RECAP: MIX 104.1’s MIXFest 2016

By: - Monday, Sep 19, 2016 - 12:00pm


MIX104.1 hosted their annual MIXFest featuring OneRepublic, Ingrid Michaelson, and Shaggy. Kicking off the concert at DCR Memorial Hatch Shell, MIX’s 15 Seconds of Fame Winners, Tyler and Ryan Falcoa belched out their cover of Shawn Mendes’s “Treat You Better.”

Next up at MIXFest was Indie Folk singer, Ingrid Michaelson, who rose to fame with her first single, “The Way I Am.” With her signature ukulele and her sassy comments during song transitions, Ingrid gave an unforgettable jam session Saturday afternoon, singing hits like “Be OK,” “Parachute,” and “Girls Chase Boys.”


Ingrid ends her set with her latest single “Hell No,” which ends up being a collective big middle finger emoji to all of her ex-lovers.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Ingrid Michaelson’s return to Boston on November 18th 2016 at House of Blues on Lansdowne.

Yeah…It wasn’t me. It was Shaggy.


It completely blew my mind that everyone in the crowd knew the lyrics – from the teenyboppers in the front row to the moms who were dragged to the Hatch Shell for the free concert. “It Wasn’t Me” helped Jamaican-American reggae artist Shaggy break into the pop scene, and it had everyone singing his Caribbean tunes.

“I love Boston…but let me bring you to my country.” Mr. Boombastic stirred things up many of his classic dancehall and reggae beats while whipping out his Jamaican flag. And who could forget “Angel,” one of his more popular love anthems?

The stage, of course, was not big enough of a playground for Shaggy so he hopped off the stage and into the photo pit. In addition to entertaining the press photographers, Shaggy shot a live YouTube video of the thousands of fans who showed up this weekend and went onto the barricades towards to crowd.

Shaggy ends his set by stepping back from Jamaica and going to one of his latest pop singles, “I Need Your Love.” Yes – I do need your love, Shaggy.


Ryan Tedder led OneRepublic as they ran out of backstage with “Love Runs Out.” Did anyone else notice Ryan’s black bomber jacket? Written on the back of the jacket states was GUILTY PARTIES. If anyone was wondering, it is a Japanese clothing line called Wacko Maria.

Not much of a talker like Shaggy or Ingrid, Ryan slowed down the tempo with “Wherever I Go” and then it is picked right back up with “Secrets.” I was so swooning when Brent Kutzle busted out the violin.

“Speaking of a perfect day and a perfect city, this song kinda encapsulates that,” Ryan Tedder told the audience as he started to strum away to “Good Life.”

OneRepublic ended the incredible Saturday afternoon with “Stop and Stare,” “Apologize/Stay With Me” mash up, “Counting Stars,” and “If Lose Myself” that could be heard all the way from Boston Common.

What a weekend.

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Flume Sells Out Two Shows in Boston

By: - Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 - 5:00am


Who is able to sell out shows on a Monday and a Tuesday? Flume.


Harley Edward Streten, also known as Flume, progressed from being a bedroom DJ in Australia to playing his #1 radio hits at Boston’s House of Blues.


Flume may be best known for his pop hits, Never Be Like You (feat. Kai) and Say It (feat. Tove Lo), but he did not fail to rock the stage with his experimental electronica vibe.

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33 Free Summer ’16 Festivals around Boston

By: - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 - 12:17pm


We’re rounding up Boston’s best free summer events to keep your calendar — and your wallet — full, starting with all our favorite free summer festivals: Street fairs, cultural celebrations, and outdoor music and arts fests. Sure, you have to pay for food and drinks, but just walking through and soaking up the festival atmosphere? That’s as free as the air we breathe, brother.



125 Halloween Events (for Grown-ups) around Boston

By: - Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 - 1:38am

Kids get one night to party on Halloween — you get all week. (Image source.)

Great news! Halloween falls on a Saturday this year. Even better news? We’re still partying for the whole week. Dress up in a different costume every night (or wear the same one over and over, nobody cares) to as many costume parties, band tribute shows, and horror movie marathons as you can handle.


Ultimate Guide to Fall Festivals around Boston

By: - Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015 - 5:30pm

Fall festival season, coming in hot cold and rainy. Break out your fall jacket (check the pockets for stray bills — a fiver, score!) and come out to celebrate the harvest, local music, film, food, beer and cider, and lots more. Really just any excuse to gather together and be festive with your neighbors a few more times before we stay home and hate each other all winter.


Free Fallin’: 150+ FREE Boston Events to Make Your Autumn Awesome

By: - Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 - 4:30pm
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You’ve been wiping the sweat off your brow and dreaming of fall weather for most of the last month, and now it’s finally here. So throw on a cozy sweater and feel the leaves crunch under your feet on your way to one of Boston’s many street fairs, artists’ open studios, university lectures, the first-ever HUBWeek festival, and so much more. Oh, and all of these events are FREE to attend, because those pumpkin spice lattes aren’t going to pay for themselves, and no, the guy whose weird name is written on your cup instead of yours isn’t going to pitch in, either. (more…)

STRAIGHT OUTTA: Boston Edition

By: - Friday, Aug 14, 2015 - 6:32pm

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This week’s Boston events: Festivals in the fields, streets, islands and more

By: - Thursday, Aug 6, 2015 - 5:26pm

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There’s so much going on around Boston, I’m just going to get right into it, no time for jokes. (Just kidding, there’s always time for jokes.) (Otherwise how will I make people like me?) (Yes everyone needs to like me I was born broken and only the constant outward validation of my self-worth can make me feel whole again.) On to this week’s events! (more…)

Feasts, festivals, flash mobs, and more events this week

By: - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 - 4:02pm

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In a couple days you’re going to wake up and check your phone and it’ll say “Saturday, August 1” and you’ll freak out and resolve to stop wasting your summer. Then you’ll go back to sleep for a while because it’s too hot to go anywhere without AC, or at least a powerful fan pointed directly at your undercarriage. But eventually you’ll get out of bed and pull up this post and start kicking summer’s ass. (more…)

Fourth of July weekend events around Boston

By: - Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 - 12:50pm

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Hey everyone, Jim from The Boston Calendar here with events that don’t suck for the Fourth of July weekend and beyond. Half the city’s going out of town and the other half is already staking out spots on the Esplanade, but for the other other half, there’s still plenty going on. Or just find a barbeque somewhere — or even better, a BBQ (fewer letters = more American, and that “-que” part looks suspiciously French).