Weekend Ideas: December 12, 2014


Holiday preparations include some cool live music this weekend. Boston’s the last stop in a banner year of touring for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, a year in which slide guitar ace Derek Trucks put the Allman Brothers Band in his rearview mirror. Especially given singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi’s local roots, the married couple’s 11-piece soul/roots group promises a hearty celebration on Friday and Saturday at House of Blues. Tickets are scarce, the Friday show will be webcast, and both nights promise special guest openers not to be revealed until show time. Also expect mid-set “unplugged” segments along the lines of this TTB take on a Rolling Stones tune.

Meanwhile, across town in Arlington on Friday, the Regent Theatre hosts its Rock ‘N’ Soul Holiday Concert. That annual local extravaganza features the bluesy James Montgomery Band, soul shouter Barrence Whitfield, rock vets the Fools and Charlie Farren, Cars keyboardist/ukulele songman Greg Hawkes, surf-rockers Tsunami of Sound and Gary Hoey, and dream-pop newcomers All Eyes on Me.

On Saturday, World Music/CRASHarts presents the edgy, eclectic jazz of the Brad Mehldau Trio at the Berklee Performance Center. The pianist will be performing with his empathetic, long-term trio of bassist Larry Genadier and drummer Jeff Ballad, bending originals and standards known to include tunes by Radiohead or this one by Sufjan Stevens. Indie-rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars also pull into the Brighton Music Hall the same night behind their new album LOSE, where the group delves into nostalgic echoes of their New Jersey upbringing.

Even if you didn’t catch Lisa Fischer’s prominent role in “20 Feet from Stardom,” the Oscar-winning documentary about popular backup vocalists, you’ve possibly seen Fischer perform with the Rolling Stones or Nine Inch Nails. Now the versatile singer’s hitting Scullers Jazz Club under her own name, as Fischer fronts Grand Baton for Saturday and Sunday shows that mix rock, jazz and R&B.

Sunday’s also the night for star-studded casts. On the mainstream national pop stage, there’s the KISS 108 Jingle Ball at the TD Garden with Iggy Azalea (and her “Fancy” friend Charli XCX), 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Jessie J, Lil Jon and the locally launched Meghan Trainor and Keisza.  And downtown at the Revere Hotel, stars of the local scene represent at the 2014 Boston Music Awards, which includes performances from Will Dailey, Dutch ReBelle (August’s Improper music issue covergal), Johnny A, Tigerman WOAH, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents, Goddamn Draculas, STL GLD, Dan Blakeslee , Creaturos and Sidewalk Driver.

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