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Nov 27, 2014 10:00 AM

Amy D'Aureli

This Weekend: Boston Band Leo*Leo Gives Thanks by Giving Back

Leo*Leo (above) and The Dejas (below) will be playing the Animal Rescue League Benefit Concert this Saturday.

It’s not every day that a band celebrates their upcoming tour and Pandora radio rotation by donating funds to a local organization. Boston-based duo Leo*Leo, aka long-time friends Sarah Hope and Vanessa Wheeler, are making big moves in the "nova rock" (bossa nova-inspired rock 'n' roll) world, and are about to embark on a tour with Boston’s own Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch/State Radio.

This Saturday, November 29, they’re headlining the Animal Rescue League Benefit Concert at The Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain, Boston. “Now that our music has been chosen for Pandora, we wanted to do something for the ARL – because that’s where our band bird, Meegs, was adopted from,” says Wheeler.

Boston's Biggest Stage: Everything You Need to Know About Busking

Musicians busking on Newbury Street in Boston. (Image via 3rd House Journal)

There are over 1,600 miles of sidewalk in Boston, arguably making sidewalks your biggest and most accessible stage. Busking, as street performing is traditionally known, is a great way to get in front of people and work on your stage presence. Even Amanda Palmer once graced the sidewalks of Harvard Square in Cambridge as the living “Eight-Foot Bride” statue. In her TED talk, Palmer extolls the benefits of having exposed herself to the generosity of strangers and how it helped her artistic development and career as a performer.