Weekend Guide: January 7 – 9

, Staff

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

Boston Celtic Music Festival on Friday and Saturday: Now celebrating its eighth year, the BCMFest is always a special treat. The festival kicks off on Friday at Club Passim in Harvard Square with music from Plaiditude, Susie Petrov & Reinmar Seidler and Long Time Courting. Also on Friday, the Boston Urban Ceilidh – a Celtic dance party – will take place at Canadian-American Club in Watertown. The music continues through the day on Saturday at Club Passim and the First Parish of Cambridge before Halali and special guests bring the festival to a close with a finale concert at First Parish on Saturday night. Get all the details here.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Edwin McCain at Showcase Live: The concert business may have taken a hit in 2010 but a man who never has trouble filling a room, Edwin McCain, will be starting 2011 off right with a sold out show in Foxboro.

Jane Monheit at Scullers: The New York jazz singer has been praised for her iterpetaions of jazz and pop standards. Now touring in support of her latest release, Home, she’ll perform four shows over two nights in Cambridge. Tickets are $38.

Muy Cansado, Naked on Rollerskates at the Rosebud
: The best deal of the weekend. As if their names didn’t entice  you enough, these two local standouts also have some great tunes and tickets are only $5.

Lyres at TT the Bear’s Place: The Boston garage rock veterans team up Satin Kittens, HHR and Cradle to the Grave to rock Central Square. Four bands for just $9.

The Energy at the Middle East Upstairs
: Join The Energy for their CD release party and a whole lot more with The Flo, David Crespo & The Afterparty, and Arletta on board. Tickets are $14.

Leaders Led, Sun Jones at Gemstones at the Blue Shamrock Pub: A couple of regular Boston acts head up the Connector this Friday to join 7 Mile Drive. Lowell fans get to see this great trio on the cheap with tickets available for just $7!

Saturday

AZ at the Middle East Downstairs on Saturday: AZ was once voted the most under-appreciated rapper in the business. Show some appreciation for his Doe of Die 15th anniversary tour for $20. Also on the bill are Stu Cat, Heddshotts, Mynestate Militia, Pure Grade, Darkluite and Expo & TX.

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters at Showcase Live: It’ll be a blues showcase in Foxboro on Saturday as this established guitarist gives a six-string exhibition. Tickets are $25.

The Gobshites at the Middle East Upstairs: Dance a little jig with this Celtic crew as they rock the Upstairs with Sasquatch & the Sick-A-Billys, The Egos, and Monsters Like Candy. Tickets are $10.

Tony Savarino, Axemunkee at Atwood Tavern: A great night of music with two local guitar virtuosos as Savarino celebrates the release of his new album, Guitaring. Opening the show will be the Catherine Capozzi-led Axemunkee, who are also gearing up to release new material later this year.

The Timberfakes at Church: It’s a birthday celebration with the Timberfakes, Boston’s best (and only) Justin Timberlake tribute band, and everyone gets a present because this show is free. Totem opens the show.

Gandalf Murphys and the Slambovian Circus at the Tupelo Music Hall: A different kind of circus is in town and people seemed to notice with this show selling out like it was Barnum & Bailey.

Our Non Music Picks

Skiing and Snowboarding: With this weekend’s forecast of fresh snow, why not hit the slopes? Wanna stay local, Wachusett Mountain and Blue Hills are just a short drive away.

NFL Playoffs: Scout out the Pats’ upcoming opponents. We all know Bill, Tom, and the rest of the gang will be.

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