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Forget the Superbowl and screw Valentine’s Day. There is too much great music happening in our corner of the country to waste time on such frivolous occasions. Will you need snow boots or sunscreen this month? Only time will tell! Just make sure you have some cash and your ID, and you’ll be good to go.

By Kathleen Burke.

Spirit Family Reunion shaking up Bryant Park’s After Work Jazz & Singer Songwriters series

The Neighborhoods, Neutral Nation, Hope Anchor. At The Met Café, Pawtucket, RI, February 8, doors open at 8 p.m., all ages, $15.

Get your dirty rock fix this month in Rhode Island with New England garage rock legends The Neighborhoods. This is a reschedule from a postponed December show, and all previously purchased tickets will be honored at the door. If you don’t yet have tickets, you can pick them up here. Check out some old school footage of the Hoods playing at the Rat (RIP) here.

Girls Rock Campaign Boston Showcase. At TT The Bear’s Place, Cambridge, MA, February 10, 8:30 p.m. 18+.

The Girls Rock Campaign (GRC) organization teaches young, Boston-area ladies the intricacies of musical craft, education, and performance. Through music, GRC aims to “empower girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration.” The GRC program runs two sessions yearly and works with young women from ages eight and up. This month at TT’s, the ladies show off what they’ve learned. Head down and check out some local emerging talent and support this fantastic organization.

Megan Chiampa Presents: Mardi Gras Part Deux w/Johnny Blazes & The Pretty Boys, Emperor Norton’s Marching Band, Confederacy of Dumpsters and Axemunkee. At Precinct, Somerville, MA, February 21, 21+, $10.

Let it be known that Ms. Chiampa knows how to throw a party. This month at Precinct in Union Square, gender-bending, funk and soul ensemble Johnny Blazes & the Pretty Boys headline Megan’s Mardi Gras celebration. Johnny promises everything is “. . . done genderqueerly, flamboyantly, with more sequins and glitter than your retinas can handle.” Sounds like New Orleans to me. Costumes are encouraged, and Megan suggests that you “bring your drinking socks.”

Spirit Family Reunion. At The Press Room, Portsmouth, NH, February 24, 8 p.m., $10.

Take a ride up to New Hampshire at the end of the month and check out the intimate Press Room. With live music seven nights a week, a well stocked bar, and awesome pub fare, it’s the perfect place to catch ace Americana ensemble Spirit Family Reunion. Check out the group’s NPR performance here.


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