Raul Malo got his start as a country singer, but you wouldn’t know it by the jazzy and Latin-spiced music he makes these days. The velvet-voiced Malo used to front the Mavericks, but his solo records are more in tune with his Cuban roots. His crossover comes effortlessly. At last year’s CMT Music Awards, Malo performed a medley that included covers of country standards “For the Good Times” and “Crying”—which was originally recorded by Roy Orbison, whose name often comes up when folks are looking for a tidy vocal comparison. But he’s also adept at taking on Cuban legend Beny Moré’s “Volver, Volver.” You can expect a little of both styles in concert, where Malo packs mucho stage charisma, a keen sense of humor and a super-tight backing band. He’s not too shabby a guitar player either. (Ernest Barteldes)
May 19 at Evanston Space, 1245 Chicago, Evanston, (847)492-8860, 8pm. $27-$40.