Boston GreenFest 2011

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This time last year I was still getting my feet wet around Boston! After less than a month of being in Boston I was volunteering at Boston’s Greenfest as a photographer. I’d found out about the Fest from a friend who came all the way from New York to volunteer and meet some of the designers from the Eco-Fashion show that was being held in Government Center. The Eco-Fashion show was only the tip of the iceberg. Check out the photos below!

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I don’t expect any less from this year festival and I can’t wait to experience it with my best friend. GreenFest started on Thursday, August 18th from Noon to 10am when the party moves to the Hard Rock Cafe for the rest of the night through Saturday, August 20th  from 11am to 8pm. Check out the schedule of events here. There will be performances, exhibits, eco-fashion and accessories, music, food vendors, artwork for sale, films, martial art performances, and fun things to entertain kids!

How to get there?

Take the green route when you head over this weekend. Walk, bike or take the Green Line or Blue Line train to Government Center near City Hall Plaza, the Orange Line to State Street, or the Red Line to Downtown Crossing. And don’t forget your reusable water bottles! There will be a water station available to refill your bottles to decrease the number of plastic bottles being used.

The weather is supposed to be nice on Saturday, get out and HAVE FREE FUN PEEPS!

Urban Music Festival 2011

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A quarter of last year's crowd

For those of you who don’t know, Boston Urban Music Fest, formerly known as the Peace Hip Hop Festival, is coming up this weekend. On Saturday, August 6th from 5-8 PM there will be hip hop emanating from City Hall Plaza in Downtown Boston.  I attended the Urban Music Festival last year and had a great time. Best part, it was FREE! Last year, Wiz Khalifa, Ryan Leslie, & M-Dot was received very well by the audience. Maybe a little too well. Memorable moment – Wiz Khalifa walked onto the stage and greeted hundreds of adoring fans. Metal barricades could do nothing to hold the crowd back from springing onto the the stage and converging as a mob onto the stage to spend some QT time with Wiz. While the moment was  a little hectic, police were able to get the crowd back behind the barriers with threats of being denied of seeing Khalifa perform. Ryan Leslie did his things and swooned the crowd. I can’t say i remember M-Dot but the crowd definitely had a good time. Even the Mayor showed his face to impart a few words to you youth of Boston.

P.S. Just a few words of advice… if you’d like to get a better view of the performance get there early. Also, there’s no seating so wear comfy shoes since you’ll be standing on cold hard concrete for a few hours.

Enough about last year, what’s happening this year?

~ We’ll, it’s still FREE! so there’s no reason you shouldn’t check it out.

~ Sound system – For an outdoor Hip Hop muisc festival on City Hall Plaza the speakers are pretty good.

~ Live music outdoors – If you haven’t been to an outdoor music festival for the summer you need to get on it.

Aaaandddd… you get to share some personal space with other Boston hip hop enthusiasts.

See you there Peeps!

DIY Fest Recap

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If you weren’t at the Allston DIY Fest this past weekend you missed out on a pretty epic movement. I don’t have an official count of the number of people in attendance but if I had to estimate I’d say there was well over 300 people who enjoyed the festivities. From Jamaica Plain to Somerville, residents from the greater Boston metro area came to check out the festival. There was food, entertainment, art, hoola hooping, skill sharing, and free stuff! Who could ask for more on a Saturday afternoon. The day began with some rain which cleared out soon enough. The bike powered sound stage was emitting the sounds of various artists including Melodeego and Brunt of It while up at the Acoustic Hill Hang Sonny Jim, The Hogstompers, and Mornin’ Old Sport played some melodious melodies. Delicious food was provided and served by the lovely volunteers of Food Not Bombs. Commonwheels Bike Coop facilitated a fix-a-flat workshop while my friend learned how to make sauerkraut and others took part in a First Aid workshop and a radical self defense training. Some local, well known organizations  also showed their support for community building and sharing knowledge.  The free market was bountifully free and the art was a plenty. If you haven’t figured it out already, you should probably be prepared for next year’s Allston DIY Fest.

Before you check out a handful of the photos I took this weekend, I have to say that I couldn’t be any more proud of the people that dedicated their time and energy to put together such a successful event on no budget. As a person employed in the non-profit sector I know for a fact that it takes share creativity, networking, and dedication to have an amazing event such as this one.  Also, a shout out is due to the multitude of people who came out to show their support for anti-oppressive, community building, educating, and sharing. Without the attendees the event wouldn’t have been successful and the message wouldn’t have been as powerful.

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Links to explore further:

Brunt of It 


Mornin’ Old Sport

The Hogstompers

Heather Foxwell

Tom Hart