Rox and roll
Okay, rock fans: anyone ever heard of Campanelli Stadium? Us neither. But now we can tell you that it’s a 6000-seat ballpark that opened just last year as the new home of the excellently named Brockton Rox, that fair municipality’s entry into the eight-team independent Northern League. There’s no game on July 12, but that night Brockton will get its rox off in a completely different fashion, as Campanelli Stadium plays host to . . . the B-52’s? A flamboyantly campy post-punk group with a flame-o lead singer playing at a minor-league ballpark in Brockton? We’re so there. Rick Berlin’s Shelley Winters Project and budding cabaret-punk stars (and Rumble winners) the Dresden Dolls open up. Campanelli Stadium is at 1 Lexington Avenue in Brockton, the show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $25 to $45; call (508) 559-7000, or visit www.etix.com.
Down from the mountain
Far better than your average jam-band cookout, the Berkshire Mountain Music Festival has over the past six years embraced everything from psychedelic pop to hip-hop to jazz to electronica, and when it returns to the Butternut ski resort in Great Barrington this August, it’ll have a typically adventurous line-up. Running August 15 through 17 — the same weekend as the Newport Folk Fest — it’ll include headlining sets from organ-jazz fiends Medeski Martin & Wood, experimental pop pranksters the Flaming Lips, and the reunited acid-jazz group the Greyboy Allstars (making their first East Coast appearance of the 21st century). The full line-up, totaling some 50 bands on six stages, includes octogenarian gospel stars the Blind Boys of Alabama; bluegrass innovator Sam Bush; world/soul innovators the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra; Allman Bros./Gov’t Mule jammer Warren Haynes; and a livetronica contingent embracing Sound Tribe Sector 9, the New Deal, and Particle. Tickets are $130 for a three-day pass, or $120 for two days, and that includes camping; call (877) 42-FESTS, or visit www.berkfest.com.
Bringing the noise
If this year’s Warped Tour fails to sate your need for massive doses of summer punk-rock fun, note that this year’s Suburban Noise festival brings the ruckus to the Topsfield Fairgrounds August 16. The daylong affair, running from noon to 8 p.m. on two stages, may not have any extreme sports on the bill, but former pro skater Duane Peters is among the headliners, and his teeth-smashing hardcore outfit the Hunns provide enough action for a pair of halfpipes. The festival also features sets by hardened skate-punk vets Down by Law and a bunch of Boston hardcore legends including the Explosion, Toxic Narcotic, the USM, and a re-formed Slapshot. The Fairgrounds are at 210 Boston Road in Topsfield, and tickets are $25, $20 in advance. For more information, visit www.oghmaproductions.com; for tickets, call (800) 697-3287 or visit www.acetickets.com.
Out of the ballpark?
Bruce Springsteen’s Fenway Park appearance on September 6 sold out in less time than it took the Sox to play the first inning against the Florida Marlins last Friday, and when the promoters added a second show for September 7, that one sold out as well. So you can take your chances with the Fenway scalpers, or, on the 6th, you can head out to the Tsongas Arena in Lowell for Dashboard Confessional, the solo band of Nebraska-worshipping acoustic-emo heartthrob Chris Carraba, who’ll be seeking to lay claim to the Springsteen-of-his-generation title when his new A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar (Vagrant) hits shelves this fall. Tickets are $20.50; call (617) 931-2000.