Week ahead: pop and rock

A Dickens of a time

CHORUS PRO MUSICA: ‘A DICKENS CHRISTMAS’ A holiday-themed program honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. 8 p.m., Dec. 21. Old South Church. 617-267-7442,

Jeremy Eichler

Pop & Rock

LORI McKENNA As usual, most of the shows McKenna does at Club Passim this time of year are already sold out. But as of Tuesday, you could still get tickets for this Stoughton singer-songwriter’s solo show on Saturday (8 p.m.), and on Friday, she’ll do her “Under the Covers” set featuring Mark Erelli, Jake Armerding, and Zack Hickman. Dec. 21-23, various showtimes. Tickets: $32. Club Passim. 617-492-7679,

STREET DOGS This Boston-bred punk-rock band closes out the year, which marked its 10th anniversary, with a two-night stand dubbed “Wreck the Halls.” Among the special guests are Flatfoot 56, the Blue Bloods, the Casualties, and Burning Streets. Dec. 21-22, 7 p.m. Tickets: $17. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,


YOUNG LONDON Presented by Boston Accents, a radio program that spotlights local music, this multi-band showcase features some of Boston’s finest electro-pop acts. Young London headlines a strong lineup that also includes Stereo Telescope, Boom Boom Crash, Dear Zim, and Casey Desmond, who just released a terrific album, “Déjà Vu.” Dec. 22, 7 p.m. Tickets: $12. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,

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THE ROOTS You know them from . . . well, everywhere: as the house band on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and as purveyors of some of the funkiest neo-soul and hip-hop being made today. Their live shows are uniformly a good time. Dec. 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: $37-$49.50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

James Reed

Folk, World & Country

A CHRISTMAS CELTIC SOJOURN The live, Christmas version of the weekly sojourn hosted by Brian O’Donovan on WGBH radio has become a holiday staple, marking its 10th anniversary this year. After winding its way through New England, it finishes up with this series of Boston shows. Dec. 20, 21, 8 p.m.;
Dec. 22, 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$75. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-824-8000,

END OF THE WORLD PARTY Tonight the world ends. Again. This time, instead of sitting at home and moping about it, why not celebrate with some local music? Country chanteuse Patsy Hamel and Americana vet Johnnie Mac are throwing a party to help you do it. Dec. 21,
9 p.m. Tickets: no cover. Sally O’Brien’s. 617-666-3589, www.sallyobriensbar

RANDI’S HOLIDAY AND BIRTHDAY BASH If the world hasn’t ended before you finish up at Sally O’s, you could head on over to long-time booking maven Randi Millman’s annual (and, presumably, last) birthday bash, which will feature a parade of Boston musical luminaries of folk/country and other persuasions doing short sets. Dec. 21, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: no cover. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004,


CHRISTMAS ROCK & ROLL BALL An opportunity to mark the season, rockabilly style. Four local practitioners — Jittery Jack, Whiskey Kill, the Barley Hoppers, and Leah and Her J-Walkers — will provide vintage rockabilly and honky-tonk sounds, and DJ Easy Ed will spin records that remind us of where those sounds came from. Dec. 22, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Rosebud Bar and Grill.
617-440-6284, www.rosebudbarand

Stuart Munro

Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

THE EITHER/ORCHESTRA TRIBUTE TO JOHN TCHICAI & 27th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT Boston’s own globe-trotting, 10-piece little big band celebrates its 1985 founding and the life and music of the late Afro-Danish tenor saxophonist John Tchicai, a luminary of 1960s free jazz most famous for appearing on John Coltrane’s epochal album “Ascension.” This show will feature compositions drawn from The E/O’s collaborations with Tchicai. Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004,

THE LOVE DOGS HOLIDAY SHOW A swinging pack of jump blues hounds known for their quartet of horns, spirited vocals, and infectious energy, the Dogs will play an opening dinner set, followed by a house-rocking dance session. Dec. 22,7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $12.50 - $15. Acton Jazz Café, 103 Nagog Park, Acton. 978-263-6161/978-264-0300,

MICHELLE WILLSON HOLIDAY SHOW With her sensational 5-piece band, the saucy, swinging blues singer-songwriter, a.k.a. “Evil Gal,” will perform a wide-ranging selection of seasonal favorites from several traditions, as well as her own Christmas hit, “Five Pound Box of Money.” Dec. 22, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10-$20. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St, Framingham. 508-405-2787,

HARVEY DIAMOND TRIO The marvelous pianist, a longtime student of the great jazz innovator Lennie Tristano, performs modern jazz in the interactive piano trio style pioneered by Bill Evans. With bassist Bronek Suchanek and Joe Hunt, who was Evans’s drummer from 1966 to ‘67. Dec. 23, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge.

Kevin Lowenthal



BLUE HERON: ‘CHRISTMAS IN 15th CENTURY FRANCE & BURGUNDY’ Music by Dufay, Josquin, Obrecht, and Brumel. Dec. 21-22. First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St. 617-960-7956,

BOSTON CAMERATA: ‘A HISPANIC CHRISTMAS, 1300-1700’ Works from Spanish-speaking countries under the direction of Joel Cohen, with the women’s choir “Les Fleurs des Caraïbes” joining as guests. Dec. 21 at Hancock United Church in Lexington,Dec. 22. First Parish Church, Newbury. 617-262-2092,

BOSTON BAROQUE: ‘LA SERVA PADRONA’ Martin Perlman leads Pergolesi’s comic opera, with baritone David Kravitz, alongside music by Telemann, Corelli, and Marcello. Dec. 31 at 8 p.m., Jan. 1 at 3 p.m. Sanders Theatre. 617-987-8600,

Jeremy Eichler