After some internet connectivity issues, we're back. You don't don't have to go to the MFA for cheap Monday fun.
If you feel like going to Marshfield today, there is a Native American Spring Planting Moon Pow-Wow & Crafts Festival ($5 or less). Who knows why, but the details are in a Word file on their site.
For those interested in finding a nearby Memorial Day celebration, scroll down at Boston Events Insider to find an extensive list of municipal events.
SUN 5/27 (and MON 5/28)
at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$10 per day
Sunday -- 12:45pmSunday Schedule:
Monday -- Noon
12:45pm -- Beth DeSombre, Rick Drost, Rick Gottlieb, Ryan AlvanosOver the next 2 days Passim still has a bunch of folk, bluegrass, blues, and rock acts for the majority of the day. One doesn't even have to spend 11 hours to get your money's worth. Pick a section and enjoy a handful or two of fine music.
2:15pm -- Bewilderbeast
3pm -- Oen Kennedy, Tom Smith, Kim Jennings, Levi Schmidt, Dan Cloutier
5pm -- April Bender
5:45pm -- The Pretty Darns
6:30pm -- Hannah & Maggie
7:15pm -- Hannah Sanders & Liz Simmons
8pm -- Ariel Rubin, Rhianna Larocque, Kerri Lowe
9:15pm -- The Greg Hawkes Ukulele Trio
10pm -- Dave Champagne, Lloyd Thayer, Patrick Coman, Brian Webb
No actual open fire, but lots of good tunes.
Open House & Performance
at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge
2pm to 5pm -- Bigelow Open HouseStrange as it sounds, Mount Auburn Cemetery is a nice place to visit even if you don't want stay there...
4pm to 5:30pm -- Ray Lam & Yelena Beriyeva
They have tours, and I took a 1-day photography class there. The landscaping and sculpture is beautiful, and quite a few famous people are buried there.
There is a Memorial Day Service on Saturday -- and you can visit anytime -- but Sunday has a couple diversions that should enhance a visit like being able to walk around the usually closed Bigelow Chapel (built 1846) and a performance of works for clarinet & piano.
"Poetic Convergence": Boston Poetry Slam
at Forsyth Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave, Jamaica Plain
Feat: Simone Beaubien
Despite no mention on Boston Poetry Slam's or Simone Beaubien's internet presences, they've been on the Forest Hills for month's. This is actually the last of a monthly poetry series, and it's like a little bit of Wednesday night Cambridge in Sunday afternoon JP. Except it's a chapel instead of a dive bar basement.
Like Mt Auburn Cemetery, it's a rather beautiful walk through the grounds. And don't forget the shortcut from Forest Hills T via Tower Street.
Roy Sludge Trio
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
Last year, Sludge released a kick-ass country CD with a good dose of wit called "Too Drunk To Truck", and the songs go from there.
The trio is joined by Kevin Barry who'll likely sit in on lap steel guitar to kick up the good ol' honky-tonking quotient up another notch.
Unlike most gigs at Radio, kids are allowed to be there when accompanied by adult.
at Creative Co-Op, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston (South End)
FREE w/ RSVP
One is taking a chance when attending an original play, but there are some promising indications.
It's a detective-noir story described as "half David Lynch, half Dashiell Hammett, a dash of the existential" that also features a live musical score (and some cinema elements).
The play is probably about 30 minutes long, and a musical performance follows from the play's composer Jonathan Sibha.
There might even be complimentary beer and coffee...
RSVP is requested.
Sea Monsters (10pm), The Franks (8:30pm)
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
After playing every Sunday for years at Precinct, the Sea Monsters revive the soul-rock party on most 3-day weekends.
Maybe it's the centuries of repression, but there are more soulful singers from Ireland than you'd expect from the very pale inhabitants. (No offense intended towards anyone.) Christian McNeill is definitely one of the good ones, and this may be my favorite of his many projects.
(This might be the last Sea Monsters/Precinct gig until Labor Day...)
Dietrich Strause Band
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)
If you can grab a stool or a chair, it's easy to spend any night at Toad with pints and rootsy tunes. Singer-songwriter Strause and band will lay down a folky alternative to Passim's campfire that leads you into Memorial Day weekend.
"Legends Live Forever"
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$10 / 21+
Feat: Clockwork & DJ Dex
Hosted by Mark Merren & Jamal Rahman
Kudos for giving Dorchester's Donna Summer a prominent position on the flyer that includes Whitney, Michael, Tupac or Biggie. I get the feeling is that Robin Gibb won't get too much tribute time in a night dedicated to artists that have passed on...
I think this is one of those Memorial Weekend gigs that may not be on the radar, but it could be a fun gig with a variety of singers and emcees with house band Clockwork.