a solid year that saw the release of “The Lion the Beast the Beat” (which, to these ears, is their best album yet), the roots-rocking pride of Vermont will set up shop for two nights at the House of Blues. Trampled by Turtles, an electrifying outfit from Minnesota that rips bluegrass to shreds, will open both shows. Nov. 30 (8 p.m.) and Dec. 1
(6:30 p.m.). Tickets: $32.50-$65. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.live
JOE FLETCHER & THE WRONG REASONS Au contraire: Everything is right about this barroom Americana band from Rhode Island. Fletcher and gang share the bill with Spirit Family Reunion, the rising acoustic ensemble that made a big splash at this summer’s Newport Folk Festival. Nov. 30, 8:45 p.m. Tickets: $10, $8 in advance. T.T. the Bear’s. 617-492-2327, www.ticketweb.com
REVEREND HORTON HEAT
To borrow a title from an early song, the good Reverend Horton Heat plays what you might call “psychobilly freakout.” As in, rockabilly by way of punk rock and psychedelia with a bottle of bourbon in its mouth. It’ll be a perfect way to start the show for the headliner, X, the seminal punk-rock band from Los Angeles. Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Paradise Rock Club.
From Georgia, this Southern rapper rode a wave of hype after a few years of releasing mixtapes. His studio full-length, “Based on a T.R.U. Story,” finally came out this year. Dec. 4, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$39.50. House of Blues.
Folk, World & Country
THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA “Soul jazz” is more a statement of aesthetic sensibility than actual musical style for this Canadian outfit, which plays a high-test conglomerate of African, Latin, reggae, and American funk and soul elements. The band makes a point of changing things up with each album, and they’ll be showcasing their latest one, “Solidarity,” on Thursday. Nov. 29, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Brighton Music Hall. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org
JACK INGRAM AND RADNEY FOSTER These veteran Texas singer-songwriters both have Nashville credentials — Foster as one half of ’80s neo-trad country resurgents Foster & Lloyd and later as a solo act, and Ingram more fleetingly in comparison. They come to town as a pair, forsaking bands for their guitars and an evening of song and story swap. Nov. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Showcase Live, Foxborough. 888-354-7042, www.showcaselive.com
LYDIA LOVELESS Loveless recently played her record label’s 18th anniversary party in Chicago with a hellacious cold, and later posted on her website that not one person told her after the show that she sounded like Neko Case. Loveless coldless does, a bit, but when she kicks her country-punk maelstrom into gear, who cares? Nov. 30, 9 p.m. Tickets: $9. Middle East Upstairs.
MARK EITZEL The indie rock band he fronted, American Music Club, is apparently no more (again), and he’s not that far removed from suffering a heart attack, but Eitzel perseveres and remains as deliciously gloomy as ever, as “I Love You But You’re Dead,” the lead-off track on his excellent new CD, attests. Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. Johnny D’s.
Jazz, Blues & Cabaret
FRANCISCO MELA & CUBAN SAFARI Since arriving in the US in 2000, the ebullient Cuban-born drummer has become a favored sideman to Joe Lovano, Joanne Brackeen, and McCoy Tyner, among others, as well as a fine bandleader, as evidenced by this one, featuring alto saxophonist Uri Gurvich, pianist Elio Villafranca, bassist Peter Slavov, and conguero Miguel Valdez.Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com
REBIRTH OF THE THIRD STREAM The NEC Jazz Orchestra, led by Ken Schaphorst, pays tribute to the jazz/classical merger conceived by the great Gunther Schuller. The program will include pieces by Duke Ellington, Bob Graettinger, Leonard Bernstein, George Russell, and Steve Lacy, plus Schaphorst’s new orchestral arrangement of Ran Blake’s “Horace Is Blue,” featuring Blake on piano. Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Free. NEC’s Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260, www.necmusic.edu
YORON ISRAEL & HIGH STANDARDS The superb drummer and his Boston-based band — saxophonist Lance Bryant, pianist Laszlo Gardony, bassist Henry Lugo, and harmonica player Ralph Rosen — perform material from their 2012 recording, “Visions: The Music of Stevie Wonder.” Dec. 1, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10-$20. Highland Jazz at Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton Centre. 781-237-1917, www.highland
CHARLIE KOHLHASE’S EXPLORERS CLUB The fearless saxophonist and his intrepid band of impish improvisers tackle compositions old and new. With saxophonist Matt Langley, trumpeter Jerry Sabatini, guitarist Eric Hofbauer, bassist Jef Charland, and drummer Curt Newton. Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Pickman Hall, Longy School Of Music, 1 Follen St., Cambridge. 671-876-0956, www.longy.edu
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The French conductor Stephane Deneve returns with a mostly French program, devoted to works by Berlioz, Roussel, and Saint-Saens (the Piano Concerto No. 5, with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet). Also on the bill will be music by the contemporary Scottish composer James MacMillan. Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org
CHAMBER MUSIC On the eve of a big personnel change, the Emerson Quartet returns to Jordan Hall on Sunday afternoon with a program of works by Dvorak, Schumann, and Brahms (www.celebrityseries.org). Also on Sunday, the Borromeo Quartet continues its series at the Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall with an all-Dvorak program (www.
HOLIDAY MUSIC Harry Christophers leads the Handel and Haydn Society in its annual traversal of “Messiah,” Nov. 30-Dec. 2, in Symphony Hall (www.handelandhaydn.org); Ryan Turner leads Emmanuel Music in Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” on Saturday in Emmanuel Church (www.emmanuelmusic.org); the Tallis Scholars perform on Sunday evening at St. Paul Church in Cambridge (www.bemf.org); Chanticleer sings a holiday program on Friday night in Jordan Hall (www.celebrityseries.org); and Opera Hub takes on Hindemith’s opera “The Long Christmas Dinner,” with a libretto by Thornton Wilder, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Boston Center for the Arts (www.