Weekend Music Ideas: March 9, 2018

Red Baraat, Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly, Jonathan Wilson and more


It’s great to catch Red Baraat any time of year, but the Brooklyn group’s Festival of Colors shows around the Hindu holiday of Holi add celebratory trappings to percussionist Sunny Jain and company’s animated mashup of jazz, funk, go-go, hip-hop and bhangra, the folk music of India’s northwestern Punjab region. Red Baraat raises the roof in a World Music/CRASHarts show at the Sinclair on Friday; just don’t throw colored powder around the joint like it’s some Holi street party.

Other Friday options include the return of ’80s English synth-pop duo Orchestral Manouevers in the Dark (OMD for short) at House of Blues and diverse area folk-rockers Parsonsfield with blues siren Julie Rhodes at the Brighton Music Hall. Or sample a taste of Iceland for the night when two upstart bands from that country—Sturla Atlas and JFDR, who count Björk among their fans—join Boston outfit Air Traffic Controller for Reykjavik Calling at the Paradise Rock Club (that one’s free if there’s room).

Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly will forever be linked through their co-founding Rhode Island group Throwing Muses, but opportunities have been few to see the step-sisters and former bandmates share a stage together since. That changes in a big way this weekend at City Winery, where the two singer/songwriters will perform separately—and a bit together—on Friday, Saturday and Sunday before going in different directions again, with Arlington resident Donelly reviving her alt-rock band Belly for a new album and May 26 appearance at Boston Calling.

Jonathan Wilson has been extraordinarily busy of late, from producing records (including Father John Misty’s recent Pure Comedy) to playing guitar and singing on Roger Waters’ world tour. But Wilson’s found time to bring his own brand of orchestral, atmospheric rock on the road, including the Sinclair on Saturday. The same night also finds the folk-pop singer/songwriter Brett Dennen at Somerville Theatre, alt-rockers Nada Surf (marking the 15th anniversary of their album Let Go) at Brighton Music Hall, and the eclectic rock group Judah & the Lion at House of Blues. Clarinetist Anat Cohen leads her expansive Tentet in a Celebrity Series concert at Sanders Theatre on Saturday with the Ben Wendel Seasons Group. And the Cabot in Beverly cooks with organist Melvin Seals and JGB keeping the spirit of the Jerry Garcia Band alive on Saturday and JJ Grey and Mofro rocking blues grooves on Sunday.

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