Emerson’s WERS 88.9 FM is bringing Bleachers, Buffalo Tom, Juliana Hatfield, and more marvelous musicians to the Boston Common this summer for the Wicked Good Festival, a day of free music and family fun.
WERS’s first music festival will be held Saturday, August 18, 12:00 to 8:00 pm. Other acts will include Air Traffic Controller, JahRiffe & Jah-N-I Roots Movement, and Anjimile, WBUR 90.9 FM’s Tiny Desk Favorite.
The Tiny Desk competition, hosted by NPR, featured musicians from across the country. WBUR’s The ARTery judges listened to the more than 150 Massachusetts entries before selecting Anjimile’s “1978” as the favorite. Anjimile won a spot in the Wicked Good Festival, as well as a profile in The ARTery’s “Up Next” series. WBUR is a Wicked Good Festival sponsor.
The festival is free and open to the public.
“WERS believes that music should be accessible to all,” the station writes on its website. “That’s the public radio way!”
Festival goers are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to WERS in any amount that’s comfortable to them. Those who donate $100 or more will receive a limited edition festival T-shirt.
Alternatively (or additionally), WERS is looking for volunteers to help out on the day of the festival.
The station also is asking Emerson staff and faculty to volunteers to serve as safety monitors on the day of the festival. Safety monitors will help move festival participants in a timely and orderly way in the event of any emergency, will work one of three three-hour shifts and receive required training. Any interested Emerson employee can sign up here.
Festival sponsors include WBUR 90.9 FM, the Boston Globe, EF Education First, Wicked Dog Apparel, Empire Loan, The Verb Hotel, Panera Bread, and Vanyaland.