Toddlers Get a Taste of Queen on the Loring-Greenough Lawn

On the day before what would have been Freddie Mercury‘s 68th birthday, the all-female Queen tribute band Gunpowder Gelatine brought a bit of bombast to the normally quiet lawn of the Loring-Greenough House.

The group performed arena-rock classics like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You” and “Fat Bottomed Girls” on a small stretch of grass hemmed in by trees. Children wandered in and out of the stage area and parents carrying kids or pushing strollers passed right in front of the performers.

Singer Bethany Hanley probably won points with parents by dropping some of Queen’s more violent lyrics in deference to the number of toddlers in the audience.

The Boston-based group plays regular gigs at spots like the Midway and Johnny D’s, said keyboardist Kate Dobroth.

The performance was part of the next-to-last First Thursday Art Walk of the season.

Children dance on the lawn at the Loring-Greenough House to a performance by Gunpowder Gelatine, an all-woman Queen cover band, on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Chris Helms

Children dance on the lawn at the Loring-Greenough House to a performance by Gunpowder Gelatine, an all-woman Queen cover band, on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. The band, from left to right: Kate Dobroth, Allison Sigrist, Bethany Hanley, Nancy Galluzzo and Julie Perron.

  • rhea

    Thanks so much for this short video and report. I love to see what I miss when I can’t make it to a great event like Thursdays on the Lawn. My friend Allison is the bassist in that band, too!