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It’s a calling

Two stages, two beer gardens, two headliners, too cool. Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit (above) plus 16 other acts whoop it up at Boston Calling Music Festival. We love the names of other performers feeding your music appetite: Bat for Lashes, Flosstradamus, Local Natives, and The Gaslight Anthem. Food vendors and food trucks feed your tummy. Sept. 7 and 8 noon gates, rain or shine. $75, $185 VIP; $130 weekend pass,
$350 VIP. City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston. 617-371-3955. www.bostoncalling.com

FRIDAY

Welcome the queen If you’ve never seen Eilen Jewell you’re missing a jewel of a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The pearl-wearing roots musician’s album “Queen of the Minor Key” gets its title from a comment someone made about Jewell’s kinship with minor keys. 8 p.m. $22 (discounts available). The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097. www.natickarts.org

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Dreams do come true Members of the Grammy-winning Allman Brothers Band (“Melissa,” “Dreams,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”) take time off from their side gigs to tour together. Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, and Marc Quinones waste no time in Mansfield, where they welcome Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. 6:30 p.m. $22.50-$75. Comcast Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

Ranch dressing We didn’t associate the title “Meanwhile Back at the Ranch” with a collection of chamber works until we learned about Eric Moe. The Pittsburgh-based composer/pianist featured Boston’s Firebird Ensemble on the record, and the title track is part of Friday’s release concert. 8 p.m. $20, $25 (ticket and CD), $35 (2 tickets and CD), $15 seniors, $10 students. First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. 617-480-5112. www.firebirdensemble.org/tickets

SATURDAY

Best bet Contests for “best” musician date back to the early 19th century with Henry Ford’s fiddle contests (1926), the Atlanta Fiddlers’ Convention (established in 1913), and more. Fast-forward to Lowell’s Banjo & Fiddle Contest, where stylistic authenticity, intonation, musicality, rhythm/danceability, and tone are the judges’ criteria for prizes in eight categories. Sept. 7 from
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell (rain location Lowell High School). 978-970-5000. www.nps.gov/lowe

Revering Rivera We had a Tony Bennett moment last week, and this week’s moment is for the divine, delicious dancer and singer Chita Rivera. The Tony-winning woman of many names (Aurora in “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” Anna in “The Rink,” Anita in “West Side Story,” Rosie in “Bye Bye Birdie”) will be accompanied by Seth Rudetsky on piano. Sept. 7 (8:30 p.m.), Sept. 8
(7 p.m.). $150. The Art House, 214 Commercial St., Provincetown. 800-838-3006. www.ptownarthouse.com

SUNDAY

Game on Sundays don’t have to be slug days if you head to the Sunday Parkland Games for a couple of hours of badminton, hula hoop, parachutes, Gaga Pit, mini basketball, beanbag toss, and tetherball. Karma yoga is offered from 5-6 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 29 from 3:30-6 p.m. Free. Charles River Parklands
(near the Weeks Footbridge). 617-608-1410. www.thecharles.org

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