Budget-friendly musical showcases abound while the Association of Performing Arts Presenters is in town for their yearly cultural shopping spree. The highlight is arguably GlobalFest, a night-long, triple-stage smorgasbord of international acts on the ascent and often making their U.S. debuts. This year’s diverse dozen include the 14-piece Silk Road Ensemble; Malian afro-rap quartet SMOD; the Gloaming, a Celt-rock fusion quintet featuring master fiddler Martin Hayes alongside indie rocker Doveman; Chinese jew harp and sheng pipe virtuoso Wang Li; lithe-voiced Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade; Queens Afro-Colombian funk-folkloristas M.A.K.U. Sound System; Israeli singer Ravid Kahalani’s joyously eclectic Yemen Blues; Boston-based Ethiopian jazzers the Debo Band; BélO, a singer-songwriting activist from Haiti; Italy’s oldest traditional ensemble, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino; and Zaz, a/k/a Isabelle Geffroy, the event’s seemingly obligatory annual nod to Parisian multiculti cabaret.
Sun., Jan. 8, 7 p.m., 2012