Weekend Guide: December 10 – 12

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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 on how to spend your weekend.

Our Best Picks

Calling All Crows 3rd Annual Benefit Show at the House of Blues on Friday: The ever socially aware Chad Stokes of Dispatch/State Radio fame is hosting a benefit for various service projects. Do your good deed for the holiday season and have fun at the same time. Sounds like a win/win. Tickets are $35.

Polkfest 4 at the All Asia on Saturday and Sunday: Th annual fundraiser for Boston-based Polk Records features 40 New Engalnd bands joining together to celebrate music, poetry and art. The 2-day/night all-ages festival will be holiday themed and participants are encouraged to dress up in “fancy-ball style clothing or fun christmas sweaters”. In addition to the great music, there will be live painting, comedy and poets. Admission is $5.

Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra at Regent Theatre – All Weekend
: URO will be playing three shows in Arlington this weekend and each one has it’s own theme: St. Pepper’s on Friday, Audience request night on Saturday, and a greatest hits show on Sunday with special guest Siobhan Magnus of American Idol fame. Tickets are $22.50 for each show.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Andrew Bird at Converse Hall at Tremont Temple: The Chicago-based  mutli-instrumentalist and genre-bending artist makes a unique stop at the Tremont Temple as he reprise last year’s intimate solo “Gezelligheid” tour. Bird notes in a press release, “What I hope to do with these shows is adapt my music completely to the atmosphere of the space and the season… I feel the space should be sacred so the audience can experience my music in a different atmosphere.” Sounds good to us. The show is sold out.

Lansdowne, Prospect Hill at the Middle East Downstairs: This show is a five-spot of local talent with Lansdowne and Prospect Hill leading the way for a bill that includes Silent Season, Thurkills Vision, and Jared Salvatore. Tickets are $15.

Mystery Roar at Great Scott: As if The Pill wasn’t bumpin’ enough every Friday this week Mystery Roar will serve as a very special guest. Get your groove on for the incredibly fair price of $5.

Enter The Haggis at the Center for the Arts in Natick: For a little Celtic flavor head to Natick and enjoy a set from local Adam Ezra as well. Tickets are $20.

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals at Pearl Street: Ooo la la! Christmas comes early for the folks in Northampton. It may be a bit of a trek out there but we assure you Grace and co. are well worth it. Tickets are $20.

Saturday

Dashboard Confessional at the Paradise Rock Club: The emo favorites are touring in celebration of their 10th anniversary. Fans of their debut, The Swiss Army Romance, will surely enjoy this one as the band is set to perform the album in it’s entirety. Tickets are $25.

Sara Evans at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium: The country favorites hits Massachusetts on her “Celebrate the Season” tour. Fans can expect to hear a nice mix of holiday favorites, greatest hits and maybe even some newbiew off her upcoming album, Stronger. Tickets are $40 and $50.

The Blind Boys of Alabama at the Berklee Performance Center: Speaking of holiday shows, the Blind Boys are sure to deliver plenty of cheer with their wondrous voices and youthful spirit. Tickets range in price from $30 to $42.

Session Americana at Club Passim: They’ve been gracing these weekend guides for years. Hopefully you’ve taken the hint. If not, you have two chances this Saturday at the eclectic group will play at 7pm and 10pm. The special “Year in Review Show” will feature the group covering  some of their favorite songs from 2010 with helo from special guests John Powhida, Rose Polenzani and Sarah Borges. Tickets are $20.

Hey Mama, Love In Stockholm at the Middle East Downstairs: Bid farewell to Hey Mama as their time together comes to an end. Also catch sets from local standouts Love In Stockholm, HeyLady, and Brothers McCann for $10.

Grace Kelly at the Center for the Arts in Natick
: Fresh off her Boston Music Award for Jazz Artist of the Year (her second in three years), this young phenom will show you why she’s the best around. Tickets are $20.

Sunday

Tristan Allen, Amanda Palmer at the Berklee Performance Center: Amanda Palmer and her piano protégé will each grace the stage on Sunday with duets and a Q&A scheduled as well. Tickets are just $10.

7 Walkers at Tupelo Hall: The newest project from the Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann just released their debut album last month. Head north to New Hampshire an see what ol’ Bill’s up to these days for $40.

Kenny Rogers at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino: Kenny Rogers stops off in Connecticut for his “Christmas & Hits” tour. Wait… Christmas AND hits?! Done deal. Tickets range in price from $30 to $55.

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