This Saturday, the Life is good Festival will descend on Boston Common. This free, family-friendly festival runs from 11am to 5pm and includes a Good Walk for Kids, a Wiffle Ball Home Run contest with Mike Lowell of the Boston Red Sox, dozens of games, activities, and live performance. Donations and proceeds from the sale of Life is good merchandise go to benefit Project Joy, a nonprofit that uses the power of play to help children whose lives have been touched by fair and trauma.
Here’s a roundup of the musical performers who will be at this year’s festival:
- The Blind Boys of Alabama: This musical group was originally formed at Alabama’s Talladega Institute for the Blind in 1939 and has won five Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year!
- Brett Dennen: Fresh from a 54-city tour backed by Life is good, Brett Dennon’s rich voice and inspired songwriting were recognized by Rolling Stong as one of its “Top Ten Artists to Watch” last year.
- SteveSongs: Winner of two Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, SteveSongs also appears as the music teacher on PBS Kids. His blend of live guitars, vocal-bass, and drums is a huge hit among kids and parents!
- The Hot Tamale Brass Band: Two trumpets, trombones, saxophones, drummers, and a sousaphone bring a Bourbon Street beat to Beantow.
Other highlights include “Chillville” a cool-down spot with arts and crafts, face painting, and a 25-foot high Art for All collaborative mural. “Jaketown” offers games and sports for all ages, inlcuding soccer kick, football fling, disc toss, tug ‘o war, sack races, and more. The “Joy Zone” is hosted by the nonprofit Project Joy and features a multi-colored 50-foot parachute, among other cooperative games for kids.
The festival has been a really popular event if year’s post, so I’m happy to see that it is returning to the Commons. I also think it’s pretty cool that the festival is working to limit trash and reduce its carbon footprint. In fact, the Festival uses a mix of biodiesel to run its generators and reduce consumption of non-renewable fossil fuels. For more on the Life is good Festival, including a complete schedule, check out the website.
Tell us! Have you gone to the Life is good Festival before? What was your favorite part? Do you plan to participate this year?
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