Weekend Guide: September 23 – 25

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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

Show of Hope Benefit Concert at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday: Air Traffic Controller, Liz Longley and Stefani Bush come together to raise awareness and funds for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

Life is good Festival at Prowse Farm on Saturday & Sunday: In only its second year, the Life is good Festival has become one of the region’s premier events. Tons of a great music – from The Avett Brothers to The Hold Steady and Ray LaMontagne to Brandi Carlile with the Boston Pops and so much more. Add in a plethora of fun activities and this is a can’t miss event for all ages. Two-day passes are available for $120, while single-day tickets are $65. Two-day passes for children ages 2-12 are available for $35, while single-day tickets are $20.

One Night Band III at the Middle East Downstairs on Saturday: The great folks over at Boston Band Crush present their third annual One Night Band event. It’s quickly becoming a great tradition by randomly drawing some of the city’s best talent into eight different bands in the morning and making them perform a 4-song set (3 originals, 1 cover) later that night. Tickets for what is sure to be a good time are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of with proceeds benefiting Zumix.

Friday

Pretty Lights at the Bank of America Pavilion: Here’s one for the college crowd. Get your tickets to the last Pavilion show of the season for $20 to $30.

Primus at the Orpheum Theatre: They were absent from the studio for the past decade but now they’re back with Green Naugahyde, their first album since 1999. Tickets range in price from $35 to $45.

Colbie Caillat at the House of Blues: The charming California songstress is currently touring behind her new album, All of You. Tickets are $25 to $40.

Keb’ Mo’ at the Someville Theatre: The blues great comes to town in support of his new album, The Reflection. A can’t miss show for any blues or guitar fan, check it for $35.

Celtic Thunder at the Citi Wang Theatre: The Irish singing group and PBS favorites are on the road to celebrate their album, Heritage. We’re halfway to St. Patrick’s Day, so why celebrate with them for $48 to $98.

Darius Rucker at The Big E: The country star and former frontman for Hootie and the Blowfish opens concert series at The Big E in West Springfield. Tickets for the show are available for $29 and $39 with admission to the fair included.

Mason Jennings at the Paradise Rock Club: Born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania, touring behind Minnesota. Say aloha to Jennings for $20.

Fucked Up at Royale: If you’re a punk fan it would be fucked up if you didn’t go. Tickets are $15 and also get you in for openers Wavves.

Tapes ‘n Tapes at the Brighton Music Hall: Tapes n’ Tapes will be cramming in fans n’ fans at the cozy Allston club in support of their latest album, Outside. A few tickets are still available for $16.

Big Head Todd & The Monsters, John Hiatt & The Combo at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: John Hiatt has his own combo but he found another great one in Big Head Todd & The Monsters. Tickets are $35 to $45.

James Farm at the Berklee Performance Center: Bet the farm that this one will be good. Tickets for this jazz supergroup led by saxophonist Joshua Redman are available for $30 to $42.

Saturday

The Shins at the Paradise Rock Club: James Mercer leads a new-look version of The Shins back to town after a brief hiatus. Tickets for this show are long gone.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at Royale: Hit the pavement and head over to Tremont St. for some new tunes from Mr. Malkmus and company for $20.

Girls at the Paramount Theatre: The San Francisco-based indie rockers released their sophomore album Father, Son, Holy Ghost just two weeks ago. Celebrate the release with them for $20.

The Stompers at Showcase Live: It was supposed to be pairing of two classic Boston bands but The Fools had to drop off the bill for medical reasons. Still, you can expect The Stompers to more thank make up for it. Tickets are $25.

Marty Stuart at Indian Ranch: The traditional country music veteran helps close out the 2011 concert season at Indian Ranch. Join the fun in Webseter for $22.50 or $27.50. Les Sampou opens the matinee show.

Blood, Sweat and Tears at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: With tickets at $40 to $50, you won’t have to give your blood, sweat, and tears to pay for it.

Anda Union at the Someville Theatre: Because it’s not too often you can catch traditional Mongolian music in Boston. Tickets are $28.

Ryan Fitsimmons at the Lizard Lounge: It’s Boston, so he probably won’t be the only Fitzy at this CD release show. But seriously, check out this talented sing-songwriter as he celebrates the release of Cold Sky for just $12. You’ll be happy you did.

Antje Duvekot at Club Passim: The Somerville folk artist released Antje Duvekot LIVE from all over the place this year but the place to be this Saturday is Cambridge. Two shows in one night – 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Sunday

Lindsey Buckingham at the Wilbur Theatre: The Fleetwood Mac guitarist is back with a new solo album, The Seeds We Sow. See what he’s come up with for $22 to $45.

New Gary Burton Quartet at the Berklee Performance Center: School is in session on Sunday at Berklee with this excellent vibraphonist. Tickets are $25 to $35.

Jake Owen at The Big E: Have a “barefoot blue jean night” for just the cost of the admission to the fair at $15.

Lovewhip, The New Collisions at the Middle East Upstairs: Shake your booty with a pair of Boston’s finest homegrown talent that will have you dancing all night for just $10

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