For some folks the definitive sound of May is a whispering breeze accompanied by lilting birdsong. Here at Where Boston, we prefer to mark the arrival of summer with a goodly blast of well-curated festival music.
This year, we’re more excited than usual because Boston Calling—a truly magnificent addition to the global festival calendar—is moving from City Hall Plaza to the wide-open spaces of the Harvard Athletic Complex. Check out our features section for a preview of the event from the perspective of festival design guru (and longtime Phish collaborator) Russ Bennett. He offers a fascinating look behind the scenes.
Our May-time obsession with all things sonic has also taken us in several unexpected directions. In the Calendar section we’ve included a preview of “How To Be a Rock Critic” at ArtsEmerson. The one-man play celebrates the life and spirit of legendary music writer Lester Bangs, one of whose favorite albums was “Funky Kingston” by Toots and the Maytals: if you haven’t heard that record, we recommend you add it to your playlist.
Over in the Arts section of our Guide, you’ll find “Listen Hear: The Art of Sound,” an auditory exhibition at t he Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The featured artists will take your ears through the doors of perception and back again. Prepare to be amazed.
Elsewhere in this May issue you’ll find everything you’ll need to navigate your way around Boston as the long, hot and endlessly fascinating summer starts to kick in. Have fun!
Mike Hodgkinson Editor, Where Boston @where_boston