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Salsa Dance Party

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a free salsa dance party with DJ Big O!

Show off your salsa dance moves at this free, family-friendly dance party by The Patios on City Hall Plaza! The City of Boston is hosting a pop-up Beer & Wine Garden, showcasing local businesses, at the same time at The Patios. 

5:00pm - 8:00pm
City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 02201
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About DJ Big O

Born in Venezuela, and raised in Massachusetts, Oscar ‘DJ Big O’ Nunez, has used his knowledge of many different genres of music to create a larger than life persona as a top DJ and emcee in Boston. DJ Big O is a true expert when it comes to any Latin genre, and he is always able to captivate his guests by his exceptional mic presence. DJ Big O is outstanding at interacting and engaging with guests... and does so in a way that makes guests feel welcomed, and ready to have fun and dance all night long!

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Join us from September 15 - October 15 to celebrate the history and culture of Latinos around Boston.

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About the Latinx ERG

The Latinx Employee Resource Group (ERG) serves as a network of employees at the City of Boston. The ERG promotes the cultural diversity and professional development of its members. By doing so, they hope to create a supportive environment for the Latinx community.

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Old School R&B Night

Dance the night away to R&B classics from the 60s, 70s, and 80s at our inaugural Old School R&B Night!

Music will be provided by Maverik — Recording Artist and Boston Red Sox Official DJ — and DJ Vince 1. Show off your dance moves under the fun lights and disco ball at Copley Square.

The Black Boston COVID-19 Coalition (BBCC), in partnership with Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, will be hosting a COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinic on site.

6:00pm - 9:00pm
Copley Square
Boston, MA 02116
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GospelFest 2021

Boston GospelFest is back in person this year at a new venue: Playstead Field at Franklin Park! Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 8 at 5 p.m.

headshot of Rich Tolbert Jr. the headliner for GospelFest 2021

GospelFest is New England’s largest Gospel music celebration. Now in its 21st year, GospelFest showcases both national and local gospel talent, blending contemporary and traditional gospel melodies. Performers this year include Rich Tolbert Jr, The Worship Bandits, and the Mayor’s Community Gospel Choir. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a chair or blanket to the concert venue, Playstead Field at Franklin Park.

This is an entirely outdoor, open-air event.  It is encouraged, but not required, to wear masks. Hand sanitizer will be available on-site.  Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are still at high-risk of spreading COVID-19.  If you are not fully vaccinated, you should avoid large social gatherings. If you do plan to attend, avoid congested areas, wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth, and maintain 6 feet of physical distance as much as possible. To find a location to get vaccinated, check our COVID-19 vaccine website.

This annual event is produced by the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment in partnership with the Faith Collective.

About the headliner

New York City native Rich Tolbert Jr. grew up in church, singing and leading worship by age 10. As a young adult, Tolbert was part of the five-member ensemble Livre’ (Portuguese for “free”), which debuted at an anniversary event for the Bronx Mass Choir where they were discovered by Alicia Keys. The group went on to release a series of singles, including “Amazing,” which hit the Top 40 of Billboard’s Hot Gospel Radio chart, and “I Will Be Alright,” which hit the Top 20, along with the full-length album, "Jericho: Tribe of Joshua". After the group disbanded, Tolbert continued to write and perform as a solo artist, penning the hit song “Miracle Worker” before releasing his No. 1 debut album, "Never Be Defeated".

5:00pm - 8:00pm
Playstead Field at Franklin Park
Boston, MA 02121
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Friday Afternoon Concert Series: New Legaxy

New Legaxy will perform at The Patios on City Hall Plaza on August 27, as part of the City of Boston's Friday Afternoon Concert Series in partnership with Berklee College of Music.

New Legaxy is a Boston-based band led by New Orleans drummer Brian Richburg that blends jazz sensibilities, sampled beats, and breezy vocals. The band's debut EP, Summer Songs, came out in late 2020, and its follow-up is due this summer.

12:00pm - 2:00pm
1 City Hall Square
Boston, 02201-2006
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Friday Afternoon Concert Series: Nia Ashleigh

Ashleigh will perform at The Patios on City Hall Plaza on August 20 as part of the City of Boston's Friday Afternoon Concert Series, in partnership with Berklee College of Music.

Inspired by her Jamaican and Canadian roots, Nia Ashleigh is an up-and-coming R&B artist from Newark, New Jersey. After making her debut as Nala in "The Lion King" on Broadway at age 10, she went on to sing for greats such as Dionne Warwick, Clive Davis, and Andra Day. With her first single, "Kevin," spotlighted by Spotify (on the "Fresh Finds: The Wave" playlist), Ashleigh has a bright future ahead of her.

12:00pm - 2:00pm
1 City Hall Square
Boston, 02201-2006
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Friday Afternoon Concert Series: Mestizas

Mestizas will perform at The Patios on City Hall Plaza on August 13, as part of the City of Boston's Friday Afternoon Concert Series, in partnership with Berklee College of Music.

Mestizas is a musical group specializing in the fusion of flamenco, jazz, and various genres of Latin American and Caribbean folklore. The group has an extensive repertoire that includes original music as well as arrangements of traditional Spanish, Cuban, and Uruguayan songs. Known for its refined musicality, this all-female quintet stands out among bands from Berklee College of Music (where the group was formed) for its quality, originality, aesthetic, and social sense, making them one of the most in-demand groups on campus and in Boston.

12:00pm - 2:00pm
1 City Hall Square
Boston, 02201-2006
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Friday Afternoon Concert Series: Alex Maes and the Connection

Alex Maes & the Connection will perform at The Patios on City Hall Plaza on August 6, as part of the City of Boston's Friday Afternoon Concert Series in partnership with Berklee College of Music.

Alex Maes grew up in a small town in Colorado nestled in the Rocky Mountains. She developed a knack for songwriting and performing when she was 10, and shortly after formed a rock-pop group with friends, touring the state and gaining a love for performing. Eventually she received a full ride to Berklee College of Music, where she began exploring the depths of her artistry and met the artists who would become Alex Maes & the Connection. The group is a Boston-based nu-funk band that has been together since 2019. They play catchy original material that Maes composes and also cover popular songs in their funk-jazz style. With Francisco Morales on drums, Warren Pettey on keys, Kevin Barber on bass, Flynn Tanner on guitar, and Maes on vocals, Alex Maes & the Connection is impossible to ignore with the band's infectious grooves and contagious arrangements.

12:00pm - 2:00pm
1 City Hall Square
Boston, 02201-2006
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Friday Afternoon Concert Series: Sheila del Bosque Trio

The Sheila del Bosque Trio will perform at The Patios on City Hall Plaza on July 30, as part of the City of Boston's Friday Afternoon Concert Series in partnership with Berklee College of Music.

Created in 2018, the Sheila del Bosque Trio gives the audience a selection of contemporary and traditional Afro-Cuban music with the influence of European and jazz ingredients. The trio has been performing in festivals like the 49th annual Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, Berklee Performance Center, Brown Bag Series, and Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, among others.

12:00pm - 2:00pm
1 City Hall Square
Boston, 02201-2006
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Friday Afternoon Concert Series: The Thistle Brothers

The Thistle Brothers will perform at The Patios on City Hall Plaza on July 23, as part of the City of Boston's Friday Afternoon Concert Series in partnership with Berklee College of Music.

The Thistle Brothers (Cameron and Devin) are a Boston-based brotherly duo making music for a cause. Each single that they release is connected to a charity, and the money made from the singles (through streams, purchases, and donations) is sent to the charities. Their main influences include and stem from artists such as Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan, placing the duo in a sonic space that blends folk, R&B, and classic rock. They hope that their music can not only please the ears of their listeners, but also help to make the world a better place through the charities their music is connected to.

12:00pm - 2:00pm
1 City Hall Square
Boston, 02201-2006
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Friday Afternoon Concert Series: Taylor Deneen

Deneen will perform at The Patios on City Hall Plaza on July 16, as part of the City of Boston's Friday Afternoon Concert Series in partnership with Berklee College of Music.

Taylor Deneen

Taylor Deneen is a singer-songwriter from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her signature sound comes from a variety of genres, including R&B, pop, gospel, and jazz. Some of her influences are Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and D’Angelo. Deneen began singing at the age of 6 and composing music shortly afterward. At just 21 years old, she has performed for Missy Elliott, Chaka Khan, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Epic Records CEO Sylvia Rhone, just to name a few. Deneen has also studied with musical director Rob Lewis, prominently known for his work with Christina Aguilera and Toni Braxton. She received a full scholarship to Berklee and is a winner of the Voice Department’s Outstanding Performer Award. Most recently, Deneen performed in Berklee’s commencement concert, paying tribute to honoree Pharrell Williams with his hit song “Happy.” This summer she will complete her studies, obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree in professional music and contemporary writing and production. If you are hearing her for the first time, be prepared to be moved by her distinct sound and effortless vocals. The future is bright for this promising young talent.

12:00pm - 2:00pm
1 City Hall Square
Boston, 02201-2006
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