Boston Calling Music Festival is an annual Boston-based free music festival. The festival formerly took place twice yearly, May and Sept, on City Hall Plaza. It featured local and national acts from around the world. Now presented in Boston every year as an incredible free outdoor street fair. In addition to featuring local artists and bands, the festival also showcases many of Boston’s top attractions.
Boston Calling Music Festival
This year’s edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival will feature a special memorial day weekend program. Organizers have decided to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting. Hosted by the beautiful Double Door Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the program features performances by prominent Boston musician Wanda Sykes, as well as performances by other high caliber musicians, from worldwide talent to local stars. This year’s tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre includes performances by The National, Phoenix, Deerhunter, and The Black Crowes.
Additionally, Wanda Sykes will be appearing at this year’s Festival as a special guest performer. She will be joining other high-profile performers including Deerhunter, Skye Rocklin, and Native Americans. Ms. Sykes has had her own rise to stardom in the music industry. Her musical ventures include her role on American Pie, as well as numerous appearances on TV shows, such as Comedy Centrals. After working with the comedian circuit, she began a tenure as a vocalist for The Ramones, as well as touring with The Doobie Brothers. In addition to her acting career, she also rose to prominence as a lyricist and songwriter for many well-regarded groups.
Another performer to pay homage to the victims of the Pulse shooting is Mark Linn-Baker, a founding member of The Mountain Goats. Mr. Linn-Baker, along with his bandmates, has been long-time practitioners of acoustic bluegrass and psychedelic rock. He has made multiple appearances at the famed Boston recording studio, The Lick City Recordings, and has been playing and recording with a number of other artists as well. In fact, in 2021, he co wrote and sang on the track “Wish You Were Here,” by The Replacements. He has also opened for artists such as Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Cheap Trick, Stainton Brothers, The Eagles, and many others.
Another performer set to perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival this coming Memorial Day Weekend is The Roots. Established in 1984, The Roots is an influential African-American band that has sold more than four million albums. They are widely famous for their soul, blues, and reggae music. During the recent documentary film about the band titled We Are Forever Together; they were asked to perform. Owing to their lengthy musical career, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Boston Calling Music Festival headliners
Several Boston Calling Music Festival headliners will be performing on the second weekend of the festival. The First Avenuetones are set to play on Saturday, followed by Portugal. cers and Deerhunter on Sunday. Joining the line-up for Boston Calling Music Festival headlinership will be twenty-one pilots from around the world including Japan, Spain, Mexico, India, Thailand, Germany, Egypt, and more. This will be an exciting weekend for fans of great music.
Allston High School
The weekend’s festivities conclude with the official closing party on Thursday night. Boston Calling Music Festival promoters and organizers chose to end the music festival with a spectacular lighting display that will take place outside of the Allston High School. It will illuminate the sky with thousands of lighted LED lights. As always, food and drink are also provided at the conclusion of the event. The final evening event will feature performances by the caliber of artists mentioned in this article and more.
If you want to see what Boston Calling Music Festival has to offer this coming autumn, then booking your tickets now is highly recommended. Boston Calling Music Festival organizers expect attendance numbers to rise this year once again. In spite of the high demand for tickets, the festival itself offers exceptional value for money. Tickets for the entire weekend are currently available online.
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