Boston-based Buffalo Tom
Boston-based Buffalo Tom

BOSTON -- WERS 88.9 FM, Emerson College's public radio station, will host its first-ever Wicked Good Festival, featuring free performances from Bleachers, Buffalo Tom, Juliana Hatfield, Air Traffic Controller and more to be announced.

The festival is set for Saturday, Aug. 18, on Boston Common's Parade Grounds at Beacon and Charles streets.

It's free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend the daylong event.

Bleachers is an American indie-pop act based in New York City and fronted by Jack Antanoff. Formerly of Steel Train and .fun, Antanoff will bring hit songs "Rollercoaster," "I Wanna Get Better," "Don't Take the Money" and more.

Maine native Julianna Hatfield
Maine native Julianna Hatfield

The festival will also celebrate the works of Boston-based and nationally acclaimed artists Buffalo Tom, Juliana Hatfield and Air Traffic Controller. More local groups are still to be announced, including the winner of 90.9 WBUR's "Wicked Good Boston Favorite" contest, a competition for a local favorite to be determined this summer from among the 158 Massachusetts musicians who previously entered NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest earlier this year.

"All of us here at the station are looking forward to bringing our passion for music out of the studio and onto the Boston Common," WERS General Manager Jack Casey said. "We expect that the festival will be a great day for families, friends and music lovers from all over the region to come together and enjoy a world-class event.


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Bleachers
Bleachers
Best part -- we're going to be able to do this completely free to the public."

WERS is working with fellow public radio station WBUR, Boston's NPR news station, to bring the festival to even more local residents.

"WBUR is excited to collaborate with our fellow public radio station WERS on the Wicked Good Festival," WBUR Station Manager Corey Lewis said. "WBUR and WERS listeners are civic-minded, engaged and passionate about supporting the arts, so we know there will be a strong turnout."

For more information about the Wicked Good Festival, visit WERS.org/WickedGood.