Comeback geezer of the decade
Santana stops at the Tweeter Center, (617) 931-2000, on August 1 and 2.
And speaking of comeback geezers -- well, strike that, 'cause Ozzy Osbourne
never really went away. Ozzy blows through with Pantera, Godsmack,
Queens of the Stone Age, and a bunch more on board the Ozzfest express,
which will make stops at the Tweeter Center, in Mansfield, on July 29 and 30.
The Queens, out in support of their sophomore post-Kyuss disc Rated R,
play an intimate gig -- their only area headlining show -- at the Newbury
Comics, (508) 845-3391, in Shrewsbury on July 28. And Godsmack follow up their
Ozzfest mainstage stint with two shows at the State Theatre, (207) 775-3331, in
Portland, on August 1 and 2. Opening up are home-town faves -- and candidates
for, y'know, the next Godsmack -- 6gig. Also on the bill are a band
called Mourning Widows, whose guitar player -- Nuno Bettencourt! -- used
to be in a certain hair-metal band with Godsmack manager Paul Geary. Nuno's
next gig isn't nearly so swank -- his Widows play the cheese-metal graveyard
known as the Station, (401) 823-4660, in West Warwick, Rhode Island, on August
The Lowell Folk Festival, (978) 970-5000, graces six stages in that fine city
from July 28 through 30, with free performances by Riverdance's Eileen
Ivers, Cape Verdean morna singer Fantcha, Western-swing dudes the
Texas Playboys, the Mad Bavarian Brass Band, and lots more. And
honky-tonk novelty/virtuoso Junior Brown takes his 10-gallon hat to the
seashore for a show at the Wellfleet Beachcomber, (508) 346-6055, on July 28.
-- Carly Carioli