Johnny D’s runs a trifecta with CORINNE WEST & POSSE playing bluegrass on the 23rd, the GYPSY CIMBALOM BAND on the 24th, and local folk-rocker SARAH BORGES on the 26th. On that last night, JOE BONAMASSA plays blues-rock guitar heroics at Berklee, and JAMES MONTGOMERY brings more blues rock to Scullers Jazz Club (DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston; 617.562.4111) on the 24th. Midwestern folk master GREG BROWN is at the Somerville Theatre October 27, and the MAYBELLES (as in Maybelle Carter) play old-time country at Club Passim. Also at Passim, on the 29th, it’s Nashville songwriter MARY GAUTHIER. The month’s highlights finish with durable folkie GEOFF MULDAUR at Johnny D’s and Americana duo OVER THE RHINE at Scullers, both on the 30th and ROSIE THOMAS at Passim on Halloween.
Fall’s final full month kicks off with rockabilly legend the real WANDA JACKSON at Johnny D’s on the 1st. “STEPPIN’ OUT,” the annual elegant extravaganza fundraiser for the Dimmock Community Health Center, celebrates its 20th anniversary on November 3 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel (425 Summer St, Boston; 866.468.7619 or www.ticketweb.com). The line-up is like a directory of jazz and R&B history, with GEORGE BENSON, DELLA REESE, the PERSUASIONS, the TEMPTATIONS, BOBBY “BLUE” BLAND, JERRY BUTLER, RAMSEY LEWIS, ROBERTA FLACK, and many more.
Venezuelan-pop fans: November 8 is your lucky day. LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES are at the Regattabar. On the dusty US roots route, ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL bring Texas swing to the Arlington Regent on the 14th.
Indian percussion giant ZAKIR HUSSAIN and santoor virtuoso RAHUL SHARMA team up at Sanders Theatre on November 16. The next night, New England folk boss ELLIS PAUL makes an overdue return to the Somerville Theatre, where Senegalese vocal legend YOUSSOU N’DOUR appears on the 24th.
Tickets for shows at the Orpheum Theatre, the Roxy, the Middle East, the Berklee Performance Center, and the Somerville Theatre are available via www.ticketmaster.com or 617.931.2000