Weekend Ideas: December 9, 2016

Mike Gordon, Peter Murphy, Ruby Rose Fox and more.


Before Mike Gordon hits New York’s Madison Square Garden for a big four-night New Year’s run with Phish, the Sudbury-bred bassist/singer caps his own fall tour at the Sinclair this Friday through Sunday. His ever-evolving solo band features guitarist Scott Murawski (Max Creek), keyboardist Robert Walter, drummer John Kimock and percussionist Craig Myers, as well as a bold visual element that can include LED-lit guitars (Gordon’s mother is abstract artist Marjorie Minkin). His quirky Phish tunes and funk/rock covers play into his revolving solo repertoire.

Charismatic jazz-pop trumpeter Chris Botti rounds out his own three-night stand at the Wilbur Theatre on Friday and Saturday with his crack band sporting pianist Geoff Keezer. Also on Friday, the Boston Music Awards’ Singer-Songwriter of the Year Ruby Rose Fox performs an all-ages show at Berklee’s cozy Café 939 while onetime Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy resurfaces for an early show at the Middle East Downstairs.

Saturday brings another local talent, singer and acoustic guitar hotshot Shun Ng and his Shunettes, to the Lizard Lounge while the English experimental music and video collective Psychic TV resurface at the Brighton Music Hall and the legendary Darlene Love (Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound,” backup-singer documentary 20 Feet from Stardom) reprises her Christmas show at the Cabot in Beverly.

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