Looking for Summer Fun in Boston? Think “Outside The Box.”

Posted July 10, 2013 by Lauren Carter in Theater & Arts
Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys will perform at Outside The Box. Photo credit: Outside The Box

Boston-area residents have absolutely no excuse to be bored in mid-July, as the first annual Outside the Box festival will feature more than 200 performances showcasing the best in music, theater, dance, and culinary arts from July 13 to July 20.

The nine-day extravaganza on the Boston Common and City Hall Plaza promises a fun, family-friendly experience, featuring a diverse lineup of artistic talent and ample opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow Bostonians. And best of all, it’s free.

“People who are huge dance fans will discover live theater. People who are hardcore music fans might experiment with circus acts. So the sort of opportunity is . . . to expand their own horizons,” said Steve Maler of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in a video interview on outsidetheboxboston.org.

The jam-packed schedule includes live theater, cooking demonstrations from top chefs and dance performances by troupes ranging from the Boston Ballet School and Michael Londra’s Celtic Fire to the Floorlords Crew and Urbanity. For the kids, there will be plenty to keep the summer doldrums at bay, from magic, mask workshops, and puppet shows to parade and circus acts by the Australian-based company Strange Fruit and Jest in Time Circus.

The Jest In Time Circus bring their playful antics to Outside The Box. Photo credit: Outside The Box

The Jest In Time Circus bring their playful antics to Outside The Box. Photo credit: Outside The Box

And then there’s the musical lineup—a staggering bill that’s sure to have festival-goers dancing in the streets. It includes Chicano rock groups Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys, country rocker Bryan White, Massachusetts-based pop rock outfit Boys Like Girls and heartland rockers Augustana. (I’m guessing that their hit single “Boston” will go over well with the Hub crowd.)

Headlining the festival are Boston band Buffalo Tom, alt-rock outfit The Lemonheads, and Cambridge’s own ska-punk pioneers the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, who take the Common on Saturday night.

Other scheduled acts include the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir, gospel legends the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and Boston-based hip-hop duo The Urban Nerdz.

Ska-punk pioneers the Mighty Mighty Bosstones will headline. Photo credit: Outside The Box

Ska-punk pioneers the Mighty Mighty Bosstones will headline. Photo credit: Outside The Box

In short, there should something for everyone.

“With Outside The Box, I want to be onstage playing and watching someone juggle fire on a unicycle. You know? I want to be playing music and seeing something other than music going on in front of me,” said musician Will Dailey in an interview on outsidetheboxboston.org.

Clearly, Dailey will get his wish.

Outside The Box kicks off at noon on Saturday, July 13, with a performance by the Boston Children’s Chorus and ends on Sunday, July 21. A partial list of featured acts via allstonpudding.com is below. For a full schedule, visit outsidetheboxboston.org.

Saturday, July 13

Boston Children’s Chorus: 12 p.m., Boston Common

Strange Fruit: 12:30 p.m., Boston Common

Los Lonely Boys: 2 p.m., Boston Common

Los Lobos – 3:15 p.m., Boston Common

Rhythm of the Universe: 8 p.m., Boston Common

Sunday, July 14

Berklee Gospel Choir with Special Guest: 12 p.m., Boston Common

Dave Koz and Friends: 3 p.m., Boston Common

La Notte Della Taranta: 5 p.m., Boston Common

Smithsonian Jazz (Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald): 6:30 p.m., Boston Common

Monday, July 15

Joe Robinson: 12 p.m., Boston Common

Air Traffic Controller: 2 p.m., Boston Common

Barnstar: 4:30 p.m., Boston Common

Ricky Skaggs: 6:30 p.m., Boston Common

Tuesday, July 16

Jan and Dean: 12:30 p.m., Boston Common

Caroline Kole: 4:30 p.m., Boston Common

Lonestar: 6:30 p.m., Boston Common

Wednesday, July 17

Imagination Movers: 12 p.m., Boston Common

Evan Northrup: 12 p.m., Boston Common

Augustana: 5 p.m., Boston Common

Boys Like Girls: 6:30 p.m., Boston Common

Thursday, July 18

Isaac Delgado: 12 p.m., Boston Common

Chef Jody Adams & Chef Gordon Hamersley: 2 p.m., City Hall Plaza

McAlister Drive: 5:30 p.m., Boston Common

Bryan White: 6:00 p.m., Boston Common

Friday, July 19

Chef Roger Berkowitz Demonstration: 4 p.m., City Hall Plaza

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus: 4:30 p.m., Boston Common

Sarah Blacker: 5:00 p.m., City Hall Plaza

Siobhan Magnus and Doubtful Guest: 5:30 p.m., Boston Common

Celtic Fire: 7 p.m., Boston Common

Saturday, July 20

Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents: 1 p.m., City Hall Plaza

Chef Todd English Demonstration: 2 p.m., City Hall Plaza

Chef Ming Tsai Demonstration: 4 p.m., City Hall Plaza

Buffalo Tom: 5 p.m., Boston Common

The Lemonheads: 6:30 p.m., Boston Common

Blind Boys of Alabama: 6:30 p.m., City Hall Plaza

Mighty Mighty Bosstones: 8 p.m., Boston Common

Sunday, July 21

Alex Gable and Pasado De Moda: 1 p.m., City Hall Plaza

Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Gypsies: 4 p.m., City Hall Plaza



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