Philadelphia Theatre Co., 480 S. Broad St., 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday (through Nov. 18), $51-$79, 215-985-0420, philadelphiatheatrecompany.org.
Who's the role model for ABC's "Nashville"? Could be Martina McBride, one of the best belters (and lookers) in Music City, now battling the Taylors and Mirandas.
Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, 8 p.m. Friday, $65, $55, $29.50 $15 (4 pack-individual), 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
Al Stewart was one of the weirder pop (and commercial jingle) successes, with folky hits like "Year of the Cat" and "Time Passages." His eccentric material taps into myth and history.
Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 8 p.m. Friday, $22-$42.50, 610-917-1228, thecolonialtheatre.com.
Bela Fleck is frontman for Banjo Summit, but does he ever have good company this weekend - Tony Trishka, Bill Keith, Noam Pikelny (of Punch Brothers), Richy Stearns (The Horseflies) and Eric Weissberg ("Dueling Banjos"). See story on Page 36.
Grand Opera House, 18 N. Market St., Wilmington, 8 p.m. Friday $34-$42; 800-37-GRAND, thegrandwilmington.org. Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Ave., Glenside, 8 p.m. Saturday, $29.50-$39.50, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.
Here's another pick for progressive-bluegrass fans - Yonder Mountain String Band, who smartly mix country and jamming.
TLA, 334 South St., 8 p.m. Friday, $25, 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
SILENCIO IS GOLDEN
The atmospheric music of Angelo Badalementi has lent quite the whammy to the work of David Lynch, famously in "Twin Peaks." Now the prog-rock troupe Silencio aims to put a spell on you live.
Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 9 p.m. Friday, $15, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.
THE REAL BARNES
Philly sax ace Robert "Bootsy" Barnes shows off his gospel soul side fronting Bootsie's Organ Trio, with special guest Duane Eubanks on trumpet.
Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, $25-$20, 215-568-3131, chrisjazzcafe.com.
THINGS THAT GO POP
Percolating electro-popsters Shiny Toy Guns are on target again, with original lead singer Carah Faye Charnow back in the fold. MNDR and Colourmusic open.
North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 7 p.m. Saturday, $17/$20 (all ages), 215-787-0488, northstarbar.com.
Bassist Ben Williams, winner of the Thelonious Monk Award, brings his quartet to Philly.
Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, $25-$20, 215-568-3131, chrisjazzcafe.com.
Howie Day has finally put out an EP ("Live From . . . ") that reveals what concert fans have known for years: The man and his machinery make for an amazingly layered "one-man band."
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St, 8 p.m. Saturday, $20-$22, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.
OLD AND NEW
With frontwoman Annie Haslem a longtime area resident, the British-spawned prog-rock ensemble Renaissance still enjoys quite the local following. This time, Haslem and fellow original Michael Dunford are serving their 1977 album "Novella," plus previews from "Grandine il Vento."
Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Ave., Glenside, 8 p.m. Saturday, $39.50-$65, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.
The Philadelphia Singers, led by David Hayes, offer choral gems by Elliot Carter, Randall Thompson, Morten Lauridsen and Philly legend Vincent Persichetti.
Church of the Good Samaritan, 212 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and St. Clement's Church, 20th and Cherry streets, 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, $30-$40, 215-751-9494, philadelphiasingers.org.
- Compiled by Jonathan Takiff, Tom Di Nardo.