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    Stages and stages

    It’s the 28th year for the Lowell Folk Festival, but the history of Taiko drumming, one of the shows, has this date beat by more than 1,000 years. Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka’s San Francisco Taiko Dojo shows off percussion and choreography at 7:15 p.m. The festival offers five stages of music, craft demonstrations, ethnic food, art, and kids’ activities. July 25 (7 p.m.; 6:45 p.m. parade starts at Lowell City Hall), July 26 (noon-6 p.m.), July 27 (noon-6:30 p.m.). Rain or shine. Free (donations welcomed). 375 Merrimack St., Lowell (check website for other venues). 978-970-5000.


    Down to the sea Some folks prefer to be squished with thousands of others at a concert, but we prefer our music served in a garden overlooking Gloucester Harbor. Fabulous Fridays: Concerts by the Sea highlighting early-20th-century American music presents Henry Allen and the New Swingset. The Aug. 8 concert is Lukas Pool and Eden Foreman. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $30 (chairs and refreshments provided; registration required; 5-5:30 p.m. house tour). Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Blvd., Gloucester. 978-283-0800.

    Full steam ahead You can describe the sound of Roosevelt Dime as rock ’n’ roll, Americana, blues, folk, or honky-tonk, but we’re partial to “Mardi-Grass” which also describes the Brooklyn-based ensemble. Their latest album is “Full Head of Steam.” 8 p.m. $15. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679.


    Nature calls Mark Brown focuses his lenses on the landscape and wildlife of deserts, forests, mountains, and oceans. Not bad for a guy who grew up in New York City. The Museum of Natural History and the Bronx Zoo ignited the spark, but a trip to Yellowstone at age 7 fueled the fire. Brown’s show is “The Hidden World of Owls.” Friday hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (through July 31). Free. Mass Audubon Habitat, 10 Juniper Road, Belmont. 617-489-5050.

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    Can’t take our eyes off of them The salutes to four guys from Jersey keep on coming. First there was the Tony-winning musical, now there’s Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of the Broadway show, “Jersey Boys.” And here’s the real thing, folks: An Evening With Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will show you what all the fuss is about. July 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. $67.50-$100.50. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 W. Main St., Hyannis. 800-765-1259.


    After “After Midnight” One good thing about a Broadway closing is that it frees up the talent for other projects. The final curtain came down on “After Midnight” on June 29, which means the namesake of the Lance Bryant Quintet is back on the road. The saxophonist, vocalist, and Berklee College of Music alum performs in Newburyport. July 26 at 7 p.m. (indoors if raining). $25, $20 (lawn seating; bring chair or blanket), free under 13. Maudslay Arts Center, 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. 978-499-0050.


    Loud on The things we can teach you. Loudon Wainwright III was David Letterman’s first sidekick; he attended the prep school featured in 1989’s “Dead Poets Society,” and his son, Rufus, immortalized a father-son disagreement in a song called “Dinner at Eight.” Grammy-winning Dad visits Rockport. July 27 at 5 p.m. $28-$46. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391.

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