Few things are more frustrating to a music fan than hearing that a favorite act is coming to town, only to find out that the show is sold out. We’re here to help you avoid that pitfall — and the overpriced secondary ticket market — by consulting local experts like Bridget Gillis of Live Nation, Christine Varriale of Bowery Boston, and Shawn Robidoux of The Wilbur. Below, check out a handful of live shows we’ve heard are dangerously low on tickets.
If you’ve been out to a local show or two over the last decade-plus, or have at least a passing interest in the Boston music scene, you probably know The Beatings. The beloved Boston indie vets will play their final show ever on Saturday night at Great Scott. Given their 20-year tenure, it’s no surprise that Varriale said the show is close to sold-out. (Saturday, May 18 at 9:15 p.m.; Great Scott, Allston; $12; 21+; with Hands & Knees; tickets available here)
“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” “If I Could Change Your Mind.” “Sundown.” This Canadian singer-songwriter’s legend transcends generations, and his hits have a certain timelessness to them. And here you are, with a chance to see the man himself, live. But act fast, Robidoux said, because tickets are going fast. (Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $50-$75; 21+; tickets available here)
The pride of Milton is coming home. Slate’s role as Mona-Lisa Saperstein on “Parks and Recreation” and her quirky-yet-relatable brand of humor have won her a legion of devoted fans, so it’s no surprise that Robidoux said tickets to see her one-night show at The Wilbur are on the cusp of selling out. (Saturday, May 25 at 7 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $34-$49; 21+; tickets available here)
Natalie Mering performs her haunting brand of folk under the name Weyes Blood. She released her fourth studio album, “Titanic Rising,” on seminal indie label Sub Pop records last month, and this month will see her headlining The Sinclair. Varriale put the show on her short list of near-sell-outs, so you’d better be bloody quick about picking up your tickets. (Tuesday, May 28 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $15-$17; 18+; with Jackie Cohen; tickets available here)
Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World
It’s time to look ahead at summer concert offerings, and if nostalgia is your summer vibe, then this show may be of interest to you. Alt-rock kingpins Third Eye Blind and emo godfathers Jimmy Eat World are bringing their aptly named Summer Gods Tour to Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in July. Plan ahead and get your tickets now — Gillis said they won’t last forever. (Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m.; Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, Boston; $35-$115; all ages; with Ra Ra Riot; tickets available here)