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The week ahead: Music

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

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JESSIE WARE Much like the simmering intensity of her songs, this English R&B singer reminiscent of Sade caught on slowly but surely in this country before her debut, “Devotion,” was even properly released here. Ware returns to the US to play bigger rooms after her first headlining tour sold out almost every venue it visited earlier this year. Aug. 5, 8 p.m. Tickets: $23, $20 in advance. Royale. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

JAMES REED

Pop & Rock

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MAYER HAWTHORNE On his sly new album, “Where Does This Door Go,” this neo-soul singer expanded the scope of his music to include more rock and Top 40 pop influences. The new direction suits Hawthorne, who’s the opening act for OneRepublic. Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$44.50. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

BECK He hasn’t released a full-length studio album since 2008’s “Modern Guilt,” but this chameleonic singer-songwriter has kept busy with a typically broad range of projects. He’s released a handful of singles, in addition to “Song Reader,” a sheet-music album. He comes to town on the heels of a terrific debut at Newport Folk Festival this past weekend. Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$55. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

LIL WAYNE On a tour called “America’s Most Wanted,” Lil Wayne appears to be bouncing back from health scares earlier this year, not to mention tepid responses, both critical and commercial, to his latest album, “I Am Not a Human Being II.” Rappers T.I. and Tyga open. Aug. 4,
7 p.m. Tickets: $29.75-$99.75. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

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JAMES REED

Folk, World & Country

JAMEY JOHNSON The man is making some of the most interesting music in today’s country world, and when you see him live, music is what you get: He stands, he sings and plays, he leaves. You have two chances to see him forego the between-song banter this weekend. August 2, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation
.com; Aug. 4, 2 p.m. Tickets: $27-$39.50. Indian Ranch, Webster. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE Pure Prairie League was one of the front-line country-rock outfits of the 1970s, and after a first run that lasted through the next decade, the band has enjoyed several resurrections and seen enough personnel changes to populate a small orchestra. Its latest foray finds steel virtuoso and original member John David Call back in the fold. Aug. 2, 8 p.m. Tickets: $45. Center for the Arts, Natick. 508-647-0097, www.natickarts.org

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero were schooled in metal — and it shows — but the Mexican duo moved on to doing their shredding on acoustic guitars, playing a hard-to-describe (speed-flamenco?) fusion that slams together Latin and other elements, the bulk of it played at a dizzying, breakneck pace. Aug. 3, 7 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$55. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

MIKE DAWES This sensational, already world-renowned 23-year-old fingerstyle guitarist will be doing something later this month that no one else has done: performing a concert at the top of Mount Kenya. First, he has a string of dates opening for Justin Hayward, including this one. Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $38.50. Somerville Theatre, Somerville. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

STUART MUNRO

Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

ALI AMR EXPERIMENT Just 22, the path-breaking, Palestinian-born singer and instrumentalist plays qanun, a 76-stringed harp with roots in ancient Egypt. His music blends jazz with modern Middle Eastern sounds, flecked with flamenco. He’ll be opening the Newport Jazz Festival this year, but here’s a chance to hear him up close. Aug. 1,
6 p.m. Free. ICA, 100 Northern Ave. Boston. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org

BUDDY GUY One of the baddest bluesmen ever and an acknowledged influence on guitar avatar Jimi Hendrix. ’Nuff said. Aug. 3, 7:30 Tickets: $44-$50. Lowell Summer Music Series, Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell. 978-970-5200, www.lowellsummermusic.org

JAZZ AT THE FORT: DIANE RICHARDSON AND FRIENDS Berklee College of Music and ParkARTS present this annual concert, this year’s edition featuring jazz vocalist and educator Diane Richardson — whose music pays tribute to both classic jazz and progressive composers such as Charles Mingus and Abbey Lincoln — performing with saxophonist Lance Bryant, pianist John Kordalewski, bassist John Lockwood, and drummer Yoron Israel. Aug. 4, 5 p.m. Free. Marcella Park, 260 Highland St., Roxbury. 617-747-6057, www.berklee.edu/events

STEVE SWALLOW, OHAD TALMOR & ADAM NUSSBAUM A trio of rare qualities. Bassist Swallow and drummer Nussbaum (John Scofield, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie) are widely-known and admired quantities. The secret ingredient here is Israeli-born, Swiss-reared composer, arranger, and saxophonist Talmor, recognized in the US, if at all, for numerous critically-acclaimed collaborations with celebrated altoist Lee Konitz. Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

‘DIDO AND AENEAS’ + ‘CURLEW RIVER’ Mark Morris Dance Group and the Tanglewood Music Center’s opera program join forces for a double bill of works by Purcell and Britten, in fully staged performances. Aug. 1. Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, Lenox. 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org

YELLOW BARN This small but ambitious Vermont festival wraps up its summer season with a set of concerts mixing old and newer music. On Friday, for instance, Yellow Barn musicians take on “Howl,” Lee Hyla’s pulse-quickening setting of Allen Ginsberg’s poem. Its movements will be interspersed with works by Schubert and Ligeti, and the evening concludes with Schubert’s D-minor Quartet, “Death and the Maiden.”Through Aug. 3. Big Barn, Putney, Vt. 800-639-3819, www.yellowbarn.org

CAPE COD CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Upcoming concerts include an evening paying tribute to Van Cliburn (Aug. 2 in Wellfleet) with pianists Haochen Zhang, André-Michel Schub, and Jon Nakamatsu, and spoken remarks from Richard Dyer; and two performances by the American String Quartet, Monday in Provincetown and Tuesday in Cotuit. 508-247-9400, www.capecodchambermusic.org

MARLBORO MUSIC FESTIVAL For its penultimate weekend, Marlboro offers a Friday program with works by Bach, Britten, Takemitsu, and Beethoven; a Saturday concert with music by Mozart and Hindemith; and a Sunday performance of works by Gounod, Brahms, and this summer’s composer-in-residence, Krzysztof Penderecki. Marlboro, Vt. 802-254-2394, www.marlboromusic.org

JEREMY EICHLER

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