YES Fest aims to amplify teen talents as Boston’s ‘youth fueled music & arts festival’



Studio 52 is a community artist space located in the heart of Allston, and is proud to support the Boston music scene and local artist community.

Ever since the recent opening of Cambridge rock club Sonia, there has been an uptick in all-ages shows around the Boston area. But a majority of live music offerings remain 18- or 21-plus affairs, so the tireless BRAIN Arts collective is teaming with Zumix, Brookline Teen Center, and Girls Rock Campaign Boston to offer an all-day, all-ages music and arts fest that celebrates youthful contributions to the amplified arts.

It’s called YES Fest, it goes down October 21 at the Brookline Teen Center, and runs from noon to 10 p.m. A $10 cover gets you in, unless you’re a teen, in which case it’s a free show. The fest features performances by Mother Russia, Questionable Dog, Whoknowsgabby + Amos Found Alice, Smokey and Sandman, Wild Painting, The Apostrophes, Crying In Shades, Lydia Deetz, Koda, and Project Method, with an art show featuring local teen artists.


“Boston, like essentially all cities, is for the most part filled with music venues that prohibit the portion of its population that are not old enough to buy drinks from entering their premises,” writes BRAIN Arts, the DIY group behind the Boston Hassle website and Boston Compass monthly newspaper. “How are burgeoning, homegrown artists of future generations expected to flourish and come into their own in such an environment? A long standing societal issue, YES Fest, and the organizations and teens behind it, hope to bring more attention to such issues while offering a teen-centric platform for showcasing some of the amazing teen musicians and artists currently working in the Greater Boston area right now!”

YES Fest is billed as “a radically inclusive arts and music festival, produced by a diverse coalition of nonprofits and teen volunteers with the goal of catalyzing the youth culture of Greater Boston,” positioning itself as “both a showcase for teens of all creative disciplines as well as a summit for networking and community building.”

Get more details on the flyer below, including info on how to get involved. Featured Wild Paining photo via the band’s Facebook page.