Weekend Guide: August 3 – 5

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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

Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park (RI) on Saturday & Sunday: After another successful Folk festival, Newport’s Fort Adams State Park hosts the Jazz festival. The Pat Metheny Unit Band headlines Saturday, while the Tedeschi Trucks Band will have the honor on Sunday. Plenty of great jazz to enjoy for $85 per a day or $135 for a two-day pass. Also, Dr. John & The Lower 911 with special guest Jon Cleary will headline the kick off concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Friday.

SoulFest at Gunstock Mountain (NH) on Friday & Saturday: New England’s premier Christian rock festival returns to Gilford, New Hampshire. Casting Crowns, TobyMac, Family Force 5, Matt Maher, Kutless, Five Iron Frenzy and Brian Welch are just some of the acts set to perform. Single day tickets are available for $50 or a get a two-day pass for $95.

Our Music Picks


OAR at the Bank of America Pavilion: They just released a song for the Olympics, so take a break from the games hear it live. Rebelution will open the show and tickets are still available for $39.50.

Mayhem Festival with Slipknot, Motorhead, Slayer and more at the Comcast Center: Things are gonna get loud at this show. See this heavy trio, plus Anthrax and As I Lay Dying, amongst others for $25 to $69.

Toadies at the Paradise Rock Club: Toadies just released Play.Rock.Music and that they’ll do for $20. Joining them will be Helmet

Joe Walsh at the South Shore Music Circus: Touring behind his latest album Analog Man, see the Eagles’ guitarist in this intimate venue for $55.25 to $74.25.

Path Metheny Unity Band at the Lowell Summer Music Series: Unite for a little jazz via Metheny and company for $55.

The Cab, Parachute at Showcase Live: This co-headlining bill of pop/rock/punk favorites covered enough genres to sell this one out.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (NH): See the Bosstones now, or you probably won’t get another change until the Throwdown. And for $32, you know this is going to be a fun night.

Lyle Lovett at the Newport Sunset Music Series (RI): A classy show in a classy town. Lovett’s on tour in support of new album Release Me. Tickets are $51 to $71

Ghostface Killah at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel (RI): Wu-tang’’ best storyteller might have some new stuff for you, with an album scheduled for release next year. Find out for $25. Sheek Louch will also share the bill.


311, Slightly Stoopid at the Comcast Center: A summertime staple. Both these artists hit the road each summer and this year they’ve joined forces again. Join them for $20 to $49.50.

Josh Ritter, Brandi Carlile at the Bank of America Pavilion: A pair of celebrated singer-songwriters team up for what should be a memorable show along the harbor. Tickets are available for $21 to $36. Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra will open the show.

The Bouncing Souls at the House of Blues: These 90’s punk rockers are still at it, supporting Comet for $20.

Moufy at the Paradise Rock Club: Some rare local hip-hop at the ‘dise. Catch one of the area’s best with Maye Star, Knuxx, Jeff Replay, Miles from Nothing, and Bigg Dee and the Chef Boys for $15.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers at the Lowell Summer Music Series: Ol’ Georgey will brings the Blues and locals Kingsley Flood supply the Americana for $45.

Steve Miller Band at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: Hear plenty of classic rock greats for $68.25 to $87.25.

Cowboy Junkies, Pousette-Dart Band at the Newport Sunset Music Series (RI): The Canadians head to Rhode Island ad they continue their travels in support of the ambitous Nomad Series. Tickets are available for $22 and $42.

Mumford & Sons, Dropkick Murphys at the Eastern Promenade (Portland, ME): It’s the Mumford’s “Gentlemen of the Road” show, a festival of sorts with the Dropkick Murphys, Dawes and more. Not surprisingly, this day-long show is sold out.

The Mavericks at the Mohegan Sun Casino (CT): The reunited country favorites hit New England and will deliver a free show in the Wolf Den.

Joe Cocker, Huey Lewis & The News at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino (CT): One of the best combinations of any summer tour stops off in New England again for $50 to $75.


The Temptations, The Four Tops at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: “Get ready” ’cause here they come. Motown classics for the fair price of $45.25 to $64.25.

Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams at the Bull Run Restaurant: Because you know you’ve always wanted to see a Slambovian Circus of Dreams. Do so for $20.

Greg Hawkes Ukulele Trio at the Club Passim: The Cars’ man continues to experiment with the uke. Hear what he’s up to for $18.


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