First Unitarian Sanctuary, 2125 Chestnut St., 8:30 p.m. Friday, $16 (all ages), 215-821-7575, r5productions.com.
Country comes to Glenside
Wynonna Judd holds court with The Big Noise. And while you're visiting, please note the improvements made to the Glenside showplace - from new front doors to environmentally friendly auditorium lighting.
Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 8 p.m. Friday, $39-$49, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.
Sass 'n' soul
She's had her share of good luck through the eras - early on with "Let Me Down Easy," later on Broadway in "Bubbling Brown Sugar" and then a disco hit, "Doin' The Best I Can." But only in the last decade has Bettye Lavette (whose new CD is "Thankful N' Thoughtful") truly earned her artistic cred in old-school R&B.
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.,
8 p.m. Saturday, $27/$30, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.
There Be melody
The gypsy in her soul has taken Melody Gardot far from her Philly roots. Parisians have embraced her as a latter-day "Little Sparrow" but she's also spent lots of time soaking up the sounds of Brazil, Argentina and Spain, home to samba and Fado. Her global tour finally brings her back to where it all began.
Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., 8 p.m. Saturday, $37-$47, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org.
The Belgian-Australian singer-musician Gotye (a/k/a Wally De Backer) is responsible for the most haunting of recent pop hits, "Somebody That I Used To Know." But maybe he's not quite as big, yet, as promoters were thinking. This show had been set for Camden's huge SBC shed.
Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, 8 p.m. Saturday, $39.50-$45, 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
Armed and dangerous
Tracii Gunns (L.A. Guns) returns with his new band League of Gentlemen. Clashing Plaid and On Top are also on tap.
North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 9 p.m. Saturday, $12-$25, 215-787-0488, nortstarbar.com.
Voices united, for separation
Folkies Carsie Blanton and Heather Maloney sing for a shared cause: Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The Psalm Salon, 5841 Overbrook Ave., 8 p.m. Sunday, $16/$20, 215-477-7578, thepsalm.org.
Play It Again, Cesar
"Kiko" remains one of the shining accomplishments of the Los Angeles-based Latin rock band Los Lobos. Hear it again as the guys mark its 20th anniversary. Amy Helm, daughter of Levon Helm and Libby Titus Fagen, opens.
Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $38-$48, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.
Merging personalized songwriting with humane applications of electronica, Antlers strives for a different kind of contemporary charm. Theirs is a journey of "going back home and finding what's real in the world," says frontman Peter Silberman. If you like Radiohead . . . Port St. Willow opens.
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8:30 p.m. Sunday, $15/$17, 215-232-2100, utphilly.com.
For nearly four decades, Southside Johnny Lyon and his horn-driven Asbury Jukes have provided the kind of hip-shaking, sweat-dripping, R&B-derived rock that could put a smile on the Sphinx. That he originally burst on the scene as a protege of another Asbury Park-bred rocker, a certain Mr. Springsteen, has endeared him even more to this area's music fans.
Tropicana, Boardwalk at Brighton Avenue, 9 p.m., $20, 800-736-1420, ticketmaster.com.
'Boheme' still soars
No matter how many times you experience Puccini's "La Boheme," its magic always works. The Opera Company's new production uses period projections of Barnes Foundation paintings, with tenor Bryan Hymel as Rodolfo and soprano Norah Amsellem as the fragile Mimi.
Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 7, $20-$158, 215-893-1018, operaphilly.org.
Astral Artists hits 20
Astral Artists has supported budding careers for two decades, and 18 artists past and present are teaming up for their 20th anniversary gala. Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and two premieres are on hand for this celebration.
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, $30-$35, 215-735-6999. astralartists.org.
- Compiled by Jonathan Takiff, Chuck Darrow and Tom Di Nardo.