Fall is here and the tree’s in Boston Common are starting to turn and show their colors. The college students are back so all the clubs and pubs are hopping. Where are you going this weekend? Here are some weekend suggestions for you.
The New England Music Awards, Last Band Standing, continues with night 5 at Olympia’s Zorba Music Hall, 439 Market Street in Lowell, on Friday, September 25. There will be 6 bands competing on this night, they are: Black & Blue Morning, blindspot, Carissa Johnson, Hunter, Melt, and Tribal Wisdom. Find ALL these bands on Facebook for more info. Admission: $10 at the door.
Satch Romano celebrates 20 years of blues jams at the House of Blues Foundation Room, 15 Lansdowne Street in Boston on Friday, September 25. HOB Foundation Room Blues Jam host Gary Bernath & The Lights Out Blues Band asked Romano to be the featured guest at this monthly jam. Romano is well known in Boston blues circles as he has hosted weekly blues jams since 1995. There will be many of Romano’s friends joining in as well as his Mighty HouseRockers. Admission is FREE.
The Jasper Hill Cafe & Bistro, 770 Washington Street in Holliston has a very special guest, Robin Lane, on Friday, September 25. Lane has had a successful musical career as a solo artist and with her band, Robin Lane & The Chartbusters, who released the hit song, “When Things Go Wrong” in the early 80’s. She’ll be sharing her personal stories from the days that she collaborated and lived with, Neil Young and hung out with Janis Joplin. This show will benefit her charity, Songbird Sings, whose mission is to transform those silenced by domestic violence, sexual exploitation, post traumatic stress disorder, childhood abuse, war, and incarceration. Through songwriting and creative collaboration, participants find the key to their own healing. Seating is limited so call: (774)233-0853
Maybe you’d like something more laid back for Friday night. Annie Brobst will be performing with her acoustic duo at the Biltmore Bar and Grill, 125 Chestnut Street in Newton. Brobst will be doing a selection of her original tunes as well as covers with Rodger Hagopian. Brobst says, “Most of my of songs pertain to events that have happened in my own life.” Examiner caught up with Brobst recently at the Marshfield Fair, Country Music Day, where she performed with her full band. Find Brobst on Facebook for upcoming dates and more info.
On Saturday, September 26, it’s the Sunshine New England Music & Arts Festival, at Green Acres, Route 20, in Brimfield. The Festival was created to raise awareness of the varied lifestyle choices available to achieve optimum health for ourselves and to promote education of best practices for sustainable living and care for our planet. Also, by promoting happy and optimistic attitudes, organic and nutritious food, and environmentally friendly green initiatives. There will be some great bands performing all day, food vendors, and a wine and beer garden. The band line up: The Moonshine Devils, Astro Sasquatch, Secret Sage, The Cosmic Factory, Gov’t Surplus, New Pilot, Jabooda, and Lobsterz from Marz. Find these bands on Facebook for more info. Admission: $30
There’s a tribute to the Band at Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club, 17 Holland Street in Somerville on Saturday, September 26. You’ll experience the power and excitement of The Band’s legendary concerts, documented in the Martin Scorcese film, The Last Waltz. They’ll be singing many of the hit songs, The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down, Up on Cripple Creek, Stage Fright and others. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Grab tickets at the door.
On Saturday, September 26, the Esplanade Association will be celebrating, Moondance After Dark, the party portion of the annual Moondance Gala. The party will be held under white tents on the banks of the Charles River Esplanade. It will be a night of dancing, socializing and celebrating the park! All proceeds benefit the Esplanade Association’s work to enhance and restore the Charles River Esplanade. For tickets: http://www.esplanadeassociation.org/events-2/upcoming-events/moondance-g…
The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street in Arlington has the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra on Saturday, 26. This is a huge 10 vocalist band that covers the classic 70’s music of the British rock bands: Bowie, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and the Who. Tickets available at the door or call: (781)646-4849