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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of April 10–12
    Chris Buck

    David Byrne, who, it was recently announced, will open this summer's Celebrate Brooklyn! series of free outdoor concerts in New York, continues the UK leg of his tour Songs of David Byrne & Brian Eno. The show heads to Nottingham's Royal Centre Saturday night and then to London on Sunday for the first of two consecutive nights' shows at the city's Royal Festival Hall.

    The Observer's Euan Ferguson, reviewing a recent performance in Gateshead, called the set "relentlessly captivating" and wrote: "David Byrne is pouring everything he's got left on to the stage ... and the crowd, some older even than he, is going nutso. I might be out on a limb here, but not much of a limb: I think he's happy." The Herald and The Scotsman both give four stars to last week's Glasgow Royal Concert Hall performance. "Back in the early 1980s, Dumbarton-born Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and progressive production ace Brian Eno practically invented ambient music as we know it with their album, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts," writes The Scotsman's Fiona Shepherd. "The ambience at this concert ... was one of rapturous celebration, with the capacity crowd, including some members of his family, treating Byrne like a homecoming hero.

    In other Byrne news, the Senator Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland, will be screening Stop Making Sense, the classic Jonathan Demme–directed Talking Heads concert film, tonight and tomorrow night at 9:30 PM.

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    Afro-Cuban All Stars conclude their extensive US tour this weekend with a final show at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami Saturday night.

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    Laurie Anderson performs her latest work, Burning Leaves, at the STRP Art & Technology Festival at the Muziekcentrum Frits Philips in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Saturday night.

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    Dan Auerbach brings his Australian tour to a close this weekend with a performance at the weekend-long Boogie Festival on Bruzzy's Farm in Tallarook, Victoria. Dan takes the Main Stage at 9 PM on Saturday. He joins his Black Keys band mate, Patrick Carney, for a series of Keys dates in the coming weeks, starting at The Glass House in Pamona, California, next week.

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    Christina Courtin performs at the Filmore New York at Irving Plaza in downtown New York City, opening for the timeless English singer/songwriter Robin Hitchcock Saturday night.

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    Toumani Diabaté concludes his tour with Béla Fleck's Africa Project, performing at the University of Pennsylvania's Zellerbach Theatre in Philadelphia tonight, and at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Saturday. Diabaté continues to perform in the US, with his Symmetric Orchestra joining him at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, next Friday.

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    The Bill Frisell Trio, featuring Tony Scherr and Rudy Royston, performs two sets tonight at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, with special guest, Nashville singer/songwriter Sarah Siskind. Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot calls Frisell a "guitarist extraordinaire" and "a master of space and atmosphere." The Trio-plus performs again at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Saturday night. Time Out Chicago's Areif Sless-Kitain says the sets provide "ample opportunity for Frisell to stretch out and demonstrate why he remains one of the few players today who can take what are typically jazz guitar crutches—like a volume pedal, tremolo and chorus effects—and apply them seamlessly and unobtrusively."

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    k.d. lang begins a two-week tour of her home country of Canada at Center in the Square in Kitchener, Ontario, Saturday night. The tour, focusing on songs from her most recent Nonesuch release, 2008's Watershed, was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earlier this week, leading the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to write: "Those longing for something fresh from the Canadian chanteuse finally got it last year with Watershed, a record that doesn't settle on one genre but rather quietly blends various styles from country to bossa nova." The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review lauds another aspect of the record: "One of the more notable aspects of Watershed is the lyrical content ... [T]he images she conveys on songs such as 'I Dream of Spring' or 'Flame of the Uninspired' are among the best of her career."

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    The Low Anthem continues its tour with singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne in three sold-out shows in northern New England this weekend: two nights at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, tonight and tomorrow night, and a set at the Flynn Center in Burlington, Vermont, Sunday night.

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    Brad Mehldau performed in a sold-out solo set at London's Wigmore Hall last night, his first performance as artistic director of a two-season jazz series at the venue. He plays one more solo show tonight, at Carthage Hall in Carthage, Tunisia, and performs next in the States at the start of May.

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    Orchestra Baobab performs two shows in the Netherlands this weekend: at De Oosterpoort in Groningen tonight and, as part of the Africalistas series, at Melkweg in Amsterdam tomorrow night. The Herald gave four stars to the group's recent performance in Edinburgh, saying that, since its inception, the band has been "having a ball mixing and matching songs and music from their native traditions with salsa and Cuban influences and, indeed, the whole Caribbean musical caboodle."

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    The Joshua Redman Trio, featuring Matt Penman on bass and Greg Hutchinson on drums, set up for a four-night, seven-set residency at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle, Washington, last night. Performances continue through the weekend.

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    Sara Watkins began her US tour in support of her just-released solo debut last night in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with Old Crow Medicine Show. She plays two more dates with the group this weekend: at Atlanta's Fox Theatre tonight and Jacksonville's Florida Theatre on Saturday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Shane Harrison describes her as a "bluegrass-influenced player with little regard for genre pigeonholes." Sara will be in New York City on Monday to perform with her new album's producer, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and her brother Sean on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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    The Wilco concert film Ashes of American Flags, due out on DVD through the Nonesuch Store next weekend, will be screened at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, Washington, tonight and tomorrow night at 8 PM. "The real triumph of Ashes," says the Forum, "is its perfect capturing of the live Wilco experience: the spirit, the energy and the poignancy."

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David Byrne takes his "relentlessly captivating" (Observer) tour to Nottingham and London ... Afro-Cuban All Stars closes out US tour in Miami ... Laurie Anderson performs at Dutch art & tech fest ... Dan Auerbach ends Aussie tour at Boogie Festival ... Christina Courtin opens for Robin Hitchcock in NYC ... Toumani Diabaté plays two more shows with Béla Fleck ... Bill Frisell plays Chi-town and Minneapolis ... k.d. lang heads home for Canada tour ... The Low Anthem plays northern New England with Ray LaMontagne ... Brad Mehldau solos in Tunisia ... Orchestra Baobab plays the Netherlands ... Joshua Redman Trio sets up shop in Seattle residency ... Sara Watkins joins Old Crow Medicine Show in Atlanta ... Wilco concert film premieres in Seattle ... and more ...

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David Byrne, who, it was recently announced, will open this summer's Celebrate Brooklyn! series of free outdoor concerts in New York, continues the UK leg of his tour Songs of David Byrne & Brian Eno. The show heads to Nottingham's Royal Centre Saturday night and then to London on Sunday for the first of two consecutive nights' shows at the city's Royal Festival Hall.

The Observer's Euan Ferguson, reviewing a recent performance in Gateshead, called the set "relentlessly captivating" and wrote: "David Byrne is pouring everything he's got left on to the stage ... and the crowd, some older even than he, is going nutso. I might be out on a limb here, but not much of a limb: I think he's happy." The Herald and The Scotsman both give four stars to last week's Glasgow Royal Concert Hall performance. "Back in the early 1980s, Dumbarton-born Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and progressive production ace Brian Eno practically invented ambient music as we know it with their album, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts," writes The Scotsman's Fiona Shepherd. "The ambience at this concert ... was one of rapturous celebration, with the capacity crowd, including some members of his family, treating Byrne like a homecoming hero.

In other Byrne news, the Senator Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland, will be screening Stop Making Sense, the classic Jonathan Demme–directed Talking Heads concert film, tonight and tomorrow night at 9:30 PM.

---

Afro-Cuban All Stars conclude their extensive US tour this weekend with a final show at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami Saturday night.

---

Laurie Anderson performs her latest work, Burning Leaves, at the STRP Art & Technology Festival at the Muziekcentrum Frits Philips in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Saturday night.

---

Dan Auerbach brings his Australian tour to a close this weekend with a performance at the weekend-long Boogie Festival on Bruzzy's Farm in Tallarook, Victoria. Dan takes the Main Stage at 9 PM on Saturday. He joins his Black Keys band mate, Patrick Carney, for a series of Keys dates in the coming weeks, starting at The Glass House in Pamona, California, next week.

---

Christina Courtin performs at the Filmore New York at Irving Plaza in downtown New York City, opening for the timeless English singer/songwriter Robin Hitchcock Saturday night.

---

Toumani Diabaté concludes his tour with Béla Fleck's Africa Project, performing at the University of Pennsylvania's Zellerbach Theatre in Philadelphia tonight, and at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Saturday. Diabaté continues to perform in the US, with his Symmetric Orchestra joining him at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, next Friday.

---

The Bill Frisell Trio, featuring Tony Scherr and Rudy Royston, performs two sets tonight at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, with special guest, Nashville singer/songwriter Sarah Siskind. Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot calls Frisell a "guitarist extraordinaire" and "a master of space and atmosphere." The Trio-plus performs again at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Saturday night. Time Out Chicago's Areif Sless-Kitain says the sets provide "ample opportunity for Frisell to stretch out and demonstrate why he remains one of the few players today who can take what are typically jazz guitar crutches—like a volume pedal, tremolo and chorus effects—and apply them seamlessly and unobtrusively."

---

k.d. lang begins a two-week tour of her home country of Canada at Center in the Square in Kitchener, Ontario, Saturday night. The tour, focusing on songs from her most recent Nonesuch release, 2008's Watershed, was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earlier this week, leading the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to write: "Those longing for something fresh from the Canadian chanteuse finally got it last year with Watershed, a record that doesn't settle on one genre but rather quietly blends various styles from country to bossa nova." The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review lauds another aspect of the record: "One of the more notable aspects of Watershed is the lyrical content ... [T]he images she conveys on songs such as 'I Dream of Spring' or 'Flame of the Uninspired' are among the best of her career."

---

The Low Anthem continues its tour with singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne in three sold-out shows in northern New England this weekend: two nights at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, tonight and tomorrow night, and a set at the Flynn Center in Burlington, Vermont, Sunday night.

---

Brad Mehldau performed in a sold-out solo set at London's Wigmore Hall last night, his first performance as artistic director of a two-season jazz series at the venue. He plays one more solo show tonight, at Carthage Hall in Carthage, Tunisia, and performs next in the States at the start of May.

---

Orchestra Baobab performs two shows in the Netherlands this weekend: at De Oosterpoort in Groningen tonight and, as part of the Africalistas series, at Melkweg in Amsterdam tomorrow night. The Herald gave four stars to the group's recent performance in Edinburgh, saying that, since its inception, the band has been "having a ball mixing and matching songs and music from their native traditions with salsa and Cuban influences and, indeed, the whole Caribbean musical caboodle."

---

The Joshua Redman Trio, featuring Matt Penman on bass and Greg Hutchinson on drums, set up for a four-night, seven-set residency at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle, Washington, last night. Performances continue through the weekend.

---

Sara Watkins began her US tour in support of her just-released solo debut last night in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with Old Crow Medicine Show. She plays two more dates with the group this weekend: at Atlanta's Fox Theatre tonight and Jacksonville's Florida Theatre on Saturday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Shane Harrison describes her as a "bluegrass-influenced player with little regard for genre pigeonholes." Sara will be in New York City on Monday to perform with her new album's producer, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and her brother Sean on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

---

The Wilco concert film Ashes of American Flags, due out on DVD through the Nonesuch Store next weekend, will be screened at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, Washington, tonight and tomorrow night at 8 PM. "The real triumph of Ashes," says the Forum, "is its perfect capturing of the live Wilco experience: the spirit, the energy and the poignancy."

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