SOMERVILLE, NJ - A late afternoon thunder storm rumbled through central New Jersey Saturday, but Mother Nature turned off the rain spigots in time for the kick-off of the Summer Stage live music series on Division Street sponsored by the Downtown Somerville Alliance.
Mail Order Bride, a four-piece cover band from Freehold featuring two guitarists, bass and drums, opened with Don Henley's "Boys of Summer," released in 1984 on the "Building the Perfect Beast" album, followed by covers of Tom Petty, ZZ Top and other classics from popular bands of the '70s, '80s and '90s.
In a change from previous years, the stage was set up near Main Street, with the band easily seen and the music echoing down Main Street, which was crowded with customers enjoying dining al fresco at dozens of popular downtown restaurants.
People brought their own lawn chairs and maintained social distancing; the crowd grew as the evening grew longer.
"It's so great to see Division Street come alive after so many months," said Natalie Pineiro, executive director of the DSA. "The smiles, the sounds and the community are things that were greatly missed by all," she added. "We're looking forward to the rest of the season, and the good times ahead."
Here's the schedule for the rest of the Summer Stage series:
7/18 - Green Planet Band
7/25 - The Broadcasters
8/1 - Bob Lanza
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 DSA 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.
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 downtowns. 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.