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 2012, the 3rd annual HarborWalk Sounds series 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.
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 the Children's Museum, Rowe’s Wharf, Fan Pier, Boston Design Center, and Boston Convention Center. Also, less than a mile away along the Harborwalk are the New England Aquarium, Christopher Columbus Park, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace attractions.
Thursday July 12, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Italo Cunha and the Mates
A fusion of traditional Brazilian music with jazz, indie, rock, and pop.
Thursday July 19, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jaime Woods and Nick Hakim
Jaime Woods creates and performs "feel-good" music influenced by soul, blues, jazz, and folk. Singer-songwriter Nick Hakim and his band cultivate a new sound inspired by Curtis Mayfield, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix.
Thursday July 26, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Music with a style influenced by such artists as Pat Metheny, Michael Hedges, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell.
Thursday August 2, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hamish Napier Band
A highly unique blend of traditional Scottish folk music.
Thursday August 9, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tamsin and Hannah Read Band
Tamsin Wilson’s band bring edge and dynamism to their music's undertones of the warm folk sounds of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake.
Fiddler Hannah Read's music blends folk, jazz, and indie to form a unique alternative sound.
Thursday August 16, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Holiday Mountain incorporates reggae, indie, psychedelia, and dance music to create a magical potion described as "a mixture of Man Man, Deerhoof, Andrew Bird, Santogold, and M.I.A."
Thursday August 23, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A forward-thinking and eclectic blend of soul, funk, and hip-hop.
Thursday August 30, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Yesberger Band
Inspires audiences with a jazzy approach to poetry and pop.
Contact Information & Address:
Institute Of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210