Patty Larkin is one of Boston’s best-loved women. The songwriter has received eleven Boston Music Awards and was awarded an honorary doctorate of music degree from Berklee College of Music. Beantown even created a “Patty Larkin Appreciation Day” to celebrate her music career and her generous philanthropy.
The Boston beauty takes the stage at 8 p.m. Friday April 20, at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 3800 E. Genesee St. Admission costs $20.
Larkin, who was born in Iowa, cannot be pigeonholed. Her smart songwriting, confident voice and crisp, sometimes edgy, guitar work add up to something special. She redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music, blending elements of jazz, roots, and Celtic into adventurous, textured compositions on her discs such as “Red=Luck,” “Watch the Sky” and “25.”
Friday’s concert is hosted by The Folkus Project. For reservations, call 440-7444.
Music for Mother Earth
Earth Day will be celebrated at the Thornden Park Amphitheater on Sunday, April 22.
Among the performers will be 12-string guitarist Jason Kessler and percussionist Josh Dekaney accompanying East Indian dancer Pallavi Gupta. The trio will take the stage at 2:30 p.m.
Admission is free; 440-5841.
Deathcore in the afternoon
The deathcore band All Shall Perish, touring in support of its fourth studio album, “This is Where it Ends,” headlines a quintuple bill on Saturday afternoon, April 21, at the Lost Horizon.
The music begins at 2:30 p.m. with performances by Carnifex, Fleshgod Apocalypse, The Contortionist and Conducting From The Grave. All Shall Perish, which hails from Oakland, Calif., features musicians Hernan Hermida, Ben Orum, Mike Tiner, Adam Pierce and Francesco Artusato.
Lost Horizon is located at the far eastern city limit, at 5863 Thompson Road, just south of Erie Boulevard East. Admission costs $18; 446-1934.
Daughtry due at Landmark
Multi-platinum rock band Daughtry, featuring “American Idol” singer Chris Daughtry, headlines a triple bill Saturday, April 21, at the Landmark Theatre. The concert gets underway at 7:30 p.m. with pop-rock openers Safetysuit and singer-songwriter Mike Sanchez.