The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 2-8)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear.

Saturday, 7/1 – Caravan Palace at House of Blues
We know that this is a day ahead of our current week. But we really want you to start your weekend right at House of Blues with Caravan Palace. An über-bohemian electro-swing band, you probably best know them best for ‘Lone Digger‘ off their latest album, ‘<|○_○|>’ (aka ‘Robot Face’), or ‘Jolie Coquine’ from their 2008 eponymous album. And remember to come ready to dance – or at least get in some premium crowd watching from the balcony. “We never let the audience take a breath in an hour-and-a-half,” Hugues Payen said in an interview with PopMatters. “We want them to come with us, to go where we go.”

Sunday, 7/2 – The Meadows Brothers at Riverwalk Cafe
Get out of the area this Sunday; drive up to Nashua and go check out The Meadows Brothers at the Riverwalk Cafe while you’re there. We’ve been in love with the folk music of the New England-based duo — who also happen to also be brothers — ever since their in studio performance in 2016.  “We want to be able to play music to make a living,” said Dustin Meadows when asked what their aspirations are in an interview with the Shoreline Times. “We’re not in this to become rich or famous. We just want to make people happy with the songs we write.” The Doodads & Dont’s, and Jake Klar will open. Watch The Meadows Brothers perform in studio at WGBH here.

Tuesday, 7/4 – Boston Fireworks and Pops Concert at the Esplanade
Over half a million spectators partake in the beloved annual event produced by The Boston Pops. And this year will be no different. “We’re happy to say that the concert will be broadcast in its entirety, with the 1812 Overture and cannons at the end of the evening,” Pops conductor Keith Lockhart tells Broadway World in a recent interview. “It’ll also include the spectacular fireworks display that everyone looks forward to.” As always, the event is free and open to the public, with gates opening around 5pm. You’ll want to start lining up early if you’re hoping to claim a spot in front of the half shell; space is limited and goes fast! Pop stars Andy Grammer,  Melissa Etheridge, and Leslie Odom Jr. will be joining.

Thursday, 7/6 – Rooney at Brighton Music Hall
Either Rooney just really missed being out on the road, or they’re about to release some new music. Turns out it’s both. The band kicked off a massive 2017 summer tour last month, and are bringing new music from their upcoming EP release titled El Cortez. “I’ve always wanted to record outside of LA, a destination album,” Rooney frontman Robert Schwartzman told Pop Dust in a recent interview about the sound of the EP. “I also have a love for downtown Las Vegas, so it seemed fitting when we stumbled into 11th Street Records in Vegas one night before our show at Bunkhouse Saloon and found this gem of a studio. While making the EP, we all lived in downtown Las Vegas at the El Cortez hotel during basic tracking.” Run River North, and Romes will open.

Friday, 7/7 – Jefferson Hamer, Ry Cavanaugh, and Laura Cortese at Club Passim
Boston’s local folk scene is always having a moment. And thank the stars Club Passim has been supporting it since forever. Make sure you stop by to see New England natives Jefferson Hamer, Ry Cavanaugh, and Laura Cortese this Friday. The trio will each be performing their own sets and playing local favorites, including songs from Hamer’s Murphy Beds, a duo release with Eamon O’Leary. Tickets are only $10 and we recommend that you get them advance here.