Picks for Week of March 31


Sunday, Joshua Redman Quartet, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, 7:30 p.m. — It is a sublime experience to hear jazz in the Sanders, and Redman and his fine quartet — Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson — are touring behind the gorgeous album “Come What May,” released just today. It should be a religious listening experience.
Monday, Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders, City Winery, 8 p.m. — This traveling vaudeville-style variety show returns to the Hub as Stace brings Steve Almond, Chris Collingwood, Look Park and local stalwarts Juliana Hatfield, Abbie Barrett and Barrence Whitfield into the fold. Also on the bill are comedians Dave Hill and Eugene Mirman and poet Robert Pinsky.
Tuesday, The Sam Hooper Group, Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, 8 p.m. — The Berklee grad and funky bluesman left Boston for LA a decade ago and his band was a semifinalist in this year’s IBC competition in Memphis. His blistering guitar will shake the intimate confines of the Lizard.
Wednesday, Tribute to Gillian Welch, Club Passim, 7 p.m. — The works of the ground-breaking Americana singer-songwriter will be celebrated by a large and talented local group of artists, including Greg Klyma, The Lied To’s, Lisa Bastoni, Bob Bradshaw, Mark Stepakoff, Lindsey Sampson, Elise Leavy, Ryan Fitzsimmons, Holly McGarry, Emily Baker and Rob Flax.
Thursday, Rodney Crowell, Narrow Center for The Arts, Fall River, 8 p.m. — The “Houston Kid,” a veritable tumbleweed poet with his vast collection of storytelling songs, visits the intimate listening room ahead of next week’s showcase with Brandy Clark and the North Mississippi Allstars at the Boch Center.
Friday, The Suitcase Junket, the Sinclair, Cambridge, 8 p.m. — The Suitcase Junket, aka Matt Lorenz of Leverett, celebrates with a CD release party for “Mean Dog, Trampoline,” produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. His label, Signature Sounds, describes the new project by the whirring one-man band as “populated by characters in various states of reverie.” Local soul and blues belter Ali McGuirk opens.
Saturday, Jimmy Ryan’s Wooden Leg, The Fallout Shelter, Norwood, 7 p.m. — The mandolin maestro, having reprised his old band, hits the stage for a live Extended Play Sessions broadcast and filming with a top-flight band that includes Russell Chudnofsky, Joe Kessler, Mickey Bones and Brian Dunton.