Weekend Guide: July 9 – 11

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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 Pick

The Remember Haiti Benefit Concert at the House of Blues on Saturday: Two of Boston best rising stars – Will Dailey & the Rivals and Bad Rabbits – team up to play the House of Blues in a benefit concert for Physicians for Haiti. All proceeds from the show, which whill also feature Oxymorrons and Gifrants, will go to the building of a new teaching-hospital that is being constructed in Mirebalais, Haiti through the efforts of David Walton and Partners in Health. Tickets are available for teh suggested donation of $20.

Our Music Picks

Friday, July 9

B.B. King at the House of Blues: The House of Blues will surely live up to it’s name this Friday as the King of the Blues does his thing with old Lucille. Tickets are available for $55 and $65.

Amos Lee at the Lowell Summer Music Series: Also in the area this Friday is a man who’s opened for B.B. King, Mr. Amos Lee. Join BMS at Boarding House Park in downtown Lowell for what is sure to be a great night and even better show. Tickets are $25 and be sure to drop the BMS tent for some free swag.

Ellis Paul at the Club Passim: A fixture at Club Passim, Ellis Paul is celebrating 20 years of his music by playing each of his albums in their entirety. Catch a glimpse at his career at the second show for $30 before it sells out.

Entrain on the Rock & Blues Cruise: Hailing from Martha’s Vineyard, Entrain surely know their way around a boat and they should have no problem rockin’ one. Tickets are $28.

Benjamin Burnley (of Breaking Benjamin) at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom: The rest of the band won’t be there but you’ll still hear their music with an acoustic twist. Tickets for this rare treat are $25 and $33.

Baby Strange at the Middle East Upstairs: One of Boston’s best is reuniting for a pair of special shows at in Central Square this weekend. Joining them on Friday will be another reunited Boston favorite, The Charms. See them both with Stereo Soul Future and Vulgarrity for just $12.

Saturday, July 10

Jack Johnson at the Comcast Center: Grab your flip flops and head down to Mansfield for some surf songs and sing-alongs. Tickets are $55 and he’s donating 100% of the proceeds to charity, so its a win-win.

Jimmy Cliff at the Lowell Summer Music Series: He has been regarded as a reggae pioneer throughout his career but this year he added a new title on his resume: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. See the new inductee for $40.

Melissa Etheridge at the Wang Theatre: Berklee grad Melissa Etheridge is back to where she once called home in support for of her new album, Fearless Love. Tickets are still available and range in price from $38 to $103.

Dream Theater at the Palladium: Speaking of Berklee, these dropouts will be spending most of the summer opening for Iron Maiden but found some time for a show of their own in Worcester. Tickets are $40.

Ed Kowalczyk (of Live) at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
: Kind of like Benjamin Burnley, Ed Kowalcyk won’t have the rest of the band there but you can still expect to hear plenty of Live hits, covers and some other treats. Tickets are $27.50.

Sunday, July 11

311, The Offspring at the Comcast Center: 311 make their annual trip to the Comcast Center and this year they bring some talented company in The Offspring. Tickets range in price from $27.50 to $57.50 and also get you in for openers Pepper.

Blake Shelton at the Indian Ranch: If you have the afternoon free on Sunday why not spend it with Blake Shelton at his 2pm show in Webster? Tickets are $22.50 to $57.50.

The Smithereens at the Tupelo Music Hall
: It’s been a long while since these pop-rock favorites have performed in the area, so why not head north and check them out while you can for $45. You might even get to hear a few new tunes before the band hits the studio to record their long-awaiting new album.

Our Non Music Picks

The World Cup Final on Sunday: Yes, it’s pretty much been our non-music pick for the past month but this is the Final (we’re seriously don’t know what we’ll do next weekend). So, hit the local pub or better yet the House of Blues for their big viewing party as the Netherlands and Spain battle it out for the biggest prize in all of sports.

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