Then known as Mix 98.5, MixFest 2008 took place on Saturday, October 11th at Boston’s beautiful waterfront locale, the Bank of America Pavilion. The lineup included Matt Nathanson, Finger Eleven, Jordin Sparks, Sarah McLachlan and Bryan Adams.
Ushering in MixFest 2008 at 3pm was Lexington native Matt Nathanson. Mix prides itself in always featuring the latest up-and-comers to the national music scene, and 2008 was no different.
Fresh off his commercially successful Some Mad Hope album and taking home National Vocalist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards in 2007, Mix jumped at the opportunity to book Nathanson for MixFest 2008 given his meteoric rise in the industry. Check out a fan video of Matt performing “Come On Get Higher” at MixFest 2008.
Matt Nathanson, “Come On Get Higher”
Next on the docket was Finger Eleven, taking the stage around 3:30 or so. The Canadian rockers did not disappoint, exciting the crowd with such hits as “Paralyzer,” “Falling On” and “One Thing.” A year prior in 2007, Finger Eleven released Them vs. You vs. Me, which went as high as no. 31 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.
Finger Eleven, “Paralyzer” (Official Music Video)
Then came Jordin Sparks, American Idol winner from season 6. Sparks’ self titled debut album was released on November 20, 2007 and produced the mega-hits “No Air” and “One Step At A Time.” However, it was another song off the album that drew perhaps the wildest applause from the audience, the 12th track off the album “God Loves Ugly.”
Jordin Sparks, “God Loves Ugly”
Sparks paved the way for Canadian songstress Sarah McLachlan, who took the stage right after 5pm. McLachlan dipped far into her catalog and played an intimate, unaccompanied acoustic set for nearly an hour. McLachlan recently played at the Bank Of America Pavilion, last month on July 6th.
Lastly, headliner Bryan Adams closed out the show. The “Summer Of ’69″ singer marked yet another representative from Canada (McLachlan, Finger Eleven) at MixFest 2008, playing from around 6:30 to 7:30pm in what was a joyous, fall Saturday afternoon.
Question For You: For those of you who attended, what do you remember most about MixFest 2008? Also, what are you most looking forward to at MixFest 2013?
Andrew Celani — Mix1041.com