SOMERVILLE, NJ - Ripples from New Jersey's deep reservoir of rock.n.roll talent have been spreading from the Saturday night Summer Stage concert series on the Division Street pedestrian mall.the past three weeks - with a big splash expected Saturday when the Bob Lanza Blues Band comes to town.

Lanza, a seasoned blues man with several albums to his credit, will be on stage with his band from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The concert is free. Bring your own lawn chairs.

The weekly concert series kicked off July 11 with Mail Order Bride, a cover band from the Freehold area; a family group, the Green Planet Band from Bridgewater, was on stage Week 2, July 18. The Broadcasters, another cover band with members from Branchburg and Scotch Plains played Week 3, July 25.

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Courtesy of boblanzabluesband.com:

"Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bob Lanza from the wilds of north New Jersey leaves no doubt as to motivation with a scorching second release following his debut Things Ain’t So Bad (2009). Years with Floyd Phillips and the Mudflaps and backing legends like James Cotton prepared his audition as a new blues guitar hero.

HIGHLIGHTS

Some reviews for “Time To Let Go”

  • Time to Let Go, the fourth album from New Jersey–based guitarist and singer Bob Lanza, is a high-energy mix of blues and blues rock covers and originals. Lanza certainly shows off his impressive chops as a guitarist. The double-tracked interplay between his driving rhythm guitar and his dramatic lead work provides a number of the program’s highlights, including the rocking original When the Sun Comes Up and the cover of Ronnie Earl’s Follow Your Heart. Robert H. Cataliotti- Living Blues Magazine
  • Time to Let Go further proves that Lanza is an outstanding blues musician. Blues comes from your heart and experiences, whether good or bad, and that shines through in every note. The Jersey boy learned from some of the very best (i.e. Johnny Copeland), and plays with some of the best too (killer harmonica from Steve Krase on Time to Let Go).The Bob Lanza Blues Band is a tight-knit blues unit, in true Chicago, Kansas City, style with some Texas influences hanging out in north New Jersey.- Brenda Hillegas, Elmore Magazine
  • Lanza has played with a lot of local blues bands, and few of the greats. He was bandleader for Floyd Phillips and The Mudflaps for four years in the late 90’s into late 2001 when Floyd passed away. The Band has backed James Cotton and Nashville legend Dave Perkins. In February 2015 Bob had the honor of performing in Blues Icon Miss Trudy Lynn’s Blues review at The Lancaster Blues and Roots festival http://lancasterrootsandblues.com/featured-artists-2015

Lanza and his band return to Somerville's Summer Stage on Sept. 12.

The Downtown Somerville Alliance is sponsor of the music series, held throughout the summer.

“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 has been delayed but will now run through the end of October.

This year’s lineup consists of:

8/8 - Venture to Zen

8/15 - Woke Robot

8/22 - Dan Harrison Band

8/29 - Ryan Bernero

9/5 - The Frost Kings

9/12 – Bob Lanza

9/19 - Bryan Hansen Band

9/26 - The Outcrops

10/3 - John Busse

10/10 - Tyrone Stackhouse

10/17 - Mike Holland - Elvis Impersonator 

10/24 - The Paul Nagy Project

The weekly series has been existence for several years and is sponsored by the Downtown Somerville Alliance with 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 downtownsomerville.com or contact the Downtown Somerville Alliance at info@downtownsomerville.com. 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.

The Downtown Somerville Alliance is a TAPinto marketing partner.