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It’s time to stop calling newcomer Raul Midón the next Stevie Wonder. Because neither musician is sighted, the world has come to the conclusion that the two have similar musical sensibilities. In all fairness, Midón has done a few things to invite the comparison: He did sing “I Just Called to Say I Love You” on Herbie Hancock’s latest album, Possibilities, and Wonder shows up on Midón’s own critically acclaimed album State of Mind to play the harmonica on “Expressions of Love.” And it’s obvious that Midón shares Wonder’s dedication to complex composition and hopeful, feel-good songs—but the similarities between the singers/songwriters/composers end there. Midón’s weapon of choice is the acoustic guitar rather than a keyboard, and his voice is deeper than Wonder’s. And whereas Wonder has attempted to add a little español to a few of his hits (as in “Don’t You Worry ’Bout a Thing”), Midón, the son of an African-American father and an Argentine mother, creates music with rich, authentic Latin influences. Midón is no more like Stevie Wonder than he is like Ray Charles, Doc Watson, Andrea Bocelli, or any of the Blind Boys of Alabama. But if you absolutely must pigeonhole Midón by his influences, at least add José Feliciano to the bunch. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $17.50. (703) 549-7500. (Sarah Godfrey)