At Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Martina McBride will perform her holiday show on Saturday ($59.50) and Holiday Pops featuring Keith Lockhart & the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra take the stage on Sunday ($48). Holiday Pops will also be at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., on Saturday ($41). The Back Page in Lowell will host comedians Don Gavin and Johnny Joyce on Friday at 7 p.m. ($20); Big Ben Hillman plays there later on Friday and Grassroot will perform on Saturday. Joe Barger will be at the Blue Taleh on Friday and Ferdinando Argenti will be there Saturday.
On Friday at The Old Court, WCAP is holding its 2nd Annual Comedy Holiday Party featuring comedians Lenny Clarke, Dave Russo, D-Tension and Jack Walsh ($10 with toy or can of food, $15 without). Doors open at 7, show starts at 8.
At the Wang Theatre at Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston, Leonard Cohen will perform Saturday and Sunday ($75). State Radio and Calling All Crows will be at House of Blues on Saturday ($25), and the Wilbur Theatre will host Arnez J for two shows on Friday ($28.50) and Amy Schumer for two shows Saturday ($33).
The Malone Brothers Band will be at Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley on Friday ($25) and Southside Johnny and the Poor Fools will be there Saturday ($41). The A-No-Ne Ensemble will play the Acton Jazz Cafe on Friday ($10) before Johnny Hoy and The Bluefish play there Saturday ($12.50). Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, N.H., will have its Night of Comedy featuring Jim Colliton, Larry Myles and Ann Marie King on Friday ($18), and the Ryan Montbleau Band will play shows on Friday and Saturday at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston ($20).
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