The sonic fun runs from period instruments to turntables. There’s also the sound of a subculture contemplating legalization.
Friday: Gabriel & Dresden
The DJs—Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden, to give them their full names—bring their turntables, remixes and good vibes to town to banish all fears of bad luck on Friday the 13th. At the Palace Theatre, 219 8th Ave. S.W. 9 p.m. Free before 10:30 p.m. with RSVP at showpass.com.
Friday: John Wort Hannam’s Songs for Ken
The singer-songwriter remembers his late friend Ken Rouleau, who died of ALS in 2012. The fundraiser also features The Polyjesters, Mike Stack, John Rutherford, Brooke Wylie and Annie Froese. At Southwood United Church, 10690 Elbow Dr. S.W., 7:30 p.m. $20 – $25. fishcreekconcerts.com.
Sunday: Bach: Magnificat
Rosa Barocca, the province’s new period-instrument ensemble, takes on a work with somewhat longer roots. VoiceScapes will lend its collective voice to the concert, which also includes the composer’s Cantata 106. At Christ Church Elbow Park, 3602 8th St. S.W., 3 p.m. $30 – $35. earlymusicvoices.ca.
Thursday: nêhiyawak with FOONYAP
There is something for fans of lowercase and uppercase letters alike, as the National Music Centre’s Alberta Spotlight shines on two genre-bending acts. At Studio Bell, 850 4th St. S.E., doors, 7 p.m.; show, 8 p.m. $15. studiobell.ca.
Thursday: 420 Music and Arts Festival
The second instalment of the three-day festival is the last before the legalization of cannabis. It features a lineup with the likes of Dopethrone, Sasquatch, La Chinga and DJ Brant Bjork. There will also be food trucks in case anyone gets the munchies. At Distortion, 3828 Macleod Tr., three-day pass, $69; single days, $26 – $37. 420musicandartsfestival.ca.