It’s no exaggeration to claim Sam Bush is one of the most influential acoustic musicians of his generation. Bush, 61, has earned multiple Grammy and IBMA awards, along with an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award. His contributions include founding the cutting-edge Newgrass Revival, serving as music director for Emmylou Harris’ Nash Ramblers, helping define the “New Traditionalist” style of country music as an A-list session musician, and an acclaimed solo career. He’ll perform at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$38. More info: artscenterlive.org.
• Friday, the ArtsCenter hosts the Quiet American with Adam Hurt and Beth Hartness, while Southland Ballroom in Raleigh presents the Turnpike Troubadours. On Tuesday, blues great Taj Mahal brings his trio to UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall.