A month shy of last year’s Boston Calling Musical Festival, a surprise was dropped: an expanded comedy experience featuring the likes of Pete Holmes, Tig Notaro, and Hannibal Buress. An experiment by the show’s booker Trevor Solomon, it ultimately ended up being one of the bright points of an occasionally chaotic festival. Yet, at the time, when asked, Solomon was unsure it would continue in that form. ““You have to get through the first year, knock on wood, [but] I think we’d like to keep it,” he hedged.
This week’s lineup announcement makes it official: national comedy is making a comeback at this year’s festival. Performers include Jenny Slate, Bridget Everett, Cameron Esposito, Tony Hinchliffe, Jo Firestone, Max Silvestri, and Martha Graham. Additionally, two live podcasts will be joining the lineup: the Jon Favreau/Jon Lovett-fronted Pod Save America, and Lovett’s own project, Lovett or Leave It. In a larger festival lineup that notably omits female performers, it’s a genuine pleasure to see that the comedy side is able to highlight so much high-powered female talent. Local openers will be announced at a later date, as will a day-by-day schedule of who to expect.
The Boston Calling Music Festival will take place at the Harvard Athletic Complex May 25-27, 2018, and tickets are available now on their website.