SOMERVILLE, NJ - Acoustic trio Venture to Zen was the headliner, but they were gracious to share the stage with two musical friends whose talents nudged the performance to an even higher level during Saturday nght's Summer Stage concert on the Division Street pedestrian mall.

VTZ guitarist James Popik and vocalists Tracy Sousa and Julie Baldassare were joined by Somerville bass player Luke "The Duke" Kessel and Hillsborough percussionist Leslie "Chuggy" Carter from 6-9 p.m.

VTZ continues to evolve and explore, with an eclectic set list of originals and covers that pay homage to the likes of Iron Maiden and Cindy Lauper to Bob Marley and others.

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VTZ recently finished recording ‘Arizona’ and ‘Blood Red Moon’ at Sonic Boom studios in Raritan with engineer Anthony Krizan; a fall release is expected as well as videos of both songs.

More on the band - https://www.facebook.com/venturetozen/

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

The weekly series has been in existence for several years and is supported by the 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. 

Next up on the Summer Stage Saturday, Aug. 15 is Woke Robot, a nine-member funk band.

The Downtown Somerville Alliance is a TAPinto marketing partner.