If it's been "One Week" since you read this column, but you're a Barenaked Ladies fan, you won't have to wait that long to get tickets to their July 19 show at Boarding House Park in Lowell as part of the 25th season of the Lowell Summer Music Series.
Tickets, which are $52 in advance and $60 if available on the day of the show, went on sale this morning at 9 through lowellsummermusic.org for the 7:30 p.m. show.
While former BNL frontman Steven Page played the Lowell Summer Music Series in 2011, the Canadian rockers have never played Boarding House Park before, but if their reputation is to be believed, it should be a fun evening.
First off, you can expect to hear some of their biggest hits (the ones sang primarily by Ed Robertson, the singer-songwriter guitarist who remains in BNL) including "Pingh Me," "Brian Wilson," "One Week" and "If I Had $1,000,000." They are touring behind last year's Grinning Streak album, which reached No. 10 on the Billboard album chart and is part of the band's 25th anniversary celebration.
The band, who have been compared to The Cars or Squeeze, has made a living (literally) off their outdoor summer tours, having played locally everywhere from the Hatch Shell to Great Woods over the years (they were the "house band" for the former Mix 98.5 for seemingly eons) so having them in our own backyard is a nice treat.
And in a late addition on Tuesday night, Lowell Summer Music Series organizers announced that JJ Grey and Mofro will come to Boarding House Park on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which are on sale now, are $28 in advance, $35 day of the show.
JJ Grey & Mofro have been described as a mix of Southern rock, swamp funk and Memphis soul by the New York Times. He's played everything from Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo to Austin City Limits and the Montreal Jazz Festival, and shared stages with everyone from Lenny Kravitz and B.B. King to Jeff Beck and Mavis Staples. His music has appeared in House, Friday Night Lights and The Deadliest Catch.
Music for Mother's Day
I can't take credit for this, but my wife read something online about bands your kids need to know about and I thought it would be a good tie-in to Mother's Day, which will be here in a few weeks.
The gist of the blog was that while everyone has their "greatest bands of all time" lists, we also have our individual favorites that we hope our kids will like. Whether it's Simon and Garfunkel, U2, Bruce Springsteen or the Bee Gees (no sense being embarrassed about that one -- they were well-respected musicians before their successful foray into disco and came out unscathed), there's been a ton of great music released over our lifetimes.
My question to you, Moms, is this: What bands played a part in your life? Which singers or groups are the ones you couldn't start wait to playing for your children... and you can do so with a straight face knowing it's great music?
Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run your suggestions here the week before Mother's Day.
We'll do this again for Father's Day, so for you Dads out there, put on your thinking caps and start sending in the music you think kids needs to know about.