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recommended boston area events

tuesday, december 4th

kelly hogan

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 6th

conor oberst

@ converse hall, tremont st.

thursday, december 6th

jason isbell &

the 400 unit

@ the sinclair

friday, december 7th

the weisstronauts 14th

annual holiday jubilee

with guests tsunami of sound

preacher jack, & the derangers

@ the midway cafe, jp

friday, december 7th


moving mountains


@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

patrick watson

@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

the faint perform

"danse macabre"


icky blossoms

@ the paradise

sunday, december 9th

band of horses

@ house of blues

sunday, december 9th



@ the paradise

wednesday, december 12th

concrete blonde

jim bianco

@ the sinclair

thursday, december 13th

annual boston christmas cavalcade

benefit for the homeless

featuring tons of artists

(see fb event for details)

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 13th

nada surf

eternal summers

@ the paradise

thursday, december 13th

mates of state

in the valley below

@ brighton music hall

friday, december 14th

forgetters (blake from

jawbreaker's band)

& more tba

@ democracy center, harvard square

sunday, december 30th

sufjan stevens

sheila saputo

@ the royale

monday, december 31st

my morning jacket

@ agganis arena

monday, december 31st

deer tick

two gallants

@ the sinclair

monday, january 7th


@ the paradise

tuesday, january 8th


@ great scott

saturday, january 19th

mission of burma

@ the sinclair

sunday, january 20th

camper van beethoven


@ the middle east down

sunday, january 20th


@ the orpheum

sunday, january 20th

ra ra riot

@ the paradise

sunday, january 27th


@ great scott

tuesday, january 29th

kathleen edwards

sera cahoone

@ brighton music hall

wednesday, february 13th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

saturday, march 2nd

unknown mortal orchestra

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 12th

tame impala

@ house of blues

thursday, march 14th

jukebox the ghost

matt pond pa

lighthouse and the whaler

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 26th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

wednesday & thursday

april 3rd & 4th

they might be giants

@ the paradise

visit tourfilter for more shows

Monday, June 07, 2010

Here It Is: Boston's 2010 LIFE IS GOOD FEST has a lineup

Life is good, the socially-conscious, Boston-based retailer of apparel and accessories (and good vibes) held a launch party on the sun-drenched roof of their flagship Newbury Street location this evening for their annual Boston-area Life is good Festival, giving local media types a first look at the lineup for the mid-September fun fest. The kid-and-adult-friendly charitable event (100% of proceeds go towards their own Life is good Kids Foundation) has traditionally been held on the Boston Common (and once at Fenway), and 2010 sees not just a location change, but a dramatic increase in its scale, mission, and most relevantly to me personally, its musical focus.

This year the super-sized Life is good Festival, which includes three music stages, will take place September 11th and 12th on the 40-acre Prowse Farm at the foot of the Blue Hills in Canton, MA. Performers are being booked with help from Superfly Productions, the team behind the lineups of the Bonnaroo and Outside Lands fests. Boston has been starved for an independently booked, multi-day music festival, so I've been looking forward to this reveal for awhile. As I figured, headliners are geared slightly towards a hacky-kickin' crowd, but the lineup is by no means limited to the crunchy side - there's an awful lot of diversity in the list of artists involved. Not a wealth of bands you'll find in my own collection (regular 'Nac readers can pick 'em out), but plenty to get all sorts of music fans down to Canton for a couple days.

The lineup for the 2010 Life is good Festival, a "two-day celebration of music and optimism", will include sets from...
Jason Mraz
Ben Harper & Relentless7
Ziggy Marley
Corinne Bailey Rae
Mavis Staples
Dr. Dog
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Brett Dennen
Donavon Frankenreiter
Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Toubab Krewe

and on the kids stage...

They Might Be Giants
The Laurie Berkner Band
Dan Zanes & Friends
The Sippy Cups
The Big Apple Circus

... and more to be announced.
For a complete list of festival details, visit their info page, and be sure to have a look at how you can become a "VGP" (Very Good Person), which grants you some fairly special perks during the weekend. Bert and John Jacobs, brothers and co-owners of Life is good, are shooting to raise a million dollars for in-need children with this thing, and towards that end, the "VGP" program encourages additional fundraising by offering artist meet-and-greets, a special "VGP Lounge", better stage views + parking, backstage bbqs, and bonus schwag to those who gather extra funds for the kids. It's the LIG version of the "VIP" sections you see at other fests that end up being filled with industry-types and paparazzi-bait. This time, it's the generous who will get the royal treatment, as it should be.

More performers are due to be announced, and tickets will be available on June 17th through the Lig Festival website (so your services charges won't be wasted). Single-day adult tickets are 50 bucks, or $90 for both days. Kids' single-day tix are just $10, and children under 5 are free (good news for Brendan... means I don't have to add anything more to his rapidly growing future-chores tab).

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