Only someone with Shea's unique karma could pull together a disjointed lineup like this. In addition to booking gigs at the Milky Way and Church, he's presided over a slew of big music happenings in the past few years. He's ushered in DIY spots all over town (Medford's Behind the Lines gallery, Tufts' Oxfam Café, basement shows in Brighton), helped take over almost every club in the city for a week during the two New England Sticks Together fests in 2005 and 2006, and strung together countless MassArt throw-downs.
Maybe most significantly for history buffs, he's coaxed Bobb Trimble out of the Worcester woodwork. Trimble — who had two albums in super limited release in 1980 and '82 that went on to become collectors' wet dreams in the late '90s (until they were finally reissued by Secretly Canadian a few years ago) — anchors the third night of the festival. Having a guy like Trimble play is a nod to the past as well as to the present-day obsession with this stuff.
"Everything about psych comes from unearthing music," Shea says. "Collectors love this kind of music because it's a style that originally blossomed and had a mainstream period, so there are a million copycat bands and bands that did it better than the originators — Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Hendrix, whoever. And there's stuff that never made it onto CD, so there's so much territory to mine.
"And hey, the good part is you don't have to use drugs," he continues. "You can be horrendously opposed to it, like Frank Zappa. It's about getting outside the box. That's all psych really means to me."
Still, with such an unprecedented range of frequencies under attack this weekend, a bottle of Ibuprofen wouldn't be a bad idea.
HOMEGROWN: A LOOSE PSYCH FESTIVAL | Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston | July 16–July 19 | $10 per night, $28 for four-day pass | full line-up at www.churchofboston.com
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