Weekend Ideas: March 10, 2017

Dawes, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Devendra Banhart and more.


Mbongwana Star hits the Sinclair on Friday as one of the most unique African bands to emerge in the past two years, with a raw, rhumba-redux sound that adds distorted bass and punk chords. The Congolese group includes Coco Ngambali and Theo Nsituvuidi, co-frontmen who once played in a band of paraplegic, homeless musicians and wield their wheelchairs onstage with kinetic authority. That show’s co-presented by World Music/CRASHarts, which also brings famed South African a capella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo back to Sanders Theatre on Saturday.

LA folk-rockers Dawes (pictured) have taken a more edgy, expansive turn on their latest album We’re All Gonna Die and bring that textural heft and R&B flavor to the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, while Rhode Island’s John Cafferty & Beaver Brown—best known for their mid-80s hit “On the Dark Side” as the movie band Eddie & the Cruisers—bring classic rock ‘n’ roll to Arlington’s Regent Theatre. Then, on Sunday, the mercurial Venezuelan-American singer/songwriter Devendra Banhart brings his shape-shifting alternative folk into the Sinclair.

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