In Focus: 10th Boston Calling Music Festival Highlights

Over Memorial Day weekend the city of Boston hosted the 10th Boston Calling Music Festival, located on Harvard University’s amazing campus. The Harvard athletic complex is beautiful and gave some luxury to the festival experience, where each stage was constructed on the Astro turf fields. There was a three-stage setup with the two main stages next to each other, separated by a replica Green Monster that read: “You Are Our People” across the top.

Each day was filled with great acts and music fans with a great energy. Here are some of the best things we saw during this festival weekend:

Brandi Carlile

She greeted her audience, “Hello Rock n Roll People.” She plugged in and was off, on one the best sets of the weekend. Highlights included opening song, “Hold Out Your Hand,” which every fan in attendance was singing word for word. Amazing covers of “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” and Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” followed. Brandi and her band put on one of the most special sets.

Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals

From the moment his drum set rose from the bottom of the stage, .Paak and his band brought funk and soul to the main stage the second night with their amazing songs and musicianship. Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals are one of the top live music acts doing it right now; it’s amazing to see the growth and following that has already surrounded theses musicians. The highlight of the set was the guest appearance by Lil Nas X, and the duet of “Old Town Road”

Travis Scott

Music festival performances are special, you want to see and artist give their all and hold nothing back – that’s where Travis Scott delivers. His live show was top notch, out-of-control fun. The stage was adorned with a fifty-foot teddy bear, timely pyro technics, and amazing visuals and lights that covered everything on the stage. His stage presences and hype helped make this performance one for the Boston Calling history books.

Tame Impala

Kevin Parker informed the audience that he recently fell off a roof during a photo shoot and was taking lots of pain meds. That being said, it had little to no effect on Tame Impala’s headlining set Saturday night. The sets was like a slow burning fire, slowly progressing until an explosion. It was the bands hit song, “Elephant.” Confetti, smoke and lasers took over the crowd, as this song flipped everyone from a calm somber mood, to 150 MPH hauling down the highway. Impala knows how to entertain a festival crowd, period, allowing them to deliver one of the best sets of the weekend.

Twenty-One Pilots

Prior to this festival there was  a lot of hype about Twenty One Pilots being a headliner. The magic of live music, proof you can’t judge a book by its cover surpassed the hype, tenfold. This was more than just a set of music it was a full stage show, opening with a knight igniting a car on stage to start the set, confetti and fire, and a cinematic storytelling element.

Over all, the 10th edition of Boston Calling Music Festival was a success. Music fans were treated to an amazing weekend with clear weather and one of the most eclectic lineups for the 2019 festival season. Great food and that ‘home team comradery’ within the heart of Boston, made this year’s festival one to remember. We are looking forward to what comes next for this premier music festival.