There is still plenty of time and a bunch of cheap free detours to enjoy the day. Some are listed below.
Boston Massacre Reenactment
outside Old State House, 206 Washington St, Boston (Govt Center)
Young people at 2pm; adults at 7pm.
The reenactment might be different than what you remember from history class, but this is where it happened -- and pretty close to what actually went down.
Even though the kids at 11am and 2pm might have a better chance of screwing up and making it really funny, this is one of those Boston things to experience.
Nervous Eaters (Midnight), Lyres (10:45pm), Satin Kittens (10pm), Port Charles Quintet (9pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$10 / 21+
Do you remember the Nervous Eaters? Neither do I -- not in the "Down at The Rat in '77" kind of way -- but I know these guys are one of the original Boston garage-punks and they have more killer songs than "Loretta".
As long as Jeff "Monoman" Connolly is pounding the Farfisa keyboard and shaking a tambourine, the mercurial rock genius has the potential to blow you away. There have been nights where I've been pissed off, but isn't that exciting when hearing a prince of Boston garage.
One band that never disappointed me was The Prime Movers. A big chunk of that band including the singer and drummer are part of the Port Charles Quintet and they still blast away in a way that reminds me of Guided By Voices, except they were just influenced by similar stuff as GBV.
The Satin Kittens are a perfect time to have a smoke break, grab a drink, use the loo, make a long-distance phone call, etc.
Deva Mahal/Fredrick's Brown
at The Beehive, 541 Tremont St, Boston (South End)
The very best New York/New Zealand soul-jazz band of all time come to Boston almost on a monthly basis, and the Beehive usually gives you 2 chances to see them for free. (Consider the South End premium on drink prices as the cover charge.)
I know I'm out the only one loves Deva Mahal's divine voice over the funky jams. This is the kind of soulful music that could have wide appeal yet there's enough substance that you stand up proud to love it.
I will keep on telling you it's worth going to a high-end basement that might not be totally comfortable for you to hear some great tunes.