With only about a year of programming under its belt, outdoor space The Lawn On D might be this summer’s hottest music destination in Boston. This past weekend, the Southie-slash-Seaport multi-purpose venue hosted a jam-packed Narragansett party with Bearstronaut, and two upcoming Bowery Boston shows — Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros on June 17 and Passion Pit on July 23 — are already sold out.
Saturday nights at Lawn On D are taking a more chill approach, with a series of various personalities in the Boston music scene DJing parties that pay tribute to their favorite artists and musical moments in time.
It’s called Lester Bangs Presents, and it kicked off this past weekend with Eli “Paperboy” Reed spinning southern soul, and future events include the Boston Herald’s Jed Gottlieb spinning local favorites, DJ ABD throwing down all things related to Prince, and this writer tapping into his former life as DJ of the Pill for a night of Cool Britannia.
“One of the things we wanted to do to create a consistent vibe down at the Lawn On D on Saturdays was add a DJ series,” says curator Jake Brennan. “We thought it would be cool to get our friends who aren’t necessarily full time DJs, but more or less heavily involved in the local scene and most importantly, have great taste in music. We thought it would be even better if the guest DJs paid tribute to some sort of musical moment in time. We have DJ Carbo (Mark Kates) paying tribute to bands who performed at the Channel, which was located around the corner from the Lawn On D. Aaron Perrino [the Sheila Divine] is spinning French Pop.”
Brennan adds: “Quality music that Lester Bangs would enjoy listening to on a summer night out on the lawn with a cold beer in Southie. Something cool and a little bit different by some familiar faces.”