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It's March and that means, it's almost spring.

Almost.

March is a tease, in that it seems like winter should be over and it's soon time for outdoor concert season, with big-name acts playing pavilions and stadia.

But that's weeks away. For now, you'll have to settle for hearing great music indoors, with central heat.

March is usually the lull before the storm of the summer concert season. But this month offers a lot of interesting shows at venues near you.

Acoustic rock 

Deer Tick returns to the Stand-Capitol's CapLive series on March 11 for something different.

In the past, the Providence, R.I., based band was known for its raucous live shows. Rolling Stone once described one show like this, "The band spent the rest of the two-hour plus concert focused on getting drunk and playing really, really loud rock & roll."

Now, singer-songwriter John McCauley has cleaned up, some, and it has embarked on an acoustic tour. McCauley joked that he was "losing his hearing" and decided to pull back the volume for this tour.

Tickets are $23. A VIP package, which includes a meet-and-greet with the band and watching the soundcheck, among other things, goes for $99.

For tickets and more information, visit www.mystrandcapitol.org or call the box office at 846-1111.

Breakfast and music 

The York Symphony returns March 12 with its annual Saturday Morning Concert at the Strand. This year, the symphony is performing Jonathan Peters' "The Constellations," a song cycle based on stories from Greek mythology, told by assigning different instruments to the constellations named for Greek gods.

The concert starts at 10 a.m. so it’s a good opportunity to go to Central Market for breakfast and then head next door for music.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased by visiting yorksymphony.org or calling the symphony office at 812-0717.

Legendary country  

Marty Stuart and Connie Smith are the first couple of country music. No, doubt. Stuart is a legendary. His career began in 1972 when he joined Lester Flatt's band – at age 14. Smith may not be among the best-known or career-oriented country artists, but she has a voice that country music critics and historians have described as second only to Patsy Cline. She was legend George Jones' favorite female vocalist.

Catch them for a matinee show at the American Music Theater in Lancaster on March 20. The show is at 3 a.m. and tickets are $52.

For tickets and more information, visit www.AMTShows.com or call 717-397-7700.

Get ready for St. Patrick's Day  

On March 15, Celtic Nights comes to The Pullo Center on Penn State York's campus. The show traces Irish emigration through song and dance. The show has been described as "a showcase of the island's rich heritage and its culture" and features singers, dancers and singalongs on such familiar Irish standards as "Danny Boy," "Isle of Hope" and "Whiskey in the Jar."

Tickets are $50, $38 and $10 and can be ordered by visiting pullocenter.york.psu.edu or calling the box office at 717-505-8900.

Motown lives 

In the mood for Motown?

On March 24, the American Music Theater hosts the Temptations and the Four Tops. There is no need to tell you who these bands are. They provided a soundtrack for a certain time in American history and their songs have a timeless beauty.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $75.

For tickets and more information, visit www.AMTShows.com or call 717-397-7700.

And now for something completely different 

This may sound weird...no, it is weird. But it has a chance to be something very special, something that you may have to see.

On March 24, indie rock band Dr. Dog will be performing at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Yeah, you read that right, even if you can't quite wrap your brain around it. The program? The symphony will play a set and then Dr. Dog will play a set and the two will get together and jam for a third set. Now that I think of it, "Jackie Wants a Black Eye" and "Bring My Baby Back" would sound pretty cool with an orchestral arrangement.

It's not the first time the symphony has done this kind of thing. Last fall, roots-rock band Dawes played with the symphony and on April 28 with the Lone Bellow.

Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. show are $35 and can be purchased by visiting BSOMusic.org or calling 1-877-BSO-1444.

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