We’ll simply come proper out and say it—not everyone seems to be keen on music that you just typically discover at breweries. Properly put, lots of people (ahem) would like some extra various choices than are sometimes introduced, since they might not be into Irish stepdancing, and definitely don’t admire the duvet band number of leisure.
And so upon inspection of this yr’s HarpoonFest lineup—a roster that features the Silks, Aubrey Haddard, Oompa, and a number of other others which can be excessive on our radar—we thought of how lucky we’re to have such a singular annual extravaganza. Not only for the beer, which this yr will embody such treats as Large Squeeze, Georgia Peach, and others, however for a summer season kickoff yearly that sounds as very like Massachusetts because it tastes.
Because it seems, the scout behind the multiband festivities is musician Will Dailey, a longtime power on the New England music scene. Although extra identified for his songwriting than his show-booking expertise, Dailey sees the HarpoonFest collaboration as a means he pays it ahead.
“I’ve been doing the pageant lineup for 10 years,” he informed the Dig. “First I performed it, then I began getting my mates to play it, and now it’s this large factor.
“An increasing number of corporations are making the hassle and realizing the profit [of including local talent], however Harpoon has been doing it for a very long time for artists like myself and my mates.”
This yr’s two-day blowout options 18 acts, together with Jenny Dee and the Delinquents, Dwight and Nicole, and Band of Their Personal (BOTO), a Boston supergroup with Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo, Jen Trynin of Cujo, Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses, and Gail Greenwood of Stomach and L7.
“That is like their coming-out occasion,” Dailey mentioned of BOTO.
As for the up-and-comers on the invoice …
“It’s necessary for artists to get that one additional lifeline,” Dailey mentioned. “I do know what it’s prefer to be an artist round right here and also you want that decision. Hell, I nonetheless want that decision. However to be part of one thing the place you’re the one who will get to make that decision, that feels higher than simply serving to your self out. Serving to out solely your self feels terrible.”
Dailey continued, “There are some acts that Harpoon likes and I at all times like they usually’re going to be on there yearly, after which there’s stuff from me simply being round city and checking issues out, protecting all of it on my radar. Artists like Cliff Notez and Oompa, I’ve seen them carry out they usually’re superb.
“Actually, I’m reserving the present that I wish to see.”
HARPOONFEST. FRI 5.17–SAT 5.18 AT HARPOON BREWERY, 306 NORTHERN AVE., BOSTON. MORE INFO AT HARPOONFEST2019.SPLASHTHAT.COM/WEB.
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