The Fenway – May Music Spotlight
From huge, loud touring acts to local acoustic songwriters, there’s something musical happening in The Fenway every day of the week. We’ll keep you up to date on the latest shows and events. Here are some highlights from this month’s schedule.
May 3 – House of Blues
The Santigold Standard
She’s worked with members of Bad Brains, Kanye, Diplo, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Q-Tip, ASAP Rocky, Mark Ronson, Pharrell, Drake, Lil Wayne, Julian Casablancas and the GZA. She’s opened for Jay Z, M.I.A., Bjork and the Beastie Boys—and if that wasn’t enough to build her an ironclad street cred, she’s also appeared on “The Office,” “Adult Swim” and wrote the theme song to “Girls.” It’s been a crazy 8 years, and who knows where Santigold’s music will take her next. Check her out before she’s bigger than life.
May 6-7 — House of Blues
15 Years and Still Going Strong
“Emo,” “screamo,” or just straight-up “rock,” no matter what you call it, The Used have been doing it since 2001. Once homeless and penniless, the band’s persistence and strength in songwriting built them a following that literally brought them out of the gutter and into gold record status. Join them as they tour to celebrate this special anniversary.
May 7 – Loretta’s Last Call
Derby Day on Landsdowne Street
Get down to Loretta’s early, bring a boisterous hat and grab a mint julep because it’s the Last Call’s first annual Kentucky Derby Viewing Party. With prizes and giveaways galore you can enjoy feast on a special Derby Day menu while listening to the country croon of Chelsea Carter.
May 8 – House of Blues
With a heavy helping of radio play and collaborations with Jay Z, Eminem and Imagine Dragons, it’s been quite a wild ride for this versatile Ithaca band. Combining soulful alternative rock with elements of electronica and an emotional vocal delivery, the band’s diverse sound is turning heads for music appreciators of all genres.
May 12 — Café 939
One of the Original Olympians
One of the most integral artists in the 1990s Olympia, Washington scene, Mirah’s lo-fi, experimental sound was perfectly suited for Calvin Johnson and his infamous DIY label, K records, who would go on to release nearly all of Mirah’s music. Though her solo project eventually evolved into a bigger sound and broader vision, Mirah’s music has always been defined by her delicate voice and strong, evocative lyrics. It’s about time you check out her live show.
May 14 — Café 939
Mary Lorson, Tanya Donelly and Fuzzy
The 90s return to Café 939
Songwriter for Madder Rose, Saint Low, the Soubrettes and the Piano Creeps, Mary Lorson has turned to composing music for films and television. Tonight who knows what she’ll bring to the stage? What we do know is some local legends are opening the bill. Tanya Donelly was a founding member of Throwing Muses, the Breeders, and Belly, not to mention making quite a splash under her own name. Also filling out the bill is Fuzzy founded by Hilken Mancini and Chris Toppin featuring members of the Lemonheads, Soul Asylum and the Thalia Zedek Band.
May 21 — Berklee Performance Center
Catchy Classics You Can’t Beat (or Shake)
It would not surprise us if his catchy children’s songs aren’t still ingrained in your brain. The gold and platinum selling recording artist of such timeless classics as “Baby Beluga,” “Brush Your Teeth,” and “Apples and Bananas” is on tour again and his relentless pursuit of learning through the power of music has never wavered. Bring your kids…or your baby sister.
May 29 — House of Blues
Country Street Party featuring Chris Young, Eric Paslay, LOCASH
Dust off that hat, put on those cowboy boots and mosey on down to Lansdowne Street for a rare, early, outdoor show featuring the some of the biggest new names in Country Music. Music starts at 1 p.m.