Weekend Guide: March 2 – 4

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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 Pick

“Reykjavic Calling” at the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday: As part of this week’s “A Taste of Iceland” festivities, this show will feature emerging talent from the cities of Boston and Reykjavik as four artists from each city will be paired together for what is sure to make for some very unique collaborations. The night will feature Soley Stefansdottir & Dave Munro (of Air Traffic Controller), Lay Low & Amory Sivertson, Petur Ben & Will Dailey, and Mugison & Eli “Paperboy” Reed. Making this show even more of a can’t miss, it’s free!

“Running Down a Dream: Music vs. Cancer” Benefit Concert at Precinct on Saturday: We love when the local music community comes together for a great cause and this show does just that as Jesse Dee (with full band) joins B3 Kings, Banana Phonetic and Brothers McCann for a special benefit in Somerville. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. There will also be great items for silent auction and door prizes, so go support a great cause and enjoy some awesome music at the same time.

Our Music Picks

Friday

moe. at the House of Blues: The veteran jam band are back with a brand album, What Happened to the LA-LAs. Tickets are $30 and $45 and be sure to check out the opening set from Boston’s own Ghosts of Jupiter.

Playing For Change at the Berklee Performance Center
: The group of musicians from around the world that quickly became a YouTube sensation, are back on the road for another tour of the United States. See them in Boston for $36 to $46, or see them in Salisbury at the Blue Ocean Music Hall on Saturday for $25.

Eric Church at the Tsongas Center
: Touring in support of his latest album, Chief, the rising country star brings “The Blood, Sweat & Beers” tour to Lowell. Also performing will be openers Brantley Gilbert and Drake White. Tickets range in price from $34.75 to $42.50.

Johnny A at Showcase Live: The New England staple brings his show to Foxboro. If you have yet to see this blues great, here’s your chance for $25. Opening the show will be The Delta Duo (Charlie O’Neal and Craig Rawding of The Delta Generators).

Tennis at the Brighton Music Hall: The indie pop rockers just released their sophomore album, Young & Old, last month. See how it sounds live for $13. Hospitality will open the show.

Chevelle at the Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
: The Chicago-based rock trio hit Providence in support of their new album, Hats Off To The Bull. Make your down I-95 and catch them with Middle Class Rut and Janus for $25 or $35.

Saturday

Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Berklee Performance Center: The old-time string band from Durham, North Carolina make their way to Massachusetts for a pair of shows this weekend. See them in Boston on Saturday as part of the World Music/CRASHarts concert series for $28 to $37, or catch them at the Narrows Center for the Arts  in Fall River on Sunday for $30.

James Cotton at Scullers Jazz Club: At 76, the legendary blues harmonica player is still going strong. “Superharp” hits Boston this weekend for shows on Friday and Saturday. See him at 8 or 10 p.m. on Saturday for $25.

Indobox at the Brighton Music Hall
: The local favorites host a dance party in Allston Rock City with help from Sonic Spank, Louis Deluxe, Supersillyus. Tickets are $15.

Doctor Doom Orchestra at the Middle East Downstairs: The Boston reggae-funk rockers celebrate the release of their brand new album, Thieves & Robots, in central square. Joining them will be Danny Pease & The Regulators, Pipeline Riot, Cardboard Mercenary and Deadfish. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Big Time Rush at Agganis Arena
: The teen favorites and stars of their very own Nickelodeon show hit Boston for a sold out show. If you missed out, they’ll be back around this summer for an even bigger show at the Comcast Center.

Mindless Self Indulgence at The Palladium
: With no new album to support, you can expect to hear a setlist filled with fan favorites when the New York-based group hits  Worcester with special guests Morningwood. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of.

Van Halen at the Mohegan Sun Arena: The legendary rockers hit Connecticut in support of A Different Kind Of Truth, their first album with original frontman David Lee Roth in 28 years. Not surprisingly, tickets for the tour’s first stop in New England are long gone.

Sunday

Matthew Good at the Brighton Music Hall: The Canadian rock veteran hits Boston in support of his fifth album as a solo artist, Lights Of Endangered Species, which was recently nominated for a Juno Award in the “Rock Album of the Year” category. Tickets for the show with opener Emily Greene are $15.

Dirty Dishes at Great Scott: The local standouts celebrate the release of their new EP, The Most Tarnished Birds, with help from Team Spirit (featuring members Passion Pit), Magic Magic and The Devil & A Penny. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 on the day of.

Pyx Lax at the House of Blues
: The reunited Greek rock band make a rare appearance in Boston as part of their “Together Again” tour. Tickets range in price from $55 to $125.

The Del Fuegos at the Capital Center for the Arts: See lead singer Dan Zanes, guitarist Warren Zanes, bassist Tom Lloyd and drummer Woody Giessmann together on stage for possibly the last time as the Boston legends close out their reunion tour in New Hampshire. Tickets are $26 and $36.

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