Boston-area to do list


A couple of hit-makers

Lady rockers owe a lot to Pat Benatar, who has been hitting us with her best shot for more than 30 years. Hubby and musical partner, Neil Giraldo, has been a guitarist, producer, arranger, and songwriter for more than four decades, so between them they have seven-plus decades of rock ’n’ roll and our gratitude. 7:30 p.m. $36, $49.50. House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


Up on the roof It’s time to think about resort wear for your upcoming getaway, and at this week’s “R&R: Resort on the Rooftop” the runway previews the chic and edgy New York-designed “Launch by Susan Young.” Aug. 21 and 28 at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. runway show; Thursday rain date; rooftop is open to the public daily starting at
4 p.m.). Free admission (cabana and table reservations recommended). Revere Hotel Rooftop @ Revere, 200 Stuart St., Boston. 617-457-2663.

Nearby Nashville You have two chances to visit Nashville without leaving the beautiful view of Boston Harbor. Summer in the City Entertainment Series presents Country Pop Wednesdays with Whiskey Wild this week, Digger Dawg on Aug. 28, and Chef Daniel Bruce’s cuisine and cocktails on both evenings. 6-10 p.m. Free music. Boston Harbor Hotel’s Rowes Wharf Sea Grille terraces, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-439-7000.


Funny trail Here’s a different view of Boston, a wink-wink view, that also gives you a chance to meet the next cast members of Improv Asylum. Visit Fenway Park, Boston Common, and other sites that are given the sketch and improvised comedy treatment at “NXT: Romancing the Cobblestone” (NXT stands for “next”). 8 p.m. (also Aug. 28 and Sept. 4). $15. Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St., Boston.


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Words to live by In “Start Livin’,” the “love album” by Hawaii-based singer, guitarist, and songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter , you’ll hear hand clapping, pots and pans, and more. And the message from Frankenreiter is loud and clear: “Start Livin’ means stop worrying about where you’ve been, where you’re going — just start embracing what you have around you. Start loving what you have right now.” Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. $25. Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury. 978-462-5888.

Maxwell’s house Blues from 1998’s “Maximum Blues Piano,” soul jazz from the recent “Blues in Other Colors,” and surprise guests are on tap for David Maxwell’s Maximum Blues Piano unplugged. Bassist Marty Ballou and drummer Marty Richards join the blues master in the house. Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. $20. Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-395-7757.

All together now The band’s name makes it pretty simple to guess which band it pays tribute to. Beatles tribute act Help! gives you all their loving at the Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert series, where you can bring a picnic (no alcohol, please) or purchase your dinner and beverages. Aug. 22 7-9 p.m., weather permitting (gates open at
5 p.m. for picnics; final concert is Aug. 29 with Orville Giddings Band). $30 per car, $10 motorcycles and walk-ins. Castle Hill,
290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. 978-356-4351.