Music for your weekend

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Still looking to fill in your calendar for this weekend? Well, you’ve worked too hard not to enjoy your free time so here are some ideas on how to spend it.

Our Best Picks

BCMFest at Various Venues on Friday and Saturday: We may be a couple months from St. Patrick’s Day but you can get your Celtic fix early with the Boston Celtic Music Fest. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the festival takes over Cmabridge and offers a little something for everyone. Tickets range in price from $15 to $28. Get the full schedule of events here.

“Hot Stove, Cool Music” Benefit Concert at the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday: Combing the city’s love for baseball and music for a good cause, it’s easily one of our favorite annual events in Boston. This year, for its 14th edition, The Baseball Project will fittingly headline. Also scheduled to perform are Howie Day, Trigger Happy, Kingsley Flood and, of course, the Hot Stove All-Stars featuring Peter Gammons, Theo Epstein, Bill Janovitz, Kay Hanley, Tanya Donelly, Paul Barrere and more. Actor and comedian Mike O’Malley will resume his role as emcee. Tickets for the show are still available for $40 and we’re sure there will be a television available to show a certain playoff game.

More shows for your weekend


Lee Ranaldo and The Dust at the Brighton Music Hall: Best known as the co-founder of indie rock heroes Sonic Youth, Ranaldo brings his new project to Boston to promote 2013’s Last Night on Earth. Tickets for the show, which will also feature opener Steve Gunn, are available for $14.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Scullers Jazz Club: Have a swinging time when these Californa veterans warm up Boston. Tickets are available for $45.

Await Rescue, Township at Great Scott: A pair of Boston’s best team up with fellow local favorites Gozu, Never Got Caught and Thunderbloods. A great night of hometown rock in Allston Rock City for just $10.

Sakara at the Middle East Downstairs: The Springfield-based rockers are recording with their debut album with Staind’s Johnny April with plans for release later this year. See them live with Silent Season, Patient 0, You and What Army? and Adam McCauley for $12.

We Were Astronauts at the Middle East Upstairs: These local rockers on the rise recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to record an EP with Warren Huart (The Fray, Augustana). See them rock Central Square with Lannen, Sarah Borrello and Easy Company for $10.

Session Americana, Duke Levine at the Lizard Lounge: Two longtime local favorites join forces for what should be a special night in Cambridge. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $15.


Jake Bugg at the House of Blues: He only turns 20 next month, but this English rocker is making waves on both sides of the pond. Touring in support of his new album Shangri La, find out what all the hypes is about for $25 and $35. Be sure to arrive in time for the opening set from Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes.

Ghosts Of Jupiter, The Mallett Brothers Band at The Sinclair: Another great showcase featuring some of New England’s finest. Boston’s Ghosts Of Jupiter headline with help from Maine’s The Mallett Brothers Band. Rouding out the bill is Dead Boots. Tickets are available for $10 in advance or $12 on the day of.

Aloud at Great Scott: The Boston veterans are prepping for the release of a new album due later this year. See if they preview any new tunes when they play Allston with Brooklyn-based 8-piece indie dance band Cold Blood Club. Also on the bill are local favorites This Blue Heaven and Sarah Rabdau & The Self-Employed Assassins. Tickets are available for $10.

“Bands for Brad” benefit with Anarchangel at the Middle East Upstairs: Local metal rockers Anarchangel headline “Bands for Brad: A night of rock to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation”. Katie Stodder, Amber Spyglass and Melt will also perform.

Lloyd Thayer at Club Passim: To celebrate the release of his new album American Liily, Thayer is promosing “two full sets and ten plus instruments”. Soudns good to us. Tickets are available for $15.

Deborah Henson-Conant at The Center for Arts in Natick: The “World’s Foremost Electric Harpist” hits the suburbs for her “Lose Your Blues” show. Make you way to Natick and enjoy this show for $26.


Trigger Hippy at the Brighton Music Hall: After rocking Hot Stove, Cool Music, the band featuring memebrs of the Black Crowes and singer Joan Osborne, will deliver a full set at their own show in Allston. Tickets are available for $20 in advance or $25 on the day of.

Amanda Shires at Great Scott: The Texas-bred singer and fiddle star hits Boston in support of her new album, Down Fell The Doves. Tickets for the show, which will also feature Michael Tarbox, are available for $10.

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