Weekend Guide: April 20 – 22

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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 Picks

2012 Rock N’ Roll Rumble at TT the Bear’s Place on Friday: It all comes down to The Grownup Noise, Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck, Garvey J., and Motherboar. See who takes home this year’s title for $12.

New England Metal & Hardcore Festival at The Palladium – All Weekend: There is no better place for metal and hardcore fans this weekend than Worcester. Day one includes The Acacia Strain, The Black Dahlia Murder, Nile, Skeletonwitch, All Shall Perish, and Oceano, while Overkill, iwrestledabearonce, All That Remains, Bane, Protest the Hero, and Periphery highlight day two. Massachusetts own Killswitch Engage will headline the grand finale on Sunday, which also includes Every Time I Die, For Today, Vanna, Stepping Giant, and Chelsea Grin for $40. Tickets are $40 for each day or $115 for a 3-day pass. Get the complete lineup here.

Esperanza Spalding at Orpheum Theatre on Sunday: She’s been all over the late night shows the past couple weeks, now she returns home in support of Radio Music Society for $28 to $45.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Guster at the Paramount Theater: A night of music and comedy. Guster supplies the music, Jeff Garlin brings the funny. This show is sold out, as are the two other shows the band has planned this weekend.

10Ft. Ganja Plant at the Middle East Downstairs: The elusive roots reggae band will play the third ever live show in their twelve year history. Joining them will be Chadwick Stokes of Disptach and State Radio Fame, as well as local standouts Destroy Babylon. This show is sold out.

New Edition at Dunkin Donuts Center: It’s been a tough go of it lately for Bobby Brown, but him and the boys are still doing their thing, and will be doing so in Providence tonight. Tickets range in price from $47 to $67.

Merle Haggard at The Music Hall in Portsmouth: At 75, the country legend is still going strong. See him in person alongside his band The Strangers for $70 to $78.

Saturday

fun. At House of Blues: They got one of the biggest hits on the charts right now in “We Are Young”, so it’s no wonder this show is sold out.

Death Cab For Cutie at Citi Wang Theatre: Death Cab are mixing things up by touring with the Magik*Magik Orchestra. It’s a move that’s certainly drawn interest as this show is sold out.

Mayer Hawthorne & The County at Paradise Rock Club: The smooth singing Detroit native brings the old school sound of his city to Boston. Tickets are sold out for this one as well.

Jake Shimabukuro at the Narrows Center for the Arts: This ukulele virtuoso is always a pleasent treat. See him in Fall River as he promotes his latest release, Peace Love Ukulele. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of.

Celebrating 100 Years of The Music of Bill Monroe at the Wilbur Theatre: Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, and The Travelin McCourys join forces for a special tour to pay tribute to Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. Tickets range in price from $35 to $50.

Blues After Hours Tribute to Mai Cramer at the Regent Theatre: Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson (formerly of the Muddy Waters Band) leads this tribute to the late Mai Cramer of WGBH’s “Blues After Hours”. Ron Levy, David Maxwell, Babe Pino, Mudcat Ward, Shirley Lewis and Peter Ward will also perform. Tickets are $28 with proceeds benefiting the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.

Sunday

Portugal. The Man at House of Blues: With a psychedelic sound, this Alaskan group always keeps things interesting. The Lonely Forest opens this $25 show.

Nanci Griffith at the Narrows Center for the Arts: The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter hits Fall River in support of her brand new album, Intersection. Tickets are $60 in advance or $65 on the day of. The Kennedy’s will open the show.

Graham Parker at the Bull Run Restaurant: The veteran English rocker will be joined by The Figgs for what is sure to be a good time in Shirley. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of.

Howie Day at Tupelo Music Hall: The man from Maine will completed a two-night stand in New Hampshire with Owen Beverly. Tickets are $30.

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