The Fenway – September Music Spotlight
September 8 – House of Blues
Echo and the Bunnymen
Bring on the Dancing Horses
It’s been many a “Killing Moon” since Echo and the Bunnymen have played in Boston. But now the British new wave group is gearing up for a long-awaited stretch of U.S. shows delivering a set of songs that have stood the test of time and may be even more popular than they were decades ago.
September 9 & 10 – Fenway Park
Kid Rock & Jason Aldean
The Ultimate Double Header
Back in 2013, Jason Aldean became the first country musician to play Fenway Park. Three years later, Aldean returns to Boston’s baseball mecca for a 2-day stint with Motor City “cowboy” rocker, Kid Rock. While the two have performed together before, these shows are the only co-headlining dates of their kind. While Kid Rock, well known for his hip-hop and southern rock tendencies, seems to have gone country while Aldean continues to release hits and was recently named Performer of the Year by the Country Music Awards.
September 12 – House of Blues
A Message to You
The legendary ska group and political activists, The Specials, have been performing on and off for nearly four decades and now they’re bringing their timeless hits to The Fenway. Practice your dance moves, break out your two-tone clothing and get ready to hear favorites like “Ghost Town,” “Friday Night, Saturday Morning,” “Gangsters,” and “Too Much, Too Young.”
September 16 – House of Blues
Alice in Chains
Breaking Free of the Chains
The band that made their mark in the ‘90s grunge scene continues to persevere with founding member Jerry Cantrell as the backbone and William DuVall taking over vocal duties for the late Layne Staley. Modern-day classics like “Man in a Box,” “Rooster,” “Would,” “Them Bones,” and “Down in a Hole,” still resonate, but with two new albums of material since Staley’s passing, fans have a whole new era of songs to embrace.
September 20 – House of Blues
The theatrical and charismatic Brooklyn indie rockers, known as Lucius, return to their roots in The Fenway area. Led by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, the two began writing songs together while attending Berklee. From small clubs to famous festivals like Newport Folk Fest, where they joined My Morning Jacket as Roger Waters’ backing band, Lucius continues to expand their horizons as well as their loyal fanbase.
September 21 – House of Blues
Explosions in the Sky
A Soundtrack for Everything
The cinematic instrumentalists and Texas psych-rockers, Explosions in the Sky make music that ranges from delicate, sparse soundscapes to searing guitar-driven crescendos. From their own superb recordings to their work scoring dozens of movies and television shows, this band proves great storytelling can transcend words.
September 23 – Berklee Performance Center
Back to School
Jazz/fusion/blues guitarist John Scofield’s resume reads like a highlight reel and his collaborations like a “who’s who” in jazz music. Educated at Berklee, Scofield left before graduating to record with Chet Baker. At the early age of 24, he recorded with Charles Mingus. He spent 3 years playing with Miles Davis in the early ‘80s and recorded with Herbie Hancock in the ‘90s. He has released nearly 50 records of his own and performed on twice as many—backing other musicians. In this lone Boston show, Scofield goes back to the school where it all began, to preview his upcoming album “Country for Old Men” due out in the fall.
September 27 – House of Blues
A Band, Not a Man
When the Swedish production team of Bloodshy & Avant were joined by American singer, Andrew Wyatt, the electro-indie sensation known as Miike Snow was born. Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, better known by their production monikers, had already gained international fame by winning a Grammy for Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” as well as well-deserved acclaim from their work with Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Kelis. With three albums of poppy electronic intrigue and an ever-growing catalogue of remixes for other artists, Miike Snow’s popularity has grown large enough to land spots on top-tier festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and the Governor’s Ball. Catch this rare performance while you can.