Perseverance in song
BOMBINO Omara Moctar, a.k.a. Bombino, is another Taureg musician — in this case, a blistering, desert-blues guitar slinger from Niger — who has persevered in the face of that region’s occupational hazards: armed conflict, flight to neighboring Algeria when he was a young boy, and again a few years ago after the Niger government banned the guitar
(as a symbol of rebellion) and executed two of his band members. Sept. 7, 10 p.m. Tickets: $20.
Johnny D’s. 617- 776-2004, www.johnnyds.com
Pop & Rock
THE J. GEILS BAND
Its namesake won’t be in the lineup, since guitarist J. Geils is locked in a legal battle with his bandmates over the use of the band name. But that won’t stop frontman Peter Wolf and company from burning down the house with party anthems such as “Love Stinks,” “Must of Got Lost,” “Freeze-Frame,” and “Centerfold” for this two-night stand on home turf. Sept. 7-8,
7 p.m. Tickets: $75-$125. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
As heard on its new album, “Traps,” there’s a scrappy charm to this indie-rock trio that sounds like it just parachuted in from 1969. In the opening slot is Fergus & Geronimo, another band that conjures a lot of feeling from its minimalist rock with a sneering punk edge. Sept. 9, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004,
BOB MOULD He’s legendary as the frontman of defunct alt-rock bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar, but Mould has also had an eclectic and influential body of work as a solo artist. Coinciding with a new album, “Silver Age,” Mould is on the road celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Copper Blue,” Sugar’s debut, which he’ll play in its entirety in addition to his latest songs. Sept. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
Known for its caustic approach to rhythm and melody, this Brooklyn indie-rock band scaled down for a leaner, more streamlined sound on its new release, “Fragrant World.”
Sept. 11, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation
Folk, World & Country
ANTJE DUVEKOT One of Boston’s finer folkies heads to Passim for a three-night celebration of her limpid new CD, “New Siberia,” that will feature not only a full band, but stage sets, too. Liz Longley opens all three nights, the first two of which have already sold out. Sept. 9,
7 p.m. Tickets: $20. Club Passim.
NYC SONGWRITER’S BEAT A long-running New York City acoustic series travels to Boston, courtesy of its founder, Valerie Ghent. Also appearing are local artist Thea Hopkins, fresh off a victory in a recent American Songwriter magazine lyric competition, and the prolific group Birdsong at Morning, who just released a four-disc set of their meldings of classical and Appalachian folk music. Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Arts at the Armory. 617-718-2191, www.arts
THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND He’s a long way from his emergence as a hillbilly-stoked Southern rock pioneer (back then, he was asserting the rights and singing story songs about long-haired, dope-smoking country boys; nowadays, his concerns tend more to God and Country), but Charlie Daniels is still going strong, and he’s a perennial draw at Indian Ranch. Sept. 9, 2 p.m. Tickets: $30-$47.50. Indian Ranch, Webster. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
Jazz, Blues & Cabaret
TIM GARTLAND BAND Ohio-born, Chicago-seasoned, and Boston-based, the triple-threat bluesman blows a mean harmonica as well as being a fine singer and songwriter. Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com
JERRY GONZALEZ & EL COMANDO DE LA CLAVE The trumpeter and conguero, a leading light in Latin jazz, helms this fiery quartet featuring bassist/vocalist Alain Pérez, pianist Javier Massó “Caramelo,” and drummer Kiki Ferrer, Cuban émigrés all. Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $28. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabar jazz.com
MYANNA The Massachusetts-based soul/jazz multi-reedist wields a full array of saxophones from baritone through soprano. Her music merges funky beats with jazz improvisation on classic tunes and her own compositions. Sept. 8, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10-$12.50. Acton Jazz Café, 452 Great Road, Acton. 978-263-6161,
THE CRYOGENIC RENAISSANCE ORCHESTRA Trumpeter, composer, and arranger Greg Hopkins’s little big band was inspired byMiles Davis’s legendary “Birth of the Cool” Nonet as well as 9-piece groups led by McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock in the late ’60s. In addition to playing pieces from those groups, Hopkins has written original music for the ensemble. This gig will also include the cool West Coast sounds of Henry Mancini’s music from “Peter Gunn,” as well as a tribute to the late, beloved trumpeter, bandleader, and educator Herb Pomeroy. Sept. 11,
7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$18. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.arsenal arts.org
SOUTH MOUNTAIN CONCERTS This venerable chamber music series extends the Berkshires summer classical offerings into October. Next up is the American String Quartet, with guest artists Menahem Pressler (piano) and Richard Stoltzman (clarinet), in music by Mozart and Schumann. 3 p.m., Sept. 9. $35. South Mountain Concert Hall, Pittsfield. 413-442-2106, www.south mountainconcerts.org
A FAR CRY The dynamic local chamber orchestra kicks off the Gardner Museum's Sunday series with an intriguingly eclectic program devoted to works by Hildegard von Bingen, Osvaldo Golijov, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, and Beethoven. With guest clarinetist David Krakauer. 1:30 p.m., Sept. 9. 617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum.org. The same program will also be performed Sept. 8 at 4 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, Jamaica Plain.
PRO ARTE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Arturo Delmoni is the soloist in Beethoven's Violin Concerto under the baton of Kevin Rhodes, who also lead's Beethoven's Symphony No. 4. 3 p.m., Sept. 9, 3 p.m. Sanders Theatre.