• The Portland Youth Philharmonic features the local premiere of Russian-American rising star Lev Zhurbin in "Current," Tchaikovsky's classic "4th Symphony" and Paul Creston's "Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra" by Nathan Coffman. Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, $5-$60, www.portlandyouthphil.org.
• The Metropolitan Youth Symphony, led by conductor Raul Gomez, puts on its "Arabian Nights" concert, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. It features Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade," based on the collection of Middle Eastern folk tales "One Thousand and One Nights." Tickets: $11-$40, www.playmys.org.
• Conducted by Norman Huynh, the Oregon Symphony puts on "Along the Oregon Trail," a musical tour of the Wild West and Northwest, narrated by Pam Mahon and featuring the Pacific Youth Choir and Dance West. Details: 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, starting at $10.
Coming to venues this week (tickets still available at press time):
• The country-folk Wood Brothers, touring in support of "One Drop of Truth," play the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Tickets: $25, www.crystalballroompdx.com.
• The indie band Blind Pilot shares the stage with the Oregon Symphony, conducted by Norman Huynh, and plays songs from the band's third album, "And Then Like Lions," and more at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. Tickets: starting at $25, www.orsymphony.org.
• The 14-time Grammy Award winner Herbie Hancock, presented by the Oregon Symphony, plays Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2. Tickets: starting at $35, www.orsymphony.org.
• It's retro music in Old School Throwback Jam, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Moda Center. Among the performers on tour are Lisa Lisa, Taylor Dayne, Stevie B, Expose and The Jets. Tickets: $25-$85, $13 parking, www.rosequarter.com.
• The great Carlos Santana comes to town with his band, performing at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Tickets: $48-$123, $13 parking, www.rosequarter.com. Santana has won 10 Grammy Awards and sold more than 90 million albums.
• The Portland eclectic band MarchFourth returns to the city for its annual party, featuring three shows on two days at Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside. Their gigs are 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Tickets: $8-$20, www.crystalballroompdx.com.
• "Masters of Hawaiian Music" hits the stage at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., 8 p.m. Sunday, March 4, with George Kahumoku Jr., Led Kaapana and Jeff Peterson. Tickets: $25, $30 at door, www.albertarosetheatre.com.
• The singer-songwriter Chris Smither performs at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. Tickets: $22, $26 at door, www.albertarosetheatre.com.
Buy your tickets soon ...
• Rapper Post Malone kicks off his North American tour with 21 Savage and SOB X RBE, April 26 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Tickets are on sale at www.rosequarter.com.
• Todd Rundgren is reuniting with Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox and Ralph Schuckett for the first time on tour in 32 years, and they play Revolution Hall on June 2. Tickets are on sale at www.LiveNation.com. They're releasing the box set "The Road To Utopia."
• McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale has started announcing upcoming dates, including Ian Anderson's "50 Years of Jethro Tull" (June 9) and Jackson Browne (July 22). To keep up to date and for tickets, see www.mcmenamins.com.
• It'll be a race to get tickets for Metallica when they go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 2. The metal band will play Moda Center on Dec. 5. Tickets are $65 and $135 and available at www.rosequarter.com and www.ticketmaster.com.
A lot of shows sell out. We'll occasionally try to alert you to certain events that don't have tickets for sale anymore, which would allow you to ask — bother? — friends to take you. Or, evaluate the secondary market.
Lee Ann Womack, one of the most distinctive and decorated vocalists in modern country music, performs at the Doug Fir Lounge, March 3. But it's sold out.