Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars bring authentic grooves to Berklee.
Everyone’s favorite mod housewife Amy Rigby starts Mother’s Day festivities early with a 4 p.m. show at Atwood’s Tavern before the night heats up with a range of shows. Juan de Marcos, who was the music arranger for the original Buena Vista Social Club, brings his sprawling Afro-Cuban All Stars to the Berklee Performance Center. And you can top Sunday off with Speedy Ortiz — the Boston Music Awards’ Band of the Year – at the Sinclair or Detroit’s rising post-punk stylists Protomartyr.Saturday sizzles nicely with laidback guitar hero M. Ward at Royale, Fruit Bats – the revived project of singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson – headlines a show at Cuisine en Locale’s Once Ballroom the same night before gracing the Newport Folk Festival this summer. And if you want to drive up to Beverly on Saturday, former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger should light your fire at the Cabot.A spectrum of shows to escape the rain. Trumpeter Dave Douglas stretches jazz into dark electronic space at the Regattabar on Friday with his High Risk group featuring ex-Groove Collective bassist Jonathan Maron, synthesis Shigeto and drummer Mark Guiliana, recently heard on David Bowie’s Blackstar as part of Donny McCaslin’s band. Eleanor Friedberger – once half of indie-pop duo the Fiery Furnaces – shares her own voice at the Middle East Upstairs the same night, while local duo You Won’t hits the Sinclair behind new album Revolutionaries.
With the continuing bummer about Prince, at least Midnight Oil announced it will reunite to tour in 2017 after disbanding more than 15 years ago. With a little help from imposing bald frontman Peter Garrett, the Oils were one of the world’s best live rock bands through the ’80s and ’90s. So here’s one for Throwback Thursday.