Picks of the Week, March 10

Sunday, Habib Koite, Somerville Theater, 7:30 p.m. — World Music/CRASHarts brings one of Mali’s biggest stars, an exquisite singer and guitarist, to the big stage. South African guitarist Derek Gripper and African Strings open.
Monday, Andrea von Kampen, Club Passim, Cambridge, 8 p.m. — The fast-rising Nebraska-based songwriter, touring behind release of the sparsely beautiful “Old Country,” makes her Boston area debut as part of the Discovery Series. Local duo Loida & Lenahan open.
Tuesday, Christian McNeill and Tim Gearan, Sally O’Brien’s, Somerville, 7:30 p.m. — This is the second night in a new Tuesday residency as the two local stalwarts team up. McNeill recently announced he is leaving Boston in December after 22 years here, so this represents a bit of a “last chance” gas to embrace the artistry of the Derry, Ireland, native and former leader of Sea Monsters. They anticipate adding guests as the series progresses.
Wednesday, The Dennis Brennan Band, Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, 9:30 p.m. — It’s another “Acoustic Night” special for the legendary Boston front man and the best band in the land (Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Richard Gates and Billy Beard). Dinty Child of Session Americana performs the middle set. ***
Thursday, Tommy McCarthy, Louise Costello, Robert Elliott, Seamus Noonan & guests, Burren Backroom, Somerville, 7 p.m. — The Irish stars perform the first of 12 shows over four days, celebrating St. Patty’s Day with a variety show that includes Irish tunes, ballads, stories & dancing. Didn’t expect the Burren to wait until March 17, did you?
Friday, Jim Weider, GE Smith and Duke Levine, & Taylor Barton, Boston City Winery, 8 p.m. — The four uber guitarists team for a special “Masters of the Telecaster” show. This is what you call a Fender Fearsome Foursome.
Saturday, Durham County Poets, The Fallout Shelter, Norwood, 7 p.m. — The southern Quebec quintet returns to the big stage for another Extended Play Sessions filming and live show. Expect some sweet North Americana to fill what is an intimate speakeasy room with a big sound.
***—Pick of the week