Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. In the 1980s, fleet-fingered picker Ricky Skaggs was a hitmaker, bringing rural mountain music to the top of the charts in a way that wouldn't be possible in this detwanged country radio era. Skaggs' musical curiosity has continued to serve him well on collaborative projects with Bruce Hornsby and Ry Cooder. Expect a gospel flavor to these two Sunday shows at the Sellersville Theater.
Discover What's Brewing with DJ Jazzy Jeff. The first U.S. installment in a 12-city global series showcasing local music scenes, with the former Fresh Prince-collaborating headliner joined by DJs Cosmo Baker and Matthew Law plus rappers Joie Kathos and Kur. Free with an RSVP at BoilerRoom.tv. Tuesday at the TLA.
Who Is William Onyeabor? That's the title of the 2013 reissue of the farseeing and innovative funk made by the Nigerian mystery man who died last week at 70. Call him a cross between Fela Kuti and New Order or "an African Shuggie Otis" as Detroit DJ Carl Craig did, the compilation of Onyeabor's music on the Luaka Bop label is my favorite reissue of the decade.
In the Pocket. Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen - celebrating 50 years behind the kit - and his sounds of Philadelphia project. This will undoubtedly be both a sad and celebratory evening, after the death this month of regular contributor Richie Ingui, one half of the Philly soul-brother duo Soul Survivors. Wednesday at World Cafe Live.
Kris Kristofferson. In his long and varied career, octogenarian Kris Kristofferson has been a Rhodes scholar, starred in Amerika (the rediscovered 1987 TV mini-series about a bloodless takeover of the U.S. by the Soviet Union), and been one of the Highwaymen with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings. And, oh yeah, he wrote "Me and Bobby McGee." He's touring behind a new boxed set and the Grammy-nominated album The Cedar Creek Sessions. Wednesday at the Keswick Theatre.