The Fenway – July 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.
July 6 — MFA Courtyard
Hot Club of Cowtown
Cows in The Courtyard
It’s a night of gypsy jazz and western swing from Austin via NYC. Not only has the trio opened for Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan, but they’ve also toured the world for the U.S. State Department as musical ambassadors to Azerbaijan, Armenia, the Republic of Georgia and the Sultanate of Oman. It’s quite a résumé and it’s sure to be a toe-tapping shindig as the band opens the new season of outdoor shows at the beautiful MFA courtyard stage.
July 7 — House of Blues
Buchholz Benefit Bash Featuring: Thompson Square, Wade Bowen, Willy Braun, Kevin Fowler, and Casey Donahew Band
Country Music For a Charitable Cause
It’s the 4th annual Buchholz Benefit Bowl at Lucky Strike Lanes. Expect appearances from Red Sox of yesteryear and some of this year’s rising stars to be in attendance. Stop by Lucky Strike from 6-10 for bowling and a silent auction before heading to the House of Blues for a Texas Country Music Takeover featuring some of Clay’s favorite bands from his home state. Come out and support another epic fundraising event with proceeds going to the Clay Buchholz Foundation. Grab those cowboy boots and show you care.
July 13 — MFA Courtyard
Walking Away From The Walkmen
Cutting his teeth with Jonathan Fire*Eater and The Walkmen, Walter Martin is stepping out from the shadow of frontman Hamilton Leithauser to sing some songs of his own. His first record was a collection of children’s songs, but his newest record of critical acclaim is a witty offering much more relatable to fans old enough to remember his old bands.
July 15 & 16 — Fenway Park
Dead & Company
The Music Never Stopped
It’s only been a year since The Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” finale concerts in Chicago and already there’s another Grateful Dead incarnation ready to take that long, strange trip even further. Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will be without Phil Lesh this time, but longtime friends Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), Jeff Chimenti (Ratdog) have enlisted their talents to keep the vibe alive…oh and did we mention Berklee alum John Mayer on guitar?
July 17 — Fenway Park
Sir Paul Returns to Center Stage in Centerfield
July 24 — House of Blues
Summerland Tour: Featuring Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Sponge
Back When Radio Ruled
Set your radio dials back to 1997 and you’ll find yourself in Summerland. The retro tour returns for another year, giving sentimentalists continued bliss as four hit-heavy, radio-friendly bands share the stage once again.
July 27 — MFA Courtyard
Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys
This Is Not Child’s Play
From Steampunk to folkish doom, the eclectic songs of Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys span the spectrum of strange and are only outdone by the live shows that have been described as “Dada-esque circus carnival run amok, and just plain good ‘not-always-so-clean’ fun.” See for yourself as the local sideshow makes its way to the MFA Courtyard.
July 28 — House of Blues
Still Better Than Their Name Suggests
Back from another hiatus, Shirley Manson and company are proving they still have something to say. Last year marked the 20th anniversary of their debut record and their newest offering “Strange Little Birds” was released last month, so expect some old and new numbers as Garbage returns to the stage for another go round.
July 31 — House of Blues
The Last Shadow Puppets
Not Your Typical Puppet Show
Releasing their second record in 8 years, the supergroup known as The Last Shadow Puppets are making the rounds for a handful of rare club shows. Featuring Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Miles Kane (The Rascals), James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco), and Zach Dawes (Mini Mansions), the band only gets together when they have time, but when they do it’s quite an event. Their new record “Everything You’ve Come to Expect,” is filled with lush melodies delivered in a dreamy, polished production. Come sing along in this rare and intimate engagement.