Weekend Guide: June 8 – 10

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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

Boston Irish Festival at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England – All Weekend: Making the first of many stops in the area this summer, Gaelic Storm kick off this annual festival in Canton. Later in the weekend, check out Glengarry Bhoys, Screaming Orphans, The Prodigals, The Gobshites and more. Learn more about the festival here.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Phish at the DCU Center: Go bouncing around the room with the Vermont greats as they close out a two-night stand in Worcester. A limited number of tickets remain for $60.

Bootsy Collins at the House of Blues: Touring in support of 2011’s Tha Funk Capital of the World, the legendary bassist brings his funky act to Boston for $25 to $39.50.

Kristin Chenoweth at the Opera House: She’s spent years on Broadway and now she’s bringing Broadway – and her country roots from Some Lessons Learned – to you for $35 to $122

Graffiti6 at the Brighton Music Hall: There’s been a load of buzz surrounding these London-based pop rockers and their debut album, Colours. See if they are worthy of the hype for $12. Yuna will open the show.

Otis Clay at Johnny D’s: See this soul man with The Revelations in Somerville for $15

Miles of Music Camp at Club Passim: The instructors for this Lake Winnipesaukee-based camp – Dawn Landes, Jefferson Hamer, Zara Bode and Stefan Amidon (Sweetback Sisters), Dinty Child (Session Americana), Chris Pappas (The Everyday Visuals), Kristin Andreassen and Laura Cortese – hit Cambridge for a camp preview and celebration. Tickets are $45.

Fred Eaglesmith at the Narrows Center for the Arts: The veteran Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter hits Massachusetts in support of his latest album, 6 Volts. Tickets are $25.

Unearth at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: The Winthrop-based hard rock favorites hit Providence with help from Within The Ruins, This Is Hell, Thy Will Be Done and World in Arms. Tickets are $15.

Saturday

Starkid at the House of Blues: Glee’s Darren Criss leads a cast of StarKid veterans to Boston as they perform hits from the company’s acclaimed original comedy musicals. Tickets range in price from $35 to $50. Charlene Kaye & the Brilliant Eyes will open the show.

Victor Wooten at the Paradise Rock Club: One of the best to ever pick up the bass hits town for a solo gig. Local act Club D’Elf open this $25 show.

Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers at the Brighton Music Hall: The Old 97’s lead singer’s latest project sure has an interesting name, and we’re sure his show will be even more entertaining. See them with The Spring Standards for $20.

Narcissus Heavy Metal Wednesday Reunion Event at Showcase Live: A slate of local favorites that frequently performed Heavy Metal Wednesdays shows at the Kenmore Square club during the 80’s and early 90’s reunite for this special show. See Flesh, Fortune, In The Pink, Jealous Dogs, Love Pollution, MASS, Blue Tiger, Steel Assassin and Sweet Cheater for $15.

Pino Daniele at the Berklee Performance Center: The influential Italian jazz-fusion guitarist makes a rare appearance in Boston. Tickets are available for $45 and $60.

1982 at the Middle East Downstairs: 1982, the duo of Statik Selektah and Termanology celebrate the release of their sophomore album 2012. Also on the bill are Ea$y Money, Kaliraps, JFK, ST. Da Squad and Powda. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of.

Simone Felice at Great Scott: The former drummer for The Felice Brothers hits Boston in support of his self-titled debut solo album. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 on the day of.

Aloud, Mellow Bravo at Radio: Looking for some great local rock? Check out to of Boston’s best along with Animal Talk and The Albrights. Tickets are $8.

The Cult, Against Me! at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom: Did you miss their show in Boston earlier this week? If so, make your way to New Hampshire and grab tickets for $32.

Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples at the Mohegan Sun Arena: Joined by special guests Staples, Raitt is on the road to promote her brand new album Slipstream. Two leading ladies for the price of one as this show is a steal at $30.50.

Sunday

Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy at the House of Blues: A couple great guitarists getting together on Lansdowne St, giving the House of Blues a rare opportunity to live up to its name. Tickets are available for $37 and $49.50.

Yanni at the Bank of America Pavilion: The pianist is on the road behind Truth of Touch, the #1 top-selling New Age album of 2011. Tickets range in price from $35 to $150.

Barnstar! at Club Passim: Comprised of longtime local standouts Jake Armerding, Taylor Armerding, Mark Erelli, Zach Hickman and Charlie Ros, Barnstar! are turning heads with their brand of Bluegrass/Americana. They’ll play two shows on Sunday but tickets ($15) only remain for the 9:30 show.

Melissa Etheridge at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino: The veteran singer-songwriter hits Connecticut. Spend the day at the casino at then join her for what should be a set filled with hits. Tickets range in price from $25 to $45.

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