Last weekend I attended the sold out 3rd installment of Boston Calling, a 3-day musical festival that drew over 60,000 spectators (roughly 22,000 per day) to City Hall Plaza.
Check out that lineup! I love that the city has made this a regular event, and has been able to secure some great talent.
I am posting this from the airport (more on that later), and having trouble getting my embedded videos to display, so Here are some links to the highlights:
- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Home. These guys were so fun. At one point, lead singer Alex Ebert came down into the crowd, grabbed a fan's cell phone, and proceeded to take a video of all his band mates and their view from the stage, before returning the phone to its owner (complete with selfie). https://www.flickr.com/photos/stephrog/14089015409/
- Jack Johnson - Sitting Waiting Wishing. They also had fun with the audience: when a young woman down front held up a sign indicating she could play his songs on the guitar, Johnson brought her up on stage to jam with the band. It was fantastic.
- Jack Johnson + Edward Sharpe - Rocky Raccoon. For his encore, Johnson brought his opening act back out to join him in a cover of the Beatles classic.
- The Neighborhood - Sweater Weather. I saw this band from LA when they opened for Imagine Dragons in Boston last year.
Bastille cover of 1993 Corona hit, Rhythm of the Night. Bastille sounded awesome, and really got the crowd moving, as evidenced by this video. Lead singer Dan Smith also interacted with the crowd, donning a gray hoodie and then plowing through his fans while he sang.
We closed out Sunday night with some Modest Mouse.
All in all, a really fun weekend.
Bonus track: Ray Lamontagne - Trouble, at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion last night. Now my week of music is complete. Stay tuned for a week of fashion & design...from Italy!