Ruff Cuts: Boston Does Boston comes alive with 26 cover tracks, three live shows

Boston Does Boston goes live this weekend, with three shows around Allston that brings together 16 of the 26 bands taking part in Jason’s Dunn’s ambitious covers project. The idea is simple: Boston bands covering other Boston bands, and doing it to support the local Animal Rescue League. There are some odd — read: awesome — pairings, like hard rock dudes Black Thai covering synthpop luminaries Freezepop, and some expected unions, like young Padawan Parks taking on Jedi melody master Corin Ashley.

All the songs have been posted on the Boston Does Boston Bandcamp, and the sounds come to life tomorrow through Sunday, kicking off at Brighton Music Hall, then rolling up Harvard Ave to Great Scott for some Saturday night action before heading back to the Hall for Sunday’s finale.

In addition to a pretty good piece in today’s Metro, Dunn, leader of scene stalwarts the Luxury, explained idea on the project’s homepage:

Back in the mid-90′s in my hometown of Burlington, VT, a local compilation of VT artists covering each other was dreamed up, compiled and titled “Burlington does Burlington” (Good Citizen Records). It was one of my favorite things ever. While mulling over a broken ankle in February 2013, I pondered the recreation of the idea in Boston – it would be a way to knit an often disparate music community more closely together and make an unapologetically big deal out of the talent in the area without competition, rivalry or falling under any corporate or business umbrella, just plain mutual appreciation and tons and tons of talent on display. Home recording had proliferated and improved to the point that it couldn’t be that costly to do it well, and to top it off, we could put out a CD and throw a few CD release parties – and give all the profits to The Animal Rescue League of Boston, where countless dogs, cats and other animals are given a second lease on life after being rescued from streets or abusive or negligent homes.

Cheers to that!

Here is the breakdown for each show this weekend:

FRIDAY DEC 13TH Opening NightBrighton Music Hall, Allston MA
Township, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents, The Michael J. Esptein Memorial Library, Nemes, Here We Just Dream
tickets $12 – click here to secure your tickets 18+ w/ I.D., doors at 8pm

SATURDAY DEC 14th Rock NightGreat Scott, Allston MA
Dead Cats Dead Rats, I Pistol, The Lights Out, Mr. Vertigo, Reverse
tickets $12 – click here to secure your tickets 21+ w/ I.D., doors at 8pm

SUNDAY DEC 15th The FinaleBrighton Music Hall, Allston, MA
Three Day Threshold, Garvy J., The Luxury, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets, Sarah Rabdau & Self- Employed Assassins, Corin Ashley
tickets $12 – click here to secure your tickets 21+ w/ I.D., doors at 8pm