Worried that after the 4th of July you’ll going to catch the summertime blues? Never fear, Weekend Warrior is here! With so much going good going on in the ‘hood, you won’t even notice the (solidly in the 90s, in case you hadn’t noticed) heat.
The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St. 7 – 9 p.m. $9.75 Adults, $7.75 Students & Members, $6.75 Kids & Seniors.
This “rockumentary” tells the story of A Band Called Death, three African American brothers whose proto-punk music preceded pioneering bands like Bad Brains and the Ramones, but never received the same exposure. Learn about the band that is now credited as the first black punk band – and what held them back from success during the peak of the Motown era.
The Sinclair, 52 Church St. 8 p.m. – midnight. $20, 18+.
This English rock group is still going strong since its formation in 1976, and are hitting the Sinclair in all of their punk/post-punk glory. Opener Bear in Heaven has been gaining exposure since releasing its 2012 album, I Love You, It’s Cool, which garnered a 7.5 rating from Pitchfork. It’s sure to make for an awesome music mix.
The Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave. 9 p.m. – midnight. $8.
Western Mass comes to the heart of Cambridge. Potty Mouth, an all-girl punk outfit from Northampton, is joined by South Carolina’s Chemical Peel and Boston’s Tomboy for an energetic night of music at the Plough & Stars. The group has recently gained a lot of buzz from the likes of Spin and Stereogum – come see if they live up to the hype.
Oberon Theatre, 2 Arrow St. 8 – 10 p.m. $20 Standing / $25 Table.
Komoi Collective and Tubiforce Media Productions bring “The Bacchae” to Oberon Theatre this Friday with shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. The timeless tale of Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry, and his chaotic return to Thebes will be presented in several shows throughout the weekend – check out a full list of showtimes here.
University Park Common, 38 Sidney St. 4 – 6:30 p.m. Free.
For the third year in a row, the concert and picnic in Central Square is at it again with a live performance by the Berlin Hall Orchestra. With something for everyone, residents are encouraged to enjoy the festivities with friends or family of all ages. There will be a lemonade stand to raise money for endangered elephants as well as plenty of hula hoops, bubbles and sun to go around. If that isn’t enough, there will also be a limited amount of T-shirts given away for free.
TT the Bears, 10 Brookline St. 5:30 p.m. $12.
These Brooklyn natives from the Woodsist label have a lo-fi folk/pop sound that lends itself well to Cambridge’s alternative music scene. This special early evening appearance at TT the Bear’s will be accompanied by a set from twang-rock newcomers Parquet Courts. Now that the group has started implementing elements of live performance into their recording process, it’s sure to be one of their best shows yet.
Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St. 10 p.m. – midnight. $10.
Ever the experimental venue, Lily Pad will be hosting a Nourish Boston production featuring the Irish/Klezmer/Appalachian fiddle-folk four man band. It’s a sound that stands on its own, and whether they’re dropping a hair metal track or a video game music cover, this quartet is going to make sure that you’re on your feet and moving to their off-kilter beat.
Holyoke St. 5 – 10 p.m. Free.
Celebrate your French heritage, or just a taste for all things France-related, with this public celebration presented by Sandrine’s Bistro and the Harvard Square Business Association. The party will feature French cuisine from restaurants along the street, a beer garden and music from Cask Mouse, Rapplesauce and DJ Kamal capping off the night from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Oberon Theatre, 2 Arrow St. 8 – 11 p.m. $20 Standing / $25 Table.
For one night, this boundary-pushing rock opera returns to the Oberon. Focusing on Hedwig, a transgendered glam rock singer, the play mixes music and comedy – and has already added a matinee performance at 4 p.m. due to popular demand. In 2012, the opera won three Broadway World Boston Awards, so we have a feeling it’s worth your buck.