Chris Porter grew up in Lowell, accelerating from Lowell High School in 1983, afresh went off to hunt his agreeable dreams. That adventure took him beyond the country, starting in Boston, area he formed for a brace bounded bedrock clubs at the time, all the way to Seattle, area he helped put calm and advance Bumbershoot, an anniversary Labor Day weekend anniversary that has become, in its 47-year existence, one of the better music and arts festivals in North America.
As he was authoritative his name in anniversary circles, Porter would appointment his parents aback in Belvidere. Aback they died, he affiliated the abode and acclimated it as a “home base.”
And a funny affair happened. The added he backward in Lowell, the added he accomplished that he admired what he was seeing in the city’s activation and improvement as an artists’ community. He heard the burghal was aggravating to advance bread-and-er development and aggravating to accompany added bodies from out of the burghal into the downtown.
An abstraction started agog at the aback of his mind. Why not amalgamate his adulation of music festivals with his rekindled adulation for his hometown? And the Boondocks & Burghal Music Anniversary was born. The aboriginal — hopefully of abounding — is set for Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20l.
Unlike best music festivals — anticipate Lollapalooza and the Download Anniversary — at which bands circle off a capital date and a abate date or two, the Boondocks & Burghal will affection about 50 acts arena at 10 altered burghal hot spots.
Porter said he got the abstraction to host a backpack anniversary from added agnate types he has helped to promote.
“The granddaddy is South by Southwest in Austin,” he said. “That aloof blew up, and it’s a anniversary area you airing about to altered venues. And I thought, ‘Why not Lowell?’ I mean, you accept admission to Boston, three highways, the driver rail. It’s affectionate of centralized in New England. New Hampshire is appropriate there. It could be a actual adorable abode for article like this.
“There’s a lot of abundant aptitude in New England,” he added, “and I anticipation it’d be abundant if there was a anniversary to affection those artists, and it’d be added abundant if it could appear in Lowell.
“Lowell is a actual walkable town. There are a lot of venues that could host a lot of altered performers.”
Once the abstraction of the anniversary buried itself, Porter had to amount out aback to accept it. He didn’t appetite it too anon afore or afterwards the Lowell Folk Anniversary or the Summer Music Alternation at Boarding Abode Park.
Then, the abstraction of attached it in to Jack Kerouac struck. The accumulation Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! observes the Lowell-born Beat Generation author’s altogether every October with a alternation of events.
Seeing that Okemah, Okla., ceremoniousness a hometown hero every July with the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Porter ample attached a anniversary in to Kerouac would be absolute for Lowell. (The Boondocks & Burghal Anniversary is not clearly affiliated to Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!, but Porter said the accumulation has been accessible in the planning. You additionally charge not be a Kerouac fan to adore the festival.)
“It addled me,” Porter said, “that these artists were big and Woody meant so abundant to a lot of them. I’d like to anticipate Jack was an afflatus to some artists, so why not accomplish it added of a anniversary of Lowell and music and arts, and name it afterwards Jack’s aboriginal novel, ‘The Boondocks and the City,’ which is based abundantly on Lowell?”
The after-effects of the planning will be axiomatic on Oct. 19 and 20, aback a calendar of all-embracing performers — from bedrock to rap, from absolute to up-and-coming, from Lowell to England — all appear to the burghal to play, and to airing the streets acquisitive to t some added acts
Porter can’t wait.
“I absolutely accept in this city,” he said. “I’m acquisitive it becomes a basic amid the added staples in the city, like the Folk Anniversary and the Summer Concert Series.”
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The Andover built-in has fabricated absolutely a name for himself in the accomplished decade, with his music actuality played on abounding Boston stations and some beyond the country. A self-avowed fan of Jack Kerouac, he said he jumped at the adventitious to comedy the festival.
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“This anniversary has the abeyant to be article absolutely appropriate and unique,” Dailey said. “Every altered area has music all day and all night. You accept to accomplish a best on what you appetite to see and area you appetite to hit.”
Dailey is a anniversary approved beyond the country, accepting played Farm Aid with Willie Nelson and Neil Young as able-bodied as the Anniversary at the Farm in Canton. He’s acquisitive to be able to t Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses, Wreckless Eric and “my friends,” Kingsley Flood.
The guitar-shredding, heavy-metal Lowell native, built-in and aloft on 18th Street, is pumped for the Boondocks & City.
“I knew Chris — I acclimated to do some of his gigs in Seattle,” Hoey said of Porter. “Then I begin out he was from Lowell, and that acutely gave us a bond. Aback he came aback home, we ran into anniversary added again, and he told me he was alive on this abstraction for a absolutely air-conditioned anniversary for Lowell. He accomplished out about it, and I said I’d be blessed to be involved.
“I anticipate it’s a win-win for everybody. The musicians get to comedy in advanced of a new audience, and I additionally anticipate it helps to accompany lot of bodies to Lowell who may not anticipate of Lowell as a live-music venue.”
Hoey is arena The Zorba Room at the Olympia restaurant, which apparel him fine. “I’m aggravating to assignment it out with the promoters that I get paid in Greek food,” he said with a laugh.
He said he has arrested out abounding of the acts that are arena the Boondocks & Burghal on YouTube, and he is afflicted by the talent.
The singer-songwriter/ guitar ability lived in Lowell for a few years but confused afterpiece to Boston a few years back. He and his bandage were audience at The Aback Page in Lowell afore that live-music area closed.
“Somebody alien me to Chris Porter,” Goodrow said. “Then I begin out he has roots in Lowell, so we met for coffee and he told me about this festival. It articulate great. … It’s not the accustomed affair area you assemblage everybody in advanced a date and you’re spoonfed the bands.”
He said he knows about three-quarters of the acts arena Boondocks & City, “and they’re all great. The alone tragedy is that I can’t get to see all of them at the aforementioned time. I’ll comedy it by ear and see who’s arena aback I accept time off.”
Abbie Barrett: Rock. Best Songwriter, Boston Music Awards, 2015; semifinalist in the Bedrock ‘n’ Roll Rumble captivated at ONCE in Somerville, 2016. Likened to Neko Case, Lana Del Rey, Cat Power and Fiona Apple. Listen to: “That Shame”
Ali McGuirk: Soul, R&B, Nominated for Best New Artisan in Boston Music Awards, 2017; aboriginal album,” Slow Burn,” appear in November 2017. Fabricated Herald’s Best Music of 2017 list. Likened to Marvin Gaye, Sade, Norah Jones, Ledisi. Listen to “I Can’t”
Analog Heart: Rock. Semifinalists in the Bedrock and Roll Rumble 2016. Bandage architect Scott Riebling was the aboriginal bass amateur for allegorical ’90s Boston bandage Letters to Cleo and has been complex on the assembly ancillary with Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Tracy Bonham, amid others. Listen to: “Not Good Enough”
Andrea Gibson: Poetry, announced word. Maine native. Four-time Denver Grand Slam champion; fourth at National Balladry Slam, 2004; third at Individual Apple Balladry Slam, 2006 and 2007. Aboriginal artisan to win the Women of the Apple Balladry Slam. Has accounting four books and appear seven albums. Listen to “First Love”
Anjimile: Singer-songwriter from Texas, now based in Boston. Earned a atom on the WERS Wicked Good Anniversary in August. Listen to “Golden Hands”
Arlen: Alt-rock. Lowell-based quartet. Likened to Joy Division, Fugazi, The National, Jeff Buckley. Listen to “Forgive Me”
Bat House: Psychedelic rock. Boston-based quartet. Appear EP “Stop Dying” in September. Listen to: “Alright, Spaceboy”
Billy Wylder: Americana. A activity of Boston-based Avi Salloway of Avi & Celia and Hey Mama, featuring Salloway and a alternating cast. Listen to: “Great Blue Heron”
Bongwish: Psychedelic folk. A activity of Boston-based Mariam Saleh. Listen to: “My Luv”
Caitlin Canty: Alt-country. Vermont built-in with a “casually adverse voice,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle; alleged one of Rolling Stone’s “Ten Country Artists You Charge to Know.” Listen to: “Get Up”
Chris Freeman: Folk-rock. Multi-instrumentalist from the Massachusetts-based bandage Parsonsfield. Listen to: “Weeds or Wild Flowers”
Chris Trapper: Rock. Aboriginal affiliate of the accepted ’90s Boston bandage The Advance Stars, who put out a new anthology beforehand this year. Trapper has appear nine abandoned albums and an EP. Listen to: “Any Little Town” by The Advance Stars
Daisy Bones: Indie rock. Locally based quartet. Listen to: “Choke”
Damon & Naomi: Dream pop/indie folk. Boston-based duo that sprung from the ’80s leash Galaxie 500 that has appear 10 albums in the accomplished 25 years. Listen to: “Within These Walls”
DJ Myth: Dance/electronic. Chicago-based. Listen to “Fading Angels”
Dan and the Wildfire: Folk. Boston-based quartet. Listen to: “Nothin’ but Love”
D-Tension with DJ Emoh Betta: Rap/hip hop. Lowell-based D-Tension has been complex in music for added than 20 years as a radio DJ, apostle and rapper. His aftermost album, “The Violence of Zen,” was appear aftermost year with Lawrence built-in DJ Emoh Betta. Listen to: “Fresh”
Ed Balloon: R&B. Boston-born singer. Nominated for 2018 Boston Music Awards in Alive Artisan of the Year, Dance/Electronica Artisan of the Year and R&B Artisan of the Year. Listen to: “Graduate”
Ed “Moose” Savage: Bedrock (one analyst alleged it “Mardi garage”). Worcester-based kazoo astrologer who fronted the bands Moose and the Mudbugs, Siamese Triplets, and Ed “Moose” Savage and his Litany of Complaints in the 1980s and ’90s. Listen to: “I Got Records”
Edo G: Boston built-in hip-hop artist. Additionally goes by Ed O.G. His 1991 album, “Life of a Kid in the Ghetto,” hit No. 166 on the Billboard 200, and three songs from it hit the rap and R&B charts. Listen to: “I Got to Accept It”
Evan Goodrow Band: Rock/soul/blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. Boston-based; accepted in Lowell, area he lived for several years and played consistently at The Aback Page. Appear his 13th album,” Burn,” in 2017. Listen to “Let’s Burn Everything”
EXP: Rap. Massachusetts-based. Listen to “We Outta Here”
Frank Morey: Blues. Lowell-born singer-songwriter alive aback backward 1990s. Listen to: “Let It Roll”
Gary Hoey: Rock. Lowell-born guitar ability who has appear 21 albums; has toured and played with Brian May, Ted Nugent, Joe Satriani, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Peter Frampton, Rick Derringer and Lita Ford; featured on VH1 Classic’s Bedrock N Roll Fantasy Camp forth with Michael Anthony, Ace Frehley and Dave Mason. Listen to: “Hocus Pocus”
Horse Mode: Rock. Lowell/Billerica quartet. Listen to: “Meathooks”
Idle Pilot: Post-punk. Lowell-based leash with a new anthology out, “Animals & People.” Listen to: “Mr. Skinny Bones”
Ill Supreme: Rap. Massachusetts-based trio. Listen to: “Sick Boy”
Janaka Stucky: Boston-based poet, founding editor of Black Ocean, co-founder of The Guerilla Poets and Black Cat Burlesque, accepted as the “King of Horror Burlesque.” Listen to: “Recreating a Miraculous Object”
Jireh Calo: Jazz and soul. Philippines born, Boston-based Jireh Calo is a singer, composer, arranger, ambassador and music educator. Listen to: “Stay”
Kingsley Flood: Rock. Boston-based six-piece has played the capital date at Newport Folk Anniversary and has opened for Josh Ritter, Grace Potter, Lucius, Longhorne Slim, George Thorogood & The Destroyers (at Boarding Abode Park in 2012). Listen to: “Waiting on the River to Rise”
Kristin Hersh: Alt-rock singer-songwriter. Co-founder of the accepted Boston ’80s bandage Throwing Muses, began her abandoned career, absolution 11 albums, and has accounting a memoir, “Rat Girl,” that Rolling Stone placed eighth in its “25 Greatest Bedrock Memoirs of All Time.” Listen to: “In Shock”
Luna Collective featuring Cara Campanelli: Jazz. The Luna Collective plays consistently at Mill No. 5. They’ll be aing by accompanist Cara Campanelli. Listen to: “Blues on My Mind”
Melvern Taylor: Folk. Lowell-based singer-songwrite/ukulele ability fronts his band, the Fabulous Meltones. Listen to: “Jet Black Chevy Chevette”
Oldsoul: Alt-rock. Lowell-based quartet. Listen to: “I Fell Asleep to Twin Peaks”
Phil Cambra and the Space Cadets: Indie rock. Lowell-based quartet. Listen to: “Fixation”
PNDB: Punk. Lowell-based band. Listen to: “PNDB”
Ryan Lee Crosby Trio: Blues. Boston-based; alleged Best Singer/Songwriter 2006 by Boston Phoenix/WFNX Radio Music Poll. Listen to: “Going Down South”
Scarlett Sabet: Poetry. London-based artisan and aerialist who has apprehend and performed her balladry throughout the world. (Editor’s note: Sabet, a big Jack Kerouac fan, brought her boyfriend, Jimmy Page — yes, that Jimmy Page — to Lowell a few years aback to appointment Kerouac’s grave. Aloof sayin’ …) Listen to: “Elegy”
Scott Pittman: Rock. Lowell-based singer-songwriter and co-founder of the allegorical band, The Shods, and a affiliate of addition bandage arena Boondocks & Burghal alleged Sugar Blood Jinx; afresh appear a 94-track, attendant box set of his 30-year career. Listen to: “There’s A Lot to Like About Lowell
Sechion: Hip hop. Lowell-based rapper accepted for his alive performances. Listen to: “One of One”
Sugar Blood Jinx: Country rock. Leash featuring Lowell’s Scott Pittman on drums with Eric Waxwood and Matt Murphy. Listen to “Hardcore Boogie”
Surprise Party: Rock. Lowell-based trio. Listen to: “Surf Cops”
The Droimlins: Celtic punk. Lowell-based. Listen to: “The Fall of Michael Donelan”
The Natty D’s: Rock. Billerica-based. Listen to: “Manifest Destiny”
The Party Band: New Orleans jazz; absolute undergrads, alum acceptance and alumni of UMass Lowell, The Party Bandage is acclaimed on the city’s music scene, arena Lowell Folk Anniversary and the Summer Music Series, and sometimes aloof takin’ it to the streets of downtown. Listen to: “Marty (We Like to Party)”
The Shirts and Shoes: Rock. Lowell-based quartet. Listen to: “War Elefant”
Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys: Goth rock. Boston-based band; alleged an Act to Follow by Improper Bostonian, semifinalist in the Bedrock ‘n’ Roll Rumble, won Alive Artisan of the Year in Best of Boston Music, Boston’s Best Artisan by the Boston Phoenix Reader’s Poll. Listen to: “Come Black Magic”
Will Dailey: Roots rock. Andover built-in who, in his 15 years as a able musician, has won seven Boston Music Awards, including Best Male Singer-Songwriter (3 times), Anthology of the Year (once), Artisan of the Year (once) and Male Vocalist of the Year (twice). Additionally won the New England Music Award for Anthology of the Year in 2015; he is allotment of the agreeable activity “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” with John Mellencamp and Stephen King. Listen to: “Sunken Ship”
Wreckless Eric: Rock/new wave. English new-wave accompanist who has been alive aback 1974; one of the aboriginal artists on the Stiff Records label, forth with Elvie Costello, Nick Lowe and Ian Dury; if you’ve heard Cage the Elephant’s adaptation of “Whole Wide World,” afresh you apperceive at atomic one of Wreckless Eric’s songs; it has additionally been covered by the brand of Paul Westerberg, The Proclaimers and The Monkees. Listen to: “Whole Wide World”
Lowell s official rapper is curating ( That s what the kids alarm it these days, he said) the rap and hip-hop allocation of the Boondocks & Burghal at The Old Court on Friday night, and he s appreciative to be bringing Edo G to the city. He ability be the alone artisan on the anniversary calendar that absolutely had a Billboard hit. ( Life of a Kid in the Ghetto accomplished No. 166 in 1991, No. 73 on the R&B list.)
D-Tension, who has done his fair allotment of concert announcement and was a DJ at the seminal Boston bedrock base WFNX, said Lowell is the absolute burghal to do article like this. There are a of amorous music admirers here, and the burghal is congenital for this blazon of thing.
He added, If this anniversary goes well, it could become an anniversary event. There s no acumen it couldn t become one of those things, like the Folk Anniversary you know, Oh, it s October. The Boondocks & Burghal charge be advancing up. I gotta arch to Lowell.
D-Tension is aflame to see adolescent Lowellians Gary Hoey and Melvern Taylor, amid others.
Kristin Hersh she has fable cachet in Boston rock. Kingsley Flood are so abundant it s so air-conditioned they re advancing to burghal Lowell. I achievement bodies appear out. There are so abounding abundant artists that wouldn t about comedy Lowell.
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