Weekend Guide: July 16 – 18

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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 Picks

Cake at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Friday: Don’t worry, “The Distance” for a good ole rock show on Friday night is not too far thanks to Cake playing Boarding House Park in Lowell in a show co-sponsored by BMS. So get your “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” and join us for $35 in advance or $40 at the gate and we promise we’ll resist from using more puns.

Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum at the Comcast Center on Saturday
: Tim McGraw returns to Massachusetts to headline this year’s WKLB Country Music Festival with Lady Antebellum. Joining them for the festivities will be Love & Theft, Rand Montana and Sunny Sweeney. Tickets range in price from $32.50 to $75. Get there early for some great local talent squaring off in the Colgate Country Showdown.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Danny Klein’s Full House on the Rock & Blues Concert Cruise: Warm up for the big J. Geils Band show at Fenway later this summer by singing along to all their hits on the high seas with the band’s bassist Danny Klein. Get your tickets for $25 and don’t miss our interview with the man, here.

Sam Adams at House of Blues
: Most recent college grads are applying for those “real” jobs but Cambridge’s Sam Adams can put off those plans for awhile thanks to the release of the 2010 Trinity College grad’s debut album, Boston Boy. Tickets are $20 and also get you in for openers Clinton Sparks, Fly Ridaz and Collin McLoughlin.

Deer Tick at Lupo’s Heratbreak Hotel: Rhode Island’s finest play a hometown gig in support of their new album, The Black Dirt Sessions. Tickets are just $15 and the show’s actually outdoors.

The Brew, Will Dailey & the Rivals at Showcase Live: So what’s better than two of the best bands in Boston playing one of the best sounding rooms in Massachusetts, how about when tickets are just a penny?! We’re not kidding – okay so there is a 99 cent convenience fee, whatever – but you gotta get your tickets in advance, so hurry up.

Kathleen Edwards at the Beachcomber: The folks at the Wellfleet venue say it was “last summer’s sleep show of the year”, so why not check out Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards if you’re down on the Cape this weekend. Tickets for the show with Clare Burton are $18.

Jake Armerding at Club Passim: A local favorite on the folk circuit, Armerding does double duty on Friday by headlining the Harvard Square club and also debuting his new side project, The Fretful Porcupine, in the show’s opening slot. Check it all out for $17.

Electric Six on the Rock On! Concert Cruises: Looking for a little more dance with your rock on Friday, then check Detroit rockers Electric Six on Boston Harbor along with local standouts Township. Tickets are $25.

Saturday

Chris Isaak at the Bank of America Pavilion: The full-time musician and part-time actor continues to tour in support of his 2009 album, Mr. Lucky. Marc Broussard opens the show with some Bayou Soul. Tickets range in price from $25 to $50. The show also takes place at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday.

Crowded House at the House of Blues
: The Aussies are back with a brand new album, Intriguer. See how it stands up against their old materail when the band’s play a little of both on Lansdowne Street. Tickets are $35.

Joan Armatrading at the Lowell Summer Music Series
: With twenty studio albums and three Grammy nominations to boot, English singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading will have plenty of material to choose from when she plays Boarding House Park. Find out what she chooses to go along with materiel from her brand new album, This Charming Life, for $28 in advance. or $35 at the gate.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at the South Shore Music Circus: We know you can go see the Jersey Boys musical later this fall at the Colonial Theatre but why not check out the real thing in Cohasset. The only problem is the show is sold out so you’ll have to find your tickets elsewhere.

Eddie Money at the Hatch Shell
: Free music on the Esplanade is always a treat and with Eddie Money in town, how can you pass this up? Just be careful if you ask someone to “Take Me Home Tonight”.

Bell Biv DeVoe at Showcase Live: The New Edition spin-off and Boston R&B favorites hit the burbs for their first local show in more than a decade. Expect to hear “Posion”, “Do Me!” and all the other hits. Tickets are $28.

Green River Ordinance at Patriot Place: The Rock the Plaza series at Patriot Place is usually home to some of the best rising local bands and they’ll still do that on Saturday aftrenoon with Girls, Guns & Glory and Sarah Blacker. But the show will be a little extra special thanks to a set from Texas’ Green River Ordinance, whose hit “Come On” helped their album Out of My Hands peaked at #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

Sunday

American Idols Live at the Comcast Center
: Were you a fan of season nine? If so, check out the top ten including champion Lee DeWyze and Barnstable’s own Siobhan Magnus take on the Comcast Center in Mansfield. Tickets range in price from $26 to $70.50.

Huey Lewis & The News at the South Shore Music Circus: He and the News are still working for a living by bringing the hits for crowd pleasing shows. Join in on the fun for $53.75 or $70.75. The band also plays the Cape Cod Melody Tent on Saturday.

Bret Michaels at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: Nothing can slow the Poison frontman, not even a brain hemorrhage. Avoid the traffic back to the city and stay in the cape a little longer for what is sure to be a fun show in an intimate setting. Tickets are $43.25 and $60.25.

Travis Tritt at Indian Ranch
: The country music veteran hits Webster for an afternoon show at Indian Ranch. Tickets range in price from $39.50 to $52. He also plays the night before at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom.

Old Crow Medicine Show at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom: Looking for some good ole Americana? Then head north to Hampton Beach for the Old Crow Medicine Show, who never seem to disappoint with their fusion of bluegrass and alt-country. Tickets are $28.

Our Non Music Picks

New England Sand Sculpting Festival on Friday & Saturday: 12 World Class Master Sand Sculptors +8 Ten ton Competition Sand Sculptors + 1 250 ton Demonstration Sculpture = Just 3 great reasons to check out this awesome event on Revere Beach.

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