The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (March 18-25)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear.

Friday, 3/18 – Sam Amidon and Glenn Kotche at the Stave Sessions, 160 Mass Ave. at Berklee College of Music

A short description of Sam Amidon (or samamidon) is nearly impossible. Add Glenn Kotche to the mix, and we can’t tell you exactly what you’ll hear. But it will be good. Sam Amidon’s most notable work takes on Americana and the ballad tradition in some of the most musically inventive ways possible. That invention is sure to be increased tenfold with Glenn Kotche, one of the most imaginative percussionists working today.

Saturday, 3/19 – Jukebox the Ghost with the Family Crest at Paradise Rock Club

Jukebox the Ghost‘s brand of power pop pervaded rock radio in 2010 with the release of their album Everything Under the Sun and the single, “Empire.” Since then, the band has released two LPs, and are currently touring to back their EP Thump Sessions, a fun set of unplugged takes on some work from their first decade. They’ll be bringing some of the Thump Sessions’ energy to the Paradise. They’re supported by Baroque pop group, The Family Crest, from the Bay Area.

Monday, 3/21 and Tuesday, 3/22 – Lucinda Williams at Paradise Rock Club

As there’s only one Willie, and only one Emmylou, there’s only one Lucinda. And she’s playing the Paradise this week to back her latest effort, The Ghosts of Highway 20. We can’t say Lucinda has experienced a resurgence in her career since she never really went away, but Ghosts and her 2014 offering Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone will go down alongside Car Wheels of a Gravel Road  as the testaments to her career. Catch her for one of two nights in town this week, supported by Buick 6.

Tuesday, 3/22 – Attack of Le Pigeon at Plough and Stars

We’ll give a shout out to locals Attack of Le Pigeon this week. They are Tuesday evening mainstays at Plough and Stars, and we could have waited for another week to put them here, but why would we? You should hear them now. Anchored by the B3 Kings organ trio, this collective of some of Boston’s most soulful musicians will move your feet and guarantee the most fun you’ve had on a Tuesday night in quite some time.

Friday, 3/25 – Galactic and Soulive at House of Blues

If Le Pigeon doesn’t give you your fill of funky, bluesy, soul, and jazz, then the Friday sets at the House of Blues can certainly provide. Galactic and Soulive, along with supporting band The Bright Light Social Hour and guests Erica Falls and Cyril Neville, will turn that mother out. Booties will shake when Galactic finds the one, bringing New Orleans funk to New England. And if you’re not feeling the 2 and 4 when Soulive lays down their groove, well, then you just don’t dance.