On Wednesday night a group of us went to go see Well Strung perform at the Ptown Art House. This year’s show, Summer Lovin, didn’t disappoint. They played, Chelsea’s Mom, which you can watch below, but my favorite song was their rendition of Summer Lovin, which quickly becomes Ptown Lovin.
If you cannot get to Provincetown, you can see them today (July 25th) at Rehoboth Beach for one show only and you can check out their tour dates here.
Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club in Davis Square will close in early 2016 after operating for nearly 50 years so its owner can convert the 3,900-square-foot space into a multi-story building. Johnny D’s surprising announcement comes on the heels of T.T. the Bear’s Place which will close later this week, after more than 40 years in Cambridge.
While I’ve not been to Johnny D’s in years, I loved their weekend brunch and viewed the place as a permanent fixture for that neighborhood. It is sad to see another quirky venue closing. Places like Johnny D’s has not only served to provide a stage for big names, but it also was a venue for many local acts. For the sake of Boston’s live music scene, I hope this is not the start of a trend.
The Boston Globe has a more detailed story about the pending closure, here.
Mark your calendars because starting on Thursday, July 23rd is Boston’s third annual Summer Arts Walk. Come down to Newbury Street from 5-8 PM and visit participating art galleries. Each gallery will feature a generously donated piece of art and display other works by local artists; participating galleries.
This weekend (July 25-26), the Summer Arts Weekend also returns. The Summer Arts Weekend includes many free events, including performances by R&B singer, Aaron Neville, Blue Man Group “Boston Drum Off” and much more. All events take place in the Back Bay’s Copley Square, starting at 11:00 AM on Saturday and again at 12:30 PM on Sunday. You can view this year’s calendar here.
Boston’s Outside the Box is back after a year + hiatus to rethink and retool the 6-day festival. Starting tomorrow, July 14th, and running through the 19th, over one hundred artists and organizations from Boston and beyond will gather on Boston Common. Transforming Boston Common into a massive performing arts festival designed to engage, educate and most importantly, entertain the citizens of Boston.
FREE – Outside the Box Festival on Boston Common July 14-19
You can get more details about this free music festival which kicks off tomorrow by visiting their website at, otbboston.com.
Well Strung is a talented quartet out of NYC who spend their summers in Provincetown performing at the Ptown Art House. This summer they tweaked the melody of Fountains of Wayne’s 2003 hit Stacy’s Mom to show their support for Hillary Clinton in their song Chelsea’s Mom.
If you’ve not heard this yet, check it out. The quartet was able to perform and meet Hillary when she visited Provincetown this past weekend for a fundraiser. Well done – Well Strung.
Since it is July 4th I thought I’d share the 1991 version of our national anthem from Whitney Houston. I hope you are having a great 4th of July if you celebrate the holiday.
I first wrote about this back in April, but I wanted to remind everyone that later this week the city of Boston in conjunction with Together Boston will host their second annual Donna Summer Roller Disco in Government Center on Friday, June 19th. Last years party was a blast but the lines to get onto the rink were crazy long so this is one party where it pays to be early otherwise you may end up spending most of your time in line.
Date: Friday, June 19th
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Boston City Hall / Gov’t Center
Here are a few photos from last year’s inaugural Donna Summer Roller Disco.