Although the vast majority of us are going to spend the Fourth of July weekend reaching high levels of slovenly behavior, mind-numbing consumption, and ill-advised conversations about the state of our nation, some folks actually have to work. And, though gas station attendants, doctors, police, and Target employees all deserve a few kudos for their sacrifices, we're talking about the plight of the local musician and venues for a moment.
Do a solid for the many local artists who have decided to work this weekend, and get to a couple of the robust shows ahead. Even if it's pretty much a certainty that none of these acts will cover Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A." -- and please correct me if I am wrong -- this is a chance to put that whole "angry American" persona on the shelf for a couple days and revel in free speech with accompaniment created by your neighbors.
Here are our picks for tonight, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.