Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Porch-i-oke, a pop band that encourages audience sing-alongs, will perform Tuesday at Magazine Beach.

Porch-i-oke, a pop band that encourages audience sing-alongs, will perform Tuesday at Magazine Beach.

The summer season at Magazine Beach Park kicks off Tuesday with Make Music Boston, a free three-hour music festival. The entertainment includes:

bullet-gray-small 5 p.m. Best Ever Chicken, a Cambridge band founded in 2008 to play traditional bluegrass encompassing American folk, blues, country gospel and Irish fiddle tunes.

bullet-gray-small 6:15 p.m. Sláinte, a five-person Irish band formed in a dorm room at Boston College in 2013. Its upbeat sets feature a wide range of tunes, from Irish classics to Dropkick Murphys covers.

bullet-gray-small 7:30 p.m. Porch-i-oke, a pop band described as “a groovy sing-along where the front porch meets the karaoke lounge.” The band sings and plays pop tunes from ABBA and Lady Gaga to Johnny Cash and the Clash, giving audience members lyrics and hand percussion so they can sing and play along. The band will be joined by Rev. Dave and the Reprobates.

Participants are invited to bring instruments for hourlong jams starting at 5:30 p.m. (harmonicas, with some on hand for people who don’t bring their own) and 6:45 p.m. (ukuleles).

The Chicken and Rice Guys and Snowy Joey’s ice cream food trucks will be serving food, including meals for vegetarians.

After the Make Music Boston festival, Magazine Beach events include free swimming (the pool opens Saturday and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Aug. 21); morning yoga (at 9 a.m. Saturdays), with donations welcome; free Stories and Song in the Park at 10 a.m. over five Mondays, led by staff at the Central Square branch library; and free Nature Detectives: Preschool Discovery, held at 10 a.m. over five Tuesdays, led by educators from the Massachusetts Audubon Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary (for ages 3 to 6 with an adult).

Make Music Boston is 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (the rain date is Thursday) at Magazine Beach, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. For Magazine Beach’s schedule of summer events and programs, click here. For information, call (617) 868 0489.