Wednesday, August 13, 2008

WED 8/13: Free Hoedown, Classical, Blues & Rock

Boston Public Garden
It looks like all the items below don't cost anything. Five (maybe 4...) free options on a Wednesday. Wow. How do you like that!

Okay, a hoedown isn't my cup of tea... I'm not saying you should go square dancing tonight, but it's available. Remember, you can show up in the middle and/or stay as long as you like.

Isn't great to just have a sunny day?


WED 8/13

5pm to 8pm
Union Square Urban Hoedown
at Union Sq Plaza, Somerville (nexus of Somerville Ave, Washington St , Bow St)

And now for something completely different... There is going to be square-dancing in Union Sq. ("Union Square dancing"?) Dennis McCormack, a real square-dancing caller, will lead all of the good ol' boys, down-home girls, and all flat foots, two left feets, or whatever city folks might mosey down. This might be easier than you think

Show up anytime; lessons will be ongoing and dances will stop and start periodically. No partner no problem. All ages and experiences welcome!
WED 8/13

Boston Landmarks Orchestra, "Inspired Classics"
at Hatch Shell, Charles River Esplanade, Storrow Dr, Boston

Aren't we lucky to live in Boston and have so much free orchestral music! Tonight's program consists of:

Mozart's "Overture to Abduction from the Seraglio" and "Violin Concerto No. 3, K. 216 in G major" (all 3 movements), Haydn's "Symphony No. 94 in G Major" (aka -- spoiler alert -- "Surprise Symphony"), and a new work called "John Adams: The Voice Heard 'Round the World" that includes a narration about you-know-who and his involvement with guess-what...

The rain location is the Church of the Covenant, but it's not going to rain tonight.

WED 8/13

Jeremy Lyons
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass. Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Cambridge-via-New-Orleans bluesman with local friends (some very talented friends). Cover shouldn't be more than $5, if anything.

WED 8/13

The Motion Sick (11pm), Leesa (10:15pm), Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling (9:45pm), Joe Kowan (9pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
FREE / 21+

Looks like these bands form a Counterfolk Collective. I don't know how strongly I can endorse this show. I stand by my great admiration for The Motion Sick, but it's the first public debuts of two projects: Leesa and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling. They've been in other bands (Singer Michael of The Motion Sick plays bass in Do Not Forsake...) Joe Kowan has a some interesting lyrics, but I'm not in the mood for a whole set of him -- but YOU might be. Hey -- you can watch the game near Fenway and get some free music afterwards.

Night #2 of The Motion Sick residency theme is "Arthur Ashe" Wednesday.

WED 8/13 & THUR 8/14

Jake La Botz
(WED) at 21 Nickels, 21 Nichols Ave, Watertown
(THUR) at Brendan Behan, 378 Centre St, Jamaica Plain

Thanks to Jim Sullivan, I saw this guy in town. This bluesy troubadour (and part-time movie actor -- e.g. singing mercenary in "Rambo") is on a tour of tattoo parlors, but he's playing clubs in Boston. Check out his music; it's damn good!

Haven't heard of 21 Nickels? It's one of the locations in this funny Boston clip from The Daily Show (2004) with Rob Corddry.

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