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Songbook and songbirds

When Michael Feinstein performs, you get a history lesson about the American Songbook. In an interview last year, we asked the pianist, vocalist, and archivist what the Gershwins would do if they were alive today: “George would have considered his duality of concert works, symphonies, operas, and musical theater. He also would have embraced modern technology. Ira would have gone along for the ride, continued to write lyrics, but Ira always took his cue from George.” At Michael Feinstein and Friends, the friends are Faith Prince and Cheyenne Jackson. The conductor is Keith Lockhart. The orchestra is the Boston Pops. 8:30 p.m.
$21-$117. Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox. 888-266-1200.


Cut and conversation If you head to Upstreet Barbers, don’t be surprised if the buzz is coming from more than the hair clipper. Shakespeare & Company performances of Robert Sugarman’s “Kaufman’s Barber Shop” take place in the Pittsfield Tonsorium set in 1925 upstate New York. Jewish businessmen who moved out of their Yiddish-speaking neighborhoods meet for a cut and conversation, joined by an Irish manicurist and an African-American shoeshine boy. 8 p.m. (through Sept. 1). $30. Upstreet Barbers, 442 North St., Pittsfield. 413-637-3353.

Good vibrations You can thank Russ Regan for steering a California quintet away from naming their group the Pendletones or the Surfers. The record agent, according to Brian Wilson, suggested the name The Beach Boys. The rest is harmony and hits including “Surfin’ Safari,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “I Get Around,” “Surfer Girl,” and “Good Vibrations.” 8 p.m. $37-$138. Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton, N.H. 866-625-4586.


Mellow yellow In keeping with our name theme, here’s how keyboardist Russell Ferrante explained the name Yellowjackets: “It seemed to connotate something lively, energetic, and something with a sting.” For more than 35 years, the group has delivered fusion and smooth jazz and now celebrates its latest record, “A Rise in the Road.” Aug. 16 and 17 at 8 and 10 p.m. $35. Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111.


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Jazz and soul Saturday’s headliner at the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is Dwight & Nicole featuring Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson. Nelson was a recent contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.” Sunday headliners are the 10-piece Brooklyn funk band Turkuaz. Aug. 17 and 18 from 11:15 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Salem Willows, 167 Fort Ave., Salem.

Mr. Rogers If you don’t remember the Scholars, a rockabilly group that performed on “American Bandstand,” you can hear one of its members at An Afternoon With Kenny Rogers. Rogers formed his band in 1956 (we all start somewhere). (Story, Page 26.) Aug. 17 at 2:30 p.m., rain or shine. $42-$59.50, $25 kids. Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster. 800-745-3000.


On your mark, get set, go Chances are you won’t feast at all 190-plus eateries participating in Restaurant Week Boston, but give it your best shot. A few choices: UpStairs on the Square in Cambridge, 80 Thoreau in Concord, Artu in the North End, Itadaki in the Back Bay, Oishii in the South End, Aura at the Seaport Hotel. Aug. 18-23, 25-30. $15.13 (two-course lunch), $20.13 (three-course lunch), $38.13 (three-course dinner).