Weekend Guide: July 27 – 29

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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

Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park – All Weekend: New England’s premier festival kicks off on Friday with a special concert from Wilco. Tickets are available for $45. Unfortunately tickets for Saturday and Sunday – with the likes of My Morning Jacket, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, and many others – are long gone.

Lowell Folk Festival on Saturday & Sunday: For a folk fest a little closer, and more available (not to mention free!) head up to Lowell for the weekend. Lunasa, Joan Soriano and J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices are just some of the eclectic bands performing.

Boston Rock & Soul Festival on the Rock & Blues Concert Cruises on Sunday: A great taste of local talent, including Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents, Will Dailey, Dennis Brennan, Tim Gearan, Jesse Dee, Roy Sludge, Love in Stockholm and Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters and more will perform at this floating festival. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Miranda Lambert at the Bank of America Pavilion: It’s Lambert’s “On Fire” tour and the country star will not only headline but open the show with her side project Pistol Annies. Find out just how hot she is for $40 to $59.75.

Tommy Emmanuel at the Wilbur Theatre: One of the more interesting guitarists you’ll come across. See this Aussie veteran for $29.50 to $49.50.

Clint Black at Showcase Live: The country star has now new album to support, so expect a set of greatest hits in Foxboro. Tickets are available for $45 and $75 and be sure to check out the opening set from local favorite Ayla Brown,

Gavin DeGraw at Indian Ranch: Touring behind last year’s Sweeter, see Gavin and his band in Webster for $25 to $42.50. The Adam Ezra Group will open the show.

Gary Hoey at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: Hoey may be the only local surf-rocker you know, but even if he wasn’t he’d still be the best. Tickets are $25.

Melissa Ferrick on the Rock & Blues Concert Cruises: Local gal Ferrick released Still Right Here last year and that title rings true as she plays in her hometown with Rose Polenzani for $32.50.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation on the Rock On! Concert Cruises: Big Sam, formerly of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, brings his funky sound to town for $30.

Saturday

Sugar Ray, Everclear at the Bank of America Pavilion: It’s an undeclared 90’s night at the Pavilion for $25 to $45, and don’t forget Lit and Marcy Playground will be there as well. The tour will also hit Mohegan Sun on Sunday with the added bonus of Gin Blossoms.

Bombay Bicycle Club at Royale: Join the club and hear new tunes off A Different Kind of Fix for $20. Plants and Animals open.

Straight No Chaser at the South Shore Music Circus: Some of the best in a capella hit Cohasset for $39.75 to $58.75. You can also see them in Hyannis on Sunday night at the Cape Cod Melody Tent.

Delbert McClinton at Showcase Live: The name Delbert McClinton may sound more Country but this guy is all Blues. See him with Etta Britt for $30 to $40.

Frank Ocean at the Paradise Rock Club: Ocean has created quite the buzz since opening up about his sexuality and dropping a new album a few weeks ago, enough to sell out this show.

Sunday

Coldplay at the TD Garden: Chris Martin and company finally hit Boston on their world tour in support of Mylo Xyloto. Not surprisingly, this show sold out but you can still get tickets to Monday’s gig.

Rufus Wainwright, Ingrid Michaelson at the Bank of America Pavilion: These two should make a charming duo of folky pop-rock, and Adam Cohen’s on board as well. Tickets range in price from $21 to $46.

Aaron Lewis at the House of Blues: The Staind frontman is doing things Country-style this time around. Get your tickets for $26 to $46.

Our Lady Peace at the Paradise Rock Club: The Canadian rockers are back with Curve and hit Boston for a show at the ‘dise. Tickets are $25.

Travis Tritt at Indian Ranch: Tritt’s been in the Country game for a long time and surely knows how to command a place like the Ranch. Take in the afternoon show for $34.50 to $52.

A Place to Bury Strangers at the Middle East Downstairs: The New York-based rockers hit Cambridge behind their new album, Worship. Also on the bill are Hunters, Mmoss, The December Sound, The Fedavees and Sand Reckoner. Tickets are $12.

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