photo by Chris North
Jamaica Plain based art collective and quasi-commune Whitehaus Family Records is holding their seventh Blastfest, a seven day stretch of music, performance art, visual art, poetry readings, variety shows, and good feels.
“Guaranteed seasonal change or your money back, ” says Erich Haygun, co-organizer of Blastfest Seven and Whitehaus member, of the promise of the latest installation of the festival. And given that it is 19 degrees as these words are typed, that should be a good motivator to attend. But for those of you who need more to go on than the promise of good weather, well, fair enough.
“The Haus itself started hosting shows in 2007 to kinda circumvent the traditional bar/nightclub arrangement,” says Haygun. Lacking such venues for alt-entertainment, residents of a JP apartment opened their home on Fridays, inviting whoever was wise to the address to come in and join the, what became known as, Hootenannies. Since the inception of the weekly festivities, Whitehaus has upgraded to a bigger locale, launched a record label, and began Blastfest. This year marks the seventh year, and the largest festival to date.
Each act, whether musician, poet, or dancer, or local, returning, or visiting, is as much a headliner as the performer before her/him, and all shows are pay-what-you-can with an asking donation of $5-10. “We want to put on a festival, and we want decentralized creative control, and we don’t want to exclude anyone,” says Haygun.
Sticking to an all-inclusive philosophy and underground tradition, all events are open to the public but not all event details are so easily accessible. We have faith that you’ll figure this one out. Tip: social networking is your friend. Now let the hootenanny begin.
WHITEHAUS FAMILY RECORDS PRESENTS BLASTFEST SEVEN. THU 3.20 – THU 3.27. MULTIPLE LOCATIONS. MULTIPLE SHOWTIMES. WHITEHAUSFAMILYRECORD.COM.