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 2014, the 5th 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 10, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A five piece outfit that defines their banjo-licious mix of folk, rock, and bluegrass, "stinky rock ’n roll" or "timeless folk."
Thursday July 17, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A blend of funk, soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and African sounds to create a hybrid sound that combines groovy tunes with catchy lyrics.
Thursday July 24, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A 10-piece band that plays and composes music combining soul, hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and electronic music.
Thursday July 31, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A contemporary Cuban jazz and dance music group embracing various genres of Latin American and Cuban music, with deep roots in timba mixed with jazz, funk, and Latin music.
Thursday August 7, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Australian Jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer Sarah McKenzie has already won wide recognition for her individualistic voice and skillful phrasing She's sung backing vocals for Michael Bublé on the multiplatinum artist's Call Me Irresponsible tour.
Thursday August 14, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Song Yi Jeon Quintet
A sophisticated singer and composer from South Korea who deftly combines modern jazz harmony and uncommon time signatures with catchy melodies.
Thursday August 21, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oyinda + Bigfoot Wallace
Oyinda draws from both pop and the British electronica scene in hypnotic, emotionally complex tracks. Bigfoot Wallace is a singer/songwriter/musician from Chandler, Arizona, whose quiet, gentle style recalls Bon Iver and the Postal Service.
Thursday August 28, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
An all female collective of like-minded musicians from all over the globe, brought together by a passion for funk and pop music and the need for a strong female presence in the music industry.
Contact Information & Address:
Institute Of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210