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Harry Manx started out as a roadie for Crowbar, learned the blues busking around the world and then studied Indian classical music for five years in Rajasthan, learning to play the Mohan Veena, a 20-stringed sitar/guitar hybrid. The result is a haunting blend of raga/blues. Manx performs Thursday in The Studio (at Hamilton Place), 8 p.m. $34.50, plus fees at FirstOntario Centre box office or through Ticketmaster.
Hamilton jazz pianist Adrean Farrugia teams up with Chicago trumpeter Brad Goode for two special shows Thursday and Friday at McMaster University’s high-tech LIVELab theatre. They’ve collaborated on four albums and performed in Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Tokyo and Amsterdam. The theatre is on the second floor of the McMaster Psychology Building. Advance tickets are $25, plus tax, available at livelab.mcmaster.ca/series10dB. Shows at 7:30 p.m.
To call Stuart Laughton a multitalented musician would be an understatement. The Burlington resident is one of the founding members of the Canadian Brass and performed as a trumpet concerto soloist with orchestras across Canada. He also played lead guitar on three blues albums by the band Porkbelly Futures. Laughton brings his latest project, the six-piece Radio Dial band, to the Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., on Friday at 8 p.m. $15. 905-543-8512
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Drummer Harris Eisenstadt formed the freestyle jazz quartet during a 12-set residency at The Stone experimental performance venue in New York’s East Village in 2015, and soon after released an album on the Clean Feed label, with Jeb Bishop on trombone, Tony Malaby on saxophone and Jason Roebke on double bass. This improvisational group performs Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the You Me Gallery, 330 James St. N. $15 at the door.
Don’t write off this Edmonton foursome as just another alt-country band from Alberta. Altameda’s debut LP “Dirty Rain” combines the poetic drawl of Gram Parsons with the unleashed ferocity of The Replacements. Altameda performs Tuesday at Mills Hardware, 95 King St. E., at 9 p.m., with Evan Redsky. $10 advance (at Ticketfly.com) or $12 at the door.