Weekend Guide: July 2 – 4

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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

Nateva Music and Camping Festival in Oxford, Maine – All Weekend : For years the New England area has been starved for a bona fide music festival as we heard of the celebrations at the likes of Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, etc. This year things are different as Maine will host a plethora of talent. Passion Pit leads the way for local acts while The Flaming Lips, moe., and Further all serve as headliners. Weekend passes are available for $229

Boston Pops with Toby Keith at the Hatch Shell on Sunday: Boston is known for our Independence Day celebration, as well we should seeing as we started the Revolution. So get in on some classic Americana with special guest, country music superstar and all-around All-American Toby Keith at the Hatch Shell, which is free as always. Of course, you can also hit up the open dress rehearsal (sans firworks) on Saturday.
 
Our Music Picks

Friday

Lady Gaga at the TD Garden : Whether you find her intriguing or annoying there’s no questioning that Gaga is always entertaining. You know what she’ll sing but you never know what she’s gonna wear. The show is sold out but you can find tickets through the usual third party outlets.

Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: Before they head up to Nateva for the Fourth the rock duo/couple will make an appearance a little closer to home for those of you looking to stay local this weekend. Tickets are $43.75.

Edwin McCain Band at Showcase Live
: A talented man with a talented band. Hear Edwin belt out his classic tunes, as well as material off his brand new covers album, Nobody’s Fault But Mine. Tickets are $25.

Oranjuly, The Everyday Visuals, The Luxury at the Middle East Downstairs: Don’t worry, not all the great local bands will be heading up north this weekend as The Everyday Visuals and The Luxury stick around to celebrate with Oranjuly for their CD release. The show kicks off with another local standout in Spirit Kid. Tickets are available for the bargain price of $12.

Destroy Babylon on the Rock On! Concert Cruises: Billed as “The Clash on the High Seas” catch Destroy Babylon as they run through The Clash’s classic London Calling album in it’s entirety. Tickets are $25.

Saturday   

George Clinton & The P Funk All-Stars at Showcase Live : Another group set for Nateva, before they head up to Maine George Clinton & P-Funk will look to tear the roof off of Showcase Live. Tickets are $35.
 
Michael Buble at the Mohegan Sun Arena: Michael Buble just hasn’t “met you yet” so go greet him at Mohegan where he’ll be taking up a weekend residence. A few tickets are still available for $85 and $100.

Paul Rodgers (of Bad Company) at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom: Heading to New Hampshire for the holiday? Hear one of rock’s all-time best voices in Hampton for $31 or $51 and enjoy locals Ernie & The Automatics while you’re at it.

Boz Scaggs at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: No matter what the temperature you’ll be sure to get some “Silk Degrees” at this show. Tickets are $44.25 and $61.25.

Sunday

James Taylor & Carole King at Tanglewood : Taylor & King were here recently for a very memorable show at the Garden. This time they’ll head to cozier confines in the Berkshires for a weekend residence of their own. These shows are nearly sold out so act fast.

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