Weekend Guide: July 30 – August 1

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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

Newport Folk Festival on Saturday & Sunday: There’s a reason this festival has continued for over 50 years and that’s because of the outstanding lineup they put together each summer. So much more than just folk music, this year has a lot to offer as always. Head south to see the likes of John Prine, Levon Helm, The Swell Season, The Avett Brothers, Yim Yames and plenty of other great acts. Single-day tickets are $75 while two-day passes are available for $125.

Our Music Picks


Lilith Fair at the Comcast Center: The Lilith Fair has started off with a bit of a hitch due to some cancellations but this show in Mansfield looks promising with a lineup that includes Sara Bereilles, Cat Power, Tegan & Sara, and of course tour co-founder Sarah McLachlan amongst others. There’s currently a $10 ticket special online while the priciest tickets top out at $108.

O.A.R. at the Bank of America Pavilion: O.A.R. will have a new album out this fall so expect some new tunes mixed in between your favorite summertime anthems for the second of two shows in Boston. Tickets are $39.50.

Indigo Girls at the Lowell Summer Music Series: They may be known better for their work in the 90s but the Indigo Girls are still getting acclaim as they tour in support of last years Poseidon and the Bitter Bug. This show is sold out.

Counting Crows, Augustana at the South Shore Music Circus
: These bands are used to playing much bigger venues together so catch a rare close-up this weekend. Hopefully you got tickets ahead of time because this show is sold out.

Umphrey’s McGee, Rebelution at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: Some funk and reggae down the Cape always sounds good to us. Tickets are $34.25 for this great double bill.

Chromeo at the House of Blues: Show off your own “Fancy Footwork” with Chromeo as they supply the inspiration. Neon Indian and Telephoned open the show. Tickets are $20.

Social Distortion at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: The SoCal punk legends are back on the road and gearing up for the release their new album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, which they went “back to their roots” on. Sounds good to us. Check it out for yourself as they help celebrate the 35th anniversary of Lupo’s. Tickets are $28.

Living Colour at Harpers Ferry: Hit Allston Rock City and check out the funk/metal legends, who are back on the road with their original lineup and a new album, The Chair in the Doorway, released last year. Local favorites LA Mob and Kid:Nap:Kin open the show. Tickets are $25.


The Black Keys at the Bank of America Pavilion: Forget Lebron, The Black Keys are the real Kings of Akron, Ohio. Check them out with The Morning Benders for $35.

Hot Tuna, Steve Earle at the House of Blues: Who’s the headliner? Who cares. Either way this show will be great. Tickets are $30.

Marc Cohn at the Lowell Summer Music Series: Go walking in Lowell with Cohn, who comes to to town in support of his new album Listening Booth: 1970. Hear some new tunes and old favorites for $25.

Adler’s Appetite at the Showcase Live: Steven Adler recently released a book about his time in Guns N’ Roses but if you don’t feel like reading you can catch a glimpse by listening at Showcase Live instead. Tickets are $15.

Peter Cetera at the Hatch Shell: The original frontman for all of Chicago plays a free concert on the Esplanade as part of the ongoing WODS Summer Concert Series. Ernie and the Automatics open the show.


Arcade Fire at the Bank of America Pavilion: Arcade Fire return to the road in support of their highly anticipated new album, The Suburbs, which hits stores on Tuesday. So highly anticipated that this show is sold out.

Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, Chevelle and more at the Comcast Center
: You’ll get more for your money at Comcast this Sunday with “carnival of Madness” tour and luckily you won’t have to spend much of it with tickets ranging from $20 to $42.50.

Aretha Franklin at the South Shore Music Circus: After performing with former of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Philadelphia earlier this week, the Queen of Soul comes to Hyannis. See the legend perform in this intimate setting for $68.75 or $85.75.

Bowzer’s Original Doo Wop Party at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: Doo Wop is hard to come by these days so hear some classics while you can with the likes of the Drifters, Danny and the Juniors, and of course Bowzer himself. Tickets are still available for $41 and $58.

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