Weekend Guide: August 26 – 28

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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

Great Big Sea at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Friday: Some of our favorite neighbors to the north. Come check out these Canadian folk-rockers as they share their songs and more than a few jokes. Tickets are $28 and be sure to stop by the BMS tent for some free swag.

Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Billy Currington at Gillette Stadium on Friday & Saturday: With the impending weather, Sunday’s show has been moved to Friday. Something tells us that this is something you might want to change your plans around for. Saturday’s show is sold out but promoters have released a bunch of tickets for Friday’s show, all at the bargain price of $25.

Our Music Picks

Friday  

Port Chuck at the Wilbur Theatre: Who says soap stars aren’t talented? Let Port Chuck show you otherwise. Tickets are $60.

Sister Hazel at the Showcase Live: It’s “all for you” for the price of $25. Just be prepared for a little extra taffic to Foxboro.

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: A big band in a little tent is always a fun time. See Lyle do his thing for $41.75 or $59.75.

Farrenheit at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: A classic show for local rock fans as 80’s favorites Farrenheit reunite, while their members also rock out with the new outfits in Farren-Butcher, Inc. and the David Hull Band. Enjoy all three for $27.50.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom: Shepherd just released his new record How I Go this month. Find out how he does it for $25.

ZZ Top at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino: It’s a casino so ZZ Top may not be the only “sharp dressed men”, but they probably won’t be sporting “cheap sunglasses”. Tickets range in price from $50 to $70.

Saturday  

Steven Page at the Lowell Summer Music Series: The former lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies hits Lowell for a solo gig. It would be fitting if he played “It’s Only Me”. That said, expect plenty of BNL hits with his new solo stuff for $26. Also, be sure to check out our feature on Page here.

American Idol Live at the Dunkin Donuts Center: You don’t have to cast your votes, just grab your tickets for $45 to $65.

Keep Me Conscious at the Middle East Downstairs: The local rock standouts celebrate the release of their brand new album, Merci. Joining them will be DJ Joey Green, Prospect Hill, Roman Traffic and Herra Terra. Tickets are $12.

Juliana Hatfield at the Brighton Music Hall: The local rock vet is back with her new album, There’s Always Another Girl. Tickets are $14.

Gene Ween & David Driewitx (of Ween) at the Wellfleet Beachcomber: Ween shows are always humorous and you can expect the same with this laid back gig in Wellfleet. Tickets are $25.

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom: Johnny comes from the Jersey Shore… but he made his name back when that was a good thing. Tickets range in price from $21 to $36.

Sunday

The Baseball Project at the Wellfleet Beachcomber: We had a great chat with TBP this week and we’re sure their show will be even better. Tickets are $15 and be sure to check out our interview here.

The Cab, The Dangerous Summer at the Middle East Downstairs: Take shelter in Central Square for the “So Last Summer” fest, which runs all day and into the night with a plethora of bands including The Cab, The Dangerous Summer, Rebels, The Appreciation Post, One Step Away and many more. Tickets are $25.

Tommy Stinson, Mike Gent at Church: One part Replacements, one part Figgs. Sounds like a winning combination. Tickets are $12.

Our Non Music Picks

Summer Brewfest at Indian Ranch on Saturday: Hit the shores of Webster Lake and sample beer from some of the finest craft brewers around. The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m. Admission is $25.

Boston Cannons in the MLL Playoffs: Staying home to avoid the nasty weather, then be sure to tune into ESPN two as the hometown team looks to take home the Major League Lacrosse championship. After finishing in first place, the Cannons will take on the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday at noon. ESPN2 will air the game. If they win, they’ll move onto Sunday’s Championship Game at 3 p.m.

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