Weekend Recap: Bosstones at Fenway and The Slackers on a Boat

This weekend marked an unbelievable stretch of ska music in Boston. We hope you made it out to at least one of the shows in the area. In the interest of making you feel guilty for not going to everything, here are some videos and photos of this weekend’s action.

We get it, you’re “On a Boat.”

Friday, July 17, The Slackers played another sold out show on a boat hosted by Rock On! Concerts. The crowd was great, the weather was great, and you just can’t beat a night of dancing with the Boston skyline in the distance.

Here’s the band performing “Happy Song” off of their 2008 album “Self Medication.”

The band also performed a crowd favorite “Wasted Days,” off the 2001 Hellcat release of the same name. This song killed it on the crowd participation front. The audience sang along with the opening horn hook, and then later, the band had the everyone singing the infectious bass line while the band played over it. It was very cool.

Local boys The New Limits opened the night up, starting shortly after the band left the dock. Here they we are performing “Saturday Morning” off of our “Pressure Up” EP released earlier this year. We were joined on keys by Casey Gruttadauria of Destroy Babylon and The Pomps.

For more video from that night, head to AthiestPeace’s YouTube Channel.

That same night, Catch 22 and Askultura played at Brighton Music Hall. I’ve yet to find any photos or videos but I”m sure it was a great time!

Mighty Mighty Bosstones vs The Big Green Monsta

Mighty Mighty Bosstones Photo by Weekly Dig on Flickr

Foo Fighters @ Fenway 7/18/15” by digboston on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Saturday, of course, the most epic line up of Foo Fighters, Mission of Burma, and our own Mighty Mighty Bosstones. I might be overstepping my authority here, but I think we can safely say that the Bosstones playing at Fenway Park is the most Boston Boston that ever Bostonned. (And I might have been there had I not had a gig of my own out of town.)

None of the video out there really does it justice. For comparison’s sake, here are two videos of “The Impression That I Get,” one from right in front of the stage, and another from the stands. I wish House of Blues had a catwalk like that at Throwdown!

The Dig took some great photos, including the one above. Here are there photos from the event.


The Bosstones Cross the Charles

You might also have heard that the Bosstones announced last minute that they would crash T.T. The Bear’s as the special guests for one of the last shows hosted by the closing venue. Given the intimacy of TT’s and the popularity of the Bosstones, that must have been an unbelievable night. We haven’t found any videos from that show. On the one hand, I think somethings are best left to memory and legend. On the other hand I would so love to see a minute or two of what that show was like.


The set looked awesome, mixing the old and new as the band always does.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Setlist T.T. the Bear's Place, Cambridge, MA, USA 2015, 2015 Eastern Run

You might think that the weekend ended on Sunday, but you’d be wrong. Monday night, O’Brien’s hosted The Pomps, Chilled Monkey Brains, Short Handed Goal, and Freeze Up. I was burnt out (read: broke) by then, but our loyal YouTuber AthiestPeace (why haven’t you subscribed to his channel?!) was there capturing the action. Chilled Monkey Brains was on tour from Tallahassee, FL. Fans of Less Than Jake will dig their sound. Listen to a song off their latest album “APEocalypse.”

The Pomps – “Halo”

Chilled Monkey Brains – “Go Home and Be a Family Man”

The summer isn’t over! Head to our calendar for opportunities to support live ska.