Week ahead: Music

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BOSTON CALLING MUSIC FESTIVAL The fourth installment of this ambitious festival on City Hall Plaza has cast an especially wide net, encompassing everything from indie-rock stalwarts (the Replacements, Neutral Milk Hotel, the National) and hip-hop (Childish Gambino, the Roots with Nas) to pop wunderkinds (Lorde, above) and Boston-bred bands (Lake Street Dive, Gentlemen Hall, St. Nothing). The full lineup is at Sept. 5-7, various showtimes. Tickets: Friday $50, Saturday $75, Sunday $75, three-day pass $175, two-day (Saturday-Sunday) pass $135. City Hall Plaza. 800-745-3000,

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JP MUSIC FEST Celebrating one of Boston’s most diverse neighborhoods, the fourth annual salute to Jamaica Plain’s musical talent has the homegrown charm of a block party — except that it unfurls in a grassy baseball field with 21 bands taking over two stages and plenty of local food vendors. The festival’s handy playlist of participating bands streams for free on its website. Sept. 6, noon to 7 p.m. Free. Pinebank Field (at Perkins Street and the Jamaicaway).


DJ QUESTLOVE As part of the official after-parties for Boston Calling, Questlove’s DJ set at this decidedly more intimate club setting should be a nice way to wind down a long weekend of live music. Questlove’s band, the Roots, will be performing with rapper Nas as Sunday’s headliners at Boston Calling. Sept. 7, 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

ED SHEERAN Touring behind a No. 1 album, his recently released “x” (pronounced as “multiply”), this British singer-songwriter roared out of the gate in 2012 as a sort of male equivalent to his pal Taylor Swift. His buoyant, R&B-flavored pop songs, however, are more in line with those of Justin Timberlake and Jason Mraz. Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29.50-$59.50. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,




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FRUITION Left-coast Portland-based and arisen from busking origins, Fruition is a shaggy string band with expansive tendencies, adding drums and keyboards and using multiple vocalists for forays through bluegrass, acoustic country, blues and, here and there, a bit of rock ’n’ roll. Sept. 4, 10 p.m. Tickets: $10. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 888-777-8932.

SEAN KEANE A member of Ireland’s dynastic musical Keane family, Sean Keane might not be the most famous of his siblings — that accolade would probably go to his sister, Dolores — but he’s been called one of the best living singers in the world. He’s crafted a solo career that, while rooted in Irish music, cuts across folk, country, and blues as well. Sept. 6,
8 p.m. Tickets: $29-$49. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261.

BLACK PRAIRIE This band began as a rootsy, quasi-bluegrass side project of sorts for four members of the Decemberists, joined by Bearfoot’s fiddling frontwoman Annalisa Tornfelt and guitarist Jon Neufeld. But the group has taken on a life of its own and is now heading in new musical directions with its third full-length album, “Fortune.” Sept. 8,
8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Red Room at Café 939. 617-747-2262.



Jazz, blues & cabaret


DARRELL NULISCH The Dallas native was frontman for Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, and sang for the James Cotton Band after the leader lost his voice. A superb, soulful blues singer, he blows a mean harmonica to boot.
Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

OCCIDENTAL GYPSY This dynamic, crowd-pleasing acoustic quintet melds the violin and guitar-based gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli with more contemporary influences, performing classic and original vocal and instrumental pieces along with less expected fare — a “gypsyfied” take on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” anyone? Sept. 5, 8 p.m. Tickets: $17. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd., Rt. 2A, Shirley. 877-536-7190,

5TH ANNUAL HYDE PARK JAZZ FESTIVAL Saxophonist, flutist, composer, and educator Daniel Ian Smith hosts this yearly jazz do, featuring his own group playing standards and originals, the Thaddeus Hogarth Band, the Latin Side of Billy Strayhorn, and more. Pack a picnic lunch, grab a lawn chair, and enjoy an afternoon of fine music. Sept. 6, 1 to
5 p.m. Free. Francis D. Martini Memorial Shell Park, 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park.

THE SEACOAST STOMPERS Among the area’s premier traditional jazz and Dixieland groups, the Stompers, longtime fixtures at the late, lamented Acton Jazz Cafe, bring their encyclopedic repertoire and exuberant playing to this top North Shore Jazz Lounge. Sept. 7, 2 p.m. Tickets: $10. Chianti Restaurant, 285 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-921-2233,




ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM The chamber orchestra A Far Cry, in residence at the Gardner, kicks off the museum’s Sunday series with a century-hopping program devoted to music by Biber, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky. Sept. 7, 1:30 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156,

SOUTH MOUNTAIN CONCERTS Even older than Tanglewood, the venerable South Mountain Concerts start up this weekend in the Berkshires with the first of five chamber music performances. This year’s opening concert features the Escher String Quartet and guest violist Lawrence Dutton, performing works by Haydn, Berg, and Dvorak. Sept. 7,
3 p.m., Routes 7 and 20, Pittsfield. 413-442-2106,

ROCKPORT MUSIC Rockport’s new classical season begins with an appearance by classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, performing a program of works by Granados, Albeniz, Tarrega, Tan Dun, and others. Sept. 6, 7 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

Jeremy Eichler

Jeremy Eichler

Thoroughly modern Miranda

MIRANDA LAMBERT The reigning Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association female vocalist of the year continues to prove that it’s possible to be a country star with a thoroughly modern sound while also paying more than just lip service to the music’s past. Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett also appear. Sept. 6, 7 p.m. Tickets: $32.50-$67.25. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000.



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