JP Music Festival: It’s a Free Concert From Now on

One of the most oft-repeated strings of words uttered at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in the summer of 1969 happened when stage announcer John Morris stepped up to the microphone and said, “It’s a free concert from now on.”

While that was certainly a watershed moment for concertgoers, the folks behind the Jamaica Plain Music Festival have been hosting free concert extravaganzas for over a decade.

The JP Music Fest, which has been canceled for the past two years due to COVID fears, will return for its 10th edition on September 10 from noon to 7 p.m. at its usual location, Pinebank Field.

Thousands of music fans have attended this annual event, which was founded by Rick Berlin and Shamus Moynihan (along with a slew of volunteers and sponsors) and features performances by musicians with ties to Jamaica Plain.

Just because it’s a rock show doesn’t mean you should dismiss it as such. It has always featured a wide variety of musical styles, played by soloists, duos, trios, and bands that might fill the stage.

I should have said stages. For the duration of the event, two of them will be in use, with one being used to play the current act while the other is being prepared for the next. This will ensure that there is never a lull in the noise levels.

In total, there will be 21 such sets of 20 minutes each on this year’s schedule. Among them – and these are being picked at random – is the instrumental duo of 10-string mandolinist Ian Cory and cellist Catherine Bent (who will open),

singer-songwriter-rocker Thalia Zadek, pop-rocker (with an emphasis on rock) Lovewhip, indie rockers Hallelujah the Hills, the folk-rock-power pop (and wildly costumed) Chandler Travis Philharmonic, singer-guitarist-political activist Evan Greer,

the psychedelic band The Chops, the guitar-wielding “folk punk songstress” CE Skidmore, the ever-danceable Rick Berlin with the Nickel & Dime Band, and the largest group (35 horns and one-and-a-half drummers) The Party Band (who will close).

Bad news: There’s no parking, so your best bet is public transportation (The #39 bus to Perkins Street, and a one-block walk toward Jamaica Pond).

Yes, it’s a free event, but there will be tables where people can make contributions to offset costs, should they choose. For more latest information you can visit TheActiveNews.Com.

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