SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Summer Stage Live Music series continues Saturday night on the Division Street pedestrian mall with two bands, Loud Love, a cover band performing R&B, soul and throwbacks from 6-7:30 p.m., followed by Woke Robot, an eight-piece rhythm-and-groove band heavy on the brass scheduled to play to 9 p.m.
Loud Love, based in northern New Jersey, specializies in R&B, funk, soul, and throwbacks, The band draws its influence from Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys to Drake and covers soulful music from several decades.
Bandmembers include Tommy Scognamiglio (bass), Nicco Direnzi (vocals), PJ Brutzman (guitar), Jaxon Gruber (keyboards), Jeremy Mudd (trombone) and Max Adler (drums). Sitting in with the band will be guests Gabriie Gonzales (guitar) and Lucas Perez (saxophone).
Woke Robot,formed in early 2018 as a nine-piece ryhthm-and-groove project Influenced by their love of funk, jazz, and Golden Age hip-hop music.
They are familiar on the New York/New Jersey club circuit and are known for their frequent online streaming concerts.
Woke Robot is following up their first single release “Breathing” with a full length studio album to be released in late 2020.
Band members include: James Applegate (drums), Jared Clifton (trumpet), John-Tyler Donathan (saxophone), Jarrett Farkas (guitar), Stephen Justice (trombone), David McNally (bass), Robbie Sko (keyboard),and Eddie Spencer (saxophone).
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:
8/22 - 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 - TBA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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