Upcoming music events around Boston

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Kickin’ it Irish-style - DROPKICK MURPHYS - As if the shamrocks in storefront windows didn’t tip you off already, Dropkick Murphys remind us it’s that time of year again. The beloved local Celtic punk rockers kick off their annual run of St. Patrick’s Day shows next week. At press time, tickets were still available for the March 14 show; March 15-16 are sold out. (The all-things-Irish fun continues in Lowell at the Tsongas Center for two shows on March 17.) March 14, 7 p.m. Tickets: $32.50-$60. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, JAMES REED


ATLAS SOUND On last year’s underrated “Parallax,’’ Atlas Sound’s Bradford Cox nursed a broken heart with a rich sonic collage that married gauzy ambience to psychedelic pop melodies. The album felt like a bookend to the work of Cox’s other band, Deerhunter. March 8, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

RAMSEY LEWIS In a career stretching back to the mid-1950s, Lewis has been one of jazz’s most versatile pianists and composers. He was in with the in crowd in the ’60s and far-out with funk and soul in the ’70s before moving into smooth-jazz. He’s touring behind last year’s “Taking Another Look.’’ For this two-night stand, Lewis will do two sets each evening. March 8-9, 8 & 10 p.m. Tickets: $38. Scullers. 617-562-4111,


COWBOY JUNKIES With the upcoming “The Wilderness,’’ Cowboy Junkies have finished a four-part collection of albums called the Nomad Series. The final installment, which will be released later this month, finds them exploring the fringes of their craft, alternately moody and ruminative, heavy and ethereal. In other words, what this long-running Canadian band does best. Joe Purdy opens. March 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$40. Somerville Theatre. 617-625-5700,


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TODD SNIDER Snider hits town a couple of days after the release of “Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables,’’ another perfectly titled conveyance of his smart-alecky wit, acerbic commentary, and sympathies for those who are down on their luck or have ended up with the short end of the stick. Drivin’ n’ Cryin’s Kevn Kinney will open. March 9, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

SELDOM SCENE The name of this iconic bluegrass outfit has turned out to be a little ironic, given that it has now been on the scene for 40 years, persevering through shifting lineup changes (including the departure, return, and death of founder John Duffey) while practicing a determined eclecticism and playing a major role in establishing the progressive wing of bluegrass. March 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $28. National Heritage Museum, Lexington. 617-782-2251,

JESSE TERRY Up-and-comer Terry locates his major musical influences in James Taylor and Jackson Browne. There’s plenty of both discernable in his music (check out the whole-hearted Browne resonances in “The Runner,’’ for example), but if you add “sensitive’’ to “singer-songwriter’’ when you think of those guys, well, Terry knows how to crank it up, too. March 11, 8 p.m. Tickets: $16. Club Passim. 617-492-7679,


THE CHIEFTAINS The Chieftains’ founder Paddy Moloney brought together a couple of folk musicians for a one-off instrumental album in 1962. The one-off became a Celtic music institution that, 50 years later, is still going strong - and not resting on laurels, as collaborations with the likes of Bon Iver, Imelda May, and Pistol Annies on the group’s new record, “Voice of Ages,’’ attest. March 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $47-75. Symphony Hall. 617-482-6661,



COCO MONTOYA One of the hardest-hitting blues artists around, singer/guitarist Montoya is known for his top-notch songwriting, soulful vocals, and snaky, scorching fretwork. March 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

THE MAKANDA PROJECT This invaluable mini-big-band has been resurrecting the unheard music of the late, undersung multi-instrumentalist, composer, and Boston native Makanda Ken McIntyre. With Memphis-born, Detroit-raised, Harvard-educated, and Harlem-based Salim Washington on tenor saxophone, flute, and oboe. March 9, 7 p.m. Free. Dudley Library Auditorium, 65 Warren St., Roxbury. 617-442-4414,

CLUB D’ELF Bassist Mike Rivard’s improvisational avant-groove collective builds on the foundation of ’70s Miles Davis and incorporates world music and hip-hop among other flavors. With guitarists David Fiuczynski, Randy Roos, and Dave Tronzo, keyboardists Alain Mallet and Paul Schultheis, turntablist Mister Rourke, percussionist Jerry Leake, and drummer Dean Johnston. March 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10-$12. Cafe 939 at Berklee, 939 Boylston St, Boston. 617-747-6042,


BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC’S 44TH HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ FESTIVAL Over 3,000 students and 200 ensembles from all over the States and Canada will gather, competing for $175,000 in scholarships to Berklee’s Summer Performance Program. The day-long event includes clinics and concerts, including performances by Berklee’s Tower of Power and P-Funk ensembles, Rainbow Band, and City Music High School Academy. Scholarship and award winners will be announced at 6 p.m., followed by a winners showcase concert at 7:30 p.m. March 10, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston.



BOSTON LYRIC OPERA David Angus conducts Rossini’s “Barber of Seville,’’ with a cast that includes Jonathan Beyer, Sarah Coburn, John Tessier, and Steven Condy. Doug Varone directs a production originally by Christopher Mattaliano. March 9-18. Shubert Theatre. 617-542-4912,

BANG ON A CAN The group’s residency at MIT continues with a concert celebrating Steve Reich’s 75th birthday. The program includes Reich’s “Clapping Music’’ and “Electric Counterpoint’’ as well as the local premiere of his “2x5.’’ Also scheduled is a preview performance of a new Bang on a Can project called “Field Recordings.’’ 7:30 p.m., March 10. MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. Pre-concert talk with Steve Reich at 6:30 p.m.

VASSILY PRIMAKOV The Russian pianist offers a recital of works by Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin. 3 p.m., March 11. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

KIM KASHKASHIAN The eloquent Boston-based violist is joined by harpist Sivan Magen and flutist Marina Piccinini for a century-hopping program of works by Rameau, Debussy, Gyorgy Kurtag, Michael Colgrass, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Yoshihisa Taira. 8 p.m., March 11. Free. Jordan Hall.

CHORAL WEEKEND Saturday is a big night for both Musica Sacra, which presents works by Vaughan Williams and Scarlatti under the direction of Mary Beekman, and Back Bay Chorale, which performs Bach’s “St. John Passion’’ under the direction of Scott Allen Jarrett.,