Music for your weekend

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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

The Brew at Lowell Summer Music Series on Friday: The pride of Amesbury celebrate the release of their new album, Hard Enough to Break, the last of their Triptych trilogy. Making the show extra special will be fellow local standouts Air Traffic Controller. Tickets are $30.

Darius Rucker at the South Shore Music Circus on Saturday & Sunday: The country star and former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman will spend Labor Day weekend in Massachusetts. A limited number of tickets to these intimate shows in Cohasset are available for $47.25. He’ll also play a sold out show at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis on Friday.

campfire. at Club Passim – All Weekend: A Boston tradition that always thrills. Among the many performers scheduled to take part are Ryan Fitzsimmons, Cahill, Brothers McCann and The Fareweels. Grab a 4-day pass for $30 or a single-day ticket for $10. See the full schedule here.

Our Music Picks   

Friday

Akrobatik at the Middle East Downstairs: The veteran Boston rapper headlines Leedz Edutainment’s 2012 Summer Hip Hop Fest, which also features Dutch Rebelle, J The S, Retrospek, Rite Hook, Elemental Zazen, Quite Nyce & Louie Gonz, Stu Cat, Blacastan, Natural, L-Ski, H.W., Rumorz and more. Tickets are $15.

Dopapod on the Rock On! Concert Cruises: It’s the last concert cruise of the season as the Brooklyn-based jam band rocks the harbor for $25. Lespecial will also perform.

Train at Tanglewood: The Boston Pop’s summertime home goes mainstream this weekend. Train had so much fun last year, they’re returning to Lenox with Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer. Tickets range in price from $22 to $88.

Orleans at the North Shore Music Theatre: Best known for #1 hits “Still the One” and “Dance With Me”, Orleans welcomes co-founder/songwriter/guitarist John Hall for this very special 40th Anniversary Concert in honor of the late Larry Hoppen. Tickets range in price from $34 to $47.

Zac Brown Band at the Mohegan Sun Arena: One of the best live band’s in country music hits Connecticut in support of their brand new album, Uncaged. Cut out of work early and hit the casino for their first of two shows this weekend for $77 or $97

MC Hammer at the Mohegan Sun Casino: Of course, if you lose too much cash at the tables, there’s always a free show at the Wolf Den. See the 90’s hip-hop favorite and get down to “U Can’t Touch This”, “2 Legit 2 Quit” and more.

Saturday

Collie Buddz at the Lowell Summer Music Series: The Bermudian reggae artist continues to tour in support of his latest studio release, 2011′s Playback EP. He’ll be joined by New Kingston. Tickets are available for $25 in advance or $30 on the day of.

Evanescence, Chevelle at Tanglewood: Amy Lee leads Evanescence to Lenox as Tanglewood goes hard rock with the Arkansas-bred rockers and Chicago’s Chevelle. Tickets range in price from $22 to $76.

Big Time Rush at the Verizon Wireless Arena: The boy band favorites from Nickelodeon continue their summer tour with another stop in New England. Tickets range in price from $25 to $65.

Rik Emmett at Showcase Live: The Canadian guitar virtuoso will look to triumph in Foxboro. See how he does for $25 to $35.

Sunday   

Crash Kings at Great Scott: The L.A.-based rockers, featuring Boston-bred brothers Tony and Mike Beliveau, return to the Hub to rock old favorites and preview material off their forthcoming sophomore release.

American Idol Live! at the Mohegan Sun Arena: The past two weekends have featured the cast of season eleven performing in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Now they make their way to Connecticut. Tickets to their last show in New England are available for $61 and $71.

Built To Spill at the Wellfleet Beachcomber: The Cape Cod establishment closes its door after another great summer but not before the longtime indie rock favorites from Idaho rock the beach-side venue. Tickets are $25.

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