The Middle East Rock, Indie, Alternative Stage

Location: Brookline St. and Green St. 

Curated by: The Middle East Night Club

Emcee: Siearra Papuga, The Middle East Night Club

12 p.m.

The Rationales

1 p.m.

Adam and the Flood

2 p.m.


3 p.m.

Paper Citizen

4 p.m.

Fire in the Field

5 p.m.

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The Rationales

The Rationales have, over 10 years and several acclaimed records, become known as one of New England's most exciting acts. Bringing instantly memorable original songs packed with hooks, lush harmonies, and explosive guitars, The Rationales create a soul warming mix of the best aspects of rock, Americana, and powerpop. The Rationales have been nominated in 2017 and 2018 for several Boston Music Awards and continue to record and play live all over the Northeast and beyond.

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Adam and the Flood

From project to project, New Hampshire rapper/singer Adam Arnone has always sought new ways to make music. Both as a solo artist known as Adeem and as the front man for the pioneering indie hip-hop group Glue, Adam has been constantly evolving. Now, he’s traded in samplers, records, and turntables for instruments. Humble and aggressive, the music is strong and purposeful. Singing and rapping take turns pushing the point across—calm to beautiful to heavy to raw. His voice reaches through the static of the room as he screams his prayers to the ghost of Muddy Waters. The Flood, a four-piece band, lends depth and texture to Adam’s sound. Their music takes questions of loss, love, and life and turns them into a cathartic experience for all who listen.

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Since 2003, Comanchero has crafted an Americana sound that combines old traditions with new, Country with Rock, Bluegrass with Blues, Honky-Tonk with Funk, and Roots with Rockabilly. While unique in their own sound, there is something strikingly familiar in Comanchero’s songs that weave influences ranging from The Allman Brothers, The Band, Little Feat, and Led Zeppelin to today's contemporaries such as Wilco, The Drive-By Truckers, and Mumford & Sons.

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Paper Citizen

Paper Citizen is a Boston-based indie rock project led by Singaporean singer-songwriter, violinist, guitarist and music producer, Claire Gohst. At the age of 18, Claire left school to pursue music as a full-time career, starting out in the local live music scene around Singapore, playing the violin and singing in bars, clubs, and restaurants with different rock and folk bands. She soon after moved to Boston to pursue training in the recording arts and jazz violin, immersing herself in the rich history of American music. The melding of her artistic message honed with these musical influences and technological skills gathered over the next few years resulted in the indie-rock project Paper Citizen.

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Fire in the Field

Boston’s Fire in the Field immediately makes an impression with their furious style of heavy-driving rock, pushing the boundaries of rock n’ roll with energy, depth, and detail. Known for dangerous improv overlaid with poetry, the music is an honest attack on the soul played with a sense of urgency and unfettered passion. The band’s signature endorphin-releasing, guitar-driven sound has a bluesman’s swagger with a punk heart. Front man Mike Moore channels Hendrix via Prince, both musically and in showmanship, exploring the limits of the guitar with true abandon. Fire in the Field was a 2018 New England Music Awards Nominee and their song “Eyes” has been featured on a highly acclaimed Discovery Channel show.

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