EarthFest, Programmable Umbrellas, and more

Its summer and the livin’ is easy. Here are some events that are sure to get that are summertime fine.


When Mother Nature gives you reason to celebrate, you celebrate! Come jam out to some great music at the EarthFest Concert at the DCR Hatch Shell on Saturday. This FREE concert, sponsored by local radio station River 92.9 features a full lineup that includes Vertical Horizon, Fastball, Gentlemen Hall, Camper Van Beethoven, and Cracker. The gates will open at 10am; the Hatch Shell can be accessed by the Green Line’s Arlington stop or the Charles/MGH stop on the Red.


Most of you probably no longer have urges to draw on walls, but this weekend you will be given a chance to unleash your inner child. This Saturday is the Bartlett Yard Mural Fest, and they actually want you to paint garage doors of this former bus yard. When your hand gets tired from too much painting, enjoy the food trucks, music, and breakdancers. After all artwork is finished, the site will be the home of the largest collection of street art Boston has ever seen. This event is FREE, and make sure to wear old clothes you don’t mind getting ruined. Don’t miss this event on Saturday from 10-5 at Bartlett Yard, 2565 Washington Street.


Imagine if people all over Somerville sat on their porches and played music for hours? PorchFest takes this idea and puts it into action, creating a decentralized music festival. The website compares it to Somerville Open Studios for visual artists, only PorchFest is dedicated to music. On this day, passerby will witness residents playing anything from Bollywood funk, Moroccan, blues, gospel music, and more. On this map available here, there are three time slots are based on three quadrants of the city; east to Central St. will be 12-2; Central to Willow St. will be 2-4; west of Willow 4-6. Performances start at 12pm and should end around 6pm.


On Sunday, visit the SoWa Open Market or head to East Boston where local artists will be opening up their studios to the public.


Programmable umbrellas? Could this be real life? Absolutely- 300 programmable umbrellas retrofitted with multi-color LED lights are set to color the Cambridge skyline Sunday night. This innovative display, known as “UP: The Umbrella Project,” is product of a collaboration between the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and the dance company Pilobolus. Once projected into the sky, the umbrellas will create a colorful display of live art. While the outside public will not be allowed to participate in the actual sending off of the umbrellas (this is done by MIT researchers), the general public is welcome to attend. The Umbrella Project will take place at 7:45pm Sunday at MIT’s Jack Barry Field.


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