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    From darkness to light

    Local artist Michael Dowling has a dream, a mission, a vision, and a goal of “moving beyond diversity to inclusion, building the community from the inside out, using art as the threshold.” The vehicle is Medicine Wheel Productions, which presents “Beacon to the Dream,” a lantern walk and music program to celebrate inclusion and honor the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. With the help of MWP’s young members (pictured), 10,000 lanterns will circle Castle Island because “darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can.” (Martin Luther King Jr.). 7-9 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Castle Island, South Boston.


    The closer she gets to you What a finale. Mayor Menino’s Wednesday Night Concerts on City Hall Plaza close with Grammy winner Roberta Flack, a pop, soul, folk, and jazz singer-songwriter with an arsenal of hits including “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” “Where Is the Love,” and “The Closer I Get to You.” 7 p.m. Free. City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.617-635-4505.

    Dream on The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is set to music by Boston Landmarks Orchestra to pay tribute to the iconic text delivered this day in 1963 on the mall in Washington, D.C. The “I Have a Dream” Concert also celebrates the civil rights movement with spirituals and other selections performed by Boston Landmarks One City Choir, New England Spiritual Ensemble, and Back Bay Chorale.7 p.m. Free. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell along the Esplanade, Boston (rain location is Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St.). 617-987-2000.


    Orville is right In 1995, bluesman Orville Giddings put a band together which is a favorite at the Castle Hill Picnic Concert series. The guitarist closes the season with his Orville Giddings Band. Aug. 29 at 7 p.m., weather permitting (gates open at 5 p.m.; picnics welcome). $30 per car, $10 motorcycles and walk-ins. Castle Hill Casino Complex, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. 978-356-4351.


    With a trace This Turkish-born Bostonian puts her multicultural background to good use on her musical journey for collaboration and connection. “Traces” is Sirma’s debut release, and the Berklee jazz singer shares the program with electronic artists LilliaBetz and Gossamer . Aug. 29 from 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston (indoors if raining). 617-478-3100.

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    Banjo magic Called the first family of the banjo, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn play the rare three-finger clawhammer banjo. He has a load of Grammys (15), she writes Appalachian-style folk songs in Chinese and refers to this sound as “kung fu Appalachian indie folk rock.” Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. $35-$60. Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road, North Truro. 508-487-5400.

    Good old days are back Jim Kweskin’s 1968 album “What Ever Happened to the Good Old Days at Club 47 in Cambridge, Massachusetts?” was asked and is now answered. The Jim Kweskin Jug Band stops at the now Club Passim on its 50th Reunion Tour with Jim Kweskin, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Bill Keith, and Sam Bevan and the Barbecue Orchestra. Aug. 29 and 30 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. $50. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679.