Twenty-nine-year-old Jarekus Singleton is changing the rules of blues music, invigorating the genre for a new generation of fans. Singleton was born in the heart of the blues, Mississippi, and raised on gospel, where he first cut his chops playing bass. Growing up in the ’80s, Singleton was also influenced by hip-hop and rap, and now on his latest release, Refuse to Lose, the guitarist combines all those influences for a rhythmically tight and lyrically honest album. Singleton plays live on Thursday, May 22, as part of the Backyard Concert Series at the KRSH Station House, 3565 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa. 6pm. Free. 707.588.0707.
Singer and songwriter Melanie Devaney writes what she knows. The small-town talent from Epworth, Iowa, brought her guitar and expressive folk styling to Los Angeles in 2009, but she still looks to the pastures of her home on her latest solo release, Single Subject Notebook. The performer has come into her own on this third album, guiding the listener through relatable tales with a sound that expands on her folk rock with elements of Americana and pop. As part of her latest round of touring, Devaney makes two appearances in the North Bay when she plays on Friday, May 23, at the Pear (720 Main St., Napa; 6pm; 707.256.3900) and on Sunday, May 25, at Hopmonk Novato (224 Vintage Way, Novato;1pm; 415.892.6200).
World music goes electric in the latest project from acclaimed ensemble Stellamara. A collective of multi-instrumental musicians with diverse cultural influences, the group collaborates onstage with other artists to blend Eastern melodies and traditional tribal rhythms with contemporary elements. Their newest production is “Unfolding and Becoming,” featuring vocalist Sonja Drakulich and Stellamara teaming up with dancer Colleena Shakti, Zoe Jakes from Oakland performance art group Beats Antique, and others in a performance that blends classical devotion and modern expression. Stellamara takes the stage Saturday, May 24, at the Marin Center Showcase Theater, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $22—$28. 415.499.6800.