Photos and video: Boston Calling keeps on rocking

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BOSTON – The Alabama Shakes took center stage to mark the end of three-day Boston Calling Festival last night. Britney Howard the lead singer of the band whewed the Boston fans as she belted out her soul-filled songs.

The biannual three-day event, which debuted in 2013, quickly gained a reputation for showcasing a wide variety of popular artists whose music ranges from rock to indie pop. The festival drew tens of thousands of fans over this weekend’s run, based on attendance at earlier shows in the series.

The fans made up of people of all ages showed wore flower crowns and glow-sticks to show their anticipation for the favorite bands this past weekend.

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On Friday, The Avett Brothers from North Carolina bestowed their southern charm and folk-rock sound on thousands of listeners who crowded into City Hall Plaza, marking the Grammy-nominated band’s first appearance at a Boston Calling music festival.

This year, producers Crash Line Productions rounded up 23 different bands. Through Sunday, artists such Hozier and Father John Misty performed with acts by Alabama Shakes, alt-J and Walk the Moon. Of Monsters and Men returned for their second Boston Calling performance.

To learn more about what bands played at Boston Calling visit:, where you can also find the festivals full lineup.

Photos by staff photographers Kara Bettis and Beth Treffeisen