Unplug with Pablo and the Buddha 

Saturday, Dec. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets for the age-21-plus show are $8.

Pablo and the Buddha is an acoustic duo that plays an eclectic blend of modern and classic tunes across an array of genres.

Celebrate Pablo’s (Nathan Raschkow) 30th birthday on the 30th! 

Railroad Earth returns to Ballroom

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $25 in advance and $28 at the door.

The members of Railroad Earth aren’t losing sleep about what “kind” of music they play — they just play it. When they started out in 2001, they were a bunch of guys interested in playing acoustic instruments together. As Railroad Earth violin/vocalist Tim Carbone recalls, “All of us had been playing in various projects for years, and many of us had played together in different projects. But this time, we found ourselves all available at the same time.”

Songwriter/lead vocalist Todd Sheaffer continues, “When we started, we only loosely had the idea of getting together and playing some music. It started that informally; just getting together and doing some picking and playing. Over a couple of month period, we started working on some original songs, as well as playing some covers that we thought would be fun to play.”

Shortly thereafter, they took five songs from their budding repertoire into a studio and knocked out a demo in just two days. Their manager sent that demo to a few festivals, and — to the band’s surprise — they were booked at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival before they’d even played their first gig. This prompted them to quickly go in and record five more songs; the ten combined tracks of which made up their debut album, “The Black Bear Sessions.”

Noah Gundersen brings poetic tunes

Noah Gundersen with Lizzy Gundersen, Sunday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $15.

Once upon a time, Noah Gundersen poetically sang that the storms which make us tremble also “fill our organs up with air,”…allowing us to sing “honest songs.”

Authenticity can be a fickle mistress it seems. Gundersen has been peddling sincerity and introspection in musical form for almost a decade; songs that give listeners a taste of the emotional nectar in the pit of another human’s gut. He’s been dredging up viscous fistfulls of his own being and shaping them into little waxen votives, candles meant to illuminate the territory between shameless confession and hopeless redemption, for all of the other twenty-somethings who’ve been groping around in that long existential shadow.

At some point this whole process must have lost its charm. It was two years ago that Gundersen, like some artistic ouroboros, began to sing the words “Am I earning the right to live by looking in a mirror? There’s nothing more sincere than selfish art?” The cyclic ritual of self-induced nausea, staring in the mirror mouth agape, waiting to wretch new words and sounds, was catching up with him. Not long after, in the early part of 2016, he sat down for a show and felt like he was dying.

“Instead of my life up to that point flashing before my eyes, it was my future. A future playing songs I didn’t believe in… pouring my soul out into a vehicle I no longer recognized or loved.”

Datsik leads Ninja Nation Tour here

Datsik, with Space Jesus, Riot Ten and Wooli, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m., in the Ballroom. Tickets for the all-ages show are $30.

Datsik is a Canadian EDM producer and DJ who has attracted huge crowds at festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo, Chambhala, Electric Zoo and others.

He has also collaborated with a diverse group of artists, from The Crystal Method to Diplo, Bassnectar, DJ Craze, Nero and the Wu-Tang Clan.

Datsik has called his music “dark” and “robotic.”