Best of the Day: The Baseball Project – May 5, 2015

Former R.E.M. and Dream Syndicate members swing for the fences at Johnny D’s.

Welcome to Best of the Day, our daily recommendation for what to check out around town. If you do one thing in Boston today, consider this.

The Baseball Project

The Baseball Project. / Courtesy photo by Michael E Anderson

This city is rife with stories about big-name acts playing sparsely attended gigs at small clubs before they blew up—Nirvana at T.T.’s, U2 at the Dise, the Police at the Rat—but how about when stadium-fillers show up in tiny rooms? Well, we’re seeing our share of that this spring, too. Last week, Slayer graced the Sinclair. This week, you can see three members of R.E.M. in the intimate confines of Johnny D’s. The Baseball Project—whose debut featured Sox tribute “Ted Fucking Williams”—brings Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Mike Mills (plus Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon) to Davis Square for an evening of songs inspired by the “zillion incredible stories” of America’s pastime.

$15, May 5, 7:30 p.m., Johnny D’s Uptown, 17 Holland St., Somerville, 617-776-2004,