What’s happening this summer?

My July schedule is a bit strange, I’ve basically got 10 days with almost nothing to do (music-wise) and then there is a huge flood of good stuff happening. I thought since I’ll have no concert reviews for a week I would share a few things that are coming up and maybe help you find something fun to see.

First, I’ll mention that one of my favorite new bands, Zion80, is doing a live streaming webcast from Poland tomorrow, July 4th. 4PM Eastern (1PM Pacific/10PM Europe). According to their Twitter feed, this is the link where you’ll find it: http://t.co/pu9Vm7AUK3 Of course, if you’re in Krakow, you can probably go see them in person (click here for a complete list of tour dates). Some music, if you don’t know them:

Another notable European happening is that one of my very favorite songwriters, Joe Henry, has just announced a couple of shows in August in Dublin and Willisau. He also has one show in July in Los Angeles. He doesn’t tour very often so these shows are pretty special (I read that it’s the first concert he’s ever done in Ireland). I’m not sure if he’s planning on doing any more shows while he’s in Europe, but you can keep an eye on his schedule here. Some music, if you’re not familiar with him:

One of my very favorite musical people in the world, composer/saxophonist John Zorn, is heading off to Europe in July as well; he’s doing a number of marathon concerts (mainly at jazz festivals) in London, Rotterdam, Gent, Warsaw, San Sebastian and Lisbon. Lisbon gets three nights instead of just one, so the Portuguese are extra lucky this time around! In August and September he’ll be heading to Jerusalem and Paris, and throughout the year he is doing fantastic events in New York City. His Facebook events page remains the best place to keep up with events; the Zorn@60 page is really good, but it is a little behind the curve and missing some events that are listed on Facebook. Here is a live cut of the Dreamers, who I think are playing in all of the European concerts:

Local Cantabrigian Amanda F. Palmer is just embarking on a tour of Europe and she is hitting a number of locations that don’t get a lot of big tours coming through, so it’s worth checking out the list here to see if she’ll be in your neighborhood – Austria, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, the UK, and Ireland are on the list for July; later in the year she’ll be heading to Australia and New Zealand before heading back to Europe for concerts in Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Poland, Italy, and Hungary. I think a few shows have sold out but mostly you can still get tix. I’ve seen three shows on the current tour and they are a ton of fun. She has many fascinating videos on her Youtube channel if you’re unfamiliar with her work – although her live shows are more raw and in my opinion better than her studio work.

Another local band, Rabbit Rabbit, is embarking on a small U.S. tour in July – you can see the dates and locations here. Rabbit Rabbit consists of Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, and the two times I’ve seen them were pretty different, so I’m not sure what to expect this time around. They’re always interesting and worth seeing, especially considering most of the concerts are in the $10 price range. You can check out their eclectic music on their Youtube channel.

If you’re in the Boston area like myself, I highly recommend looking at some of the upcoming free festivals in July, particularly the Boston Summer Arts Weekend, which features musicians like Alison Krauss, Dr. John, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band; and the Outside the Box Festival, which is 8 days long and full of music, theater and other performing arts. Bands include Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo, Blind Boys of Alabama, Buffalo Tom, David Wax Museum, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and some fun local bands I’ve reviewed before, like Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band and Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys. May I remind you: all of these are free!

Some other interesting shows coming up in Boston (which are not free): the Tiger Lillies will be at Oberon on July 15; Jason Isbell will be at the Sinclair in Cambridge on July 29; Richard Buckner will be at the Museum of Fine Arts on September 20; and the Secret Chiefs 3 will be opening for Goblin at the Sinclair in October, but that one is already sold out (sorry!).

Let me know in the comments which tours and shows you’re looking forward to this summer! I’m sure I’ve missed a lot.

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