Sunday, May 26, 2024

Dirty Water Brass Band’s Jim Overly – now a member emeritus – at a 2015 performance. (Photo: Dirty Water Brass Band via Facebook)

Now that the Pats got another Super Bowl championship over with, New Englanders may be wishing they could fly south for the rest of the winter. For those stuck in the slush and cold for the long haul, there may be warm consolation in Club Bohemia’s Mardi Gras celebration at the Lilypad on March 5. Bohemia regular Mickey Bliss will perform and emcee the event, which includes sets by the Dirty Water Brass Band, Lynne Taylor and the Rollo Tomasi Quartet. 

If the dirty snow on the sidewalk gives you the blues, you’ll love Boston’s Dirty Water, a lively, festive ensemble that knows how to move a crowd. It is sure to bring the house down at Lilypad, a cozy space that can hardly contain its steamy brass – but the group truly shines at outdoor festivals such as Honk! (In fact, the band plans to commence its March 5 set outside.)

The Rollo Tomasi Quartet plays straight-ahead hard-bop with a heavy swing. The group excels in a small space with people who are there strictly to dig the music, and this should be a good night for them. Quartet members play off of each other intuitively, capturing the moment and producing a lush tonality well suited to the venue.

At the other end of the spectrum is singer-songwriter Lynne Taylor. A 2017 finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and Philadelphia Songwriters Project Songwriting Competition, Taylor has sensitive, reflective music with strong messages, reminiscent of ’70s folk rock and ’90s artists such as Tori Amos. Accessible but fierce, she tells us in one of her songs, “A nation of consumers, we will eat what we are fed.” Fortunately we still have some options.