BMS Weekend Guide: August 7 – 9

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Still looking to fill in your calendar for this weekend? Well, you’ve worked too hard not to enjoy you free time so here are some ideas – music and non-music related – on how to spend your weekend.

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Our Best Picks

Local Rock at the Middle East on Saturday: The Middle East is a one-stop for local rock this weekend with a packed out Saturday night featuring The Everyday Visuals, The Shills, The Motion Sick, and Hymns upstairs while Drug Rug and Mean Creek will be holding a CD release party downstairs. Tickets are $12 for downstairs and $10 upstairs.

Newport Jazz Festival: Festival founder George Wein pulled off a fantastic folk festival last weekend despite the lack of funding. Look for him to do the same this weekend in Newport where you can hear everything from Tony Bennett to Mos Def. You can get tickets are cheap as $12 for a single day pass.

Our Music Picks

Friday

John Legend, India.Arie at the Bank of America Pavilion: A couple smooth voices will be over at the Pavilion on Saturday as the weekends best R&B choice rolls into town. Tickets are $50 and $60.

Dar Williams Lowell Summer Music Series: Dar Williams has spent a lot of time in Massachusetts over the years so welcome her back to her second home as she treats fans to old hits and new tracks from Promised Land.

Harvey Danger at Harpers Ferry: Harvey Danger are on their farewell tour so if you haven’t seen them yet or just wanna sing-along to “Flagole Sitta” again, this is your last chance. Get their early for local act Magic Magic, who have been earning more and more praise this summer with their live shows.

O Positive at the Paradise Rock Club: The local veterans are reuniting for one-night only to rock for a cause. Tickets for this benefit concert are $25 and go to a great cause.

Guster at the Newport Yachting Center: Guster are gearing up for their& 10th anniversary this fall where they’ll be playing Lost and Gone Forever in it’s entirety, but you’ll be able to hear a smattering of hits from all their albums this weekend… that is if you got tickets. This show is sold out!

KC & the Sunshine Band at the South Shore Music Circus: It may not be Celtics season but you can shake it like Gino down the Cape this weekend as your Boogie Man delivers all his classics. Tickets are $43.25 to $59.25

Saturday

Slightly Stoopid, Snoop Dogg, Stephen Marley at the Comcast Center: You’d be stoopid not to go to this show with this triple threat of a lineup. The show is the finale of their “Blazed and Confused” tour that will likely leave all of Mansfield with a contact high. Grab some special half priced tickets while you can this week at $13.50 a pop.

Blondie, Pat Benatar, The Donnas at the Bank of America Pavilion: It looks like Saturday will be ladies night over at the Pavilion. In another great triple threat some of the best women of rock will show the fellas how it’s done. Tickets range from $28.50 to $50.

The Derek Trucks Band at the Lowell Summer Music Series: For the best guitar playing in the area this weekend head to Lowell where Derek Trucks will show you why Carlos Santana has called him “the anointed one”. Tickets are $35.

Extreme at the House of Blues: Give the hometown band a warm welcome back as they mix in some new tracks off of Saudades de Rock with their collection of old hits. Tickets are $35 and $45 but there are plenty of special offers to take advantage of. If you want to see 80’s hair rockers Ratt play too, both will perform& in Hampton Beach on Friday.

Chris Botti at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: Craving some jazz but can’t make it down to Newport? Chris Botti and his trumpet are your answer… unless you didn’t get your tickets because this show is sold out.

Sunday

Jonny Lang at the South Shore Music Circus: At only 28 Jonny Lang has the reputation of an old blues legend; a unique voice coupled with amazing guitar playing. Tickets are $36.75 to $52.75

George Thorogood & The Destroyers at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: Don’t “drink alone”, get down to the party at the Tent for a show that’s sure to be “bad to the bone”. Tickets are $43.25 to $59.25.

Our Non Music Picks

Revolution vs. LA Galaxy on Saturday: David Beckham has had a tough go of it with the fans so far since his return to the Galaxy, so head over to Gillette and make his stay even more& uncomfortable as his stay at the Braintree Sheraton.

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