Stepping up to the plate
JASON ALDEAN While the Red Sox are on their first West Coast swing of the season, mainstream country music slips into Fenway Park in the form of the loud-and-proud, party- hearty, power country of Jason Aldean. He’ll be joined by Miranda Lambert and a couple of up-and-comers, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett. July 12 and 13, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $69- $89. Fenway Park. 800-514-3849, www.etix.com
POP AND ROCK
HEARTLESS BASTARDS Led by ferocious frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom, who tends to chew scenery as much as she sings, this garage-rock band formed in Ohio a decade ago and promptly got compared to the Black Keys. Since then, Heartless Bastards have shaped their sound with a decidedly old-school palette of guttural blues and classic rock, not unlike the aesthetic Alabama Shakes have had more commercial success with. July 11, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
His voice, as immortalized on the timeless “Wicked Game,” is practically synonymous with sultry summer nights. On 2011’s “Beyond the Sun,” Isaak paid tribute to the Sun Records artists who first inspired him (and no doubt led to his reputation as a modern-day Elvis Presley). July 11, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $55-$75. Wilbur Theatre.
WIRE Released at the tail end of 1977, Wire’s debut, “Pink Friday,” has held up as a template for the kind of melodic but lean post-punk coming out of England around that time. It’s remarkable how well the band has retained its core sound, as heard on the new “Change Becomes Us.” Bear in Heaven opens. July 12, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000, www.ticket
OMD And in another British blast from the past, OMD (short for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) is back with a new album this year, too. “English Electric” finds the synth-pop pioneers revisiting the futuristic sounds that made them famous and no doubt influenced Diamond Rings, the opening act. July 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club.
FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY
WAMBURA MITARU SYNERGY Kenyan singer Wambura Mitaru gives this group her name; the synergy comes from her and two fellow Berklee students, South African guitarist Sebastian Reunert and Egyptian percussionist Moez Dawad who, as a trio, create a self-described “hybrid sound” that “combines groovy tunes with catchy lyrics.” July 11,
6:30 p.m. Free. Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org
LILY AND THE PARLOUR TRICKS
The name of this rising young band suggests throwback music, but if Lily Claire and company are retro, they’re diversely so, pulling modern rock elements together with original rock ’n’ roll, old-timey and vintage jazz, the Andrews Sisters and girl groups. And there’s ukulele, too.
July 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Cafe 939 at Berklee. 617-747-2262, www.cafe939
ROOSEVELT DIME This Brooklyn group uses banjo, horns, and woodwinds, electric and washtub bass and percussion to produce an amalgam of trad-rooted folk, blues, jug-band, and jazz they describe as “steamboat soul,” even though their instrumental lineup had a more terrestrial origin — to be heard above city din during street performances. July 14,
8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492- 7679, www.passim.org
JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET
JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET
ROY BOOK BINDER
The guitar master learned his finger-picking firsthand from the legendary singer and guitarist Reverend Gary Davis. Over the decades since, he’s wandered the world, keeping the country blues flame alight. July 12,
8 p.m. Tickets: $16-$20. The Bull Run Restaurant 215 Great Road, Route 2A, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or 877-536-7190, www.bullrunreataurant.com
REBECCA PARRIS The 29th season of Marblehead Summer Jazz kicks off with the savvy, swinging Boston area vocalist who’s never missed a summer since the concert series’ inauguration. Her seasoned trio features pianist Brad Hatfield, bassist Peter Kontrimas, and drummer Jim Lantini. July 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $26-$41. The Unitarian-Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. 781-631-1528, www.marbleheadjazz.org
FRANK TIBERI WITH GEORGE GARZONE
Tenor madness will surely ensue as saxophonist Tiberi, long-time member and later leader of Woody Herman’s band, is joined by sax gargantua Garzone. With keyboardist Joe Barbato, bassist John Lockwood, and drummer Luther Gray.
July 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Jocko’s Jazz at ther Sahara Club,
34 Bates St., Methuen. 603-898-1591, www.jockosjazz.com
THE JELANI BAUMAN QUARTET
Berklee’s Summer in the City presents its annual “Swingin’ in the Fens” concert, this year featuring the Berklee-based, New Orleans born trumpeter whose sounds are rooted in his home town traditions and influenced by his study with legendary jazz educator Alvin Batiste, as well as jazz and soul greats from Miles Davis to Curtis Mayfield. Picnics and folding chairs encouraged! July 17, 6:30 p.m. (Rain date, July 24). Free. Ramler Park, 120 Peterborough St., Boston.
‘THE GREAT GATSBY’ John Harbison’s opera received a rare and robust concert performance this spring by the forces of Emmanuel Music, which will now reprise the work at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall. Conducted by Ryan Turner. July 11, 7:30 p.m. Lenox 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org
ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Next up at Rockport will be pianist Gilles Vonsattel on Thursday with a century-hopping program titled “Revolution!”; a Friday double bill with Eviyan followed by pianist Andrew Rangell and violinist Aaron Boyd performing Enescu’s Violin Sonata No. 3; and a rare husband-and-wife duo appearance on Saturday by pianists Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun in a two-piano arrangement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Shalin Liu Performance Center. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org
MONADNOCK MUSIC Vocal soloist Michael Maniaci joins artistic director Gil Rose and the festival orchestra for an all-Mozart opening program that will include the “Jupiter” Symphony and selections from “Idomeneo” and “La Clemenza di Tito.” July 14, 3 p.m. Peterborough Town House, New Hampshire. 800-868-9613, www.monadnockmusic.org
BSO AT TANGLEWOOD Leon Fleisher is the soloist on Friday in the BSO’s performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, under the baton of Kazushi Ono, who also leads works by Wagner and Rimsky-Korsakov. Saturday brings a screening of “West Side Story” with the BSO under David Newman performing Bernstein’s original score. Sunday, Lynn Harrell is the soloist in Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1, with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducting. Lenox. 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org