Boston used to be a great city for free live music. Back in the 90's, both modern rock radio stations, WFNX and WBCN, used to host free shows at the Hatch Shell and City Hall Plaza multiple times each summer. There was the notorious Green Day show in 1994, and shows featuring Letters to Cleo, Folk Implosion, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Amazing Royal Crowns, and more, all for free. The last big free show was the Outside the Box Festival back in 2013 that featured Buffalo Tom, The Lemonheads, and Mighty Mighty Bosstones. There have been a few smaller free live shows since then, but those have been pretty sparse, and have featured bands like Smashmouth. It's made me dream of cities with great, free live music like NYC, or even Portsmouth, NH's Prescott Park Art Festival.
Thanks, to WERS, free live music is coming back to Boston this summer. Somehow a college radio station has put together the show of the summer, all for free on the Boston Common. They've announced four bands so far, and all four are fantastic. For newer artists, they have Bleachers and Air Traffic Controller. For vintage, classic alternative, they've booked Buffalo Tom and Juliana Hatfield. Yes, that's right. Bleachers, Buffalo Tom, Juliana Hatfield, and Air Traffic Controller. All for free on Boston Common this summer. Seriously, what more could you want? Oh, and there will be more, because the show is running eight hours.
A Wicked Good Festival will be held August 18 from noon to 8:00 on Boston Common for free. For more information, check out the festival's website.