BMS Weekend Guide: July 24 – 26

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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

Providencetown Rocks! The Festival: Basically, the best of the local music scene is all on a vacation to the Cape together this weekend. With over 150 artists at 11 venues, this is like a local Lollapalooza. So join us in P-Town for what should be a very fun weekend of great music and shenanigans. Get all the schedules and ticket information here.

Lowell Folk Festival: It’s the largest free folk festival in the United States! Tons of diverse acts spread over multiple stages across the old Mill City. The music kicks off on Friday night and runs through Sunday. Get a full list of performers here. There is also plenty of great ethnic foods and crafts to keep you going. For more information, go here.
Our Music Picks

Friday

Taking Back Sunday at City Hall Plaza: Gotta love free music. Thanks to the Dew Tour (see our non music picks), the Long Island based emo-rockers will play a free show with Crooked X.

Nickelback at the Comcast Center: After delivering a soldout show at the DCU Center earlier this year, the Canadian rockers are back on the road and hitting the summer sheds in support of their latest album, 2008’s Dark Horse. Joining them in Mansfield will be Hinder and Papa Roach.

Boys Like Girls and Gym Class Heroes at Six Flags: We’re not exactly thrilled that they moved the BLG’s homecoming show two hours west from Suffolk Downs. But if you have to go out towards Springfield, why not hit SiX Flags too. Get into the concert for free with a park admission ticket, which is $31 in advance or $41.99 at the gate.

Paolo Nutini at the House of Blues: The Scottish pop-rock star is in town to promote his sophomore album, Sunny Side Up.
Erin McCarley and Matt Hires will join him and& tickets are just $22.

Frightened Rabbit at Jerky’s Music Hall (Providence): Another one from Scotland and these guys were all over our Best of 2008 lists with the superb The Midnight Organ Fight. We’re eagerly awaiting the next album hope to hear a few at this show. Only $10 gets you too see what all the buzz is about. Antlers and Our Brother Native will also perform.

Bleu at TT the Bear’s Place: After waiting four years to finally release his new album A Watched Pot to he world, Boston native Bleu returns home from the west coast to celebrate the occasion at TT the Bear’s Place. Hooray For Earth, Air Traffic Controller, and Count Zero will also perform. Tickets are $12. Check out our feature on Bleu here.

2 Live Crew at The Middle East Downstairs: Just because you want to watch a live sing-along of "Me So Horney". Tickets are $20 and the bill is rounded out by Ninjasonik, Masstapeace, Mynestate Malitia, Beast, Undead, and host Ricky Mortis with music by DJ On & On.

Saturday

Steely Dan at the Citi Wang Theatre: It’s the final night of their three-night stand in Boston and this is the show you want to be at. The classic rockers will deliver the "Takin’ It to the Seats Internet Request Night," where ticketholders will vote on the Internet for songs via to determine the show’s setlist. On Friday, the band will perform their 1980 classic Gaucho. Tickets range in price from $48 to $198.

Katy Perry at the Agganis Arena: Perry is turning into quite the road warrior. Just a few months ago, she trilled at a sold out House of Blues show. Now, she takes on the the much bigger hockey rink on Comm. Ave. Tickets are $29.50.

Mudvayne at the Tsongas Arena: For the past decade, Mudvayne have been carrying the torch for heavy metal. They hit Lowell with a little help from fellow headbangers Black Label Society, Static X, Suicide Silence, and Bury Your Dead. General admission tickets are still available for $33.50

Yes, Asia at the South Shore Music Circus: This is for all you progressive rock fans. Guitarist Steve Howe does double time, first playing a 50-minute set with Asia then a 90-minute set with Yes (sans original frontman Jon Anderson). Tickets range in price from $44.25 to $60.25.

The Beach Boys at the Hatch Shell: Few things evoke the summertime better than a Beach Boys tune. So go sing-along to all the classic when the Boys hit the hub for a free show at the Hatch Shell. As a fun bonus, we hear John Stamos may join the band. If your down in Cohasset, the band will also play the Music Circus on Friday. Be sure to check out our interview with founding member Mike Love here.

Freezepop at Harpers Ferry: They have been at the forefront of the local music scene for a decade now and the band will celebrate their tenth anniversary together with a pair of special shows at Harpers Ferry. First the band will play an all-ages matinee before they return to rock a 21+ gig that night. Tickets for each show are $10 in advance/$12 at the door or get a combo ticket for both for $15 in advance/$20 at the door. The Seedy Seeds and Mystery Roar play the afternoon gig while Provocateur and The New Collisions join the fun later in the night. Check out our feature on the band here.

Chad Perrone at the Paradise Rock Club: A hometown favorite since his days as the frontman for Averi, Perrone hits the ‘dise on Saturday with some help from Tim Blane and Jon Robert. Tickets for the 18+ show are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Sunday

Toby Keith, Trace Adkins at the Comcast Center: Two of country music’s biggest hit Mansfied. Keith, aka Big Dog Daddy, is backing 2008’s That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy b ut is also already hard at work on a new album. Two years ago it was one the best shows of the year but last year we were disappointed. How will this go? Find out with us for as little as $20.

Pete Yorn at the House of Blues: Considering their duets album is set to drop this fall, we would have loved to have seen Scarlett Johansson joining Yorn on this bill. That being said, the New Jersey rocker always puts on a strong show. He hits Lansdowne Street to support his brand new album, Back and Forth. Zee Avi opens. Tickets start at $25, but just $5 for Citi Cardmembers.

moe. at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom: The jam band road warriors return to New England this weekend for back-to-back nights in the New Hampshire beach town. These guys always put on a great show.
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Our Non Music Picks
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The Dew Tour: Boston hosts the “Skate Open” event, which serves as the International Skateboarding Federation World Championships, at the TD Garden on Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at just $15. Get all the details here.

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