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AFRICAN GUITAR SUM­MIT

African Guitar Sum­mit blends the danc­ing Ghana­ian strings of Al­pha Yaya Diallo, the fi­esta guitar of Pro­fes­sor Adam Solomon and the blues of Mada­gas­car Slim and the Mighty Popo. Ex­tra­or­di­nary mu­si­cian­ship. African Guitar Sum­mit per­forms Thurs­day, 7:30 p.m., in the Stu­dio of the Burlington Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre. $47. Call the box of­fice at 905-681-6000.

THE SEAMS

The Seams are a straight­for­ward Toronto-based guitar band that take their cues from ’60s garage rock, ’80s nerd rock and ’90s Brit­pop. Their de­but al­bum “Meet the Seams” is avail­able dig­i­tally through Hand Drawn Drac­ula Records. The band per­forms Thurs­day, 8 p.m., at The Cas­bah (Queen at King West), with With Flea Com­mit­tee, Eggg and Flying But­tress. $10

BLUE RODEO

There’s only a hand­ful of sin­gle seats avail­able for Blue Rodeo’s two con­certs (Thurs­day and Fri­day, 8 p.m.) at the FirstOn­tario Con­cert Hall (you know it as Hamil­ton Place). Ex­pect to hear all the old favourites and a few tracks from the new al­bum “1000 Arms.” Tick­ets are $61.50 through Tick­et­mas­ter or at the FirstOn­tario Cen­tre (you know it as Copps Coli­seum) box of­fice.

EL­IZ­A­BETH SHEP­HERD

Protest songs are back in style now that Don­ald Trump has taken over the White House. Cana­dian jazz heavy hit­ters El­iz­a­beth Shep­herd and Michael Oc­chip­inti team up to present “Artists as Ac­tivists: So­cially Con­scious Mu­si­cians” Fri­day, 8 p.m., at The Pearl Com­pany, 16 Steven St. They’ll be min­ing the mu­sic of song­writ­ers such as Bruce Cock­burn and Ste­vie Won­der, as well as per­form­ing a few of their own. $20.

BEAU­TI­FUL NOTH­ING

Burlington indie-rock band Beau­ti­ful Noth­ing are work­ing on an al­bum called “Sleep Walk,” for re­lease in March. They’ve al­ready re­leased two sin­gles, in­clud­ing “The Un­known,” from the up­com­ing LP that’s pow­ered by eerie ’80s-style synth-rock. Ex­pect to hear the new songs when Beau­ti­ful Noth­ing per­form Fri­day, at This Ain’t Hol­ly­wood, 345 James St. N., with Lava Dolls and Last Bul­let. $7. Doors 9 p.m.

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