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UnCommon Stage, Trillium Garden Set to Open May 4

outdoor wooden stage with tables set out in front
The Emerson UnCommon Stage will open May 4.

The corner of Tremont and Boylston streets will get a little livelier on Thursday, May 4, when the Emerson College UnCommon Stage opens alongside the Trillium Garden on the Common, offering live performances, WERS broadcasts, and award-winning beverages.

The newly constructed venue, a partnership between Emerson, Trillium, and the City of Boston, will be open through October, and will energize an underserved corner of Boston Common, the nation’s oldest public park.

“The Emerson College UnCommon Stage and Trillium’s Garden on the Common will create an exciting, new destination for those working and living in the Downtown Boston area as well as for visitors to the city,” said Emerson College Interim President William Gilligan. “It will showcase the best the city has to offer culturally, with a stellar local brewer, in a unique outdoor space.”

The outdoor venue will feature daily entertainment curated by Emerson College, along with beer provided by Trillium Brewing. The outdoor garden, which seats more than 400 and is open to all, will offer a variety of beverages and food by Taqueria el Barrio.

This entertainment and gathering space is the latest example of Emerson’s investment in its downtown Boston campus, featuring a 5,000-square-foot space designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, the firm that completed the award-winning restoration of the Little Building. It will feature daily programming, including local musicians, DJs, WERS 88.9 broadcasts, and other performances.

“We are thrilled to offer a new entertainment venue for the enjoyment of Bostonians and visitors alike, and showcase a wide variety of acts, music and performances curated by Emerson College,” said David Howse, Emerson’s Vice President for the Office of the Arts, and Executive Director of ArtsEmerson.

light grey beer truck with dark grey trillium flower painted on side, wooden planters and outdoor stage in background.

The Garden on the Common is the latest open-air beer garden by Trillium, which also runs a similar site at Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and several tap rooms throughout the Boston area. The Trillium Garden on the Common will be open 4:00-9:00 pm, Wednesday and Thursday; 12:00-9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday; and 12:00-6:00 pm, Sunday.

“It’s an honor to be chosen by the City of Boston and Emerson College to bring our hospitality to such an iconic place,” said JC Tetreault, co-founder of Trillium Brewing Company. “We’re proud to be part of such a strong team that’s beginning to realize the exciting aspirations of the Boston Common Master Plan.”

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“This new venue on the Boston Common will enliven this corner of the historic park with performances that represent all of our citizens of Boston and a new, beautiful outdoor gathering space for all,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “The City is proud to partner with Emerson and Trillium.”

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