Once the spring college semester ends and the summer begins, things really start to heat up in Boston. The amount of people traveling on the B Line is far less than normal (a huge relief for commuters who aren’t students), and there is never a lack of music-related festivities for anyone who isn’t packing up a U-Hauls and heading someplace else — they’re just a tinge hotter than you’re used to.
But be that as it may, enduring the New England heat is worthwhile because Boston is brimming with music events this summer. From jazz, to pop, to rock, to country, summer 2014 is looking predictably inspiring for the arts community. No matter where you live in the hub, there is guaranteed to be a destination nearby serving bountiful helpings of your favorite music — in venues, in parks, in art galleries and even a basement or two. Below is a preview of upcoming music events that you’ll want to mark on your calender.
Eddie Vedder at the Citi Wang Theatre
Eddie Vedder is leaving behind his Pearl Jam family for a series of solo tour spots in promotion of his solo album “Ukulele Songs,” released May 31. Performing on June 16 to a sold-out show at the Citi Wang Theatre on Tremont Street, the prolific grunge rocker will play an extensive set of original material on both guitar and ukulele — an instrument he connected with in Hawaii — and perhaps some Pearl Jam favorites as well. For fans of ’90s music, live like it’s Seattle in 1992, if only for an evening.
Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at Xfinity Center
To keep the ’90s theme going, on July 29 two of the biggest industrial and grunge bands of all time play back-to-back at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass. Proving that the ’90s dream is alive and well in the Hub, industrial legends Nine Inch Nails and grunge rockers Soundgarden will take to the stage of the Xfinity Center amphitheater to a sea of black- and flannel-clad fans. For a music fan, it’s hard to justify not making the trip out to Mansfield, if only to brag to everyone you know that you saw Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden on the same day — the coolness factor is basically off the charts.
WGBH Summer Arts Weekend at Copley Square Park
With Grammy-winning artists such as Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval headlining the free Summer Arts Weekend on July 26 and 27, this annual event at Copley Square Park — sponsored by The Boston Globe, Citizen’s Bank and WGBH — features Grammy-winning Chicano rock band Los Lobos, Irish step dancers and orchestral compositions from the Landmarks Orchestra and others. Aside from the impressive roster of jazz, classical, blues and reggae artists, dancing and family-friendly entertainment at the Summer Arts Weekend will also be provided, along with art, food and cultural programs that are sure to stimulate all the senses.
Tori Amos at Boston Opera House
Remember when songwriters who played the piano were once considered rock stars? Well, they still are, and the most influential of the lot, Tori Amos, graces the Boston Opera House on Aug. 15. As creative as ever, Amos recently put out her 14th studio album, “Unrepentant Geraldines,” delving into the complex issues of ageism in the music industry, family and her southern roots. Performing in the chic, luxurious setting of the Opera House on Washington Street, fans will be enthralled by the atmosphere of the venue and the timeless essence of Amos’ angelic vocals.
Damian Marley & Atmosphere at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Performing June 8 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Grammy Award-winner Damian Marley — the youngest son of reggae pioneer Bob Marley — along with opening act Atmosphere are set to bring their brazen style of hip-hop to the East Coast. Throughout his career, Marley has proven himself a versatile artist, centering much of his work on social issues and joining forces with heavy hitters such as Nas and Mick Jagger. For one night, reggae, hip hop and dancehall combine for one extraordinary concert.
This summer, take advantage of Beantown’s vibrant music scene and make sure to check out these and other exciting happenings throughout the city.
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