BMS Weekend Guide: July 31 – August 2

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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

Newport Folk Festival 50 at Fort Adams State Park on Saturday & Sunday: Even though funding was a problem this year, festival founder George Wein still managed to pull off an impressive lineup that includes artists from the festival’s past like Pete Seeger and Joan Baez as well as newcomers Fleet Foxes and The Decemberists. Tickets range from $30 to $125 for a two day pass.

WFNX Best Music Poll at City Hall Plaza on Saturday:& Is there anything better than a free concert?! Go downtown for a free night of music from The Bravery, The Airborne Toxic Event, Gaslight Anthem, Metric, Ra Ra Riot, and hometown heroes Passion Pit! The music starts at 4 p.m. And there will be beer on tap!
Our Music Picks

Friday

Keith Urban, Taylor Swift at the TD Banknorth Garden: When last year’s best selling artist is opening the show you know you’re going to get your money’s worth. A top selling act himself, Urban comes to town with new tracks off his latest album Defying Gravity. Not surprisingly, the show is sold out.

Depeche Mode at the Comcast Center: Dave Gahan is back to full health leaving Depeche Mode ready to rock some new tracks off of Sounds of the Universe. If that wasn’t enough, Peter Bjorn and John have been tapped to open. Tickets can be found starting at $25 and topping off at $89.50

Gov’t Mule at the Bank of America Pavilion: What’s This?! Another great two-for on Friday Night. Gov’t Mule comes to town to jam the night away with Ben Kweller in support. Tickets are just $30.

Blues Traveler at the Lowell Summer Music Series: They won’t give you the run-around, Blues Traveler invades Lowell this weekend to deliver all your old favorites as well as new ones off of their latest album Truth Be Told. Tickets are just $30 for this BMS co-sponsored show, so come by out tent and say.

Will Dailey at the Rock & Blues Cruise: All Aboard! Will Dailey has grown quite a local following so this boat should be rockin’. Gypsy Tall Wind opens. Tickets are just $25 for an evening on the sea. And be sure to pick up his new album, Torrent,Volumes 1&2.

Tracy Chapman at the House of Blues: She’s come a long way since her days a street performer in Harvard Square. Chapman returns home as part of a tour in support of 3008’s Our Bright Future, Chapman returns to Boston for a night on Lansdowne Street. Tickets are $29 and $39.

Saturday

Incubus at the Comcast Center: With a tour in support of their new greatest hits compilation, Monuments and Melodies, you’re guaranteed to hear your favorite songs. Tickets are still available and range in price from $20 to $37.50.

Melissa Ferrick, Catie Curtis at the Lowell Summer Music Series: New England’s own Melissa Ferrick stops in Lowell with new material from Goodbye Youth. See what she’s up to these days as she continues to blend genres and develop her own unique brand of folk. She will be joined by another great hometown talent in Catie Curtis. Tickets are only $20

Dredg, RX Bandits at the Paradise Rock Club: A somewhat odd pairing of two California veterans. Alt-rockers Dredg are backing their brand new album The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion, while ska/punk rockers RX Bandits also support a brand new release, Mandala. As Tall As Lions open the all ages show. Tickets are $18.

The B-52s at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: “Roam” you’re way to down to Hyannis because The B-52’s always bring the “Good Stuff” so hit up the “Party Out of Bounds” as the Music Circus becomes a “Love Shack”. And the best news is that local favorites The New Collisions have just been added as opening act for the band’s tour. Tickets are $44.75 and $60.75. The show hits the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset on Sunday.

Lyres, Muck & the Mires at Church: The Abbey Lounge may be no more but Church is picking up the slack with this great night of Garage rock. Local veterans Lyres and Muck & the Mires highlight the bill, which also boats headliners Coffin Lids and openers Triple Thick. Admission is only $10.

Sunday

Dream Theater, Zappa Plays Zappa at the Bank of America Pavilion: The progressive metal veterans and Berklee products are back on the road with the second incarnation of their Progressive Nation tour. Zappa Plays Zappa tops the support list, which also includes a pair of bands from Sweden, Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish. Tickets range in price from $30 to $50.

Tool at the Verizon Wireless Arena: The last time we saw Maynard James Keenan in Boston, he was signing bottles of wine at Whole Foods. Now, he brings hard rock heroes Tool to New Hampshire for the band’s only summer stop in New England. The show is sold out.

Xavier Rudd at the House of Blues: The Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist hits the hub to support his most recent release, 2008’s Dark Shades of Blue. Canadian singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher opens. Tickets are $22.

Our Non Music Picks

Shakespeare on the Common on Friday: The 14th annual Shakespeare on the Common production makes its 2009 debut with "The Comedy of Errors" will debut this Friday. Grab a blanket and a cooler for an fun night of Shakespeare for free.

Somerville Rock ’n’ Roll Yard Sale on Saturday: Head over to Union Square from 3 to 7 p.m. for a wide selection of great music goods, from t-shirts to posters, and of course, plenty of vinyl. There will also be live music.

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