Weekend Ideas: July 16, 2015


The free Outside the Box Festival has taken over Boston Common this week — without the sweltering weather of its 2013 debut. And it’s finishing strong with country upstart Kacey Musgraves headlining on Friday, Boston boys-done-good Guster on Saturday (much warmer than on the band’s tribute day in January, when Guster busked outside an Allston donut shot) and a Sunday rich with local notables like Ruby Rose Fox, Air Traffic Controller, Will Dailey and Bad Rabbits. And that’s not including all the other bands, dance and theater offered at this multi-stage fest. Here’s the full OTB schedule, and may I remind you, it’s free!

There’s also free live music by great local acts to absorb at Somerville’s ArtBeat Festival, capped on Friday night by Club d’elf with Duke Levine, while Saturday afternoon offers the Soft Pyramids, Eternals and Mount Peru. Here’s the whole ArtBeat schedule.

Other shows on Friday include the eclectic, swinging roots ensemble Dustbowl Revival at the Regattabar and Chris Robinson Band spreading the jam at lovely Boarding House Park for the Lowell Summer Music series north of town (after the CRB hit the South Shore last weekend for Levitate). If you’re on Cape Cod, you could check out the groovy bluesman G. Love on Friday or lively ska veterans Bim Skala Bim on Saturday at the Beachcomber in Wellfleet. And jazz singer/pianist Diana Krall getting interpretive at the South Shore Music Circus on Saturday and the Cape Cod Melody Tent on Sunday.

But the weekend’s two biggest shows come at Fenway Park with the Foo Fighters, who hit the ballpark with leader Dave Grohl performing from a crazy throne while his broken leg heals after a fall from a stage in Sweden. Here’s a clip from a recent concert where Grohl explains his escapade in a song intro. He and the Foos are showing love to Boston musicians at Fenway with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Mission of Burma opening on Saturday and the Dropkick Murphys joining Royal Blood on Sunday.

That T.T.’s swan song also continues on Friday with the Upper Crust, (the aptly named) Last Stand, the Bristols and Reid Paley, Saturday with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones (a hot ticket coming from Fenway), and Sunday with the Daily Pravda, Bearstronaut, Spirit Kid and the Sterns among the bands lining up to pay respects to that venerable Central Square club.

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