In the mix: “One thing about being a composer is to know the rules so that you can break the rules," says steel pan player Jonathan Scales, right. His new album, Mixtape Symphony, works with long-form songs. Photo by Zaire Kacz

Jonathan Scales Fourchestr­a explores long-form

After what he calls “years and years” of Roy “Futureman” Wooten preaching to him about pushing the art form to new compositional heights, Jonathan Scales at last decided to heed those words with “Mixtape Symphony,” his latest album with bassist Cody Wright and percussionist Phill Bronson. A record release show, slated for Friday, June 6, at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall celebrates the dense, 33-minute work.

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This weekend on a shoestring

This weekend brings the spoken and written word, vaudeville and hip-hop for kids, free rock ‘n’ roll and plenty to do outdoors. So enjoy the comfort of cooling temperatures while your wallet rests safely at home. Know of other budget-friendly events this weekend? Share them in the comments section at the bottom of the page.