Weekend Ideas: March 17, 2016


The Dropkick Murphys naturally rule this St. Patrick’s Day weekend as Boston’s Celtic-punk heroes wrap up their 20th anniversary tour with rousing shows on Friday at House of Blues, on late Saturday afternoon at the Agganis Arena (all ages) and on Sunday at the Brighton Music Hall, a show that promises old, rare deep cuts and covers. And if that’s not enough, the Dropkick Murphys are both sponsors and participants in Sunday’s Southie parade.

Tal Wilkenfeld likely intrigued people when she opened for the Who earlier this month at TD Garden, though the former Jeff Beck bassist should better fit the setting at the Brighton Music Hall on Friday. Wilkenfeld now plays the siren’s role as the budding singer/songwriter switches between bass and guitar in leading her band through jazzy folk and bristly rock. Here’s a live clip of Wilkenfeld as well as a jump to my recent interview. Another old hometown favorite, G. Love and Special Sauce, kick up funky folk-blues at the Paradise Rock Club on Friday as well. And Brazilian pianist/singer Eliane Elias leads a fine trio with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Adam Nussbaum at Scullers Jazz Club on both Friday and Saturday.

Music also returns downtown to the Black Box Theatre at Emerson’s Paramount Theater, both on Friday with a lineup of talented street musicians and on Saturday with indie-rockers Palehound — the Boston Music Awards’ latest Best New Artist fronted by singer/guitarist Ellen Kempner — and the sonically and physically frisky Dirty Bangs. Also on Saturday, ex-Cul de Sac acoustic guitarist Glenn Jones – a disciple of fingerpicker John Fahey – performs at Arts at the Armory in Somerville behind his pastoral, expansive new solo album Fleeting.

Saturday brings a pair of notable shows in tuneful singer-songwriter Pete Yorn (whose new ArrangingTime keeps its even keel despite slight electronic dabbling) at Royale as well as a date at the Sinclair with the rising jazz-soul songstress Andra Day, who released one of 2016’s best debuts in Cheers to the Fall and just impressed at the Grammy Awards. Here’s a taste of Day in performance and a jump to my recent interview.

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