War Horse begins its two-week run at Boston Opera House this Wednesday. The Tony Award Winning drama, based off the book of the same name by Michael Morpurgo, was adapted by Nick Stafford for the stage production. Despite the author’s hesitance, the play opened to huge success on Broadway in 2011. Show times are at 7:30PM Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8PM Fridays and Saturdays and 6:30PM on Sundays. (more)
Boston waterfront’s favorite outdoor amphitheater, the Bank of America Pavilion, is hosting all ends of the rock spectrum this week- beginning with Slightly Stoopid. As Sublime’s protégé, Slightly Stoopid was signed to Skunk Records while the members were still in high school, a young start for a band that’s making quite an impact on the music world by appealing to such a wide audience. A touch of psychedelic and acoustic rock with brushes of reggae, dub and punk rock, the band has become a staple to nationwide music festivals of all genres and performed sold out stadium shows over the years in Australia, Japan, Portugal and the UK. As a band best known for their nonstop touring schedule, this year is no different: beginning the month-long Legalize It 2010 tour with two nights at the Pavilion, July 22nd and 23rd alongside opening acts Cyprus Hill and Collie Buddz.
Next up, American jam band Widespread Panic will be performing on July 24th as part of their summer tour wrapping up at the end of July. With typical comparisons to “road warrior” bands like the Grateful Dead and Phish, Widespread Panic are also constantly on the go, having set the record for most sold out concerts in two major US arenas. The band released their eleventh studio album since the start of their career in 1988 this May, titled Dirty Side Down (2010), commemorating what will be 25 years together as a band.
Reviewer Bill Clifford calls the album, “a return to form and the band’s roots. It’s the strongest songwriting of the band’s career, an album of multi-layered textures that will provide for extensive improvisation in performance.” Although the band lost founding member and guitarist Michael Houser to pancreatic cancer in 2002, the band continued writing, recording and performing together, as was Houser’s wish. Not only are the ticket profits going to charitable causes, but the band is also hosting a food drive at the door, so make sure to have canned goods in tow. (more)
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