BMS Weekend Guide: June 19 – 21

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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

The Life Is Good Festival at Boston Common on Saturday: A fun filled day with music from five-time Grammy and Lifetime Achievement Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama, rising national star Brett Dennen,and family-favorite Stevesongs. The free event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., also boasts a plethora of fun activities for all ages. Get more info here.

Make Music Cambridge Festival on Sunday: Back for its second year, the street music festival inspired by Paris’ “Fete de la Musique”, expands to include 210 bands performing at 21 spots around Harvard Square for a full 10 hours to celebrate the first day of summer. It’s free and there is a little bit of everything to please many tastes.&
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Our Music Picks

Friday

New Kids On The Block, Jesse McCartney at the Comcast Center: The reunion tour makes its way back to the group’s hometown. The slightly older kids and their slightly older fans have been enjoying every minute of reliving the glory days. Join them tonight for as little as $25, which also gets you in to see opener Jesse McCartney.

Andrew Bird at the Bank of America Pavilion: Playing his violin, guitars, glockenspiel, and some serious electronics, Bird was very impressive when he played the Orpheum in January. He and his band return to town to support his new release Noble Beast. Tickets are $20 and $30. American favorites Calexico open.

Bedouin Soundclash, The Aggrolites at the Paradise Rock Club: Two great ska/reggae bands at the ‘dise. Toronto’s Bedouin Soundclash are taking time away from the studio to road test tunes from their forthcoming album while L.A.’s The Aggrolites are supporting their brand new album IV. Tickets for the co-headlining show are $16.50.

Dublin City Ramblers at the Irish Cultural Center: Do you enjoy traditional Irish rebel and drinking songs? Very few do it any better than this legendary group who bring a a very deep catalog of hits to the Irish Cultural Center in Canton. Tickets are $25, Guinness is not included (but of course, will be on tap).

Saturday

No Doubt, Paramore at the Comcast Center: One of the top tours of the summer makes it way to the Comcast Center. Gwen Stefani’s solo material was some great pop but we’ve been missing No Doubt for a few years now. Expect a greatest hits setlist that should have the crowd singing-along all night. Openers Paramore, who are hard at work on their third album, are the perfect opener for this show. Tickets are still available and range in price from $25 to $80.

Better Than Ezra at the Paradise Rock Club: After an extended hiatus, Better Than Ezra are back on the road and support their brand new album, Paper Empire. The pride of New Orleans, these guys always put on a great show and for only $20, you can’t go wrong. Tyrone Wells opens.

Girls Guns Glory at the Rock & Blues Concert Cruise: The Rock & Blues Concert Cruises, which take place aboard the Boston Harbor Cruises fleet, kicks off Saturday with the The Honky Tonk Blues Cruise featuring Boston’s Girls Guns and Glory, Brooklyn’s Yarn, Austin’s Josh Grider Trio. Tickets for what should be a very fun night are $25. Boarding is at 7:3o from the Boston Harbor Cruise terminal at Long Wharf.

Boz Scaggs & Michael McDonald at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: Scaggs is a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist. McDonald has enjoyed a successful solo career after time spent with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers. Together, they are two soulful singers spending the summer together on tour with a stop this weekend in Hyannis. The show is sold out.

Sunday

The Fray, Jack’s Mannequin at the Comcast Center: The Colorado pop-rockers hit Boston for an ambitious show at the Comcast Center in support of their new self-titled sophomore release. Jack’s Mannequin, who recently rocked& the House of Blues, opens the show. Check out our interview with Fray drummer Ben Wysocki and then grab tickets for the show, which range in price from $20.50 to $55.50. Or call up some friends and grab a set of four lawn tickets for $40.

Patrick Wolf, The Living Things at The Middle East Downstairs: Wolf, the flamboyant Irish/English singer-songwriter from London, hits Boston to promote his new album The Bachelor. The Brits love him so find out what all the hype is about but we also recommend getting there in time to catch what should be a rocking set from St. Louis’ The Living Things. Plastiscines and Jaguar Love round out the bill. tickets are $12.

Our Non Music Picks

American Craft Beer Fest: Do you love beer? Ya, stupid question. This weekend marks the return of the east coast’s largest celebration of American craft beer at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston, featuring upwards of 75 American brewers, over 300 craft beers, and plenty of beer education! Tickets are $40 per a session (one on Friday and two on Saturday).

Cape Cod Chowder Fest on Sunday: A Cape Cod tradition continues as the Cape Cod Melody Tent hosts the 29th Annual Cape Cod Chowder Festival on Sunday. 2008 winner Captain Parker’s Restaurant (West Yarmouth) will look to defend their crown against some tough competition for the title of Best Cape Cod Clam Chowder. Tickets are $10 in advance/$15 day-of for adults and $4 for children under 10 years of age (free admission for children under 2).

Father’s Day on Sunday: Reminder to tell Dad Happy Father’s Day! Give him a ring, watch the game together, or grab lunch – just don’t forget.

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