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Boston Freedom Rally Gets Go-Ahead from City

Boston Freedom Rally
The Boston Freedom Rally has taken place in Boston Commons for the last 23 years. The 24th is scheduled for this weekend.

Just one day prior to the 24th Annual Boston Freedom Rally, the city finally granted the necessary permits for the event to take place on Sept. 14 (from high noon to 6 pm), and Sept. 15 (noon to 3 pm). Originally, the permit only allowed for a Saturday rally.

Traditionally held on the third Saturday in September in Boston Common by MASS CANN/NORML, this years organizers planned to add Sunday to the rally schedule of bands and speakers.

"MASS CANN/NORML is singled-out for special bad treatment from the City of Boston administrators who don't appreciate the fact that Boston Common was America's first public place and is, therefore, the first place on earth where freedom of speech and freedom of assembly were guaranteed," treasurer Bill Downing coomented before his organization filed an injunction on Thursday. On Friday, a judge granted the permits, albiet for fewer hours than requested.

Saturday, Sept. 14

Main Stage

12 pm–12:05 Introductions
12:05–12:10 Erik Williams
12:10–12:30 PLANETOID
12:30–12:37 Terry Franklin
12:37–12:44 Dick Evans
12:44–12:50 Sabrina Fendrick
12:50–1:10 MARONEY
1:10–1:20 N.A. Poe & Chris Goldstein
1:20–1:40 TRAGIC ALLIES
1:45–1:50 Kevin Oliver
1:50-2:10 PEOPLE WITH INSTRUMENTS
2:10–2:16 Danny Danko
2:16–2:24 Cheryl Shuman
2:24–2:30 Madeline Martinez
2:30–2:55 RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
2:55–3:02 Keith Saunders
3:02–3:08 Jack Cole
3:08–3:15 Jodie Emery
3:15–3:50 GRACIE CURRAN
3:50–4:00 Mila Jansen
4:00–4:10 Keith Stroup
4:10–4:30 MISTER DL W/ EDO G & REKS
4:30–4:35 John Dvorak
4:35–4:45 Hemp Fashion Show
4:45–5:00 NEVER GOT CAUGHT
5:05–5:35 TREE
5:45–6 pm HYBRID THOUGHTS
6:15–6:40
6:40–6:47 Michael Malta
6:48–6:55 Michael Crawford
6:55–7:25 PEOPLE WITH INSTRUMENTS
7:25-7:35 (Sound check)
7:35–8 pm HYBRID THOUGHTS

Gazebo Stage

12 pm–12:05 Introductions
12:05–12:20 SILVER BEAST
12:20–12:27 Carl Caswell
12:28–12:35 Ebony Knight
12:35–12:55 SORROWSEED
12:55–1:02 Nick Murray
1:02–1:09 Skylar Coons
1:09–1:15 Jarrod Elgar
1:15–1:40 STUDENTS OF THE OLD SCHOOL
1:40–1:47 Rob Robinson
1:47–1:54 Devon Tackels
1:54–2 pm Haley Ladd
2 pm–2:25 BUILD A MACHINE
2:25–2:32 Scott Murphy
2:32–2:39 Lilith Astaroth
2:39-2:45 Mike Whiter
2:45-3:10 GREAT WINNER
3:10–3:20 Chris Foye
3:20–3:30 Mickey Martin
3:30–4:05 SETI
4:05–4:12 Russ Belville
4:13–4:20 Rick Cusick
4:20–4:45 DAVE CRESPO’S AFTER PARTY
4:45–4:52 Julia Rose
4:53–5 pm Sharon Ravert
5 pm–5:25 GORILLA DUB FINGER
5:25–5:32 Daniel Fishman
5:32–5:38 Laura Notini
5:38–5:45 Sara Arnold
5:45–6:05 LEADERS LED

Sunday, Sept. 15

Main Stage

12 pm–12:05 – Welcome Back Intro
12:05–12:25 ENDANGERED SPECIES
12:25–12:31 Shaleen Title
12:32–12:38 Daniel Fishman
12:38–12:45 tba
12:45–1:10 PLANK
1:10–1:17 Donna Hackett
1:18–1:23 Andy Gaus
1:24–1:30 Kayvan Khalatbari
1:30–2:00 3RD LEFT
2:00–2:10 Joel Nelson & Dan Rush
2:10–2:35 HEDDSHOTTS
2:35–2:40 Julia Rose
2:40-3 pm TRUTH ADDICTS

Gazebo Stage

12 pm–12:05 Welcome Back Intro
12:25–12:32 DJ Stone
12:32–12:40 Chris Boucher
12:40-1 pm JETPACK FOR SALE
1:05–1:25 HIP HOP BATTLE WINNER
1:25-1:30 Frank Capone
1:30–1:50 AKROBATIK
1:50–1:57 Lenny Gaiter
1:58–2:05 Michael Kahn
2:05–2:10 John Barons
2:10–2:30 D.P.R.
2:30–2:40 Hemp Fashion Show
2:45–3 pm MOXA

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