Outside the Box Festival on the Common
Boston Common is a great place to catch all kinds of cultural activities this summer, including Boston’s newest performing arts festival. From July 14th – 19th, go experience the Outside the Box Festival on Boston Common! The festival was founded in 2013 and on hiatus in 2014, so 2015 marks its second year (though its third birthday). Over 100 performances over the course of six days will grace the Common on five stages and three roving performer hubs (for a map of the festival, check out their website), but here are a few must-sees to enjoy for the remainder of the festival.
Wednesday July 15
Starting at 5:00 and stretching through the evening hours, NBC Universal brings all the excitement of the hit TV series The Voice to Boston. Check out the Beacon Stage for performers including season 6 contestants Noah Lis and Ria Eaton, newly-minted champ Sawyer Fredericks, season 2’s James Massone, and 2012 winner Jermaine Paul; all hometown favorites happy to be performing for their local fans.
Thursday July 16
Head to the Park Street Stage at 5:00 PM to catch Lykeion Ellinidon & Greek Music Ensemble. From popular Greek folk music, to more contemporary tunes, this ensemble plays it all. Even more exciting is the fact that the group features musicians playing a variety of traditional Greek instruments (including the bouzouki). Maybe a quick vacation to the Mediterranean is just what you need to bust some stress at the end of your week; and how often can you do so right on the Common?
Friday July 17
Catch Nemes on the Park Street Stage at 5:00. This quartet uses the power of their fiddle, guitar, bass, and drums to bring some swaggering style and crystalline harmonies to Americana jams. What a way to groove this summer!
At 7:00, duck by the Park Street Stage to catch the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. Over two hundred voices bring choral music to the populace since 1982. Their range runs from Broadway show tunes to pop radio hits, and they were named one of Boston’s top five choruses in 2013. Upbeat fun, love, and inclusivness are all celebrated with these harmonious guys.
The Beacon stage will be taken over by 102.5 Country jams from 3:00 – 6:00. Go get your two-stepping, boot-hopping on with a variety of country acts all excited to hoe down in the Common.
Saturday July 18
At 7:00 PM on the Tremont stage, the OperaHub will present its unique and engaging “Choose-your-own Opera”. Over the course of an hour, audience members will help pick the characters’ fates as they meander through the Opera world singing from composers such as Mozart and Verdi as they go.
If Opera’s not quite your thing, perhaps the Floorlords are more your style. At 7:30, this hip-hop crew will be performing at the Park stage. From films such as “Step Up” and TV appearances on shows such as “The Phil Donahue Show”, this dance team has certainly earned their cred and will be a delight to see live.
Sunday July 19
From 12:00 – 3:00, catch the New England Aquarium’s Touch Tanks at the Squirrel’s Den. Touch tanks are always a great way to engage kids, but can also help you let out your inner child without needing a trip to the docks.
Afterwards, stop by the Tremont stage to see the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. A raucous ride through Shakespeare’s ouvre, this 100 minute romp is sure to get you brushed up on your Shakespeare, and laughing all the way!