The Fenway – Spring Music Spotlight
May 19 & 20 – House of Blues
Another Wave of Mutilation
After their 11-year hiatus, the great Massachusetts indie band reunited in 2003 and haven’t looked back. Unfortunately, Kim Deal decided to step down and focus on the Breeders, but Frank Black and company have spent their sporadic tours ripping through the classic Pixies discography of the past, as well as their post reunion releases “Indie Cindy” and “Head Carrier.” One can expect a flawless performance with few words from the band… unfortunately. The great Cymbals Eat Guitars open.
June 1 – House of Blues
Portugal. The Man
Not From Portugal
Once the biggest band out of Alaska, Portugal the Man has recently been crowned the best band from Portland—which is pretty major considering the Rose City has long been an affordable headquarters to full-time musicians. Regardless of what you think of the accolade, the band continues to thrill worldwide audiences, and their new album, “Woodstock” is set for a June 16 release. Catch a sneak preview at the House of Blues.
June 5 – Café 939
Zach Williams of Lone Bellow at 939
An Even Lonelier Bellow
One third of the heralded folk band the Lone Bellow, Zach Williams is taking his short break from the band’s intense recording schedule to deliver in-concert renditions from his recent solo record, “Chain Breaker” to some intimate (and some gigantic) US stages. We’re happy he’s coming to Café 939, where audiences are some of the most respectful in the city.
June 6 – House of Blues
Rodrigo y Gabriella
From Mexico to Dublin
Rodrigo y Gabriella met in Mexico City, but it was only after their move to Ireland that they got their break. Combining nuevo flamenco and folk with heavy metal, the two acoustic instrumentalists, together with the great Hans Zimmer, provided soundtrack music to “Pirates of the Caribbean.” In fact, their dramatic instrumentals have appeared in many mediums, and they themselves have performed at almost every major festival in the world. This tour celebrates the tenth anniversary of their debut album. Drop in and show your love.
June 11 – Museum of Fine Arts
Memory Unearthed: Music from the Lodz Ghetto
Straight From the Ghetto
Holocaust Fulbright Scholar, Mark Ludwig, narrates this concert of music culled from the Polish ghettos of Lodz, Vilna, and Terezin during Nazi occupancy. The works are carried out by pianist Virginia Eskin; BSO clarinetist Thomas Martin; mezzo soprano Deborah Rentz-Moore; and cellist Eugene Kim.
June 14 – Café 939
Outlook Partly Sunny
Best known for his work with emo progenitors Sunny Day Real Estate, Jeremy Enigk has since broken up the band, reunited, disbanded again, headed the band The Fire Theft, and, most recently, gone solo. His new album, entitled “New Album” is out now and available via PledgeMusic, with some amazing options for fans and collectors. Catch him at the Fenway’s most intimate venue.
June 20—House of Blues
Huey Lewis and the News
The Heart of Rock n Roll is Tonight
The Fenway would like to welcome Huey Lewis and the News back to Boston as they honor the tenth anniversary of Dirty Water TV. The show that brings you the what’s hot in music, fashion, dining and well, sports, has been at it for a decade. Let Huey Lewis make the anniversary especially special with songs from his epic album, well, “Sports.”
June 22 – House of Blues
The Roast of David Ortiz
Big Papi’s Comedic Ceremonial Payback
No, it’s not music related, but this is a big night at the House of Blues. Big Papi’s past is a highlight reel filled with Yankee-crushing home runs, epic hits and numerous walks that made him one of the most exciting players and most formidable opponents to ever call Fenway home. An all-star cast of Boston-based luminaries will gather to give Big Papi a comedic roast that’s only given to the best of the best. Join Gronk, Josh Wolf, Dustin Pedroia, Lenny Clarke, Bill Burr, Sarah Tiana, Anthony Mackie and others as they rag on Ortiz in this humorous tribute made famous by the Friar’s Club. The next day, Ortiz’s number 34 will be officially retired at Fenway Park. Oh, and by the way, all profits support the David Ortiz Children’s Fund. It’s all in good fun.
June 25 – House of Blues
So Far, So Good… So What?
Thrash metal rock stalwarts Megadeth are back in action after a lifetime of ups and downs and close calls. Nevertheless, they continue to slay with scathing metallic guitar solos and falsetto vocals from everyone’s favorite redheaded metalhead, Dave Mustaine. Apparently it’s a 5:30 p.m. show. Don’t they know metalheads hate the sunshine?
June 25—Berklee Performance Center
Ani Choying Drolma
The Singing Nun
A Tibetan-Nepalese Buddhist nun, Ani Choying Drolma, has been performing traditional and modern chants on a variety of stages around the world. Over time she’s become known as the “Buddhist Rock Star.” Of course, this description doesn’t mean much considering her religious devotion and piety would never allow her to acknowledge such a pompous title. Nevertheless, by bringing her music to mainstream audiences, she is responsible for conveying her culture and bringing a growing awareness to her humanitarian efforts.