Simply stated, Rock The Villages was unlike any event that Health eVillages has ever put on. While we may be known to host celebrations in the country’s cultural and financial epicenter, or even hit the links for some competitive outdoors sportsmanship, we’ve never had the opportunity to step into the world of indie music and rock concerts. Not until May 12, 2016, that is.
With a prominent venue in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall and the support of dozens of local musicians, we were able to execute on an evening filled with great live music featuring some of the city’s emerging musical talent. For those who were unable to attend, or anyone who may just want to re-live the night’s highlights, let me walk you through some of the amazing performances captured during this “one-night-only” event.
Kevin Sinclair opened the show, playing songs off of his debut record, “Feral Children’s Almanac.” Accompanied by bassist Katie Grace, Kevin’s set of New England-inspired folk songs set the tone for the entire night.
Next up was “Heartbeat City,” a trio whose namesake derives from a seminal Cars record of the same title. Their set consisted of 80s cover tunes, including a song that every John Hughes fan has likely had stuck in their head since 1985.
The audience was then transported to the next decade by The Mixtapes, who played a series of 90s songs, including crowd favorite, “The Distance.”
Echo Kings graced the stage next with a song list full of original dance-pop tunes. A personal favorite, “Conquer The World,” will be released on the band’s upcoming album, tentatively titled, “Before It’s Too Late.”
And last, but not least, was the evening’s headliner, Mother Ton. A nine-piece funk band, whose members sometimes take to donning face paint similar to the orcs from “Lord Of The Rings,” performed an energetic set that brought the night to an epic close.
Our sincerest thanks go out to all who attended Rock The Villages, and especially to all of the above-mentioned bands. Every person who generously donated their time and talent to helping raise funds and awareness for a worthy cause will forever remain part of a momentous evening in Health eVillages’ history.