Weekend Guide: December 18 to 20

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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 Pick   –   Our Music Picks   –   Our Non Music Picks

Our Best Picks

Lori McKenna at Club Passim on Friday & Saturday: We’re keeping it local this week with the top picks as another native takes up a weekend residence in town. Catch Lori McKenna as she brings country to Cambridge. Her Friday night solo show is sold out but you can still get in on the late set on Saturday with her full band for $30.

Street Dogs at the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday & Sunday: Former Dropkick Murphy’s singer Mike McColgan and his fellow punk mates are still on the road supporting last year’s State of Grace, and why not, seeing as it’s been received so well. Although these shows aren’t really on the road since they’ll be treating their hometown crowd to two nights at the ‘dise. Tickets are $15.
Our Music Picks


Stellastarr* at the Paradise Rock Club: Some throat issues have forced singer Shawn Christianson to alter his singing style but either way it still sounds good to us. Tickets are $15.

Gloriana at the Hard Rock Café: The whole country is going wild for the “Wild At Heart” pop-country outfit. Boston is no different as the newly crowned American Music Awards’ Breakthrough Artist will make their Hub debut with a sold out show at the Cavern Club.

Township, Mean Creek at The Middle East Upstairs: Although we’re deeply saddened to see Bang Camaro call it quits at least we can still see founder/guitarist Alex Necochea shred it up with Township. The addition of BMA “New Act of the Year” Mean Creek sweetens the deal even more. As if that weren’t enough for the $10 price of admission, fellow local acts Movers & Shakers and Cropduster round out the bill.

The Figgs at TT the Bear’s Place: The Figgs are one of those road warrior-type of bands who’ve kept rolling for decades. They’ve spent years as backing bands for various acts but you can see them do their own thing for $10 with locals The Russains and Corin Ashley Quartet in the opening slots.

The Elevator Drops at The Middle East Downstairs: Friends and families aren’t the only ones who reunite during the holidays; sometimes bands get in on the act too. Unfortunately for fans of The Elevator Drops it’ll just be a one-off so make sure you get your tix, which only cost $12 by the way.

The Pill with The New Collisions at Great Scott: Always one of the best dance parties in town, The Pill celebrates the Holidays with help from special guests The New Collisons, who continue to impress with each show. With a cover charge of just $5, this is a bargain!

Never Shout Never at Showcase Live: Unlike most 18-year olds who drop out of high school, Christopher Drew has found outstanding success since spreading his music through the Internet. So successful that he’s sold out Showcase Live! This weekend. Gotta love the digital age.

BMS All Ages Showcase at The Middle East Upstairs: Get your music fix early this Saturday as we deliver you some up and coming talent in the form of Your Favorite Ex, Call 2 Conscious, After My Own, and Or Nothing. Tickets are $10 for this afternoon show, which leaves your schedule open to see other shows like Thursday, perhaps.

Thursday at The Middle East Downstairs: Speaking of Thursday, these Jersey boys will be in town to bring the loudness Downstairs as they continue to tour in support of this year’s Common Existence. Tickets are $20

David Archuletta at the House of Blues: The American Idol runner-up hits town ready to deliver a holiday show with the help of Benton Paul, as well as locals Michael and Marissa. Tickets are still available and range in price from $29 to $39.

Backseat Lover at the Hard Rock Café: The best thing about a Pearl Jam cover band is that even if you’re not the biggest PJ fan you can still sing along (just mutter a bit like Eddie). Tickets are $15 for this benefit concert for the  Wishlist Foundation.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Mohegan Sun Casino: Some people rock around the Christmas tree, these guys swing. This show is free so there’s no reason not to “Go Daddy-O”. Maybe you’ll win big at the slot machines too.

Cassavettes at Toad: The Cassavettes are in a celebratory mood, which is understandable after recently releasing their terrific new LP Shake Down the Sun. They’re looking to spread some holiday cheer with a free show which should do just the trick for any of you grinches out there.

New Kids On The Block at the House of Blues: Join the New Kids for an end of the year bash as they, too, get in on the Christmas cheer before taking a break until next summer. Humbug for those without tickets because this benefit concert for the Toys For Tots Foundation is sold out.

Harry and the Potters at The Middle East Downstairs: For you wizards out there you can take in a different kind of holiday celebration at the 5th Annual Yule Ball. Tickets are $20 with $5 of the admission going to the Harry Potter Alliance. The bill is rounded out by Draco and the Malfoys, Jason Anderson & The Best, The Whomping Willows, MC Kreacher and Ed In The Refridgerators.

Kenny Rogers at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium: If you want entertainment you known Kenny Rogers is never a “gamble”. He’ll be delivering the Christmas classics as well which will go along great with that suave Santa-look he’s got going on. Tickets are still available and rang in price from $49.50 to $69.50

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