The Outside the Box festival is returning once again this summer for five days of free performances and events across the Boston Common neighborhood, kicking off July 13. The event’s full lineup features more than 100 acts and performers with Vertical Horizon, Daughtry and Smash Mouth headlining, but we’ve got our eyes on the off-hours. Here are some of our favorite can’t miss picks.
Lea DeLaria, July 16 9-10 p.m.
The “Orange is the New Black” star brings her act to the Tremont Tent, the festival’s dedicated performance space for those whose performances are considered “outside the box.” DeLaria, known as “Big Boo” from your Netflix binges, will mix her musical and comedic talents and hopefully some David Bowie covers from her sixth studio album “House of David” for her live show.
Kaki King, July 17, 8-9 p.m.
Kaki King was the first woman to snag a spot on Rolling Stone’s “guitar god” list and was invited to share her unique melodic methods at the TEDWomen 2015 conference. At Out of the Box, she’ll take the stage of the Tremont Tent as the festival comes to a close Sunday night. Prepare to be awe-struck.