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The multi-band occasion returns to Pinebank Area on September 10.

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic Cliff Spencer

Probably the most oft-repeated strings of phrases uttered on the Woodstock Music and Artwork Truthful in the summertime of 1969 occurred when stage announcer John Morris stepped as much as the microphone and mentioned, “It’s a free live performance any longer.”

That was a big second in concertgoing, however the people who run the Jamaica Plain Music Competition have been throwing free musical extravaganzas for greater than a decade. Taking off the previous two years because of COVID issues, the JP Music Fest comes roaring again for its tenth version on Sept. 10, from midday to 7 p.m. at its common spot, Pinebank Area (on the nook of Perkins Avenue and the Jamaicaway).

The creation of Rick Berlin and Shamus Moynihan (and a number of helpers and sponsors), the occasion has at all times featured 20 or so acts that includes performers with connections to Jamaica Plain – every enjoying roughly 20-minute units – and has attracted 1000’s of music lovers through the years.

However don’t make the error of considering of it as only a rock live performance. It’s at all times featured a diversified pool of genres carried out by solo artists, small teams, and acts that may nearly fill the stage.

Truly, make that levels. There are two of them at some point of the occasion, and whereas one act is enjoying on one in every of them, the opposite one is being arrange for the next act, ensuring there’s not often a lull within the sounds.

This 12 months’s lineup could have 21 of these 20-minute units. Amongst them – and these are being picked at random – are the instrumental duo of 10-string bandolimist Ian Cory and cellist Catherine Bent (who will open), singer-songwriter-rocker Thalia Zadek, pop-rocker (with an emphasis on rock) Lovewhip, indie rockers Hallelujah the Hills, the folk-rock-power pop (and wildly costumed) Chandler Travis Philharmonic, singer-guitarist-political activist Evan Greer, the psychedelic band The Chops, the guitar-wielding “people punk songstress” CE Skidmore, the ever-danceable Rick Berlin with the Nickel & Dime Band, and the biggest group (35 horns and one-and-a-half drummers) The Occasion Band (who will shut).

And that’s solely half of them! A full schedule, with occasions, will quickly be posted at

Excellent news: There might be loads of meals vans and Porta Potties.

Unhealthy information: There’s no parking, so your greatest wager is public transportation (The #39 bus to Perkins Avenue, and a one-block stroll towards Jamaica Pond).

Notice: Sure, it’s a free occasion, however there might be tables the place individuals can contribute to offset prices, ought to they select.

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