Allston, Newton, Politics and News

Opening Number: 27 paces

Who’s excited for “BC’s Not in Boston” hand wringing!!1!!11!?1!ELEVEN

The headline and tone of this morning’s Globe article about the location of Mayor Elect Marty Walsh’s inauguration – set for, GASP, Boston College’s Conte Forum – is seemingly questioning the validity of the actual town border for determining what is and what isn’t Boston. Hell, the URL of the article is “inauguration-ceremony-mayor-elect-martin-walsh-squeaks-boston-border”.

Of course, the article begrudgingly points out that the January 6th event is being held in a location that maintains a 27-pace distance from the town line of Newton. “But it’s mailing address is Chestnut Hill,” reminds the second paragraph of the story.

Instead of worrying about where in Boston the event will be – and, again, this building is in Boston, mind you – look at why: it can be inside, accommodate nearly 9,000 people, comes with lots of parking since classes aren’t back yet and, most importantly, offers something significant to Walsh. While a state rep, Walsh completed his bachelor’s attending the College of Advancing Studies at BC in the evenings. Lest I turn this too much into a commercial, those all seem like perfectly valid reasons.

The Globe isn’t the first, and given how noted Boston Twitters and Media were all aflutter when the announcement was made early in December (my defense was equally scoffed, thanks Annear), this will probably be a story through the first week of the year. Of course, why cover the actual inauguration if we can gin up a little more hate at BC’s way?

Just think of the positive: no downtown traffic on the first Monday back to work for many folks. Save your hate for the Beanpot.

Allston, Things to Do, We Love Music

Benefit for David Lamb of Brown Bird at Brighton Music Hall TONIGHT


“It’s pretty clear that there’s something about our music that reaches these particular people on a deeper level. It’s a great connection to have, and to affect people in that way, because our favorite music affects us that way. It’s good to know that our music can have the same impact on others. We try to be as honest with the audience as possible, and we’re just out to be ourselves and to play music we love. We’re very, very fortunate that people respond to that, and that people love what we love as well, so there’s no reason to ever change that kind of honest connection with them. I feel that’s just deepened with this whole experience.”-

We’ve seen our community come together to help out those in need before, and tonight will be one of those examples. When a great local musician that uses instruments is diagnosed with Leukemia  and lacks medical insurance, it’s the job of the community to step up and help out.

That’s why a local crew of all-star musicians are banding together to support Brown Bird’s David Lamb, by replacing the canceled Brown Bird album release show with a benefit at Brighton Music Hall tonight at 8pm.

Brown Bird has been touring the country extensively the last couple of years, highlighted by performances at the historic Newport Folk Festival. It’d be a shame to see a band come this far and not continue on. That’s why friends: Tallahassee, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons and Coyote Kolb will entertain us all in the name of a good cause. Tickets are available here and at the door for only $17

If you can’t make it tonight you can also support David and Brown Bird by buying music or donating here.