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By June Wulff
Globe Staff / July 22, 2011

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PICK OF THE DAY Lots of traffic Without the cowboy hat, country singer Tim McGraw looks just like that actor who starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in “Country Strong.’’ Wait, he is the actor who starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in “Country Strong’’? Well, that felt good on my lips. McGraw welcomes special guests Luke Bryan and the Band Perry on his “Emotional Traffic’’ tour. July 24 at 7 p.m. $23.25-$76. Comcast Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

TODAY Hey, moe. Guitarist and vocalist Chuck Garvey has explained that the personality of moe. “is measured more by what we do live’’ and fans of the prog rock band “expect that we’re going to perform the songs a little bit different.’’ So, expect different when the quintet performs at the Lowell Summer Music Series. 7:30 p.m., rain or shine. $40. Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell. 978-970-5200. www.lowellsummermusic.org

Celebration year Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been celebrating its 150th anniversary for a while, and the MIT Summer Philharmonic Orchestra gets into the act when it performs two rarely heard pieces: Rachmaninov’s tone poem “Isle of the Dead,’’ and Saint-Saens’s Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony, featuring the Kresge Auditorium organ. 8 p.m. Free. MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 781-245-1790. www.mitspo.org

Have a Ball Texas roadhouse boogie and Louisiana swamp blues are on the menu tonight, and Marcia Ball is your server. The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, vocalist, and songwriter celebrates her new CD, “Roadside Attractions,’’ with tunes written and co-written by Ball, something new in her 40-year career. 8 and 10 p.m. $28, $70 dinner and show. Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111. www.scullersjazz.com

Guitar hero The acoustic guitar of Leo Kottke must be very happy for the opportunity to be played in the renovated 1930s acoustic gem at Newburyport High School. And its player, who is ranked among the best American acoustic guitarists, has influenced such contemporaries as Pat Metheny, Bruce Cockburn, and Jerry Douglas. 8 p.m. $35. The Theatre at Newburyport High School, 241 High St., Newburyport. 978-462-9630. www.heptunesconcerts.com

TOMORROW DIY buzz You might not know this, but what your apartment needs is a beehive to make your own honey. Noah Wilson-Rich, beekeeper and founder of Boston’s Best Bees, will show you how it’s done at Urban Beekeeping. You will go home with a beehive frame, beeswax lip balm, and a jar of honey you will have extracted in class. July 23 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $50 plus $10 for materials (registration required). Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430. www.bcae.org