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Looking for things to do in Boston this weekend? Here’s some music and dance events in and around Boston we think you might like!

E.g., 2017-08-19
  • September 10 Berklee Performance Center

    Stunning Latin Grammy–winning singer-songwriter Vanessa da Mata is a huge hit in her native Brazil. Her delicate, crystalline voice blends bossa nova rhythms with R&B, pop, and reggae. A skilled composer, she got her start writing songs for Maria Bethânia, Daniela Mercury, Ana Carolina, and...

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  • MHD
    September 13 Brighton Music Hall

    MHD, a rapper from Paris, has pioneered a new genre of hip-hop called Afro Trap, inspired by Atlanta’s trap music. His signature style, which has become an online phenomenon with over half a billion views, is driven by the Afropop of his Senegalese and Guinean heritage along with heavy drums,...

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  • September 14 The Rockwell

    Singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez returns after captivating audiences at CRASHfest last year. From Austin, Texas, she finds beauty in the cross-pollination of diverse traditions, effortlessly melding fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals, and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs...

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  • September 22 - September 23 The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston

    Dance UP features six of the most promising and skilled dance makers in New England today, bringing some of the best hip-hop, tap, and contemporary dance to the stage. With the technical facility of hip hop, elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime, The Wondertwins have created a distinctive...

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  • September 26 Brighton Music Hall

    Multiple Grammy–winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard has traveled many musical paths, delivering adventurous original material, recording more than 30 critically acclaimed albums, and composing more than 50 film soundtracks. His latest project with E-Collective features layered grooves...

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  • September 30 Somerville Theatre

    The High Kings is an Irish supergroup made up of Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey, and Darren Holden. Versatile and skilled multi-instrumentalists, they play 13 instruments among the four of them, bringing a rousing acoustic flavor to brand new songs along with some old favorites....

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  • October 13 Berklee Performance Center

    Produced by 10-time Latin Grammy winner Javier Limón, The Paco de Lucía Project reassembles the original band that toured with the legendary flamenco guitarist for the last 10 years of his illustrious career, including Antonio Sánchez on guitar, David de Jacoba on vocals, Alain Pérez on...

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  • October 14 Berklee Performance Center

    Nearly forty years after he began performing, Johnny Clegg is embarking on his final world tour, titled The Final Journey. A singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist, and musical activist, Clegg pioneered an infectious crossover music by combining Western...

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  • October 15 Berklee Performance Center

    Nearly forty years after he began one of music’s most remarkable careers, Johnny Clegg is embarking on his Final World Tour, titled The Final Journey. With his bands Juluka and Savuka, Clegg pioneered a uniquely South African hybrid music during a time of cultural and racial segregation. His...

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  • October 22 The Sinclair

    Born out of a late-night jam session at the American University of Beirut, Mashrou’ Leila's name roughly translates to Overnight Project. The first Middle Eastern artists to make the cover of Rolling Stone, they have challenged the status quo of the Middle Eastern pop industry with...

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  • October 28 Berklee Performance Center

    Havana-based composer and pianist Harold López-Nussa travels smoothly through his classical, Cuban, and jazz inspirations to create an exceptional style of global jazz. His trio includes his younger brother, Ruy Adrián López-Nussa, a renowned musician in his own right, on percussion and Julio...

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  • October 29 Berklee Performance Center

    Pakistan’s classical virtuosos The Sachal Jazz Ensemble emerged in 2011 with an ambitious recording covering Western jazz standards on traditional instruments. Their unusual angle on Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” went viral, earning them worldwide recognition and an invitation from Wynton Marsalis...

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  • November 03 Berklee Performance Center

    Take the soul-drenched voice of Grammy-winning singer “Soul Queen” Irma Thomas, add the spiritual authority of six-time Grammy-winning The Blind Boys of Alabama plus The Preservation Legacy Quintet, which includes some of the most revered alumni of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and you get a...

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  • November 05 Berklee Performance Center

    With a deep, spiritual, and moving style, Yasmin Levy preserves and revives the most beautiful and romantic songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish tradition. Her powerfully sensual voice, which combines flamenco’s fiery passion with the microtonal melisma of Middle Eastern music, is accompanied by...

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  • November 10 - November 11 The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston

    Renowned Boston choreographer Anna Myer melds the movements of modern dance with the foundations of hip-hop into fresh and original movements that link a record-spinning DJ to Bach. The varied musical approaches create an emotionally powerful performance that explores both the disconnection and...

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  • November 11 Somerville Theatre

    One of the leading figures in Afropop, Malian guitar virtuoso Habib Koité is a modern troubadour blessed with a sweet, intimate voice. He and his band, Bamada, create a modern sound that draws on several styles of traditional Malian music along with touches of blues, jazz, and rock. 

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  • November 12 Berklee Performance Center

    Rule-breaking, genre-bending, and thoroughly entertaining, The Bad Plus has created an uncompromising body of work by shattering convention, creating bold original compositions, and deconstructing songs from pop, rock, and classical music. The charismatic jazz trio has spent 17 years together...

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  • November 18 Brighton Music Hall

    Drones and beats, crimson beads, and towering black lamb’s-wool hats all serve as a striking backdrop to the Ukrainian folk-punk quartet DakhaBrakha. With one foot in the urban avant-garde and the other in Ukrainian village culture, the group’s self-proclaimed “ethno-chaos” is a refreshingly...

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  • November 18 First Parish Unitarian

    Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music as well as American jazz and folk, Leyla McCalla’s unique sound is at once earthy, elegant, soulful, and witty. It vibrates with three centuries of history yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive, and contemporary. Joined by...

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  • January 12 - January 13 The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston

    After selling out its stunning performances last year, Compagnie Hervé Koubi returns with its highly physical, fluid work that combines hip-hop, capoeira, and contemporary dance with powerful Sufi imagery. The company of French-Algerian and African male dancers performs the breathtaking Ce...

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  • January 14 Berklee Performance Center

    The Afro-Cuban All Stars is a 17-piece dream team of Cuba’s hottest musicians brought together by musical director Juan de Marcos González (the musical arranger for the original Buena Vista Social Club recording). Paying tribute to Cuban music, this multigenerational lineup features members from...

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  • January 18 The Rockwell

    From the independent republic of Tuva, bordering Mongolia, Huun Huur Tu performs an ear-twisting vocal technique called khöömei. In this style, a single vocalist produces two or three notes simultaneously, often a low drone along with a high-pitched whistle. Accompanied by traditional...

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  • January 20 Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
  • February 02 - February 03 Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre

    The internationally renowned repertory company Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, or BJM, defies categories with its blend of hip, funky moves infused with infectious energy, humor, and imagination. Led by artistic director Louis Robitaille, BJM presents the Boston premiere of O Balcão de Amor...

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  • February 11 Sanders Theatre

    With the power of gospel and the precision of Broadway, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is the undisputed king of mbube, South African a cappella singing. The group came together in the early 1960s and continues to thrill audiences around the world with its strong, proud melodies harmonized in...

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  • February 16 Berklee Performance Center

    A timeless voice, improvisational prowess, and unique soul-jazz stylings mark Dianne Reeves as one of the world’s preeminent jazz vocalists. She will be joined by Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully for a powerhouse live performance. 

    Free preperformance...

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  • February 18 Berklee Performance Center

    With explosive taiko drumming and innovative, acrobatic choreography, TAO: Drum Heart offers a breathtaking, vibrantly modern twist on a traditional art form—and a visual and sonic tour de force! This all-new production captures the best of TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy, and...

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  • February 24 House of Blues Boston

    CRASHfest transforms the House of Blues into an indoor music festival with lush lounge areas and a kaleidoscope of sounds and cultures that brings an eclectic and worldly spin to the Boston music scene. The House of Blues features an expansive dance floor and seated balcony overlooking the main...

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