Music: the week ahead

October 22, 2009

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KEB’ MO The man born Kevin Moore - an unbelievable 58 years ago - will serve up his Grammy-winning take on the blues, which includes sprinklings of roots rock, jazz, country, pop, Cajun, and folk thrown in to spice things up. Don’t be surprised to hear tunes from his brand spanking new concert album, “Live and Mo.’’ 8 p.m. Oct. 23. Somerville Theatre. $38.50. 617-625-4088.

FIVE FOR FIGHTING Billed as “an acoustic evening,’’ the show with FFF principal John Ondrasik will likely feature tunes from the new album “Slice’’ as well as older, sensitive piano pop faves like “Superman (It’s Not Easy)’’ and “100 Years.’’ 8 p.m. Oct. 26. $25. Paradise. 877-598-8689.

JAMN 94.5 MONSTER JAM This year’s lineup for the urban radio station’s annual hip-hop-a-palooza includes a pair of hit writers-turned-hit-performers in The-Dream and Keri Hilson, veteran emcee Fabolous, current chart monster Pitbull of “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)’’ fame, erstwhile “Dancing With the Stars’’ contestant Mario, and improbable Oscar winners Three 6 Mafia. 7 p.m. Oct. 26. $8.75-$148. TD Garden. 800-745-3000.

SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO Despite the moniker, this is not a traveling monkey nightclub. It is instead a vaunted remix/DJ duo from the UK who know how to rock a party that rocks a body, according to hipster friends like Beth Ditto of the Gossip and Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals. 8 p.m. Oct. 28. $20. Paradise. 877-598-8689.


PLAYING FOR CHANGE Musicians from Ghana, the United States, the Netherlands, Congo, Venezuela, South Africa, and Zimbabwe join forces for the Songs Around the World: Peace Through Music tour to benefit the Playing for Change Foundation, which provides resources to musicians and their communities. 8 p.m. Oct. 22. $38, $30, $22. The Orpheum. 877-598-8689.

DAVID WAX MUSEUM Boston’s own rising Mexo-Americana quartet, led by its Missouri-born, Harvard-educated namesake, is touring in support of its new album, “Carpenter Bird,’’ an exuberant melange of Midwestern roots-rock and rural Mexican folk music. Doors at 8:30. Oct. 24. $8. Lizard Lounge. 617-547-0759.

JONATHAN EDWARDS The veteran folk-rocker - best known for his early-’70s hit “Sunshine (Go Away Today)’’ - has been in and out of the music business for nearly four decades. He returns this week to Natick Center for the Arts, where he recorded “Live in Massachusetts’’ two years ago. 8 p.m. Oct. 24. $35, $30 for members. Center for Arts in Natick. 508-647-0097.


WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET WITH THE NEC PHILHARMONIA The legendary saxophonist and his all-star quartet with pianist Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade join forces with the NEC Philharmonia to debut a new Shorter composition, culminating a weeklong celebration of 40 years of jazz studies at the New England Conservatory. 8 p.m. Oct. 24. $45-$65. NEC’s Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260,

EDDIE KIRKLAND BAND The Jamaica-born, Alabama-raised guitarist/vocalist has collaborated with John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding, and Ruth Brown. At 85, he still travels the world bringing his music to the people, earning him the sobriquet “Gypsy of the Blues.’’ 8 p.m. Oct. 25. No cover. Sally O’Brien’s, 335 Somerville Ave., Somerville. 617-666-3589,

PAUL SHAPIRO’S RIBS & BRISKET REVUE This rollicking unit, led by big-toned woodwind player Shapiro, plants itself somewhere at the intersection of swing, klezmer, and R&B, delightfully updating the food-obsessed novelty tradition of Mickey Katz and Slim Gaillard. 8 p.m. Oct. 24, 2 p.m. Oct. 25. $23-$25. Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center’s Jewish Theatre of New England, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. 617-965-5226,

HAN BENNINK The manic Dutch drummer, one of the patriarchs of the antic Amsterdam improvisation scene, plays two sets of music with three adventurous Boston-based musicians: in a trio with Dutch compatriot saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra and Athens-born pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, and in a duo with the American keyboardist/composer Anthony Coleman. 8:15 p.m. Oct. 27. $10-$15. Killian Hall, MIT, Hayden Library Building, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge.


OPERA BOSTON The remarkable Polish contralto Ewa Podles makes her local stage debut in Rossini’s “Tancredi,’’ directed by Kristine McIntyre and conducted by Gil Rose. Oct. 23, 25, and 27. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-451-3388.

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Filling in for a recuperating James Levine, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducts Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, and 5 (Oct. 22-24) to lead off the BSO’s Beethoven cycle. Julian Kuerti steps in on Tuesday and Thursday (Oct. 27 and 29) with Nos. 3 and 4. And Levine is scheduled to return to pick up the second half of the cycle with Nos. 6 and 7 on Oct. 30 and 31, and Nos. 8 and 9 on Nov. 5, 6, and 7. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200.

EMMA KIRKBY The British soprano and early music pioneer returns to the Boston Early Music Festival for a recital, with lutenist Jakob Lindberg, of works by John Dowland and Henry Purcell. 8 p.m. Oct. 23. $19-$64. First Church in Cambridge. 617-661-1812.

THOMAS MEGLIORANZA This eloquent young baritone has signed on as a “visiting artist in voice’’ at the Longy School of Music. His first recital, with pianist Reiko Uchida, is devoted to works written around the time of World War I, including music by Weill, Poulenc, Debussy, Ives, and George M. Cohan. 8 p.m. Oct. 24. $35. Pickman Concert Hall, Longy School, Cambridge. 617-876-0956.

EMMANUEL MUSIC A promising season-long survey of music by Haydn and Schoenberg gets underway with a chamber program that includes Schoenberg’s Serenade and assorted Haydn vocal works, with Jayne West, Pamela Dellal, Frank Kelley, Aaron Engebreth. John Harbison conducts. 4 p.m. Oct. 25. $30-$50. Emmanuel Church. 617-536-3356. JEREMY EICHLER

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