The Duhks

7:30 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • $18-$20

Equipped with everything from a clawhammer banjo to a bouzouki (a Greek instrument similar to the mandolin), the Duhks have spent the past 12 years establishing themselves as one of the more accomplished and interesting alt-folk acts in recent memory. The Canadian fivesome came into prominence with their Grammy-nominated 2006 album, "Migrations," which was produced by Bela Fleck. The band has endured a series of lineup changes since, but vocalists Leonard Podolak and Jessee Havey remain. "Beyond the Blue," the Duhks' fifth full-length, came out last year. Locals Winston Drei Tod open. Raghav Mehta

Dobet Gnahoré

7:30 p.m. • Ordway Center • $20-$45

A true sophisticate, Gnahoré sings in nine languages, blending traditional sounds from her Ivory Coast homeland and other African nations with modern Europop. The 32-year-old daughter of drummer Boni Gnahoré, she's been around showbiz all her life, and shared in a "best urban/alternative" Grammy award with India.Arie for the song "Palea." So it's no surprise that the music on her fine new album, "Na Dre," is sleek and slick, not folkloric. A splendid singer, Gnahoré also plays congas, thumb piano and guitar, and writes message-laden songs meant to help empower African women. Tom Surowicz