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Get Up Kids to cap a weekend of free music in the streets of Lawrence

The Get Up Kids, with bassist Rob Pope (left) and singer Matt Pryor, will headline the Live on Mass festival Saturday in Lawrence, the band’s hometown.
The Get Up Kids, with bassist Rob Pope (left) and singer Matt Pryor, will headline the Live on Mass festival Saturday in Lawrence, the band’s hometown. Special to The Star

Live music will take over a few streets in Lawrence this weekend. The event will be free and open to fans of all ages, and it will be a tribute to one of the city’s best-known bands, the Get Up Kids.

The two-day outdoor music festival kicks off with the Big Pig block party, which will take place from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday on Ninth Street in front of the Bourgeois Pig — a bar/café co-owned by brothers Rob and Ryan Pope, who are the Get Up Kids’ bassist and drummer. The party will move to Massachusetts Street on Saturday for the Live on Mass fest starting at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Granada theater.

“The Get Up Kids have lived in Lawrence forever and have called it home for a long time,” said Jacki Becker, owner of Eleven Productions, a concert booking and promoting business. “So we decided to try something a little different and have the Get Up Kids perform live in front of the Granada and tie it in with the Bourgeois Pig. And the city actually let it happen.”

The Big Pig block party will include live music and DJs (see schedule below), and there will be six food trucks and a variety of beers, and wines and cocktails.

The Live on Mass festival will fulfill a wish Becker said she has long been pursuing.

“We have tried for a while to do outdoor events like so many other college towns do, like Columbia (Mo.) and Madison, Wisconsin, where they do street concerts downtown in front of an indoor music venue,” she said.

Saturday’s concert in front of the Granada will comprise four performances, starting with Lily Pryor, daughter of the Kids’ Matt Pryor, with Iris Hyde, then Kawehi, Making Movies and the Get Up Kids.

“This will be the first time the Get Up Kids have ever performed for free in Lawrence,” Becker said. It will also be the band’s first Lawrence show since it performed at the Bottleneck in March 2011.

Massachusetts Street will be blocked off from 10th to 11th street. Becker said there won’t be any food trucks on Saturday because “that block already has so many food vendors.”

“There will be tons of food available,” she said.

Friday’s event will be rain or shine, but if the weather turns bad Saturday, the show will be moved inside the Granada. Either way, it will be a two-day affair with a familial theme in many ways.

“I love that Lily is playing,” said Jim Suptic, guitarist and vocalist for the Kids. “She’s super talented and even has a few tours under her belt. There are seven Get Up Kids kids — it’ll be interesting to see who else gets bit by the music bug.”

For Becker, it’s a way to spread the Kids’ music to another generation and honor their legacy in Lawrence.

“It’s going to be special having the Get Up Kids perform free and having Matt’s daughter perform and getting the Bourgeois Pig involved,” Becker said. “Plus, I’ve worked with all of them for so long we’re all like family. This will be a special way to kind of celebrate that.”

Timothy Finn: 816-234-4781, @phinnagain



The Big Pig

Ninth Street between New Hampshire and Massachusetts streets

4 to 6 p.m.: DJs from Love Garden Sounds

6 p.m.: Chris Luxem

6:30 p.m.: Ryan Wise

7 p.m.: Heidi Gluck

7:30 to 11 p.m.: DJs from Love Garden Sounds


Live on Mass

Massachusetts Street between 10th and 11th streets

6:45 p.m.: Lily Pryor and Iris Hyde

7:15 p.m.: Kawehi

8:15 p.m.: Making Movies

9:30 p.m.: The Get Up Kids

Admission to both events is free. Children are welcome, but pets are not.