Tonight, The Zoo. What sets this Greek power metal band apart from countless other similar-sounding European groups is guitar god Gus G., who replaced Zakk Wylde as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist in 2009. Admission is $25.
Tonight, Times Change(d). Fans of Canadiana should check out Tim Hus, who has been championed as the successor to Stompin' Tom Connors by none other than Stompin' Tom himself. Admission is $10.
Friday and Saturday, Pyramid Cabaret. Legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter, 67, released his first single in 1959 and never stopped. His new album, Roots, is a collection of covers of songs by classic blues artists such as Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Elmore James. Tickets are $49.50 at Kustom Kulture and hightideconcerts.net
Pantages Playhouse Theatre, Saturday. British six-string master Jeff Beck -- born the same year as Winter, 1944 -- earned his guitar-hero stripes as Eric Clapton's replacement in the Yardbirds before forming the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood. His newest album, Jeff Beck's Rock 'N' Roll Party, is a tribute to the late Les Paul. The concert is sold out; if tickets are released day of show, they will be $86.50 at the Pantages box office.
Saturday, Garrick Theatre. This Australian roots-dance outfit incorporates slide guitar and an electric didgeridoo into its rhythmic mix. The trio was a hit at last year's folk festival and will play a double headline show with Vancouver world-dance group Delhi 2 Dublin. Tickets are $38 at Ticketmaster and the Folk Fest Music Store.