Music for your weekend

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Still looking to fill in your calendar for this weekend? Well, you have worked too hard not to enjoy your free time so here are some ideas on how to spend it.

Our Best Picks

Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues – All Weekend: It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Boston and for these hometown heroes that means a weekend of sold out shows on Lansdowne Street. If you have tickets, expect a wide-ranging set at each of the shows (all three nights, plus a Saturday matinee). If you missed out, keep an eye on any re-releases and check out the usual re-sellers too.

Paddy Saul Band at The Sinclair on Saturday: The local standout by way of County Meath celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with help from Coyote Kolb and The Curtis Mayflower. Tickets are available for $15.

A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn at the Sanders Theatre on Saturday & Sunday
: For those looking for a more traditional route on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, you can’t go wrong with the Celtic Sojourn. Now in its ninth year, WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan has curated another great lineup led by the Alan Kelly Gang. Tickets range in price from $25 to $45, and if you can’t make it to Cambridge, the show will also take place at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester on Friday.

More shows for your weekend


Lorde at the Orpheum Theatre: Hot off winning two Grammy Awards for her smash hit “Royals”, the young singer from New Zealand stops in Boston as part of her first major headlining stateside tour. Not surprisingly, tickets for this show are long gone.

Snarky Puppy at the Berklee Performance Center: The jazz-fusion band is off to a great start in 2014. After winning a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Performance” in January, they released a new album called We Like It Here last month. Now they are on tour and hit Boston for a show at Berklee. Tickets are available for $27.

Queensryche with Geoff Tate at the Wilbur Theatre: The original frontman leads his version of the progressive hard rockers to Boston in support of 2013’s Frequency Unknown. Tickets range in price from $35 to $50.

Vijay Iyer Trio at the Sanders Theatre: The acclaimed jazz pianist just released a brand new album called Mutations. Fans can expect to hear some of it live during the second part of this show, which will begin with Iyer and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky join forces for a duet performance of poetry and jazz. Tickets are available for $30 and $40.

Richard Shindell at the Narrows Center for the Arts
: Now based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the veteran folk singer-songwriter from New York is back on American soil for a tour that begins a run of Massachusetts shows in Fall River. Tickets are available for $35.

Deer Tick at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel (RI)
: The pride of Rhode Island have been busy promoting touring the globe in support of 2013’s Negativity. Fans can expect a big ole party when the band returns for homecoming show in Providence. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers You Won’t and King Sickabilly & His Full Moon Boys, are available for $20.

The Wondermics at the Brighton Music Hall: With a new album in the works, the local soul/hip-hop favorites take a break from recording to perform live with Viva La Hop and Miss Fairchild. Tickets are available for $12.

Chris Smither at Club Passim: Always a favorite at Club Passim, the folk veteran returns to Cambridge for two shows in one night. Go at 7:30 or 9 p.m. for $35.

Com Truise at the Middle East Downstairs: Touring in support of his latest EP Wave 1, the New Jersey-bred producer hosts a party in Central Square with help from Phantoms and DJ Carbo. Tickets are available for $12.


Kap Slap at the Paradise Rock Club: The New York-bred DJ/Producer is quickly making a name for himself in the EDM scene. A favorite amongst the college crowd, he should find plenty of fans on Comm. Ave. when he play’s the ‘dise with Dotcom, Kasum and Bamboora. Tickets are available for $15.

“Reykjavik Calling” at the Middle East Downstairs: Now in its third year as part of the Taste of Iceland festival, “Reykjavik Calling” once again pairs some of Iceland and Boston’s best for a unique billing. Retro Stefson, Sin Fang and Hermigervill will join locals The Love Experiment and Skinny Bones for this year’s edition. Making it even better is the fact that tickets are free – just be sure to RSVP here.

Royal Southern Brotherhood at The Center for Arts in Natick: Led by Devon Allman and Cyril Neville, this supergroup has lived up to their name with wide acclaim for their stellar live sets. They released a live album called Songs From The Road last fall but why not experience the real thing for $35 in Natick.

Matt Schofield at the Narrows Center for the Arts: The English Blues guitarist in on stateside tour in support of his new album, Far As I Can See. Tickets are available for $22 in advance or $25 on the day of.

Boombox at the Brighton Music Hall
: The deo of Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux hit Allston in support of their new album, Filling in the Color. Tickets for the show, which will also feature Ichisan, are available for $15.

Lo’Jo at Johnny D’s: After 30 years together, the French group will finally bring their signature fusion of world music, which includes everything from pop to reggae and jazz to African, to Davis Square for their first show in the Boston area. Tickets are available for $25.

Otis Grove, Akashic Record at Church
: Two of Boston’s best funk bands team up for a night in Fenway. Making the show extra special will be guest and local hip-hop favorite Mr. Lif, who plans to sit in with Otis Grove. Tickets are available for $10 in advance or $12 on the day of. Elephant Proof will also perform.

Ali Amr at the Regattabar: With his highly anticipated debut album in the works, the Berklee-grad and acclaimed qanunist returns to Massachusetts to showcase his unique talent. Tickets are available for $16.

Sarah Blacker, Charlie Farren at Club Passim: Two longtime local favorites team up for a co-headliner in Harvard Square. Tickets are just $20 and here’s hoping the team up for a few songs together.

The Guess Who at the Twin River Event Center (RI): Make you way to Rhode Island for some fun at the slots and a dose of 70’s nostalgia courtesy of these classic rock favorites from Winnipeg. Tickets are available for $25 and $45.

Trisha Yearwood at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino (CT)
: The veteran country star is back on the road and with no new album to support, fans can expect a set packed with greatest hits when she plays Connecticut. Tickets are available for $40 and $60.


Slaine at the Middle East Downstairs: After a few shows on the West Coast, the veteran Boston rapper returns for a homecoming show. With a new album in the works, he may even preview a few songs off of The King of Everything Else. Apathy, Rite Hook, Moroney will also perform. Tickets are available for $15 in advance or $18 on the day of.

The Henry Girls at Club Passim: On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, the three McLaughlin sisters from County Donegal deliver their brand of Irish folk and roots with help from Ry Cavanaugh of Boston’s Session Americana. Tickets are available for $20.

Middle Class Rut at the Brighton Music Hall
: The California alt-rock duo of Zack Lopez and Sean Stockham, continue to tour in support of 2013’s Pick Up Your Head. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers Dinosaur Pile Up, Brick + Mortar, are available for $13.

Evgeny Kissin at Symphony Hall: The Russian classical pianist performs in the Hub as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston. Tickets are available and range in price from $40 to $105.

Earl Klugh at Scullers: Touring in support of HandPicked, the Detroit native and acclaimed acoustic guitarist completes a two-night stand in Boston. See him at 8 or 10 p.m. for $40.

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