Weekend Music Ideas: June 29, 2018

Umphrey's McGee, Frank Turner, Chris Stapleton, Ry Cooder and more.


Hot shows for a weekend with comparable weather. British folk-punk phenom Frank Turner played Agganis Arena last year, but this time he’s breaking it back down with six club shows at Royale, concluding Friday through Monday with his band the Sleepless Souls (and lots of great openers, including the Hotelier on Sunday). Turner’s a passionate, political kind of guy, even if he’s toned it down for a more positive slant on new album Be More Kind. Also cranking in a club setting beyond the tent/festival circuit with Friday’s House of Blues date, Notre Dame-founded Umphrey’s McGee (pictured) has sealed its reputation as a jam-band that stretches from funky grooves and prog-rock twists to metal-like intensity with airtight chops and a light show to match. But the band also fills this year’s complementary albums It’s Not Us and It’s You with chunky shorter tunes.

Ryles Jazz Club has graced Inman Square with music for four decades of magical nights, including Pat Metheny’s star-studded jazz gigs in the upstairs room. But this is unfortunately Ryles’ last weekend, with Soul City kicking it on Friday, as the venue’s aging owners shift full attention to the S&S Restaurant across the street. When pianist Geri Allen died last year, it left former trio mates Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington to find another foil and they do it in their new trio Ten with trumpeter Nicholas Payton at Scullers Jazz Club on Saturday.

There’s also action beyond the city’s borders. You can hit the Berkshires on Friday when Ray LaMontagne (who makes his home out that way) and Neko Case follow last weekend’s shows at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion with a night on the field at MASS MoCA’s marvelous museum in North Adams. Boz Scaggs gives the smooth and spicy lowdown at the Cape Cod Music Circus on Friday and at Lowell Summer Music’s Boarding House Park on Saturday. And earthy country journeyman turned superstar Chris Stapleton heads a bill with Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb at Mansfield’s Xfinity Center on Saturday. And Sunday offers another Berkshires treat when guitarist and roots afficianado Ry Cooder (whose resume ranges from the Rolling Stones to the Buena Vista Social Club) plays Tanglewood behind his latest album The Prodigal Son. And back in town, Barenaked Ladies play Blue Hills Bank Pavilion that same night.

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