Dewey Square is starting to look more like a music festival as groups of performers begin testing their civic rights through singing, rapping and rocking out on a ukulele.

To date, the group has not pulled any permits with the city, including permits to host bands, but police say that’s fine as long as they don’t have “elaborate staging.”

Using electricity provided by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, who owns the parcel, Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls showed up on the scene Thursday to perform for supporters of the Occupy Boston movement with ukulele in hand.

“I want to call on all of my musician friends in Boston,” said Palmer. “This is so easy to do, all you need to do is show up and bring other people — bring the strangers with you.”


Following Palmer’s impromptu performance, a hip-hop act was scheduled to take the mic.

Their act was powered by volunteers pedaling bikes.

Suggestions have also started to surface in the Twitterverse between “occupods” as organizers asked them whom they would want to see in concert on the Tent City lawns.

While nothing has been confirmed, a buzz began to try and get Dropkick Murphys on the site of the activist scene.

Last month, the band played two sold-out shows at Fenway Park that drew more than 10,000 people per night.

“If we were to have Dropkick Murphys here, we would work something out with police before hand,” said Devon Pendleton, a member of Occupy Boston.

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