Arts picks for March 6-12: Ted Leo, Celtic Thunder, ‘Luck of the Irish’ comedy and HSO

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St. Patrick’s Day is next week, but Celtic Thunder and a “Luck of the Irish” comedy show let you start celebrating the Irish spirit early. The week’s not all green, though: one of the Moody Blues is here, Robert Cray is paying tribute to Sam Cooke, and Hartford Symphony is playing Mendelssohn’s “Italian” symphony.

Ride his see-saw

John Lodge may not be a founding member of the Moody Blues, but he became their bassist in 1966, just a couple of years after the band formed, and wrote some of their best-known songs, including “Ride My See-Saw” and “I’m Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band.” Lodge is bringing his “Classic Moody Blues” solo tour to both Infinity Halls — the Norfolk one (20 Greenwoods Road West, Norfolk) on March 8 at 8 p.m. ($69-$89) and the Hartford one (32 Front St., Hartford) on March 13 at 8 p.m. ($59-$74). infinityhall.com.

Wouldn’t it be loverly

Some of the greatest lines in any musical — including “I’ve grown accustomed to her face” and “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain” and “Move your bloomin’ arse!”— are all carefully enunciated in “My Fair Lady.” The recent Broadway production of the class-based classic by Lerner and Loewe, based on the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion,” comes to The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, March 8-13. $42-$145. bushnell.org.

Boomer lives

With the title of his latest tour, “This May Be the Last Time,” Marc Maron may be dropping a heavy hint about how long he intends to continue doing standup. Of course, he continues to offer comedic musings on his extremely popular “WTF” podcast, and he remains busy as a TV and movie actor, from “GLOW” to “Respect.” Standup, however, was his original artform, and he’s brilliant at it. Maron returns to College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven, on March 9 at 8 p.m. $45-$59.50. collegestreetmusichall.com.

Laughs in Stafford Springs

The Comedy Craft Beer Tour has been bringing shows weekly to Four Seasons by the Lake, 51 Old Springfield Road, Stafford Springs. The March 10 attraction is Boston comic Mike Hanley, “and friends.” $10. comedycraftbeer.com.

Cray meets Cooke

Guitar great Robert Cray is known for his blues and soul sounds, but he went in an intriguing new direction for his 2020 album “That’s What I Heard”: the R&B pop style of the legendary vocalist Sam Cooke. Cray’s at the Garde Arts Center, March 11 at 8 p.m., with opening act Kyshona. $38-$58. gardearts.org.

Femme it forward

The “Femme It Forward” is an empowering all-star soul/R&B tour featuring a slew of hitmakers who began their illustrious careers in the ‘90s: not only Faith Evans and Mýa but the indomitable trios SWV and 702 as well. March 11 at 8 p.m. at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Premier Theater, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. $49-$129. foxwoods.com.

Thundering on

The latest Celtic Thunder theatrical extravaganza is “Celtic Thunder Ireland,” offering Irish standards from “The Wild Rover” to “Danny Boy” to “The Galway Girl.” March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville. $29. mohegansun.com.

Mendelssohnmania

“Mendelssohn’s Italian” is the title of the latest Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert. Obviously, the composer’s “Italian” symphony is featured, but so is another of his greatest hits, his incidental music for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” There’s also a contemporary piece, Kevin Puts’ “Flute Concerto” from 2013, with guest soloist Demarre McGill. Carolyn Kuan conducts. March 11-13 at The Bushnell’s Belding Theater, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. $35-$68. hartfordsymphony.org.

Where have all the rude boys gone?

Indie pop/punk legend Ted Leo has been touring through Connecticut since the ‘90s, with his earliest bands Citizens Arrest and Chisel. Leo unleashed his relentless energy and catchy tunes on stages from the Tune Inn to Rudy’s Bar to Toad’s Place. Still a powerful singer/songwriter, Ted Leo’s at the Space Ballroom, on March 12 at 8 p.m. with The Shellye Valauskas Experience and Tracey Gardens. $20. 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. spaceballroom.com.

Irish standup

Kevin Bartini, Jim Mendrinos and Rick Younger are the three blarney-spouting stand-up comedians at the “Luck of the Irish Comedy Show” March 12 at 8p.m. at Seven Angels Theatre, 1 Plank Road, Hamilton Park Pavilion, Waterbury. $35. sevenangelstheatre.org.

Christopher Arnott can be reached at carnott@courant.com.