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Hatch Shell Concert Schedule

For more than 25 years, local radio stations have sponsored free concerts at Boston’s Hatch Shell. The official names of the programs are 100.7 WZLX FREE Summer Concerts and MIXFEST sponsored by Mix104.1. The series are a true public service, allowing hundreds of thousands of Boston residents to attend free performances of some of the greatest bands of all time.

The classic radio station broadcasts a wide variety of music from the 1970s through early 80s. Listeners may hear songs from the British Invasion to a smash-hit rock ballad from the 70s. A Rush or Supertramp tune, or a one-hit wonder from the era, may be on the air at this very moment. One can also listen to this classic station from the world wide web, and then view a playlist in real-time.

Hatch Shell Concerts, 103.3 WODS Free Summer Concert Series
Hatch Shell Concerts

Over the years, many great artists have performed at the Free Summer Concert Series at the Hatch Shell. Artists such as Johnny Rivers, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Stylistics, The Guess Who, and The Rascals have performed here. This author’s favorite bands were The O'Jays and more recently Three Dog Night. Thousands of people sang along to Love Train and Joy To The World; it was amazing.

For new visitors or tourists, the Hatch Shell is an open-air stadium located at Boston’s Esplanade park. The lawn in front of the shell fills up on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lawn chairs and blankets are extremely popular. Alcohol is strictly prohibited, and violators are subject to arrest.

The concerts usually start at 7:00 pm with a warm-up artist. As the sun recedes, excitement builds for the main act. By nightfall, the Esplanade paths and knolls surrounding the shell are full of happy concert-goers. The acoustics are great at this fun family-friendly event.

Also of course, the oldest tradition at the Hatch Shell is the annual July 4th concert with the Boston Pops. In recent years, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra has performed here, bringing classical music and opera to the Esplanade; another great public service.


May, 2014

Saturday May TBD, 11:30 am - 4:45 pm (main concert) 
Radio 929 EarthFest 2014 
Performers: TBA

July, 2014

Thursday July 3, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm 
Boston Pops Orchestra Independence Day Concert 
Wrist Bands Available at 4:00 pm 
1812 Overture Played at 9:30 pm


Friday July 4, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm 
Boston Pops Orchestra Independence Day Concert 
Special Guest Performers: TBA 
Wrist Bands Available at 9:00 am
Fireworks at 10:30 pm


Wednesday July 16, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Landmarks Orchestra 
Carmina Burana 
At the River by Larry Bell (premiere) 
On the Waterfront by Leonard Bernstein 
Carmina Burana by Carl Orff 


Wednesday July 23, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Landmarks Orchestra 
Fiesta Sinfónica  
Cuban Overture by George Gershwin 
La noche de los Mayas by Revueltas 
En memoria de Chano Pozo by Amram  
Viaje by Gonzalo Grau 


Wednesday July 30, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Landmarks Festival 
Guest Orchestra: Longwood Symphony Orchestra
Ronald Feldman, Conductor 
Works: TBA 

August 2014

Wednesday August 6, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Landmarks Orchestra 
In Concert with Boston Lyric Opera 
Works: TBA 


Wednesday August 13, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Landmarks Festival 
From the New World: The Legacy of the Spirituals 

The Chariot Jubilee by R. Nathaniel Dett  
Griot Legacies (premiere) by Trevor Weston  
Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) by Dvořák  


Wednesday August 20, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Landmarks Orchestra 
Rhapsody in Green  
Overture to Der Freischütz by Von Weber 
The Flower Clock by Françaix 
Andrew Price, Oboe 
Suite No. 1 in A minor, op. 42 by MacDowell 
1. In A Haunted Forest 
2. Summer Idyll 
5. Forest Spirits 
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 43 by Sibelius


Wednesday August 27, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Landmarks Orchestra 
O'er the Land of the Free: Bicentennial of The Star-Spangled Banner 
Festival Overture on the American National Air by Buck 
Overture to Fidelio, op.72c (1814) by Beethoven   
Symphony No. 8 in F Major, op. 93 (1814) by Beethoven  
Variations on "America" by Ives 
Chesapeake: Summer of 1814 by Michael Gandolfi 

Contact Information & Address:

Hatch Shell (Mass Department of Conservation & Recreation) 
Storrow Drive & Mugar Way, Boston, MA 
617.626.4970 Hatch Hotline

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