- Weekend Guide: January 14 – 16

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

Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves at the Middle East Downstairs on Friday: Eli’s been all over the world since releasing his latest effort, Come And Get It. As happy as we are for his success it’s good to see him back home. Spirit Kid and Hayley Jane & the Primates open. Tickets are $15.

Hot Stove, Cool Music Benefit at the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday: Two of Boston’s best baseball minds, Peter Gammons and Theo Epstein, team up for A Foundation to be Named Later once again with their biannual rock show. Talent includes The Lemonheads, Buffalo Tom, Bronson Arroyo & American Hi-Fi amongst others… of course it’s all hosted by MC Mike O’Malley. Always a good time for a great cause. Tickets are $40.

Our Music Picks

Friday

The Sheila Divine, Orbit at the Paradise Rock Club: Two of Boston’s finest are back. Both The Sheila Divine and Orbit are recording new material, but fans can expect plenty of the old hits at this show. Catch them with A Wish For Fire for $18.

John McCauley and Ian O’Neil of Deer Tick at the Middle East Upstairs (6PM)
: The early bird gets the worm, which in this case is a cool, intimate show with the fellas from Deer Tick. Hopefully you were an early bid with tickets too because this show is sold out.

Ratfynkt at the Middle East Upstairs (9PM): If you can’t get Upstairs early don’t fret because there’s another great show there with Ratfynkt featuring Mike Najarian of State Radio. Also on the bill are Among Criminals and Kitchen Jams. Tickets are $12.

Magic Magic at Brighton Music Hall: Although the BMH doesn’t officially open until Saturday, they’ll have what industry folks call a “soft opening”. Although there’ll be nothing soft about this show with Magic Magic rocking you for free.

Eilen Jewell at the Tupelo Music Hall: Catch this jewel of roots music as she heads out of town for the weekend and delights the folks in New Hampshire. Tickets are $20.

Saturday

The Roots at Showcase Live: Wake up everybody because The Legendary Roots Crew is in town. Found out how they “got over” for $40.

Gregg Allman at the Zeiterion Theatre: We caught Allman’s last show in New Bedford and he rocked the cozy Zeiterion. We’re sure there’s more of that to come this time around as he gets ready for his forthcoming solo album, Low Country Blues .

Aaron Lewis at the Mohegan Sun Arena: The Staind frontman is going country with a new solo album due this spring. This weekend he’s going solo and acoustic with tunes from all stages of his career. See how it goes for $35.

Nate Wilson Group, Sun Jones at the Brighton Music Hall
: The Nate Wilson Group and Sun Jones will put the “grand” in Grand Opening as the Brighton Music Hall opens its doors for the first time this weekend. Tickets are $10. Aldous Collins will open the show.

Brendan Boogie at the Rosebud: A couple CD releases at this one, including a new EP from the man himself, Brendan Boogie. Parlour Bells will celebrate for the same reason. Joining in on the party are St. Helena, Sarah RabDAU and Self-Employed Assassins and Low Static Romance. Tickets are $10

Sunday

Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven at the Middle East Downstairs: Hear Kerosene Hat and Key Lime Pie in their entirety as David Lowery does double duty as his two bands serve up a little nostalgia. Tickets are $20.

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt at the Wilbur Theatre: Miss their show on Thursday? Then be sure to catch their second Boston show this week for what is sure to be a special show. The two veterans are on the road again with their acclaimed acoustic evening. Tickets range in price from $55 to $75.

Polk Records Event at the Middle East Upstairs: Get a little cultured with this music and art event. Take in the sights while you enjoy the sounds of Madame Psychosis, Brief Awakening, Cliia Bonnie Band, Streight Angular and Looks Realistic. Tickets are $10.

Bowzer’s Ultimate Doo-Wop Party at the Mohegan Sun Arena: After Bowzer gets inducted into the Mohegan Sun Walk of Fame catch him and a host of talent as always for a night of classic sounds. Tickets are $25 and $35.

Our Non Music Picks

Patriots vs. Jets on Sunday: Time for the Jets to put up or shut up, and we’re hoping they go for the latter. Game is at 4 p.m. and no work on Monday (for most) – sounds like a party!

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