Weekend Guide: June 24 – 26

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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

Dispatch at the TD Garden – All Weekend: The last time Dispatch performed in Boston, it was at the Hatch Shell before a crowd of over 100,000 along the Esplanade. Almost seven years later, the band’s highly anticipated reunion tour makes a three-night homecoming stand at the Garden. Tickets are still available for Sunday’s show for $37.50, while Friday and Saturday are sold out.

Solid Sound Festival at the Mass MoCA – All Weekend: It was one of our favorite weekends last year, so we’re very excited that Wilco will once again host their Solid Sound Festival in North Adams. The Chicago-rockers will headline Friday & Saturday, while the Levon Helm Band takes the top slot on Sunday. Plenty of great music, art exhibitions of all sorts and much more throughout the beautiful campus. Weekend passes can be purchased for $124.50. single-day tickets are $65 for Friday and Sunday, while Saturday’s cost $78. Discounts are available for children.

Taylor Swift at Gillette Stadium on Saturday & Sunday: Last summer, the country-pop superstar headlined her first show in Massachusetts by rocking a sold out show at Gillette Stadium. This year, as part of her “Speak Now” tour, Swift’s extending her stay in Foxboro to two nights. A small batch of tickets were just re-released for both shows but you’ll need to snatch them up quick for $39.75 to $85. Pop-rockers Needtobreathe will open both shows.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Peter Gabriel at the Comcast Center: The veteran English rocker hits Massachusetts as part of a special tour with his 46-piece New Blood Orchestra. Tickets range in price from $50 to $135.

Earth Wind & Fire at the Bank of America Pavilion: Groove the night away right along the harborside with these old time favorites. It may not be the 21st night of September, but the show will still be magical. Tickets range in price from $31 to $76.

The Del Fuegos at the Paradise Rock Club: The legendary Boston garage rockers complete a two-night reunion at the Paradise Rock Club. Tickets are still available for $25 with proceeds benefitting Right Turn. Lyres will open the show.

Kenny Loggins at Indian Ranch: Get ready to dance footloose with Kenny Loggins, who will perform all the big hits after an opening set with his brand new band, Blue Sky Riders. Join the longtime soft-rocker at Indian Ranch for $37 to $49.50.

My Silent Bravery at the Hard Rock Cafe: Led by Matthew Wade, these local rockers are going big to celebrate the release of their new album. The band has enlisted Playboy model Ashley Alexiss to be the evening’s guest host (no joke). Nicolas Metaxas and Ms. Carol O’Shaughnessey will also perform, while Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Herb Reed’s Platters will make a special guest appearance. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Suggested donation is $20.

The Doo-Wop Explosion at the Chevalier Theatre: The historic theater in Medford hosts the great harmonies and vocals of The Drifters, Shirley Alston Reeves of the Shirelles, the Crystals and Vita Picone & The Elegants. Tickets range in price from $29 to $47.

Fucked Up at Royale: Joined by JEFF the Brotherhood and Iceage, these hardcore punk rockers from Canada know how to party. Join them for $15.

Honor Society at the Showcase Live: This pop group has toured with every young act – from the Jonas Brothers to Jordin Sparks. This time they are joined by Action Item and Katelyn Tarver. Tickets are $13.

MC Hammer at the Mohegan Sun Casino
: You can touch a bit of the Hammer’s magic when he performs his most famous song during a free show at the Wolf Den. Now that’s legit.

Saturday

Matisyahu at the Paradise Rock Club: The Hasidic Jewish reggae/rap favorite is expected to release his followup to 2009’s Light sometime later this year. See if he previews any of the new material for $26. Sub Swara will open the show.

Vanessa Carlton at the Brighton Music Hall
: You don’t have to walk “a thousand miles” to see this beautiful piano-pop star, who comes to town with plans on previewing material off her forthcoming album, Rabbits on the Run. Tickets for this intimate show are still available for $25.

Darius Rucker at the South Shore Music Circus
: After two nights in Hyannis, Rucker makes his way to Cohasset to play another sold out show under the Music Circus tent. Expect to hear plenty of tunes off his two country albums, along with a few covers and Hootie & The Blowfish material.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds at the Lowell Summer Music Series
: Favorites on the blues circuit, the ‘birds have opened up for Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones. This time they are headlining their own show for $21.

Indigo Girls at the Newport Sunset Series: Watch the legendary folk duo perform their new and old material right on the waterfront in Newport. Opening the show will be The Shadowboxers. Tickets range in price from $35 to $55. The band will also complete a two-night stand at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Friday.

The Bouncing Souls at The Middle East Downstairs: The New Jersey-based punk stalwarts bring their four-night stand in Cambridge to a close by performing their most recent efforts, 2006’s The Gold Record and 2010’s Ghosts on the Boardwalk, from start to finish. Tickets are $18.

Galactic at the Wellfleet Beachcomber
: Renowned New Orleans funk rockers hit Cape Cod for what is sure to be a good time. Celebrate the Big Easy on the beach for $25.

Johnny A at the River Club Music Hall: The local blues veteran brings his guitar skills to Scituate. Check out this intimate, solo show for $25.

Loverboy at the Twin River Event Center
: You’ve been “Working for the Weekend” all week, now have some fun with these ’80s favorites. Tickets range in price from $25 to $50.

Katy Perry at the Mohegan Sun Arena
: If you missed Ms. Perry’s first New England “California Dreams” tour stop last week in Boston, here is you second chance as she hits Connecticut. That is, if you have tickets because this show is sold out. Marina and the Diamonds will open the show.

Sunday

Owl City, Mat Kearney at the House of Blues: Led by mastermind Adam Young, Owl City hits Boston just two days before the release of their new album All Things Bright And Beautiful. Also on the bill is Mat Kearney, who is touring in support of his brand new release Young Love. Catch the two for $28.

Lisa Hannigan at the Brighton Music Hall
: The Irish singer-songwriter, who spent many years in Damien Rice’s band, is working hard on a long-awaited new album. If you have tickets for this sold out show, expect to hear a few newbies. John Smith will open the show.

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