Wednesday, December 29, 2010

WED 12/29: Art, Rock, Reggae

Are we getting to that point where one either is going out on NYE or going out before and staying in on the 31st? Yes, I prefer staying in and getting plastered at someone's home; you don't have to worry about amateurs overdoing it around you.

Of course, the next two nights can be warm-ups... That said, I might post some last-minute NYE cheap options.

Do you like Dogfish Head? From 5pm to 7pm, Redbones will have about dozen more DH brews on tap downstairs besides the 60-Minute & 90-Minute IPAs. There should be free appetizers and free Dogfish Head shwag, but I've seen these 'tap takeover' nights get pretty crowded.


WED 12/29

4pm to 9:45pm
Open Wednesday Evening
at Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston (The Fens)

As I said last week:

- Wednesday evenings have been free-free-FREE for years, and no strings attached for today and next Wednesday.
- It will continue to be an inexpensive opportunity for the public to visit, but it will be a "voluntary contribution" ($20 suggested).
I'm not complaining, because the museum doesn't have to offer anything special. Between you and me $20 is the regular admission price -- so why not give them $10 (or whatever), get the stink-eye, and enjoy the art next year.

If you want to see the new Art of the Americas wing (or anything else) and can't go tonight, the next open community day is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There may be fewer people tonight.

WED 12/29

Hello Ninja
(11:30pm), All Ages (10:30pm), Stroamata (9:30pm), Josh Blodgett (8:50pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

It seems like TT's started having more shows off the main stage this month. Maybe the weeknight shows look more full on the smaller stage on the other side of the bar?

Either side would be hopping with Hello Ninja serving straight-up, buoyant rock and some SF pop-punk from All Ages. They look like they're into having fun onstage and they name-check the Dropkick Murphys (and North End?) in one of their songs.

Stroamata touches on a bunch of genres and changes things up quite a bit; while everything sounds good, I haven't been won over yet. Josh Blodgett seems to be a friend of All Ages.

WED 12/29

The Giant Kings
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq
$8 / 21+

I said something similar about Session Americana recently, but The Giant Kings are another band of great local players, like super-guitarist Duke Levine, who appear with too many artists to mention.

Suffice to say these guys kick ass as they do a bunch old-school rock, R&B, soul, country, and whatever else they fell like playing.

WED 12/29

Jah Rich "Reggae Dance Party"
at Milky Way Lounge / Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)
FREE / 21+

Feat: Selector Jah Rich, Progressive Youth Sound, Jah Pilot, D!Arryval

Why wait until 12/31 to dance and party? Jah Rich and Progressive Youth Sound will be playing records that span the classics to the latest sides. Jah Pilot and D!Arryval are set to perform live.

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