BMS Weekend Guide: May 29 – 31

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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.

Our Best Pick& & & & -& & & & Our Music Picks& & & & -& & & & Our Non Music Picks

Our Best Pick

The New Collisions EP release with Township, The Lights Out, Televandals, Logan 5 and the Runners at TT the Bear’s Place
: This is one stellar lineup of some of local rock’s finest. We honestly love all the bands on the bill who are coming together to help rising new-wave stars The New Collisions celebrate the release of their brand new EP. A can’t miss show. Oh, and did we mention that Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes will sit in with the band. Not to shabby, huh. Tickets are only $8. Be there!

Our Music Picks

Friday, May 29

Leonard Cohen at the Citi Wang Theatre: His financial troubles are your opportunity to finally see this legend perform live. Cohen is on the road for his first tour in fifteen years and from all accounts, delivering outstanding shows. A few tickets remain for both Friday and Saturday’s shows, ranging in price from $77.50 to $253.

Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson & Family at Fenway Park
: DMB returns to rock Fenway Park this weekend. The band is touring in support of Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, which drops in stores on Tuesday. These guys always put on an entertaining show and with country icon Willie Nelson opening, it should fun night. A handful of tickets remain for $75. Don’t be surprised if the band brings a special guest or two on stage.

Steve Earle at the Berklee Performance Center: The longtime alt-country favorite comes to town in support of his brand new album, Townes. The album a tribute to his friend and mentor, the late singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, and thus is comprised soley of covers of Van Zandt’s tunes. Fans of Earle (or Townes) can grab tickets for $30.

Say When at The Middle East Upstairs: The band rocked our Local Spotlight Live Series show at Olivers in April before going on another nationwide tour. Now they are back and ready to rock another hometown show. Find out why we love these guys – and then catch them at the Warped Tour later this summer. Blackboard Nails headlines while Hamilton and The Holiday Electric round out the bill. Tickets are $12.

Hank Williams Jr. at Mohegan Sun Arena (CT)
: Sure there are plenty of country shows happening this weekend, but this is the closet stop on Hank Jr.’s latest tour, which is packed with plenty of sing-alongs. Tickets are $50.

Saturday, May 30

Radio 92.9’s EarthFest at the Hatch Shell: Sure its a 90’s nostalgia fest but the weather forecast looks great and the price is certainly right. So hit the banks of the Charles and sing-along to "Runaway Train", "Cumbersome", and "Lullaby". Of course, we highly recommend that you catch Evan Dando lead The Lemonheads through a homecoming set as the band preps for the release of their forthcoming covers album. More information, including set times, is available here.

George Strait at the Comcast Center: The legendary country music troubadour hits the Boston area for the first time in a almost ten years on Saturday to headline WKLB Country 102.5’s Country Music Festival. Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough will open the show and special guests Chuck Wicks and Randy Houser will perform on the side stage earlier in the day. Tickets are available for $42 to $82.

Phil Vassar with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall: Country fans that aren’t headed to Mansfield should the Hall as Vassar teams up with the Boston Pops conducted by John Williams. The show is benefit to help raise funds for the American Society of Transplantation. Tickets range in price from $40 to $250.

The Toadies at the Roxy: The reunited Texas grunge rockers continue to tour in support of 2008’s No Deliverance, the band’s third studio album. California garage rockers The Willowz open. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door.

Tabi Bonney at The Middle East Downstairs
: The Togo, Africa native and Washington D.C.-based rapper hits Cambridge to support his debut album A Fly Guy’s Theme. The rising star will be joined by local favorites Akrobatik, D-Stacks, Gee.Ko, and Vice Versah. Tickets for the 18+ show are $20.

Sunday, May 31
Phish at Fenway Park: Just as Willie’s tour bus departs from Lansdowne Street, Phish rolls into town – let’s hope the ballpark doesn’t burn down. This is sure to be a phun and memorable night at Phenway as Phish kick off their second reunion tour. Of course, the show is sold out but you should be able to hear most of it from Yawkey Way. If not, try and find tickets for the jam band legends return visit to Mansfield next Sunday.

Gary Allan at Showcase Live!: Country fans – we told you it was a busy weekend. If you still have some gas left in the tank, head out to Foxboro to catch the veteran California crooner who has produced twenty-two singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. Tickets are $30 and $55.

Our Non Music Picks

Revolution vs DC United at Gillette Stadium on Saturday: The Revs and DC United are bitter rivals, and thus this is always an entertaining match. Arrive early and catch local rockers Lansdowne perform inside the stadium as part of a special pre-game party. Tickets start at $35 and include a party pass, a game ticket (in "The Fort" section) and a limited-edition t-shirt.

Hot Dog Safari at Suffolk Downs on Sunday: Always a BMS favorite and now in its 20th year. All you can eat hot dogs (and plenty of other food too), plus fun games for the kids. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. The fun starts at 9 a.m. and runs till 4:30.

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