Last week Boston Pride announced that the Parade and Festival scheduled in June would be postponed to a date later this fall. Today, the popular music festival Boston Calling announced it too will be canceling the annual three-day event in Allston at the Harvard Athletic Complex. It had been scheduled for May 28-30, 2021.
Organizers have promised the festival will return Memorial Day weekend in 2022. You can read their full statement as well as information about ticket refunds on their website, bostoncalling.com.
New Year’s Eve in Boston has always – meh – unless you are with a good group of friends in which case it really doesn’t matter where you celebrate and it will be great. Unfortunately, the pandemic has made such gatherings a bit more difficult and less likely. So for those stranded at home, counting down the minutes until you can say “good riddance” to 2020, the city of Boston will be hosting their own “First Night”. You can stream the performances here and the full calendar of performances here.
I can’t say that I’m familiar with most of the acts, but I did want to give Boston’s Gay Men’s Chorus a shout out. They will be performing, A Prayer for Peace at 7:54PM and again at 9:38PM. They will appear one more time to sing Relax! at 10:10PM.
Since social distancing has become a standard practice, many people have turned to music to help stay connected and in this case inject some much needed humor into our current situation. Below are three different covers from songs originally sung by The Bee Gees, The Knack and Nirvana. Enjoy.
“Stayin’ Inside” (Bee Gees cover)
My Corona (The Knack cover)
by Chris Mann
Stay Inside (Nirvana cover)
by Urian Hackney of Rough Francis
All over the world we have seen videos of people using music to uplift spirits and to make people feel connected. Shelbie Rassler, a composition major at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, put a spin on that idea, bringing together over 70 of her fellow musicians together virtually for a rendition of “What the World Needs Now is Love” by Burt Bacharach. The result is a unique spin on a classic song, with video of each of the musicians playing or singing their parts, safely socially distanced, but brought together by the music. The credits at the end are accompanied by multiple dancers. Enjoy the video and much thanks to Shelbie and her classmates for a beautiful video.
Much thanks to my sister for sharing this local story with me earlier this week. You can read more about this story on Boston.com, here.
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus tickets are now on sale for their upcoming show, “Born This Way”. Performances will take place next month on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 at Jordan Hall. The show includes an original score from Broadway composer John Bucchino, who is best known for scoring the Broadway musical “A Catered Affair”.
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The first half opens with “Let It Sing” from the musical Violent. Other songs from the first half include “Reflection” from the Disney movie Mulan, “I’m Still Queer,” which is a spoof of “I’m Still Here,” from Sondheim’s Follies, “A Message From The Gay Community,” and Taylor Swift’s “You Need To Calm Down.” The second half will be the world premiere of A Peacock Among Pigeons, featuring a full cast from the Chorus, and an eight-piece orchestra.
For more information, visit www.bgmc.org or call 617-542-SING (7464).
The Boston Museum of Science has a new show that may be of interest to you. The Boston MoS new weekly 40-minute program, The Divas Experience, fuses the sounds of some of musics’ most iconic pop stars with stunning and inventive visuals under the Charles Heywood Planetarium dome.
Developed as a part of the SubSpace Project, the experimental playground for new work at the Museum of Science, this musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry, and imagination set to a pulsating soundtrack of music’s greatest icons.
Tickets are now on sale for shows on Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information and to purchase your tickets visit the Museum of Science planetarium website here.
Few things can make me feel older than stumbling upon anniversaries like this. On Friday, March 3, 1989 (thirty years ago – gulp), Madonna released the lead single “Like A Prayer” from her fourth album by the same name. The CD wouldn’t be released until later that month on the 21st. I can assure you I was at Strawberry Records that day picking up the CD scented with patchouli oils infused in the packaging to simulate church incense.
Next month The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC) spring concert “Raise You Up,” gives voice (literally) to the themes of racial injustice and the resilience of the human spirit. The BGMC will be joined on stage with the super cool and fantastically talented Todrick Hall at New England Conservatory’s beautiful Jordan Hall on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17.
The first half of the show will feature “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” to give voice to the last words of Michael Brown, Amadou Diallo, Kenneth Chamberlain, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, and Trayvon Martin.
About the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus BGMC is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. Founded in 1982, the 200-voice ensemble sings a wide spectrum of classical and popular music and creates social change by providing a positive, affirming image of the gay and lesbian community. The Chorus is heard live by more than 10,000 people each season and thousands more through recording, television and internet broadcasts.
Last week the organizers for Boston’s biggest music festival, Boston Calling announced that this year’s event will take place over Memorial Day Weekend at the Harvard Athletic Complex and they released their line up including their headliners, which will include Twenty One Pilots along with names like Odesza, Janelle Monáe and many, many more.
Michael Che, Jenny Slate and Fred Armisen will be the comedy headliners and new this year will be a series of scheduled performances from the Boston Ballet as well as a special performance from Imogen Heap.
Want to get tickets or find out more about the 2019 Boston Calling music festival? Check out their website at, bostoncalling.com.
Check out these crazy Italians injecting a little bit of funk into Ave Maria. Listen to the two+ minute clip – you’ll love it.
Voi pazzi italiani
Source: Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
Photo Credit: Izzy Berdan Photography
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will be in Provinctown this weekend for Holly Folly performing at Town Hall on December 1st, but if you are not going to be in Ptown for the holiday weekend festivities, you can still see their show here in Boston at Jordan Hall on December 9, 14, 15, and 16.
The title of the show, Brass & Bows & Boys, comes from the opening piece “Holiday Bells, Brass and Boys,” which features a medley of some of the best known carols. The second half features the parody “Santa’s Turn” with the concert concluding with the holiday medley “Pictures of a Season”.
To purchase tickets visit www.bgmc.org or call 617-542-SING (7464).
The Celebrity Series presents a free concert series along the Charles River in Boston today from 2-4PM. The event “Jazz along the Charles” includes 25 jazz ensembles that will be set up along a walkable route along the Charles River Esplanade, interpreting a curated list of Boston-related tunes in one collective concert that celebrates Boston’s jazz community.
For more information visit the website for Jazz Along the Charles.
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While all of us sing in the shower, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a music video that takes place in one. Much thanks to Matthew Rettenmund
for sharing this on his boyculture blog
. I figured this would be a nice post to end the work week as many of us get ready for what looks to be a beautiful summer weekend. For those of you heading to Provincetown for Independence Week have fun.
This weekend The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will perform ABBAsolutlely Fabulous – a tribute to ABBA this Saturday at 3PM and 8PM as well as Sunday at 3PM at New England Conservatory’s beautiful Jordan Hall in Boston.
Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online at bgmc.org or by phone at 617.542.SING (7464).
NY-based bell’s roar (Sean Desiree) headlines the Art Funds Art Tour, which kicks off a 6-city tour starting in Boston on Friday, February 2nd at Make Shift Boston in the South End at 549 Columbus Ave.
In each city, a local queer/trans/person of color will open for bell’s roar as they tour We Carry Us for the first time. The tour’s openers are newly announced with more information about dates and locations in tour cities including: NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Durham, NC, Atlanta and Albany, NY.
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Boston’s opening act for the Art Funds Tour will be Anjimile, a queer & trans songwriter and singer. Below you can check out Anjimile’s video, Therapy.