Weekend Music Ideas: November 30, 2018

Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sheila Jordan, Tall Heights, Travis Scott and more.


The Allman Brothers Band’s acclaimed theater residencies have fallen into lore but the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s post-Thanksgiving stands at the Orpheum remain a living, breathing reality after Thanksgiving. The 12-piece band co-fronted by locally bred soul-blues hero Susan Tedeschi and her husband and former Allmans guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks (pictured) has only grown better and better, tearing up the tour circuit with ever-shifting sets of originals and covers. It’s a tastefully jammed out stew of R&B, soul, blues, gospel, jazz and rock – and this week’s Orpheum shows on Thursday through Saturday mark the end of TTB’s busy, stature-building year.

Jazz singer Sheila Jordan just turned 90 – and it hasn’t stopped her from charming audiences from the stage. The bebop-era veteran was still scatting in marvelous voice last year at Central Square’s Thelonious Monkfish and Jordan returns to the same venue – now the Mad Monkfish – to celebrate her landmark birthday on Friday for two separate shows, backed again by the stylish Yoko Mira Trio. For instrumental jazz, there’s also a fine show at the Berklee Performance Center with the Julian Lage Trio, a fresh showcase for the classy guitar hotshot who’s performed with prominent musicians from Gary Burton to Nels Cline.

Indie-rock also rules this weekend with the punk-fueled Cloud Nothings at the Sinclair on Friday, where Snail Mail (the project of singer/songwriter Lindsey Jordan) pulls in on Saturday, and local favorites Tall Heights stretch out at Royale with their blend of guitar, cello and harmonies on Saturday too. And hip-hop thrives in a rare appearance at Sonia by the Perceptionists, the dynamic group led by locally spawned conscious rappers Akrobatik and Mr. Lif, while you can’t get much bigger these days than Travis Scott (well, apart from his friends Kendrick Lamar and Drake). The Texas rapper brings his over-the-top Astroworld tour to TD Garden on Sunday. And if you’d rather rock in the holiday spirit, eclectic country-rockers the Mavericks return to Lynn Auditorium the same night to toast their new album Hey! Merry Christmas! 

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