After an extended Covid-19 induced wait, New England’s largest music festival, Boston Calling returns to some of its largest crowds. And even though Covid forces at least two bands to surrender their sets and a flash rain storm took out a few more on Sunday, BC’s return still was a powerful experience.
Truth be told the line up was a little light in terms of hip-hop and R&B, but what was on the stage was top tier. Earth Gang and the unabashed raw that is Run The Jewels were the highlights of the big stages. Boston bred favorites Oompa and Cliff Notez were right at home as they made their first appearances on the main stage.
Meanwhile on the Tivoli Orange stage, some of the scene’s best made their Boston Calling debuts. Rap collective Van Buren Records brought their organized chaos outside for a memorable set. Songstress Miranda Rae drew a large crowd for her melodic R&B tones. Hip Hop powerhouse Avenue made good use of his live band Megazoyd and made a point to share his shining moment with frequent collaborators Chase N Cash, Hil Holla and DJ Cam Bells for a set the fulfilled his promise to make this the most “Boston” Boston Calling ever.
Check out all the photos below.
Miranda Rae, Avenue (Photos by John Brewer)
Van Buren Records, Earth Gang, Run The Jewels by John Brewer
Oompa and Cliff Notez Photos by G. Valentino Ball