Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Friday, October 3, 2014

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, South End, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The 14th Annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival was held recently in Boston's South End neighborhood on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street. The outdoor performances and street festival are free and open to the public. Tens of thousands attend to hear jazz, Latin, blues, and groove performers. It's like a big block party with loads of food, fun, music, kids, and vendors.

An army of orange-shirted staff helped keep everything running smoothly.

Over the six-hour event, fifteen separate acts each performed for about an hour spread over the three stages.  A few images of some of the performers follow:

There were many food vendors selling their wares to the hungry crowd.

I am always happy to find vegan offerings at public events.  It is becoming more common all the time to find vegan food for those of us who don't want to support the killing of animals.

There were many interesting diversions for the kids, too.  The bubble man was a big hit making his soap bubbles in the gentle breeze. Some were big.......

....and some were small.......

......but all the bubbles clearly awakened their childish delight.


There was an "instrument petting zoo" for the kids to try out a wide range of musical instruments including horns, woodwinds, strings, and this drum set.

The pets seemed to enjoy the day, too.

Another very popular act was Bloco AfroBrazil, a drum/percussion group that moved along Columbus Avenue performing among the appreciative crowd.

Their leader had a constant smile as he directed the band through the street crowd.

The rockin' crowd moved and swayed along to the driving beat.

Some fans were especially moved by the powerful rhythms.

It was a great day and a great event with summer-like warmth and bright blue skies. A great day to be outside and alive among happy people and beautiful music.

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