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 2015, the 6th 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 9, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
"A soul collective band performing sexy, eclectic R&B with a myriad of instruments including two saxophones, a trumpet, and a flugelhorn."
Thursday July 16, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
"Flexible pop mixed seamlessly with a funk foundation of the trombone, percussion, saxophone, and organ."
Thursday July 23, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oh, Malô / Lily Burns
"Delicate, experimental, and at times almost genderless vocals are mixed with moodier ambient instrumentals that build from mellow to eruptive with this Indie Pop group."
Thursday July 30, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wambura Mitaru and the Maua
"The classically trained Nairobi, Kenya, native has performed throughout the world, receiving acclaim for both covers and original songs that pay tribute to African history and tradition."
Thursday August 6, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
"The charming, dulcet tunes of indie folk band Covey follow in the modern folk tradition, citing influences the likes of Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons, and the Lumineers."
Thursday August 13, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project
"The band features a drummer, an upright bassist, two horn players and a tenor saxophone, plays irresistible and sensual jazz fusion."
Thursday August 20, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
"A layered, harmonic sound, combined with banjos and bouzoukis, give the group a decidedly nostalgic, bluegrass feel. Self-described as 'perching harmonies atop a sound that is, in essence, folk wrapped in rock ’n’ roll.'”
Thursday August 27, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
"Lead singer Ella Joy Meir croons mystically and melancholically along to dreamy, expansive alt-rock that crescendos and builds into a brazen anthem."
Contact Information & Address:
Institute Of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210