Weekend Guide: May 14 – 16

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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.
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Shadwell at TT the Bear’s Place on Friday: Winners of the 2009 BMS Battle of the Bands, Shadwell celebrate the release of their stellar new album, Clarity. Joining them will be a strong cast of local favorites in Drew English, MeandJoanCollins, and The First Annual. Tickets are $10.

Sarah Borges at Toad on Saturday: One of Boston’s best for free – this is a no-brainer. Just be sure to show up nice and early so you make it into this intimate Cambridge venue to catch the Country/Roots rocker.


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Friday

Alan Jackson, Josh Turner at the Mohegan Sun Arena: One of country’s all-time best, Jackson hits Connecticut in support of Freight Train. Fans can expect to hear a few tunes from the veteran singer’s sixteenth studio album released earlier this year and a bunch of his hits (just don’t expect to hear all 50+!). Be sure to get there in time for crooner Josh Turner and rising star Chris Young.

Chad Perrone at the Paradise Rock Club: The veteran pop-rocker hits the ‘dise to celebrate the release of his brand new album, Release. He says, “I’ve never been this happy or proud of a collection of song,” so find out why for $13 (and then pick up a copy of the album after the show). Plushgun and The Dolly Copps open up the show.

“Jazz Masters” at the Showcase Live: Karrin Allyson and Jay Geils lead an immensely talented group comprised of Bucky Pizzarelli, Harry Allen, Gerry Beaudoin, Les Harris Jr. and Jesse Williams for a show that will totally live up to its billing. Make you way to Foxbror and check it out for $25.

Mumford & Sons at the Middle East Downstairs: The English folk rock band cross over to this side of the pond to support their debut album, Sigh No More. The band has been receiving loads of buzz lately, so not surprisingly, this show is sold out. Australia’s The Middle East will open up the show at the venue of their same name.

Railroad Earth at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel:The rootsy Americana ensemble from New Jersey are gearing up for the release of their new album due later later this summer. Hear some new tunes and old favorites for $22. Pete Francis of Dispatch fame opens up the show.

Saturday

The Saw Doctors at the House of Blues: One of Ireland’s best bands, these guys always deliver a fun and lively show. Find out why we love them so much for just $27.50. Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams opens the show.

Dianna Ross at the Citi Wang Theatre: The legendary singer and former leader of soul icons The Supremes, Ross kicks off her “More Than Yesterday” tour in the hub. Tickets range in price from $52.50 to $122.50.

Love In Stockholm, Re-Up at the Middle East Downstairs: Two of the city’s finest funk bands will rock the Middle East and you can be there too for just $10. New York’s That Handsome Devil and North Shore outfit Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket round out the bill.

Edo G and 4th Annual Unity Fest at the Paradise Rock Club: Local rapper Edo G and the folks at Stop Handgun Violence present the 4th Annual Unity Fest featuring Jay Electronica and more. Go support a great cause and hear some of the city’s best hip-hop for $25.

Cover Up Boston Series at the Lizard Lounge: This month, the Brendan Boogie hosted series tackles the music of Fleetwood Mac with members of St. Helena, This Blue Heaven and Old Jack. Then, The Lindsay Buckingham Appreciation Society will perform Tusk in its entirety. Tickets are $10.

Jason Castro at Café 939: The fourth place finalist on the seventh season of American Idol comes to town to promote his recently released, self-titled debut album. Also appearing are Camera Can’t Lie and Michael Castro, Jason’s brother. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Sunday

Shpongle at the Paradise Rock Club: The UK rockers make a rare appearance in the hub to promote Ineffable Mysteries, their fourth studio album released last fall. Check them out with the Zebbler Encanti Experience for $20.
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