March 2018: Staff Picks
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March 2018: Staff Picks

March 1, 2018

March is going to be a month of funk, folk, alternative rock, and power pop, and we have put together the ultimate playlist to help you get in the zone–featuring Red Baraat, Nada Surf, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and more.

Red Baraat


The riveting eight-piece ensemble that NPR has dubbed “the best party band in years,” will be bringing their mesmerizing, funk grooves to the World Cafe Live stage on March 8th. Get ready for a high-energy, fusion of  jazz, hip-hop, rock, funky go-go, and scalding hot bhangra.

Favorite tracks: Shruggy Ji, Horizon Line

Nada Surf

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Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the seminal album, Let Go, Nada Surf will be performing the record in its entirety on March 9th.

Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson


Midwest artists Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson are an exciting addition to the indie-duo scene. With their liquid harmonies and unassailable, playful performance chemistry, these two solo artists have joined their unique talents to create the unforgettable sound of Porter Nickerson. Tickets for their March 16th show are available here.

Favorite tracks: Angry Words, You Stay Here

Jamie McLean Band


As a guitarist for New Orleans royalty Aaron Neville and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jamie McLean has toured the globe playing fiery guitar everywhere from Madison Square Garden to Japan’s Fuji Rock. He is bringing his fusion of New Orleans soul, Delta blues, and middle America roots to World Cafe Live on March 17th.

Favorite tracks: Virginia, I Been Low

Tom Rush


Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows are a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. Don’t miss your chance to experience his performance here at World Cafe Live on March 25th.

Favorite tracks: No Regrets, Child’s Song, The Circle Game




Squirrel Nut Zippers


It was about 20 years ago when NPR’s Morning Edition said: “It’s not easy to categorize the music of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, except that it’s hot.” The cutting edge ensemble is bringing the heat to our Downstairs stage on March 27th.

Favorite tracks: Hell, Got My Own Thing Now

We hope to see you soon!