Boston’s Summer Music Scene


The warm weather that we’ve been enjoying lately also marks the beginning of a great summer of music. With Boston’s eclectic music scene, there are so many great bands to see! Here are my picks of the upcoming summer shows:

After a successful first run of the Boston Calling Music Festival, the organizers have put together another weekend of great shows shows September 7-8 at Government Center Plaza. The weekend event will feature Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend, Solange, Deer Tick, Bearstronaut, and more.

It’s always a pleasure to be outdoors in the warm weather. The Bank of America Pavilion is a great venue for shows in the summer, and tucked amongst the hotels and bustling nightlife of the Seaport District, the harborside location is beautiful. Offering a summer line-up featuring LL Cool J with Ice Cube (June 19), Sting (June 21), Furthur with Phil Lesh & Bob Weir (July 17), Imagine Dragons (July 24), Sound Tribe Sector Nine, and UmPhrey’s McGee (August 31). Plus, for those of you who want to relive your teen, the Backstreet Boys are in town August 12. Check out the Bank of America Pavilion website for more information!

The renamed Comcast Center in Mansfield, 30 miles south of Boston, is another great venue for live outdoor shows. Just to mention a few acts of the enticing acts: Dave Matthews (June 15 and 16), 311 (July 12), and Lil’ Wayne (August 4).

The smaller venues in the Boston area have plenty to offer this summer as well. The House of Blues in Fenway, The Paradise Rock Club near BU, The Orpheum Theatre and Brighton Music Hall, all offer a great live music experience. There are so many great shows at these venues – I just saw was Twin Shadow at the Paradise!

The Sinclair, a new restaurant and music venue in Cambridge, serves up a full dinner menu featuring pork belly sliders, disco fries (with chorizo gravy and cheese sauce) and bone marrow “tots.” I think dinner here followed by a great show is a perfect night out! Upcoming shows include Rogue Wave with Caveman on June 20 and Smith Westerns on July 27.

The Middle East is a quintessential Cambridge music venue, with four distinct venues for live music: The Upstairs, Downstairs, ZuZu and the Corner. They also have restaurant perfect for grabbing a bite before or after a show. I highly recommend making it to the The Timberfakes & Hard Knock Live on June 21 (Downstairs). Full disclosure: this a Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z cover band experience.

Finally, any day of the year, I always recommend out The Cantab Lounge in Central Square or Wally’s Cafe in the South End for amazing live music.

What are the shows you can’t wait to see this summer? Let us know at @thebostondaybook!

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