The Third Annual September Edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival kicked off last Friday night (9.25.15) with their strongest Friday lineup yet.
Sure, their previous Fridays boasted some great acts and memorable moments with sets from Beck, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Future Islands and more, but each one ended up lacking something. This Friday was a grand slam.
Starting things off was singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov, who eased the audience into the weekend with what would probably stand as the festival’s quietest set. Some of the audience didn’t seem too interested, but for the rest, it was clear that Isakov’s pure talent and beautiful songwriting was taking hold. It was a nice way to start the weekend.
Next up Of Monsters and Men, who the crowd was definitely interested in. Treating their fans to every single track they needed to hear, Of Monsters and Men’s grew grander and grander with each song until, suddenly, they were done. If it wasn’t known who was following them, their set may have been a slight disappointment. However, as an appetizer to the entree that is The Avett Brothers, their set was a beautiful, crowd-pleasing experience.
Finally, it was time. The Avett Brothers are one of the best live bands touring right now, period. While this performance wasn’t quite their best, it was still good enough for them to claim the title of Best Headliner of the festival. Their career-spanning set covered just about everything their fans could hope for, all while touching upon their more popular songs to please the casual festival attendee. The energy, heart and genuine humility they’re known for shone out into the Boston night brightly as they brought Day One to a close.
As expected, Day One of the Boston Calling Music Festival was a great introduction to another unbelievable addition to Boston Calling’s ever-growing legacy.
Enjoy the Slideshow above, then head over to Flickr to check out more photos from Day One (The Avett Brothers; Of Monsters and Men; Gregory Alan Isakov).
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