Dug out from the snow, ready to brave the chill, and warm the soul with some live music? Matt Lorenz charms as a bluesy troubadour, but when he takes the stage as the Suitcase Junket, the Vermont native turns into a unique one-man band, banging pots, bones and cymbals via his feet and whistling like a throat singer. He’ll return as a headliner at the Sinclair on Friday, with appearances from kindred local stars slated to include Julie Rhodes and Tim Gearan.
Saturday offers a jolt of old and new. Magic Dick thrilled generations of Boston rock fans as the harmonica firebrand of the J. Geils Band, but he puts a different spin on “Whammer Jammer” and a broad range of other material in his dynamic duo with upstart vocal/guitar virtuoso Shun Ng. On Saturday, Magic Dick and Shun Ng (pictured) appear at City Winery. The past of Boston rock also resurfaces that night with punk-pop Rat survivors the Nervous Eaters at Thunder Road, while you can’t get newer than local bands that won’t exist until Saturday. That’s because ex-Boston Band Crush honcho Richard Bouchard has revived One Night Band, where 40 genre-crossing musicians (including members of Freezepop, the Sheila Divine, Sidewalk Driver and Party Bois) will be split into eight bands that morning, write and rehearse a few songs through the day, then perform at the Sinclair on Saturday night. Proceeds benefit Zumix, a Boston non-profit for music education.
On Sunday night, one can go for the intimate or flamboyant. Martha’s Vineyard troubadour Willy Mason found stardom abroad and toured with Radiohead, but he’ll nestle into his haunting indie-folk craft at Atwood’s Tavern that night, while Las Vegas pop-rock juggernaut the Killers warm up for their Memorial Day Weekend slot at Boston Calling with a concert at TD Garden.