Each week, Examiner picks some of the weekend happenings in and around town. Whether you like country, rock & roll or blues, we’re Boston and we do have it all!
It’s that time of year again, the Marshfield Fair takes place from August 21-30, and the entertainment, family friendly activities, games, prizes, and music are terrific. The music line up includes a country favorite, the ever popular Houston Bernard Band. Talk about swagger, this guy’s got it! Other artists include: Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Reminisce, Old Dominion, Kristen Merlin, Smokin Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, and Mike Zito and the Wheel. Other activities include a demolition derby, motorcross and a truck pulling contest. Also, there’s a Children’s Day sponsored by McDonald’s and a Senior Day sponsored by Sullivan Tire this year. It’s Steven Tyler territory, so don’t be surprised to see Boston’s rock star walking the grounds. Visit the Marshfield Fair on Facebook for more details. Contact the Marshfield Fair here for more info: (781) 834-6629
On Friday, August 21, it’s the new Boston based band, Way Up South, at the Church of Boston, 69 Kilmarnock Street in Boston. Way Up South is an improvisational Southern style rock band, made up of five seasoned musicians. Much of their music is original but they also play covers from the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Little Feat and some others. Find Way Up South on Facebook. Contact for ticket info: (617) 236-7600
The New England Music Awards night concert series is at Olympia’s Zorba Music Hall, 439 Market Street in Lowell on Friday, August 21. The music begins at 8:30 p.m. with five bands including: The Party Band, The Primate Fiasco, Slam Kitchen, Lux, and Spooky Ghosts. It will be a night of pure cosmic bop and heavy space jams. Contact the Music Hall for more info: (978) 569-7233
Loretta’s Last Call, 1 Lansdowne Street in Boston has country singer, song writer, Tim Charron on Friday, August 21. Charron is a well traveled country music recording artist who last September, opened for Bret Michaels at Indian Ranch. Find Charron on iTunes, and Facebook. Contact Loretta’s here: (617) 421-9595
The Jugghead Band hits Cambridge on Friday, August 21 at The Plough and Stars, 912 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. This six piece Boston based band play roots and soul music. Find them on Facebook for more band info. Contact the venue for more info: (617) 576-0032
On Saturday, August 22, although it’s not yet ski season, head on over to the Nashoba Valley Ski Area for a great DAY of blues and brews. It’s the 2015 BluesnBrews Festival, 79 Powers Road, in Westford from 12 – 7 p.m. There will be five amazing blues bands and samples of 100 different beers. (Drink water in between). The music line up includes: Ben Knight, sax player Vanessa Collier, Joanne Shaw Taylor, The Racky Thomas Band, and headlining, Selwin Birchwood. This is a family friendly day so bring your kids, chairs, but don’t pack a lunch. You can get it all there! There’s BBQ and twenty food vendors ready to feed your appetites. Call for more info on this event: (978)692-3033.
Country band, Thirty 6 Red will be at the Plainridge Park Casino, 301 Washington Street in Plainville on Saturday, August 22. This band is all country and they keep everyone out on the dance floor. They even throw prizes out to the audience throughout their show. Call for more info:
Charlie Farren will be performing at the Stillness Powered Barn, at Helene’s Stables, 435 Martin’s Pond in Groton on Saturday, August 22. Farren came on to the Boston music scene in the 1980’s as lead vocalist for the Joe Perry Project. A few years later, Farren formed the band Farrenheit with former Joe Perry Project bandmate, bassist David Hull and drummer John Muzzy. Now Farren is doing solo work with his recent releases, Deja Blue and Tuesday.
At the Stillness Powered Barn, you will be able to try meditation and yoga, and experience the feeling of stillness. It’s family friendly with many activities for kids including horse back riding and farm petting goats. Call for more info and registration: (978) 272-1339
Liz Tobias, pianist and vocalist, will be at the Beehive, 541 Tremont Street in Boston on Saturday, August 22, with her quartet. The band is: Mark walker on drums, Fernando Huergo on bass, and Caio Afiune on guitar. They will explore the music of Brazil at this show as well as a few of the great composers. Tobias is a jazz musician who recieved her doctorate from the New England Conservatory of Music. Find Tobias on Facebook. Contact the Beehive for ticket information on this event: (617)423-0069