Weekend Guide: July 20 – 22

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Still looking to fill in your calendar for this weekend? Well, you have worked too hard not to enjoy your free time so here are some ideas on how to spend it.

Our Best Picks

Gathering of the Vibes Festival at Seaside Park (Bridgeport, CT) – All Weekend: Not exactly a local show but worth the drive with the likes of Primus, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby, The Avett Brothers, Keller Williams, and plenty more playing for $65 a day, or $205 for the 4-day pass. Get the full lineup and schedule here.

Allston DIY Fest on Saturday: A little closer to home and a lot of fun is the third annual Allston DIY Fest, which features two stages of music. See Streight Angular, Mornin’ Old Sport, Pile, Fort! The Band and many more. For more information go here.

Our Music Picks


Refused at the House of Blues: The Swedish punk rockers are touring the United States for the first time since their breakup in the late ’90s. LA’s OFF! will open the show. Tickets are $30 and $45.

Steel Pulse at the Paradise Rock Club
: Reggae always works in the summertime. Enjoy some from one of the genre’s best for $30.

Brian Evans at the Wilbur Theatre
: See “The Croonerman” and hear “At Fenway Park” for $25 to $35.

Dennis DeYoung (of Styx) at the Lowell Summer Music Series
: Come sail away with Styx’s original singer for $45, and catch openers Farren-Butcher Inc.

Counting Crows at the South Shore Music Circus: A band that could be playing much bigger rooms, so you be sure to check out this intimate performance with a handful of great openers in We Are Augustines, Kasey Anderson and The Honkies, and Field Report. Tickets are available for $69.25 and $88.25.

Bim Skala Bim at the Middle East Downstairs
: One of Boston’s best, see the reunited ska favorites with The Allstonians and The Void Union for $15.

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou at the Brighton Music Hall: Their name alone should let you know that you’re gonna be dancing. Tickets are $27.

Enter The Haggis at Johnny D’s
: Our neighbors from the north hit Somerville with their signature Celtic sound.

Jackson Wetherbee at the Middle East Upstairs: A great showcase of local talent with Jay Psaros, Kiley Evans, Matt Koelsch and Jose Docen also on the bill. Tickets are $10.

Boston at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino (CT): Guitarist Tom Scholz leads a new look Boston (now fronted by fan Tommy DeCarlo) to Conneticut. Tickets range in price from $45 to $65.


Yes, Procol Harum at the Bank of America Pavilion: Some of the best in progressive rock team up for this show along the harbor. Get your tickets for $20 to $65.

The Promise Ring at the Paradise Rock Club
: The reunited emo rockers from Milwaukee promise you’ll have a good time at their show in Boston. Tickets are $25.

Kenny Loggins at the Lowell Summer Music Series: No Messina (you can see him Sunday in CT), but Kenny’s got plenty of hits on his own. Hear some for $45 and check out his side project Blue Sky Riders, who will open the show.

David Cassidy at the Newport Sunset Music Series: Not sure if this one will make you feel young or old, but either way, enjoy for $24 to $44.

Bear Hands at the Brighton Music Hall: These locals have gained attention opening for some big names. See them get top billing with Fort Lean for $14.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds at the Barnstable County Fair: The Cape is always fabulous, and now even more with the Thunderbirds in town. Just pay the price of fair admission ($10) to enjoy the show.

Andrew Bird at The Met (RI): Touring in support of his latest album, Break It Yourself, Bird hits Pawtucket for a show under the stars at The Met’s outside courtyard. Tickets are $35 and Patrick Wilson opens.


The Gaslight Anthem at the Middle East Downstairs: Touring behind new album Handwritten, the pride of New Jersey hit Massachusetts for an intimate show in Cambridge. Not surprisingly, this one is sold out. Dave Hause will open the show.

Randy Travis at Indian Ranch: A little Country on a ranch. Makes sense. See this long favorite in Webster for $31.50 to $49.

College at the Brighton Music Hall
: A group called College in Allston/Brighton. Also makes sense. See them with Electric Youth and Anoraak for $15.

Luke Reynolds at Club Passim: The Grammy nominated writer and multi-instrumentalist is currently a member of Guster but will take time to showcase his solo material in Cambridge for $15.

Jim Messina at the Mohegan Sun Casino (CT)
: Loggins and Messina in one weekend! Now, if only these two would get together again. No complaints, though, this is a free show!

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