Weekend Guide: August 6 – 8

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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

Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park on Saturday & Sunday: Newport may be known more for their folk festival but don’t sell the Jazz fest short, especially with the likes of Chick Corea, Jamie Cullum, Chris Botti, Wynton Marsalis, and Herbie Hancock on board. Weekend passes are $125 or pay $75 for a single day.

Naukabout Music Festival at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds on Saturday: Now in its third year, the Cape Cod festival welcomes headliners Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer. Also on the bill are the Ryan Montbleau Band, Barefoot Truth, Will Dailey & the Rivals, Adam Ezra Group, John Beninghof, Lilly Scott with Varlet, Black Marmot, Jeff Conley Band and Boombasnap. Tickets are $25.

Our Music Picks

Friday

John Mayer at the Comcast Center: Mayer’s latest album, Battle Studies, may be a bit of a downer theme-wise but there’s no question this Berklee-bred ax slinger will leave you in high spirits. Tickets are still available and rang in price from $37.50 to $79.50. Train will open the show.

Gov’t Mule at the Bank of America Pavilion: Warren Haynes & company are back with a new album titled, By A Thread. Hang with them for the night for $35. Jackie Greene will open the show.

Will Dailey & the Rivals, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents on the Rock & Blues Cruise: This weekend is full of great local shows but this one certainly wins for best venue. Catch two of Boston’s best young acts in this unique and awesome setting for $28.

Suzanne Vega, Patty Larkin at the Lowell Summer Music Series
: Head to Lowell for a couple of the leading ladies of folk. Tickets are $25.

Bim Skala Bim at the Middle East Downstairs
: Time to start making up for all those years off. Catch the recently reunited local ska rockers for just $12. Razors In The Night, The Beat Horizon, BJP round out the bill for this 18+ show.

The Fools at Blue Ocean Music Hall: They may be the ones who said “Life Sucks…Then You Die” but at least The Fools are here for some fun in between. Catch these local legends in Salisbury for $25.

Session Americana at Lizard Lounge
: This group lives up to their name and offers some of the city’s best in Americana. And they’re at their best when there playing the intimate confines of the Lizard Lounge. Find out why for $15.

Ronan Tynan at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: The world famous Irish tenor has made the jump from the Evil Empire to Red Sox Nation. Welcome him to the area for $30.25 or $47.25.

Saturday

KISS at the Comcast Center: The “Hottest Show On Earth” won’t cost you that much thanks to a special $10 ticket promotion on Live Nation. That leaves you a few bucks to Rock N’ Roll all night with. The Academy Is… will open the show.

Barenaked Ladies at the Bank of America Pavilion: Founding member Steven Page may have left the group but that won’t discourage BNL from delivering one of their notoriously quirky shows. Check out the new foursome for $10 to $57.50.

Herbie Hancock at the Lowell Summer Music Series: If you don’t want to travel all the way to Newport, stay more local with a trip to Lowell to see the Grammy Award winner. Tickets are $40.

Seconhand Serenade at Royale: Secondhand Serenade just released their third album this week titled Hear Me Now. Hear John Vesely and company on Saturday for $17. White Tie Affair, Runner Runner and Go Radio round out the bill.

Boris, Cave In at the Middle East Downstairs: Two bands known for a range of sound. However, Japan’s Boris had to range a little bit further to get here. Tickets are $19 and also get you in for Russian Circles.

McAlister Drive at the Hard Rock Café: Pick up McAlister Drive’s new EP as they celebrate their new release with some friends including Girls, Guns & Glory, Abbie Barrett, Miss Tess and The Bon Ton Parade, Liliy Holbrook and Fairhaven. Tickets are $12

This Blue Heaven at the Middle East Upstairs
: Speaking of EP releases, This Blue Heaven will host one of their own celebrations with a heap of friends in Cambridge. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12. Either way, you’ll also get sets from The Downbeat 5, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, Sun Lee Sunbeam, St. Helena and Naked on Rollerskates.

Shadwell, Violent Nine at Lizard Lounge: The 2009 BMS Battle of the Bands winner team up with another local standout in Violent Nine for what should be a great show. But with two bans as popular as these you better get in early or you probably won’t get in at all. Tickets are $10.

The Beach Boys at the Cape Cod Melody Tent
: What’s summer without The Beach Boys? Pick from one of two shows (3:30 and 7:00) in Hyannis on Sunday to hear your favorite summertime tunes for $43.75 or $60.75.

Sunday

Rihanna at the Comcast Center: You can find $10 tickets for this show as well. You’ve probably spent more than that downloading all of Rihanna’s singles over the past few years. Hear them all live and catch guitarist Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme (now Rihanna’s lead guitarist) at the same time. Rising star Ke$sha and Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes open the show. at the same time.

Clint Black at Indian Ranch: After a few weeks with a strong country presence in the area things have cooled this weekend. At least we still have Clint Black. Tickets are still available and range in price from $42 to $60.

The Maine at Showcase Live: The Maine may not actually be from New England but fans have embraced them like they are with this show selling out.

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