Seaport District Concerts
Each summer, free concerts take place in the Seaport District. The Friends Of Fort Point Channel neighborhood association periodically sponsor a concert series in the Seaport District. In 2013, the 4th annual HarborWalk Soundsseries will take place at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The unique cantilevered design of the ICA building allows for an outdoor stage on the waterfront side of the building. Local performing artists are presented, featuring a wide variety of music styles and genres. ICA is located on Northern Avenue in the Seaport District, and is part of the Harborwalk, a pedestrian path that connects Boston’s historic waterfront from north to south. Music styles can vary from reggae to classical to rock and roll, as popular local bands please audiences at this unique venue.
ICA Harborwalk Concerts
In the early 1900s, this portion of the Seaport District was known as the Wool District. Boston was at one time one of the world’s largest marketplaces and gateways for woolen and textile goods. By the 1940s, the industry had migrated to southern states in search of lower costs, and many of the old brick warehouses in the district became vacant. By the late 1970s, local contemporary artists began to lease and subdivide the cavernous empty warehouse spaces, which marked the beginning of urban renewal in what today is known as the Seaport District.
Fort Point Channel is named after Fort Hill. Part of the hill jutted out into the sea from the peninsula of Boston, hence Fort "Point." The hill was an excellent location for defending the town, and cannon were mounted atop it in the 1600s. Fort Hill was cut down in the mid-1800s and used for landfill, with its former apex being located at the intersection of today's Oliver and High Streets.
Fort Point Channel was a canal that connected Boston Inner Harbor to a small bay called South Cove (and other previous names). South Cove was also eventually filled-in, and became part of South Boston and Dorchester.
Stop by and enjoy a free concert at the ICA. Nearby attractions include theChildren's Museum (http://www.celebrateboston.com/childrens-museum.htm), Rowe’s Wharf (http://www.celebrateboston.com/events/harbor-hotel-movies-by-moonlight.htm), Fan Pier, Boston Design Center, and Boston Convention Center (http://www.celebrateboston.com/boston-convention-center.htm). Also, less than a mile away along the Harborwalk are the New England Aquarium (http://www.celebrateboston.com/new-england-aquarium.htm), Christopher Columbus Park, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace (http://www.celebrateboston.com/faneuil-hall-marketplace.htm)attractions.
Thursday July 11, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wambura Mitaru Synergy
With African roots, Wambura Mitaru Synergy creates a hybrid sound that combines groovy tunes and catchy lyrics, and wants you to sing along from any corner of the globe!
Thursday July 18, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
We Avalanche with The Dwells
Heavily influenced by noise, pop, and old-time, We Avalanche sounds like your favorite band that forgot how to play their instruments. The Dwells were born on the Fourth of July. Paige Califano and Matthew Bean are a vocal swirl, drenched in memorable lyrics and infectious songwriting. It's Cosmic Americana.
Thursday July 25, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Family Photo takes complex vocal harmonies and arrangements and weaves them into popular song structures. The group seamlessly glides between genres, incorporating musical styles from jazz and pop to the more obscure corners of rock and neoclassicism.
Thursday August 1, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ali Amr Experiment
Ali Amr takes a journey into an exotic blend of original jazz with a modern Middle Eastern vibe, influenced by touches of flamenco to bring a flair for the unexpected. A mesmerizing performance of vocals and qanun, backed by keys, bass, and percussion.
Thursday August 8, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
A folk/indie singer-songwriter from Southern California. With a mixture of influences ranging from electronic and folk music, he has been able to create a new atmosphere for his audiences while conveying honesty and talent."
Thursday August 15, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cocoa Jackson Lane
A combination of gritty soul with roots and reggae. Hailing from the Pacific, South East Asia, and Barcelona, this eclectic outfit instinctively delivers an honest and raw performance. A seamless range from heart-wrenching delicacy to hard-hitting dancehall.
Thursday August 22, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Christian Li Group
Plays with a dynamism that breaks down intricate structures into free-floating energy. Their idiosyncrasies and diverse backgrounds feed a music that exists for and because of those who experience it.
Thursday August 29, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sirma with Lillia Betz and Gossamer
Sırma is influenced by her multicultural background to strive for collaboration and connection. She's constantly changing her sound, in production, arranging, and songwriting. Her debut solo EP, Traces, was recently released. Electronic artists Lillia Betz and Gossamer will be performing an improvised set, using software programming and audio hardware.