The Cleaning Crew
Song - Artist -
In the Morning - Bridget Kelly -
If you’re one who regularly travels past Boston City Hall, you may have been surprised to see large black fences surrounding the adjacent (and similarly named) plaza this weekend. When I first heard that fun. was going to be playing at a festival in Boston, I didn’t think twice before deciding to go. Their hit single, “Some Nights,” has long been the brunt of a running joke among a number of us at WHUS, so a few of us drove up to Boston on Saturday morning, parked on a sketchy back-alley, hopped on the T, and made our way over to City Hall Plaza.
The line to get in was long, but moved quickly, and we kicked off the day with Boston-based funk-rock group Bad Rabbits. They were followed by St. Lucia, Cults, and Ms Mr. Mat & Kim took the stage at 4:30, and garnered a near riotous (in a good way) response from the crowd that gathered using a combination of music, banter, and balloons. Portugal the Man followed Mat & Kim, and then came The Shins and Marina and the Diamonds, and then the rain cleared up...
Mat & Kim on the main stage at Boston Calling (Photo Credit: KBHAM)
The balloons Mat & Kim unleashed on the crowd (Photo Credit: KBHAM)
Did I mention it was raining all day? No? That’s probably because the cold and miserable weather really didn’t detract from anyone’s spirits. Sure, people came and went, venturing to the Starbucks across the street or to nearby Quincy Market, which was packed most of the day (though I can’t attest as to how much this was affected by Boston Calling), but the crowds for each of the bands were huge. Those who planned the festival made the great decision to allow outside food (but not drinks), and to allow unlimited re-entry, allowing people to choose between the food options at the festival and surrounding options, and even planned ahead to the point of handing myself (and every other attendee) a disposable poncho as we came through the gates (say what you want to about killing the environment, but I stayed dry, and it was nice).
Our off to the side viewing angle of the show. (Photo Credit: Drew's mobile phone of questionable quality)
When fun. took the stage at 9PM, the rain had cleared, but it was still chilly. Nate Ruess, frontman of fun, cracked a couple of jokes about not being able to feel his hands, and dove straight into the music amidst copious screaming and cheering from the ecstatic and sizeable crowd. They performed for about 90 minutes, and hit 9 of the 11 different tracks off their 2012 album “Some Nights,” as well as quite a few tracks from their 2009 album “Aim and Ignite.” Ruess announced that the band is returning to the studio to record their third album, and that their first show after its release would be in Boston (though he was unclear as to whether it would be at another Boston Calling or in a traditional concert venue). The band returned to the stage for an encore, to perform “Some Nights” and “Stars,” and left us all with that warm and fuzzy feeling you only get from lots of fun (pun intended).
HI MOM, CAN YOU SEE ME FROM BACK THERE? (Photo Credit: no one, want to call dibs?)
Some nights I rule the world...