Courtney Barnett, here at the Newport Folk Festival, hits Boston Calling after an “SNL” gig.
Boston Calling rules Memorial Day weekend with a blockbuster lineup that’s heavy on electronic acts, female performers, and extra local bands invited to the party via a new third stage. For its last hurrah on City Hall Plaza before moving to Harvard’s athletic complex in Allston in May 2017, the festival kicks off Friday night with the enigmatic pop star Sia, indie-rocker Sufjan Stevens, and Irish singer Lisa Hannigan with the National’s Aaron Dessner (see interview here). Saturday should be hot (literally – watch for possible thunderstorms, seek shade breaks and drink lots of water) with a lineup that sports electro-pop siren Robyn, EDM star Odesza, Courtney Barnett (above), City and Colour, Miike Snow and Borns. And Sunday looks like the most impressive, diverse slate with electro duo Disclosure, pop-rockers Haim, R&B dynamos Janelle Monae and Charles Bradley, and French star Christine & the Queens. Locals are well-represented all weekend with rockers Palehound, Black Beach and These Wild Plains as well as rapper Michael Christmas. Here’s the whole Boston Calling schedule.
If you’re not at Boston Calling, there are other options to consider. They include the Monkees (well, at least Peter York and Mickey Dolenz) at the Wilbur Theatre on Friday, local Americana-rocker Nate Leavitt & the Elevation celebrating a new EP with friends from his alternate gig OldJack at the Lizard Lounge on Saturday, Country 102.5’s Street Party on Causeway Street with Chris Young and Cassadee Pope on Sunday, and a Boston Calling after-show that night at the Sinclair with Charles Bradley & the Extraordinaires as City Hall Plaza finishes up.