CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS:: Who knew that a little acoustic string band with a scholarly interest in the black fiddle music of the Piedmont region of North Carolina would grow up to win Grammys, headline festivals, and play — gulp! — the House of Blues? But the Durham quartet Carolina Chocolate Drops will surely bring down said House when they break out their jigs and reels, and their deathless cover of Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style." David Wax Museum open. :: April 6 :: House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston :: 7 pm :: $25-$45 ::617.876.4275 or

DONAL FOX & MAYA BEISER:: The pianist and composer Donal Fox for the past two decades has explored all manner of classical and jazz mash-ups. Tonight he joins forces with the charismatic boundary-ignoring cellist Maya Beiser for a program called "Piazzolla to Bach," to listen for that gigue to cross over to Argentine tango. :: April 11 :: ICA, 100 Northern Ave, Boston :: 8 pm :: $35; $30 students :: 617.478.3103 or

BRAD MEHLDAU & CHRIS THILE:: Jazz piano genius Brad Mehldau faces off with Nickel Creek/Punch Brothers mandolin genius Chris Thile for an even of duos that promises to extend from jazz and bluegrass to Bach, Radiohead, and any number of other mutual interests. :: April 14 :: Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Cambridge :: 7:30 pm :: $30-$48 :: 617.876.4275 or

NINETY MILES::The project Ninety Miles takes its name from the distance between Miami ands Havana, suggesting the closeness of the cultures, and the music. The 2011 album of the same name (on Concord) was recorded in Havana, and was a true modern-jazz fusion, with up-to-the-minute pieces by vibist Stefon Harris, saxophonist David Sánchez, and the Cuban pianists Rember Duharte and Harold López-Nussa. Harris and Sánchez bring the band to town with trumpeter Nicholas Payton (in place of the album's Christian Scott). :: April 19 :: Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston :: 8 pm :: $30-$58 :: 617.482.6661 or

RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA & GAMAK:: The American-born powerhouse saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa has in the past few years been exploring his Indian musical heritage with provocative, funked-up, rocked-out results. He brings the latest iteration, his Gamak project, with electric guitar freak David Fiuczynski, acoustic bassist François Moutin, and drummer Dan Weiss. :: April 24 :: Scullers, DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston :: 8 pm :: $25 :: 617. 562.4111 or


COLIN STETSON:: The bass saxophonist Colin Stetson's resume includes Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, Bon Iver, and, well, you get the picture. His solo work combines big-horn bravura experimentation and rock-musician showmanship. Violinist Sara Neufeld of Arcade Fire opens the show. :: May 9 :: MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston :: 7:30 pm :: $20; $16 students :: 800.440.6975 or

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