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Party with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones

There’s not a lot of bands these days who drape themselves in plaid and boast a designated dancer in its lineup – and that’s a shame. If there was, then maybe there would be more bands as enduringly enjoyable and party-ready as the ageless Mighty Mighty Bosstones, who will arrive at Canalside Thursday to start their seven-date Eastern Run Tour (which concludes at Boston’s Fenway Park with opening duties for the Foo Fighters). Still led by the Marlboro roar of current “Jimmy Kimmel Live” announcer Dickey Betts, the Massachusetts-bred ska-core originals have released four albums since their 1997 breakthrough, “Let’s Face It,” which introduced the horn-heavy Hub club favorites to radio audiences via hit singles like “The Impression That I Get.” But despite new material, expect the band’s designated skanker Ben “Bosstone” Carr to be shuffling aside the Buffalo River to plenty of deep cuts, whether off the punk-driven “Devil’s Night Out” or Mercury Records debut, “Don’t Know How to Party.”

This show is free, and will certainly be packed. Those interested in room to dance – with seats, front-of-stage access and your first three drinks included –can buy $40 VIP tickets through Canalside via

– Michael Farrell

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