Weekend Guide: April 1 – 3

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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

2011 New England Americana Festival at Church on Friday & Saturday: One of our favorite events of the year, the Americana festival always delivers with some of the best talent New England has to offer. It began last night and will continue tonight and Saturday with a stacked lineup that includes the Dennis Brennan Band, John Colvert & The Great Brighton Fire, Jeff Byrd & The Dirty Finch, Three Day Threshold, Glen Yoder and His Merry Band and Gearan, Royer, Ryan & McNeil to name just a few. Tickets are $12 for each night.

Rock ‘N Roll Rumble – Night 1 at TT the Bear’s Place on Sunday: Thanks to Anngelle Wood at WZLX’s Boston Emissions, the Rock ‘N Roll Rumble is back! After a year off, the historic battle of the bands begins this Sunday with the first preliminary round show featuring McAlister Drive, Oldjack, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents and The Blizzard of 78. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $9.

Our Music Picks

Friday

The Fools at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: Is their any better day than April 1 to catch a show from these legendary Boston rockers. Head up to Salisbury and take in what is always a fun show for $20.

The Mountain Goats at the Paradise Rock Club: The Goats latest album, All Eternals Deck, was just released this week. Take in some fresh tunes for $22. Megafun opens.

Kaki King at the Center for the Arts in Natick: Still touring behind her 2010 album Junior, catch this lady ax-slinger for $22.

The Future Everybody at Middle East Upstairs: You’d be a fool to miss this great local show featuring The Future Everybody, Air Traffic Controller, BrownBoot, and Sarah RabDAU & the Self-Employed Assassins. Tickets are $12.

Yes at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom: While Hampton Beach is often a fun summer destination, Yes rocking the ballroom is certainly worth the snowy trip up. Tickets range in price from $36 to $61.

Jefferson Starship at Tupelo Music Hall: Still touring after all these years… and why not when you’re still selling out shows like this one in New Hampshire.

Saturday

Toad the Wet Sprocket at Showcase Live: Wet your whistle with these 90’s rock vets for $30 who are currently working on their first album since 1997’s Coil.

MiMOSA at the Paradise Rock Club: Although mimosas are best in the morning, this group will have you dancing all night. Michal Menert and Sleepyhead will open the show. Tickets are $15.

Jessica Lea Mayfield at Brighton Music Hall: The Ohio-based singer-songwriter is only 21 but the buzz surrounding her tunes is growing. Catch a star in the making for $10. Daniel Martin Moore will open the show.

Gogol Bordello at the House of Blues: A band that always puts on an interesting performance. Catch these entertaining Gypsy rockers for $29.50 or $37.50.

Sara Bareilles at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: Bareilles is only playing a small amount of shows for this spring’s “Uncharted” tour and we’re certainly happy to see she chose to stop in nearby Providence. Tickets are $25.

Duran Duran at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino: Hungry for some entertainment? Head down to CT for 80’s flashbacks with Duran Duran, who are touring in support of their brand new release, All You Need Is Now. Tickets range in price from $40 to $65.

Sunday

Amos Lee at Wilbur Theatre: A man on a mission, Amos Lee hits Boston to promote his new album, Mission Bell. The show is sold out but you can win tickets, here.

The Cave Singers at Brighton Music Hall: The Cave Singers just released their third album, No Witch, at the end of February and you can see them in Allston for just $12. What a world, what a world! Lia Ices will open the show.

Wire at The Middle East Downstairs: The veteran English rockers are back with a brand new album of their own, Red Barked Tree. See if they still have their creative edge for $20. Weekend will open the show.

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