MALI GROOVES A night of West African music and dance comes to The Armory. Benkadi Drum and Dance and Boubacar Diabate and Samba Lolo will erupt in hypnotic rhythms. A video on the group Tinariwen will open the night presented by Todd Sargent and Benkadi Drum and Dance. April 13, 8—11 p.m. Tickets $12 in advance; $15 day of show. Available at The Armory café, Somerville Grooves or Brown Paper Tickets. Center for Arts at the Armory Performance Hall, 191 Highland Ave. www.artsatthearmory.org

PACK THAT HOUSE Radio is loaded this Friday. Starting at the bottom floor is Ghost Box Orchestra, The Suicide Dolls, Before Disorder and Await Rescue. Up above will be Moe’s Lounge, The Darker Hues, A Minor Revolution, Stil de Gain and Horse Mode. April 13, 9 p.m. (both shows). 21+. $7 per show. Radio, 379-381 Somerville Ave. www.radiobarunion.com


FRIENDS OF FRIENDS Straight outta Ireland comes Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill and Friends for a night of pure traditional Celtic music. Hayes and Cathal Hayden on fiddle, Iarla Ó Lionnáird on vocals, Cahill and Seamie O’Dowd on guitar, Máirtín O’Connor on accordion and David Power on uilleann pipes. April 14, 8—11 p.m. Tickets $29. The Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq. www.thesomervilletheatreonline.com

GIMME A BEER Ryan Adams fans get ready for a night of all things Ryan Adams, except for Ryan Adams himself. He’s too busy getting sober and being married to Mandy Moore to come, but some great musicians will reinterpret his songs for the April edition of For the Sake of the Song. Patrick Coman, Brian Carroll and Dan Zinder will perform. April 14, 7:30—10 p.m. Tickets $8. Center for Arts at the Armory Performance Hall, 191 Highland Ave. www.forthesakeofthesong.com


THROUGH THE CENTURIES Wander back to the 17th Century with this edition of Early Music Afternoons. El Dorado Ensemble will perform instrumental pieces from Italian musicians like Ferro and Kapsberger. April 15, 3—6:30 p.m. Tickets $17; $12 for students, seniors and museum members. Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Rd. www.somervillemuseum.org

CULTURE BLENDER A long weekend of world music in Somerville caps off with a mixture of sounds from Africa and Israel. Vieux Farka Toure, from Africa, and Idan Raichel, from Israel, combine their cultures for a night of music promoting peace. The two musicians have been friends since first meeting in Spain and have created their own quartet. Yossi Fine, on bass, and Souleymane Kane on percussion fill out the roster. April 15, 7—10:30 p.m. Tickets $27. The Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq. www.somervilletheatreonline.com

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