Weekend Ideas: October 16, 2015


The weather’s about to cool down, but not the concerts. Welch quartet Catfish and the Bottlemen, led by flop-topped frontman Van McCann, hit Royale on Friday with guitar-driven Brit rock that’s not super original, but tuneful and lively to be sure. Meanwhile, at Scullers Jazz Club both Friday and Saturday, violinist Regina Carter explores the folk music of the South with her Southern Comfort ensemble, which touches everything from gospel to Cajun/zydeco.

Andra Day’s a major-label star in the making, a jazzy R&B singer (pictured above) with a vibrant, aching voice that nods to both Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse, but you might boast that you saw her when by catching her Saturday date at Berklee’s cozy Café 939. Joe Walsh takes a breather from the Eagles to cover his own storied ground at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday as well. And the Word – a gospel-jam supergroup featuring pedal steel virtuoso Robert Randolph, organ ace John Medeski and the North Mississippi Allstars – stirs up the Paradise Rock Club later that night in a rare Boston date.

For a lot of people, Sunday night means the Patriots/Colts’ long-awaited, post-Deflategate showdown, but there are also two compelling concerts. World Music/CRASHarts presents legendary South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and his fine jazz group Ekaya in a truly rare stop at the Berklee Performance Center. And charming gospel-soul upstart Leon Bridges packs Royale, his suave voice reminding of Sam Cooke while his band kicks in with roadhouse R&B that shows his Texas roots. For a sure sign of how rapidly Bridges’ star is rising, consider that his next Boston concert just went on sale for March 5 at the Citi Wang Theatre across the street. To think that it was only this past May that Bridges made his own humble stop at Café 939.

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