Weekend Guide: March 11 – 13

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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 Pogues at the House of Blues on Friday & Saturday: Rumor has it this may be the last time we see The Pogues around here for awhile (then again, they have said that before. Still, no need to take any chances with a band this great. Catch Shane MacGowan and the crew if you can on Saturday night for $51 or $75 because Friday’s show is sold out.

2011 Hard Rock Cafe Battle of the Bands Finals at the Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday: Check out Amadis, Gravitas, In Like Lions and The Richard James Band battle it out for the change to move on in the global compettition that could earn them a spot on stage at the Hard Rock Calling Fetsival in London this summer. Tickets are $5 with proceeds benefiting the Music Drives US Foundation.

Our Music Picks

Friday

The Band Perry at Showcase Live: Remember the name cause these trio of siblings have a very bright future. Touring in support of their self-titled album, which features hit singles “Hip to My Heart” and “If I Die Young”, The Band Perry hits Foxboro. Check them out in this intimate setting before they big for $25.

Hillsong United at the Orpheum Theatre: You get two chances to Unite this Friday with Australian christian favorites Hillsong United, who will play the Orpheum at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are sold out for show#1 but remain available for #2 at $38 to$48.

Yelawolf at the Paradise Rock Club: Eminem’s protégé hits with some likely sneak peaks at his upcoming album, Radioactive. CyHi The Prynce and Wispers open. Tickets are $15.

The Ex at the Brighton Music Hall: These underground vets returned last year with Catch My Shoe. Catch this show for $12. Also on the bill are New Yorks’ Liturgy.

That 1 Guy at the Middle East Downstairs: Whenever a guy rocks out on homemade instruments, you know it’s going to be an interesting show. Take in the sights and sounds of Las Vegas’ Mike Silverman for $15.

Ryan Montbleau Band at the Narrows Center for the Arts: Don’t miss our 2010 artist of the year rock a local show in Fall River for $20.

Enter the Haggis at Pearl Street: These guys may be from up north in Canada but they got plenty of Celtic heart in their songs. Tickets  to see them in Northampton (which is almost their “second home”) are $20.

Saturday

Bryan Adams at the Citi Wang Theatre: Although the weather may be dreary, at least you can feel like you’re back in the “Summer of ’69” with Bryan Adams.  The veteran rocker will deliver a “bare bones” acoustic set in a Storytellers-like fashion. Tickets for what should be a very special show are still available and range in price from $49.50 to $89.50.

Elton John at the DCU Center: Satuday’s alright for Elton in Worcester… although isn’t any night alright when it comes to Elton? Not surprisingly, tickets for this “greatest hits” show are long gone.  He’ll also play Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on Friday.

Brad Mehldau and Friends at the Sanders Theatre: The World Music/CRASHarts series brings to town as the acclaimed jazz pianist performs the Boston premiere of his exciting and unique new work for two pianos, six winds and percussion with the help of an all-star cast of world-renowned musicians. Tickets range in price from $30 to $42.

Los Amigos Invisibles at the Paradise Rock Club: These latin wonders hit town behind their latest release Not So Commercial. Tickets are $18. il Abanico and DJ Christian Hinojosa will open the show.

Freezepop at the Brighton Music Hall: Catch these local veterans in Allston with help from with Death of the Cool, Big Digits and Cinnamon Fuzz. Tickets are just $12.

The Party Tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center: Hear the old school hip-hop sounds of The Sugarhill Gang’s Wonder Mike and Master Gee, C&C Music Factory, amongst other Top 40 favorites from the 80’s. Tickets range in price from $40 to $100.

Martin Sexton at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: Hear Martin Sexton blend the genres like a smoothie for $45.

Sunday

Celtic Woman at the Citi Wang Theatre: Spend your afternoon with Celtic Woman as they perform “Songs from the Heart” and other favorites in celebration of the season. Tickets range in price from $48 to $78.

A Day To Remember at the Palladium: The Florida-based pop-punk rockers hit Worcester for two sold out shows this weekend, concluding on Sunday. Joining them as part of “The Game Changes” tour are Bring Me The Horizon, We Came As Romans and Pierce The Veil.

Dropkick Murphys, Against Me! at the Mohegan Sun Arena: And so begins the week of the Murphys. Catch them in Connecticut with Against Me! if you can’t make one of the local shows. Tickets are $24.50.

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