Monday, February 26, 2024

Tuesday: Nacho Picasso

All-ages show at 7 p.m. at Sonia, 10 Brookline St., Central Square. Tickets start at $15. Nacho Picasso also perform at Sonia on Wednesday.

Seattle’s Jesse Robinson – known by his stage name, Nacho Picasso – is an up-and-coming rapper whose music is layered with clever lyricism, catchy hooks and witty, relevant references.

Wednesday: Kemp Harris

8 p.m. at Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $15.

Singer-songwriter Kemp Harris’ folk-Americana style harkens back to early 20th century country blues. Harris’ voice is strong and passionate, yet soft and somber. Harris’s softer tunes (“Didn’t it Rain,” “Nightlife”) emulate American blues greats such as Willie McTell, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Robert Johnson. Harris also incorporates Chicago blues influences in songs such as “Sweet Weepin Jesus” and “Tryin Times.”

Thursday: Ross Livermore Band

21-plus show at 8 p.m. at Thunder Road, 379 Somerville Ave., Union Square, Somerville. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Boston-based rock-soul foursome The Ross Livermore Band fuses elements of bands such as The Allman Brothers, Phish and The Alabama Shakes, and Livermore’s soulful voice combines with funky guitar riffs to form an unmistakable sound. The group has recorded standout original tracks (“Change It for the World,” “Fools in Love,” “Faithful”) as well as covers (“Valerie,” “Message in a Bottle”).

Friday: The Van Burens

21-plus show at 10 p.m. at The Middle East Corner, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Advance tickets are $5 and $8 at the door.

The Van Burens are a rock group with roots in funk, blues and soul that has teamed with multiple vocalists, such as Nicole Henley and Hayley Jane. The band’s latest official album release was “Presidential Lovefest” back in 2014.

Saturday: Mary Timony Plays Helium

18-plus show at 7 p.m. at The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Harvard Square. Tickets start at $18.

As former lead vocalist and guitarist of ’90s rock band Helium, Mary Timony is one of the true pioneers of indie rock. She returns Saturday as part of a short tour of the East Coast and Midwest (ending June 15) performing some of Helium’s biggest hits – a grungy sound showcasing heavy, fuzzy guitars and Timony’s lower-register vocals – with members of the band Hospitality.