Weekend Guide: September 24 – 26

, Staff Writer

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

Paula Cole at the Berklee Performance Center on Friday: The Rockport native returns to her alma mater as part of the Beantown JazzFest to treats her home state to a glimpse of her recently released album, Ithaca. Tickets are $26 and $36.

Beantown JazzFest on Saturday: The 10-day festival comes to a close with its crown jewel, a free outdoor show from noon to 6:00 p.m. across three stages on Columbus Avenue, starting at Massachusetts Avenue. Top acts include Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty, the Jonathan Batiste Trio, Greg Osby and Mark Turner, the Wild Magnolias, Nona Hendryx, the Julian Lage Trio, the Boogaloo Swamis, Rhiannon featuring Abraham Laboriel and Alex Acuña, Grace Kelly, Victor Mendoza, and others.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Nickelback, Three Days Grace, Buckcherry at the Comcast Center: Some of you will scoff at this but you know there’s gonna be plenty of people rocking their faces off in Mansfield this weekend as this three-for pulls into town. Tickets range from $51 to $116.

What’s Your Major 2? at Church: The good folks at Boston Band Crush have put together another great local showcase. We highly recommend checking out Americana standouts Kingsley Flood, who are earning some national buzz after an appearance on NPR. Gene Dante & The Future Starlets are always a good time too. Shoney Lamar & The Equal Rights, Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling, Low Static Romance and Ad Frank round out the bill. If that’s not enough, how about some comedy in-between sets from Tim McIntire, Maria Ciampa and Duncan Wilder Johnson. Tickets are $10.

Wicked Whiskey at TT the Bear’s Place: Looking for some good Boston punk rock? If so, there is no better show for you then this. Wicked Whiskey celebrate the release of their debut album Under the Gun while Death and Taxes play their farewell show. Also on the bill are The Welch Boys and Darkbuster frontman Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One. Tiockets are $10.

The Young Dubliners at Showcase Live: Calfornia’s Young Dubliners bring some good ole Celtic rock to Foxboro as they continue to tour in support of 2009’s Saints and Sinners. Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project opens the show. Tickets are $18.75.

They Might Be Giants at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: TMBG did a stellar job entertaining the young ones at Life is good a few weeks back. See them pander to an older, slightly more mature crowd this weekend. Tickets are $25

Eels at Royale: The indie rock favorites are on the road in support of their latest album Tomorrow Morning, the third in a trilogy of concept albums including Hombre Lobo (2009) and End Times (2010). Jessica Hoop opens. Tickets are $25.

Bret Michaels at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom: You’ll probably have to put up with him promoting the hell out of his latest reality TV show (VH1’s “Life As I Know It”) but Michaels always delivers high-energy, hits-filled show. Not surprisingly, this one is sold out.

Klaxons at the Paradise Rock Club: After shows across Europe and Asia, the English rockers are finally rocking North America. The London-based band are touring in support of their second album, Surfing the Void. Tickets are $15. Baby Monster will open the show.

Smash Mouth at the Plymouth Memorial Hall: Because there’s always time for some 90’s “All Stars”. They’ll be joined by local “Idol” Ayla Brown. See both for $45.

Saturday

Toby Keith at the Comcast Center: As the Comcast Center prepares to close it’s doors for the season, take one last “American Ride” with Toby Keith for $36 to $87. Trace Adkins opens the show with a little extra star power.

James at the Paradise Rock Club: Go just to see if he can still hit the high notes in “Laid”. It’s worth the price of admission… which is $33.

Chris Trapper at the Regent Theatre: The former frontman for Boston favorites The Push Stars plays a homecoming show in Arlington. Join him for $20. Kristin Cifelli will open the show.

Teenage Fanclub at Royale: See these Great Scotts as they hit the States in support of their new album, Shadows. Tickets are $25

Three Floors of Ska at the Middle East Downstairs: New York-based ska veterans The Toasters make a familiar drive up I-95 to rock Boston to headline the Cambridge club. With no new album to support, we expect this to be a set filled with fan favorites. The show al features Destroy Babylon, Void Union, Guns of Navarone and Mr. Kowalsky. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door.

Sunday

Mates of State at the Paradise Rock Club: We know Mates of State love each other, seeing as they’re married and all, now they’ll show you some other artists they love with the covers off their recent album, Crushes. Tickets are $23

Mark Olsen at Club Passim: The founding member of The Jayhawks, the legendary alt-country band, comes to play a very intimate show at Club Passim in Havard Square. Tickets for this rare treat are just $20.

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