Robert Plant’s latest album, Carry Fire, finds the former Led Zeppelin singer (pictured) continuing to stretch beyond legacy to immerse himself in the folk-rooted rock and Arabic-styled drones of his aptly named band the Sensational Shape Shifters. Nonetheless, expect him to give a different voice and arrangements to Zeppelin classics as well when Plant and his band shape-shift at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday.
Another rock icon left us two years ago but will be remembered the same night when Celebrating David Bowie, a tour sporting many key bandmates of the late singer, shares a wide range of Bowie favorites at Medford’s Chevalier Theatre. Jump here to my recent chat with CBD band leader Mike Garson. Also on Friday, jazz fusion guitar hero Al DiMeola offers an intimate acoustic event expected to touch on music from the Beatles to Astor Piazzolla at the Center for Arts in Natick before that venue brings in eclectic Gulf Coast R&B queen Marcia Ball on Saturday. And City Winery follows a Friday night Steve Earle encore (with opener Will Dailey) with two nights of singer/pianist Marc Cohn on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday also hops with eccentric funk pioneer George Clinton and his Parliament Funkadelic crew bringing the party to House of Blues and ex-Oasis guitarist/singer Noel Gallagher & his High Flying Birds gracing the Opera House. Aaron Maine and his synth-pop outfit Porches cast their spell at the Brighton Music Hall the same night, while fans of idiosyncratic English singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock might flock to Newburyport’s Firehouse Center for the Arts. Sunday also brings upstate New York hip-hop rockers X Ambassadors to House of Blues, while City Winery tops its busy weekend with a holiday Monday show by Brit-soul act the James Hunter Six.