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    Upcoming music events around Boston

    Yo, ’dawg! - JONNY CORNDAWG - With a name like that, you probably guessed this guy doesn’t take himself too seriously. The music, though, shoots straight from the hip - a rowdy mix of old-school country and honky tonk, with lyrics clearly meant to amuse. Corndawg was one of the most memorable acts I saw at South by Southwest this year. April 1, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12, $9 in advance. Great Scott. 617-566-9014, JAMES REED

    Pop & Rock

    EMILY WELLS Looping melodies on violin, guitar, melodica, and whatever else strikes her fancy, this singer-songwriter hovers on the outskirts of pop music. One song might remind you of hip-hop, but then another just as easily culls from classical influences. Wells is on the road in advance of the April release of a new album, “Mama.’’ March 29, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Cafe 939. 617 747-2261,

    OF MONTREAL If you held “Paralytic Stalks,’’ Of Montreal’s new album, up to the light, its songs would shift and contort like crystals in a kaleidoscope. Then again, the same could be said of every other record by this quixotic indie-rock outfit led by Kevin Barnes. Be sure to catch the opening sets by Loney Dear and Kishi Bashi. April 1, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,


    WILLIS EARL BEAL His new album, “Acousmatic Sorcery,’’ imparts the disorienting sensation of a jukebox on the fritz. Beal, a fiery singer and songwriter from Chicago, channels everything from old blues field recordings to dissonant indie rock. He opens for electronic musician SBTRKT. April 4, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,


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    Folk, World & Country

    LEVON HELM AND LOS LOBOS The venerable Hampton Beach Ballroom kicks off its 2012 season with a double-barreled shot of roots music royalty: Helm, who established himself as a member of the Band and recently stormed out of quiescence with a stellar pair of solo albums, and Los Lobos, the multifaceted, impossible-to-categorize, Tex-Mex/rock ’n’ roll band from East LA. March 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35 - $70. Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH. 603-929-4100,

    PEGGY SEEGER Now approaching her 77th birthday, Seeger has enjoyed a performing and recording career - as folk singer, songwriter, preservationist, multi-instrumentalist, collaborator, and activist - that has stretched across six decades. Since Seeger has stated that this is her last US tour, Saturday’s concert offers both a rare and a last chance to see her perform. Mar. 31, 8 p.m. Tickets: $16. Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield. 781-246-2836,

    ROOTS ATTACHED REVUE If you’re looking for a perfectly unfoolish way to spend an April First afternoon, you could do worse than this performance by Thea Hopkins, Kerri Powers, and other local and regional roots artists. April 1, 3 p.m. Tickets: $8. Arts at the Armory, Somerville. 617- 718-2191.


    CHANO DOMINGUEZ With his latest album, “Flamenco Sketches,’’ Spanish pianist Dominguez turns his flamenco-jazz fusion toward a transformative interpretation of the songs of one of the most iconic albums in jazz history, Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue.’’ He’ll be presenting music from the album Tuesday evening. April 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,


    Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

    BOB DOROUGH A solo performance by the legendary singer, songwriter, and pianist who wrote “Devil May Care,’’ collaborated with Miles Davis, and was the musical director of “Schoolhouse Rock,’’ penning and performing some of its best-loved numbers. March 30, 7 p.m. Tickets: $12.50. Acton Jazz Cafe, 452 Great Road, Acton. 978-263-6161,

    KIRILL GERSTEIN The Russian-born classical pianist returns to Berklee - where he once studied with Gary Burton - to explore the intersection of jazz and classical music. The program includes premieres of new concert works by Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau. Also, Gerstein will perform Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue’’ in its original 1924 jazz band version, accompanied by a 25-piece student/faculty ensemble with alumna Anat Cohen as clarinet soloist. Other guests include Burton and Eugene Friesen. March 30, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $17.50-$25. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261,

    DAVE WHITNEY QUARTET FEATURING CHRISTINE FAWSON Since 1971, the trumpeter/singer has been leading early jazz and swing bands in the tradition of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, and Bobby Hackett. Remarkable singer/trumpeter Fawson will pitch in. April 1, 2 p.m. Tickets: $8-$16. Amazing Things Arts Center. 508-405-2787,


    JANIVA MAGNESS The charismatic blues singer, the only woman apart from Koko Taylor to have won the “B.B. King Entertainer of the Year’’ Blues Music Award, celebrates her cathartic new record, “Stronger For It,’’ featuring three autobiographical songs as well as tunes by Tom Waits, Shelby Lynne, and Buddy and Julie Miller, among others. April 4, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,



    BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos returns to Symphony Hall as soloist in a Bach Violin Concerto but also makes his BSO conducting debut, leading works by Lutoslawski and Beethoven. March 29-31, Symphony Hall, 617-266-1200,

    HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY Harry Christophers leads H&H and guest vocal soloists in Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion.’’ March 30 and April 1, Symphony Hall, 617-266-3605,

    VOCAL RENAISSANCE Blue Heron sings “Music for Three Sovereigns’’ on March 30 at First Church in Cambridge; and the Tallis Scholars return to the Boston Early Music Festival, performing music by William Cornysh and Jean Mouton on March 31 at St. Paul Church in Cambridge.,

    CHAMBER WEEKEND BSO associate principal flute Elizabeth Ostling is joined by fellow BSO players and other colleagues for a benefit recital devoted to works by Beethoven, Bach, Vaughan Williams, Mozart, Schumann, and Messiaen on March 30 at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill. The self-led chamber orchestra A Far Cry returns to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain on March 31 and the Gardner Museum on April 1. And the formidable St. Lawrence String Quartet comes to Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center on April 1 with music by Beethoven and Dvorak alongside a new work by Osvaldo Golijov.,