Weekend Ideas: May 2, 2014


The Canadians are hitting town – and I don’t mean our hockey rivals meeting the Bruins in the playoffs. Ontario singer/producer Jessy Lanza brings her seductive electro-R&B to Great Scott on Friday. And the Tragically Hip’s Gordon Downie fronts a different band when he hits the Sinclair on Saturday with eclectic roots outfit the Sadies, supporting their lengthily named project/album Gord Downie, the Sadies, and the Conquering Sun, which still rocks with Downie’s cryptically poetic bluster.

Other alternatives include the singer Martha Redbone, who draws on her Native American culture as well as American roots and funk, in a World Music/CRASHarts show at Johnny D’s Uptown on Friday and British singer/songwriter David Gray at the Colonial Theatre on Saturday, supporting his upcoming album Mutineers.

Fred Taylor’s a pioneering music impresario, from running legendary twin clubs Paul’s Mall and the Jazz Workshop on Boylston Street in the ‘70s to his booking of Scullers Jazz Club for most of its’ 25-year run. Several artists who he’s supported through the years, including Rebecca Parris and Grace Kelly, are expected to perform at Scullers on Sunday starting at 4 p.m. when the non-profit JazzBoston honors Taylor with the Roy Haynes Award, named after our town’s revered jazz drummer. And back, on the rock front, the scrappy Kentucky indie-pop band Cage the Elephant have grown into a hit-maker with tracks like the catchy “Take It or Leave It,” graduating to the Orpheum Theatre as a headliner over Foals.

Finally, for a Thursday Throwback, with Jimmy Page receiving one of Berklee’s honorary doctorates and giving the Commencement address on May 9, here’s vintage magic from the guitarist’s Led Zeppelin supernova on Danish TV in 1969.

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