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Boston’s bi-annual music festival, Boston Calling kicked off it’s fall edition on Friday night. Now in it’s third year the festival has come into it’s own and this time around boasted perhaps it’s strongest lineup yet. As the festival kicked off on Friday night, folk troubadour Greogry Alan Isakov got festival goers in the mood with his sweet acoustic sounds. Isakov impressed fans of all ages with his modern take on folk music.
Following Isakov’s performance, Icelandic folk outlet Of Monsters and Men took to the stage. The group are back in support of their new album “Beneath the Skin” the follow up to their wildly successful debut album “My Head is an Animal.” The popularity of some of their older songs made for an incredible atmosphere as the whole festival crowd participated in the many sing-a-longs their music provides an opportunity for. The ultra popular “Little Talks” drew an unforgettable reaction as the Boston crowd overpowered even the band themselves with their singing of the chorus.
Friday’s headliner The Avett Brothers closed out the opening night with a headline quality set full of songs spanning the group’s entire career. Like Of Monsters and Men, the band has a catalog full of songs that bring out significant audience participation. The group wooed the Friday night crowd for over and hour with tunes that ranged from classic folk to border folk punk – something Boston has a soft spot for – the group closed the night with a one song encore, performing “Slight Figure of Speech” and at one point having all members of the band but one fall to the ground on the stage and play from their backs.