SOMERVILLE, NJ - Musician/songwriter/vocalist John Busse has adopted Somerville as his hometown, and it's been a good fit for him and his guitar, performing frequently at cozy coffee shop venues along Main Street in between venturing off to other locales in New Jersey.

On Saturday night, Oct. 3, he'll perform on the Summer Stage for the fourth year in a row, from 6-9 p.m.

He'll be joined by John Gallagher, drums; Jeff Eesley, bass guitar and Dylan Lawrence, synth, guitar and trumpet.

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Their set will include original material reflective of various genres - psychedelic pop, rock, jam rock, and funky breaks

Busse began to play guitar when he was 9, but it wasn't until he was 14 that things got serious.

From classic rock and blues, to funk and folk, Busse has delved into all forms of music. He has spent brief stints in several bands and projects, and currently plays bass for two local bands, Milan and the Sour Goat and Becoming the Ghost. He is always working on a project of some sort and always jamming, writing, or recording.

"2020 has not been easy, Busse said, adding "I’m very grateful and fortunate to have the opportunity to perform outdoors on Division Street in Somerville this year. I’ve lived here for 4 years now, and played every one. This one I’d really like to make special, and I hope you will join me."

The Downtown Somerville Alliance is sponsor of the music series, held throughout the summer and extending this year to the fall.

“Summer Stage has really become a staple of the season in Somerville,” said Natalie Pineiro, executive director of the DSA. “We’re happy that despite the challenges brought forth by COVID-19 we’ve found a way to bring the music back to Division Street.”

The series runs every Saturday evening, weather permitting, from 6-9 p.m. Traditionally the season kicks off on Memorial Day Weekend and runs through the end of September however, because of COVID-19, the season was delayed but will now run through the end of October.

Remaining shows include:This year’s lineup includes::

10/10 - Terrance Haupt

10/17 - Venture to Zen

10/24 - The Paul Nagy Project

The weekly series receives support from local non-profit Arts on Division. Talent for the season is booked by local music/arts advocates Shawn Daley and Michelle Kassick, owners of Gallery on Main Street, located at 30 West Main St. in Somerville.

Summer Stage is free of charge to enjoy however due to concerns surrounding hygiene and social distancing, attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and/or blankets. Masks are required to be worn and patrons are reminded to maintain a social distance of six feet between each other. 

For more information, visit or contact the Downtown Somerville Alliance at Also, Visit them on social media @DowntownSomerville (instagram) and @DowntownSomervilleAlliance (Facebook).

The Downtown Somerville Alliance is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation and the District Management Corporation for Downtown Somerville, NJ - one of New Jersey's premiere down towns. The district has become known for its colorful dining scene, flourishing retail, and up and coming arts and culture scene.

The DSA promotes balanced and progressive economic development and leverages the art of creating experiences that continue to bring a new and diverse population to Somerville. The DSA oversees infrastructure and beautification projects and works with historians and environmentalists alike to maintain and promote the historic charm that is unique to the district.

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