PICK OF THE DAY
We love an old Scottish fiddle tune mixed with Latin, funk, and jazz influences, don’t you? At Fiddle Fusion, hear how two bands push the boundaries of traditional music by mixing in elements from other genres and technology. Alba’s Edge (above) combines Scottish fiddling, Latin percussion, jazz and funk grooves, and bandleader Neil Pearlman’s piano playing. Firecloud, the trio of Julie Vallimont, Andy Reiner, and
DJ Nanocannon, blends fiddle, techno music, and improvisation. Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m. $10. Lily Pad,
1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. www.lily-pad.net
Feeling blues Here’s your trivia question for the day: What did rock-blues guitarist Johnny Winter call his first band? If you said Johnny and the Jammers, you’re right. The 15-year-old Winter formed the band in 1959 with 12-year-old brother Edgar on the keys. Winter is still playing the blues, headlining festivals around the world, and recording albums including the 2011 “Roots.” Jan. 5, 8 p.m. $45-$50. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St., Fall River. 508-324-1926, www.narrowscenter.org; Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m. $46.
Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley.
Be there and be square Swing your partner, circle left, allemande, promenade, and don’t forget to do-si-do. Tony Parkes calls the moves, and Amy Cann and Friends provide the tunes at Square Dancing for Everyone. Beginners, singles, and couples welcome. Jan. 5,
8-11 p.m. $10, $5 students. Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont St., Belmont. 978-667-7459, www.hands4.com
Big Apple blues It may sound like a court case, but People vs. Larsen doesn’t involve the breaking of any laws. It does involve guitarist Tom Larsen, bassist Dylan Shamat, and drummer David Tedeschi playing hard-driving blues. The NYC-based trio visits the Beehive. Jan. 5, 10 p.m. The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069, www.beehiveboston.com
Introducing . . . Brookline Booksmith starts off its 2013 reading series with a night featuring two first-time authors. Boston College instructor Adrian Van Young won the St. Lawrence Book Award for his short story collection “The Man Who Noticed Everything,” and Grub Street instructor Ben Berman, who served in the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe, reads from his new book of poetry, “Strange Borderlands.” Jan. 5, 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline.
Beating the jazz drum Some of Boston’s finest jazzers do their thing in Berklee faculty member and drummer Yoron Israel and High Standards. The band includes pianist Laszlo Gardony, bassist John Lockwood, and saxophonist Lance Bryant. Jan. 5, 8 p.m. $18, $17 students and seniors. $9 under 12. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org
Everything old is new Our online dictionary says that in Russia, a “babushka” is an old woman. The five musicians in the New Babushkas aren’t old women, but they do play some old tunes like “Opa Cupa” and “Jovano Jovanke.” Those are Balkan, but the quintet (featuring accordion, flute, flugelhorn, clarinet, and vocals)
also puts its spin on music from French, modern, and Russian styles. Jan. 6, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Arts at the
Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville.