Weekend Guide: August 5 – 7

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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

The J. Geils Band at the Bank of America Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday: One of the city’s all-time greats is back at it this weekend. Your blood will “run cold” if you’re trying to go tomorrow because Saturday night’s show is sold out but a small amount of tickets are still available for Sunday, ranging in price from $30 to $95. And for you suffering Black Crowes fans, get there early for an opening set from The Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

Martina McBride at the Cape Cod Melody Tent on Friday, and the South Shore Music Circus on Saturday and Sunday
: After joining the Boston Pops on the 4th of July, Martina McBride returns to New England with a handful of intimate Massachusetts shows. Perhaps a preview of her upcoming album is in store. Tickets are available for $73.25 and $91.25.

Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park on Saturday & Sunday: After playing host to the Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams State Park turns to Jazz this weekend. Leading the way will be this year’s Best New Artist Grammy Award-winner and Berklee College of Music alumnus Esperanza Spalding, along with veteran Wynton Marsalis and New Orlean’s rising star Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Tickets are $75 per day.

Our Music Picks


John Butler Trio at the Bank of America Pavilion: Three’s company over on the Seaport this weekend with this Aussie trio who will bring you their jammy roots rock for the modest price of $15 to $25.

Bon Iver at the House of Blues
: Kind of the “it” guy in the indie scene right now. Justin Vernon and co. have received much acclaimed for their latest effort, Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Enough that this show is sold out.

Punch Brothers at the Lowell Summer Music Series
: Not your average bluegrass band, The Punch Brothers will surprise and delight you with their progressive sound. Tickets are $23.

Lori McKenna, Mike Viola at Club Passim
: Two of Stoughton’s finest join forces in Cambridge for a concert to benefit the Stoughton Theater. Tickets are $30.

Michael Bernier & The Uprising on the Rock On Concert Cruis
e: A booze cruise with one Boston’s best local groups for just $25. Dr. Doom Orchestra will rock the boat as well.

America at the Twin River Event Center
: Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell are stilling going strong as America, who just released a new album of cover songs. Hit the slots and then check out the 70’s favorites for $30 to $50. They will also perform at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Saturday.


Naukabout Festival at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds: The Ryan Montbleau Band headlines this Falmouth-based festival, which also features Zach Deputy, Will Dailey & The Rivals, Barefoot Truth, Adam Ezra Group, Jason Spooner Trio, Jackson Wetherbee Band, Sarah Blacker, and Cape Cod bands Funktapuss and Highly Suspect. Tickets are $27 in advance or $37 at the gate.

Queensryche at the House of Blues: The Seattle-based rockers just released a new album in June and are already working on a follow-up so you’ll get plenty of new stuff at House of Blues. But with the band celebrating 30 years together, you can also expect some of the classics. Tickets are $25. They will also play the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday

Toad the Wet Sprocket at the Lowell Summer Music Series: Touring in support of a Greatest Hits compilation, expect Glen Phillips and company to ignite a night of sing-alongs. Join the fun for $34.

Blue Oyster Cult at the Indian Ranch
: Get your dose of more cowbell along Webster Lake for $25 to $37.50.

Vanilla Fudge at the Center for the Arts in Natick
: Looking for something sweet this weekend? Why not try some Vanilla Fudge for $45?

Alison Krauss & Union Station at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino: Alison Krauss is one of the most talented singers around… and you can bet on that. Well, maybe not, but you get tickets for $45 to $65.


Phil Vassar at Indian Ranch: “Get Together” with the country veteran at his afternoon show in Webster for $32.50 to $45.

Steve Earle at the Capital Center for the Arts:
One of the most underrated songwriters you’ll ever come across. Earle will be playing hits from his extensive catalogue as well as new stuff from I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive. Tickets are $35 to $42.50.

Ali Campbell’s UB-40, Junior Marvin’s Wailers at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom: If you’re looking for a reggae fix then just head up to New Hampshire where you can get a double-dose for $27.

Maroon 5, Train at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino
: You “Soul Sisters” can show off your “Moves like Jagger” for $85 to $135.

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