Picks for Week of March 17


• Sunday, Irish Variety Show, Burren Backroom, Somerville, 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. — What else do you expect for St. Patty’s Day? Tommy McCarthy, Louise Costello, Robert Elliott & Seamus Noonan lead the celebration of Irish song, stories and dancing, all complemented by a traditional Irish meal.
• Monday, Luther Dickinson and the Sisters of the Strawberry Moon, City Winery, 8 p.m. — The new project of Dickinson, Amy Helm and the Birds of Chicago is touring behind the album, “Solstice,” which fittingly is released this week. (Amy LaVere, and Shardé Thomas are part of the album but not this tour.)
• Tuesday, Eddie Scheer’s All-Stars, Corrib Pub, Brighton, 8 p.m. — Once a year in his long-running weekly residency, the uber-talented Scheer “Steps Out Front” from behind the drum kit to his replicate his role as frontman of the Love Dogs. Scheer has won Blues Audience Best Male Vocalist honors so many times it should be retired in his honor. It won’t take more than one song to see why. All-Star MVPs Ricky “King” Russell and Mario Perrett join the party. ***
Wednesday, the Dennis Brennan Band, Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, 9:30 p.m. — The redoubtable rocker and his phenomenal band are the tightest and most engaging performers in town. They are joined by dynamic indie rocker Abbie Barrett for a middle set.
Thursday, Jeffrey Foucault, Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, Waltham, 8 p.m. — The soulful and thoughtful singer-songwriter mines folk, blues, country and rock for some of the most unique and literate Americana today, and stops here as part of the fine Second Shift Series.
Friday, The Secret Sisters, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, 8 p.m. — Laura Rogers and Lydia Slagle boast not only sisterly harmonies, but a repertoire of songs that evoke The Everly Brothers and a deft comic touch reminiscent of Milk Carton Kids. The Shalin Liu is an exquisite place to see their refined artistry.
Saturday, Christian McNeill Band, Sally OBrien’s, Somerville, 9 p.m. — The irrepressible singer-songwriter is on a bit of a farewell tour as he prepares to leave Boston at the end of the year (after a 22-year run) to return, at least temporarily, to his native Ireland. He brings a nine-piece band for this one, no doubt evoking the sounds of his great Sea Monster days at Precinct.
***—Pick of the week