Friday 7 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15-$18. www.visulite.com.
A petite vocal powerhouse who grew up playing the blues onstage with her father, Ward rides the line between throaty blues singer and pop artist, with songs that ache and bleed with emotion but still appeal to mainstream radio. With Wild Feathers and UK singer James Bay.
Saturday 12 p.m., Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $24.50-$68.50. www.livenation.com.
As buzz builds for a possible Oscar nod, actor Jared Leto’s other award-winning day job – 30 Seconds to Mars – headlines WEND’s revived sayonara to summer.
Cody Canada & the Departed
Saturday 8 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $15-$18. www.chopshopnoda.com.
On its second album, “Adventus,” the former Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman’s second act with bassist Jeremy Plato and a cast of star red-dirt musicians evolves into a hard-charging rock ’n’ roll act infused with ample gospel and soul without leaving the country behind entirely.
Saturday 10 p.m., Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., $15-$25.
Having built a career on writing and producing award-winning tracks for other artists (Kelly Rowland, David Guetta), the Australian twin-sister DJ duo keeps some of its most uplifting electronic dance tunes for itself, while garnering a massive festival crowd overseas and an opening slot with Britney Spears.
Legendary Pink Dots
Sunday 8 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $20-$25. www.tremontmusichall.com.
This prolific 33-year-old experimental outfit, led by Edward Ka-Spel and Phil Knight, brings its trippy psychedelic avant-goth to Tremont for the first time in nearly a decade.
Thursday 7:30 p.m., McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., $19.50-$74.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Before the Grammy- and Emmy-winning Cuban trumpeter, pianist and composer receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom (along with Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Dean Smith), he performs his timeless take on jazz, Latin, classical and tango in an intimate setting.
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