Weekend Guide: May 21 – 23

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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

EarthFest at the Hatch Shell on Saturday : Every summer the Hatch Shell hosts a plethora of free events and none may be better than EarthFest, especially this year with Collective Soul, Gin Blossoms, Crash Kings, and Marcy Playground in the lineup. There’s also a stage with entertainment for the kiddies. Best of all, the event is free.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Sugarland at the Comcast Center: The concert season kicks off for the summer at the Comcast Center in grand fashion as Sugarland make a stop in the area on their “Incredible Machine” tour. Even more incredible are the cheap tickets available from $19.50 to $50.50. Jake Owen and Danny Gokey open the show.

Josh Ritter at the Orpheum Theatre: Ritter may be from Idaho but he always has a home here in Boston where his career began to take off. Give him a warm welcome back as he visits with new tunes from the upcoming So Runs the World Away. Tickets are $25.50.

Neil Young at the Hanover Theatre: See the rock legend perform solo as he mixes in hits and hidden gems from his extensive catalog as part of the “Twisted Road” tour. Not surprisingly, the show is sold out.

Savoy Brown, Johnny A at Showcase Live: Another great 2-for-1 rock show over at Showcase Live. Hear some exceptional guitar playing and some under-appreciated classic rock for $25.

Paula Cole at the Narrows Center for the Arts (Fall River): Mass’s own Paula Cole pays a visit to Fall river to show off tunes from her new album, Ithaca. Tickets are $35.

The Proclaimers at the Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton)
: We know it’s a bit of a drive to Northampton but that’s no excuse when the Proclaimers once walked “500 miles”. Tickets are $23.

Blues Traveler at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
: Harp fans get on down to Providence where John Popper and his gang will be riffin’ on their spectacular collection of 90’s hits. Tickets are $30.

Saturday

KISS Concert at the Comcast Center : KISS Concert 2010 boasts a lineup of both local and national stars including Boston’s own Boys Like Girls, Ayla Brown, and Mission Hill mixing it up with the likes of Kesha, Jason Derulo, and Adam Lambert. Tickets are $35 to $200.

Crooked Still at the Sanders Theatre: Local product Crooked Still have have turned out another album of their unique brand of bluegrass. Catch new tracks off Some Strange Country for $28.

Morrissey’s Birthday Tribute at Great Scott: It’s really no surprise that there’s a birthday party for Morrissey going on in Allston this weekend. What is surprising is that it’s only $7 to see some great acts like The Honors, Jay Marsh of Taxpayer and Ad Frank. Maybe there will be some vegan cake as well.

Holly Miranda at TT the Bear’s Place
: After putting her solo career on hold for a while to form The Jealous Girlfriends, Miranda is back with her second album, The Magician’s Private Library. Tickets are $10.

New Kids On The Block at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino: Hang Tough with the New Kids in Connecticut as they continue to cash in on their reunion tour. Maybe you can too by hitting the slots or tables after the show. Tickets are still availble and range in price from $55 to $75 .The show also takes place on Friday.

Insane Clown Posse, Kottonmouth Kings at the Palladium: If you’re looking for something different… well here ya go. Tickets are $35 and also get you in for Coolio, Kittie and Necro. Can’t make it on Saturday, the show also takes place on Friday.

Sunday

Darius Rucker at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium : Catch some perfectly good country music delivered by Darius Rucker and see if he throws in a couple hits from his Hootie days. Tickets are still available for $49.75 and $57.75.

They Might Be Giants at the Regent Theatre (Arlington): TMBG rocked a free show in the area a few weeks ago and luckily they’re back again, except you have to pay this time. Don’t worry; it’ll be worth it. However, if you don’t have tickets already you’re out of luck because this show is sold out.

Peter Wolf at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: The J Geils frontman has been known to show up to concerts around the area for years, now it’s your turn to show up at his show in Providence. Wolf is touring in support of his brand new solo album, Midnight Souvenirs. Tickets are $30

Flobots at Harpers Ferry: The Flobots come to town in support of their new album, Survival Story. See them with K-OS, Trouble Andrew, and Champagne Champagne for $20.

Our Non Music Picks

Hot Dog Safari on Sunday : Head to Suffolk Downs for Phantom Gourmet’s famous day of food and fun. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate with all proceeds benefiting the Joey Fund.

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