Weekend Guide: August 20 – 22

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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

One Night Band at the Middle East Downstairs on Saturday: The coolest new event in the local music scene. Back for its second year, One Night Band brings another batch of 40 of Boston’s best local musicians together and divides them into 8 random bands. They pick a name, have a few hours to pen 3 original songs and learn one cover, before hitting the stage at Middle East Downstairs. Certainly worth checking out. Curated by the good folks at Boston Band Crush, tickets are $10 and benefit ZUMIX, a local youth music program.

New England Country Music Festival at Gillette Stadium on Saturday: The seventh edition of the New England Country Music Festival will feature headliner Brad Paisley with a impressive supporting cast of Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Sara Evans and Easton Corbin. Of course, this show sold out months ago in just one day but we hear that some tickets may get re-released today.

Our Music Picks


The B-52s at the Lowell Summer Music Series: After all these years the B-52s still haven’t lost a step. They’ve been one of the best “party bands” for years and they’ll surely rock another one on Friday. Catch the group for $50 and be sure to stop by the BMS tent to say hello and pick up some free swag.

Adam Lambert at the South Shore Music Circus: Pop goes Friday night as Idol runner up Adam Lambert teams up with guitar princess Orianthi for a sold out gig in Cohasset. Glitz and glam galore.

Rhett Miller at the Beachcomber: Special of the day at the Beachcomber in Wellfleet: An acoustic evening with Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s. Sounds like just the perfect recipe for a good friday night in Cape Cod. Tickets are $15.

Reba McEntire at the Mohegan Sun Arena
: It’s been while since Reba has been in the area. And with a weeknd full of country music, its still worth the drive to Connecticut to catch the first lady fo Counrty music. Tickets are stilla vailable for for $40 and $60.

Easton Corbin at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: With one of the hottest country albums of the year, Corbin is a quickly rising star. He’ll perform a quick set at Gillette Stadium on Saturday but you can see him perform a full set for $23.


Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, My Morning Jacket at the Comcast Center: As if the names of these bands weren’t enticing enough, both groups are at the top of their game once again with brand new albums released this summer. Hear your favorites both new and old for$42.50 to $132.50

James Montgomery Blues Band at the Lowell Summer Music Series: He may not be a nationally recognized name but James Montgomery is a treasure around these parts. See the local legend who has shared the stage with many of music’s best for $25.

Titus Andronicus at Royale: Titus Andronicus take their name from a Shakespeare play. See what kind of theatrics they have planned as they support their new album The Monitor. Tickets are $15.

Blues & Brews Festival in Westford: Quite the savory combination. Besides a great selection of beverages, you can check out sets from Sugar Blue, Bellevue Cadillac, Danny Banks and his All-Star Band, Tokyo Tramps, Smokehouse Lightning and Ken Macy. Tickets are $35 and include ten beverage tasting tickets.


The Temptations, The Four Tops at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: In a rare treat, a pair of reconfigured Motown legends team up for a show at the Melody Tent in Hyannis. Not surprisingly, this show is sold out.

Sawyer Brown at Indian Ranch
: Still looking for more country music. Head out to Webster and catch a matinee performance from veteran Sawyer Brown. Tickets range in price from $16.25 to $45.

Saving Abel at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
: The Mississippi-bred post-grunge rockers head to New Hampshire in support of their brand new album, Miss America. Tickets are $20 in advance or $23 on the day of the show.

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