1) Rufus Wainwright, 7 p.m. Sunday, the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St. $45-$50, www.thekentstage.com, 330-677-5005
Singer/songwriter Wainwright is touring behind his 2012 album “Out of the Game” along with his sister and fellow singer/songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche.
2) Summer Sizzle II, 7 p.m. Friday, the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St. $6-$8, www.thekent stage.com, 330-677-5005
A local hip show featuring a bevy of area talent including Bschos & Cboi G, $wim Jones, the Locals, Young Fiend, Kid Halle, Subjective Mechanics and Super Jones.
3) Nikki Hill, 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, $12, 216-383-1124, beachlandballroom.com
The up-and-coming North Carolina-bred singer has been making a name for herself with her bluesy brand of roots- and blues-infused old-school rock ’n’ soul backed by a taut, lean, mean hard-grooving trio.
“My Girl,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Runaway Child Running Wild,” “I Wish It Would Rain,” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Cloud Nine,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “Ball of Confusion.” You get the idea, and founding member Otis Williams still leads the group.
5) Thorla CD Release and also Summer Solstice Party, 7 p.m. Saturday, Square Records, 824 W. Market St., Akron. Free. 330-375-9244
Local musician Brad Thorla continues his seasonal string of releases with a release party for “Quadrillic #2: Summer” accompanied by a performance that will also feature work by a bevy of local artists.