Weekend Guide: July 8 – 10

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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:

The Luxury at the Lizard Lounge on Friday & Saturday: Sadly, one of Boston’s best local bands and a longtime BMS is favorite, is going on an indefinite hiatus. Thankfully, they will bid adieu with a pare of farewell shows at the very intimate Lizard Lounge in Cambridge. Tickets for both shows are nearly sold out, so act fast!

Soundgarden at the Comcast Center on Sunday: Grunge stalwarts Soundgarden make a stop in Mansfield this Sunday as part of their highly anticipated reunion tour. On the road for the first time in fourteen years, the Seattle legends have been working on new material for an upcoming album due out by 2012. Neo-prog rockers Coheed and Cambria open the show with tickets ranging in price from $29 to $59.

Our Music Picks:



Keith Urban at the TD Garden: Pop country phenomenon Keith Urban takes his Australian brand of twang to Boston’s TD Garden as part of his “Get Closer” world tour. Tickets run from $25 to $75 with Jake Owen in the opening slot.

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones at the Lowell Summer Music Series: Take in the unique stylings of virtuosos Bela Fleck & The Flecktones in the friendly confines of Boarding House Park in downtown Lowell. Fusing bluegrass and jazz together since 1988, The Flecktones have an unparalleled sound best experienced live. Tickets for Friday’s show are $36 or wait and see them in Newport, Rhode Island on Saturday as part of the Sunset Music Series for $35 to $48.

Howie Day at Showcase Live: Maine’s own Howie Day stops by Foxboro to make up for a cancelled show in February. He’s promoting a new EP Ceasefire, which you can pick up at the show. The stage at Showcase Live is all his with tickets going for $20. Day will also perform at Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury on Saturday for $20.

Styx, Yes at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino
: Come sail away with all the good people at the MGM Grand Theatre for a night of progressive rock with rock vets Styx and Yes. With catalogues that stretch as far back as 1970, you can expect to hear all your favorites from both bands. Tickets range from $40 to $65, your move…


Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow at the Comcast Center: In support of his 2010 album of the same name, Kid Rock and co-headliner Sheryl Crow take the “Born Free” tour to Mansfield. Expect a night filled with collaborations and whiskey as the tour is sponsored by Jim Beam’s Red Stag bourbon. Tickets range from $25.50 to $85.50 with Leroy Powell & The Messengers opening.

Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo at the House of Blues: As just one of a handful of New England shows this summer, Pat Benatar and her long time guitarist/husband Neil Giraldo share the bill at Boston’s House of Blues on Saturday. Benatar has not released an album since 2003, so she will surely have plenty of room for classics like “Love Is A Battlefield” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”. Tickets start at $37 and go up to $49.50.

The Fab Faux at the Lowell Summer Music Series: Arguably the best Beatles tribute band out there today, the Fab Faux brings their take on the iconic Liverpudlian’s songs to Lowell’s Summer Music Series. The group, who features members from both David Letterman and Conan O’Brien’s late night bands, are known for their diverse setlists, which feature nuggets from the White Album alongside Please Please Me era hits. All tickets are $35 and be sure to stop by the BMS tent and say hello.

k.d. lang at the South Shore Music Circus: With her new album Sing It Loud released back in April, Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang is in touring mode to celebrate her new work with help from her band called The Siss Boom Bang. Tickets range in price from $43.75 to $61.75. American duo the Belle Brigade will open the show. The tour will also stop in Hyannis for a show at the Cape Cod Melody Tent on Sunday.

Los Lobos at Indian Ranch
: No strangers to the road, Los Lobos hit Webster to do what they do best: play a unique combination of American and Mexican musical traditions. Catch the guys at Indian Ranch for $25 to 37.50.

KRS-One at the Wilbur Theatre: A seasoned professional of the rap game, KRS-One has been around since the inception of the genre. At 45-years old, the man is still at it and sounding just as strong. Tickets are $20.

Jake Shimabukuro at the Narrows Center for the Arts: The ukulele is not an instrument typically associated with virtuoso players as say the electric guitar is with someone like Jimi Hendrix or the saxophone is with John Coltrane, but Hawaiian Jake Shimabukuro is well on his way to changing that. Have your preconceptions about what a ukulele is able to do utterly destroyed this Saturday in Fall River for $30.

Musiq Soulchild at Showcase Live
: As a native of Philadelphia, Musiq Soulchild comes from an array of soul artist’s to emerge from the city of brotherly love. Hot of the release of MusiqInTheMagiq, Musiq Soulchild hits Showcase Live in Foxboro. Tickets are $26.


Trace Adkins at the South Shore Music Circus: In support of his brand new album Proud To Be Here, Trace Adkins is on the road this summer to play in front of the country that he so strongly loves. The country star will stop in Cohasset on Sunday for a show at the South Shore Music Circus. Tickets for the show are going fast but can still be purchased for $44.25 and $62.25, unlike his sold-out gig at the Cape Cod Melody Tent on Sunday.

Easton Corbin at Showcase Live: Rising country singer Easton Corbin makes his way to Foxboro to showcase his #1 hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It” in the intimate confines of Showcase Live. Tickets are $26.

The Alternate Routes, Adam Ezra Group on the Rock & Blues Cruise: Connecticut root rockers The Alternative Routes co-headline a gig on the Rock & Blues Cruise with Boston favorites the Adam Ezra Group. The ship boards at 2:00 pm and departs at 3:00 pm. Brian Jarvis opens with tickets selling for $20 in advance with the code “BMS”. Nothing beats a harbor cruise with awesome music on a sunny afternoon.

Keb Mo’ at the Newport Sunset Series: Blues singer and guitarist Keb Mo’ will no doubt have the crowd buzzing this Sunday night in Rhode Island. With a new album, The Reflection, due out next month, fans can expect to hear a mix of new and old material. Tickets range in price from $35 to $100 with proceeds benefiting the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.

Donovan Frankenreiter at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: First known for his surfing skills, Donovan Frankenreiter now has a career playing music. A friend of Jack Johnson, Frankenreiter plays a similar style of chill/acoustic based songs that go hand in hand with his aforementioned hobby. So hit the beach in Salisbury this Sunday and cap the night off with Frankenreiter at the Blue Ocean Music Hall. Tickets are $25.

Stephen Marley at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: Son of Bob, brother and member of Ziggy’s band the Melody Makers, and five-time Grammy-Award winner Stephen Marley stops by Providence’s Lupo’s for a set of authentic and effortless reggae. Tickets can be purchased for $23 in advance or $25 on the day of the show.

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