Greetings! It's Fourth of July here in the States, and the only reason to celebrate right now is because we get like, two days off from whatever hell we trudge to every day that metes out scant breadcrumbs of a living while lining the pockets of some cartoon villain with bought and paid dual citizenship in New Zealand. The only thing that "America" stands for in my mind, today, is late-stage capitalism and a very broken capacity to care about other people and Mother Earth. There is literally nothing to celebrate anymore. Well, except getting the fucking day off from work, and if you're lucky, you get paid (8 hours despite the fact that you work for 10 hours on most days) to have the day off.
But enough with that negativity I mean realism! Let's get real for a second, you are going to sit outside, eat food that has been cooked on an open flame, and get drunk as a skunk and you're going to have a goddam blast doing it. So here, I made you a barbecue playlist. This playlist has everything you need at a barbecue - classic RnB for the sunny hours, a few contemporary hits for The Youths - but not too many, who's paying for this thing anyway?, some sweet 60's and 70's soul for when the sun starts to set, an then some excellent weed- and romance-themed reggae for when your cousin Tyler starts rolling joints on your mom's favorite placemats, and your neighbor sneaks off with your ex girlfriend to make out and probably do some pants-region stuff behind the shed.
Anyway, put this bitch on shuffle and savor that moment when "Ignition Remix" comes on and everyone at your barbecue loses their fucking mind and starts dancing.
Blackberry Smoke, a band whose press photo makes me want to punch them right in their Allman Brothers Underoos, is at Aura.
The Pubcrawlers are at Brian Boru.
The Resistance, Argon Red and Port City Saints are at the Spring Point Tavern in South Portland.
Locals Darrell Foster, Sean Slaughter, Renee Coolbrith, Justin Chamberlain, Trent Gay, Kelly Ravin, Dominic Lavoie, Kris Rodgers and Kurt Fedora with members of Five of the Eyes, The Very Reverend, Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems, John Hughes Radio, Dominic and the Lucid, Eldemur Krimm, Paranoid Social Club and the Welterweights are doing a night of Chris Cornell-themed music as a benefit for The Opportunity Alliance. This is an earlier show, music starts at 8pm.