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Music

‘Promises’ kept MARK KOZELEK As the mastermind behind Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon, Kozelek has transfixed fans with his ruminative acoustic work for more than 20 years. For this solo concert, Kozelek will likely play songs from last year’s “Admiral Fell Promises,’’ which he performed on a nylon string guitar. March 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. First Church in Cambridge Congregational, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org ‘Promises’ kept
MARK KOZELEK As the mastermind behind Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon, Kozelek has transfixed fans with his ruminative acoustic work for more than 20 years. For this solo concert, Kozelek will likely play songs from last year’s “Admiral Fell Promises,’’ which he performed on a nylon string guitar. March 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. First Church in Cambridge Congregational, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org
March 10, 2011

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POP & ROCK

MEN Le Tigre bandmates JD Samson and Johanna Fateman started this art-damaged, kaleidoscopic side project, mashing up indie-rock, punk, dance music, and pop a few years back. Samson now heads up the group and is bringing it to Cambridge to celebrate the recent release of MEN’s debut album, “Talk About Body.’’ March 10, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. T.T. the Bear’s Place. 866-468-7619, www.ticketweb.com

ELTON JOHN The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-enshrined piano man has been having a good stretch of late, welcoming a son, lending his tunes to the animated feature “Gnomeo and Juliet,’’ and recording “The Union’’ with longtime hero Leon Russell. Expect to hear a few tunes from that 2010 release in addition to his epic list of hits as John preps to induct Russell into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday. March 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $27-$137. DCU Center. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

JANET JACKSON Miss Jackson — yes, we’re nasty — is calling this the “Number Ones: Up Close and Personal’’ tour. So expect all the hits from “What Have You Done for Me Lately?’’ to “Escapade’’ to “That’s the Way Love Goes.’’ We can’t guarantee wardrobe malfunctions but are pretty sure there will be several costume changes. March 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $55-$150. Citi Wang Theatre. 800-432-7250, www.telecharge.com

PETER WOLF The J. Geils Band frontman continues his victory lap for his superb 2010 solo album, “Midnight Souvenirs.’’ If you missed his House of Blues show last time through, we assure you it’s worth making the trip to Metrowest to check out the Woofa Goofa. March 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. The Center for the Arts in Natick. 508-647-0097, www.natickarts.org

SARAH RODMAN

FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY

KATHY MATTEA She’s been an artist in residence at Berklee College of Music all this week, working with student ensembles and presenting a clinic about her upbringing in coal-mining country. Backed by a Berklee band, Mattea will treat the public to a performance tonight spanning her long career as a commercial country artist and, more recently, a bluegrass singer. Sierra Hull, the 19-year-old rising mandolin player who’s in her last year at Berklee, will perform with Mattea in addition to opening the show with her band and previewing songs from her new album, “Daybreak.’’ March 10, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15. Berklee Performance Center. 617-931-2000, www.ticketmaster.com

LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES “Not So Commercial,’’ a collection of B-sides and outtakes from 2009’s “Commercial,’’ is the latest release from this wild Venezuelan party band that transcends language and genre. If you like full-throttle funk, rock, and lounge music, no Spanish is needed. The show is presented by Clandestino, the local Latin rock dance night. March 12, 9 p.m. Tickets: $18. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

WOODY MANN When your first guitar teacher is blues legend Rev. Gary Davis, you better believe the bar is set pretty high early on. Under Davis’s tutelage, Mann developed his idiosyncratic fingerpicking skills that nod to blues, jazz, and folk, and he’s also become a celebrated guitar instructor. March 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Club Passim. 617-492-7679. www.clubpassim.com

JAMES REED JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET

KURT ROSENWINKEL GROUP The acclaimed guitarist/composer came up as a sideman in the bands of such jazz avatars as Gary Burton and Joe Henderson, and in recent years has become an influential leader in his own right. He has musically engaged a range of genres from hip-hop to American Songbook and jazz standards, leaning more toward the latter of late. His fine current group includes pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and superb drummer Ted Poor. March 11 and 12, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

PHILIPPE LEJEUNE In 1968, the classically trained pianist, a French native, attended a concert by the great Memphis Slim. Enthralled, he left Beethoven and Brahms behind and embraced boogie-woogie, jazz, and blues, which he plays with grace, ebullience, and commitment. With bassist Herman Hampton and drummer Stanley Swann. March 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20. Savanna Palace, 25 Market St., Lowell. 978-459-4755, www.inthespace.net

BRAD MEHLDAU AND FRIENDS One of the finest improvising pianists of his generation performs the Boston premiere of “Rock ’n’ Roll Dances,’’ his new work for two pianos, six winds, and percussion, featuring pianists Timothy Andres and Kevin Hays, saxophonists Chris Cheek, Chris Potter, Joshua Redman, Joris Roelofs, Sam Sadigursky, and Greg Tardy, and vocalist Becca Stevens. For the first half of the concert, Hays and Mehldau will perform both solos and duos. March 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$42. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org.

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

CLASSICAL

HANDEL’S “AGRIPPINA’’ Boston Lyric Opera, back in its Shubert Theatre home, imports a production created by Lillian Groag for Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera. Caroline Worra takes on the title role of Agrippina, Nero’s mother, scheming to install her son as emperor. Gary Thor Wedow conducts. March 11-22. 617-542-4912, www.blo.org

CELEBRITY SERIES The Emerson String Quartet is joined by flutist James Galway on Friday night in Jordan Hall. Saturday, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin takes to Jordan for a program of Telemann, Bach, and Handel, presented in association with Boston Early Music Festival. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The week’s previously announced Mozart-Schoenberg program has been scrapped entirely. Robert Abbado now replaces James Levine on the podium, and Peter Serkin replaces Maurizio Pollini as piano soloist. The new repertoire will be Haydn’s Symphony No. 93, Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. March 10-12. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

RHONDA RIDER For her artistic residency at the Grand Canyon, this fine Boston cellist commissioned 11 composers to write brief works responding in some way to the canyon. Tonight she unveils the pieces she received from composers Yu-Hui Chang, Marti Epstein, Howard Frazin, Laura Kaminsky, John Kennedy, Emma Lively, Jeffrey Mumford, David Rakowski, Jan Swafford, Dallit Warshaw, and Andy Vores. 8 p.m.. Free. Seully Hall, Boston Conservatory. 617-912-9222, www.bostonconservatory.edu

DISCOVERY ENSEMBLE Courtney Lewis and his Discovery Ensemble offer a program titled “Three Faces of Romanticism,’’ with music by Wagner, Schreker, and Schumann. March 17. Sanders Theatre. 617-800-7588, www.discoveryensemble.com JEREMY EICHLER