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Joe's Jazz and Blues Fest
The brain child of Mayor Joe, who played trumpet in the Somerville High School Jazz Band, Joe’s Jazz and Blues Festival is back for the third consecutive year! Kicking off on Monday, June 20th, the festival will make its way through local hot spots throughout the week. An all-day free concert at Powderhouse Park on Sat., June 25th from noon to 7pm will have the crowd picnicking and groovin' as the Dwight Ritcher Trio gets ready... to close the festival with a spectacular concert at the Center for Arts at the Armory at 8pm.
During the week, area venues will showcase some of the incredible local talent in our musical midst. Visit www.somervilleartscouncil.org for more details, and be sure to check out the line-up for the city concert at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153050281415912 !
INDOOR VENUE DATES
Monday, June 20
Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30, $7, www.artsatthearmory.org
Tuesday, June 21
Charlie Kohlhase’s Explorers Club
Johnny D’s Uptown, 17 Holland St., 8pm, $12, www.johnnyds.com
Wednesday, June 22
Harrison Seiler Trio
Bloc 11, 11 Bow St., Union Sq., 6:30pm, Free with tips greatly appreciated
Thursday, June 23
Precinct, 70 Union Sq., 9:30pm, $5, www.precinctbar.com
Friday, June 24
Jeremy Lyons Trio
Sally O’Brien’s, 335 Somerville Ave., 9pm, no cover; www.sallyobriensbar.com
Saturday, June 25
Dwight Ritchter Trio
Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Doors: 7pm, Show: 8pm, $10; www.artsatthearmory.org
More About Somerville Arts Council
In some towns, the Local Cultural Council (LCC) restricts itself to one important task: they award state grant money to local arts and culture organizations for worthy projects. But in Somerville, our LCC blossomed into the Somerville Arts Council, a full-fledged arts organization that programs community events year-round. They are best-known for ArtBeat, a two-day summer arts festival that fills Davis Square with live music, dance, arts, crafts, food stands—and the occasional electric-guitar-wielding mummy. But that's not all they do.
Their Art Without Walls initiative brings art activities directly to youths in their neighborhoods. Via their Switchbox Project, they are transforming Somerville utility boxes into public works of art. And all summer long, their ArtsUnion initiative presents numerous cultural events in Union Square that range from Haitian or Punjabi cultural festivals to movies screened in Smell-o-Vision and an annual techno dance party under the McGrath Highway overpass.
With Union Square Main Streets, ArtsUnion also hosts the rather unusual fall Fluff Fest, which celebrates the Somerville-born snack food Marshmallow Fluff. Finally, special Arts Council events throughout the year include the popular holiday lights Illumination Tour.
In short, this is an organization bubbling over with creative ideas, and lucky for us, they tend to make them happen.