The Fenway – August 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.
August 5 – House of Blues
Boys Like Girls
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut self-titled album, the band that got their start in Boston is kicking off their tour at home. One of just 13 shows, Boys Like Girls will be playing their landmark emo debut live from start to finish with a few surprises thrown in the mix. Come relive the magic you first heard 10 years ago from a new perspective—a decade in the making.
August 8 – House of Blues
They’ve Got the Beat
Formed in 1978, the Go-Go’s broke into the New Wave scene with hits like “Vacation,” “We Got The Beat,” and “Our Lips Are Sealed.” The first female band to play their own instruments and write their own songs while topping the Billboard charts, the Go-Go’s legacy remains ingrained in our souls with their catchy pop hits. Now is your chance to catch the band one last time as they stop by the House of Blues on the farewell tour.
August 19 – House of Blues
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Make Your Funk the P-Funk
He was a funk pioneer, influenced hip-hop, revolutionized style and forever changed the course of R&B and soul music with his 40 hit singles and 3 platinum albums—and he shows no signs of slowing down. Crisscrossing the nation every year performing live along with his small army of talented musicians known as Parliament Funkadelic, the funk forefather always lights up the stage with powerful, party-filled atmosphere of controlled chaos.
August 24 – Museum of Fine Arts
Donny McCaslin Group
The Other Star in Bowie’s “Blackstar”
After several solo albums and countless collaborative efforts, saxophonist and Berklee alum Donny McCaslin recently broke through jazz circles to more universal fame after he and his quartet were asked to be David Bowie’s backing band on his swansong, “Blackstar.” With Bowie presenting the band with music, but allowing them artistic freedom for interpretation and improvisation, McCaslin and company provided the eerie soundscape that fittingly defined Bowie’s last offering.
August 26 – House of Blues
Claypool Lennon Delirium
The Les & Sean Conundrum
In what could be one of the craziest collaborations in recent history, Les Claypool of Primus and Sean Lennon of The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger have teamed up for an album and summer of touring. The bass virtuoso, bizarro lyricist and John Lennon’s talented son have joined forces with the versatile keyboardist Money Mark (Beastie Boys) to create a strange and psychedelic world unlike any you may have heard before.
August 29 & 30 – House of Blues
Better than that Ride in the Park
As Australian music exports continue to permeate U.S. borders, DJ and Producer Flume, aka Harley Edward Streten is getting recognized for his high-profile remixes of Lorde, Sam Smith and Arcade Fire as well as his self-produced downtempo and trip-hop tracks that have charted in Australia and been all the rage on U.S. dance floors. Catch Producer Flume as he performs at the House of Blues for a rare trans-world trip to town.
August 31 – House of Blues
Blues Traveler, The Wallflowers, G.Love & Special Sauce and Howie Day
Tonight We’re Gonna Party Like It’s 1994 and 1999
It’s a night of retro radio superstars with some of the biggest names of the mid-to-late 90’s. Blues Traveler headlines a stellar night where the “Hook” brings us back to a fun era in radio rock. Between The Wallflowers, Boston/Philly’s G.Love and Maine’s Howie Day, it’s a jam-packed night of stellar stars of yesteryear still bringing the music to the people.
August 31 – Museum of Fine Arts
The Best in Ethiopian Song and Dance
It’s the last show of 2016’s MFA Courtyard series, and it’s a great one. A traditional and all-star Ethiopian dance and music troupe, Fendika is an ensemble of the finest music and dance performers from all over Ethiopia. Led by head dancer Melaku Belay, the collaboration features top-notch dancers accompanied by handpicked musicians playing flute, lyre and traditional drums. Celebrate the last outdoor show of the year at the MFA with Ethiopia’s finest.