Nick Jonas latest

That does not come as much of a surprise seeing as how the 22-year old vocalist/performer has notched a couple of hit singles only in the previous year, while concurrently making waves on the little screen.

He is in the middle of filming season 2 of the success DirecTV show “Kingdom,” in which he impersonates Nate Kulina, who is portion of a family of mixed martial arts fighters. In the season 1 finale of this past year, viewers found out that Jonas’ character is homosexual, a story line that is certain to come into play in season 2.

The cast recently began working on episodes 1 and 2, and so far the storyline is “really extreme,” Jonas says.

“There are some signs of a number of the matters to come and that [Nate Kulina] story line developing a bit more. And it is about self discovery. So for this particular character, it is a really significant time in his life. And we are attempting to tell the story seriously….The MMA world, I believe, would have a rough time covering someone who was coping with this.

Jonas says it is a “quite impressive” show to be part of, but remained tight lipped on details because because Murphy likes to keep things hush hush.

“Jealous” and “Chains” are throughout the radio, and he is also on the graphs with the Sage the Gemini track, “Great Thing.”

“It’s been exciting simply to find that grow,” he said about his new music. “I am dying to get out as well as play.”

Jonas is focused on staying on the very top of his health, while on the road. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the age of 13 while on tour with the Jonas Brothers, Jonas is devoted to managing his diabetes, particularly on the road and tracking his glucose levels. He is been a longtime advocate for the cause, lately partnering with Dexcom, a player in constant glucose monitoring (CGM), to help raise awareness about diabetes as well as the value of tracking it.

“For me it was around finding the right equipment and getting it into my own personal hands,” said Jonas, who pointed out he can even check his degrees on his Apple Watch. “With diabetes you need to assess your blood sugar often and sometimes even 12 times a day. Through the course of the day, I get a reading every five minutes with this. I am truly on the very top of my numbers and where I am headed so I can live a healthy life.”

Life today is in the musical sense, at least without the Jonas Brothers. The brother trio broke up in late 2013, and Jonas says they are still close, although they are no longer a group.

My oldest brother Kevin and his wife have. She is really sweet. Joe is on show called ‘I May Do That’ — which is doing very well and doing some DJ’ing shows and everyone’s active,” he said. “And I believe we are all happy for every other — and undoubtedly made the correct choice — to be a family first and shut that chapter as a group.”

As for what is next, it is safe to say Jonas will probably be somewhat active. He’s “Scream Queens” and “Kingdom” shoots coming up and expects to compose some new music during his down time.

“I will have some time to do a bit of writing while I am doing that. I am constantly attempting to create whether or it is for me or while I am firing, I Will always remain active,” he said.

Enthusiasts can be looking for a world tour next year, also.

Meanwhile, Jonas says he is having “the time of my entire life.”

In the clubs

Songsmith J.D. Souther, almost an Eagle, and also a great artist in his own right, at The Narrows Center in Fall River. The flamenco sounds at The RegattaBar in Harvard Square of Mosaico. SuperFly’s weekly funk work out in The Beachcomber in Quincy on the veranda. Justin Furstenfeld, at The Sinclair in Cambridge, from the band Blue October. The Thursday summer blues show is under way at the Boston Harbor Hotel, featuring James Montgomery tonight. Funny Carmen Esposito at Johnny D’s in Somerville. Heck is raised by the Dillinger Escape Plan at Royale in Boston. Short’y Billups jams with the Willie J. Laws Group at The Next Page in Weymouth. Local H rocks The Met Cafe in Pawtucket. The Americana business of Hayden and DeLuca warms up The Office Bistro in Plymouth.
It is worth handling the traffic. Folk star Bill Staines performs at The River Club in Scituate. The only Professor Harp holds a course in blues at Chilihead BBQ in West Bridgewater. The Talkbacks and Miss Tess bring the origins to Johnny D’s. Benjamin Booker headlines The Met Cafe. His Roots Rock Revue and Jesse Ahern shake up the New World Tavern. The RegattaBar is dazzled at by the New West Guitar Group. Phox rocks Brighton Music Hall. The groove is found by de Orro in the House of Blues. Lead and gunpowder rock The Following Page. Soul Carton blues rocks the Son of Tinker. Comic Tom Green at The Narrows Center. One of the most underrated rock outfits in Beantown, The Sheila Divine, take over The Sinclair. The bluegrass quintet Club Passim in Cambridge revel.
Get an early beginning for The Mavericks country rock show at Indian Ranch in Webster. The Narrows Center lights up. Rockabilly giant – and former Raynham resident – Sleepy LaBeef celebrating with a show at Johnny D’s and is turning 80. The British guitar ace is brought by the Richard Thompson Trio to The Wilbur Theater. Train rocks The Xfinity Center in Mansfield. Send ahoy reggae masters John Brown’s Body sponsor a Boston Harbor Music Cruise. The Danny Gallagher Band rocks Maggie’s in Quincy. Helio Sequence formulates some pleasure at Brighton Music Hall. Code 7 rocks the Son of Tinker. Great Scott is inhabited by the Voodoo Glow Skulls. The Following Page is warmed up by the Dons. Glass Creatures rock The Met Cafe. Some Broadway melodies are brought by the Cape Cod Symphony to the Cape Cod Melody Tent. John Fannon sings at Club Passim. Chad Burdick for country lovers at Toby Keith’s in Foxboro. Suzanne McNeil is back at Campanales in Braintree. Jazz lovers please at The RegattaBar. Guitarist Peter Parcek at Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge. The rock quintet called Mercy as well as Billy Gear strikes on Pete’s Grille in Quincy.

Upcoming band music events

For most of the double-aughts, the Mavericks were seemingly a matter of yesteryear, but stentorian crooner Raul Malo and his cohorts have been making up for lost time since reuniting. This will be their third year in a row at the venerable country music park; their previous two visits turned the place into a raucous, writhing dance party, and there’s no reason to presume this time is going to be any different. Indian Ranch, Webster. 508-943-3871. STUART MUNRO

Rock & Pop

ENERGETIC KID Under the moniker Active Child, Pat Grossi has carved out a remarkable place in contemporary music. Songwriter and a harpist, he is also in possession of a celestial voice that operates in sumptuous harmony with the featherweight fanfares he adds to his brand of ambient R&B and pop. Active Child’s new sophomore record, “Mercy,” was released earlier this week, and Low Roar, the spectral Icelandic group, will start the show. June 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18, $15 for students and members. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103,

The ricocheting guitar lines and synth sheen give the record a dark, alternative-’80s vibe, while keeping the focus on the penetrating wail of Hunter. June 20, 8:45 p.m. Tickets: $14, $12 in advance. Cambridge, the Sinclair. 800-745-3000

MORRISSEY I know, I know: It’s anyone’s guess what’s going to occur when Morrissey goes on tour. But as he was last year at the Boston Opera House, when he is on, Moz is normally in especial form using a crack group behind him. June 24, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$79.50. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester. 877-471-7649,

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK Now grown men, the Kids continue to be right when they get together again 30 years since forming in Boston. June 24 and 25, 7 p.m. Tickets: $32-$104.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, JAMES REED

Folk & World

TIRED LABEEF When Sleepy LaBeef released his first single, “I’m Through,” on Starday Records in 1957, he could count George Jones, Red Sovine, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Buddy Holly as peers. He is gone from rockabilly to country and back again, and as he approaches 80, he is (with the possible exclusion of the Killer) the last guy standing, on stage and otherwise. His show on Saturday is a birthday party. June 20, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Johnny D’s,Somerville. 617-776-2004.

RICHARD THOMPSON TRIO More exactly, the Richard Thompson Electric Trio, which suggests an evening dominated by the guitar master’s winding, astringent plugged-in sound and the skimpy propulsion of Michael Jerome and trio members Taras Prodaniuk. There’ll be some acoustic guitar provided by opener Doug Paisley as he plays with his understated, meticulously crafted country-folk. June 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40-$55. Wilbur Theatre. 800 745 3000.

June 23, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott (Walker); June 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. The Paradise (Tyler). 800 745 3000.


Jazz & Blues

June 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30. Scullers. 866 777 8932,

Unique guests include cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, trombonist Jeb Bishop, saxophonist Tony Malaby, and drummer Ra -Kalam Bob Moses. June 19, 20, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$25. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617 955 7729,

THE COMPOSERSSAXOPHONE QUARTET Baritone saxophonist Kathy Olson’s ensemble flies high with no net of a rhythm section in the challenging and exhilarating four-sax arrangement. With tenor saxophonist Sean Berry, alto and soprano saxophonist Allan Chase, and alto saxophonist Rick Stone. June 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12-$15. The Green Room, 62 Bow St., Somerville. 617 615 9467,

Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Path. 2A, Shirley. 877-536-7190,



Conductor Gil Rose returns to the score as the culminating production in Odyssey Opera’s spring festival of British works. Nic Muni directs. June 18-20, Boston Conservatory Theater. 617 826 1626,

June 18, Brandeis University’s Slosberg Auditorium, 800-875-7156,

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Next up at Rockport: Rockport, Shalin Liu Performance Center. 978-546-7391, www.rockport



AFTER ALL OF THE TERRIBLE THINGS I DOAn absorbing production of A. Rey Pamatmat’s talky but trenchant dramatization of a timely issue — the intimidation of gay kids — that investigates the corrosive nature of remorse and sheds light on what can be shown, or concealed, by the stories we tell about our lives. Directed by Peter DuBois. Through June 21. Boston Center for the Arts, Huntington Theatre Company at Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion. 617-266-0800,

Memories of that portrayal are sufficient to whet the desire for this production of Conor McPherson’s “Shining City,” where Dold will play Ian, a distressed therapist whose patient, a Dublin widower, insists he has seen the ghost of his wife, lately killed in an auto crash. Directed by Christopher Innvar. June 18-July 11. Barrington Stage Company, St. Germain Stage, Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, Pittsfield. 413 236 8888;


SWEET AND SAD Gathered for dinner on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, a family browses the junction of the private and the political in Richard Nelson’s greatly sensitive, subtext-rich play. A six-man cast shines under masterful direction by Weylin Symes. The mix of deeply personal positions, social relevance, and thoughtful question is more or less why we go to the theater. Through June 20. Production by Gloucester Stage Company in collaboration with Stoneham Theatre. At Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978 281 4433,

MELANCHOLY PLAY: A CHAMBER MUSICALA farcical spirit pervades this new musical setting of Sarah Ruhl’s play, an often amusing modern fable that boasts a sure ensemble performance. Ruhl coheres aspects of opera, magic realism, and melodrama into something unusual but finally comforting. Here, transformational powers are possessed by a vial of tears, and almonds aren’t what they appear. An onstage string quartet plays with bittersweet, faintly melodic pieces that stay eminently pleasant. Through June 28. Trinity Repertory Company. At Dowling Theater, Providence. 401-351-4242,