Weekend Ideas: March 17, 2017

Dropkicks' St. Paddy's shows, Red Baraat, ACLU benefit at the Paradise and more.


It’s that time of year, when the Dropkick Murphys invade town for multiple shows around St. Patrick’s Day that include House of Blues on Friday and Agganis Arena on Saturday. Roots-rocker Amy Helm (daughter of Levon Helm) launches a Friday-night residency for a few weeks at the Lizard Lounge, while the same night, poetic singer/songwriter Dar Williams performs at the Cabot in Beverly and the bhangra party band Red Baraat (pictured) blends North Indian music with jazz, rock and go-go with added pageantry for its annual Festival of Colors show at the Sinclair.

Saturday’s highlighted by a Boston Stands with the ACLU benefit at the Paradise Rock Club with Nada Surf, Juliana Hatfield, Belly, Evan Dando, the Gravel Pit and Bill Janovitz. And on Sunday, World Music/CRASHarts presents an impressionistic jazz summit at the Berklee Performance Center with Still Dreaming, a group that stars saxophonist Joshua Redman, trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade in honor of Old and New Dreams, a quartet that featured Redman’s father Dewey along with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell.

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