Weekend Guide: April 9 – 11

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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   –   Our Music Picks   –   Our Non Music Picks

Our Best Pick

Bands to Benefit Stroke at Oliver’s Nightclub On Friday: This is a win-win situation: in one hand you get to see Air Traffic Controller, Six Day Slide, 25 Pearl, Persian Blue, and Barricades. On the other, you support a great cause in Tedy’s Team and the American Stroke Association. Admission is $10, or pay $20 for a donation and tickets for a raffle of items signed by #54 himself.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Midlake at the Paradise Rock Club: Midlake’s Tim Smith has said that he’s never satisfied with what they do. We think he’s being a bit harsh. At least you’ll be satisfied if you see them Friday night. Tickets are $14.

Lansdowne at Harpers Ferry: BMS favorites Lansdowne are celebrating the release of their new album and are bringing the celebration to Allston. The 18+ show will also include fellow locals Prospect Hill, Keep Me Conscious, and Novus Dae. Tickets are $12.

Average White Band at Showcase Live: Whether you’re looking to “Pick Up the Pieces” or just “Go ‘Round Again” you can get funky in Foxboro with these Scottish R&B vets tonight. We hope you already got your tickets because this funk fest is sold out.

Ellis Paul at The Center for the Arts in Natick: Just ‘cause there’s no megastars in town tonight doesn’t mean you have to stay in. Why not go support a local gem like Ellis Paul and hear his latest work off his new album, The Day After Everything Changed, while you’re at it? Tickets are $24.

Saturday

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at the Paradise Rock Club: Road warrior Ted Leo makes the rounds through Boston once again, this time boasting new tracks off his latest album, The Brutalist Bricks. Tickets are priced at a much less-brutal $16.50.

Bleu at TT the Bear’s Place: The longtime Boston favorite returns home from Los Angeles for a night in Cambridge with AdFrank & The Fast Easy Women, Francine, and Scott Simons. Tickets are $11.

Emerson & Lake at the Zeiterion Theatre
: So they were supposed to launch their highly anticipated tour last week in Ohio. That was until Keith Emerson got a sever case of stage fright. The good news is that after three cancellations, they did play in New York City last night and will come to Massachusetts. See what happens in New Bedford for $45. They will also play in Lynn on Sunday.

Richard Marx at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: There may be an ocean of tears at the Blue Ocean Music Hall as Richard Marx pulls at your heartstrings with ballad after ballad. Tickets are available for $35 and $40.

Kenny Rogers at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino: Kenny Roger’s is throwing a big old party down in Connecticut to celebrate his “First 50 Years” and he’s bringing plenty of his friends. Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Wynonna, Alison Krauss, Smokey Robinson, Tim McGraw, Chris Isaak, Darius Rucker, and others will all make appearances. You could too for $100 to $225.

Sunday

Fanfarlo at the Paradise Rock Club: You can add Fanfarlo to the list of great things to come out of Sweden (maybe somewhere after the meatballs but before Ikea). Tickets are $13.

Sierra Leone All-Stars at Harpers Ferry: With a new album titled, Rise & Shine, the Refugee All Stars are ready to inspire once again with an acoustic tour through the States. Tickets are $15.

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