The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

Artist Chris Stapleton performs at the 2018 CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Laura Roberts/Invision/AP) 24ticketfolk
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Chris Stapleton (pictured June 9 in Nashville) is part of a June 30 country triple bill — with Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb — at Xfinity Center.


Pop & Rock

MARY LATTIMORE This harpist and composer turns her instrument into the basis for meditative ambient tracks that incorporate theremin waves, glitch hiccups, and her own voice on her just-released third album, “Hundreds of Days.” She opens for the kinetic Danish band Iceage, whose recent LP “Beyondless,” true to its title, reacts to the ideals of punk and post-punk by completely exploding them. June 27, 8 p.m. $14 and up. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS The rock pioneer’s swagger and grit power her catalog, with biting tracks like “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You” sounding as ferocious as they did decades ago. With the still-soldiering spectacle rockers Styx, who have added the synth-popera smash “Mr. Roboto” back to their set despite the absence (and disapproval) of its mastermind Dennis DeYoung, and hard-rock stalwarts Tesla, whose impressive chops made songs like the touchingly optimistic “Love Song” and their pro-Nikola Tesla anthem “Edison’s Medicine” highlights of the “Headbangers Ball” era. June 27, 7 p.m. $29.50 and up. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 617-728-1600,


YOB “Our Raw Heart,” the just-released eighth album from this Oregon doom-metal trio, is a stunning meditation on illness and mortality that vocalist and guitarist Mike Scheidt wrote while battling near-fatal illnesses. June 30, 8 p.m. $20. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, MAURA JOHNSTON

Folk & World

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CHRIS STAPLETON/MARTY STUART/BRENT COBB Another excellent triple play for those who prefer some country in their country, courtesy of one artist who is currently sitting at the top of the heap (headliner Stapleton), one whose finest music has come post-commercial success (Stuart), and one who’s just beginning to make his mark (Cobb). June 30, 7 p.m. $69.75-$89.75. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000.

DEAD ROCK WEST Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen typically make it to this side of the country only as an opener for the likes of X, so a chance to hear a full-length set from the West Coast roots duo is a welcome event. Presumably they’ll play some songs from last year’s “More Love,” and maybe a selection or two from their 2015 reimagination of the Everly Brothers. June 26, 10 p.m. $8. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006,

JOHNNY IRION The folk-country singer-songwriter has just released a fine new solo record, “Driving Friend,” that he made with the help of an enviable band of friends that included the brothers Goldsmith from Dawes, Wilco’s Pat Sansone, and wife Sarah Lee Guthrie. Wednesday’s show celebrates the new album. June 27, 8 p.m. $20. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679.


Jazz & Blues


JON WHEATLEY QUARTET The swinging guitarist possesses an encyclopedic grasp of the standard repertoire and has played with everyone from cornetist Ruby Braff to singer-pianist Diana Krall. His fine foursome includes trumpeter Jeff Stout, bassist Bronek Suchanek, and drummer Bob Gullotti. June 26, 7:30 p.m. $10. Jocko’s Jazz at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. 603-898-1591,

DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO The Seattle-based instrumental soul jazz group stops in Cambridge on its tour celebrating the Billboard chart-topping album “Close but no Cigar.” With Lamarr on Hammond B-3 organ, guitarist Jimmy James, and drummer David McGraw. New Boston-based trio GA-20, inspired by the classic electric blues of the 1950s and ’60s, will open. June 28, 10 p.m. $12-$15. Atwood’s Tavern, 877 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-864-2792,

LADIES OF BLUES & SOUL An all-star group, almost all bandleaders in their own right, performing original tunes and classic blues and R&B numbers. With singer and harmonica player Diane Blue, saxophonist Myanna, guitarist and singer Wendy Sobel, keyboardist and singer Alizon Lissance, bassist and singer Lisa Mann, and drummer Diane Gately. June 28, 8 p.m. $25. Scullers. 866-777-8932,



BOSTON GUITARFEST Eliot Fisk directs this annual celebration of all things guitar, now in its 13th season, with a full week of concerts, master classes, and seminars. This year’s special guest will be the distinguished Cuban conductor, composer, and guitarist Leo Brouwer, who will lead his own “Elegiacio Concerto” with soloist Zaira Meneses, in a free Jordan Hall performance (June 30). Also on that program, Fisk and Joaquin Clerch will premiere a new work for two guitars and string quartet by Boston composer Robert Beaser. 617-585-1335, 


ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL This week Rockport presents an evening of Beethoven Violin Sonatas, with violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong (June 28) plus two performances by the Brentano Quartet. The first (June 29) will feature Dvorak’s A-Major Piano Quintet with guest pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, and the second (June 30) will culminate in Schoenberg’s historic String Quartet No. 2, with guest soprano Dawn Upshaw. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

TANGLEWOOD The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer season opens July 6 with Andris Nelsons conducting works by Tchaikovsky (Symphony No. 5) and Mozart (Overture to “The Magic Flute” and Piano Concerto No. 24 with soloist Lang Lang). On July 8, Nelsons is back on the podium with Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (with Rudolf Buchbinder). In between, on July 7, Keith Lockhart leads the Pops in a semi-staged performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town.” Lenox. 617-266-1200,    




NOIR HAMLET Framingham playwright John Minigan has reimagined Shakespeare’s immortal drama in the manner of film noir and set it in 1949 Los Angeles, with Paul Melendy as Hamlet, Liz Adams as Gertrude, Bob Murphy as Claude, and Cristhian Mancinas-Garcia as Rae Chio, Hamlet’s secretary. Directed by Joe Antoun. Through June 30. Presented by Centastage at Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

THE NETHER A first-rate production of Jennifer Haley’s powerfully disturbing drama, which explores the line between virtual and real, forcing us to consider the dark uses to which technology can be put as a detective confronts the operator of a pedophilic fantasy realm. Directed by Sarah Gazdowicz, with compelling performances by Bob Mussett, Regine Vital, Julia Talbot, Jeff Gill, and Arthur Gomez. Advisory from the theater: “Not suitable for children. Parental discretion advised.’’ Extended through June 30. Flat Earth Theatre. At Black Box Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,

THE CLOSET Matthew Broderick stars in the world premiere of a comedy by Douglas Carter Beane (“The Little Dog Laughed,’’ “The Nance’’) that is inspired by Francis Veber’s play, “Le Placard,’’ about a man who pretends to be gay in order to avoid being fired from his job. Broderick’s top-drawer costars are Jessica Hecht and Brooks Ashmanskas. June 26-July 14. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, Williamstown., 413-458-3253



EPHRAT ASHERIE DANCE If you can make it to the Berkshires, don’t miss this hot young company and the world premiere of “Odeon.” The super-talented Asherie blends break dance, hip-hop, house, and vogue, with movement unfolding to the irresistible strains of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth performed live. June 27-July 1. $25-$45. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,

VESSEL A world premiere commissioned by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to reflect on its current exhibit, “Life, Death & Revelry,” this new dance-theater work by Marsha Parrilla and Danza Orgánica examines the idea of a journey to another life. It draws parallels between an ancient sarcophagus and the transAtlantic slave trade. June 28, 7 p.m. Free. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-566-1401,

LIANA AND THE PAINTBRUSH In this fanciful dance/circus production by Danceartists Ballet Theatre with Hybrid Movement Company NYC, a young girl’s quest to create beauty in the world results in a magical paintbrush that conjures a host of colorful characters. Geared for the whole family. June 29. $30. Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center, Shrewsbury. 508-925-4112,



SCULPTORS ON PAPER It’s one huge leap from imagination to the page; it’s another to translate two dimensions to three. Prints and drawings — some preparatory, some finished works — by Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Henry Moore, and others offer insights into their sculpture. Pictured: Calder’s “Blue Hooks.” Through Aug. 19. Childs Gallery, 169 Newbury St. 617-266-1108,

PICNIC: NEW GINGHAM PAINTINGS BY MICHELLE GRABNER Part abstraction, part domestic portraiture, Grabner’s renderings of homey textiles evoke something intimately familiar, specific, and imbued with memory. She calls this series, textural in oil and gesso on burlap, “jam-tops.” Through Aug. 4. Drive-by Projects, 81 Spring St., Watertown. 617-835-8255,

BOSTON YOUNG CONTEMPORARIES 2018 Curious to see what’s around the bend in contemporary art? Painter Sean Downey juried this annual exhibition of artists in MFA programs around New England. Nineteen made the cut. Through July 21. Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery, Boston University, 855 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-3329,



WINSLOW HOMER AND THE CAMERA: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE ART OF PAINTING Homer bought his first camera in his 40s, and his paintings changed. This exhibition features more than 130 objects, from paintings to photos to Homer’s walking stick. Through Oct. 28. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275,

STEVE LOCKE: THREE DELIBERATE GRAYS FOR FREDDIE (A MEMORIAL FOR FREDDIE GRAY) Locke’s mural installation on the Gardner’s façade is an abstract portrait. Badly injured in police custody in 2015, Gray died a week later, sparking protests in Baltimore. Through Jan. 21, 2019. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way. 617-566-1401,

BEYOND THE BORDER WALL: THE MIGRANT QUILT PROJECT Quilts in this show memorialize people who died trying to come to America. They’re made with textiles left behind on trails habitually taken by migrants through southern Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Through July 18. New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St., Lowell. 978-452-4207,




LAUGHTER ON TAP A particularly strong lineup for this month’s edition of the show, with headliner Mike Dorval, features Sarah Martin, plus guests Will Martin, Katie Que, Craig Martin, and Gloria Rose. Corey Saunders hosts. June 25, 7:30 p.m. Free. Meadhall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge. 617-714-4658.

SHALEWA SHARPE Usually, an up-an-coming comedian goes on “The Tonight Show” to do a prepared set; Sharpe went on to review “Black Panther,” revealing how kids on the street ask her if she’s “Killmonger’s mama” and making star Chadwick Boseman laugh. June 25, 8:30 p.m. Free. CitySide, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton. 617-566-1002,

MICHAEL CHE The “Weekend Update” anchor was a surprise guest at the first Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart show at the Wang a couple of weeks ago, but in that 10-minute set he probably didn’t give away too much of what he’ll do in these two shows. June 30, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $27-$37. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,



DIRTOPIA The possibilities for imagination and adventure are limitless when faced with a giant pile of dirt. Suit up in your best boots and get ready for a day of play in the mud with mud pies, painting, and digging fun. June 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $14.50 admission to the museum. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St. (Route 27), Acton.

BOSTON HARBORFEST Come celebrate one of the most famous harbors in America at the 37th annual Harborfest. The festivities begin with a cake cutting with Mayor Marty Walsh, followed by Freedom Trail tours, changing of the guard, and more. Stay tuned throughout the weekend for continued celebration. June 28, 11 a.m. Free. Faneuil Hall/Columbus Park, 4 S Market


FROG POND SPRAY POOL It’s a step up from your backyard sprinklers, so come out to the Boston Common Frog Pond for the ultimate spray. A Boston tradition, the opening day will feature the 30-foot spray flume, giveaways, face painting, food, and refreshments. The carousel and cafe will also be open throughout the event. June 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston Common.



July 10 Yes at Wilbur Theatre

July 11-12 Neil Young at Wang Theatre  

July 11 Shania Twain at TD Garden

July 13 Charlie Puth at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

July 18 Arcade Fire at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

July 25 Punch Brothers at House of Blues

July 28 Sylvan Esso at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion  

July 3-4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular  at the Esplanade