SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Downtown Somerville Alliance has released the 2021 Summer Stage outdoor Concert series schedule featuring several bands that performed during last year's pandemic, as well as six new bands that specialize in blues, classic rock, folk, country - even an Elvis impersonator.
The free Saturday night series on the Division Street pedestrian mall kicks off May 29; all shows are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. dependent on weather. Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Food and beverages can be purchased at nearby restaurants on Division Street and Main Street.
COVID-19 protocols will be in place, including masks and social distancing.
"Our ability to bring back the Summer Stage series last year was one of the saving graces for the downtown," said Natalie Pineiro, executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance, which sponsors the concert series. "At that point in time people were looking for some type of activity that was passive in nature which enabled them to get out with their families and enjoy themselves," she added.
Several thousands attended the Saturday night concerts, with similar numbers expected this year.
Pineiro expects more concerts will be added to the schedule into October.
A designated representative of the Downtown Somerville Alliance will be on hand to ensure that crowds do not exceed the person limit for outdoor gatherings as mandated by Governor Phil Murphy, according to Pineiro.
"We are extremely committed to making sure our community and business members feel safe, and we will be closely monitoring state COVID-19 guidelines for any future adjustments to our events," she said.
2021 Summer Stage Concert Schedule
5/29 - The Outcrops
6/5 - Tyrone Stackhouse
6/12 - Sweet Fanny Adams - New
6/19 - The Frost Kings
6/26 - Mail Order Bride
7/3 - Bob Lanza
7/10 - Nick Ryan and The Mess - New
7/17 - John Busse
7/24 - The Bryan Hansen Band
7/31 - The Broadcasters
8/7 - Zaire - New
8/14 - The School of Rock
8/21 - Venture to Zen
8/28 - Rainbow Fresh - New
9/4 - Sun Dog - New
9/11 - Was supposed to be Art All Day - The Outcrops 12-3 and Bob Lanza 4-7
9/18 - Terrance Haupt
9/25 - Ready Set Go - New
10/2 - Mike Holland as "Elvis" (Elvis impersonator) - New
Check the website, downtownsomerville.com for information and updates.