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Music Boston it's the weekend by Amy Nachbar

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On Friday, August 29, 2014 it's the Campfire Festival which runs through Monday, September 1, 2014. This weekend long event started as a way to fill a bad booking weekend in 1998, but over the course of more than 10 years, the campfire. festival has become the single-biggest way that Passim develops new talent and celebrates the Boston area’s amazing music scene. Originally called, "On the Cutting Edge of the Campfire,” the festival combined the idea of artists sitting around the campfire playing music with our commitment to bringing new talent to discerning listeners. Today, the Campfire Festival is as much about the community as it is about the music. "In the round" performances with songwriters swapping tunes are as common as solo and band sets throughout the course of each day of the festival. Performances start at noon on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and go throughout the day. Tickets: $25. for the weekend or $10. per day For more info: www.passim.org/campfire-festival

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Indian Ranch in Webster has the chart topping Thompson Square Band on Saturday, August 29, 2014. The hits keep coming from Thompson Square. Following on “Testing the Water,” “If I Didn’t Have You” and “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About,” “I Can’t Outrun You” is the latest single off their sophomore album Just Feels Good to hit the radio airwaves, The ACM and CMA winning husband and wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson swept the 2012 Vocal Duo awards (CMA, ACM, CMT, ACA) thanks to a trio of hit singles off their debut album including the No. 1 double-platinum-selling hit "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," "I Got You" and "Glass." Opener: Kiley Evans; Corral Stage: Liz Boudreau For more info: www.indianranch.com

Christine Ohlman, the Beehive Queen is back at the Bull Run, 219 Great Road in Shirley on Saturday, August 30, 2014. (978)425-4311 Ohlman is the number #1 female Americana vocalist in TheAlternateRoot.com's 2013 international readers poll. She is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist who has been the long running vocalist for the Saturday Night Live Band since 1991. The nickname, Beehive Queen, refers to her unusual platinum beehive that only Ohlman can carry off. She is truly one of a kind and her energized performance is something you won't want to miss. For more info: http://www.christineohlman.net

It's the Throwdown Band is a bluesy rock band and they're performing at Pete's Bar and Grill, 540 South Street in Quincy on Saturday, August 30, 2014. This band has had their fair share of awards thus far including: Winner of the 2013 Boston Blues Society's Blues Challenge and Semi-finalists at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis as well as Winner of the 2010 Boston Blues Society's Best Self-produced CD. The band is: Eric Savoie, Stan Blues Junior, Peter Albert de Reyna, Skip Fischer For more band info: http://throwdownband.net/

Ryles Jazz Club, 215 Hampshire Street in Cambridge has a New Orleans Funk and Blues Band called GUMBO who will be playing on Saturday, August 30, 2014. This is a new band where four of the five members are professors at Berklee College of Music in Boston. "GUMBO" specializes in the music of New Orleans, Funk, Blues and Jazz. Each member has had experience playing with National and international talents such as B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Courage Brothers, Ronnie Earl, Duke Levine, Mighty Sam McClain among others. The band is: Dave Limina on keyboards and Hammond B3, Dave Buda on bass, Mike Williams on guitar, Bob Tamagni on drums and Jim Porcella on vocals.

Doubleshot Boston, a heavy rock and roll band who covers the best of heavy metal, will be playing at Stix and Stones, 800 Brockton Ave in Abington on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Doubleshot is one of the Boston areas best Hard Rock Cover Band. They are one of the few bands in the area that can simply Rock and they do it loud. The band is: Ian Garvey on vocals, Pete Kendall on lead guitar, Bob Coots on bass and Billy Feeney on drums. More info:http://www.doubleshotboston.com

The C Note, 159 Nantasket Ave in Hull has The Fat City Band on Saturday night. The Fat City Band is a seven piece, high energy, swing, jump blues, New Orleans stlye R&B band. They have a 40 year legacy both locally and nationally and have shared the stage with some of the all time greats in the music industry including: James Brown, B.B. King and Ray Charles. The band is: Paul Redmond on lead vocals, John Litwinon drums, Mark Anderson on guitar, Joe Baglione on bass, Shane Wood on keyboar, Tucker Antell on sax and Clayton DeWalt on slide trombone. For more band info: http://www.fatcityband.com

Mike Slater and his Tribute to Elvis will be performing at the Taphouse Grille, 159 South Main Street in Fall River on Sunday, August 31, 2104. Slater is the best Elvis impersonator in New England and was voted third best in the country. So ifyou are an Elvis fan, Slater is a must see!

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