BMS Weekend Guide: July 2 – 5

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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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Pop Goes the 4th at the Hatch Shell on Saturday: The concert and fireworks at the Hatch Shell is a Boston tradition. This year Keith Lockhart and the Pops are joined by Neil Diamond who will surely deliver Boston’s favorite “Sweet Caroline” at least once (maybe more since last year he did it three times at Fenway!). Craig Ferguson aka Mr. Wick hosts the free event. Get there early because the Esplanade always gets packed fast or hit the dress rehearsal – sans fireworks – on Friday.
Our Music Picks


BMS Thursday Night Spotlight at Hennessey’s on Thursday: With another stacked lineup that includes Tucker Jameson and the Hot Mugs, Jess Ross, Nini and Ben, Project Blue Book, and J.C. Young, come get your weekend started early with us. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance through

Diana Krall at Cape Cod Melody Tent: A little jazz never hurts so take it easy before a busy weekend as the Grammy-winning vocalist features some new tracks off her latest album Quiet Nights. The show is sold out but you may be able to find some tickets floating around online.

The Judds at Mohegan Sun Arena (CT): While Ashley may be the best of the Judds to look at; Wynonna and Naomi are definitely the best to hear. They don’t play shows very often so don’t miss this opportunity. Tickets range in price from $65 to $85.

Big & Rich at MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino (CT):& The Country duo are kicking off their tour at Foxwoods so grab your cowboy hat and watch a casino get turned into the Wild West. Tickets range in price from $40 to $60. Cowboy Troy opens.


Joe Cocker at Cape Cod Melody Tent: With a sound big enough to rock Woodstock back in the day, Cocker may blow the roof off the tent with “With A Little Help From My Friends”. You may also see his gentler side, and score points with your date, if he plays “You Are So Beautiful”. The show is sold out but it’s worth trying to score some tickets outside. We hear a few tickets remain for his show at the South Shore Music Circus on Thursday.

The Pill at Great Scott: Grab your tightest fitting jeans and head over to Allston for an Indie dance party that is featuring Britpop this week spun by DJs Ken & Michael V. Not a bad deal at only $5 at the door.

Jay Reatard at Harpers Ferry: We are diggin’ the Indie scene this weekend. This eccentric trio has been around for a while but they’ve been getting some real buzz as of late. With new tracks and an energetic live show it’s sure to be worth the $12 at the door. TV Smith (from& The Adverts)& and Perrty and Nice round out the Friday night bill.


All These Kings, Dear Havanah, Mad-Sweet Pangs, and Frit at The Middle East Upstairs: Most bands are taking the 4th off, but these local rockers keep the music going in Central Square. Tickets are $10.


Art Decade, Visions Of Cody, Kevin D at TT the Bear’s Place: Just $7 gets you in to see three great local acts. Need we say more?
Our Non Music Picks

Fireworks: They are practically everywhere all weekend!

Independence Day (the movie): Come one, when was the last time you watched Will Smith knock out some aliens?

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