Weekend Guide: January 21 – 23

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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

BMS Showcase at the Hard Rock Café on Friday: Boston Music Spotlight brings its Local Spotlight Live Series to the Hard Rock Cafe on Friday night for our first showcase of 2011. The show will feature some of the top up-and-coming acts in New England with Craig DeMelo (“The Whiskey Poet”), Jacob Heal, Grey Sanford Band and Soul Worn Boots all set to perform. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Our Music Picks


Aimee Mann & Special Guests (Benefit) at the Paradise Rock Club: Join Aimee Mann, Lori McKenna, Ron Sexsmith and other special Guests as they play in support of their friend John “Huggy Bear” Sands who is currently hospitalized after suffering a heart attack. Support a good cause for $40.

John Brown’s Body at the House of Blues: WERS presents “Rockers” vets John Brown’s Body at the HOB with Spiritual Rez and Zion Train. Feel the good grooves for $20.

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings at the Portsmouth Music Hall: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings have been hard at work touring since releasing their latest effort, I Learned The Hard Way, last April. Get your tickets beforehand or you might learn the hard way as well.

The Dirty Bombs with Gene Dante and the Future Starlets at the Brighton Music Hall: The celebration continues at the newly opened Brighton Music Hall with this free show featuring two awesome local acts.

American Hi-Fi at TT the Bear’s Place: We caught them rocking Hot Stove, Cool Music last weekend and after that short but solid set we’re glad to see them back so soon. Tickets are $10.

Shelley Neill at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge: Acclaimed vocalist Shelley Neill will be joined by master musicians from Berklee College of Music for an evening that will include a reprisal of music from Irish Eyes Gypsy Soul, recorded one year ago to the day on her birthday providing two reasons to celebrate. Join her for this “Birthday Music Concert”,  which also kicks off the 2011 season of the Center’s Jazz Club series, for$20.


Avenged Sevenfold at the Tsongas Center: The “Nightmare After Christmas” tour rolls into Lowell, although with a lineup of Avenged Sevenfold with Stone Sour, Hollywood Undead and New Medicine is more of a dream to hard rock fans. Tickets are $37.75.

Sister Hazel at the Paradise Rock Club: Sister Hazel are hitting the road in support of recent release, Heartland Highway. This show will surely draw plenty of “HazelNuts” with tickets just $20.

Meat Loaf at the Twin River Event Center: When Meatloaf is in town there’s no need to “sleep on it”. This show is sold out but if you “would do anything” you may find a way in.

“Soozapalooza” at the Middle East Downstairs: You might not know what Soozapalooza is but with a lineup that includes The Candles, The Lights Out, Kristen Ford Band, and a Mistle Thrust reunion for $10 does it really matter? Not to mention, a Soozapalooza supergroup consisting of some of the city’s best!

Motherboar at the Great Scott: The local metal favorites celebrate the release their latest record, The Beast Becomes the Servant,  with help from Razors In The Night, Acaro, and Livver along for the celebration. Tickets are $10.

Hot Day At The Zoo at the Brighton Music Hall: Hot Day At The Zoo will be celebrating their 8th anniversary with the Jason Spooner Trio but, like in years past, expect plenty of special guests. Tickets are $10.

Ed’s Redeeming Qualities at TT the Bear’s Place: An early show (before the weekly “Heroes” dance night) features the reunion of these local favorites who will deliver their first local performance in 15 years. They’ll be joined by the Buckets, the Well Babies, Thief in the Night and others. Tickets are $12.


Big White Clouds at Church: Big White Clouds are throwing a big old party for the release of their new LP. Rounding out the bill will be Armory Sivertson, Trevor Jude Smith and The Lambs. Tickets are $8.

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