SOMERVILLE, NJ - Chairs are scattered up and down the Division Street pedestrian mall, but few people will be sitting down once CityScape & the Park Avenue Horns kick it in Thursday night, performing a one-hour set as part of the Girls’ Night Out celebration in downtown Somerville.
Polished, sophisticated and eager to entertain, the eight musicians and vocalists in the group are well-established in northern New Jersey and New York City, booked week nights and weekends year ‘round.
They’re not the kind of band people come to listen to, according to Natalie Piniero, executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. Instead, people “experience” the band, absorb its energy and hit the ground dancing.
The band will take the stage at the southern end of Division Street at 7:45 p.m.
They will be followed at 8:45 p.m. for a performance by Jimmy Boone and a few of his girlfriends – campy, flamboyant drag queens who will strut their stuff and join in the fun during Girls Night Out in downtown Somerville.
From sharp stiletto heels to sharp tongues, over-the-top wigs, eye makeup with exacting standards, and stunning wardrobes, the queens are all represented by Boone’s company, Drag Queen Entertainment. Based in south Jersey, they work the circuit performing at theaters, private parties and other venues.
Girls' Night Out in downtown Somerville runs from 5-9 p.m. with plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment, including a signature beverage crawl.
“From palm readers, to cover bands, and even a drag performance, we have something for everyone at this year’s event,” said Pineiro.
The entertainment lineup includes:
• 5-9 p.m.- Free palm readings by Raven Maples at Evolve Clothing Gallery;
• 5-8 p.m.- Private readings (15 minutes) available with Medium Dorothy Toner. Limit to 10 Participants. Register in advance at https://www.pinotspalette.com/somerville/event/324924
• 6:30 p.m. - Sunset Yoga by Bodhi Breathe, corner of Main Street and North Doughty Street;
• 6:30 p.m. - School of Rock performance at the Giardina Walkway;
• 7:45 p.m. - CityScape & The Park Avenue Horns at Division Street;
• 8:45 p.m.- Performance by Drag Queen Entertainment featuring Astala Vista, Anita Manhattan, Queen Vinchelle at Division Street.
There will also be offerings from several hair salons and beauty businesses including 10 minute “Mini Makeovers” from Beauty Bar, free color change manicures at Belen Nails, “5 Minute Face” Makeup Tutorials from Illustrated Beauty, $5 Strip Lash applications at Lure Lash and many others.
The event is free of charge to attend but an RSVP is required. A $10 upgrade is available and includes a “Pamper Yourself” themed Swag Bag including a Girls’ Night Out signature tote bag, bath bombs and other beauty items.
“This event has become a Somerville staple,” said Jane Kobuta, chairwoman of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. “It gives us a great sense of pride to provide quality events and entertainment that get people shopping and dining downtown.”
For more information on all offerings, and to RSVP for the event, visit www.SomervilleGNO.com.
Somerville Girls Night Out is sponsored by Fulton Bank of New Jersey (Gold Sponsor), Provident Bank, Office Evolution, Medley Pharmacy (Small Business Sponsors); Rebenack, Aronow, & Mascolo, LLP Attorneys at Law (Exclusive LYFT sponsor); and Hip New Jersey (Digital Sponsor).
For more information on the DSA, visit www.downtownsomerville.com or visit them on facebook @DowntownSomervilleAlliance, or Instagram @DowntownSomerville.
The Downtown Somerville Alliance is the district management corporation for Downtown Somerville. The DSA promotes, enhances and revitalizes Somerville’s downtown as a thriving commercial district and community-gathering place for residents, shoppers and visitors from Somerville, Somerset County and Central New Jersey.