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Entertainment Highlights: Singer Shares Emotional, Traditional Fado

The emotional Portuguese folk music known as fado (fah-dough) literally translates as “fate.” And from a young age, fado was a calling for Ana Moura, the Portuguese fadista who performs tonight at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Beginning with the informal fado sessions her parents held, “I always had this special feeling about fado,” Moura said this week in a phone interview from Savannah, Ga., “even when I started to grow up and started to discover other styles on my own.”

With poignant lyrics sung to the acompaniment of a guitar, fado evokes images of life in Portugal’s rustic seaside towns, where the music developed in the early 19th century. It was in Lisbon’s fado houses where Moura first enchanted audiences with her sultry, emotive voice. Even as she’s become more prominent internationally, sharing stages with the Rolling Stones and Prince, Moura’s formative years in the fado houses still influence her singing.

“It was very inspiring for me, because I met many fado singers, I met many poets, street poets, many musicians. And this inspires me a lot. … All these people meet together, and they get along with each other. We are always learning with each other. It’s very beautiful,” she said.

Moura has distinguished herself as a fado performer by combining the traditional elements with her broad musical palette. That comes across loud and clear on her most recent album, Desfado, released last year. The fifth studio album she’s cut, Desfado is a creative departure from Moura’s previous work, “starting with the producer,” she said, referring to Larry Klein, Joni Mitchell’s former husband and longtime producer. While the traditional fado sound is represented on Desfado, Moura also flirts with pop, funk and jazz sounds (pianist Herbie Hancock appears on one track). She also sings three songs in English, including Mitchell’s A Case of You.

“I wanted this album to be a little bit different and to share with the people what my latest years of career have been, with collaboration with musicians from different areas very far from fado,” Moura said.

The rest of 2013 will be busy for Moura as she crisscrosses the globe in support of Desfado. No matter the city she’s performing in, she hopes to not only enchant listeners with the sounds of fado, but to inspire them to follow their own passions.

“In my tour, in my concerts, I have been passing the message of dreams and for people to pursue their dreams, because it’s very important for us to do what we really believe, even if all the rest of the world tells us that you should not.”

Ana Moura performs at 7 tonight in the Hopkins Center’s Spaulding Auditorium ($17-$40).

Best Bets

After 50 years of singing folk music, Norwich resident Tom Rush shows no signs of slowing down. The singer-songwriter who first performed in the Boston coffeehouse scene as a Harvard student before launching his own celebrated career will give a concert at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Rush has lent a hand to fellow songwriters breaking onto the scene, including Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin, by launching the Club 47 concert series, and in 2009, Rush released What I Know , his first CD of new material in 35 years ($32, advance; $35, day of show).

∎ Another folk singer from the early ‘60s, Peter Yarrow, is also going strong after a half-century. Late of the beloved folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, Yarrow, who plays a show at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Claremont Opera House, is as politically active as he was early in his career, performing for demonstrators at the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011 and encouraging children to appreciate one another’s differences and stand up to bullying through his Operation Respect organization ($25).

∎ Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and composer Phil Kline have joined their creative talents for Tesla in New York , a new opera depicting the life of the engineer and scientist who played a role in developing the modern system of electricity, yet died destitute in a New York hotel. Tesla in New York , with music performed by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, is still a work in progress, but because the piece is co-commisioned by Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts, Upper Valley audiences will be able to view a special concert at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Hop’s Moore Theater ($13-$25).

∎ When an unexpected order of Scandinavian pornography arrives for newlyweds Peter and Frances in No Sex Please, We’re British , there are unintended and hilarious consequences. The Northern Stage production of No Sex Please, We’re British , directed by Catherine Doherty, opens at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction and continues through April 23. Visit www.northernstage.org for performance times.

∎ Dala, the folk duo featuring the vocal talents of Canadians Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, has grown a considerable following since forming a decade ago, winning the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year and appearing in the PBS special Girls From the North Country. Their next stop is Flying Goose Brew Pub in New London, where they’ll perform at 8 tonight.

∎ The wintertime Shindigs concert series in Tunbridge concludes at 8 p.m. Saturday with a show from The Chad Hollister Band at the Tunbridge Town Hall. Hollister’s group has opened for and performed with musicians such as Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, and their feel-good rock anthems have drawn comparisons to Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson ($8; order tickets online at www.shindigsvt.com).

First Friday

Pariah Beat, the Upper Valley’s avant-garde folk and Americana group, returns to their old haunt, the Main Street Museum in White River Junction, for a First Friday concert tomorrow with another Americana group, Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band, and Willy Gantrim, starting at 8 ($12 to $15).

∎ All around White River Junction tomorrow afternoon and evening, you can catch a variety of live music. The Tip Top Building will see performances from Frank Kelecy, Jennifer Ulz and Dan Weintraub; Kelecy will also perform at Tuckerbox Cafe, as will Tim Gurshin and Carter Glass. Shades of Blue will be at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio. Revolution Clothing hosts an acoustic show from Railroad Street Massacre, and Jukejoynt plays the Boho Cafe.

Capping off First Friday will be an 8 p.m. show at Tupelo Music Hall from The Fixx, the British New Wave band behind songs like One Thing Leads to Another and Red Skies. Last year, the band released their latest CD, Beautiful Friction ($35-$40).

Folk Music

The 37 children and teens in the Northumbrian Ranters will bring to life the folk music of the British Isles and mainland Europe in a concert at 7 tonight at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph (Admission by donation).

∎ British singer-songwriter and guitarist Phil Hare makes a stop in the Upper Valley on his first tour of the U.S. to play at tomorrow night’s Sunapee Community Coffeehouse. The show begins at 7 in the basement of the Sunapee Methodist Church, and a hat will be passed for the performer.

∎ Brothers Dan and Willy Lindner, formerly of the bluegrass group Banjo Dan and the Mid-Nite Plowboys, form the old-time music duo The Sky Blue Boys. Performing in the style of similar brother duos from the 1930s ‘and ‘40s, The Sky Blue Boys will perform acoustic renditions of old favorites and songs from their own catalog in a show at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Upper Gallery at Randolph’s Chandler Music Hall ($16, advance; $19, day of show).

Choral and Vocal Music

The Starry Mountain Singers perform vocal pieces encompassing country and gospel, Balkan, Corsican and Georgian styles of music at 7:30 p.m. tonight at St. Barnabas Church in Norwich ($12 suggested donation).

Classical

The fine talents on the Upper Valley Music Center faculty perform works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Alan Hovhaness, in addition to New England folk songs, at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hartland’s Damon Hall ($15 suggested donation).

Family Entertainment

One of the Upper Valley’s most beloved contradance callers, David Millstone, will lend his talents to a New England barn dance at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dartmouth’s Alumni Hall, part of the Hopkins Center for the Arts’ HopStop series of free family concerts.

Jazz

The Peter Concilio Jazz Trio will play a set at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland at 9 p.m. tomorrow.

∎ The 2012-13 Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon series of wintertime jazz concerts comes to a close at 4 p.m. Sunday with a show from jazz saxophonist Cercie Miller, a faculty member at the Berklee College of Music, and vocalist Dominique Eade, who teaches at the New England Conservatory ($18, adults; $16, students and seniors).

Bar and Club Circuit

Jason Cann plays his weekly set at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor at 6 tonight. Cann will also perform for diners at Bistro Nouveau in Grantham starting at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

∎ Jim Hollis plays for diners at Jesse’s Restaurant in Hanover tomorrow night.

∎ ∎The Road Trash Band performs at Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon tomorrow night.

∎ Salt hill Pub in Newport has music from Enfield singer-songwriter Brooks Hubbard tonight, the rock trio About Gladys tomorrow and Flew-Z on Saturday.

∎ The Wall-Stiles play pub-friendly rock at Salt hill Pub in Lebanon Saturday, starting at 9 p.m. The pub also has live traditional Irish music at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

∎ Salt hill Pub in Hanover has traditional Irish music from Randy Miller and Roger Kahle, starting at 6 tonight. Tomorrow, the pub hosts the retro rock group Hi-Way 5 at 9, and at 9 p.m. Saturday, Will Michaels from area band Mo’Combo plays a set at the pub.

∎ Canoe Club in Hanover has music this week from Shyama Simms and Norm Yanofsky (tonight), guitarist Ted Mortimer (tomorrow), pianist Gillian Joy (Saturday), an acoustic open mic with Dave Clark (Sunday), pianist Bob Lucier (Tuesday) and guitarist Tom Pirozzoli (Wednesday).

Open Mics, Jams

∎ The first Thursday open mic at Tupelo Music Hall gets under way at 7 tonight with host Dave Clark and guest musician Spencer Lewis.

∎ Seth Barbiero and Brian Warren host tonight’s open mic at Salt hill Pub in Lebanon, starting at 8.

∎ Chad Gibbs hosts Salt hill Pub in Hanover’s open mic at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

∎ Shepard’s Pie Restaurant on Route 4 in Quechee holds a Tuesday night open mic, starting at 6.

∎ The Colatina Exit in Bradford has an open mic on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

∎ There’s an open jam every Tuesday night from 7 to 9 at Tuck’s Rock Dojo in Etna.

∎ Wednesday night is open mic night at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland. It’s led by Gregory Brown and starts at 8:30.

∎ Anthony Furnari hosts an open mic at Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Entertainment Highlights appears each Thursday. Email news of upcoming events to kbryan@vnews.com.