Thunderstorms Possible During Boston Pops Rehearsal Concert

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- There won't be any fireworks at the Boston Pops rehearsal concert tonight--but Mother Nature may provide some, as pop-up thunderstorms are expected during the proceedings.

On top of that, the heat advisory is still in effect.

It's the annual 3rd of July pilgrimage to the Charles River Esplanade, where those looking to beat tomorrow's crowds can get everything they'll get on the Fourth of July, minus the fireworks and half a million people. The plane looks great, too, after getting a $2.5 million face lift.

Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart said he's eager to kick things off. One reason for that? An all-star musical lineup.

"I am as excited, thrilled, honored to be here as I have ever been," he said.

Musical guests include Rhiannon Giddens, Indigo Girls, Rita Moreno, and headliner Rachel Platten. Gates to the Esplanade open at 5 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m., and will finish at 10 p.m. 

So if you're heading to the Esplanade, be prepared for some good music and possibly some bad weather.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports

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