Music for your weekend

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

Our Best Picks

Delta Rae at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Friday: After Ziggy Marley officially opened its the 25th season last night, the Lowell Summer Music Series charges on with these North Carolina-based country/folk-rockers who continue to impress with each performance. Among there many supporters are Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, who appears on their single “If I Loved You”.  Enjoy this band on the rise in scenic Boarding House Park for $35 and be sure to arrive in time for opener Will Dailey.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Gaslight Anthem at City Hall Plaza on Saturday: The Boston legends deliver a homecoming show in celebration of frontman Dicky Barrett’s 50th birthday. Joining the festivities will be The Gaslight Anthem, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages and other surprise guests. Tickets for the show, which is part of the Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Music Festival, are available for $32.50 or grab them here for $19.50.

Make Music Festival at Harvard Square on Saturday: Celebrating its seventh year, this awesome free event features more than 70 musicians across 12 different stages. From the always fun Keytar Bear to local standouts The Rationales and OldJack, there is plenty of great music to enjoy. The festivities kick off at 2 p.m. and run till 10 p.m. for more information, go here.

More shows for your weekend


Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne at the Xfinity Center: After a series of radio shows last fall, the two decided to team up. The boy band is back with their original lineup and a new album in In A World Like This, while the pop-rocker is promoting her new self-titled album. Tickets range in price from $40.50 to $99.50.

Salt-N-Pepa at City Hall Plaza: Flashback to the 90’s with the classic hip-hop trio as they kick off the Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Music Festival. Tickets are $20 or grab them through BosTix for just $11. The Timberfakes will also perform.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph at the House Of Blues: A double bill for guitar lovers. The blues veteran is promoting his brand new release Goin’ Home, while the soul/funk-rockers continue to back 2013’s Lickety Split. Tickets are available for $32.

Tyler Ward at the Brighton Music Hall: The YouTube star is on the road to promote his debut album, Honestly. Tickets for the show, which will also feature Brynn Elliott and Kiley Evans, are available for $15.

Gymnasium at TT the Bear’s Place: The local rock favorites celebrate the release of their new self-titled album with help from Reverse, White Dynomite and Devil On Horseback. Tickets are available for $10.

Curtis Salgado at the Regattabar: The veteran singer and harmonica virtuoso, who won three Blues Music Awards last year after the success of 2012’s Soul Shot, performs in Cambridge. Tickets are available for $25.

Edie Carey & Sarah Sample at Club Passim: The longtime singer-songwriters and tour buddies/mamas joined forces to release a new duets album called ‘Til The Morning. Featuring originals and covers, the two describe the set as a collection of “harmony-laden collection of lullabies and songs of comfort”. Tickets are available for $22.


Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow at the Xfinity Center: WKLB Country 102.5 hosts their annual summer festival with the veteran trio, who is on the road to promote their recently released ninth album, Rewind. Longtime pop-rocker Crow,w ho released her first country album last fall, will also perform, as will Gloriana. Tickets range in price from $33 to $67.75.

John Butler Trio at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion: The Australian rockers arrive in Boston to promote their new album, Flesh & Blood. Tickets for the show, which will also feature special guests Allen Stone, range in price from $25 to $39.50.

Art Garfunkel at the Berklee Performance Center: After taking time off to recover from a vocal ailment, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer returned to the stage earlier this year. At this special acoustic show, he’ll also share stories and take questions from fans during a Q&A session with the audience. Tickets are available for $55 and $65. He’ll also perform at Mechanics Hall in Worcester tonight (Friday, June 20).

Phantogram at the House of Blues: The duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel hit Boston behind their sophomore release Voices. Tickets for the show, which will also feature The Range, are available for $23.50.

Buffalo Tom at the Paradise Rock Club: The hometown favorites plan on delivering two sets in one night and also claim it may be their only stateside show of 2014. Don’t miss it. Grab your tickets for $25.

Ziggy Marley at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: After a lengthy wait, the reggae veteran released his new album Fly Rasta in April. Enjoy the new tunes – and old favorites – live in Hyannis for $38 or $58. Jay Psaros will open the show.

Amos Lee at the Lowell Summer Music Series: After appearing at several major music festivals, the singer-songwriter stops in Lowell as part of a headlining tour in support of his latest album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song. Tickets are available for $45 in advance or $50 on the day of. Local product Liz Longley will open the show.

Ryan Montbleau on the Rock & Blues Cruise: The Peabody native never disappoints on his annual summer cruise. This time around, he’s planning solo-acoustic/electric and trio sets, as well as the debut of some new new tunes. Tickets are available for $28. Boston soul man Jesse Dee and gypsy-jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel will also perform.

Radical Something at the Brighton Music Hall: The California trio ride into Massachusetts behind their 2013 album Ride It Out. See them with openers Yonas and Lachow for $15.

MAX at The Sinclair: Max Schneider, the New York City-based pop-soul singer and actor (on NBC’s “Crisis”), delivers an afternoon matinee performance to promote his new EP, The Say Max. Tickets are available for $15. Alexz Johnson will also perform.

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at The Sinclair: Led by Arleigh Kinchelo, the eight-piece funk/soul-rockers continue to expand their fanbase as they promote their 2013 EP Fight. See what has people talking when they play Harvard Square with the Ross Livermore Band and Gold Blood & Associates for $12 in advance or $15 on the day of.

John Powhida International Airport at the Lizard Lounge: The local favorites and winners of the 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble celebrate the release of their long-awaited (six years) new album Airport Life. Joining the party are openers Schooltree and Mike Gent. Tickets are available for $10 in advance or $12 on the day of.

Antigone Rising at Johnny D’s: The all-female alt-country rock group, who co-wrote their latest single “That Was The Whiskey” with Massachusetts’ own Lori McKenna, play the early show (7 p.m.) in Davis Square with Ariel Strasser. Tickets are available for $13.

Alexi at the Regattabar: The local soul singer continues to promote his recently released debut album Something Greater. Tickets are available for $15.

Jennifer Lopez at the Foxwoods Grand Theater (CT): Just a few days after the release of her eighth album A.K.A., the pop superstar delivers an intimate performance in Connecticut. Tickets range in price from $195 to $325.


Fall Out Boy, Paramore at the Xfinity Center: The two pop-punk rock favorites bring their co-headlining “Monumentour” tour to Massachusetts as they each promote new albums released last year. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers New Politics, range in price from $20 to $60.

Romeo Santos at the Agganis Arena: Touring in support of Formula, Vol. 2, the Latin superstar completes a three-night stand in Boston. A limited number of tickets for Sunday’s show remain available for $55 to $107.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers at Indian Ranch: After back-to-back nights at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, the classic rock favorites bring their “40 Years Strong” tour to Webster for opening day at Indian Ranch. Tickets for the matinee performance range in price from $45 to $57.50.

Adam Ezra Group on the Rock & Blues Cruise: The local favorites embark on their annual summer harbor cruise. Join the afternoon party aboard the Provincetown II for $25.

Red Eye Flight at the Narrows Center for the Arts: The Rhode Island-based Americana band celebrates the release of their new album Reposado. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers The Jethros, are available in advance for $15 or $17 on the day of.

Paul Oscher at Club Passim: He first came to national attention as Muddy Waters’ harmonica player from 1967 to 1972 and now decades later, he’s still going strong as solo artist. Enjoy his “Alone With The Blues” show for $25.

Bane at the Middle East Upstairs: The Massachusetts-bred hardcore punk rockers will rock two sold out shows (1 p.m. and 7 p.m.) in support of their recently released fourth and final album, Don’t Wait Up.

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine at the Brighton Music Hall: The founding member and former frontman for punk rock stalwarts Dead Kennedys leads this group to town to promote 2013’s White People and the Damage Done. Negative Approach and Disaster Strikes will also perform. Tickets for the show, the latest in the Fenway Recordings Sessions, are available for $18.

Matisyahu at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (NH): The reggae/hip-hop veteran stops in New Hampshire to promote his recently released fifth studio album, Akeda. Former John Brown’s Body frontman Kevin Kinsella will also perform. Tickets are available for $26 in advance or $31 on the day of.

Diana Ross at the Foxwoods Grand Theater (CT): The Supremes leader brings the hits of Motown to Foxwoods for $55 to $85.

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