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Canadian YouTube heartthrob Johnny Orlando performs at Paradise Rock Club on May 5.
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Canadian YouTube heartthrob Johnny Orlando performs at Paradise Rock Club on May 5.

PATRIOTS DAY BELL CONCERT Lexington’s events commemorating the Revolutionary War’s beginnings include Hancock Church’s annual showcase of patriotic standards and popular songs (including selections composed by celebrated film scorer John Williams), played on handbells and handchimes. April 15, 11:15 a.m. $3 suggested donation. Hancock Church, Lexington. 781-862-4220, www.hancock

JAZZ: AMERICA’S MUSIC Faculty from Morningside Music Studio give a brief overview of jazz’s history, from its roots through the age of fusion, in the form of an era-spanning performance. After the lesson’s done, the “instrument petting zoo” — where kids can take their first steps toward becoming jazz masters — opens. April 27, 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before showtime. Robbins Library Community Room, Arlington.

JACK & JACK: GOOD FRIENDS ARE NICE TOUR The video-sharing service Vine may be residing in the App Store’s graveyard, but Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson, lifelong friends from Omaha who rose to stardom on the quick-hit service, are carrying on its legacy with their anti-bullying activism and latest album, “A Good Friend Is Nice.” April 27, 7 p.m. $25, $23 advance. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. 617-562-8800,


WALK FOR MUSIC & THE ARTS The yearly walk benefits public schools in the Greater Boston area, as well as nonprofits. The music-education organization ZUMIX, a partner in the event, will hold a concert at the walk’s culmination in Piers Park in East Boston. April 28, check-in begins at 1 p.m at Zumix Firehouse, East Boston. $5 per family.

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THE ROCK AND ROLL PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS: THE MUSIC OF MOTOWN FOR KIDS Kids under 10 get the opportunity to learn about one of the rock era’s most storied record labels through games, dancing, and reveling in R&B’s biggest hits. (Since the show’s located inside a rock club, the Rock and Roll Playhouse, which puts on the event, recommends hearing protection for sensitive ears.) April 28, noon. $15. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge

TODDLERBILLY TAKEOVER Matt Heaton brings his knowledge of children’s music, rockabilly, traditional Irish songs, and American roots music together in the form of Toddlerbilly, a fast-paced, humor-packed take on music that’ll get kids of all ages moving their feet. April 29, 5 p.m. Free. ONCE Ballroom, Somerville. 617-285-0167,

SING ALONG WITH SULINHA On last year’s “Sulinha’s Trio,” this singer-guitarist combines educational messages (the importance of tooth-brushing, the concept of the vowel) with Brazilian-inspired music that uses instruments like the berimbau and the cavaquinho. Live, she shows the under-5 set how those and other instruments integral to Brazilian music’s rich history look — and sound — in action. April 30, 10 a.m., and May 7, 10 a.m., Robbins Library, Arlington; May 3, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Boston Public Library central branch.

JOHNNY ORLANDO The latest Canadian YouTube heartthrob — following in the footsteps of Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes — is this 16-year-old singer-actor from the Toronto suburb of Mississauga. His just-released EP “Teenage Fever” places his winsome voice atop plush synths, with songs like the dreamy “Waste My Time’ and the percolating “Sleep” updating the teen-pop ideal to reflect 2019’s moodier aesthetics. May 5, 7 p.m. $28, $25 advance. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. 617-562-8800, www.crossroads


THE ROCK AND ROLL PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS: THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES FOR KIDS With their big hooks and taste for the fantastical, the Fab Four are a natural fit for the Rock and Roll Playhouse’s “pop greats for kids” curriculum, which combines hits from the past with movement, games, and other entertainments. May 12, noon. $15. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

LIFT EVERY VOICE: HER SONG The Boston Children’s Chorus is joined by gospel-soul belter (and “American Idol” standout) Melinda Doolittle in a program that celebrates women who triumphed against the odds. British composer Cecilia McDowall’s “Everyday Wonders: The Girl From Aleppo” is the centerpiece of the show, which will also include music from Eurythmics, Audra Day, and Nina Simone. May 18, 7 p.m. $17.75 and up; group rates available. Boch Center Wang Theatre. 800-982-2787,

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