Weekend Guide: March 16 – 18

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Still looking to fill in your calendar for this weekend? Well, you’ve worked too hard not to enjoy you free time so here are some ideas – music and non-music related – on how to spend your weekend.

Our Best Picks

Dropkick Murphys – All Weekend: The best way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Massachusetts. That is, if you have tickets. Tonight’s show at the House of Blues is sold out, as is tomorrow’s night show at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell. However, a handful of tickets remain for the Lowell matinee, which will feature the added bonuses of State Radio and Frank Turner (solo). Tickets can only be purchased on the day of for Sunday’s intimate show at the Brighton Music Hall, where the band plans to perform their debut album Do or Die in its entirety. Whichever show you pick, you know what to expect with these guys.

Our Music Picks

Friday

The New Multitudes at Paradise Rock Club: Some famous friends – Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker and Yim Yames – get together to perform original songs with lyrics by the late great Woody Guthrie. Tickets are $22.50.

Slaine at the Middle East Downstairs: One of the top Boston-bred rappers, Slaine hits the Middle East for a St. Patrick’s Day Eve party. Joining him will be Rite Hook, Dave Holt & DJ Stadik, Blakrose, Outland Camp, T3rra, The President and more. Tickets are $18.

Paul Kelly at Club Passim: The veteran singer-songwriter from Australia delivers the first of two sold-out performances this weekend at the intimate Harvard Square club.

Recycled Percussion at the Hanover Theatre: The New Hampshire-based group, who rose to fame on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”, take a break from their residency in Las Vegas to perform some shows in New England. See them in Worcester for $25 to $30. They’ll also perform two shows at Bluce Ocean Music Hall is Salisbury on Saturday.

George Winston at the The Center for Arts in Natick: The Grammy-Award winning solo pianist delivers two shows in Natick this weekend as he preps for the release of his forthcoming album, Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2 – A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit. Tickets are $37 and fans are asked to be canned  food goods to benefit the Natick Service Counsel. Winston will also contribute 100% of his merchandise sales to the organization.

Chaka Khan at the Twin River Event Center: Join the veteran R&B singer in Rhode Island, where she will deliver all the hits for $35 to $75.

Saturday

Immortal Technique at the Paradise Rock Club: The politically-charged rapper from New York hits Boston in support of The Martyr, his recently released collection of previously unreleased material. Chino XL and SEEK will open the show. Tickets are $17.

Swaggerin’ Growlers at Church: The local Irish punk rockers will host their 7th annual “St. Patrick’s Day Riot” be delivering two fill sets. Joining them on the bill will be The Pinkerton Thigs, refuse Resist and Dead Aces. Tickets are $10.

Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys at Brighton Music Hall: Not Irish, but still great. Check out the Boston standouts with fellow local favorites Black Thai, Sidewalk Driver and Planetoid for $12.

WGBH’s Celtic Sojourn at the Zeiterion Theatre: We know this weekend is all about the Dropkicks but if you’re more into the traditional Irish sound, you won’t find a better show than WGBH’s 7th annual Celtic Sojourn. Hosted by Brian O’Donovan, the shows features a great mix of traditional and contemporary Irish music, song and dance. Tickets for the show in New Bedford range in price from $25 to $45.

The Irish Rovers at the Lynn Memorial Auditorium: Led by original member George Millar, the legendary Canadian Irish folk group are still going strong and touring in support of a new album, Drunken Sailor. But don’t worry, we’re sure you will still hear “The Unicorn”. Tickets range in price from $27 to $37.

Jon Anderson at the Narrows Center for the Arts: The original frontman for progressive rockers Yes has kept up a busy touring schedule in recent years. He’ll return to Massachusetts on Saturday for a sold-out show in Fall River.

Sunday

Donavon Frankenreiter at Paradise Rock Club: Say aloha to this surf rocker as he teams up with local favorite Adam Ezra for this gig. Tickets are $25.

Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion at the Sanders Theatre: The World Music/CRASHarts concert series brings this dazzling display of Indian percussion to Cambridge. Tabla superstar Zakir Hussain will be joined by the finest percussionists from India’s classical and folk traditions. Tickets range in price from $28 to $50.

Celtic Woman at the Mohegan Sun Arena: The darlings of PBS are touring in support of their latest album, 2011’s Believe. The group’s seventh studio effort was the first to feature vocalist Lisa Lambe, while the upcoming tour will introduce another new member in Susan McFadden. See how it all adds up when they perform at Mohegan Sun on Sunday. Tickets are available for $50 and $40. You can also catch the group at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire on Friday.

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