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Pete Townshend of British rock band “The Who” performed during the halftime show for the NFL's Super Bowl XLIV football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts in Miami, Florida on February 7, 2010.

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Pete Townshend of British rock band “The Who” performed during the halftime show for the NFL's Super Bowl XLIV football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts in Miami, Florida on February 7, 2010.

PICK OF THE DAY

Townshend in town

In his new memoir, “Who I Am,” Pete Townshend, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist of The Who, says that he wasn’t fond of that “drawling dope” Elvis. Townshend will be interviewed and will perform four songs. 5 p.m. $32.50 (includes a copy of the book). Berklee Performance Center,
136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261. www.berkleebpc.com

FRIDAY

Nothing average about either

The San Francisco Bay area was fertile ground for bands in the late ’60s, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Journey, and Tower of Power. “Soul and the City” is the latest release by the soul and funk Average White Band, the other half of this Wilbur gig. 8 p.m. $50-$62.50.
The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-2000. www.thewilbur.com

From Jersey to Lowell

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The four guys from Broadway who paid tribute to the four guys from Jersey are back together for a concert. The Midtown Men — Tony winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer — will sing hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man.”8 p.m. $46.50, $56.50. Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-454-2299. www.lowellauditorium.com

Key change

The Handel and Haydn Society opens its season with the Bach Magnificat conducted by artistic director Harry Christophers. Composed in 1723 for the Christmas season, the Magnificat in D major was originally written in E-flat major. Bach removed Christmas text and changed the key for a 1733 concert. 8 p.m. (Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.; pre-concert conversations one hour before concert). $20-$78. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-3605. www.handelandhaydn.org

SATURDAY

Musical milestone

Music director Ronald Feldman leads the musicians in the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, many of whom are in the health care field, on rounds featuring works by John Cage, Robert Kyr, Mozart, and Prokofiev. Special guest is pianist Louis Schwizgebel. Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. $30, $45; $25, $35 seniors; $15, $25 students (benefit for Sharewood Project). Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-667-1527. www.longwoodsymphony.org

SUNDAY

Down Pat

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“This Belongs to You” and “Then and Now” are two tracks that got our attention on the latest release by the jazzy Pat Metheny Unity Band. The lineup is Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, Antonio Sanchez on drums, Ben Williams on bass, and Metheny on guitar. Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. $35, $45. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-3161. www.berkleebpc.com

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