A Ska Fan’s Guide to the Allston Village Street Fair

"Allston Village" by Rich Moffitt is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Photo “Allston Village” by Rich Moffitt,  licensed under CC BY 2.0

This Sunday, Harvard Ave between Brighton and Cambridge Streets in Allston closes to traffic for the annual Allston Village Street Fair, and event sponsored by The Parents and Community Build Group, Inc, an organization that “provides vital community services and resources to residents in Allston and nearby towns.” The event features two stages of music, entertainment, and local celebrities, attracting upwards of 100,000 Allstonians and Bostonians. According to their website, “event proceeds benefit the Allston-Brighton Community. Each annual Allston Village Street Fair Festival supports the visibility of charities.
Supported Charities include the Music Drives Us Foundation.”

There will be 25 musical acts performing on two stages. We encourage you to come for as many acts as you can, it’s free and all ages and lasts from 12 to 6 PM. However, we wanted to highlight three particular acts playing during the day we know our savvy readers will be into.

Boston ska-punk favorites Brunt of It play on the Second Stage at 5:25 6 PM. They’ve been bringing their unique high-energy sound to New England for 15 years!


While not a ska band per se, powerpop band Nick and the Adversaries features many ska family members including Nick Bacon of Pilfers on guitar, Alex Stern from The Pomps and Big D on keyboards, and Steve Foote from Big D. Their 2013 EP featured Pilfers’ drummer James Blanc. They play at 3:50 PM on the Second Stage.

And lastly, my own ska band The New Limits plays at 12:15 PM on the Main Stage located at Harvard Ave and Brighton Ave near Common Ground.

As always, head to the show calendar for a listing of upcoming shows.