Calling the Dirty Projectors a synchronized concoction of Beethoven, Wagner, Zeppelin and Timberlake Pitchfork, Pitchfork is amongst the many fans of the band that have taken the route of comparing their sound to past musicians, when in fact the band’s debut album is in the simplest sense entirely refreshing and eclectic. Experimental in essence and encompassing the spirit of acapella, alternative, country, classical pop and rock into one inexplicable genre, the Dirty Projectors have been drawing the attention of massive music festival audiences for the past year.
While the Dirty Projectors have been incredibly busy since the release of their critically acclaimed debut studio album Bitte Orca (2009), their latest project is a collaborative album with Bjork called Mount Wittenberg Orca (2010)- written last year when the two artists played together at a bookstore benefit. The Dirty Projectors will be playing a show at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston on September 13th as part of their fall US tour that wraps up on November 5th in Austin, TX.
After report that NBC’s stand-up comedy competition, the only TV program of its kind, would not be returning to air for another season, the Last Comic Standing’s seventh season ended up taking the summer by storm. (more)
If you re looking for something to do this weekend, you’re in luck! The city is bursting with shows and entertainment. On Saturday, there’s something for everyone with stellar concerts at most of the city s venues. The Capitol Steps perform at the Wilbur Theatre. In the past 30 years, the political satire group has released approximately as many albums. Their routine consists largely of parodies of well known songs as well as skits about current politics and scandals. The show is at 7 PM, and tickets start at $99.
At Agganis Arena, Chayanne will play on Saturday. The Latin Pop Singer has been performing since the late 1970s, when he was part of a group called Los Chicos. After the band separated in 1984, he became a solo artist. He has since been nominated for numerous awards and also established himself as an actor. His most recent album, No Hay Imposibles, was released in February. A few floor seats are still available for the show, starting at $145.
Also on Saturday, the legendary Cyndi Lauper is in town, performing at the House of Blues. Since 1983, Lauper has been turning out hits including Girls Just Want to Have Fun and Time After Time. She has been nominated for approximately a dozen Gammy Awards, winning two. She has also appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including the most recent season of The Celebrity Apprentice. She is currently performing in support of her most recent album, Memphis Blues. General admission tickets are available for $75.
On Thursday, May 20th, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny performs at the Orpheum Theatre. Metheny has been one of the most successful jazz musicians since the 1970s, accruing three gold albums and 17 Grammy Awards. In addition to his own Pat Metheny Group, he has worked with numerous jazz musicians such as Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, and Brad Mehldau. Orchestra tickets for the show at the Orpheum start at $95. In a very different type of entertainment on Thursday, Kowloon hosts the Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari Comedy Night. The $50 General Admission ticket includes a performance from some of the area’s funniest comedians, a live auction, a light Chinese Buffet and “the world’s first hot dog pu-pu platter.” On Sunday, The Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari is at Suffolk Downs in East Boston from 12 PM – 5 PM. Proceeds from the event benefit The Joey Fund and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. General admission tickets are available for $15.
Friday is an incredibly busy night in New England with just about every venue offering a stellar performance. The House of Blues will host Bo Burnham, a young comedian, singer-songwriter, musician, actor and Internet celebrity. Writing comedic and satirical songs with a politically incorrect slant, he gained popularity on YouTube before releasing his first EP on Comedy Central Records. In August of 2008, four days after his eighteenth birthday, he became the youngest person to record a Comedy Central special. Tickets start at $35. Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena also has a comedy night planned for Friday with Gabriel Iglesias taking the stage. Known for his impersonations and animated personality, Iglesias got his start on the Nickelodeon show All That. He has also been featured on Comedy Central specials, and films such as The Surfer King. Tickets start at $110.
The legendary Neil Young visits the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday. Young has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: as a solo artist and also as a member of Buffalo Springfield. His career has spanned 5 decades, and has included numerous accolades and awards. He consistently evolves and experiments with his sound, while staying true to his writing of simultaneously topical and classic songs. A few orchestra tickets remain for his performance in Worcester, starting at just $285. The summer concert season is getting underway at the Comcast Center, and on Friday night they’ll present Sugarland. The country duo broke out in 2004 and has had five #1 singles in the US. Jake Owen and Danny Gokey will join the band at this weekend in Mansfield, and tickets start at $59.
Also at the Comcast Center this weekend is the annual Kiss 108 Concert. The impressive 2010 lineup includes Adam Lambert, Ke$ha, Boys Like Girls, Orianthi, Kris Allen, Jason Derulo, New Boyz, Iyaz, and The Script. The show is all ages and benefits The Genesis Fund, a non-profit organization which aids children born with genetic diseases, birth defects, and mental retardation. Tickets start at $85, and pavilion seats are available starting at $175.
Actor-comedian Aziz Ansari is officially set to begin his Dangerously Delicious Tour June 10th at the Charleston Music Hall in South Carolina. He’s planning to perform standup for 30 shows in 19 different venues with his run concluding September 18th at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. Boston’s Wilbur Theatre will welcome in the 27-year old for two shows on July 18th. Other cities to host Ansari are Manchester, Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington DC.
Ansari began his standup career at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Chelsea, NY. In 2006 he won the Jury Award for “Best Standup” at HBO’s annual U.S Comedy Arts Festival. Aziz is highly recognized for his work on the big screen to go along with his talents live on stage. He’s played roles in major movies “School for Scoundrels,” “The Rocker,” “Funny People,” “Observe and Report” and “I Love You Man.” Notable television shows he has taken part in include “Reno 911,” “Scrubs” and “Flight of the Conchords.” Don’t miss your chance to witness Aziz Ansari live! Tickets are now available!
This is a pretty quiet week for concerts, as most Bostonians have their eyes glued to the Sox, Bruins, and Celtics. The House of Blues, is still rocking though, and has a few shows lined up for this weekend. (more)
A few tickets are still available for Joe Bonamassa at The Wilbur Theatre on Wednesday, April 28th. Playing guitar since the age of 4, Bonamassa has collaborated with musical legends such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker, and Eric Clapton. (more)
The dynamic musical duo known as Gnarls Barkley will play Boston’s cozy Wilbur Theatre on August 6th. Gnarls Barkley is best known for the infectious hit ‘Crazy’ off their 2006 album ‘St. Elsewhere’. Not to be forgotten however is the remaining two albums worth of material that Gnarls has released since 2006. Their current tour is in support of the 2008 album, ‘The Odd Couple’.
In their short touring career, Gnarls Barkley has gained a reputation for high energy live shows that often feature the duo in odd costumes. Their upcoming Boston show at the Wilbur Theatre should be another great live performance. Gnarls Barkley tickets are general admission for this theatre show and are currently $49 each.
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