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


Pop & Rock

Rickie Lee Jones plays City Wintery Aug. 16 (Dino Perrucci)

RICKIE LEE JONES “Kicks,” which came out in June, is another curveball-filled collection of covers from the storied jazz-pop singer, who takes on “Mack the Knife,” Bad Company’s eponymous track, and songs by Lee Hazlewood and Elton John. Aug. 16, doors at 6 p.m. $50 and up. City Winery Boston. 617-933-8047,

MABEL “High Expectations” is the title of this British singer’s debut album, a sly nod toward her next-Brit-thing status and, perhaps, her lineage (her mom is pop visionary Neneh Cherry; her dad’s electro-guru Cameron McVey). But she needn’t have worried. It’s a fizzy, hooky collection of pop-R&B that’s tied together by her formidable voice and feisty lyrics. Aug. 12, 8 p.m. $20, $18 advance. Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

SHAWN MENDES The Canadian idol, who just turned 21, tours behind his blockbuster third album and two singles — the giddy “If I Can’t Have You” and the steamy Camila Cabello duet “Senorita” — that hint at his grown-man musical directions. Aug. 15 and 16, 7:30 p.m. $29.50 and up. TD Garden. 617-624-1000, www.tdgarden.comADVERTISING

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Folk & World

BLUEGRASS BOUNTY A couple of bluegrass shows are on tap Tuesday, and you can catch them both if you’re of a mind to. Young New Zealand transplant BB Bowness (a member of rising group Mile Twelve) brings her banjo to Toad. Later on, a few miles up Mass Ave., one of the genre’s finer mandolin players, Alan Bibey, stops in at the Cantab. Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. No cover. Toad, Cambridge. 617-497-4950, Aug. 13, 10 p.m. No cover, $7 donation encouraged. Cantab Lounge, Cambridge. 617-354-2685.

DEKE DICKERSON Dickerson is a modern roots-music-omnivore-slash-impresario. From hillbilly and western swing to rockabilly and classic rock ’n’ roll, he’s played, produced, promoted, and documented it all. He’ll headline a fully packed evening: Canuck Crazy Bloodshot Bill and Jittery Jack also play, and DJ Easy Ed spins. Aug. 14, 8 p.m. $15. ONCE Ballroom, Somerville. 877-987-6487,

CALEB CAUDLE There’s a new kid in town in the form of this just-opened, self-described juke joint that appears to be booking acts of the rootsy variety, both local and national. Friday, North Carolina native Caleb Caudle will play his burnished, country-leaning Americana at the venue. Aug. 16, 8:30 p.m. $12. The Porch, Medford. 781-874-9357,


Jazz & Blues

GREG HOPKINS MEGABAND The local trumpet eminence convenes his rip-roaring 18-piece band, including such area all-stars as saxophonists Allan Chase and Rick DiMuzio, fellow trumpeters Dan Rosenthal and Yuta Yamaguchi, trombonists Clayton DeWalt and Angel Subero, flutist Yulia Musayelyan, and ace rhythm section Doug Johnson (piano), Keala Kaumeheiwa (bass), and Bob Tamagni (drums). Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. $10. Jocko’s Jazz at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen 603-898-1591,

CHARLIE KOHLHASE’S EXPLORERS CLUB Adventurous multi-saxophonist and composer Kohlhase’s intrepid crew presents an exhilarating program of inventive Kohlhase originals and choice numbers by such jazz originals as Elmo Hope, Ornette Coleman, Boston’s own Makanda Ken McIntyre, and former Kohlhase collaborators Roswell Rudd and John Tchicai. Aug. 15, 8 p.m. $10. Outpost 186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge.

KAT RIGGINS & HER BLUES REVIVAL The petite powerhouse — a Miami native whose critically-acclaimed singing has evoked comparisons to the likes of Koko Taylor and Etta James — is a gutsy, sultry vocalist and dedicated blueswoman. Aug. 16, 8 p.m. $20-$25. 9 Wallis, 9 Wallis St., Beverly. 978-525-9093,



TANGLEWOOD This week at Tanglewood — Yo-Yo Ma takes the Shed stage solo for Bach’s complete cello suites, part of his globe-spanning “Bach Project” (Aug. 11). At Ozawa Hall, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra closes out the Festival of Contemporary Music (Aug. 12); Leonidas Kavakos and Emanuel Ax play an all-Beethoven program (Aug. 13); the Knights visit with violinist Gil Shaham (Aug. 15). On the weekend, it’s movie night with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops playing along with “Star Wars: A New Hope,” (Aug. 16) then François-Xavier Roth conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in two programs of Brahms and Schumann. (Aug. 17-18). Lenox. 888-266-1200,

SONGS OF THE NIGHT A string quartet and local contralto Emily Marvosh light up a historic barn with a nifty program including music by Handel, Mendelssohn, Howard Frazin, Caroline Shaw, and more. Presented by Manchester Summer Chamber Music. Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. The Barn Castle Hill, Ipswich.

CAPE COD CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The week begins with a mostly-Mozart program in Orleans (Aug. 12) and Cotuit (Aug. 13); then the Borromeo String Quartet plays Bach, Mendelssohn, and a new piece by Elena Ruehr in Dennis (Aug. 14); and a whole host of musicians including the Borromeos descend on Wellfleet for a program of Bernstein and Copland, including “Appalachian Spring.” (Aug. 16). 508-247-9400,


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