This year, however, BMA voting kicks off with another party: the first annual Sound of Our Town, a music festival at the Lawn on D, a new interactive arts space in South Boston. The free all-day fest, presented in part by online music mag Vanyaland and local nonprofit Music Drives Us, features a stacked lineup of talent, including Dutch ReBelle, Speedy Ortiz, Quilt, Hooray for Earth, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Parks, the Grownup Noise and the Both (aka Aimee Mann and Ted Leo), along with DJ sets, booze and likely a few surprises. Did we mention it’s free?’Tis the season to celebrate the best of this city’s music scene. The nominations for the 2014 Boston Music Awards—the annual awards show and kick-ass party that gives due cred to local artists who’ve done big things during the past year—will be announced on Oct. 4.
This year’s BMA contenders will be announced at the festival, and voting will commence on the spot. Heads up: Live voting at the event will be weighted more heavily than online voting, so get out there and make your voice heard.