Weekend Guide: September 10 – 12

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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   –   Our Music Picks   –   Our Non Music Picks

Our Best Picks

BMS’ Third Annual Battle of the Bands at Oliver’s Nightclub on Friday
: We’re absolutely pumped to be hosting our Third Annual Battle of the Bands. As selected by the readers of Boston Music Spotlight, Johnny Lingo Band, Kingston 530, Streight Angular, Veneer and the Whiskey Poet Band will all perform. Who will win? Join us and find out for just $10. Get more info here.

Life is good Festival at Prowse Farm on Saturday & Sunday: We’ve been previewing the Life is good Festival all week and even gave our Top Ten reasons to go. Weekend passes are sold out but single day tickets are available for $55 with all profits benefiting the Life is good Kids Foundation. Check out Boston’s first major festival and support a great cause at the same time. Get more info here.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Robert Randolph and the Family Band at the Lowell Summer Music Series: The summer series comes to an end at Boarding House Park but not without a bang. Check out the pedal steel guitar virtuoso, who never disappoints in concert, as he promotes his new album, We Walk This Road. Tickets are $30. New Hampshire’s Nate Wilson Group will open the show.

Kenny Loggins & the Boston Pops at McCoy Stadium: Hurricane Earl delayed this highly anticipated show from last Friday. We’re thinking the worth was wait it so head down to Pawtucket and catch this unique collaboration that will bring some of Loggins’ biggest hits into a new light. Tickets for the show range in price from $35 to $100, with a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Charlatans UK at Royale: The British rockers are touring in support of their forthcoming album, Who We Touch. The band’s ninth studio effort is set to hit stores on next week by why not get a sneak preview when they play some of it live. Tickets are $23.

Gary Lucas at the Magic Room: The legendary guitarist and Grammy-nominated songwriter has worked with everyone from Leonard Bernstein to Jeff Buckley, Chris Cornell to Lou Reed, and more. On Friday, he’ll play an intimate show in Brighton. Tickets are $20.

John Fogerty at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino: The former frontman for Creedence Clearwater Revival makes his lone New England show of the year in Connecticut as he continues to tour in support of last year’s The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again. Tickets range in price from $35 to $65.

Saturday

Cover-Up Boston: The Traveling Wilburys at the Lizard Lounge: The Cover-Up series continues this weekend with a two-night stand at the Lizard Lounge in honor of The Traveling Wilburys. Kingsley Flood will perform as Bob Dylan, Jason Dunn of The Luxury will take on George Harrison, Spirit Kid will play Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mercy James honors Jeff Lynne and Brendan Boogie does Roy Orbison. Each will play individual sets of the Wilbury’s members own materiel before they all join in for a grand finale of the supergroup’s tunes. Tickets are just $12.

Jamie Lidell at Royale: The English soul singer hits the Hub in support of his brand new album, Compasss. Tickets are $20 and Tiny Castles open the show.

The Disco Biscuits at the Bank of America Pavilion
: Jam on with the boys from Philly who hit the hub for a marathon show along the harbor with friends Raekwon, RJD2 and Mimosa. Thanks to a special Live Nation sale, tickets start at just $10.

Flyleaf at the House of Blues: Led by frontwoman Lacey Mosley, the Texas-based hard rockers hit Boston as they continue to support 2009’s Memento Mori. Story of the Year join them on the bill. Tickets are $27.

School of Seven Bells at the Middle East Downstairs: These indie rockers from New York have been buzzing with high praise over their new sophomore release, Disconnect from Desire. Find out if its justified for just $12. Active Child opens the show.

Jo Dee Messina at Indian Ranch: The Massachusetts native returns home for a matinee show in Webster. Fans can expect a set of old favorites and new material from her new series of EPs, The Unmistakable Trilogy. Tickets range in price from $17.25 to $47.

Sunday

Vampire Weekend at the Bank of America Pavilion: Back to the hub on the second leg of their Contra tour, the Ivy  League alt rockers will play along the Harbor on Sunday. Joining them will be Beach House and the Dum Dum Girls. Tickets are available for $35 and $39.50.

Blondie at the House of Blues: Led by Debbie Harry, the New Wave favorites come to town to preview material off their forthcoming album, Panic of Girls. Don’t worry, we’re sure they will play all the big hits too. Tickets are still available and range in price from $36 to $49. Gorevette opens the show.

Randy Travis at Indian Ranch: The veteran country crooner comes to town with no new album to support, so you can expect a hits-filled set. Take in the afternoon show and pick up tickets for $19.75 to $52.

Third Annual “Never Forget” Cruise: In memory of the ninth anniversary of 9/11, Never In Vegas will be playing the Third Annual ‘Never Forget’ Sunset Cruise on Boston Harbor on Sunday evening from 5-8 p.m. Mass Bay Cruise Lines, departing from Rowes Wharf, will be the site for the event and proceeds from the onboard raffle will benefit family readiness programs for the 26th MEB and 182nd Infantry Battalion, two units set to deploy to Afghanistan. Tickets are $20 on the night of the event.

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