ONE: Every Friday night is Doo Wop Concert night on Salisbury Beach … and this Friday night is no exception! Enjoy classic tunes from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and Motown on the Salisbury Beach stage starting at 7 p.m., and stick around for the special Kids’ Dance Party at 9 p.m. This event is perfect for families looking to entertain generations both young and old.
TWO: Grab the fam and head over to Waterfront Park in Newburyport on Saturday from 3:30 to 8 p.m. for the Americana Rhythm and Roots Festival to benefit the Newburyport Parks Conservancy. The performers for this second annual festival are Grammy-nominated artist Marcia Ball, blues and soul rock diva Nikki Hill and the bluegrass artists in the Lonely Heartstring Band.
THREE: The Loading Dock Art Gallery is holding an opening reception for its music-themed exhibit titled “The Cultural ARTbeat” on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. According to the gallery, “music lovers and fine art fans will find a variety of work that strikes a chord.” Ho, ho!
FOUR: If you’re a Beatles fan looking for something a little different this weekend, AfterFab: The Beatles’ Solo Years at the Palace Theatre might just fit the bill. The name pretty much describes the content: AfterFab is a band that covers all of the Fab Four’s post-Fab Four music, from “Double Fantasy” to Wings. They’re one of the more interesting tribute acts out there, so consider checking them out on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
FIVE: With a solid number of local bands and solo acts, Open Mic Allstars Part 2 at beloved Haverhill dive Chit Chat Lounge is sure to be a ball. Don’t let the name fool you — even if you missed Part 1 last year, you’ll be able to keep up. Head to Washington Street on Saturday from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. when you’re ready to rock.
SIX: We don’t usually mention price here on Eight Great — after all, you can’t always put a price on a good time — but if you’ve had a rough week and you’re in dire need of some laughs, we feel it’s worth mentioning that tickets to Tupelo Music Hall‘s eponymous Tupelo Night of Comedy are just $18. It’s this Saturday at 8 p.m., so consider revitalizing yourself with that most unpretentious (and inexpensive!) of pleasures: laughter.
SEVEN: You don’t have to drive all the way to Boston to see Monet’s work starting on Saturday, when the Currier Museum of Art‘s “Monet: Pathways to Impressionism” exhibit opens, making four of the French artist’s masterpieces easily accessible to Merrimack Valley art admirers.
EIGHT: Music doesn’t get much more summery than reggae, so celebrate the arrival of the solstice at the Blue Ocean Music Hall with Mighty Mystic as part of their Reggae Sunday at SurfSide series. The show is on Sunday at 5 p.m., and please note that it is intended for audiences 21 years of age or older.