In Lowell, Ralph Funaro will play at Blue Taleh on Friday before Ferdinando Argenti plays there Saturday. The Back Page will host Fran Dagostino on Friday and the MaryBeth Maes Band on Saturday, and Brian Weeks will play at 50 Warren Restaurant and Lounge on Friday.
The Great American Tavern in North Reading will kick off its comedy night series with Jim Lauletta, Frank Santorelli and James Dorsey on Saturday ($15). Emma's Revolution will play at the Firehouse Coffeehouse in Littleton on Friday ($18).
Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, N.H., will host Commander Cody on Friday ($25) and Sixpence None The Richer on Saturday ($20). Paul D'Angelo will perform at Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury on Saturday ($20), and at Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, The THE BAND Band will play Friday ($14) and The Fools will play Saturday ($16).
In Boston on Friday, fun. will play at Orpheum Theatre (sold out), Jackie Evancho will perform at Wang Theatre at the Citi Performing Arts Center ($40) and Flogging Molly will play at House of Blues ($30.50). Emancipator will play Saturday at Paradise Rock Club ($15) and Freddie Gibbs will appear tonight at Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge ($18).
-- PETE MCQUAID