Chris Botti knows how to charm a crowd.
He's utterly charismatic onstage, delighting fans with megawatt star power, intriguing banter and warmly romantic pop instrumentals.
He's a gifted trumpeter, whose most recent studio effort, "Impressions," won the Grammy Award for best pop instrumental album in 2013.
Botti performs Wednesday at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.
Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $45-$125, www.ticketmaster.com.
Xavier Rudd is a sight to behold onstage.
The Australian musician surrounds himself with a huge variety of instruments, ranging from banjo and bass to drums and didgeridoo.
Rudd can play all those instruments -- as well as basically anything else you put in front of him -- and the result is something that must be seen to be believed. The singer-songwriter is back out on the road and performs Saturday at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
Ash Grunwald opens the 9 p.m. show. Tickets are $25, www.ticketmaster.com.
Nick Cave is one of the greatest live acts in all of rock 'n' roll.
He's absolutely mesmerizing -- and somewhat menacing -- onstage, ranting and rocking in ways that leave his fans screaming for more.
He was stark raving brilliant during his 2013 concert at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, so it's good to see he's headed back to San Francisco.
Cave and his Bad Seeds perform Tuesday at the Warfield. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are $49.50-$66, www.axs.com.