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 Mike Kersys 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.
The Jonas Brothers
Don’t let their five-year hiatus fool you: The Jonas Brothers are still as big as they were in their late-2000s heyday. Fresh off a pair of wins at last weekend’s Teen Choice Awards (yes, those are still a thing), Kevin, Joe, and Nick headline TD Garden this weekend. You can still score a ticket, but don’t wait until Saturday, says Kersys. (Saturday, Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $92 and up; all ages; tickets available here)
If you’re a fan of alternative, new wave, or just plain old rock and roll, you’ve probably come across The Alarm. The Welsh outfit has been combining all of the aforementioned styles since 1981 and they’re coming back to Boston this month, with 80s contemporaries Modern English and Gene Loves Jezebel in tow. Tickets are going fast according to Kersys, so get yours now. (Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $30; 18+; with Modern English, Gene Loves Jezebel; tickets available here)
The Summer of ’69 gave us Woodstock. It also gave us Hot Tuna. The ongoing side project of ex-Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady turns 50 this year, so naturally the pair have taken to the road. And, unlike the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the show is actually happening. It’s close to selling out, too, according to Robidoux, so get that tuna while it’s hot. (Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m.; Wilbur Theatre, Boston; $45 and up; 18+; with Dave Mason; tickets available here)
The Aussie singer-songwriter has had a busy few years. She released her debut album I Love You Like A Brother in 2017, following it up earlier this year with The Best Of Luck Club. The one-two punch of two albums in right around two years, coupled with a stellar live show, has given her a pretty solid fanbase. And they’re buying up tickets to her Great Scott gig at a fevered pace, says Varriale. (Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9:15 p.m.; Great Scott, Allston; $15; 18+; with Kingsbury; tickets available here)
It’s a good time to be an indie artist from Australia, apparently. Much like Alex Lahey, Hatchie is having a stellar 2019, which has seen the release of her full-length debut Keepsake. And much like Alex Lahey, Hatchie has a headlining set scheduled for Great Scott in Allston that’s close to selling out. Varriale suggests you get your tickets soon. (Thursday, Sept. 5 at 9:15 p.m.; Great Scott, Allston; $12-14; 18+; with Orchin; tickets available here)