Up close and personal at Friday’s Boston Calling

Boston Calling kicked off in fine fashion with a trio of artists hitting the stage at City Hall Plaza on a cool – and thankfully dry – New England night.

Cass McCombs was the first act to take the stage, followed by the eclectic – and numerically large – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, while Jack Johnson closed night with a mellow set list of fan favorites for approximately 18,000 festival-goers.

During the Edward Sharpe set, frontman Alex Ebert cut up the pavement with some photographers in the pit before climbing over the barrier into the crowd. Thankfully Boston.com had its camera in the man’s ear to capture it all.

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Over the course of the next two days, 20 artists will take one of two stages erected in the middle of downtown Boston. Death Cab for Cutie will anchor Saturday’s bill, while Modest Mouse will headline the final day. Follow all the coverage live on Boston.com, RadioBDC and BDCwire.

RadioBDC’s Adam 12 caught up with Ebert prior to the band’s performance on Friday night. Ebert spent a year at Emerson, and reflected on his time in Boston – which included hours upon hours of hanging at Boston Common and getting weird in Chinatown.