Capsule reviews are by Randall Roberts, August Brown and Gerrick D. Kennedy.
D’Angelo and the Vanguard “Black Messiah” arrives as if by design, the musical reaction to a long, hot year as though the work was recorded not over the past decade but the past month. Not all the songs on the hourlong work are politically charged. But the title nonetheless “creates a landscape where these songs can live to the fullest,” says the artist. His new musical landscape is filled with unflinching details—“Allwewantedwas a chance to talk / Instead we only got outlined in chalk,” he sings on “The Charade”— offered with nuance, with vivid, immediately memorable riffs. Rife with the kind of sublimely loose grooves achievable only through instrumental precision, “Black Messiah” is as vital as it is sublime. (R.R.) Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Mon. $65-$120. clubnokia
Playboy Jazz Festival Herbie Hancock will appear with Wayne Shorter, and Ledisi, Aloe Blacc, Terence Blanchard, Tower of Power and Ozomatli among the other acts tapped for the Playboy Jazz Festival. Headliners Hancock and Shorter will perform with the Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble and Blanchard will use his slot to debut his newband, the E-Collective. This year’s lineup also includes Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Band, Snarky Puppy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Blue Note’s supergroup Our Point of View (Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland and Ambrose Akinmusire). Late L.A. jazz great GeraldWilson will be feted during the festival, with his son Anthony leading his father’s big band. (G.K.) Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 3 p.m. Sat.-next Sun. $25$185. hollywoodbowl.com.
Duke Dumont The contemporary house producer has become an unexpected Grammy favorite in the dance music categories, earning multiple nominations in recent years on the strength of his breezy but smart club tracks that always overrun with melody and hooks. “I Got U” was his breakthrough single that could prove to be a lift up on par with Disclosure’s “Latch.” (A.B.) Exchange L.A., 618 S. Spring St., L.A. 10 p.m. Sat. $40-$125.
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Andrea Bocelli The Italian tenor performs. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. HighlandAve., Hollywood. Today, 7:30 p.m. $70-$565. (323) 850-2000.
Angel City Chorale Music from videogames and movies, including selections from “World of Warcraft,” “2001” and “Frozen.” Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Today, 7 p.m. $30, $35; discounts available. (310) 943-9231.
Community Concert With Torrance High School Wind Ensemble, South Bay Women’s Chorus and others. First United Methodist Church, 1551 El PradoAve., Torrance. Today, 3 p.m. $10 suggested donation. (310) 3283242.
Hollywood Master Chorale The ensemble celebrates its 20th anniversary with works by Mozart, Copland, Lauridsen, et al. Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, 505 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. Today, 6 p.m. $15, $20. (323) 960-4349.
Hydrogen Jukebox Long Beach Opera presents an immersive staging of composer Philip Glass and Beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s exploration of American counterculture from the 1950s to the 1980s. Crafted Warehouse, Port of Los Angeles, 112 E. 22nd St. #10, San Pedro. Today, 7 p.m. $15-$160. (562) 432-5934.
Le Salon de Musiques The chambermusic series wraps its fifth season with works by Russian and Czech composers, including two U.S. premieres. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Fifth Floor Salon, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Today, 4 p.m. $39, $75. (310) 4980257.
Robert deMaine The L.A. Phil’s principal cellist performs his first-ever Southern California solo recital. Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. Today, 2 p.m. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 316-5574.
Sundays Live The UCLA Camarades perform. Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, L.A. Today, 6 p.m. Free. (323) 857-6234.
Pacific Serenades Chamber music concert spotlights gay and lesbian composers. West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicen-- te Blvd., West Hollywood. Wed., 8 p.m. $5-$32. (213) 534-3434.
Dog Days LA Opera presents the West Coast premiere of David T. Little’s heavy metal-infused fable about a family struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; Mon., 8 p.m. $169. (213) 972-8001.
Pacific Symphony Season closer includes the world premiere of Laura Karpman’s “Siren Songs,” plus Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” featuring soprano Deborah Voigt. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m. $25-$99. (714) 755-5799.
LACO @ the Movies Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra provides live accompaniment for a screening of rare and classic Disney cartoons. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, L.A. Sat., 7 p.m. $35 and up. (213) 622-7001.
Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” a salute to Broadway musicals and more; with June Lockhart and Bill Handel. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111S. Grand Ave, L.A. Sat., 8 p.m. $20-$100. www.lalawyersphil.org.
Pasadena Master Chorale A performance of Brahms’ Requiem includes readings of audience members’ thoughts on loss, grief, sorrow and comfort. First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Next Sun., 7 p.m. Free; donations appreciated. (626) 208-0009.
Sundays Live Pianist Yung-Chiu Wang performs works by Schubert and Rachmaninoff. Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, L.A. Next Sun., 6 p.m. Free. (323) 857-6234.