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., 2019-01-17
  • January 18 - January 19 Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre

    Tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance honors tap dance’s unique American tradition while pushing the form rhythmically, aesthetically, and conceptually. Her iconic tap company, Dorrance Dance, includes 12 dancers and a live band performing Myelination and the Boston premieres...

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  • January 19 Berklee Performance Center

    A jazzy, sexy twist on the chanson tradition, Paris Combo is an irresistible affair loaded with attitude and charm. Fronted by vocalist Belle du Berry, the Paris-based group pays homage to a century of French cabaret music with the smoldering influences of swinging Gypsy jazz and French pop....

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  • January 25 Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    Over three separate performances, Dance UP will feature Boston premiere works by Danza OrgánicaPrometheus Dance, and the Wondertwins, three of Boston’s most exciting contemporary dance companies. This evening features ...

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  • January 26 Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    Over three separate performances, Dance UP will feature Boston premiere works by Danza OrgánicaPrometheus Dance, and the Wondertwins, three of Boston’s most exciting contemporary dance companies. This evening will feature ...

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  • January 27 Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    Over three separate performances, Dance UP will feature Boston premiere works by Danza OrgánicaPrometheus Dance, and the Wondertwins, three of Boston’s most exciting contemporary dance companies. This performance will feature the ...

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  • February 01 Somerville Theatre

    Suitcase Stories features foreign- and US-born residents sharing powerful and inspiring stories of refugee and immigrant life. Featured nationally on PBS, Suitcase Stories exposes the complexity of immigrant experiences through personal narrative. Part of the proceeds support critical ...

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  • February 02 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 multi-Grammy-winning group came together in the early 1960s and continues to thrill audiences around the world with its strong, proud...

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  • February 09 Somerville Theatre

    From Galway, We Banjo 3 finds common ground between Old World tradition and authentic Americana by playing their banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin in an innovative fusion of styles that they dub Celtgrass. The award-winning band's rousing revelry, virtuosity, power, passion, and purpose are...

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  • February 23 House of Blues Boston

    Celebrating music without borders, CRASHfest transforms the House of Blues into an indoor global music festival. With more than ten bands playing on three stages, CRASHfest features an expansive dance floor and seated balcony overlooking the main stage, the Foundation Room, and the restaurant....

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  • March 02 Berklee Performance Center

    Flamenco superstar Farruquito is heir to Spain’s legendary Farruco dynasty. Regarded as one of the most faithful representatives of flamenco puro, Farruquito performs intimate, authentic, and visceral flamenco. For this new program, he will be accompanied by three singers, five...

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  • March 03 Somerville Theatre

    Fritz Lang’s iconic sci-fi masterpiece, Metropolis, was Alloy Orchestra’s first silent movie score, making the group world famous in 1991. This is the most recent restoration of the film you would have seen in 1925, complete, coherent, and with the original English subtitles. Alloy’s...

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  • March 08 - March 09 Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    Award-winning dancer and choreographer Danielle Agami was part of Israel’s world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company before founding Ate9. Based in Los Angeles, Ate9 has quickly become one of the most important dance companies on the West Coast. Agami’s innovative new work, calling glenn,...

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  • March 09 First Parish Unitarian

    South African guitarist Derek Gripper transcribes the works of Malian masters originally written for the 21-string kora (harp lute) to a six-string classical guitar. For his widely acclaimed African Strings project, he performs original, contemporary, and traditional African music, joined by...

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  • March 10 Somerville Theatre

    Two of Mali’s biggest stars, Habib Koité and Bassekou Kouyaté, come together with a full band for an extraordinary evening of African music. Koité is a guitar virtuoso and modern troubadour with a sweet, intimate voice. Kouyaté is a master of the ngoni, an ancestor of the banjo. Both musicians...

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  • 3MA
    March 13 The Rockwell

    3MA features three master African musicians blending the emblematic stringed instruments of their respective countries to create an intricate musical tapestry. For the past ten years, Mali’s Ballaké Sissoko on kora, Morocco’s Driss El Maloumi on oud, and Madagascar’s Rajery on valiha have shared...

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  • March 18 Symphony Hall

    Indie folk artist José González has mesmerized audiences across the globe with his powerful, haunting, and intimate songs. For his newest collaboration, he is accompanied by The String Theory, a maverick chamber orchestra from Berlin and Gothenburg.


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  • March 22 Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    Saxophonist-composer Ken Field (Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble) teamed with his wife, award-winning independent animator Karen Aqua, to create soundtracks for her animated films for several decades until her untimely passing in 2011. In 2017 Field was invited by the...

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  • March 23 Berklee Performance Center

    Leaves of Grass finds brilliant composer and pianist Fred Hersch setting Walt Whitman's exultant poetry to music. Vocalists Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry bring Whitman's words to life with emotion and grace while Hersch's stellar octet provides an atmospheric and nuanced backdrop.

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  • March 24 Berklee Performance Center

    The Hotel Amour tour marks the musical love affair between Pink Martini’s beloved founder, composer, and pianist, Thomas M. Lauderdale and international singing sensation and queen of chanson, Meow Meow. Accompanied by members of the Pink Martini orchestra, their century-spanning...

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  • March 29 First Church in Cambridge Congregational

    Hailing from different ethnic nomadic cultures from across Inner Mongolia, the charismatic nine-member Anda Union unites a wide range of musical instruments and vocal styles to capture the essence of traditional Mongolian music while creating a new and exciting sound.

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  • March 30 Berklee Performance Center

    Latin Grammy‒winning Vicente Amigo is known as one of today's most dazzling flamenco guitarists and a likely successor to Paco de Lucía. Hailing from Córdoba, Spain, Amigo is at the forefront of a new generation of flamenco performers, steeped in the classic style while constantly innovating...

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  • March 31 Sanders Theatre

    Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists today. Featuring Redman on sax, Aaron Goldberg on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums, the quartet will perform new, original pieces composed by Redman...

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  • April 04 First Church in Cambridge Congregational

    From the Republic of Georgia, Iberi performs one of the world’s most distinctive choral traditions, Georgian polyphonic vocal singing. From rousing drinking songs to heartbreaking folk ballads, the six-person ensemble brings new life to the gorgeous melodies and rich harmonies that have echoed...

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  • April 05 City Winery

    Boldly modern yet respectful of her Malian roots, Fatoumata Diawara creates music that draws from her heritage but with a vision that looks confidently to the future. Her live performances “scream with energy” (NPR), with songs covering such timeless subjects as respect, love, migration, family...

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  • April 07 Sanders Theatre

    BANGS introduces one of jazz’s most exciting trios to arrive in years. Pianist Jason Moran, guitarist Mary Halvorson, and trumpeter and cornetist Ron Miles collide in BANGS to push the boundaries of jazz, blending tempo, texture, and tune.  Halvorson cuts the chords into shards, while Miles...

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  • April 07 Berklee Performance Center

    With fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, guitarist Dennis Cahill, singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, and pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), The Gloaming burst onto the music scene with a distinctive new sound. In a rare combination of lush Irish tunes, ancient sean-nós songs, and brave...

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  • April 12 Somerville Theatre

    From Zimbabwe, Mokoomba is one of Africa’s most exciting bands, performing knockout live shows filled with a potent blend of African sounds laced with international styles from soukous to soul.

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  • April 13 Somerville Theatre

    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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  • April 18 City Winery

    El Septeto Santiaguero infuses an adventurous streak into the traditional son music of its native Santiago de Cuba. After honing their sound at the famous Casa de la Trova nightclub, they collaborated with salsa stars like José Alberto (“El Canario”) and Rubén Blades. The band won the Latin...

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  • April 18 Sanders Theatre

    “One of the greatest songwriters of the century” (The New York Times), Caetano Veloso is among the most influential and beloved artists to emerge from Brazil. Since the 1960s, Veloso has been a major musical, social, and cultural force in Brazil and all over the world. His latest...

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  • April 21 Berklee Performance Center

    In a dazzling display of Indian percussion, tabla superstar Zakir Hussain is joined by the finest musicians from India’s classical and folk traditions. The lineup includes Zakir Hussain on tabla, Niladri Kumar on sitar, The Kerala Drummers, and Eric Harland on drums.

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  • April 30 City Winery

    Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive folk revival movement. Drawing from French, Irish, and Canadian traditions, the band blends vocals, fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, guitar, accordion, and percussive feet to create a joyous new sound that swings, reels, jigs, and sings with...

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  • May 04 Berklee Performance Center

    In a rare Boston appearance, world-renowned sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar reflects on her accomplished musical journey, drawing on classical Indian music and experimenting with new ideas in a cross-cultural dialogue. She will be accompanied by Ojas Adhiya on tabla, Pirashanna...

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  • May 05 City Winery

    Ranky Tanky takes the traditional music of the coastal South and shakes it up with the soul of gospel and the bounce of funk, jazz, and R&B. The result is “get down” music, or “Ranky Tanky,” as it’s known in the Gullah language.


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  • May 10 - May 12 Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, unites distinguished choreographers with outstanding world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. Hailed among the Top Ten of the Year in Dance by the Boston Globe in 2016, BalletX returns with a diverse...

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  • May 25 Berklee Performance Center

    French composer and multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen creates fragile, evocative compositions filled with achingly beautiful melodies. He is perhaps best known for his award-winning soundtrack for the film Amélie, but that only scratches the surface of his enormously rich musical...

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  • May 31 City Winery

    Banda Magda effortlessly moves from samba to vintage French pop, Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia, and beyond. Fresh off its Grammy-...

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