What Not to Miss at Together Festival 2014

May 11th, 2014


together festival headquarters 2014

Together Festival 2014’s headquarters at District Hall


To celebrate its fifth year, Together Festival will combine seminars, panels, workshops, concerts, and demonstrations throughout Cambridge and Boston and host tens of thousands of attendees at over 100 events. With so much happening throughout the week, it’s tough to pick and choose a set schedule – but some events are just too good to miss. Our list of recommended events are below; make sure to check out the full schedulde of nighttime events as well.


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Passes for Together Fest are available until May 14. Use code “MASSEDMC” at checkout for 10% off Together Festival passes!



Performance: Tuesday, 5/13, Club Oberon
Lecture: Thursday, 5/15, Together Center at District Hall

Together blends its three pillars of music, art, and technology with theA.R.Tsponsored AcousticaElectronica. This multimedia theatrical experience, created by Touch Performance Art and OBERON, combines dance and classical music with theatre, acrobatics, and circus art in a nightclub environment for an immersive, interactive night. The dance party is a self-proclaimed blend of Cirque du Soleil and rave culture. Unlike other Together events, like straightforward shows and panels, AcousticaElectronica encourages the audience to be a participatory member of the art, encapsulating show-goers in the performance and providing a unique experience for each individual.


Live Instrumentation Workshop

Wednesday, 5/14, Mmmmaven Recharge Lounge

The Mmmmaven Project, a Boston-based DJ and production school, will be sponsoring a live instrumentation workshop featuring Berklee-based musician and instructor Josh Weinberg and Mmmmaven instructor Mike McCarthey. They are offering lessons on how to shape, modify, and incorporate live sounds into electronic music. The workshop includes instruction on latency, building effects chains, aux channels, and tone shaping techniques in four separate station as well as free time to experiment with equipment – making this an ideal workshop for beginning or experimenting producers, as well as Mmmmaven hopefuls. While other Together workshops focus on specific techniques, Mmmmaven’s Live Instrumentation Workshop explores a plethora of sounds and skills for the aspiring producer.


Wobble Wednesday presents ill.Gates, CRIMM, Lightt Blue Laboratory, Dyligence, and Brightside

Wednesday, 5/14, Wonder Bar

Wobble Wednesday has long been a staple of the mid-week dance options. Always at Wonder Bar in Allston, the weekly party typically is a complete electro takeover originally hosted by local trio Wobblesauce, featuring a mix of local and international DJs every week. In celebration of Together, Wobble Wednesday is bringing the legendary ill.Gates to Allston, along with a host of other talented acts such as Queens DJBrightside. He may only be 22, but Brightside’s artistic approach to music (and incredible fan following) rival some of the most established DJs. Brightside incorporates worldly influences such as Middle Eastern sounds, reggae, hip-hop and rock to create a spectrum of what he calls auditory art. His tracks bounce between many combinations of unique sounds, like a didgeridoo over a breakbeat, a jazz flute with heavy bass, or a medley of synth guitar and steel drums.


Make It New with Daniel Avery, Coralcola, and John Barera

Thursday, 5/15, Middlesex

Started by Basstown Productions and now run by Mmmmaven, Make It New (or MiN as the veterans call it) is a Cambridge staple; MiN has been bringing quality techno and house acts to the greater Boston area for almost 10 years. Past acts have included Flume, Eats Everything, Dusky, Ben UFO, Jackmaster, George Fitzgerald, Max Cooper, LOUSIAHHH!!!, Maya Jane Coles, and Butane. The Together Festival edition of MiN is more than likely to delight – this week hosts Daniel Avery, the resident DJ for Fabric in London and a recent guest on BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix series. His expansive minimal meets psychedelic style is definitely worth catching.


10 Years of Beat Research at MassArt with DJ Flack

Saturday, 5/17, Together Center at District Hall

In this talk, MassArt professor, DJ, producer, and multimedia artist DJ Flack (Antony Flackett), discusses the 10th anniversary of Beat Research, a monthly event that focuses on combining music genres to improve the dance music experience. The seminar takes place Saturday May 17, but a presentation by Flack’s students of his Beat Research class will be held Monday May 12, including original creations by his students and mixing by Flack himself. Those who can’t attend the seminar can check out the performance, which is a great example of genre-defying music (which Together is all about!).


Reinventing the Live Music Experience with GrooveBoston

Saturday, 5/17, Together Center at District Hall

GrooveBoston, a touring music company that sponsors dance parties on college campuses, will be hosting a talk touching on topics including the live music experience, touring techniques, marketing, and multimedia event planning. With touring shows and live music events becoming all the rage in Boston (a la the late Throwed, iExperia, IlluminaLive, and of course, GrooveBoston), this is a great talk for promoters, event planners, and, of course, partygoers to check out.


Sweet Shop with Moon Boots, CS and Matt McNeill

Saturday, 5/17, Good Life

When it comes to monthly dance nights in Boston, there are few (if any) that can rival the quality and consistency of CreateSpace Collab’s Sweet Shop. First started back in 2010, Sweet Shop has hosted almost every about-to-be-massive house producer you can think of; Chris Malinchak, Brenmar, Treasure Fingers, Fred Falke, Derrick Carter, Sinden, MANIK, Worthy, Grum, and Claptone (to name a few). Together Festival may have numerous options on Saturday night, but Sweet Shop is the place to be. Experimental house music becomes a combination of underground and mainstream with Moon Boots. The American producer and DJ utilizes disco and R&B to create his own boogie sounds that cater both to his own style and to that of the crowd. Expect early 80s dance pop along the lines of Michael Jackson and Donna Summer alongside a contemporary house presence.


I Dream of Wires

Sunday, 5/18, Institute for Contemporary Art

The ICA will be screening the Modular Synthesizer documentary ‘I Dream of Wires’ (IDOW). The documentary, written by Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm/Solvent, explores electronic artists’ relationship with modular synthesizers and how technology has revolutionized music. The documentary plays like a history lesson, showing how contemporary artists have adapted burgeoning technologies. IDOW premiered at Moogfest 2014, making its screening at Together Festival an exclusive experience (it’s the film’s second screening in the US). After the screening, a talk will be given by MIT professor Joe Paradiso, Berklee professor Dr. Richard Boulanger and Cambridge musician and modular synth guru Keith Fullerton Whitman.





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Passes for Together Fest are available until May 14. Use code “MASSEDMC” at checkout for 10% off Together Festival passes!



Written with help from contributor Sarah Ribeiro. Find her on Twitter here.

Electric Shepherdess was born out of my frustration with nightlife options and a constant desire to dance. After a few years of adoration from afar, I partnered with my long-time friends, MASS EDMC, to spread our message far and wide. When I'm not tending to my flock, I'm writing, dancing, editing, managing, reading or curating. I believe in fancy hats and enjoy glitter, disco and lazers, often for days.

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