ONSTAGE 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.