Weekend Music Ideas: June 9, 2017

Jack Johnson, Nick Cave, George Clinton, Pat Metheny and more.


Summer’s finally on the doorstep. Bonnaroo’s revving up in Tennessee, weather folks are saying 90 degrees for Sunday, and this weekend’s full of local concert options – so let’s just spill out a bunch with recent videos. Psychobilly veteran the Rev. Horton Heat wraps up a two-night stand at Once Ballroom on Friday, while the same night brings Jack Johnson’s mellow grooves (with welcome but oddly placed opener Lake Street Dive) to the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, British blues legend John Mayall to the Cabot in Beverly, and Canada’s darkly cinematic and bluesy-in-a-different-way Timber Timbre to the Sinclair here in Cambridge.

In turn, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds hit town on Saturday in the wake of last year’s eerily somber Skeleton Tree, made after the death of the singer’s son, though one of rock’s most cathartic live bands should draw from their full catalog at the Boch Center Wang Theatre. Also on Saturday, Mary Timony will revisit the repertoire of her great ’90s Boston band Helium, backed by members of the band Hospitality, at the Sinclair. Boston’s current reigning voice Ruby Rose Fox plays an early show at Brighton Music Hall the same night, while brass cheer-leader Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue kick off 2017’s Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park and Parliament Funkadelic maestro George Clinton gets funky at the Cabot.

Sunday doesn’t stop. Eccentric alt-rockers Ween, co-led by Aeron “Gene Ween” Freeman and Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo, turn up the roses at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, jazz guitar great Pat Metheny (pictured) brings his latest group (drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Linda Oh and British keyboardist Gwilym Simcock) to the Wilbur Theatre, and punk veterans the Dwarves resurface at Thunder Road on a bill with powdered-wig rockers the Upper Crust.

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