Charlie Puth

Piano popster Charlie Puth has been racking up hits since he started posting music on YouTube while attending Berklee College of Music. He was the writer/producer/hook singer on Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” the Grammy-nominated hit dedicated to Paul Walker from the “Furious 7” soundtrack. The sweet-voiced tenor, 24, scored his own hit last year with the let’s-get-busy tune “Marvin Gaye,” which features Meghan Trainor. Now he’s romancing women once again with his new I’ll-be-right-there single, “One Call Away.” (7 p.m. Sun. Varsity Theater, sold out) 

Zakir Hussain

Tabla master Zakir Hussain has worked with a wide range of musical luminaries including the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, guitar hero John McLaughlin, sitar guru Ravi Shankar and jazz stars Pharoah Sanders and Pat Martino. Hussain was in the Twin Cities in 2010 for his collaboration with banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck and bass giant Edgar Meyer. This time around Hussain is leading the Masters of Percussion, which includes Seiichi Tanaka on taiko drums; Anantha Krishnan on mridangam; Mannargudi Vaidyanthan on tavil; Navin Sharma on dholak and Sabir Khan on sarangi. (8 p.m. Sat. Pantages Theatre, Mpls., $32.50-$48.50, hennepintheatretrust.org.) 

Also recommended:

Judy Larson benefit: This so-called Barnyard Dance to honor the great West Bank folkie features the long-lived talents of Willie Murphy, Rio Nido, Dakota Dave Hull, Phil Heywood, Becky Thompson, Papa John Kolstad, Laura MacKenzie, Lonnie Knight and others. (3 to 10 p.m. Sat. Minneapolis Eagles Club, Mpls.)

The Mavericks: America’s greatest dance band features a vocal virtuoso in the Orbisonesque Raul Malo. (8 p.m. Sat. State Theatre, Mpls., $47-$59, hennepintheatretrust.org.)

Class Action: The Twin Cities club band from late ‘70s/early ‘80s featuring vocalists Candy Anderson and Patty Peterson reunites. (7 & 9 p.m. Sat. Dakota, Mpls., $20, dakotacooks.com)

Brian Gallagher benefit: Julius Collins and members of Greazy Meal will honor their good-guy saxophonist, who died suddenly this month. (9:30 p.m. Sat. Cabooze, Mpls., $10-$15, cabooze.com.)

Laurie Anderson: The performance artist extraordinaire takes on election campaigns in “Language of the Future: Letters to Jack.” (8 p.m. Sat. Fitzgerald, St. Paul, $39, etix.com.)

Janiva Magness: On 2014’s “Original,” she reasserts her status as the Bonnie Raitt of the Midwest. (7 p.m. Sun. Dakota, Mpls., $25, dakotacookscom.)

Rachel Platten: At 34, Platten is having her pop breakthrough with the hit “Fight Song,” which has become the campaign theme song for Hillary Clinton. Eric Hutchinson opens. (7:30 p.m. Sun. Mill City Nights, Mpls., $20-$45, axs.com.)

Shawn Colvin: The “Sunny Came Home” singer is a memorable storyteller in song and conversation. (7 p.m. Thu.-March 26, Dakota, $45-$50, dakotacooks.com)