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Boston Calling tries to catch lightning in a bottle

Phil Jamieson of Caspian

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Phil Jamieson of Caspian

Day 1 of the inaugural Boston Calling Music Festival is in the books, and organizers already tweaked the event for Day 2 happening today.

“The biggest change we made was looking at how people go from stage to stage,” said Brian Appel of Crash Line Productions, one of the Boston Calling producers.

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Artistically, the fest hit its bullseye, Appel said, and looks forward to doing more Boston Callings that emulate the new-music vibe of this first lineup.

Appel praises National’s Aaron Dessner as a Boston Calling curator, saying that the festival wanted to keep a tight focus on contemporary indie rock.

“Having Aaron involved, we knew we’d keep the focus on the here and now,” said Appel, but he added the particular “here and nows” presented on Day 1 were instrumental in keeping the capacity crowd engaged despite the dreary weather conditions that blanketed the two-stage, outdoor event.

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“The feedback we got on Matt & Kim was phenomenal. They took the festival to the next level. And when Fun. said it was the best show of their lives, people just went nuts,” Appel said.

People arriving today will notice small adjustments to the way traffic is steered through the beer garden and between the stages.

“We try to catch lightning in a bottle,” Appel said of the vision for the festival. (And that definitely happened yesterday with Portugal.The Man.)

Boston Calling continues with National, Caspian, Young the Giant, Of Monsters and Men, Andrew Bird, and others.

This was originally posted on’s Boston by Beat blog.
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