Boston, MA—The 23rd annual Freedom Rally on the Boston Common, sponsored by MassCann, September 15th, 2012, featured a battle-hardened lineup of top Boston bands who beat back their competitors in a series of band-battles to earn a slot on either one of the two stages that MassCann  provided, featuring noted speakers (headlined by Congressman Barney Frank) and musical entertainment for the entire six hours.

This year’s main stage was headlined by Spiritual Rez, a Boston local band with coastal touring and festival experience. The band is currently engaged in a fifteen-city tour starting in Florida, hitting CultureFest in Pipestem, West Virginia and ending with their headlining performance on the Boston Common at The Freedom Rally. The six Berklee College of Music grads of Spiritual Rez have a Boston Music Award for Best World Music Act under their belt and can now tout themselves as a major festival headliner. 

The Freedom Rally’s 2012 lineup was a diverse one, touching on many genres that the Boston music community has to offer. Rally attendees could plan on checking out Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll winners Moe Pope on the main stage and Grey Sky Appeal on the side stage. Atlantic coast and Northeast music festival favorites The Indobox warmed the main stage before Spiritual Rez. Cambridge indie-rock journeymen The Shills, who have been chiseling their craft behind Bryan Murphy’s ranging vocals,  headlined the side stage. The full line up was:

Main Stage

Battle for the Rally Winner


Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket 

Nicole D’Amico & Friends

Moe Pope

Myster DL

DJ Slim

The Indobox

Spiritual Rez