Local Musicians Invade The Wang Theatre With Boston’s First Ever Tremont Takeover

Posted September 6, 2017 by Cheryl Fenton in Theater & Arts

Usually the lobby is the last place you want to be when a show is starting. During the “Tremont Takeover,” that is precisely the locale you want.

“Tremont Takeover” is an all-inclusive, all-ages event, that brings together bands hand-picked by Boston’s top music supporters. Yes, it’s in a lobby. Yes, it’s standing room only. But hovering around 25 to 30 minute sets for each performer, with a DJ for 15 minutes in between during change over, this is a concert you don’t want to miss.

Held in the opulent Grand Lobby of the Wang Theatre – modeled after the Palace of Versailles complete with a 100-foot domed ceiling, grand staircase and 15-foot crystal chandeliers – the show is Boston’s local music scene at its finest. Lysten Boston, the go-to resource for musicians, fans, and venues for booking and promoting local shows, has joined forces with the Boch Center to celebrate Boston’s diverse and talented musicians with this first of its kind event on Saturday, September 16, from 6pm to 11pm.

The playlist wasn’t just slapped together. Lysten Boston selected the most prominent and well-respected local music organizations (you might say they are known in certain circles as the best at what they do), and then each group selected a performer – one who they consider to be a strong representation of Boston music in their specific genre.

Performers are all over the musical spectrum, from hip hop to rock, DJs dropping beats to poets dropping the mic. Check out the line-up. You’ll see shows by Coralcola, a DJ selected by Mmmmaven; Dutch ReBelle, a hip-hop artist selected by The Record Co.; Everything and Everyone, an indie-rock band selected by Lysten Boston; GOZU, a rock band selected by Grayskull Booking; Marcela Cruz, an R&B singer selected by Xperience Creative; Oompa, a poet and rapper selected by Allston Pudding; and TRIM, a hypnotic noise duo selected by Boston Hassle.

Alyssa Spector, owner of Lysten Boston, had some great inspiration for the event. “There tends to be overlap in the artists that we all book, but multi-genre and multi-organizational collaboration is rarely represented,” she explains, noting that despite its huge wealth of talent, Boston is often overlooked as having a music scene. “I’m confident that the most effective way to reach our community and show our support for Boston music is to create an event that depicts what Boston music is – a diverse and all-inclusive city of immensely talented artists.”

The event will also include a free photo booth, provided by The Secret Bureau of Art & Design, as well as free giveaways from each of the partners and the Wang’s standard theatre concessions available for purchase. The official media partner Vanyaland, an online music and lifestyle magazine, will be on-hand covering the event.

When you combine the Wang’s historical lobby with the future of Boston music, you will definitely want to be present.

Tickets can be purchased at the Boch Center Box Office, online, by calling and via Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the event, and children under 12 are free. The Wang Centre is located at 270 Tremont Street in Boston.

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