Any invading rock armies from other towns looking to conquer Boston might want to muster the troops this week; all our defenses are going to be employed elsewhere. The biggest Boston-centric rock festival of the season is about to kick off. Although, there's one catch: It's not going down in the city. That's either good news or bad, depending how much you enjoy sweating on top of each other in city clubs in humid July.
For those of you with a sunnier outlook, Provincetown Rocks: The Festival! brings pretty much every Boston band worth seeing right now down to the breezy shores of the Cape.
"It's going to be a fun, unique time, in a fun unique, diverse, beautiful town," says organizer Martin Doyle, the longtime Boston rock promoter. "Rock and the beach, baby! Goes great together."
It helps when you've got an immense lineup like this, including The Upper Crust, Freezepop, Taxpayer, The Bon Savants, Cassavetes, The Luxury, The Dogmatics, The Lights Out, Squidda and Gene Dante & The Future Starlets to name a few. DJs Michael Savant, DJ MeLee, Frank White and Knowlton Walsh will be throwing down beats all week as well.
"I don't believe Boston's seen anything like this for a long time," says Christopher Payne-Taylor, another of the event's promoters, "or at least as long as most can remember. It's good for the community, and all that holding-hands bullshit, of course, but even better, it's a good excuse to get out of the city for a night or two. "
"Yeah, I think this is definitely good for the scene," says Taxpayer's Rob Adams. "We are excited to get the chance to see some Boston bands we haven't seen much of, and also looking forward to being able to hang out with friends in bands we see all the time, but this time in a location other than Central Square."
Tiny, from Allston rockers The Thickness, agrees it will be a good chance to catch up on a bunch of bands in one place. "Boston is filled with so many different scenes, it's cool to see what else is out there," he says.
P-town may not know what it's signing on for. "The music scene [in Provincetown] is diverse, yet of course, somewhat dancehall/house oriented," says Payne-Taylor. "The fest will no doubt give the scene a major booster shot, because it's like putting the whole Boston music scene into a suitcase and transporting it to Provincetown for a short summer vacation."
Expect a cool beach vibe, he says. All of the venues, including The Vixen, The Crown and Anchor, Goodtimes Pub, The Squealing Pig, The Old Colony Tap, Bubala's By the Bay and The Governor Bradford, are within walking distance of one another. That should make it easy to skip out on one act that blows and check out the next down the road. Not that any of these bands blow, which is something you can't say on any regular rock night in town.
"Think USA Network's Burn Notice, but much hipper," says Payne-Taylor, which we're guessing is some sort of TV show. "Provincetown is kind of iconic in the integration of its entertainment into the fabric of town life. One is part and parcel of the other, so you can be walking down the street almost like perusing a sonic smorgasbord, tasting some of this, some of that, going in and out of one or another of the clubs to create one of the most exciting listening experiences imaginable."
WED 7.22.09-SUN 7.26.09
$20-$30 VENUE PASS
$50 DAY PASS
$100 WEEK PASS