HarpoonFest 2019: Photo by Adam Parshall for Vanyaland
After a pandemic-inflicted break, HarpoonFest has spearheaded another eclectic lineup of Boston musicians for its 2021 edition.
The annual fest at the Seaport brewery returns this summer from Thursday (July 22) to Saturday (July 24), serving craft beers alongside some of the city’s most prominent and promising artists.
The fest kicks off with a special pre-party on July 22, honoring frontline workers with discounted tickets (and a free four-pack of Harpoon’s Big League IPA) for healthcare workers and first responders. DJ J-WALL, DADFUNK, and the Howl at the Moon dueling pianos take the stage Thursday evening, while Senseless Optimism, Airport, Air Traffic Controller, Shadwell, Hawthorn, Justin Nash Fisher, and Aubrey Haddard are scheduled to perform Friday night.
The fest finishes with a full day of programming on Saturday, featuring sets from Folk Physics, Ryan Gebhardt, Iron Harvest, Forte, Cliff Notez, Comanchero, Barefoot Chandy, Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections, SeeFour, The Cheerful Desolation Choir, and Greg Roy.
In between songs and sips, guests can purchase food from on-site vendors, including The Sausage Guy, Tenoch, Moyzilla, Chubby Chickpea, or The Shuck Truck. Harpoon has also shared their drink menu for the weekend, but their new “Big League” brew remains in the spotlight; a portion of Big League pint sales will go to Off Their Plate, a non-profit that “empower[s] local kitchens led by women and people of color to feed their communities through employment and nutrition.”
Thursday, July 22 Stage One: 6 to 7 p.m.: DJ J-WALL 7 to 8 p.m.: Howl At The Moon Dueling Pianos 8:20 to 9:20 p.m.: DADFUNK 9:20 to 10 p.m.: DJ J-WALL
Friday, July 23 Stage One: 6:15 to 7 p.m.: Senseless Optimism 7:25 to 8:30 p.m.: Airport 9 to 10:30 p.m.: Air Traffic Controller
Stage Two: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.: Shadwell 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.: Hawthorn 8:30 to 9:20 p.m.: Justin Nash Fisher 9:40 to 10:30 p.m.: Aubrey Haddard
Saturday, July 24 Stage One: Noon to 12:45 p.m.: Folk Physics 1 to 1:45 p.m.: Ryan Gebhardt 2 to 2:45 p.m.: Iron Harvest 3:05 to 4:05 p.m.: Howl At The Moon Dueling Pianos 4:25 to 5:10 p.m.: Forte 5:35 to 6:30 p.m.: Cliff Notez
Stage Two: Noon to 12:50 p.m.: Comanchero 1 to 1:45 p.m.: Barefoot Chandy 2 to 2:50 p.m.: Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections 3:10 to 4 p.m.: SeeFour 4:20 to 5:15 p.m.: The Cheerful Desolation Choir 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Greg Roy