Barenaked Ladies
Barenaked Ladies

It's been more than one week since Steven Page left the Barenaked Ladies -- more than five years, in fact, since he and the band announced that "by mutual agreement" the bespectacled frontman was no longer a part of the Canadian rock group.

But it hasn't slowed down BNL, who will come to Boarding House Park on Saturday night for the next show in the Lowell Summer Music Series. And if you think Barenaked Ladies are an act from yesteryear, think again.

Even though the band hasn't had a Top 40 singles hit since 2000's "Pinch Me," its current album, last year's Grinning Streak, reached No. 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Oh, and if you're thinking about getting tickets, consider this tweet from the Lowell Summer Music Series Twitter account on Wednesday morning: "Tickets for @barenakedladies are EXTREMELY limited. Might be our first sell-out in quite some time."

If you want tickets, go to lowellsummermusic.org. The show takes place Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $52 in advance, $60 of concert. (Update: As of midday Wednesday, the LSMS website lists the show as a sell-out.)

Reviews: Trombone Shorty, Bad Company

I had the chance to check out the New Orleans musical maestro Trombone Shorty last Thursday at Boarding House Park. After a whirlwind 24 hours that started with the overnight fire on Branch Street that killed seven people and left many others homeless, music was the perfect medicine for the Mill City.

His energy turned the courtyard into a dance party where everyone, from toddlers to seniors, were dancing in aisles and out of their lawn chairs. And he didn't skimp on the performance, either, playing for at least two hours to a packed Boarding House Park.

It was a lot of fun and hopefully he'll be a return visitor here sooner than later.

I should also mention that Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union raised $3,390 for the Branch Street Fire Victims Fund at the Trombone Shorty and Andrew Bird concerts last weekend.

Two nights later, I wandered down to the Xfinity Center for the first time this year to check out the classic rock double bill of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company.

I saw them last year at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, when they were doing a limited run of dates where the bands would swap as headliners. This time around, Skynyrd is the headliner, although by the end of Bad Company's hour-long set, pretty much every seat had been filled with people singing along to the anthemic "Bad Company" set-closer.

Skynyrd did not disappoint, either, with a tweaked setlist that featured a few more obscure tunes in the middle before closing with "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird," which lasted nearly a half-hour combined.

Opening act The Dead Daisies delivered a half-hour set of straight-ahead rock that would play really well in a small club. They weren't lost in the larger confines of the Xfinity Center, but the acoustics aren't as good when there are few people in their seats.