Boston-area to do list

Phil Vassar,  7 p.m. $25, $35. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston.
Phil Vassar, 7 p.m. $25, $35. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston.


Country tracks

Before he started writing tracks, Phil Vassar ran track at James Madison University. But, music won the race for the Virginia-born country singer-songwriter who moved to Nashville, played club gigs, and met Engelbert Humperdinck’s son, who gave the singer’s demo tape to Dad. Humperdinck recorded Vassar’s “Once in a While” in 1996. The tunesmith’s latest single is “Love Is Alive.” 7 p.m. $25, $35. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


She nails it This former Oakland Raiders cheerleader moved to the Internet playing field and scored big with her video “Nail Salon.”
Comedian Anjelah Johnson continued to score with a regular stint on “MADtv” and a film role playing America Ferrera’s sister in “Our Family Wedding.” 7 p.m. $32.50. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

From the past The vocal ensemble Blue Heron begins its season with “Music for Canterbury Cathedral,” a program of works by Robert Jones, Nicholas Ludford, and Robert Hunt. 8 p.m. (7:15 p.m.
pre-concert lecture). $30-$50, $25 seniors, $10 students and low income, free under 18. First Church in Cambridge, Congregational,
11 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-960-7956.


Harpsichord closeup The harpsichord is front and center at “Time Curves” by Boston Baroque. Martin Pearlman will play Manuel De Falla’s 1926 Concerto for Harpsichord, and pianist Donald Berman will play Pearlman’s “Variations on WoO77.” The program also features soprano Teresa Wakim. 8 p.m. $20, $40. Pickman Concert Hall at Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-987-8600, ext. 1.


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Doo-wopp honors Check out “Wah-Watusi” on YouTube and just try to get the catchy tune out of your noodle. The Orlons recorded it and will be honored at the Doo-Wopp Hall of Fame of America Concert and Inductions. Louise Murray of the Hearts (“Lonely Nights”) and Jaynettes (“Sally Go Round the Roses”) will receive a lifetime achievement award. Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. $45-$65. North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. 978-232-7200.

It takes a community Jimmy Tingle will be funny; Robert Pinsky will be poetic; Eden MacAdam-Somer will fiddle around; Janice Octavia Allen and Lisa Jacobs will vocalize; Hankus Netsky and the Klezmer Conservatory Band will klezmerize — and all for a good cause. Community Harvest: An Evening of Humor, Poetry & Song is a benefit for Compassionate Care ALS (a nonprofit organization supporting families living with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and for David Israel, who has ALS (Israel is the husband of Globe reporter Linda Matchan). Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. $50 and up, $15 students. Temple Beth Avodah, 45 Puddingstone Lane, Newton Centre. 617-527-0045.

Discover melody Each composer of the three pieces at “What Is Melody?” had a different idea of the answer. Discovery Ensemble presents Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466 (with
Israeli pianist Shai Wosner), Ligeti’s “Melodien,’’ and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 6. Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. talk). $20-$40, $10 student and senior discount. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston.

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