Some weekends are crazy on the concert front – and this is one of them. On Friday, House of Blues hosts folk supertrio I’m With Her, featuring the earthy harmonic blend of singer/instrumentalists Sara Watkins, NEC graduate Sarah Jarosz and Newton’s own Aofie O’Donovan — and bluegrass guitar hotshot Billy Strings opens. If prog-rock’s your thing, you won’t find a better place to be than the Sinclair that same night for the Neal Morse Band, led by the former frontman of Spock’s Beard and including his Transatlantic bandmate and ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy.
A drive out to Worcester pays off to see Peter Murphy dig into his goth-rock catalog with former Bauhaus bandmate David J at the Palladium, while Moody Blues bassist/singer John Lodge works his solo band at the Cabot in Beverly on Friday. LA rockers Cherry Glazerr also light up Brighton Music Hall and the bluegrass-influenced jamband Railroad Earth plays the Wilbur on Friday, and you have either Friday or Saturday to catch veteran saxophonist David Sanborn at Scullers Jazz Club or singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot in the Backroom at the Burren.
The Bob Mould Band loudly dips into his new album Sunshine Rock as well as songs from his alt-punk days in Husker Du and Sugar at the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday. Jump here to my recent interview with Mould. The Devil Makes Three blends its blues, folk and ragtime sound at House of Blues the same night, while indie-rockers the Western Den hold court at Great Scott. And Sunday brings the laidback sounds of singer/songwriter and surfer Donavan Frankenreiter to City Winery.