From rock to jazz to choral and world music, here are some highly recommended concerts coming up in the Bay Area.

ROYAL RETURN TO THE BAY AREA

Having rocked Live 105's Not So Silent Night in December, Kings of Leon return to the Bay Area to headline a show March 25 at the SAP Center in San Jose. The Nashville band best known for such chart-topping modern rock tracks "Use Somebody" and "Sex on Fire" is touring in support of its sixth studio album, "Mechanical Bull." Local Natives are also on the bill. Show time is 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $29.50 to $65.50, www.ticketmaster.com.

GALACTIC GROOVES

Musician Caleb Followill and his band Kings of Leon return to the Bay Area for a show Marchg 25 at SAP Center in San Jose. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty
Musician Caleb Followill and his band Kings of Leon return to the Bay Area for a show Marchg 25 at SAP Center in San Jose. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) ( Jason Merritt )

It's time to get your groove on with Galactic, the fine jazz-funk jam band out of New Orleans. The group features some stellar musicians, the most notable being drummer Stanton Moore, who can work a kit like nobody's business. The band returns to San Francisco for a two-night stand, March 21-22, at the legendary Fillmore. The concerts start 9 p.m. and tickets are $32.50, www.livenation.com.

ROY HARGROVE TIMES 5

You remember the old days at jazz clubs, when it was routine for a top band to arrive for a week of performances? Chalk it up to the economy or the vagaries of listening habits, but it doesn't happen much anymore. It's happening next week, however, at Yoshi's San Francisco, where the great trumpeter Roy Hargrove arrives with his quintet on Wednesday for a five-night run. Shows at 8 and 10 p.m. March 26-29, and 7 and 9 p.m. March 30. Tickets: $16-$30; 415-655-5600, www.yoshis.com.

LIVE, FROM NEW YORK ...

For more than 20 years, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander has been a top player in New York, a paragon of hard bop. Mining the tradition of his heroes John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt and George Coleman, Alexander performs March 21-22 at Cafe Stritch in San Jose with a top-shelf band, including drummer Peppe Merolla (his co-leader), pianist Matt Clark and bassist Michael Zisman. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. Admission: $15 at the door; www.brownpapertickets.com. More information: www.cafestritch.com.

JEWISH MUSIC FEST

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell is best known as an acclaimed opera bass, but has also devoted himself of late to Yiddish cantorial music. At 7 p.m. March 23, he headlines a concert titled "Convergence" at Berkeley's Jewish Community Center, exploring the ties between Jewish and African-American music ($22-$25). It's part of the Jewish Music Festival that runs through May 3 at Berkeley and San Francisco venues. Tickets and more information: www.jewishmusicfestival.org.