Weekend Guide: August 13 – 15

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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 Picks

The Solid Sound Festival at the Mass MoCA – All Weekend: An absolute must for any Wilco fan. Head out to Western Massachusetts for a weekend that boasts tons of great music and an array of various art forms, exhibitions and demonstrations to see. For more on the festival, check out our interview with keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen. Tickets are $99.50.

Aerosmith, J Geils Band at Fenway Park on Saturday: The most anticipated show of the summer pairs two of Boston’s all-time best for a night at Fenway Park. Of course, the show is completely sold out. We hear they may re-release a few tickets so check out etix.com, otherwise try the other outlets or find a spot outside the park.

Boston Emissions “Re-Birthday” Benefit at Harpers Ferry on Saturday
: If you’re not at Fenway (or even looking for more music after), there is no better place to be than at Harpers Ferry. Dubbed the Boston Emissions “Re-Birthday”, this special show will benefit Ben Grenville Garceau (the former lead singer for Roman Traffic was injured in a serious accident last month). The Luxury will headline with Gene Dante, Dead Cats Dead Rats, Streight Angular and other special guest performing. Tickets are $12.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Brooks & Dunn at the Comcast Center: Country’s all-time best duo is retiring but not before they conclude their final rodeo. So go sing-along to all their hits during the band’s final show in Massachusetts but be sure to arrive in time for Sara Evans too. Tickets are still available and range in price from $26.50 to $72.50.

The Saw Doctors at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: The Irish rockers are a must-see live band and there is no better place to see them at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis. Unfortunately, everybody seems to know that as this show is sold out.

STS9, Lotus at the Bank of America Pavilion: Jam on at the Pavilion for what should be a marathon show with two of the best instrumental eletronica-fueled rock bands. Tickets for the show, which also features The Album Leaf, are $32.50.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at the Lowell Summer Music Series: The veteran actor and singer-songwriter comes to Massachusetts for a show at Boarding House Park in support of last year’s Natural Forces. Always a pleasure to see live, only a a few tickets remain for $50.

Willie Nelson & Family at the House of Blues
: An American legend, at 77-years old Willie Nelson is far from slowing down. Touring in support of his new album, aptly titled Country Music, the road warrior hits the hub for for his first show at the House of Blues. Tickets range in price from $65 to $85.

Enter The Haggis on the Rock & Blues Cruise: These Toronto-based Celtic rockers always deliver a fun and very energetic show. Join the fun on the high seas for $25 and check out local favorite Chad Perrone at the same time.

Rumblebucket, Tigercity on the Rock On! Concert Cruises
: Looking for another cruise along the harbor, why not check out Rumblebucket (2009 Boston Music Award winner for Best Live Act) and Tigercity co-headline the Rock On cruise for $25.

Saturday

Zac Brown Band at the Comcast Center: The pride of Georgia is quickly becoming country’s next big thing as their highly anticipated second major label album, You Get What You Give, is scheduled to drop in stores next month. Get a preview of the new tunes, old favorites and some covers for $28 or $42. A special 4-pack of tickets is available for $21.75 each.

Aaron Lewis and Friend at the Pines Theatre: The Staind frontman plays a very special show in Florence for his new charity, the It Takes A Community Foundation. Joining him for the acoustic performance will be Brad Arnold and Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down, Shaun Morgan of Seether, Lo-Pro and Brendan Kelly. Check out a great show and support a great cause for $47 or $77.

Jonathan Edwards, Aztec Two-Step at the Lowell Summer Music Series
: A double-bill in Lowell brings 70’s folk favorites Jonathan Edwards and Aztec Two-Step to Boarding House Park. At just $16 in advance or $20 at the gate, this is one of the best values of the Lowell Summer Music Series.

Newport Waterfront Reggae Festival at the Newport Sunset Music Series: You can’t have a reggae festival without The Wailers so the folks in Rhode Island go this right and also added in John Brown’s Body for some extra fun. Also on the bill are Soulshot, The Ravers and Rebel Heart. Tickets range in price from $30 to $45.

Slayer, Megadeth at the Tsongas Center
: Two of metals best team up for the “American Carnage” tour. Lowell won’t be the same after. Tickets are still available and range in price from $37.50 to $57.50. Testament opens.

Martin Sexton at the Hampton Beach Ballroom
: The Northampton based singer-songwriter heads to New Hampshire in support of his new album, Sugarcoating. Join him for $20 to $36.

Sunday

Tony Bennett at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: Another legendary performer makes his yearly stop in Hyannis. Find out why he continues to stir hearts for $68.75.

Gov’t Mule at Mountain Park: Did you miss them in Boston last weekend? If so, here’s another chance to catch Warren Haynes & company in Massachusetts. Tickets for the Holyoke show are $30 and also get you in for opener Jackie Greene.

Warpaint at Great Scott: There’s tons of buzz surrounding this LA outfit. Head over to Allston and see if its justified for $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Also on the bill are Javelin and Beach Fossils.

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