JP Hot Licks: Listen to the bands and artists playing the 7th annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival


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Now in its seventh year, the annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival has succeeded in two relatively phenomenal ways: One, it’s proven to be a successful free late-summer outdoor showcase of homegrown music, and two, it’s actually drawn in people from far away places like Brookline and Cambridge and Somerville to the previously unreachable destination known to weathered locals simply as “JP.”

With this year’s Jamaica Plain Music Festival fast arriving on September 9 and going down at Pinebank Field, organizers are hard at work raising additional funds for the fest and fine-tuning the lineup. Earlier this week, the initial performer lineup was unveiled, and it’s a good one; nearly 20 bands and artists, all featuring artists who live or work in Jamaica Plain, will take part, including Goddamn Draculas, American Echoes, Drug Dogs, Love Love, Rick Berlin and The Nickel & Dime Band, Bird Language, Diablogato, MAMADOU, Só Sol, and more. Listen to an in-progress playlist of the performers below.

Between now and the fest, organizers — a volunteer group of residents that includes Berlin, Shamus Moynihan, Justin McCarthy, Charles McEnerney, David Mueller, and Margie Nicoll — are hosting a fundraiser at Tres Gatos on August 15. Here’s word from the event page: “Ten percent of all restaurant, bar, and record and bookstore sales will go directly to the Music Fest, there will be a donation jar if you want to donate some cash, and at 9:30 p.m., there will be a special performance from American Echoes.”

Those who can’t make the in-person fund raiser can donate to Jamaica Plain Music Festival’s GoFundMe page, which is nearly at the half-way point of its goal with only a few weeks left until the fest. Click below for more info.