Weekend Guide: June 22 – 24

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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

Passion Pit at the Bank of America Pavilion on Friday: Passion Pit return home as they hit the road behind their upcoming sophomore release, Gossamer. Catch the local lads with St. Lucia for $24.50 to $34.50.

Ryan Montbleau Band on the Rock & Blues Concert Cruise on Saturday
: We caught Ryan and co.’s cruise last year and they had the boat rockin’. We don’t expect anything less when the local favorite celebrate the release of his new album, For Higher. Get your tickets for $32.50.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Santigold at the House of Blues: Speaking of sophomore releases, Santigold is in town to support her long awaited new release, Master of My Make-Believe. See her with Theophilus London for $25

Kaskade at the DCU Center: One of America’s top DJs hits DCU’s Exhibition Hall with Alvin Risk, Fareoh, and Joe Bermudez for $39.50 to $125.

Built to Spill at the Paradise Rock Club
: These alt rock greats are no strangers to the ‘dise and they’re no strangers to selling it out either, which they’ve done once again.Caveman and Junebug Spade will open the show.

Ziggy Marley at the Lowell Summer Music Series: Enjoy this beautiful weather with some classic reggae sounds from the son of an icon and a star himself, who will kick off the summer series at Boarding House Park. Tickets are $45 and be sure to get there early to see local favorites Adam Ezra Group.

Willie Nelson & Family at the South Shore Music Circus
: At 79-years of age, Nelson is still going strong and has a new album – Heroes – to boot. See this country hero opens up the summer concert series in Cohasset for $56.25 or $75.25. Red Molly will open the show.

Carbon Leaf on the Rock and Blues Concert Cruise
: There is no new album to promote but you can still expect a big party when these veteran rockers from Virginia take their show to Boston Harbor. Tickets are $33 and the Jason Spooner Trio will open.

Zach Deputy Band on the Rock On! Concert Cruise
s: The New York native rocked the shores of NYC last night, tonight he’ll do the same in Boston. Tickets are $30.

US Air Guitar Championships at the Brighton Music Hall
: For a night of good fun and plenty of laughs, head over to Allston Rock City for the Boston regional of the US Air Guitar Championships. Can anyone stop reigning 4-time champion Erin “McNallica”” McNally? Find out for $15.

The Flatlanders at the Bull Run Restaurant
: The Texas-based country rockers bring their 40th anniversary tour to Shirley. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers The Darlings, are $50.

Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
: If you missed their show in Boston earlier this week, then be sure to head down to Providence as the two long-time ska favorites team up for a co-headlining show. Making the show extra special is Boston’s own Big D and the Kids Table. Suburban Legends round out the bill. Tickets are $25.

Saturday

Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band at the Comcast Center: Get your fins up because the summer staple is back and it should be a beautiful weekend for sun and suds (or some margaritas). There’s still tickets left for $36 to $136.

Neil Diamond at the TD Garden
: Fenway isn’t the only place to hear “Sweet Caroline” this weekend as the man himself is in town. The only question is how many times will he play it? Find out for $55 to $120.

Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples at the Bank of America Pavilion
: Not surprisingly, this dynamic duo  have already sold out their show at the Pavilion. And, we expect the highly anticipated show to live up to the demand.

The Hives at the House of Blues
: These quirky Swedes just won’t go away, and we’re fine with that. See them play some new stuff, with FIDLAR and Flesh Lights on in support for $25 to $35.

The Van Burens on the Rock On! Concert Cruises: Another local standout, takes to the high seas. See them with Wolfman Conspiracy for $25.

Jon McLaughlin at the Brighton Music Hall
: The pride of Indiana hits Massachusetts in support of his brand new album, Promising Promises. Tickets are $15. Bob Stamper and Mikey Wax will also perform.

Three Dog Night at Indian Ranch: The summer concert series at Indian Ranch in Webster gets started with these classic rock favorites. Tickets range in price from $28.50 to $43.50.

Genticorum at the Lowell Summer Music Series
: The Montreal-base folk trio hit Lowell for a free show.

The Bands of Jimmy D’Angelo at the Hanover Theatre: Worcester’s legendary guitar virtuoso reunites his old bands for his hometown. The show will feature the original members of The Joneses, DNZ, Mad Angel, Pretty Poison, August and Deep 6. Tickets for the show, which will also feature special guests Farren Butcher, Inc., are $25.

Freestyle Extravaganza VII at the Mohegan Sun Arena
: Your long lost favorites from late 80’s and early 90’s, including Vanilla Ice, Biz Markie, Rob Base, Cynthia, Lisette, Nayobe, Noel, Coro, Soave, TKA, George Lamond, Nice N’ Wild, The Cover Girls, Fascination and Oran “Juice” Jones – all team up for what should be an interesting night in Connecticut. Join them for $45.

Sunday

Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars at the Brighton Music Hall: Touring in support of their third album – Radio Salone – released in April, see the group that’s as inspirational as they are talented. Tickets are $20 and be sure to check out openers Atlas Soul.

The Outlaws at Indian Ranch: Enjoy your Sunday afternoon with these southern rock veterans for $20 to $25.

IONA at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium: The progressive Celtic rockers hit Lowell as part of a stateside tour in support of 2011’s Another Realm. Tickets are available for $27 and $37.

The “Happy Together Tour” at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
: Hear some classic sounds from the 60’s with this cast of talent: The Grass Roots, Micky Dolenz, The Turtles, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap and The Buckinghams. All that for only $30 to $60.

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