Saturday, October 09, 2010

SAT 10/9: Baseball, Honk, Talk, Rock, More

Wow, John Lennon would've been 70 today. I'll be raising a glass for you, John. Thanks for everything.


SAT 10/9 thru SUN 10/10

9am to ???
Annual 100 Innings of Baseball
at Adams Field, One Merrymount Parkway, Quincy (near Wollaston T)
FREE to watch

You're not going to see a lot of kids playing, although maybe you will. When I was younger, I never wanted to stop playing. Now in my softball league, I often wonder when we can leave for the pub.

Yes, people really will play baseball all day and all night long until they play 100 innings -- probably by Sunday afternoon.

Yes, it's for charity. No, it's not Curt Schilling's thing anymore. You can also see that they're really playing with this low-quality live feed.

SAT 10/9

12:30pm to 9pm
Honk! Festival
Around Davis Sq, Somerville

About two dozen brassy bands making good time in Davis Sq for my favorite day in Somerville.

Go today or join the parade to Harvard Square Ocktoberfest on Sunday.

SAT 10/9

John Hovorka, "The Story of Johnny Wylde": Reading & Release Party
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

John Hovorka was hot on the Boston rock scene in the '80s in The Turbines and The 2x4's. I think he lives in New York these days, but Hovorka has written a novel about a guy who was a rocker in the '80s. "Write what you know!" There is a hint of other readers, but it's an opportunity to hear some stories and drink with middle-aged rockers.

SAT 10/9

Apple Betty, The Grinds, The Nose Jobs, Andrea Gillis Band, Full Body Anchor
at Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$8 / All Ages

For those who want to rock out but don't want to wait 'til tonight, this really damn good show. Apple Betty rocks. It's the first show for The Grinds, but the players have been in various kick-ass punk bands. I'm pretty sure The Nose Jobs are a similarly formed combo. Andrea Gillis is an amazing singer with a top-notch bar band. Full Body Anchor rocks with the heft and swing you imagine from their name.

SAT 10/9

6pm to Midnight
Second Anniversary
at Bull McCabe's, 366A Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
FREE / 21+

6pm -- Kristen Ford
6:45pm -- Kevin Byrne
7:45pm -- David Johnston
8:45pm -- Shane Dunn
10pm -- Ronan Quinn Band
?? -- members of the Johnny Come Latelies
Wow, it doesn't seem like it was that long ago that Tir Na Nog was squeezed out, and the space sat empty for long while before this place opened up. I know some Nog regulars held a grudge for a while, but this place is actually a pretty good spot that's not too different. So... no harm, no foul, and a bunch of rootsy, folky celebration.

SAT 10/9

7:30pm to 8:45pm
Bach and Beyond: Music of Bach, Copland, and Finzi
at Marsh Chapel, 735 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

Bach, " Orchestral Suite in B minor, Cantata 170"
Britten, "Simple Symphony, op. 4"
Finzi, "Eclogue, op. 10"
Copland, "Quiet City"
The Marsh Chapel Collegium is a 5-piece classical ensemble of music students with a singer. Blah, blah, blah.. It's there and free. Don't fall asleep in church.

SAT 10/9

New Collisions, Spirit Kid, The Charms
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 21+

New Collisions have got something good going on, and the confidence is apparent in the songs whether you know that Greg Hawkes from The Cars played keyboards on their previous CD before they went on tour with Blondie and The B-52's. It's not all retro with these folks, but they sneak into your very easily.

The show is jam-packed like a melodic rocktopia. Who cares why The Charms have returned to share their most excellent garage-rock; we get the electric live performances. And let the big, bright powerpop in by Sprit Kid.

SAT 10/9

Township, Sidewalk Driver, Watts
at Rosebud Bar & Grill (behind Diner), 381 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$8 / 21+

Maybe some are not fully appreciated in their hometown, because Township thinks they get more love outside of Boston. Nonetheless the rock hammer will be thrown down with the Rumble-winning, straight-up rock that's big and ballsy and doesn't screw around. Sidewalk Driver fits right in by making some cool 21st-century glam-rock, and Watts got a no-nonsense approach that's rather appealing.

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