If it’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, it must be time for the Dropkick Murphys to blow the roof off House of Blues — on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But the Celtic punk-rockers provide an extra twist on Saturday, following an early afternoon matinee (including the Devil Makes Three among openers) with a night show that features a Dropkicks acoustic set, plus a live-streamed pro boxing card at House of Blues. That plus the weekend’s usual stream of special DKM guests and surprises.
Guitar fans can also relish the Masters of the Telecaster on Friday at City Winery, where local ace journeyman Duke Levine (Peter Wolf, Dennis Brennan, Club d’elf, etc.) joins ex-SNL/Hall & Oates axeman G.E. Smith and hotshot Jim Weider in an ode to that sometimes overlooked Fender guitar. Friday also sports musical storytellers in witty, free-flowing singer/songwriter Todd Snider solo at the Sinclair (jump here to my recent chat with Snider) and masterly interpretive pianist/singer Patricia Barber at Scullers Jazz Club.
Saturday delivers the geopolitical North African desert rock of guitar firebrand Bombino to the Sinclair, while singer-songwriter Anders Osborne – who Guitar Player magazine called “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene” – treats City Winery to a solo performance. And Sunday brings two of the jazz circuit’s most distinctive if different vocalists to town. The self-styled “vintage pop” chanteuse Kat Edmonson charms at City Winery, and the illustrative virtuoso Cecile McLorin Salvant (pictured) highlights this year’s edition of Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour with musical director/pianist Christian Sands and a collaborative pan-cultural cast in a Celebrity Series program at the Berklee Performance Center.