Celebrating a career of nearly 55 years, Cher is one of those artists who requires no introduction. After all, how does one sum up more than 40 million records sold alongside onetime partner Sonny Bono and, later, 100 million as a solo act? The diva was still managing to outdo herself as recently as 2013, with her last album, “Closer to the Truth,” landing at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 — her highest debut ever. As Cher begins a residency this week at the Theater at MGM National Harbor, fans are guaranteed an experience befitting of a star who, after decades of tossing away conventions, certainly has no use for them now. Saturday through Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Theater at MGM. $135-$327.
The ’90s and early ’00s are widely considered a high point in R&B due to palpable elements of vulnerability and sensuality that are largely absent from today’s more high-profile artists. Just in time for Valentine’s Day come five of the era’s marquee acts, assembling for a night of love and heartbreak at EagleBank Arena. Singers Joe and Tyrese, with their soul-stirring vocals, will be the night’s only solo acts, while trios SWV and Next and Baltimore’s Dru Hill will offer their mix of romantic melodies. There are sure to be plenty of sentimental hits to go around. Saturday at 8 p.m. at EagleBank Arena. $59-$79.
It’s hard to classify Snarky Puppy. Some have described the band as jazz fusion, while others have honed in on its improvisational techniques. Whatever it is, the Brooklyn-based collective has been making compelling, genre-blurring songs for 14 years — music for music’s sake. The group rose to prominence on the tour circuit — just last year, after a third Grammy win, Snarky Puppy played huge venues around the world — but may be taking a break soon before hitting the studio for a fresh album in 2018. For a group as prolific as this one, it’s always worth revisiting where it has been as you wait to see where it’s going. Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore. $33.
When it comes to R&B, few artists are doing it better than the Canadian duo Dvsn. The pair, vocalist Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85, blend gorgeous, moody soundscapes with stirring and shamefully relatable lyrics. It’s all topped off by an appreciation for ’90s sensibilities and nostalgia-inducing flourishes: “P.O.V.” (from this year’s “Morning After”), for example, uses Maxwell’s “Fortunate,” while “Too Deep” (from last year’s “Sept. 5th”) samples Ginuwine’s “So Anxious.” The duo’s catalogue encompasses all the emotional drama of someone making a late-night call to an ex only to cry into the pillow once the deed is done. Thursday at 9 p.m. at the Fillmore. Show is sold out.