BOSTON – Monday, July 25, 2016 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the August Friday Afternoon Concert Series lineup, hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, & Entertainment. As a continuation of the series that began in July, every Friday in August a different local band will perform live from 12-2 p.m. in Sam Adams Park, directly outside of Faneuil Hall. The event is free and residents and visitors of all ages are encouraged to attend.
This year’s August lineup is as follows:
August 5: Acoustic Roadshow
August 12: Erica Russo
August 19: Bulldog
August 26: Helena Ruffen
“We are lucky to live in a city with so much musical talent,” said Mayor Walsh. “We are building on the success of the performances in July to add more opportunities for people to enjoy our local talent. The Friday Afternoon Concert Series hosts some of Boston’s best emerging local musicians, and I encourage all residents and visitors to take advantage of this wonderful series.”
About the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, & Entertainment: The Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment is committed to producing fun, free public events for Bostonians and visitors to the city and is proud to collaborate with Metro Boston as our media partner for Summer 2016.
For further information please call 617-635-3911, go to http://www.cityofboston.gov/visitors/, Facebook Boston City Tourism, or check out @VisitBoston on Twitter. Sam Adams Park/Faneuil Hall is accessible by MBTA via Haymarket (Orange and Green) and State Street (Orange and Blue).
About Acoustic Roadshow: Featuring the instrumental and vocal talents of Chris Leadbetter, Michael Payette and Daniel Webster, Acoustic Roadshow performs “unplugged” versions of many popular songs, focusing primarily on tunes with the rich vocal harmonies from the 1950s to today.
About Erica Russo: You’ll find stark reality lurking in between singer/guitarist Erica Russo’s breaths and the cracks in her melodies. Her hypnotic, folky song-structures are adorned with haunting, poetic lyrics, and glisten with drops of blues, indie, and rock. A fascinating bundle of energy, there’s more to hear with every listen.
About Bulldog: Bulldog is a five-piece lyric- and beat-driven jazz-rock band with pop, hip hop, and neosoul elements. Newly relocated to Boston, Bulldog formed in Amherst, Mass. in 2013. With strong influences from Hiatus Kaiyote, Robert Glasper, Little Dragon, St. Vincent, Portishead, Jeff Buckley, and Ween, the band’s sound ranges from singer songwriter to hiphop, to funk, even to experimental and free jazz. Bulldog thrives at the intersection of jazz and hip hop, of pop and experimental.
About Helena Ruffen: Helena Ruffen discovered street performing in 1993 after seeing the success of Traci Chapman. She quit her job as a make-up artist to begin a long and lucrative career, performing on the street and in the subways at Downtown Crossing and Back Bay Station for 20 years. She has received overwhelmingly generous responses for her performances of songs by Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Faith Hill, Sade, Mariah Carey, Traci Chapman, Nora Jones, and Nina Simone.