Weekend Ideas: December 26, 2014


Christmas barely fades in the rear-view mirror before the Mighty Mighty Bosstones kick into their traditional Hometown Throwdown with three nights at House of Blues this weekend. It could be the ska-punk heroes’ last local shows before opening for Foo Fighters at Fenway Park next summer, and Dicky Barrett and the Bosstones especially sweeten the pot on Friday with Fishbone and Sunday with Andrew W.K. as part of their supporting casts.

Friday also sports seasoned local folk-rocker Melissa Ferrick at Club Passim. And the Lizard Lounge keeps busy with eclectic jazz/groove collective Club D’elf on Friday (with a lineup that includes guitarist Randy Roos and keyboardist Alain Mallet) and soul-rocker Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters on Saturday with notable Martha’s Vineyard cohort Willy Mason as an opener.

Sunday rounds out with a pair of troubadours of different ages and audience. The venerable Tom Rush resurrects memories of his old Club 47 days with his annual Symphony Hall show, this year featuring vocal trio Red Molly and sax hotshot Grace Kelly among his guests. And Northampton favorite Stephen Kellogg brings his folk-pop craft to Somerville’s Arts at the Armory, juggling the song list on his Every Night’s A Little Different Tour.

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