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Music: the week ahead

DIANA ROSS Recent status updates on Miss Ross’s Facebook page have included ‘‘I want to tour because it makes me happy!!’’ and ‘‘The more energy of love you flow out, the more of it you will become.’’ Come be part of the happy energy as one of pop music’s original divas comes out with a jukebox worth of tunes from one of pop music’s most enduring catalogs. 8 p.m. May 15. $52.50-$122.50. Citi Wang Theatre. 800-432-7250. www.telecharge.com DIANA ROSS Recent status updates on Miss Ross’s Facebook page have included ‘‘I want to tour because it makes me happy!!’’ and ‘‘The more energy of love you flow out, the more of it you will become.’’ Come be part of the happy energy as one of pop music’s original divas comes out with a jukebox worth of tunes from one of pop music’s most enduring catalogs. 8 p.m. May 15. $52.50-$122.50. Citi Wang Theatre. 800-432-7250. www.telecharge.com (C. Randee St. Nicholas)
May 13, 2010

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POP & ROCK
MICHELLE SHOCKED A real American original, Shocked continues to distill how the political affects the personal and vice versa. Her “American Idle’’ tour will feature every stripe of tune from her repertoire — from pop to western swing, from protest to romance. She’s also soliciting songs that speak to the current issues facing the United States on her website: www.michelleshocked.com. 7 p.m. May 16. $25. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com

PEARL JAM Closing in on two decades in the biz, the Seattle rockers are still playing loud and proud. They return to the Hub behind their latest album, “Backspacer.’’ And in a show of excellent taste, Eddie and the boys have invited Band of Horses along, themselves the proud purveyors of a superb new album, “Infinite Arms.’’ 7:30 p.m. May 17. $74.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

ALO A favorite of Jack Johnson and the Dave Matthews Band, these California jam kids — whose name expands to Animal Liberation Orchestra — promise to perform two full sets of their mellow beach bonfire rock. 8 p.m. May 18. $15. Paradise. 877-598-8689. www.livenation.com SARAH RODMAN

FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY
THE SAW DOCTORS We know from Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys that the House of Blues can accommodate a fired-up crowd proclaiming its Irish pride. Tomorrow that sort of mayhem comes courtesy of the Saw Doctors, a popular band that formed in Galway in 1986 peddling its pub rock with a heart. 7 p.m. May 15. $27.50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD She’s only 20 years old, a fact that belies just how accomplished and personal Mayfield’s debut sounded upon release in 2008, when she was still in her teens. “With Blasphemy So Heartfelt,’’ produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, presented this Ohio singer-songwriter exploring a sly mix of dark-hearted country and haunted indie rock. Mayfield headlines a strong bill of kindred spirits, including Leslie & the Badgers, Ferraby Lionheart, and Futurebirds. 8:30 p.m. May 16. $12, $10 advance. T.T. the Bear’s. 617-492-2327. www.ticketweb.com

DARRELL SCOTT “I sing a lonesome song to anyone who’ll listen,’’ Scott proclaims on the first track from his forthcoming album, “A Crooked Road.’’ Scott will preview the double-disc album when he kicks off his summer tour in Boston, ahead of joining the latest lineup of Band of Joy, a supergroup put together by Robert Plant that includes Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller. 8 p.m. May 17. $25. Club Passim. 617-492-7679. www.clubpassim.com

THE WAILING WALL The pet project of New York singer-songwriter Jesse Rifkin, the Wailing Wall is about to release “The Low Hanging Fruit,’’ a spirited indie-folk record flush with everything from sitar to singing saw. But first the band is on the road opening for fellow oddball polyglot Tim Fite. 9 p.m. May 18. $10. Great Scott. www.ticketweb.com JAMES REED

JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET
THE ACKER BRESSLER TRIO Rather than playing the usual suspect jazz standards, the trio of the brothers Acker — guitarist Victor and bassist Dana — joined by guitarist Scott Bressler engagingly improvise over tunes by Brian Wilson, the Police, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder, and many others. 7 p.m. May 13. $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393, www.lily-pad.net

THE JAZZ MASTERS WITH KARRIN ALLYSON AND JAY GEILS This improbable all-star aggregation features acclaimed jazz singer Allyson and blues/rock guitar icon Geils with a band including premier jazz rhythm guitarist John “Bucky’’ Pizzarelli, award-winning jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin, swinging tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, jazz/blues bassist Jesse Williams, and jazz drummer Lee Harris Jr. 8 p.m. May 14. $25 Showcase Live, Patriot Place, Foxborough. 866-448-7849, www.showcaselive.com

PAT MARTINO One of the greatest guitar virtuosos of the 1960s and ’70s, in 1980 Martino suffered a brain aneurysm and subsequent surgery that caused him to lose his ability to play. Amazingly, he recovered and relearned his instrument, emerging as an even more soulful player. 8 and 10 p.m. May 14, 15. $28. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com

QUARTET OF HAPPINESS The delightfully deranged quartet — alto saxophonist Rick Stone, tenor saxophonist Kelly Roberge, bassist Kendall Eddy, and drummer Austin McMahon — combines serious jazz skills with wacky comedy bits, audience participation, and music education, in performances pleasing to audiences of all ages. This appearance celebrates their hilarious new CD, “The Monster Returns.’’ 8 p.m. May 18. $18. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

CLASSICAL
CANTATA SINGERS The chorus concludes its Heinrich Schütz-themed season, appropriately enough, with the composer’s monumental “Schwanengesang,’’ led by music director David Hoose. 8 p.m., May 14. $17-$52. Jordan Hall. 617-868-5885, www.cantatasingers.org

BOSTON CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY The chamber troupe brings its season to a close with works by Haydn, Villa-Lobos, and Chausson — with Ida Levin, Harumi Rhodes, and Lucy Chapman (violins), Roger Tapping (viola), Wilhelmina Smith (cello), and Randall Hodgkinson (piano). 7:30 p.m., May 16. $20-$50. Sanders Theatre. 617-349-0086, www.bostonchambermusic.org

SPECTRUM SINGERS John Ehrlich conducts the premiere of Joshua Hummel’s “Novum Decus Oritur’’ on a program with works by Bartok, Brahms, Bach, Ives, Ligeti, Mozart, Schubert, and Schütz. 8 p.m., May 15. $15-$45. First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St. 617-492-8902, www.spectrumsingers.org

BACK BAY CHORALE Scott Allen Jarrett leads the chorus in Bach’s B-minor Mass, with soloists Kendra Colton, Sonja Tengblad, Krista River, Aaron Sheehan, and Sumner Thompson. 8 p.m., May 15. $20-$45, Sanders Theatre. 617-648-3885, www.bbcboston.org

RADIUS ENSEMBLE Marti Epstein, the group’s composer-in-residence, has written a new work for clarinet and strings called “liquid fragile.’’ It appears here alongside George Crumb’s “Vox balaenae’’ (“Voice of the Whale’’) and other works. 8 p.m., May 22. $10-$20. MIT’s Killian Hall. 617-792-7234, www.radiusensemble.org

JEREMY EICHLER