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:
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
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!