Join us for this outdoor festival as we take over the street!
"Strike Up the Bands" on Highland Ave. Sunday 2-6pm!
Join us for “Strike Up the Bands,” the September installment of Somerville’s SomerStreets festival this Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. on Highland Avenue between Central Street and Lowell Street. SomerStreets is the City’s take on the internationally-renowned Open Streets concept, closing busy city streets to vehicles and opening them up for cycling, walking, dancing, running, and other modes of activity. Through SomerStreets, the City and its community partners aim to promote and encourage easy access to physical activity, fresh foods, and reconnecting with neighborhoods and businesses and their unique cultural elements in a thriving urban environment.
Activities along Highland Avenue will include:
Live music on two stages, curated by Arts at the Armory and ONCE
Vintage and artisan market by local craft vendors
Aerial performances by Esh Circus Arts
Parkour with Parkour Generations Boston
Activities and games with Somerville Recreation
Community chalk art activity
Explore a fire truck and ambulance
Community vendors and local businesses
***Please Note: SomerStreets will run on 9/19/21 from 2 to 6 p.m., rain or shine. Highland Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic between Central Street and Lowell Street from 12-8pm on Sunday. For MBTA info regarding this closure, please click here. For the City of Somerville announcement about this closure, please click here.
Grace Givertz to Perform In Front of Armory 2:30-3:30pm
With a large voice packed into a tiny body, Grace Givertz is a multi-instrumentalist who uses her honest lyrics to bring a refreshing sound to folk. Born and raised in Jupiter, Florida, Grace has been writing songs and performing since she was eleven years old. Performing at well loved Boston venues including Great Scott, Club Passim, ONCE Ballroom, The Red Room and The Burren, Grace Givertz has opened for favorites like Lucy Dacus, Neyla Pekarek (The Lumineers), John Paul White (The Civil Wars), and Erin Rae.
Out November 2019, Year of the Horse is Grace Givertz’s debut studio album. Two years after her first EP The Light, Grace has turned her wit to grit to create her most vulnerable release yet. in this independent release, Grace has turned tragedy into a triumphant record. She writes openly about living with chronic illness and how it has affected every aspect of her life.
Grace Givertz showcases her multi-instrumentalism on the debut album, playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica in addition to vocals. Year of the Horse showcases Grace’s ability to turn lemons in to lemonade. “…The only real option is to smile at how much she packs into a tiny punch of a song,” Nina Corcoran writes in digboston.
Notebook P to Perform In Front of Armory 3:45-4:45pm
Notebook P is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Boston, then later Randolph, MA. His influences revolve around love, life and loss, driven primarily by R&B. He has been nominated for “R&B Artist of the Year” for the recent Boston Music Awards, and his EP “A Fool’s Paradise” is out now, along with his most recent 2021 single, "Good Morning."
Toussaint the Liberator to Perform
In Front of Armory 5-6pm
Toussaint the Liberator has inspired the Boston music scene with his unique and soulful voice ever since he arrived in 2001. Originally from Kokomo, Indiana - Toussaint was brought up as the son of a Pastor and Choir Director; blessed with a style and cadence that spans many genres which are deeply rooted in gospel. In a perfect symbiosis with his vocals, he is also masterfully skilled in playing the djembe, which is woven into every performance and gives the audience a glimpse into his meditation with rhythm from his ancestors.
He quickly made a name for himself, initially fronting the band Red Pill, then The China band. In 2007, he wrote and recorded the album "No Place Like Soul" with the band Soulive and was featured on their international tour, opening for legendary artists such as Isaac Hayes, The Rolling Stones, and The Dave Matthews Band. In 2010, he made waves in the reggae scene when he wrote and released a solo album called Black Gold, from IGrade Records in St. Croix.
His presence and undeniable charisma is hard hitting and full of grit, with a velvety sound that lingers in your mind long after the music ends.