Pasatiempo - - On Stage this Week -

It’s al­ways fun when nice girls go bad, but for Santa Feans, it’s par­tic­u­larly de­light­ful when Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad start paint­ing the town red. Th­ese New York women, who seem in­tent on keep­ing the spirit of vaude­ville and bur­lesque alive, re­turn to the city for an 8 p.m. show on Mon­day, March 8, at Back­road Pizza, 1807 Sec­ond St. They’re like fid­dlers on the goof. Tick­ets are $12 in ad­vance and $15 at the door; call 955-9055. Al­though she has re­ceived a con­sid­er­able amount of adu­la­tion from crit­ics for her lat­est al­bum, Mid­dle Cy­clone, mu­si­cian Neko Case has spent more than a decade per­form­ing. For those un­fa­mil­iar with the gui­tar-play­ing sto­ry­teller, the scar­let-locked Vir­ginian be­gan her stage ca­reer in 1994 while si­mul­ta­ne­ously at­tend­ing art school in Van­cou­ver. She was a lead singer for the Cana­dian in­die band The New Pornog­ra­phers in the late ’ 90s be­fore go­ing solo around 2001 with the release of her EP Cana­dian Amp. Ms. Case per­forms Fri­day, March 5, at the Greer Gar­son The­atre, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive. The con­cert be­gins at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $35; call 988-1234. As a teenage Rasta­far­ian, Mykal Rose was cast out of his fam­ily at a time when wear­ing dreads made one a pariah among mid­dle-class Ja­maicans. So he sur­vived on the streets of Kingston, cut­ting his teeth in the city’s leg­endary mu­si­cal scene of the 1970s. By the end of the decade, he had be­come the lead singer of Black Uhuru, a sem­i­nal roots-reg­gae band. Rose helped the group win a 1985 Grammy, the first ever awarded to a reg­gae group, for its al­bum An­them. Twenty-five years later, Rose re­mains far from a legacy act. He has re­leased nearly 30 solo al­bums since 1992 and is still top­ping the reg­gae charts with sin­gles like 2007’s “Shoot Out,” which mixes bass-heavy dance­hall and ragga with R&B and hip-hop. In con­cert, ex­pect a range of ma­te­rial from the stripped-down roots-reg­gae vo­cals of his Uhuru days to his re­cent club cuts, which run thick with vocoder vo­cals and elec­tronic sam­ples. When he isn’t tour­ing, Rose farms cof­fee in Ja­maica’s Blue Moun­tains, where he em­ploys strug­gling young mu­si­cians. Dubtonic Kru, a five-piece mod­ern roots-reg­gae band, opens the Mon­day, March 8, show at Santa Fe Brew­ing

Com­pany, 37 Fire Place (424-3333). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $22 in ad­vance from the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211W. San Fran­cisco St., 988-1234), $25 at the door. The ver­sa­tile jazz singer

Kate McGarry takes

the stage at Vanessie, 434 W. San Fran­cisco St., for one show at 8 p.m. Fri­day, March 5. McGarry has worked with pi­anist Fred Her­sch and band­leader Maria Sch­nei­der, as well as per­formed duet work with Kurt Elling and Kenny Log­gins. On her fifth al­bum, If Less Is More ... Noth­ing Is Ev­ery­thing, she trains her mid­dle range pipes on songs by Irv­ing Berlin, Ric Ocasek, and Joni Mitchell as well as a cou­ple of orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions. McGarry is in Santa Fe with her Less Is More Trio, which in­cludes the stel­lar drum­mer Clarence Penn and gui­tarist Keith Ganz. Tick­ets, $35, are avail­able at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 211W. San Fran­cisco St., 988-1234.

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