1 Voices of Afghanistan: Ustad Farida Mahwash might well be the most revered singer to come out of Afghanistan. Her searing voice and astounding vocal control have made her a powerful performer of ghazal music -- so much so that she was the first woman granted the honorific title of "Ustad." Years of war and upheaval forced Mahwash to flee her homeland, first to Pakistan and then the U.S. On June 2, she makes a rare Bay Area appearance, paired with the nearly as legendary Afghan musician Homayoun Sakhi and his ensemble.
Details: Presented by Cal Performances; 7 p.m.; Craneway Pavilion, Richmond; $31-$36; 510-642-9988, www.calperformances.org.
2 Savage Jazz Dance Company: The company kicks off its 20th anniversary season with a spring program this weekend that pays homage to its hometown of Oakland. The program -- including three world premieres and other new works set to everything from jazz to electronica to classical -- is meant to reflect on the many aspects, joyous and heartbreaking, of Oakland.
3 Cajun cornucopia: You've got three chances to hear great foot-stomping Louisiana music on both sides of the Bay in
4 Joni Morris: The Stockton singer has racked up kudos across the country with her spirited, spot-on tribute to Patsy Cline. Backed by her four-piece band, she's known to deliver convincing renditions of "Crazy," "SweetDreams," "I Fall to Pieces," "My Happiness" and "Where the Boys Are." Morris brings her show to Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center on June 3 for a matinee performance.
Details: 2 p.m.; $12-$20; 925-931-4848, www.firehousearts.org.
5 Get In Front dance benefit: This fundraiser for the Cancer Prevention Institute of California brings together principal dancers from some of the Bay Area's finest companies, including San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, ODC/Dance, AXIS Dance Company, Smuin Ballet, Robert Moses' Kin and many more. The two-hour performance is followed by a reception and silent auction.
Details: 7 p.m. June 6; Herbst Theatre, San Francisco; packages range from $35-$250;415-392-4400, www.getinfront.org.
6 The Head and the Heart: This Seattle band is part of the folk-rock/Americana explosion that has left its mark all over popular music (see also Avett Brothers, Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons, the Low Anthem). What distinguishes this marvelous band, however, is its obvious fondness for Beatles and Beach Boys pop and divine vocal harmonies that must be heard to be believed.
Details: 9 p.m. June 1-2, 8 p.m. June 3; Fillmore; $25; www.livenation.com.
7 Friday Nights Live: Livermore's free concert series returns on June 1 with Bay Area country rocker Jessica Caylyn and her band. The series runs through Sept. 14, serving up sounds ranging from classic rock to blues to Latin.
Details: Performances are 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays on the Shea Homes Stage outside the Bankhead Theater; www.mylvpac.com.
8 Chanticleer on a mission: The acclaimed men's choir has a historic link to California missions, having performed its first concert in San Francisco's Mission Dolores in 1978. The choir, accompanied by a small chamber, returns to that site June 2 with a program designed to re-create the music performed in such venues centuries ago. The concert is part of a week's worth of performances in missions throughout the state.
Details: 8 p.m.; $20-$44; 415-392-4400, www.chanticleer.org. More on the series of mission performances is on the group's website.
9 "Bruja": Chicano playwright Luis Alfaro has proved adept at drawing parallels between the unforgiving world of Greek tragedies and the present-day barrios of Los Angeles. His acclaimed 2010 play "Oedipus el Rey" was a Chicano retelling of "Oedipus Rex." Magic Theatre is premiering "Bruja," an adaptation of the shocking revenge play "Medea."
Details: In previews through June 5, opens June 6 and plays through June 24; Magic Theatre at Fort Mason complex, San Francisco; $20-$60; 415-441-8822, www.magictheatre.org.
10 Dan Crary & Thunderation: Fans of acoustic guitar wizardry should check out this flatpicking master and his bluegrass trio. Your jaws will drop.
Details: 8 p.m. June 4; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $20.50-$22.50; 510-644-2020, www.thefreight.org.
Contact Randy McMullen at email@example.com.