BMS Weekend Guide: July 10 – 12
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.
Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents at The Middle East Downstairs on Friday: Roll down to Cambridge to see our 2008 Band of the Year return home to wail away at the Middle East with his big soulful voice. The newly signed Virgin Records artist is currently working on a new album but will treat his hometown to his only US show of the summer. Here’s your chance so don’t miss out! Be sure to check out another BMS favorite Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents for some fun throwback soul tunes. Rouding out the bill is EJ Labb, Labb, Boston Molasses Disaster. Tickets are just $10.
The Luxury at the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday: This year’s WBCN Rumble winners will be making their first appearance at the ‘Dise and they are quite excited.& The band will be& celebrating the the release of their new album, In The Wake of What Won’t Change, and have put together an& impressive visual stage show to boot.& Berklee grads the Click Five will provide support as well as MidAtlantic, Aloud, and Chris Ayer. Tickets are $15.
The Offspring, Sum 41 at the Tsongas Arena: Two bands whose popularity may have waned in recent years but can still deliver a great rock show. Both bands are expected to release albums within the next year so don’t be surprised if a few new tracks sneak in with some of your old favorites. Tickets are still available for $35.50.
Los Lonely Boys at the Lowell Summer Music Series: How far is Heaven? Apparently it’s just up Rt. 3 in Lowell where the Los Lonely Boys will bring their “Texican Rock n’ Roll” sound to Boarding House Park for just $30. The Garza brothers are all tremendous musicians in their own right but we’d go just for Henry’s bluesy solos.
Jet at the Paradise Rock Club: With their new album Shaka Rock to be released in August the Australian rockers are touring with some new tunes in the set list. Go see if they can return to their Get Born days. Tickets are $25.
Have Nots, The New Alibis at The Middle East Upstairs: Two local favorites that were impressive at the WBCN Rumble, return to the Middle East for The New Alibis CD release party. Razors In The Night and Burning Streets round out the bill. Tickets are $9.
Paul Potts at the Berklee Performance Center: The Britain’s Got Talent winning tenor Paul Potts will showcase his talent at Berklee where their great acoustics will only add to the experience. Tickets range in price from $35 to $42.50
Jay-Z,& Ciara at the Mohegan Sun Arena: The top dog in the rap game won’t be joined by wife Beyonce but will have another beautiful R&B star in Ciara to share the stage with. Tickets are a bit pricey at $70 and $110 but with Jay-Z quality is pretty much guaranteed. Get lucky on the tables beforehand and like Hova maybe you could “check cheddar like a food inspector”.
Smokey Robinson at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods: It may be an emotional night for the legendary Motown singer after just attending the Michael Jackson memorial earlier in the week. Don’t be surprised if he pays tribute to his late friend while performing some of his own Motown classics. If you’re unlucky on the tables beforehand try not to leave the Tracks of Your Tears all over the casino. The show is sold out so you’ll have to get resourceful to snag one of these hot tickets.
Wilco, Conor Oberst at LeLaucher Park: With their recently released Wilco (The Album) charting in their highest position of their careers Wilco will be riding high into Lowell on Saturday. They may be more on the indie side but they have plenty of fans so expect the park to be packed out and packed out early thanks to opener Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band. General Admission tickets are still available for $36.
Ani DiFranco at the Lowell Summer Music Series: A lot can be said about Ani as she is one of the most interesting performers out there; an artist who can both shock and soothe. If you’re familiar with Ani you know what to expect from the show. Tickets are $35 at the gate for this BMS-sponsored show, which also features Ireland’s The Guggenheim Grotto. Stop by our tent and say hello!
mewithoutyou, The DearHunter at The Middle East Downstairs: For something different try the experimental rock of mewithoutyou who will be performing new tracks. Local group the Dear Hunter is also on board to treat the hometown crowd to their new stuff as well. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Dicky Betts & Great Southern at Showcase Live!:& For some southern flavor head over to Patriot Place and see one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Some standing room tickets are still available for $35 and you can expect to hear some of those old Allman Brothers classics too.
The Temptations at the Hatch Shell: Get ready ‘cause here they come. A free concert with the Motown legends makes this show the best deal of the weekend.
Josh Turner at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: If country is what you’re looking for your prayers will be answer when one of the brightest young stars in the genre, Josh Turner, visits Hyannis. Perhaps you might hear a few tracks off his highly anticipated fourth album due later this year. Tickets are available and range in price from $36.25 to $52.25
Brand New at The Middle East Downstairs: Well they’re not really brand new, they’ve been rocking for years now and although their next album has gone through delays, they have been playing new songs at their shows all this year. We hope you got your tickets already because this show is sold out.
Highfire Skyline, Sincerely The Management at Harpers Ferry: With Brand New sold out you may be looking for a way to cure that itch to rock. Get over to Harpers Ferry for some great local music at a cheap price. Tickets are $10.
Sail Boston 2009: The Tall Ships have arrived and there are loads of activities happening all weekend to celebrate the occasion. Get all the details here.