Category Archives: Music

Boston Pops 2013 holiday season opens tonight

Keith Lockhart

2013 Holiday Season: December 4-24th

Tonight the Boston Pops open for their first holiday performance of the 2013 season.  The concert series will run through December 24th. Holiday Pops is one of the most popular seasonal traditions and although I do not have plans to attend performances this seasons, it is a magnificent show. Tickets have been on sale so availability is limited but you may purchase tickets here.

Below is a clip from the 2010 Boston Pops Holiday season.  It gives you an idea of what to expect if you’ve never attended this Boston tradition before.

Play me I’m yours

Starting in late September 75 pianos were placed around Boston to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Celebrity Series of Boston. Today The Boston Globe posted this time-lapsed video that shows some of those pianos. Makes me miss having those pianos around.

Theater Offensive presents Jomama Jones * RADIATE

Theater OffensiveThe Theater Offensive presents, Jomama Jones, the 1970s soul-singing, stiletto-strutting, sequin-studded superstar, for a comeback concert filled with stories and songs.  Jomama will take you on a journey of self-discovery using original pop, R&B, and rock music.  Act quickly because there are only four shows in Boston at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, starting this Thursday.

Jomama Jones Radiate

November 14-16
Thu. 7:30pm  -  Fri. 8pm  - Sat. 2pm & 8pm
Hibernian Hall, Roxbury

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi LauperCyndi Lauper is in town performing at the Wang Theatre later tonight, celebrating the 30th anniversary of her debut album, She’s So Unusual.  I finally saw Cyndi Lauper when she came to Boston a few years ago on the first True Colors tour in 2007 and she was fantastic.  If you didn’t get tickets to see Ms. Lauper, you’ll have to settle for this video of one of my favorite songs from that album.

BosGuy does the Donkey Show at Oberon

Oberon Theater Donkey ShowLast Saturday Sergio and I joined those crazy kids over at The Welcoming Committee (TWC) at The Donkey Show at the Oberon Theater in Harvard Square.  How would I describe this show? An absolute blast. The 90-minute show flew by so fast I couldn’t believe it was over and we stayed a bit longer to keep dancing to the porn-stached DJ who continued to play one disco classic after another.

Donkey Show at The Oberon

I will admit going with TWC probably added an energy to our show that may be lacking on a random Saturday night (The Donkey Show takes place every Saturday), but it was still an absolute blast and something I’d encourage people to check out.Donkey Show at Oberon Theater

Arts Week Boston: Xylograph Your Xylophone

Art Week BostonNot joining Sergio and I at The Donkey Show tonight? You may want to check out this program from Arts Week Boston:  Xylograph Your Xylophone.

Hosted at the Audio Concepts Experience Center at 870 Commonwealth Avenue. The program runs from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and is $20.13.  The fee helps pay for beverages, food and additional materials.

About Xylograph your Xylophone: Furniture maker, Ray Bachand of 60nobscot has combined two of his exceptional talents – woodworking and music – to create a memorable evening for people looking to do something different. During the course of the evening each participant will make a xylophone and learn to play it. Of course wine, canapés, and music will help fuel your creative inspiration.  
 
 

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is today

Boston Music FestivalThis is the 13th year that Berklee School of Music has hosted the BeanTown Jazz Festival. The Festival is  a giant (FREE) block party that attracts 70,000+ people.

The fun starts at Noon and runs through 6 PM on Columbus Avenue between Mass Ave and Burke Street in the South End.

For more information visit www.beantownjazz.org.

Play me I’m yours

Celebrity SeriesPlay Me, I’m Yours is an arts project by artist Luke Jerram that has been touring the world since 2008, and starting today the program comes to Boston. Seventy-five pianos have been installed throughout the city with the invitation to Play Me, I’m Yours!

Curious where you can find these street pianos?  Check out this street map.

Join me at The Donkey Show on Saturday

TheaterThis 90-minute show that takes the audience on “the ultimate disco experience” is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The show occurs every Saturday night at the Oberon Theater in Harvard Square, but I want you to join me this Saturday because I’ll be attending my very first Donkey Show.

Thanks to The Welcoming Committee who has worked a deal via the gay mafia, you too can score a wicked awesome discount and get tickets for as little as $20.   Enter code “TWCpineapples” and you will get a $15.00 discount (they’ll even waive the service fees).

Join me at my very first Donkey Show and Get Your Tickets Here.

Here’s a little something to get you in the mood.

Free MixFest concert today at Hatch Shell

MixFest 2013 BostonBoston’s pop radio music station, Mix 104.1, is hosting their annual free birthday bash down at the Hatch Shell today.  No plans? Head on down.

Schedule of Performances:

4:15PM                MIX’s 15 Seconds of Fame Winner

4:25PM                Gavin DeGraw

5:45PM                Backstreet Boys

6:45PM                Of Monsters and Men

More information about Saturday’s free concert is available here.

The 30 ultimate Madonna singles

MadonnaIn honor of the fact that this weekend marks the 30th anniversary of Madonna’s first hit song, “Holiday”, Boston Globe writer, Scott Kearnan, has written a tribute post, The 30 Ultimate Madonna Singles.

It would be tough for me to decide what would be in my top 30 list but the very fact that she has more than 30 legitimate hits is a testament to her longevity and success as a performing artist.  I can’t think of a significant milestone in my life that occurred without Madonna’s music somewhere there in the background; it is probably why she’ll go down as my favorite artist of all time.

MixFest 2013 Saturday, September 14th

MixFest 2013Pop music radio station, MIX 104.1, has announced their line up for this year’s free concert which takes place this Saturday at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell along the Esplanade.

Schedule of Performances:

4:15PM                MIX’s 15 Seconds of Fame Winner

4:25PM                Gavin DeGraw

5:45PM                Backstreet Boys

6:45PM                Of Monsters and Men

More information about Saturday’s free concert is available here.

Boston music festivals in September

With the start of the academic year, the city of Boston has come back to life with an influx of tens of thousands of college and graduate students. In the weeks that follow a series of free music concerts / festivals will take place.  Here are a few you may want to check out.
Boston CallingFollowing the success of the first Boston Calling Music Festival in May, a second show, featuring 18 artists / bands over two days returns to City Hall Plaza on Saturday, September 7th and 8th.

More information about the artists / bands can be found on their website, www.bostoncalling.com.

Boston Pot FestivalAlthough The Boston Freedom Rally on The Boston Common is all about legalizing marijuana, there is more than just a haze of pot to take in at this two day festival on September 14th and 15th.

Venture down to The Boston Common and check out the more than a dozen bands that will perform.

Details about the two day rally and music acts can be found on the organizer’s website, masscann.org.

Boston Music FestivalThe Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival celebrates its 13th season.

Head down to the South End on Saturday, September 28th along Columbus Avenue between Mass Ave and Burke Street in the South End from noon to 6 PM  to check out this festival.

Outdoor performances are open to the public and free of charge.  More information about the artists / bands can be found on their website, http://www.beantownjazz.org.

Gilt City: Better than Backstage party this Friday

Boston CallingThe massively successful two-day music festival, Boston Calling, that was hosted this past May returns to City Hall this weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

To celebrate the return of the music festival, Gilt City is hosting a kick off party called Better Than Backstage the night before on  Friday, September 6th at Royale, located at 279 Tremont Street in Boston.

Friday, Sept 6th at Royale  7:30 – 10:30 PM

The Gilt City party looks to be a lot of fun and will include cocktails and bites, as well as great music that includes a live performance by cult indie-rock favorite Okkervil River, who will also be performing at the festival on Saturday.

Purchase your tickets in advance here.

Street Pianos Boston: Play Me I’m Yours

Celebrity Series How cool is this?  Starting on Friday, September 27th 75 pianos will be installed in public locations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville and made available for anyone to play.  The “Street Pianos Boston: Play Me I’m Yours” public piano installation by British artist Luke Jerram will commemorate the 75th season of the Celebrity Series of Boston.  The pianos will be hosted from Friday, Sept. 27 through Monday, Oct. 14, and local artists and community-based organizations will decorate the pianos.

More about the Street Pianos Boston: Play Me I’m Yours public art installation program can be read here.