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Il Volo (Italian for “flight”)
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Il Volo (Italian for “flight”)


They are flying high

Living up to its name, the young Italian pop vocal trio Il Volo (Italian for “flight”) has a new release titled “We Are Love (Special Edition).” On the tail of last year’s “We Are Love,” the special edition also features five new songs including One Direction’s “Little Things,” Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” and the “West Side Story” classic “Maria.” Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$79.50. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.


Hotter than ever In answer to that Beatles tune, we will still need him, we will still feed him, when he’s 64. Joe Louis Walker celebrates 64 years this Christmas, and as long as he feeds us gems on guitar and vocals, we will feed him our allegiance. The award-winning blues musician’s latest release is “Hellfire.” 8 p.m. $18, $22 at the door. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311.

Lots to cover Listen up all you Huey Lewis & the News, Police, and Billy Joel junkies. Johnny D’s is tribute central with Boston’s Power of Love plus New York’s Finest (Police tribute band), and Heart Attack Ack Ack Ack (Billy Joel tribute band). And paying vinyl tribute to digital, post-punk, ’90s dance, and pop music is DJ Angie Donuts. 8 p.m. $13. 21+. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004.


1963 It didn’t take long for us to make the switch from silly Hal in the TV comedy “Malcolm in the Middle” to intense Walter White in the AMC drama “Breaking Bad.” So in a matter of seconds, we expect Emmy winner Bryan Cranston to become LBJ in “All the Way.” Robert Schenkkan’s drama takes us to 1963 when Lyndon Baines Johnson becomes President after John F. Kennedy’s assassination. 7:30 p.m. (through Oct. 12). $25 standing-room-only tickets for sold-out shows available at noon at box office. Loeb Drama Center,
64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300.


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Festival territory Fall is festival time, so partake of the Roots N’ Bluegrass Festival with the Hot Tamale Brass Band, Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band, Les Sampou, and banjo player Tony Trischka with his band, Tony Trischka Territory. And no festival is complete without food, kids activities, and merchants. Sept. 14 from 2-8:30 p.m. Free. Sturbridge Town Common,
278 Main St. (Route 131), Sturbridge. 774-696-0903.


An Odyssey The new Boston-based Odyssey Opera lives up to its mission of offering an “adventurous repertoire” with its five-hour debut of “Rienzi.” The concert performance of Richard Wagner’s controversial work (the Overture was the musical theme for Hitler’s rallies) celebrates the bicentennial of the composer’s birth. Gil Rose conducts. (Story, next page.) Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. (break from 5:30-7:30 p.m.). $50-$200. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260.

Great stories In 1891, four women vacationed on Great Brewster Island, and Stephanie Schorow will fill you in at the Great Brewster Island Expedition. The author of “East of Boston: Notes From the Harbor Islands” will talk about the island’s history and the women’s story. Sept. 15 at noon, rain or shine. $30, $27 seniors, $22 ages 4-12 (advance reservations recommended; pack a picnic, no food or beverages available). Depart from Rowes Wharf Water Transport, 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 781-740-4290.

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