It's hard to find fault with alt-pop superstar Jason Mraz. This easy-going singer-songwriter turns out mellow, occasionally reggae-tinged, crowd-pleasing hits with an effortless charm. Like Citizen Cope and Dave Matthews, he crafts songs that make the ladies swoon and guys want to be his best friend - striking a tricky, radio/campfire-friendly balance in the process. Mraz makes music that can make an arena like the Rose Garden feel like an intimate venue, which is no small feat.
7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, Rose Garden Arena, One Center Court, 877-789-7673, $25-$45, all ages
At a time in history where we have the first African-American president, it's easy to overlook the genre-pushing progress that Living Colour achieved when they burst onto the scene a little more than 20 years ago. Vocalist Corey Glover and guitarist Vernon Reid carried on in the innovative and groundbreaking tradition of artists like Jimi Hendrix - proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that rock and roll is a wide open and color-blind playing field.
9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, Berbati's, 10 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-2122, $23
Singer/songwriter Mason Jennings has been slowly and steadily amassing a loyal following that hangs on his every word - and for good reason. This articulate musician has achieved the old-fashioned way: he's earned it. Constantly on the road, this talented singer-songwriter has won the hearts and minds of thousands through his literate pop and affable personality. The Wonder Ballroom should be a great place to watch him weave his spell.
8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., 503-284-8686, $22