Another bustling start-of-summer weekend, one spanning hard rock, pop and jazz, from a Cuban upstart to Grateful Dead titans. Deftones kick off Friday with communal alt-metal aggression with melodic-hardcore openers Rise Against at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, while Michael Franti & Spearhead feed good vibes into the groove at Lowell’s Boarding House Park series, and piano dynamo Hiromi (pictured) channels her kinetic flow into duets with harpist Edmar Castaneda. Friday also brings exciting Havana singer Dayme Arocena to the ICA, blending jazz and soul into her Afro-Cuban music, while Club d’elf shines in its periodic Friday slot at the Lizard Lounge with unorthodox slide-guitar virtuoso Dave Tronzo and winds foil Ned Rothenberg, who’ll also pair for an opening duet set.
Saturday presents rising downtempo-pop singer Ella Vos at Café 939, standards siren Diana Krall at the Boch Shubert Theatre, and Kentucky traditionalist singer/songwriter Joan Shelley at Brighton Music Hall. You could also trek to Tanglewood in Lenox to bask in the summit of Four Voices: (new Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee) Joan Baez, Indigo Girls and Mary Chapin Carpenter. And Saturday’s the first of two nights at Fenway Park for Dead and Company—the jamming jukebox with Dead survivors Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart plus John Mayer, who steers the Jerry Garcia parts with surprising aplomb—while eclectic Texas rockers White Denim pull the same Saturday/Sunday trick at Great Scott.
Sunday also remains busy out of town with perky R&B-jazz popsters Lake Street Dive hitting Prescott Park in Portsmouth, with eclectic one-man-band the Suitcase Junkie, while LA roots-rockers Los Lobos hold court at the Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro, just before Provincetown on the Cape.