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.
It’s a testimony to the popularity of an act when they book a three-night stand in a city and all three shows are on the brink of selling out. Such is the case with Memphis country-punk favorites Lucero, says Varriale. They’re playing three at The Sinclair before Christmas, so stick a pair of tickets in your stocking before they’re all gone. (Thursday, Dec. 19 through Saturday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $30 and up; 18+; with The Huntress, Holder of hands; tickets available here)
Over the last half-decade, DJ/producer Anton Zaslavski, aka Zedd, has become a force of nature in pop music. Bringing flavors of progressive house and dubstep to his studio creations, he’s scored hits with Selena Gomez, Alessia Cara, and Ariana Grande. It’s no surprise Kersys is listing Zedd’s late-December Big Night Live set as almost-sold-out. (Friday, Dec. 27 at 9:30 p.m.; Big Night Live, Boston; $89 and up; 21+; tickets available here)
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Every December, Boston ska-punk legends The Mighty Mighty Bosstones come back to town for their annual Hometown Throwdown. This year, it’s Hometown Throwdown 22, and the theme is “It’s a Plaid Plaid Plaid Plaid World.” The Saturday night set is the most popular one of the homestand, and Kersys says that’s the show that only has a few tickets left, so pick ‘em up. (Saturday, Dec.28 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $27 and up; 18+; tickets available here)
Kick off 2020 with a bit of magic. No, wait. It’s not “magic” the Acton-raised illusionist Shin Lim practices, it’s sleight of hand. But it’s mind-boggling nonetheless. And with a winning season of “America’s Got Talent” under his belt, it’s no wonder that Robidoux is telling us tickets for this January show are selling fast. (Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.; Chevalier Theatre, Medford; $49 and up; 18+; tickets available here)
What’s that saying about never judging a book by its cover? Teddy Swims rocks quite the unique look with his epic beard and hair. Then he starts crooning and it’s nowhere near what you’d expect. The Atlanta artist is making his name with some amazing R&B covers and word is travelling: Varriale tells us tickets for his 2020 Boston show are almost gone. (Monday, Jan. 27 at 9 p.m.; Great Scott, Allston; $15 and up; 18+; tickets available here)