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Somerville Band Crush: ArtBeat 2011

July 15, 2011

You know summer is in full swing when the outdoor concerts start. Don’t get us wrong, we absolutely love seeing our rock shows huddled together in dark, sweaty clubs; but every once in a while it’s nice to step off the beer soaked, concrete floor and onto a nice patch of grass. Wouldn’t you rather be cooled by a refreshing breeze than an ancient air conditioning system? Don’t you think it’d be sorta nice to see some familiar bands in the daylight? That’s exactly what the Somerville Arts Council has in mind for tonight and tomorrow as they bring their annual ArtBeat festival to the parks and streets of the city.

Mean Creek, The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, Sam Reid and the Riot Act, Dub Apocalypse, Somerville Symphony Orkestar, The Cinnamon Fuzz, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, Tall Heights and others will be performing over the course of the festival (full schedule below). In addition to all that music, there will be dance exhibitions, child-friendly performances, fire sculpture, puppet shows, acrobatics demonstrations, storytelling, roaming performers, craft vendors, food and more. Make a day of it if you’d like.*

Event page
All Ages / Free

Full schedule

Friday 7/15
Seven Hills Park
6:00pm Jef Czekai (children’s book reading)
6:30pm Sam Reid and the Riot Act
7:30pm Atlas Soul
9:00pm Mean Creek

Davis Square
8:00pm – 10:00pm The Burning Bush (fire sculpture)

Saturday 7/16
Seven Hills Park
12:00pm Koliba
1:00pm Tarbox Ramblers
2:00pm Dub Apocalypse
3:00pm Somerville Symphony Orkestar
4:00pm Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library
5:00pm Curubande

Elm Street Stage
12:30pm Stainless
1:30pm Tall Heights
2:30pm Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers
3:30pm The Cinnamon Fuzz
4:30pm Tallahassee

Somerville Theater
1:00pm Navarasa Dance Theater
2:00pm Lorraine Chapman Company
3:00pm Danny Swain Dance Company
4:00pm Contrapose Dance

*and if you’re dying to scurry back to a darkened bar venue, it’ll be over plenty early enough to catch something later in the night.

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