Weekend Guide: July 23 – 25

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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   –   Our Music Picks   –   Our Non Music Picks

Our Best Picks

Lowell Folk Festival – All Weekend: Every year the Lowell Folk Festival is one of our top picks. With free music from around the world, arts & crafts, food, and parades it’s really a no brainer.

Bon Jovi, Kid Rock at Gillette Stadium on Saturday: Both of these rockers have added a little Country to their sound in recent years but we know this’ll be a good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll show. And one of our favorite local bands, Mission Hill will open the show. You can still find tickets in the $100+ range. Tickets start at $25 and run up to $127.50 and more for VIP seating.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Santana and Steve Winwood at the Comcast Center: Two classic rock icons teaming up is always a welcome sight. Head down to Mansfield for a real guitar lesson. Tickets are still available and range in price from $25 to $125.

Slightly Stoopid, Cypress Hill at the Bank of America Pavilion: Slightly Stoopid make their annual stop in town, this time with Cypress Hill in tow who are back with a new album titled Rise Up. Tickets are $27 or $37.

Jonathan Coulton at the Somerville Theatre
: Get your geek on with Jonathan Coulton in Somerville. If you don’t know Coulton then do yourself a favor and spend a few minutes on YouTube. Tickets are $25.

Steel Train at the Middle East Downstairs: Steel Train are touring in support of their recently released self-titled album with support from Girl in a Coma and Yawn, all whom we assure you are better than their names suggest. Tickets are $15.

Craving Lucy at Hard Rock Café: The Hard Rock will be living up to it’s name this Friday when Craving Lucy teams up with Streamline and A Breed Apart. Tickets are just $7 in advance or $10 at the door.

Lori McKenna at Club Passim: See one of our favorite local country/folksters with John Gerard in the intimate Harvard Square club for $30.

Rustic Overtones on the Rock On! Concert Cruises: Get on board with these men from Maine and hear some of the best tunes Vacationland has to offer. Tickets are $30.

Summer Party to support the Pan Mass Challenge on the Rock & Blues Cruise: Enjoy a nice cruise around the harbor and help support a great cause at the same time. Music will be provided by the Pablo Palooza House Band and special guest DJ Morning Guy Tai and be sure to check out the silent auction items too.

Saturday

Widespread Panic at the Bank of America Pavilion: With no support act scheduled this means that you’ll get even more Widespread Panic, including some new ones off of their latest album Dirty Side Down. Tickets are $36.

Hanson, Rooney at the South Shore Music Circus: Sh-sh-shake it and “MmmBop” all night in Cohasset with this pop-rock partnership. Tickets are $33.75 and $50.75.

Bleu, Air Traffic Controller with Strings at Club Passim: Blue and Air Traffic Controller will be performing with a very special show the Aquavia String Octets for just one night. Thankfully, there are two shows though. Pick whichever just be sure to get your tickets at $15 fast.

Ryan Montbleau Band on the Rock & Blues Cruise: Hit the seas again on Saturday with some more local talent including support act Hey Mama. Tickets are $27 and you can choose from a cruise at 5:30 or 9:00.

The Flaming Lips at Mountain Park: Head out to Holyoke and see one of the best shows in the business as the Flaming Lips shower you with love, music, and a whole lot of confetti. Tickets are $37.50.

Keith Anderson, Joey & Rory at Indian Ranch: Those are just a few names that will be playing this all day event in Webster as part of Indian Ranch’s annual country music festival. Also on the bill are Jeff Bates, The Kelly Parker Band, Ted Painter, and The Eric Grant Band. Take in some tunes and ride the mechanical bull for $35.

Sunday

Modest Mouse at the House of Blues: In a town with a thriving indie rock scene it’s no surprise that these masters of the genre sold out the House of Blues for two night. You’ll have to look elsewhere for tickets but it would be worth your time.

Darius Rucker at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: Rucker was a big hit at the Tent last year (#9 on our Top 29 Concerts of 2009) and we’re sure he’ll be one of the best of the summer again this year. It appears others did as well because this show is sold out.

Cyndi Lauper at the Pines Theatre: Lauper recently added another genre to her repertoire with her new album Memphis Blues. Take in her eclectic sound at this cool venue in Florence for $38 to $58.

The Happy Together Tour at the South Shore Music Circus
: Some classic artists of the 60’s and 70’s have come together to bring you the hits of the Turtles, The Monkees, The Grass Roots, and more. Get nostalgic for $37.25 or $54.25.

The Radiators on the Rock & Blues Concert Cruise
: Take a ride along the Harbor and enjoy some tunes from veteran New Orleans-based rockers The Radiators. They’ll be joined by Luke Mulholland Band and plenty of great food from the folks at Redbones BBQ. Tickets are $36.

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