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Mardi Gras, Wild Flag, and more this weekend

Shaun Wolf Wortis's Mardi Gras Ball
Shaun Wolf Wortis's Mardi Gras Ball

Grab your beads and get your party on at Shaun Wolf Wortis's Mardi Gras on Saturday night at TT the Bears. An 11-piece band—the Legendary Vudu Krewe All-Star Mardi Gras Band—roars through a high-energy set of old New Orleans rhythm & blues music, and are joined by special guests like Barrence Whitfield, Jon Butcher, Rick Berlin, and the Boston Babydolls Burlesque troupe. Always a great party, it's also for a great cause, the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, which provides free medical care to musicians in need in New Orleans. $12, 8:30, 18+.

Also on Saturday, Murder By Death brings their whiskey-and-cello-soaked Johnny Cash meets Tom Waits sound to theMiddle East, with the Fake Problems. $15, 18+, 8 PM.

On Sunday, Say Hi is at the Middle East, while the Get Up Kids play the Paradise.

On Monday, former Helium leader Mary Timony joins two-thirds of Sleater-Kinney in a new project, Wild Flag. Carrie Brownstein, now known for her TV sketch comedy skills with Fred Armisen in "Portlandia," is part of the project, along with Janet Weiss and Rebecca Cole. Their Merge Records page says their sound asks the musical question, "what is the sound of an avalanche taking out a dolphin?" Find out on Monday at the Brighton Music Hall. Yellow Fever and Shepherdess open. $12, 18+, 9 PM.

The Boston Show Guide: links to local music clubs, media, and upcoming shows.

Links to concert listings:

WZBC concert report

Boston Phoenix Club listings

Pollstar concert info for Boston

Club calendars:

TT the Bear's place

The Middle East

P.A.'s Lounge

Toad in Cambridge

Great Scott

The Lizard Lounge

The Paradise

Atwood's Tavern

Club Passim

Milky Way

Church of Boston

Johnny D's

Plough & Stars

Alchemist Lounge

Harper's Ferry

Sally O'Brien's


The Beehive

All Asia

The Cantab

The Burren

Theatres and larger venues:

The House of Blues

The Orpheum Theatre

Somerville Theatre

The Wilbur Theatre

Bank of America Pavilion (formerly HarborLights)

Other useful sites:

Info on local bands and shows: Boston Band Crush

Jim Sullivan on local music & arts

Cheap, fun events, including music: Cheap Thrills Boston

The legendary local music scene mag: The Noise


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