Maybe it’s a sign of the uncertain times we live in: Live music programs for the fall are leaning strongly toward family-friendly entertainment and longtime local favorites. Comfort makes the heart grow stronger?

There are a few wild cards in the mix. Come Sept. 24, Tears of Silver, an indie-rock supergroup of sorts comprised of Big Star/Posies multi-instrumentalist Ken Stringfellow, Mercury Rev guitarist Jonathan Donahue and clarinetist Grasshopper, and Midlake’s Jesse Chandler, will be playing some new pieces along with favorites from each artist’s back catalogue. The concert’s somewhere-in-Pasadena location is a secret until the day before the show, when it will be revealed to ticket holders. Info: eventbrite.com/e/tears-of-silver-pasadena-tickets-35747462623

The 2nd Annual Open Arts & Music Festival (216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale) will bring live music from a diverse lineup — Run River North, Buyepongo, DUCKWRTH, Boogaloo Assassins, Wondem, Yavaran, El Santo Golpe, and DJ Monalisa — to downtown Glendale throughout the afternoon and evening of Sept. 16. Details: eventbrite.com/e/open-arts-music-festival-tickets-32336559520?aff=es2

ARTNight, the Crown City’s twice-yearly celebration of art’s varied forms of expression, will take over galleries, museums, and sundry informal and impromptu performance spaces across town on Friday, Oct. 13. Check in with artnightpasadena.org to keep up with who’s performing where as they are announced.

Summer brings a whole season of free Americana, blues, folk, funk, jazz, pop, soul and world music to the Levitt Pavilion (Memorial Park, corner of Raymond Avenue and Walnut Street, Pasadena). Sadly, the Levitt’s season wraps up this week, with Armenian-Mediterranean folk fusion from the Ara Dabandjian Combo (Sept. 2) and local favorite Barbara Morrison (Sept. 3). Nothing like having a bona fide LA jazz-blues legend to help you say farewell, summer; hello, fall. levittpavilionpasadena.org

Over at One Colorado (41 Hugus Alley, Old Pasadena), some special concerts are still being planned for November and December. In the meantime, the life-size puppets of Bob Baker’s Marionette Theatre will entertain kids of all ages with a different show at 4:30 each Tuesday afternoon in September, and “Ear Snacks” podcast hosts Andrew & Polly will perform songs for all ages on Sept. 28. onecolorado.com

The Rose (Paseo Colorado, 245 E. Green St., Pasadena) continues to host heritage artists, tribute bands, and Sunday gospel brunches. Some upcoming highlights: Austin pop-rockers Fastball (Sept. 16); revered jazz fusion guitarist Al DiMeola’s Elegant Gypsy 40th Anniversary Tour (Sept. 17); “Texican rock ‘n’ roll” brother trio Los Lonely Boys (Oct. 12); Oingo Boingo’s annual dance party, which happens well before Halloween this year (Oct. 13); “Only the Lonely” new wave chanteuse Martha Davis & the Motels (Oct. 20); a blues-jazz-rock summit with guitarists Robben Ford and Stanley Jordan, plus opener Jade Hendrix (Oct. 21); Jersey boy Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes (Nov. 3); the return of the Gin Blossoms (Nov. 16); ’70s soft-rock hitmaker Kenny Loggins (Nov. 30); and new “Signs” music from blues-rocker Jonny Lang (Dec. 18). wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com

Over at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock), Noches de Trova continue their monthly Friday concerts (Sept. 1, Oct. 13, Nov. 3, Dec. 1). Producer/DJ (and former “Spazzkid”) Mark Redito & Friends will bring electronic sounds and laughs on Sept. 29, and come Oct. 7, the 18th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival will once again sprawl along Colorado Boulevard with performances by NELA indie acts such as multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story remixed by Mark de Clive-Lowe, Mexico68, Kamasi Washington/EthioCali drummer Te-Amir, El Haru Kuroi, Subsuelo, Black Shakespeare, “neu-dream hip-pop” adventurers Dabble, Novala, turntable maestro C-Minus, Afro-Cuban hip-hop ensemble Earth Arrow, retro ska lovers the Delirians, the 131ers, Chola Orange, and more. cfaer.org

Pasadena-raised singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers will celebrate Dead Oceans’ release of her album “Stranger in the Alps” with a Sept. 21 show at Highland Park Ebell Club (131 S. Ave. 47, Highland Park); “goth prom attire encouraged.” The venue will host Big Thief and Little Wings on Oct. 4. ebell-hp.org

Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (Grace Hall, 73 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena) continues to give lessons before swing dances each Saturday, with live music from regional and national bands. Some upcoming highlights: local favorites Dave Stuckey & His Hothouse Gang (Sept. 16) and James Intveld & the Swing Sinners (Sept. 23); Austin’s Red Young & His Hot Horns (Oct. 7); Jonathan Stout & His Campus Five (Oct. 14); and a special Halloween costume dance featuring Pete Jacobs’ Wartime Radio Revue Swing Orchestra, with prizes given for the best costumes in the room (Oct. 28). pasadenaballroomdance.com

The Pasadena Folk Music Society continues to present quality acoustic concerts at Caltech’s Beckman Institute Auditorium (332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena). Coming this fall: New England string-and-vocal trio Low Lily with John Whelan (Oct. 7); Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble (Nov. 11); the Alley Cats’ “Jingle Bell Rock” show (Dec. 2); and California bluegrass leader Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands (Dec. 9). caltech.edu, pasadenafolkmusicsociety.org

Acoustic music also reigns every Wednesday at Brad Colerick’s Wine & Song singer-songwriter series at Arroyo Seco Golf Course (1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena). Veteran folkie James Lee Stanley and Olson-Wolfe (Textones frontwoman Carla Olson and guitarist/songwriter Todd Wolfe) all return on Sept. 13, followed by a reunion of melodic duo Songs of Shiloh (Marty Axelrod and Nicole Gordon) plus Maurice Tani on Sept. 20. Other fall highlights: bluesy Dulcie Taylor and singer-songwriter John Flynn (Sept. 27), An Evening With Gypsy Soul (Oct. 24), San Diego’s Gregory Page (Nov. 1) and Aireene Espiritu (Dec. 6). wineandsong.com

Americana fans, take note: “A Prairie Home Companion” and SoCal-raised host Chris Thile are returning to Pasadena Civic (300 E. Green St., Pasadena) on Oct. 28 — mark it on your calendar. pasadenacivic.visitpasadena.com

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel will lead LA Philharmonic through an opening gala honoring Mozart’s early years (Sept. 26) and “Scenes From ‘The Magic Flute’” (Oct. 5-8) at Walt Disney Concert Hall (111 S. Grand Ave., Downtown LA). Other noteworthy concerts coming to the iconic DTLA venue: Natalia Lafourcade with LA Phil (Oct. 12); Cafe Tacuba with LA Phil (Oct. 15); Americana independents M. Ward and Rhiannon Giddens (Oct. 25); Tony Award-winning “Hamilton” alum Leslie Odom Jr. (Dec. 8); and class act Dianne Reeves’ “Christmas Time is Here” holiday celebration (Dec. 20). Musiccenter.org

The Alex Theatre (216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale) will host Columbian pop star Andrés Cepeda (Sept. 22); Argentinean chart-topper Alejandro Lerner (Sept. 23); and beloved Grammy-winning composer Lalo Schifrin’s 85th birthday concert (Oct. 7). alextheatre.org

The fall slate at Cal State LA’s Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex (Cal State LA, 5151 State University Drive, LA) prioritizes quality over quantity, with concerts from Eddie Palmieri’s Latin Jazz Orchestra: Eddie at 80 (Nov. 11) and New Orleans favorite son Aaron Neville’s duo (Dec. 1). luckmanarts.org

Boston Court (70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena) presents eclectic artists pushing the boundaries of jazz, classical and folk, including the Jennifer Leitham Trio (Oct. 20), violinist Blake Pouliot (Oct. 21), the New Zimro Ensemble and visiting Cracow Duo (pianist Marek Szlezer and cellist Jan Kalinowski in an evening of Polish-Jewish chamber music and art songs (Oct. 28), and LA Percussion Quartet co-founder Matt Cook (Nov. 4). bostoncourt.com. n