Weekend Ideas: July 11, 2014

From guitar firebrands to the first advance sellout of the Green River Festival, it’s a full weekend for summer concerts. Nearly 40 years since Frampton Comes Alive burned up the charts, Peter Frampton sports short-cropped white hair instead of his old curly mane, but his six-string skills haven’t diminished. And while he plays the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion with the Doobie Brothers (still led by singer/guitarists Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons) on Friday, Frampton’s also game to expand nostalgia to a somewhat more contemporary cover. The same night on the blues side, journeyman singer/guitarist Joe Louis Walker holds court at Johnny D’s in Davis Square. Also on Friday, the Felice Brothers stir up the Sinclair with their crowd-pleasing roots music and on the waterfront, the Institute of Contemporary Art kicks off its Wavelengths outdoor concert series with the darkly dreamy solo work of singer/songwriter Dean Wareham (ex-Galaxie 500 and Luna). Don’t miss opener Quilt, whose “Tie Up the Tides” is one of 2014’s most enchanting songs.

Saturday’s only crazier. Pioneering neo-soul singer Maxwell charms at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Andrew Bird blends violin and whistling virtuosity within the country-folk weave of his band with co-singer Tift Merritt at Lowell’s Boarding House Park, and the ornery Robert Pollard leads indie-rock veterans Guided by Voices at the Paradise Rock Club. The local rock scene also bubbles on Saturday night with Shawn Wolf Wortis’ annual Bastille Day A-Go-Go, this time hitting Atwood’s Tavern with guests including Jenny Dee and Chris Cote.

On Saturday’s festival front, the Levitate Music and Arts Festival brings reggae legends Steel Pulse, crooning surfer dude Donovan Frankenreiter and the art-funk ensemble Rubblebucket to Marshfield, while the Martha’s Vineyard SOUND fest keeps Oak Bluffs happy with island favorites Ben Taylor, Willy Mason and Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish. But the big event is the Green River Festival, which boasts hot-air balloons as a backdrop to the music at Greenfield Community College. Saturday features Trombone Shorty, Lucius and Puss n Boots, while Sunday offers Josh Ritter, Trampled By Turtles, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and the ex-Blasters brothers Dave and Phil Alvin, who also play the Sinclair here on Saturday night.

And it’s also this Sunday at Indian Ranch where you can catch the legendary B.B. King (despite shows that have grown a bit more shaky at age 88), pedal-steel hotshot Robert Randolph and his Family Band, and robust vocalist Shemekia Copeland. A second stage of regional acts will provide non-stop blues on the shore of Lake Webster.

Finally, for my Thursday Throwback, with John Fogerty primed to tap his Creedence Clearwater Revival catalog at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion next Wednesday, here’s a vintage CCR set from London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1970.

Related Articles

Comments are closed.