Master bassist Victor Wooten lends jazzy insanity to Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and takes off to even funkier zones with his own solo projects. Wooten debuts material from two upcoming albums, featuring a versatile ensemble of players.
Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 8 p.m. Friday, $29.50-$37.50, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.
America's largest mechanical action concert organ is here in Philadelphia and being celebrated with the second annual Kimmel Center Organ Day. A children's-oriented hour, "Rex: The King of Instruments," opens the salute to the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ at 11 a.m. Afternoon performances include sing-a-longs and live scorings of silent movies.
Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce streets, 11 a.m. Saturday, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org.
Taking It To the Street
Media is awash in wailing music for the 12th annual State Street Blues Stroll. Alvin Youngblood Hart's Music Theory headlines the main-stage bash at the Media Theater. Elsewhere on the street, in clubs and in restaurants, the blues will be blasting from Lonnie Shields Band, Leroy Hawkes & the Hipnostics and regional faves like the George Bonds Band and Steve Guyger & the Fellows (plus many more).
State Street Blues Stroll, State Street, Media, 6 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday, advance tickets $20 for Media Theater show plus Blues Stroll, $15 for Stroll, $12 for WXPN members. Prices go up $5 for day-of-show purchase at the Plumstead Inn. 610-566-5039, statestreetblues.com.
Like his comrades in nerdiness, They Might Be Giants, sometime software engineer Jonathan Coulton has built his music career largely on free music-sharing. But he did it in cyberspace with a weekly podcast called "Thing a Week." One song, "Still Alive," wound up in the video game "Portal," another themed the TV show "Code Monkey." And there's lots more fun stuff where that came from — gems like "Tom Cruise Crazy," "Ikea" and "Kenesaw Mountain Landis." Jonathan Roderick (of the Long Winters) hits first.
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Saturday, $25, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.
Free for the Listening
Philly's dream-pop/punky Bleeding Rainbow (now a trio) and nicer-than-they-sound Creepoid like to give their music away on Bandcamp. Now they're doing likewise in this free show for the 21-plus set, first in a Saturday summer series booked by R5 Productions for the new outdoor beer garden/restaurant.
Morgan's Pier, 222 N. Columbus Blvd., 5-9 p.m. Saturday, free, 215-279-7314, morganspier.com.
Multitalented emo rapper/singer/actor Drake headlines the Club Paradise Tour with Waka Flocka Flame, Killadelphia scenester Meek Mill, 2 Chainz and French Montana.
Susquehanna Bank Center, One Harbour Blvd., Camden, 7 p.m. Saturday, $35.75-$109.75, 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
U.n. of Sound
Is there any ethnic style Animus does not embrace? This organic, acoustic world beat band gives a swirl to Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Latin and American influences, with an ease and charm (plus rock, jazz, funk and blues) sure to draw you in.
Psalm Salon, 5841 Overbrook Ave., 8 p.m. Saturday, $20, $16 in advance, 215-477-7578, psalmsalon.org.
Reggae In The Park
Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff has both a new EP and forthcoming album, both produced by devotee Tim Armstrong of Rancid. Cliff headlines this day-into-night Jamaican culture festival also featuring main-stage attractions Beres Hammond, Luciano and Trevor Hall. Lots more live talent is on the Plaza stage, with DJ sets at the top of the hill, crafts vendors and Caribbean/global cuisine.
Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue, 1:30 p.m. Sunday (all ages), $79.50 $59.50, $39.50, $25, 215-893-1999, manncenter.org.
Rock of Ages
British post-punk legends the Cult are back with a vengeance, on their new album, "Choice of Weapon," challenging listeners to strive for integrity and humanity. Ian Astbury remains one of the most riveting rock vocalists while guitarist/partner in rhyme Billy Duffy could write the book on pungent playing. Special guests Against Me! and The Icarus Line.
Electric Factory, 7th and Willow streets, 8 p.m. Sunday, $25, 215-627-1332, electricfactory.info.
Master packager Simon Cowell's done it again with Il Divo — the vocal crossover quartet with sex appeal. They've sold out almost all the inside seats at the Mann, forcing the facility to open up the lawn.
Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue, 8 p.m. Saturday, $19.50 lawn, $42.50 (limited availability), 215-893-1999, manncenter.org.
Great opera stories derive from extreme social clashes. Gifted composer Nico Muhly found one bizarre modern example in the Western-state arrests of polygamous cult groups and government removal of the children.
A far cry from Verdi — yet Muhly's "Dark Sisters," co-commissioned by the Opera Company of Philadelphia with libretto by Stephen Karam, represents another Aurora series milestone in the company's dedication to chamber opera.
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 p.m. Friday and June 15, 2:30 p.m. Sunday and June 17, 8 p.m. June 15, $21-$132, operaphilly.com.
Boogie At Tropicana
Wanna party like it's 1979? Then Tropicana is the place you ought to be Saturday as Boogie Wonder Band shakes its collective musical booty.
BWB is an eight-piece outfit that pays tribute to the disco era by covering its biggest dance hits. But theirs is far more than a musical endeavor: The group members dress in the kind of wide-lapelled polyester suits that looked so cool then (and look so lame now). The men even wear extreme Afro wigs.
Tropicana Atlantic City, Boardwalk at Brighton Avenue, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (Thursday sold out), $25, 800-736-1420, ticketmaster.com.
Both physically and sonically, James McCartney seems unmistakably linked with his dad. And having Paul produce his son's sweetly melancholy music adds even more truth to the notion "an apple doesn't fall from the tree." Philly duo Modern Inventors open.
Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 9:30 p.m. Sunday, $15, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
Fans of hot British actors and Victorian horror! The Bryn Mawr Film Institute is hosting a special screening of "Frankenstein," a stage show directed by Danny Boyle, featuring Jonny Lee Miller ("Dark Shadows") and Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock") playing the titular doc and his monster, respectively.
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., 1 p.m., Sunday, $10-$20, 610-527-9898, brynmawrfilm.org.
Laughs by the book
Comedian Dave Hill's new book, Tasteful Nudes, is a collection of essays that run the gamut of topics from irritating Canadians to the clergy to rock 'n' roll. Hill will perform and sign copies of his tome. Joining him is Carolyn Busa (of Laughs on Fairmount), Rohit Kohli of Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Seth Herzog from "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." Tunes come courtesy of BK's Psychic Flowers and Philly's own Sunny Ali and the Kid.
Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., Saturday, 8 p.m., $10, davehillonline.com.
For what ales you
Frankford Hall and Johnny Brenda's team up to close down their corner of Fishtown and transform it into a full-on party, including photo-ops with the Philly Beer Week Hammer of Glory. Plenty of brews on tap. Johnny Brenda's will also feature live music from Scott Vittorelli (Asteroid #4) and Maxx (of Black Landlord). n
Outside Frankford Hall and Johnny Brenda's, Frankford and Girard avenues, Saturday, noon-8 p.m., free, Johnnybrendas.com.
— Compiled by Jonathan Takiff, Molly Eichel, Tom Di Nardo and Chuck Darrow.