Weekend Ideas: August 1, 2014

We’ve got another blockbuster weekend of music festivals, from the shores of Rhode Island to the shores of Connecticut, plus a huge event on our own island of Nantucket. And we’re talking rain or shine, even on Saturday.

It’s the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, rising to the occasion with a stellar three-day lineup. Unlike its folk cousin last weekend, Newport Jazz also has tickets available. The fest has added a cutting-edge Friday afternoon slate at Fort Adams State Park, centered by a two-hour-plus Masada marathon conducted by saxophonist/composer John Zorn and sporting shuffled lineups that include Marc Ribot, Dave Douglas and Joey Baron, while Friday’s program also includes Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Charlie Parker Project, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Miguel Zenon’s “Identities” Big Band and fusion cats Snarky Puppy. Saturday taps both adventurous bandleaders like Dave Holland and Robert Glasper and such crowd-pleasers as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (also at the Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino with Dee Dee Bridgewater on Friday) and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Dr. John keeps the New Orleans vibe alive on Sunday, joined by fine jazz groups led by Vijay Iyer, Danilo Perez and Gary Burton among others. Look here for the full Newport Jazz rundown.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue also join the jam-band crowd flocking to Bridgeport, Conn., for the annual Gathering of the Vibes. That weekend-long fest at Seaside Park also features John Fogerty, Widespread Panic (who have collaborated in the past), Umphrey’s McGee, the Disco Biscuits (with the drummers from the Grateful Dead), moe., Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Dispatch and Ziggy Marley. Here’s the full schedule.

Dispatch (which has headlined Boston’s major arenas) and Edward Sharpe & his Magnetic Zeros also serve as headliners for the two-day inaugural Nantucket Music Festival. Steel Pulse and Ben Taylor head the rest of the bill joining Dispatch on Saturday while Guster and Entrain join Sunday’s bill at Tom Nevers Field overlooking the Atlantic. Here’s the lowdown on the biggest fest to hit the Islands in some time.

Of course there are other non-festival concerts to consider. David Gray returns to croon at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion and Mark Eitzel from American Music Club graces Johnny D’s Uptown while KISS (with a moving spider-like lighting rig) and Def Leppard rock a double bill at the Xfinity Center on Friday. Plus pop songbird Katy Perry stages her wild wardrobe party at TD Garden on Friday and Saturday. Saturday also brings emotive R&B singer Keyshia Cole to House of Blues, which explodes Sunday with the return of the ’90s hip-hop group Jurassic 5, a vaulted mix of MCs and DJs that include Cut Chemist.

Finally, for my Thursday throwback, with the James Brown biopic “Get On Up” hitting theaters, here’s the Godfather of Soul’s full 1968 Boston Garden concert the night after Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. To quell riots, Mayor Kevin White had WGBH-TV broadcast the event and made a passionate onstage plea for peace at the start, while Brown did his part to cool the situation when people from the crowd climbed up and police tried to step in. And then there’s the performance itself!

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