After releasing her first single during the nation’s bicentennial and breaking through in the mid-’80s, Reba McEntire has remained a presence in country music and on screen, both small and silver. She’s one of country’s most influential stars (and best-selling ones, too), and although not as prolific as she once was, she’s still releasing new music, including her 33rd album, this year’s back-to-basic “Stronger Than the Truth.” From honky tonk-ready numbers such as “Swing All Night Long With You,” patriotic anthems such as “Freedom” and heartbroken songs such as the excellently titled “Tammy Wynette Kind of Pain,” McEntire wears her “Queen of Country” crown with pride. July 28 at 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap. $45.
Corinne Bailey Rae
Corinne Bailey Rae has sounded like a star since, well, “Like A Star,” a gentle, windswept ballad released in 2005. Since then, her musical journey has mirrored her personal one, from her breezy neo-soul debut album, to the grief-stricken “The Sea” (recorded after a hiatus following the death of her husband, Jason Rae), and the vibrant, musically adventurous “The Heart Speaks in Whispers,” which rose like a phoenix after a six-year gap. Expect to hear several songs from that album, as the British singer-songwriter returns to the United States and prepares for the next step in her journey. July 30 at 8 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre. Sold out.
Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington is perhaps the buzziest name in jazz music today, and if the 38-year-old saxophonist-composer-producer-bandleader needs inspiration for how to stay vital throughout a musical lifetime, he should look no further than Herbie Hancock. And for the next several weeks, he won’t have to look far, as the two will share stages on a short tour. Ever since stepping out of Miles Davis’ shadow in the ’70s, Hancock has been jazz’s preeminent pioneer, fusing it with funk, electronic music and hip-hop — and paving the way for Washington and his contemporaries (and collaborators) Thundercat and Kendrick Lamar. July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Wolf Trap. $35-$55.
Korn and Alice in Chains
Turn on Korn’s latest single, “You’ll Never Find Me,” and even if you checked out about the time of the band’s Family Values Tour heyday, nu metal memories will come rushing back like a gulp of Surge. The ecstasy-and-agony two-guitar attack, gut-rumbling rhythm section, and Jonathan Davis’s melodramatic shrieks and squeals: They’re all there, as are most of the band’s original members. That can’t be said for tourmates Alice in Chains, who — after original vocalist Layne Staley’s death in 2002 — re-formed with William DuVall and have enjoyed a decade-plus resurgence. But either way, this promises to be a show full of metal, whether old, new or nu. July 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Jiffy Lube Live. $27-$110.50.