I was going to write a review, but my kid already took care of that. So instead: Boston Calling behind the scenes. And a few funny stories.
This was all inspired by Michael Marotta. He’s the Editor-In-Chief and Co-Founder of Vanyaland, the digital magazine based here in Boston. Like me, he’s been a fixture at Boston Calling over the years, organizing coverage of the festival for his outlet. We even worked side-by-side for a couple of years handling Boston Calling business for indie617. I always make it a point to say hello to Michael when I make my way to my work station (he’s always there, already at work). I asked him how he was doing on Saturday and he replied:
“The Media Tent is my happy place.”
His words threw me. I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but I guess it’s mine, too. As I’ve mentioned many times over the past few weeks, I’ve been on hand for all but the very first Boston Calling Music Festival. And there were quite a few of those festival days where I never saw a full set from a band. Working Media means working. Broadcasting live, interviewing artists, editing audio, and the like. Is it fun? Hell yes! But it is actual work. And it takes time. So you have less time to, you know, enjoy the festival.
Boston Calling Behind the Scenes: a Look Under the Tent
But here’s the thing Michael got right: doing the work is enjoying the festival. Each and every year, I’m surrounded by some of the area’s best photographers, journalists, broadcasters, and digital folks. Some of them I only see but once a year. So it’s like a mini-reunion, but with people who you love and respect and genuinely enjoy the company of. I’ll introduce you to some of them, then share a few funny stories from this year’s festival.