It's not too late to enjoy early Saturday cheapness.
I might try seeing The Baseball Project at the House of Blues this afternoon. On one hand, "Two's company, and free's a crowd." On the other hand, how many people are going to leave their spot at the Cask 'n Flagon?
7:30pm to 11pm
Tango By Moonlight
at Weeks Memorial Footbridge, Memorial Dr & DeWolfe St, Harvard Sq
As usual, they'll start with brief tango lesson for the first 15 minutes or so, then you can try for as long as you like until the tango stymies you and dancing and sway in your own style.
It's a fun time with and without a partner, since you can usually find a partner or two. Perhaps the spirit will move you. I've gone several times over the years, and it's always a good time.
Date night material? Add dinner, and you've got a classic combination. If not tonight, there are more moons and tangos through October.
Greg Klyma & Amy Kucharik
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)
Klyma and Kucharik are both clever singer-songwriters on their own. They've been combining their wonder-song powers on the road, and these kooky kids want to share some some tunes and time with a hometown crowd. I've listened to both on a few occasions, and it should be a fun time.
"Exclamation Point! 10": FILMSTOCK
at Fort Point Theatre Channel, 10 Channel Center St, Boston (Fort Point)
Maybe you want to see the 'promo video' to get you interested. There will be about 10 short films to see, and I imagine that many of the filmmakers live in Fort Point. It should be kinda cool to hang out in some space in a Fort Point alley.
Even if you don't go, you might enjoy knowing that a play called "It Always Rains When John Cusack Is in Anguish" that will be performed as well.
Eric Martin & The Illyrians, Darling Pet Munkee, The 360's
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 21+
Tonight's show was initially going to be part of a 2-night 'hootenanny' featuring Johnny Angel making a rare visit back to Boston where he made his mark in several bands.
He had to cancel at the last minute due to illness, but the show goes on with all the other bands scheduled to appear.
Like last night's show, the lineup has a good mix of bands that still makes sense together. The 360's were kind of a big deal around the time when Boston was home to bands Buffalo Tom, Letters To Cleo, The Dambuilders. They're so old-school that I couldn't find a MySpace page for them that even classic garage-rockers Eric Martin & The IIIyrians have. Another blog has a link to download their "Illuminated" album.
A band with better online savvy is Darling Pet Munkee which combines the bass-drum duo Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling with killer guitarist Cathy Capozzi of Axemunkee. The result is possibly my favorite Epstein project: the songs are often about things sold in old comic books, the band is rocking out, and there is more character in Micheal Epstein's vocals to match the tunes.
Expect an appearance from dancers including Porcelain Dalya who appeared in their "Creature Double Feature" videos.
OC45, Lenny Lashley, Blind Tigers, The Scars
at The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$8 / 21+
The guys in OC45 punk out in a good, fun romp with a little bit of ska thrown in. They've been on the road for over a month, and there's no place like home to finish. The hardcore Blind Tigers and Boston street-punks The Scars maintain the loud 'n fast. At some point, former Darkbuster frontman Lenny Lashley will be a guy with an acoustic guitar.
Accordion/guitarist Matt Charette is going toplay between sets.
Triple Thick, Royal Wedding, Thick Shakes, Fat Creeps
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
$7-ish / 21+
If there was any thought behind the cover charge, it would be $7. It's 7/7, and the Thick Shakes are releasing their cassingle "French Dyppe" (like the 'sandwych'?) with Aurora 7 Records. If this garage-rock isn't thick enough, Triple Thick lays on a loud, fuzzy mess. For a little variety, Fat Creeps add some surfy flavor and Royal Wedding is a ragged, angular package of rock.
at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
One Friday or Saturday night in Central Square, you may impress those in your company by suggesting the free half-hour comedy show. It could be stand-ups or improv or a combination of the two.
I assume wine and beer will be on sale, so why not get a change of atmosphere. There is plenty of time to go somewhere else before last call...