Weekend Guide: December 16 – 18

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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

Street Dogs at the Paradise Rock Club on Friday and Saturday: Take a break from the Christmas music and embrace some of Boston’s best punk rock as the Street Dogs return for home for their annual “Wreck The Halls” shows. Joining them will be Off With Their Heads, Murder The Stout, and Bar Room Heroes. Tickets are $18.

Lori McKenna at Club Passim – All Weekend: She’ll be doing covers on Friday (with help from Mark Erelli, Jake Armerding and Zack Hickman), playing with her full band on Saturday, and going solo on Sunday. Each show is $30 and tickets are going fast.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Sully Erna at the Wilbur Theatre: The Godsmack frontman returns home for solo show that will be filmed for an upcoming 3D DVD release. Hopefully you got your tickets because this show is sold out.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at the Brighton Music Hall: Race over to Allston and catch these rising rockers from Detroit. Be sure to arrive early and catch opener Cinnamon Fuzz. Tickets are $12.

Slaine at the Middle East Downstairs: The area’s top MC with a cast of characters including Action Bronson, NBS, Powda, The Expendables, Rich Budz, Natural, Dave Holt, Joey Stadik. Tickets are $20.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn at the Cutler Majestic Theatre: Join Brian O’Donovan’s annual Irish holiday celebration, now in its 9th year, for $25 to $75. Seamus Egan of Solas fame returns as the show’s music director, while Paula Plum provides artistic direction.

Duncan Sheik at the Narrows Center for the Arts: Catch Shiek as he takes on some 80’s classics in support of his recent covers album. Tickets are $23.

Saturday

Pink Martini at the Berklee Performance Center: The celebrated and beloved “little orchestra” from Portland, Oregon returns to Massachusetts on their Holiday tour this weekend. Friday’s show is sold out but tickets remain for Saturday, so pick some up for $30 to $65. The shows will feature a special guest appearance by legendary Japanese singer Saori Yuki.

Prospect Hill at the Wilbur Theatre: A great local showcase at the Wilbur as Prospect Hill celebrates their new album Impact with help from Lansdowne, Beneath The Sheets, Novus Dae, Thurkills Vision and Tester. Tickets are $22.

The Maine at the Brighton Music Hall: The Arizona pop-punk rockers are one of the main attractions this weekend. This show is sold out.

The Vivs at the Regent Theatre: It’s The Vivs’ second annual Holiday Bash & Benefit with friends Big Dipper, Tanya Donelly, Bill Janovitz, and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling lending their talents. Tickets are $18.

The Brew at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: The New England veterans continue to celebrate the release of their new album, Garden In The Snow. Tickets are $15.

Jake Shimabukuro at the Center for the Arts in Natick: The best ukulele player on the planet will be in Natick for two shows on Saturday. If you have time for both why not make it a two-for. Tickets are $35.

Savoy Brown at the Narrows Center for the Arts: These classic blues-rockers bring their latest work, Voodoo Moon, to Natick. Mark T Small opens. Tickets are $25.

Ms. Lauryn Hill at the Mohegan Sun Arena: After years off the road, Ms. Lauryn Hill is back in action. See if she’s got her groove back for $58 to $78.

Kenny Rogers at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino: Gamble and hear “The Gambler”, along with some classic holiday favorites as the country legend hits New England on his “Christmas & Hits” tour. Tickets range in price from $30 to $55. Billy Dean opens.

Sunday

3rd Annual Rock ‘N Soul Holiday Concert at the Regent Theatre: Another big bash over at the Regent. This one features Danny Klein’s Full House, Barrence Whitfield, The Fools, Charlie Farren, Professor Doug Bell, Casey Desmond and more. Tickets are available for $25 and $30 with proceeds benefiting Music Drives Us and Toys for Tots.

7th Annual Yule Ball with Harry And The Potters at the Middle East Downstairs: Have a ball with Harry And The Potters, Draco And The Malfoys, Potter Puppet Pals, Jason Anderson, The Whomping Willows and Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! for $20.

Boston Pops’ Holiday Tour at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium: Taking a break from their busy schedule at Symphony Hall, The Pops take a trip up to Lowell to brighten your Sunday afternoon. Tickets range in price from $40 to $126.

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