10 must-see shows for fans of folk, country and world music

OLD FARKA TOURE; BOMBINO Here is a wonderful double shot of Saharan blues from two of its best practitioners in the same week. Old Farka Touré perpetuates the legacy of his famous father, Ali; Omara “Bombino” Moctar continues to blaze her own trail with her scathing, cutting edge guitar style. Touré, June 8, 8 p.m. $28. Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square, Somerville; Bombino, June 10, 8:30 p.m. $25. The Sinclair, 52 Church Street, Cambridge. 617-876-4275, www.globalartslive.org

EL GRAN COMBO FROM PUERTO RICO This legendary salsa ensemble has been making music and acclaim around the world for longer than most of us are alive. The founder Rafael Ithier always takes an active part in it; members come and go, but for 60 years, and at least as many records, the orchestra has endured. June 11, 8 p.m. $45-$100. Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest Street, Medford. 800-653-8000, www.ticketmaster.com

JON LANGFORD AND SALLY TIMMS WITH THE SADIES The news of the untimely passing of Sadies member Dallas Good in February was a heartbreaking one, but it’s fantastic to see that the band have decided to persevere in the face of this loss. For this visit, they once again took on their frequent role as a collaborative backing band to perform with Jon Langford and Sally Timms. June 16 at 8 p.m., June 17 at 10 p.m. $20. Atwood’s Tavern, 877 Cambridge Street, Cambridge. 617-864-2792, www.atwoodstavern.com

Raul Malo and the Mavericks perform at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Calif. on May 1.Rich Fury/Getty Images for Stagecoach

THE MAVERICKS Every summer, this powerhouse puts the Boston area on its schedule, and every year, they deliver a full rendition of their country-Latin-lounge-rock ‘n’ roll mix. This year, according to their latest version, they will deliver it “en espanol”. June 18, 7:30 p.m. $49, $149. Pension Park, 40 French Street, Lowell. 800-657-8774, lowellsummermusic.org; June 19, 1 p.m. $40-$60. Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster. 508-943-3871, www.indianranch.com

JAMES MCMURTRY The weary-sounding, deadpan-voiced roots-rocker, always masterful in his storytelling and scathing in his political observations, arrives to support the 2021 release “The Horses and the Hounds,” his first album in seven years. He will be accompanied by a full group. June 22, 8 p.m. $20. Brighton Music Room, 158 Brighton Ave. www.livenation.com

JACKSON BROWN The man who helped define “SoCal singer/songwriter” in the early 1970s is still alive and kicking in the 2020s, though he’s releasing records at a more leisurely pace. With its mix of the personal and the political, his latest, “Downhill From Everywhere,” is vintage Jackson Browne. July 14, 7:30 p.m. $35 to $65. Leader Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave. www.livenation.com

Miko Marks plays at TCAN in Natick on July 29.Amanda Lopez

MIKO BRANDS She’s part of a growing presence of black voices in country music, but Milo Marks is no newcomer; she made her first attempt at forging a career in the genre in the 2000s but gave it up out of frustration. So far the second time seems to be the charm. July 29, 8 p.m. $26. TCAN, 14 Summer Street, Natick. 508-647-0097, www.natickarts.org

CHARLES WESLEY GODWIN When a man can pack the amount of lonely desperation into a song Charles Wesley Godwin does on “Needle Fall Down” via his shaking voice and a ringing dobro, you know you’re listening to something special. This track is on his magnificent “How the Mighty Fall”, one of the best country albums released in the last year. August 5, 8:30 p.m. $20. The Sinclair, 52 Church Street, Cambridge. 888-929-7849, www.axs.com

CALEB KLAUDER AND REEB WILLMS COUNTRY BAND This West Coast Portland outfit is led by the newly married duo that gives it its name, and it does exactly what its name suggests; they’re an unapologetic country band that play vintage honky-tonk music with some country and bluegrass acoustic tendencies. August 12, 7 p.m. $25. The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville. 617-776-6896, www.burren.com

GUARD HOUSE You used to know them as Mandolin Orange, but Andrew Marlin and Emily Franz decided in early 2021 to change the name of their duo to Watchhouse. In essence, however, the change in the majestic, murmuring, harmony-laden people they make is an evolution, not a revolution. August 16, 8 p.m. $37.50. Royal, 279 Tremont Street 888-929-7849, www.axs.com

Toya J. Bell