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Pop & Rock

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM AND CHRISTINE McVIE Earlier this month these two Fleetwood Mac members released “Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie,” a sparkling guitar-pop collection that highlights the still-potent interplay between Buckingham’s yowl and McVie’s steady alto, as well as their talent for penning sticky choruses. Expect a couple of Mac chestnuts in the night’s setlist as well. June 28, 7:30 p.m. $35-$125. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 617-728-1600, www.livenation.com

CLOUD CULT Last year this Minnesota indie-pomp octet got in on the visual album game with “The Seeker,” a one-hour grapple with life’s big questions starring Josh Radnor (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Alex McKenna. This show’s opening set will spotlight the movie’s score, which includes songs like the slow-burn catharsis “No Hell,” while the back half will run through the band’s catalog of intense, ornately arranged rock. June 26, 8 p.m. $20. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com

SUNNY SWEENEY “Trophy,” the most recent album by this country lifer, takes on everyday living with plain-spoken songs like the stripped-down ballad “Bottle by My Bed,” a searing track about Sweeney’s struggles with motherhood that was co-written by Stoughton’s Lori McKenna, and the last-call rave-up “Better Bad Idea,” which puts Sweeney’s seductive sneer front and center. July 1, 8 p.m. $25. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com



Folk & World

BJ BARHAM Barham stepped away from fronting alt-country band American Aquarium for a solo turn with the comparatively acoustic material of last summer’s “Rockingham,” a record elicited by the shock of proximity to the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. He comes to town to play that music with just his guitar. June 26, 9 p.m. $15. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 866-777-8932. www.ticketweb.com

LUCERO/BANDITOS With this pairing, it won’t be just the waves rocking the boat. Lucero bring their mix of ragged alt-country, Replacements ramshackle, Springsteen epic, and a bit of Memphis soul; openers Banditos play the sort of pedal-to-the-metal fare that epitomizes the insurgent country their label, Bloodshot Records, is known for. June 28, 7 p.m. $40. Rock On! Concert Cruise, Boston Harbor. 617-544-7625. www.rockonconcerts.com


UNITED FOLK FESTIVAL It may be a bit of a hike to get there, but when you do, there’s a full nine hours of rootsy music in store. Blitzen Trapper and the Barr Brothers headline, and Langhorne Slim, Elvis Perkins, and the Low Anthem are among the other acts scheduled to perform. July 1, noon. Free admission. Wilcox Park, Westerly, R.I. www.unitedtheatre.org/united-folk-fest.html STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

GIACOMO GATES An acclaimed master of swing, scat, and vocalese with a supple baritone, Gates didn’t perform professionally until he was in his 40s. He’s since made up for lost time, releasing seven albums and appearing alongside such peers as Kurt Elling and Mark Murphy. With pianist Tim Ray and bassist John Lockwood. June 27, 7:30 p.m. $10. Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. 603-898-1591, www.jockosjazz.com

BILL CHARLAP TRIO The lapidary pianist possesses a deep feeling for the Great American Songbook and helms one of the finest longstanding trios in jazz, featuring bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. June 29, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $20-$30. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, regattabarjazz.com

CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE BAND/JAMES MONTGOMERY BAND Blues Hall of Famer Musselwhite, among the greatest living harmonica players, was born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis, and established his career in Chicago in the 1960s; singer, harmonica player, and New England legend Montgomery emerged in the 1970s and has played with everyone from Johnny Winter to Kid Rock. July 1, 8 p.m. $28.50-$48.50. The Cabot, 286 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-927-3100, www.thecabot.org




NEWTON BAROQUE The early music ensemble offers a program commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann, including selections from the composer’s cantatas and chamber music. June 25, 5 p.m. Second Church in Newton. 617-519-3854, www.newtonbaroque.org

BOSTON GUITARFEST The classical guitar festival’s artistic director, Eliot Fisk, offers a program that includes an arrangement of Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Guitar Concerto for guitar and string quartet, as well as the same composer’s 12 Etudes. July 1, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260, www.bostonguitarfest.org

BRENTANO STRING QUARTET The quartet plays arrangements of three madrigals by Gesualdo, Stephen Hartke’s “From the Fifth Book” (composed for the Brentano’s 20th anniversary in 2011), and Beethoven’s “Razumovsky” Quartet in F (Op. 59, No. 1). July 1, 8 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org




THE EFFECT British playwright Lucy Prebble’s bracingly smart drama delivers a psychopharmacological twist on a universal human dilemma: Can any of us ever completely trust what we are feeling? Lindsay Crouse and Brad Hall play psychiatrists supervising a controlled drug test that goes out of control when young volunteers (Susannah Hoffman and Mickey Solis) taking a new antidepressant fall for each other, then aren’t sure if it’s love or the drug. Directed by Sam Weisman. Through July 8. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com


RIPCORD Nancy E. Carroll and Annie Golden portray mismatched nursing home roommates who keep upping the ante in their attempt to win a bet until it becomes an intensely personal competition. This comedy by gifted South Boston native David Lindsay-Abaire (“Rabbit Hole,’’ “Good People’’) aims to, and does, hit close to the bone. Directed by Jessica Stone. Through July 2. Huntington Theatre Company. Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

CAMELOT Spiro Veloudos directs a sharp and streamlined production of the Lerner & Loewe musical that offers close-up, human-scale intimacy and a showcase for three performers who have the chops to make that intimacy mean something: Ed Hoopman as Arthur, Maritza Bostic as Guenevere, and Jared Troilo as Lancelot. Through June 25. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

THE ROOMMATE Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle’’) portrays a poet from the Bronx who further complicates the life of an Iowa homemaker, played by S. Epatha Merkerson (“Law & Order’’), who is coping with an empty nest after the end of her marriage and the departure of her son. Jen Silverman’s play is directed by Mike Donahue. June 27-July 16. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. 413-458-3253, www.wtfestival.org



MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP The troupe celebrates its rich association with one of America’s most beloved and eclectic composers with “Lou 100: In Honor of the Divine Mr. Harrison.” Morris’s longtime friendship with the late composer will be highlighted with four dances set to his music — “Pacific,” “Serenade,” the brilliant “Grand Duo,” and the world premiere of “Numerator” — performed in collaboration with Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center. June 28-29. $22-$99. Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lenox. 617-266-1492, www.bso.org


TIRELESS: A TAP DANCE EXPERIENCE This exclusive presentation curated by tap dynamo Michelle Dorrance brings together singular tap artists from around the world: Jumaane Taylor and M.A.D.D. Rhythms of Chicago, siblings Joseph and Josette Wiggan, San Francisco dancer Joe Orrach, and Reona Seo from Japan. Dorrance says she chose the artists for their innovation, technical finesse, and compelling emotional power. June 28-July 2. $39-$69. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

PAUL TAYLOR 2 DANCE COMPANY AT WINDHOVER This mini-festival features films, talks, classes, rehearsals, and performances spread over a very busy six days. A “don’t-miss” festival highlight is the company’s Saturday night performance of Paul Taylor masterworks, which will include “Tracer,” a lost work from 1962 that was reconstructed last year, as well as the popular “Company B,” “The Uncommitted,” and “Junction,” with live music. June 27-July 2. Suggested donation $20. Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, Rockport. 978-546-3611, www.windhover.org



IMMIGRATION NATION In workshops around Boston, artist Nora Valdez enlisted dozens of first- and second-generation immigrants to help craft this expansive installation of more than 400 suitcases, each relating, in pictures, maps, and text, an individual journey to America. Through July 30. Urbano Project, 29 Germania St., Jamaica Plain. 617-983-1007, www.urbanoproject.org

SUE McNALLY: ACROSS THE LAND AND SEA The artist has been painting rural landscapes all over the country for 25 years with a simmering palette and a keen attention to abstracted forms, aiming to chronicle all 50 states.Through July 29. Drive-By Projects, 81 Spring St., Watertown. 617-835-8255, www.drive-byprojects.com

MIND THE MACHINE What if a computer could replicate an artist’s style and thought process? Artist Shantell Martin and computational cognitive neuroscientist Sarah Schwettman have devised an algorithm that mimics Martin’s approach, posing questions about authorship, originality, and creativity. Through July 21. OPEN, 201 South St. galleryopen.org CATE McQUAID


REUSABLE UNIVERSES: SHIH CHIEH HUANG Huang uses mass-produced plastic, LED lights, and more to build kinetic art. This installation, exploring how the gestures of such industrial bits and bobs can prompt emotional reactions, features more than 100 moving parts. Through Nov. 12. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 508-799-4406, www.worcesterart.org

JOHN WALKER/FROM SEAL POINT Walker, the retired longtime head of the graduate painting program at Boston University, makes restless, brawny abstractions. For years, he has been painting Seal Point, Maine. This show spotlights those works. Through Oct. 29. Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., Rockland, Maine. 207-701-5005, www.cmcanow.org

PERSPECTIVES ON MICHAEL MAZUR This show traces the career of the Cambridge artist, who died in 2009. It starts with his Amherst senior thesis, investigates his considerable printmaking skills, and concludes with his fluid, large-scale gestural paintings. Through Dec. 16. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst. 413-542-2335, www.amherst.edu/museums/mead CATE McQUAID



KWASI MENSAH’S FIRST HOUR! TAKE TWO Local comic Mensah is recording his first hour of material, tentatively titled “Not From Around Here,” and added this second show after his Saturday night show sold out. June 25, 7:30 p.m. $12. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253, www.improvboston.com

HUMOR FOR HUMANITY: A BENEFIT FOR JIMMY SMITH Jimmy Tingle hosts this all-star local lineup, including Lenny Clarke, Tony V, Christine Hurley, Mike McDonald, Mike Donovan, and Jack Gallagher, to help fellow veteran comic Smith with medical expenses. June 29, 7:30 p.m. $25-$30. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849, www.regenttheatre.com

THE BEST OF LAUGH BOSTON If you want to get to know a bunch of Boston’s strongest acts all at once, this is a good opportunity. With Kelly MacFarland, Dan Boulger, Corey Rodrigues, and Dan Crohn. June 30 and July 1, 8 p.m. $20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com



2017 FROG POND SPRAY POOL OPENING DAY CELEBRATION In case the recent heat waves haven’t tipped you off, summer is officially upon us. And what screams summer more than a pool party? Bring your sunblock to the official opening of Frog Pond, where there will be games, food, and kids’ entertainment. June 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. The Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston Common. 617-635-2120. bostonfrogpond.com/2017/03/frog-pond-spray-pool-opening-day/

COLONIALFEST, A BOSTON HARBORFEST CELEBRATION AT OLD NORTH If your mini-Bostonian is a major history buff, they may have wondered what Boston was like during the Colonial era. Show them how people lived far in the pre-WiFi past with activities like chocolate making, sewing and quill writing lessons, miniature boat-making and more. July 1 and 2, noon-4 p.m. Free. Old North Church & Historic Site, 193 Salem St., Boston. 617-858-8231. www.eventbrite.com/e/colonialfest-a-boston-harborfest-celebration-at-old-north-tickets-31647070239

REVELRY ON GRIFFIN’S WHARF It wouldn’t be Independence Day without a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party. Join Paul Revere and the Sons and Daughters of Liberty for an interactive, Revolutionary night out. Among the festivities will be a scavenger hunt, a tea-throwing spectacle and meet-and-greets with ship crewmembers. July 1, 2, and 3, 7-9 p.m. $10-$15. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, 306 Congress St., Boston. 617-531-5565. www.bostonteapartyship.com/events/revelry-on-griffins-wharf



July 2 Busdriver at Middle East, ticketweb.com

July 7 Raekwon at Brighton Music Hall, ticketmaster.com

July 12 Meek Mill at House of Blues, concerts1.livenation.com

July 15 Oneida at Great Scott, axs.com

July 20 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at TD Garden, www1.ticketmaster.com

July 24 Jamila Woods at Great Scott, axs.com

July 27 Diana Ross at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, concerts1.livenation.com

July 28 alt-J at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, concerts1.livenation.com