There is so much incredible music out there waiting to be heard. Here are some suggestions that have caught the eyes and ears of The Patriot Ledger's longtime music writer, Jay N. Miller.

365体育足球滚球比分SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES: The legend of New Jersey shore music, and one of Bruce Springsteen's favorite bands and influences, the r&b and rock 'n' soul sound of this octet is unmatched, Thursday, Feb. 20 at The Narrows Center in Fall River, also Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Lynn Auditorium.

365体育足球滚球比分THE WONDER YEARS: The band from Philly has nothing to do with the TV series, but they have loads to do with incisive power pop at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Thursday-Friday Feb. 20-21.

JACQUEES: The Georgia native who mixes r&b, hip-hop and pop is sure to warm up the House of Blues in Boston, Thursday, Feb. 20.

365体育足球滚球比分PROFESSOR HARP: Brockton's Hugh Holmes was a rock drummer before he was bitten by the blues bug and fascinated by the harmonica, and The Porch in Medford with its Southern cuisine seems like the perfect venue for him on Thursday, Feb. 20.

365体育足球滚球比分NOAH PREMINGER: One of the foremost tenor sax stylists in jazz, Preminger's seven-piece group has new music at Scullers in Boston on Thursday, Feb. 20.

365体育足球滚球比分JOHN JORGENSON QUINTET: The master guitarist who has played with literally everyone who's anyone in jazz, rock and pop, brings his own quintet into The RegattaBar in Cambridge for a night of gypsy jazz (a la Django Reinhardt) on Thursday, Feb. 20.

SOUTH SHORE SONGSMITHS INVADE SOMERVILLE: Where's the best place to catch the premier songwriters from the South Shore? It's Somerville on Friday, Feb. 21, when Marshfield's Kevin Connolly's Mule Variations series of music from crucial influences returns to Bull McCabe's; while not far away, Chuck McDermott, whose Wheatstraw was one of Boston's first (and best) country rock outfits in the 1980s, plays with a new group called Convoy Hickies (explaining that ought to be worth the price of admission) at Sally O'Brien's.

BUSTA RHYMES: The famed rapper shakes it up at Big Night Live in Boston on Friday, Feb. 21.

365体育足球滚球比分ERIC NAM: K-Pop sensation from Atlanta takes over Royale in Boston on Friday, Feb. 21.

365体育足球滚球比分ANNE HAMPTON CALLOWAY: The superb singer presents a Jazz Meets Broadway show at Scullers in Boston on Friday, Feb. 21.

365体育足球滚球比分The 21st ANNUAL BOSTON MARDI GRAS BALL: A long list of local luminaries including Chandler Travis and Andrea Gillis brings a bit of New Orleans to Once Ballroom in Somerville on Friday, Feb. 21.

365体育足球滚球比分THE RACKY THOMAS BAND: Dorchester's own blues-harp dynamo is not just a fine singer and player, but he and his quintet are also topnotch entertainers, at The Next Page Cafe in Weymouth, Friday, Feb. 21.

365体育足球滚球比分THE BOOGALOO SWAMIS: One of Boston's oldest and most beloved musical gumbo-makers, with plenty of that Mardi Gras feel, at The Porch in Medford on Friday, Feb. 21.

365体育足球滚球比分HIGH SOUTH: Classic rock sounds, Americana, and sterling three-part vocal harmonies--think CS&N, The Doobies, and bands like that--at The River Club Music Hall in Scituate on Friday, Feb. 21.

365体育足球滚球比分THE REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE: Did someone mention Mardi Gras? This iconic New Orleans troupe is sure to get The RegattaBar shaking and grooving, with guest stars including saxman Amadee Castanell, known for playing with lots of the Crescent City's best, including the late Dr. John, Friday, Feb. 21.

THE DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: They might be America's top rock band, and they surely have two of the best songwriters in Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, and they never play these parts often enough, so catch 'em at The Somerville Theater, Saturday, Feb. 22.

HOT WATER MUSIC: Florida power pop and punk rock exponents take over The Sinclair in Cambridge for two nights, Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 22-23.

LUCERO: It's a big weekend for Americana, as the Tennessee giants headline The Met Cafe in Pawtucket on Saturday, Feb. 22.

CHRIS SMITHER: Arlington's own nonpareil master of the acoustic blues holds court at The Narrows Center in Fall River, Saturday, Feb. 22.

MASS: The other hard rocking band from Massachusetts that had its heyday in the '80s, these guys have been at it since '84, and their eight albums have sold millions, so 'Reach for the Sky" at The Spire Center in Plymouth on Saturday, Feb. 22.

365体育足球滚球比分BOOTY VORTEX: We didn't appreciate the Disco Era when it was here--in fact, okay, some of us hated it--but this ten-piece gang of revivalists mix just the right amount of tight arrangements, appealing stage show, gaudy costumes, and a delicious sense of self-parody, at The River Club Music Hall on Saturday, Feb. 22.

365体育足球滚球比分THEO KATZMAN: The neo-soul singer has a cool sound and a hot groove, at Royale in Boston Saturday, Feb. 22.

365体育足球滚球比分JUICE: The homegrown Beantown septet jams out with rock and funk and more, at The Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Saturday, Feb. 22.

365体育足球滚球比分OLD FOX: It's rock, its' folk, it's Americana, and it's all original and enticing, at Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge, Saturday, Feb. 22.

365体育足球滚球比分SHYAM NEPALI: Just because how many chances do you get to hear folk music from Nepal, and this virtuoso on the sarangi, a Nepalese stringed instrument? Small world department: coincidentally, Marshfield's boxing attorney, Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes and her husband Wayne are currently in Nepal, climbing mountains, while some of Nepal's best music is right here in Cambridge at Club Passim on Saturday, Feb. 22.

VINICIUS CANTUARIA: Some Brazilian bossa nova to heat up your evening? Try this stellar guitarist and his band at Scullers in Boston on Saturday, Feb. 22.

365体育足球滚球比分ELVIN BISHOP AND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE: It's impossible to overstate what a topnotch pairing of blues talents this is, as Bishop, although best known for his long-ago hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," is a consummate showman, singer and songwriter with ready wit, while Musselwhite is perhaps the ultimate blues harmonica player and singer, at The Wilbur Theater in Boston on Sunday, Feb. 23.

WOLF PARADE: Indie rock fire from Montreal invades The Paradise Rock Club in Boston Sunday, Feb. 23.

SHAKEY GRAVES: The Austin, Texas singer/songwriter fuses rock, blues, folk, country and south of the border sounds in his heady mix, at The Sinclair Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 24-25.

MORGAN JAMES: The fast-rising country music star is presented by 101.7 The Bull for two nights at City Winery in Boston, Monday-Tuesday Feb. 24-25.

365体育足球滚球比分KAMASI WASHINGTON: The new jazz saxophone star brings plenty of r&b heat as well to big Night Live in Boston, Monday, Feb. 24.

SQUEEZEBOX STOMPERS: The zydeco troupe from the almost-Crescent City of Watertown helps you celebrate Mardi Gras at The Burren in Somerville on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

MARCIA BALL & SONNY LANDRETH: Long tall Marcia Ball and her rollicking piano tunes meet Louisiana guitarist extraordinaire Landreth in a double-bill that lights up Once Ballroom in Somerville Tuesday, Feb. 25. Also at The Narrows Center in Fall River on Thursday, Feb. 27.

365体育足球滚球比分AMERICAN AUTHORS/MAGIC GIANT: Cool double-bill of edgy rock bands at The Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 25.

365体育足球滚球比分WESLEY STACE: Mr. Stace performs a Tribute to John Wesley Harding, which is notable because that was the pseudonym used by Stace until he 'came clean' with his real name for his folk-pop tunes, at Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge, Wednesday, Feb. 26.

365体育足球滚球比分TRIXIE MATTEL: A performer who became famous as part of RuPaul's Drag Race, the Milwaukee performer offers pop and comedy at Royale in Boston on Wednesday, Feb. 26.