Matt Frank took in the Revere Sand Castle Festival tonight, which included a performance by Blue Man Group in front of an angry King Kong made of sand.
BYO Mai Tai?
I wonder if anyone recorded the performance
…on a raised platform taping the whole thing but for whom I don’t know. The stage height likely took into account normal heights for people standing, but, like backpacks on T adding a toddler-sized mass to the capacity equation, that didn’t account for 2 things: people holding up their cameras to film or take stills and little kids on parent’s’ shoulders. Visibility was sketchy at times as a result. Even so, a lot of fun. They were on for about 20 minutes. The only thing that bothered me a bit was many in the crowd treating the barrage of beach balls they periodically launched into the audience as swag. Instead of batting them around to amplify the group sense of play intended, they immediately claimed them as their own. Killjoys!
I purposefully tried to stay back with my camera , and luckily have long arms and a swivel screen on the mirrorless camera and still had a hard time getting over people. I loved the backdrop but I wonder if maybe the Reinstein beach stand/gazebo might have been a better location for the stage.
It was cool though, I haven't seen their show so it was interesting seeing it in person.
If you look at my tweets I did get a good shot of multiple balls in the air at one point. I missed about half the performance though, I got stuck in foot traffic making my way over.
The art is world class and the setting is one of the greatest natural beaches in Massachusetts. Whoever thought of adding the BMG performance deserves a bonus. The more events like this we can have at places like Revere and Carson, the less we will see of the gatherings of nitwits. DCR does a great job when they get adequate funding, or collaboration with nonprofits.
Especially with this being America's first public beach and formerly an amusement center... With the Wonderland garage, lots of open space and multiple mass transit options it really is an ideal spot for something like this. I was honestly shocked that when I went yesterday the event was packed yet there were two full levels and then some available completely empty in the garage. Having the State Police barracks right there also helps too.
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