Bosstones Pack the Boston Common; Globe Names Bosstones Most Boston Band

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It was like nothing I’d ever seen. Rumor has it there were 40,000 people there to see the Mighty Mighty Bosstones on the Boston Common last Saturday, a finally to the inaugural Outside the Box Festival. Someone on stage took a pretty impressive photo of the crowd and it’s just a sea of Bostonians.

I mean, the effing Globe even covered it. I don’t like to think too much of mainstream media, but the fact that they called the Bosstones “the most Boston of Boston bands” is worth mentioning. The always gracious Bosstones even posted a special note on their website.

The set itself was great. At the time, it felt like there was a bit too much new stuff given the crowd was made up of people who weren’t necessarily following them, but looking back it was a nice blend:

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Setlist Outside The Box 2013 2013

Possibly the coolest parts of the night were the guest appearances.Vinny Nobile of Bim Skala Bim and Pilfers joined them on stage for a song (mind you he had to be on stage at the Middle East just a few hours later)

Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “Old School Off the Bright” – 7/20/13 – Out of the Box Festival

For “The Impression That I Get,” a group of high schoolers from Ipswich were brought out to join the band. We can only assume they were the winners of this contest.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “Impression That I Get” – 7/20/13 – Out of the Box Festival

Thanks to Daniel Pinard for the great videos. This YouTube user also has some great clips from the show and Boston punk shows in general.

Given the audience, it only made sense to announce the Hometown Throwdown would be December 27-29 at House of Blues Boston. Tickets go on sale September 20th.

In only slightly related news, Dying Scene recently posted a fairly amusing list of 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dicky Barrett. Also, do you remember this ad with Dicky and the Bosstones shilling for converse (see number 13)?

And now I promise we’ll take a break from Bosstones stuff at least until Throwdown tickets go on sale. Swear.

UPDATE 9/29/13 3PM: The full show has been posted on YouTube!


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Jacob Wake Up!

Jacob Wake Up! is managing editor of Boston Ska (dot) net. He's been going to ska shows since high school and never looked back. Jake lives in Roslindale and works in communications by day. You can see him perform with The New Limits or strike up conversation with him at a local ska show.

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