UNION SQUARE, SOMERVILLE – This year, Boston music enthusiasts have questioned the vitality of the local music scene. Johnny D’s Uptown and T.T. the Bear’s Place have closed, leaving local performers and listeners two venues short. Events like Rock Shop Boston’s The State of Live Music Open Forum have been flush with residents demanding the scene’s revitalization.
Some organizations, like Make Music Boston, are working to flip the script by offering Boston’s music scene a new sense of festivity and community.
A global festival that takes place every year on the summer solstice, Make Music Day was launched in 1982 in France and now takes place in 700 cities worldwide. Combining local artists with venues of all sorts – churches, public parks, restaurants, and more – the free festival brings community members together in a celebration of live local music. A wide variety of Boston locations, ranging from Cambridge’s Magazine Beach to Newbury Street’s clothing store All Saints, have signed up to host musicians during the 2016 festival on June 21.
Thought the festival “officially” ends at 8 p.m., a selection of three local music advocates – Make Music Boston, Emerging Boston Area Singer-Songwriters (EBASS), and Thunder Road – have planned a post-festival celebration to highlight the vibrancy of the community. Taking the participating musicians throughout the city and pulling them together that evening at Somerville’s Thunder Road, located at 379 Somerville Ave., the Make Music Boston After Party will feature a diverse selection of renowned local Boston talent including pop soloist HEMA, indie-folk duo Jack and Katie, R&B artist Dan Cristo, pop/rock singer-songwriter Aaron Shadwell, and headlining funk band Proper Company. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be free and open to the public.
“Boston has a little bit of everything to offer…There is an insanely awesome community of musicians and music-lovers in this city,” said Proper Company band leader George Woods. Angele Hema reciprocated the sentiment, explaining that “as someone who’s still relatively new (to Boston), I’m constantly overwhelmed by how simultaneously talented and welcoming the people in the Boston music community are. There’s a beautiful humility and honesty to the way people make music here.”
After a long year of uncertainty, performers and music-appreciators deserve a pure, unadulterated celebration of Boston’s local talent. Held on June 21, the Make Music Boston After Party will be free and open to the public.
To learn more or RSVP, visit www.ebassmusic.com.